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27 May 2016

Fashion for a week. We were standing in a rapidly growing line, surrounded by people in the most curious outfits; hats, shoes, coats and bags one would only see in dreams. Tall and thin people with a pass walked in and out the doors in front of us. An hour later we were sitting in the second row listening the enthusiastic talk and surreal background music. And then a tall girl passed us with long steps.


The Aalto University fashion show 2016 was the third ever fashion show I've attended. As racking it is to stand in the line and watch pretty people in astonishing clothing I must say I'd stand in that line for so many hours just to get to sit in the huge hall under construction lights and watch those pretty people walk through the runway. The experience is worth suffering a bit.

PRE HELSINKI HOUSE, Presentation & Party

The next day we headed to the Manor house of Meilahti. At the front door two porters checked our tickets and let us enter a purple-lighted hall. Against the window there was a glazed cabinet and in that cabinet there was a woman in a pink dress just slowly moving her head back and forth. So we climbed up the stares just to find ourselves in the end of another line. Four installations / performing art sets surrounded the queue showcasing some designs we'd seen the previous day.

The house was full of sets. We explored around the attic, the main hall, the balcony and the yard. It was mesmerising. To be honest, I didn't exactly know what to expect. But gosh is this the best way showcase fashion or what! Imagine entering a museum of living models disregarding you and your camera.

picture credit // man in a flower coat by Suvi Ojala
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15 May 2016

How marvellous! I was assigned to take some photos for my school's magazine at this hill by an airport. Maybe it was the thrill brought by sunset or the haunting due date on Monday — either way we got there with Ellu and Paci and, gosh, it was gorgeous. Was anyone staying in the capital area of Finland I'd advice to hop in a car or on a bike and head to Puusepäntie in Tuusula and climb on the hill to get some fantastic sunset photos or just to watch planes take off and land.

My outfit in these pictures is probably my favourite at the moment. I'm wearing a loose white tee from Monki with a denim dungaree-dress also from Monki. I absolutely love the dungarees right now. They're perfect for the warm-but-not-too-warm spring weathers paired with some fine thighs and casual loafers. Works in every occasion as you can change to a more glamorous top and throw on some jewellery. In retrospect choose a casual top and a hipster hat of any kind and voilà.

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6 May 2016

What the hell May?! Why is it actual 20 degrees all in sudden. This must be some kind of psychological test. I'm not falling for it. Not yet. Although, I am gladly seizing the opportunity to not wear tights and coat. And I'm definitely seizing the opportunity to bike around the lake with my friends.

We celebrated the labour day for probably the first time at my place this year. The food was perfect, the people were perfect and practically it was just an awesome easy-going dinner party. The next day we slept in and ate a two-hour brunch including all the left-overs: salmon avocado toasts and all that goodness. As the weather happened to be so brilliant Ellu, Paci and myself headed to the lake by bikes.

We ended up sitting in the shore eating ice cream and enjoying the awesome weather. 
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5 May 2016

What could possibly beat a nice day in the city? Why, coffee of course! So. Much. Coffee.

Helsinki Coffee Festival was honestly one of my favourite events in a while! The convention was set in Kaapelitehdas which is an old factory building with tiles and everything. Black curtains had been pulled over the huge windows to block all the light. Hundreds of industrial light bulbs were hanging from the ceiling. The atmosphere was so cozy and hipster-ish. Just add coffee and it was perfect!

The whole downstairs area was filled with stands of different coffee companies. I absolutely loved the fact that almost all of them (if not all) were somehow promoting organic and ecological production. Paci, Ellu and myself tasted so many different coffees all the way from domestic products to civet cat coffee (yuk, by the way). In addition to the stands a barista competition took place on a big stage right below the loft. Up on the loft there were several panels about previously mentioned organic coffee but also about topics such as how to make brilliant coffee at home and what's new / weird in coffee.

In a nutshell this festival was absolutely fantastic! I loved everything in it: the venue, the music, the people, the programme and above everything the coffee, of course. If you happen to be around Helsinki in next Spring make sure to visit this one. It's definitely worth the price!

In the end I want to quickly run through my outfit. I wore my mom's A-line jacket form Zara which I think is really cool with its gentle 60's touch. This jacket is brilliant for every occasion as it is quite simple yet clean and stylish. I'm also wearing these gorgeous silk blend shorts by Cameo I bought a year ago from Australia. They are most likely the most expensive piece of clothing I've ever bought but God are they worth it! They are quite summery but with a right tights you can wear them all year round. 

Here I've paired the shorts with some 40 denier dotted tights. I actually go through these tights really fast. They are a staple and an absolute must to have in my wardrobe. Someone once asked how many have I bought. I said (if I was to use them every day) 2-3 tights per week. Of course, the key is to alternate both tights and shoes.

On my shoulder I'm carrying a classic Long Champ... shopper, I want to say. It's quite huge and I usually use it in school but for these kinds of events it's perfect too. I want to get all the free stuff off my hands but also have all my things such as camera easily accessible. This bag definitely does the trick. Mine is actually my mom's old (once again) and so it has a tiny hole in the bottom. The thing is, once you've found a good bag you hold on to it till death.
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