Saturday, July 27, 2013

My 5 Tips for Regret-Free Shopping

source: almostmakesperfect

1. Know what you're looking for.
If you don't, you will most likely walk out empty-handed, after being overwhelmed with choices, or with your hands full of clothes that you don't actually need, plus an empty purse. Get yourself some inspiration by searching on pinterest, instagram, polyvore, or google for your favorite celebrity's looks. Then, make a mental note of the cute things you saw and hold your shopping limits to those standards.

2. If shopping for formal, wear makeup, and do your hair.
At least a little. It will help you to know how your outfit will look as a whole, and I don't know about you, but if I'm breaking out, formal wear looks really awkward on me. And if you really want to be prepared in shopping for formal, bring a pair of high heels, too. Especially if you have stubby legs like mine! (:

3. Check the sale section first. If it's not on sale, try not to buy it yet!
This might mean that you'll need to cover your eyes and walk straight to the sale section of your favorite stores first, and then look at their newer stuff. There have been a couple of times when I've bought something new and found the same exact thing later for a lower price. For example, this happens at H&M and Urban Outfitters quite often (they have great sales), and I bought a white high-low dress that I later found at Ross for half the price that I paid. However, sometimes there's a certain style that's in and you want it now, fine, but be ready to regret paying twice the amount you could have.

4. If you're trying something on and find anything that you would change about it, don't buy it!
Basically, don't settle for something that could be better. For example, I often come across shirts and dresses that I would prefer to be tighter around the waist or at a different length. So I drop them! You can find something else that's like it but fits you better. Never buy anything that has the potential to be more flattering to your body.
*Exception: If you're crafty with the sowing machine, this rule may not apply to you.

5. If you're not 110% sure, don't buy it!
Because if you aren't, the garment will most likely hang in your closet, be worn twice, and never be used again. If you change your mind, you can always come back for it!


The Finnish countryside puts a whole new meaning to peaceful.

At the country, there's no wi-fi, no running water, no traffic -- nothing but soft green grass, moss, forests, birds, berries, the lake, and the sky. I slept for 12 hours both nights, and I think it's simply because of how peaceful and silent it is there.
Altogether, we picked almost a whole bucketful of blueberries and maybe 40-50 chanterelles.
And the wood sauna was gorgeous! There was this window on the side of the sauna that showed the country side field and forests in the sunset. The view could have been a screensaver! It was incredibly refreshing and wonderful to afterwards step out of the sauna and hand-wash your hair with the water from your bucket, then step out into the crisp outdoors with the light blue and yellowy-pink sky from the sunset, the gentle wind in your clean, cold hair, and the pillow-like, green grass beneath your squeaky-clean feet.
It was all worth the mosquito bites.

New sweater from Gina Tricot <3

Finally, I asked my mom to take some pictures of me, and she did an awesome job!

Wednesday was super cold, so we were all covered from head to toe. I had two layers on under this jacket, and my face was covered in double-layered mosquito-repellent.

New shirt from H&M

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Fashion Photography ~ Helsinki

It's a little creepy right now, but I might take up Street Style photography, -- where I would go around the city with my camera gear and ask fashionable people if I could take their picture, so I could show their faces, for my blog to feature their style. Fashion photography is the type that interests me the most, so there.

Here are some styles that I saw in Helsinki yesterday and thought looked amazing...

And here's my contribution! --

A Day In Helsinki

Of course, I finally had Hesburger after being deprived of it and it's super-mega-awesome paprikamajoneesi. <3

Gavin would absolutely love it here in Helsinki, so I sent this to him yesterday, trying to make him understand how it feels to be in Helsinki again.
           The weather is just right. In the summer, you've got rain and sun every week. Today, it was partly cloudy, 70 degrees in the sun, with a breeze, and the hottest that it will get, probably for the rest of the year since the summer is short, is 78 degrees.
           If I had to pick a city to nominate one for its fashion/design and culture, I would pick Helsinki. I'm inspired to become a street-style photographer just by being there, but I would only want to photograph in Helsinki. When I'm on the top floor of the ferry, I put my camera away in my bag, squinting my eyes at the bright sunlight with the crisp, cold wind in my face, wrapped snugly in a blanket, watching other boats with people waving at me go by, passing foresty islands with cottages, piers, giant rocks, flags waving in the wind, seagulls flying overhead, I feel the need to close my eyes soak in every drop of it. It might have been the cold wind in my eyes, but I teared up when I looked at the peaceful horizon of islands, the sea, and the partly cloudy sky.
           The phrase that kept coming up in my thoughts were "full of life." I can see from the ferry, across the sea, at an apartment-filled neighborhood on an island where women are jogging, parents are walking with their kids and strollers, ice cream cones in hand, couples are sitting on the beach, some on the sides of the pier. I can walk through the Helsinki market square and smell the catch of the day, freshly blooming summer flowers, the last of the summer strawberries, and the scent of pulla and coffee from cafes. I can hear jazz, humppa, violin-playing, musical art with water-filled glass bottles, and many languages of all kinds as people pass by. I can watch street dancers, entertaining metal men, and just people, sitting in the park, having picnics, walking with their children, walking their dogs, shopping with their friends, waiting in line to get into a restaurant with a date, and pulling down the roof of their 1950s car as some people stop to take pictures.
           And if you want to get away from the city life, you can, of course, go to the sea, get on an island, walk through forests, pick blueberries and chanterelles, read in a hammock next to the lake, get in the old wood sauna by the lake, and whatever else your heart desires.