30 Mar 2011

Sew psyched on Playa del Platinum nail stamping

Thought it was time for new nail polish and some new nail stamping today. 
I'm (probably) going to wear a green dress tomorrow so thought I'd try to match my nails to the dress.

Essie Playa del Platinum
Essie Sew Psyched
Konad m70

29 Mar 2011

I'm all of the soft words I once owned

In the last post I mentioned I didn't have the best of days. I was just in one of those moods. I felt really weak and insecure. Very tired. And the song singing in my head all day? Weak by Skunk Anansie. Probably first song of theirs I ever heard and still among the absolute favourites. Such a strong song. With lyrics like: "A circle of angels, deep in war, 'cos I wanted you" and "If I opened my heart, there'd be no space for air". Wow.

A good friend of mine asked me yesterday which female singer's voice I thought was the best and/or the sexiest. I didn't have an answer for her, but I promised to think about it. I still don't have an answer (come on! there are so many great voices! Not to mention sexy voices!). But Skin definitely is on the list of voices to consider! Amazing woman.

Strawberry surprise cupcakes

I was thinking about posting a very emo post today about how much my day sucked. But my mood turned for the better in the evening so I'll do a happier post instead. They are much nicer to read anyway, aren't they? Who really wants to read about my moping, I wouldn't. And from the title you might've guess what it will be about. Cupcakes! Yes! I am back in my crazy-cupcake-making-mood again.

I googled for the simplest possible muffin recipe because let's face it, I am no master in the kitchen. The simpler the better is my motto when it comes to anything involving food stuff and mixing them so they will produce something fit for humans to eat. This was the recipe I used. It's in Finnish but I bet you can use any simple muffin recipe. But... I wanted to add something special to it. So I had a look around my (very small) kitchen and tried to think of something to add to it. Peanut butter... no... chocolate... no... coconut flakes... no... frozen strawberries... YES! I added a strawberry in the middle of each muffin before I put them in the oven. The strawberries were still a bit frozen but not frozen solid.

They looked really great when they were ready and would've been perfect to eat just like that but I had my mind set on cupcakes so was of course going to decorate them. I whipped a kind of light custard sauce that you can buy readymade here in Finland so it's really fluffy and thick (it's called "Flora vanilla") and then spritzed that on the cupcakes. Added some pink sprinkles and cocoa powder on top and a small chocolate heart.

My friend came over right after I had made them and ate four in one go. So I can safely assume they tasted pretty yummy!

27 Mar 2011

Spring inspired cherry blossom nail art

We still have lots of snow and ice on the ground but spring is clearly coming. Today the sun was shining like crazy. I felt extra lazy though and didn't even go out the door. I was on the balcony though, that counts, right?

I felt I haven't paid my nails enough attention lately so first I oiled the cuticles and buffed and shaped the nails. Then I wanted to try out some nail art I haven't done before. My friend suggested I do flags and I thought of doing the Japanese flag. But then it hit me, I wanted to do cherry blossoms! I googled and found a tutorial done by the very talented MissChievous (@MissChievouz). Click here for her tutorial on youtube. 

I do not own a thin nail art brush so had to improvise a bit and used a normal thin brush but it wasn't very easy to work with (didn't pick up enough or then too much polish). But this was the first time I tried painting freehand on my nails so not that horrible. The base polish is H&M's Deep Sea, the branches is Zoya Raven, the white in the flowers Konad special polish in white and the pink a Konad light pink polish mixed with H&M Light purple (from their Spring Nails collection). 

Wine tasting with marshmallows

On Friday I went to a small, very informal wine tasting thing. I can't say I learned so much because my memory is so horrible and to be honest I'm not that interested in the different wines. I usually just go with whatever tastes okay to me (and yeah, I'm not too picky). But it was fun nevertheless!

Not sure what these are called but there was a different scent in each bottle so you could "train" your nose and try to figure out what the scent was. Things like strawberries, melon, blackcurrant bud (yep, bud!), liquorice, cut hay, smoked, leather. Very fun and interesting! And very hard. The only ones I recognised pretty easily was the fruits.

And then there was the thing with the marshmallows. For some very weird reason the discussion on Twitter recently went in the direction of marshmallows and wine and mixing the two. So... I had to try it. And here are the pictures as proof! My very professional opinion is that marshmallows clearly go well with Sauvignon Blanc. Cabernet Sauvignon definitely didn't go well together with them. So now you know. But after a couple of glasses marshmallows go with everything. Oh but Cava suited them the best.

And then a totally unrelated picture I found on my phone when I uploaded the wine tasting pictures... My friend told me "if anyone can rock them, it's you!" and made me try on these apple sunglasses in H&M.

No, I didn't buy them... Promise!!

24 Mar 2011

La la la - Stuck in my head all day

For some (strange?) reason.
This song.
Has been stuck in my head all day today.
There's a shortage in the switch.

P!nk - Just Like A Pill

Last night it was this song.
Oopsy daisy. 
Wobbly bits.

Imelda May - Inside Out

Why did I ever listen to this song?
Don't do it!
Am I headed for a car crash?

Jedward - Lipstick

Yesterday I was listening to Dolly Parton a lot.
This is one of my favourite songs of hers.
She reminds me of a blonde Sherilyn Fenn in this clip for some reason. 
Heart both.
And you know if there's one thing this blonde has learned
Blondes have more fun

Dolly Parton - Dumb Blonde

Not so much stuck in my head as in my heart. 

A head full of visions
I struggle to recall
Those ancient of wisdoms
Are poured into us all
Air will crackle in the heat
The harvest moon will reign
And you won't let me down again

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - You Won't Let Me Down Again

23 Mar 2011

Wise and true words by glamorous Dame Elizabeth

Today Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79.

I had never seen what she wrote in her tweets on her Twitter account @DameElizabeth. Only had a look at them today when people started retweeting them. I see she has tweeted some very wise words. Many things that I believe in. Words I try to live by but still have a long way to go before I truly do.

"You are who you are. 
All you can do in this world is help others to be who they are and 
better themselves and those around them." 

Remember always to give. 
That is the thing that will make you grow." 

"That is the thing that will give back to you all the rewards that there are. 
Don't do it for yourself, 
because then it becomes selfish."

 "I have to be stronger and more appreciative of what I do have."

 "Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind. I love you." 

I visited Basel, Switzerland earlier this year and there was an Andy Warhol exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel art museum. Some of the main pieces were portaits of Elizabeth Taylor. They also had the original photographs that Andy Warhol had used for his works.

RIP Elizabeth Taylor. 

This tweet from her made me chuckle and yes, it's so true:

"You can't cry on a diamond's shoulder and 
diamonds won't keep you warm at night, 
but they're sure fun when the sun shines!"

22 Mar 2011

Paris picture marathon

Finally. Finally I get around to posting some pictures from my amazing Paris weekend trip.

Some of the pictures are taken with my mobile phone, Nokia N8, and the rest with my Canon Powershot SX110 IS.

21 Mar 2011

Hello Kitty bow vs funky studded bracelet

Today my friend asked me if I could come shopping with her because she needed to buy something for a little girl's birthday. She wanted to go to H&M's children's department. I of course joined her gladly. I love shopping for presents. Okay, I love shopping.  Period.

Among other things I bought something I am not sure I'll ever wear (don't I always?) but it was too cute not to buy (haven't I heard that before?). A huge red bow headband. From the girls' department. When I got home I knew I had to do a makeup look to match the bow so I did. To compensate for the girliness of the huge red bow I also got a funky bracelet from the boys' department.

Let's pretend I'm at least twenty years younger. 
And my mirror is clearly dirty.
Let's pretend it's clean.

 Yep. I really am a grown up.

On my nails I'm wearing Zoya Kelly if anyone is interested.

20 Mar 2011

A weekend with no plans turned out great after all

On Friday I was whining to everyone who listened how I had no plans for the weekend and how much that annoyed me. I'm a person who needs to have plans and things to do because otherwise I can become very restless. I get bored if I just stay at home the whole weekend.

But as it happened this weekend turned out to be great after all and not the least bit boring!

On Friday I went out to one of the local pubs with a friend and we were supposed to just stay for a little while but of course stayed until they closed. And I bumped into a couple of other friends too. Had such a great time just chatting and learning to know my friends better.

On Saturday I was originally supposed to go to a party but that got cancelled. But another friend wanted to go out to a night club so that we did. And I met people who I hadn't met in about 15 years at the club. Absolutely crazy! It was a real blast from the past. And the funny thing was that these people hadn't changed one bit. Actually a bit scary.

Then today I had thought I'd just spend the day on the sofa watching dvds and yes, just doing nothing. But the weather was absolutely stunning so I just had to go out out for a walk in the sunshine. And the snow is finally melting for real it seems. I walked to a shopping centre and found a really cute dress. I have a huge thing for dresses lately.

The rest of the day I spent watching The Big Bang Theory. I recently bought the dvd box with the first three seasons. I think I am in love with Sheldon. But I'm pretty sure I am not the only one.

19 Mar 2011

Pretty and unique, handmade and recycled roses

Today there were several small Finnish designers selling their products in the big shopping center in the city. They had their small stalls with their beautiful creations and I was tempted to buy all of it. I decided on two things, that I fell in love with immediately and looked very much like "me": a necklace and a bracelet.

Necklace with rose drawn by pencil. Annielina Jewellery. 
She also makes other kinds of jewellery. 

The bracelet in itself is an old belt and the rose is painted on recycled leather. Uniqeco Design. 

18 Mar 2011

Hearts and chills for Jessie J

Getting ready to go out to the local pub with a friend and started youtubing. 
I love this song and this performance and Jessie J. 
Lots of hearts and chills.

It's okay not to be okay
Sometimes it's hard, to follow your heart.
But tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising,
There's nothing wrong with who you are.

Jessie J - Who You Are (Live @ Times Square)

You can listen to the whole album on Spotify:

17 Mar 2011

The Adjustment Bureau

Went to see The Adjustment Bureau tonight. The local movie theatre had tickets for only 6 € today and since the normal price during the week is 10 € (even more on the weekends) I of course had to take advantage of the opportunity. I saw the trailer for The Adjustment Bureau when I went to see Black Swan and thought it looked like something of a mix of the Bourne trilogy and Inception. Exciting and a bit weird. With a romantic twist. And hello, look at the poster. My favourite colours! It must be great. Right?

But yeah, what's up with the stupid title? It really doesn't make the film sound more appealing does it?

picture from Wikipedia 

Well... I guess I should've guessed from the clumsy title that it wouldn't be as great as it seemed. It wasn't at all a bad movie, it did have some great moments. But it just didn't completely do it for me. Still, I did give it 7/10 on IMDb. Pretty average okay movie. 

I didn't get bored and didn't look at the time once. That's always a good sign in my book. I just wish it would've been more exciting. I only jumped in my seat once! And didn't feel like squeezing my friend's arm once. And wish it would've been more weird, it was more like Men in Black without aliens and without being funny on the weird scale. And yeah either less romantic or much more romantic. I wasn't completely convinced by the romance even though it was more romantic than weird and exciting. If a movie is perfectly romantic it makes me cry, but this one only made me feel a tiny bit sad once.

I would say this would perhaps be a good film to see on a date when you don't want to see something you need to sit and analyse or think too much about while watching it.

(I haven't forgotten about the Paris pictures, just been too busy to write more about the trip. They will come soon... promise! Soonish.)

14 Mar 2011

"Sometimes you know your friends before you meet them"

Happiness is... - part 5

I am back from Paris! The weekend was absolutely great, couldn't have asked for more. I met a friend there whom I have never met in real life before. We have known each other online for several years but never had the chance to meet before this. Now we decided it was about time we met and made a weekend trip out of it.

I had no real worries about meeting her because I really felt I knew her well and she knew me. She is one of the people in my life I trust 100%. Actually I always trust people far too easily and sometimes end up hurt because of it, but deep down I know I shouldn't trust most people all the time, but her I would trust with my life. No question.

Meeting her was like meeting an old friend. You know, when you haven't seen an old friend for a long time you still get along like you always have right from the start. Like you would've never spent time apart. It was like that. Happiness. The title of this blog post is stolen from her Facebook status after she came home from the trip. So I'm guessing it was pretty much the same experience for her as for me.

We spoke English the whole weekend and last night when I was travelling home again I noticed I was thinking in English. That usually doesn't happen that fast for me. It took me weeks to start thinking in English when I spent three months in Australia and a couple of months to start thinking in Danish when I spent half a year in Denmark. So I guess that means this really was quite an intense weekend.

Of course I took a lot of pictures but still haven't finished sorting them so I will do another blog post concentrating on those some other day. However, here is a small sneak peak.

A picture of us reflected in a detail on a Bolivian carnival costume at musée du quai Branly. 

10 Mar 2011

Bonjour! Je m'appelle Perruche. Oui, oui! C'est vrai! Je crois.

Perruche is Parakeet in French according to Google Translate so please do correct me if I'm wrong. My French is somewhat rusty. Je parle un petit peu français. A very very petit peu I might add. Any chance I'd be able to magically learn a bit more French by tomorrow morning? It could come in handy in Paris.

Yes, Paris! The City of Love as some might call it (blah I say!). I will be passing on that description, thank you very much. I like The City of Lights much much better (bitter old cat lady syndrome approaching). But after this weekend it might very well be called The City of Silliness when one of my dearest friends and me finally meet and spread our silly craziness all over the city. I'm guessing some Parisians might give funny looks to a Spanish and a Finnish woman who tomorrow can't stop giggling because they are so tired from waking up in the middle of the night to travel and so excited about finally meeting after knowing each other for years in the world of the Internet (maybe she turns out to be a big scary hairy old man with no teeth and bad body odour who snores and chews very loudly?).

Anyways... to somehow try adjusting to the beautiful language of French I am now listening to Mylène Farmer. I remember first seeing her music video on MTV at a friend's house in the very early 1990's. The first song, and still one of my favourites from her, I heard was Je t'aime mélancolie. Haven't actually listened to her music so often even though I really like it. Might be because lyrics are after all quite important to me and my French has never been on the level that I'd understand more than the basics. Now with online translation sites it is of course thankfully much easier to get some idea of the lyrics.

And yeah... I should probably study some Spanish too... Donde esta McDonalds? is about the only thing I can say. Came in handy when a bunch of 18-year olds where set lose by themselves for a couple of weeks in Spain. And in Spanish I am of course Periquito!!

And now. Better start packing! Springtime in Paris! Aah, happiness.

Two of my favourite songs by Mylène Farmer (not very cheerful ones, I know. But great!)

8 Mar 2011

International Women's Day

In the morning when I woke up I decided I would not get all worked up about today. But of course I was wrong. Well, I tried. For like two minutes.

So why would I get worked up about today? Well... it's International Women's Day and at least here in Finland it feels to me like many seem to think of the day as just a day to give women presents. Or a day to say something “funny” about women in their Facebook statuses. I know people don't mean anything bad when they do that. Or at least I hope they don't. It can of course be nice to receive presents (I'm just bitter I'm not getting any!) and yes, even sexist jokes can sometimes be funny (I do have a sense of humour hidden somewhere). But when you think about what this day originally stands for it feels a bit tasteless don't you think?

So what is today about then? Well I am sure there are many answers to that question. It's a day to celebrate women around the world, their achievements throughout history and in the future. And for me the most significant thing is to raise awareness of the inequalities that still exist in our world between the genders even though progress is happening all the time. Very slowly.

Today Annie Lennox tweeted the following: 

"Women perform 66% of the world's work, 
earn 10% of world's income 
 and own 1% of the world's property"

I checked to find the original source and it's from Unicef.

That should be a wake up call, don't you think? But I'm afraid that many might just shrug it off and think oh well, that's sounds really crappy but what can you do, and then go about their day. And yes, of course everyone can't constantly be actively fighting for human rights and thinking of others if their own life is okay and they feel they are treated with respect everywhere they go. Like probably most people in my country do. I can't say I feel discriminated against because of my gender on a daily basis. But it happens. Plus everyone has their own issues to think about after all.

Today I heard two women tell a man while laughing: "Oh, but where are all the flowers and cakes? You should've baked for us today!". Yes, I do realise they were joking of course but I can't help thinking it's no wonder there is still so many equality issues even in our country when even women don't understand the meaning of this day but treat it like it's Mother's Day, Valentine's Day etc... Mm... no.

Oh and don't get me started with all the shops using this day to sell more stuff. Buy two for one and pamper yourself on Women's Day! I mean come one, are we really that stupid? I guess we are. To sell more things and make more money because women are treated badly just because they are women is just wrong. Because that's what it is, isn't it? More business because of the suffering of others. Tough world. Wow. Seriously.

I don't think it's wrong to give presents or pamper yourself today. I am just afraid that the real, not to mention extremely important, reason for this day will soon be completely forgotten.

I understand that many might think that I take this all too seriously. And they are probably right. Taking things too seriously is something I'm rather good at. (Yay, I'm good at something! Pat on back!) But I am very glad there are people out there who take it much more seriously than I do and dedicate their lives so that girls can have the opportunity to go to school and women have the opportunity to start a business and make a change in their lives for the better.

Happy 100th International Women's Day to you all, women and men and children alike (probably no children reading this though, I hope. If yes, go read something more interesting and by someone who writes better)! And hopefully in another 100 years time there will be no need for this day anymore.

So, are we equals?

This feminist might just have found her calling.

7 Mar 2011

Roses are red nail stamping

Haven't done my nails properly for a little while now. I keep saying my nails are depressed. They have not been in good condition and the cuticles look horrible. Plus I've actually started biting my cuticles again because of some things troubling my mind a little bit. But then I saw V.'s amazing Spring Roses nails and just had to do something like it.

Yesterday I bought a new nail polish from H&M called Deep Sea and polished my nails with it immediately when I came home. Such a refreshing and cheerful colour! Today I then stamped it with China Glaze's Hey Sailor. The plate I used for stamping is one I got from eBay a while ago with a couple of other plates. Don't really have more information about it, sorry.

Cupcakes for girls are pink

On Saturday I was invited to a friend's birthday party and she had wished for peanut butter cupcakes. Her wish was my command. I googled and found a recipe for peanut butter and Snickers-bar cupcakes. Sounded yummy enough so had to try it.

This is what they looked like straight from the oven.

But obviously they had to become much more girlie. 
Pink whipped cream with chocolate heart and pink sprinkles!


And I managed to find the perfect birthday card to go with that.

6 Mar 2011

Black Swan - extreme emotional experience

Just got back from seeing Black Swan. Heart is still pounding and still catching my breath. What an emotional experience! Borderline anxiety attack. I don't remember when I've "felt" as much during a movie the last time. Natalie Portman certainly deserved her Oscar! Actually I think the only other emotional experience from a movie that is comparable is from Dancer In The Dark. The anxiety there was different though, I could not stop crying.

Black Swan didn't make me cry, it made me completely speechless. And I must say I am very glad I went to see it by myself. I could not have talked to anyone right after it finished. I easily give it 10/10 even though I am not very likely to ever want to see it again. 

 (picture from Wikipedia)

The balance of the universe early Sunday morning

No good without evil. No happiness without disappointments. No up without down. No laughter without tears. Etc etc, you know what I'm talking about. And while all that may very well be true to some extent, I don't think it is some higher force who created the world as opposites. I think it us humans who do that. We need opposites to understand things easier.

Of course there are opposites, but I see them as created concepts and I don't think they are as harshly defined as we often tend to think of them. While it sounds a bit boring, the world is not about opposites like black and white, it's actually just one huge grey. And yes, I'm sure people far smarter than me have said all of this much better and there are all kinds of theories about balance and opposites but this is just me waking up at 6am on a Sunday morning trying to make sense out of things. I really should start reading more on topics like this though.

So far this has been a weekend of on one hand disappointments and tears and on the other happiness and laughter. But in those disappointments there have also been good things and in the happiness and laughter there have been things that haven't felt perfect. People have shown other sides of themselves. Some better and some worse. And others just haven't changed.

See, I constantly keep using the opposites to describe things. I really see it is as a never ending scale from one opposite to another without anything being at the far end of either extreme. But since the scale is different from situation to situation and person to person it is not possible for me to say "That was +23 on the good-bad scale". For that we'd need to decide on a scale for it, like for temperature. But again, since we all have our own scales we'd never come to any agreement. And I don't think we need to either. Most of the time we can agree if we call something right or wrong or if not then we usually understand why the other person sees it as the other opposite. I guess that is just part of being human.

Sometimes I do wish I would see things in a less complicated way. Sometimes it would be easier to divide things and people into opposites. Wouldn't it?

Something high on my "cute - ugly scale" - Hello Kitty wrapping paper

Something high on my "catchy song - boring song scale" - September Resuscitate Me

3 Mar 2011

Katy B - Broken Record

Broken Record. Katy B's newest video and single. 
I love her style and voice so much. 
Some songs instantly just feel so right for me and this is one of them. 

I WANT WILL aka Major nail polish craving

I saw these limited edition nail polishes that nails inc. have created for the wedding of William and Kate. I love most things British so my heart definitely skipped a beat when I saw this one particular polish.

'Will' Union Jack crystal nail polish (picture from nailsinc.com)

Just look at it!! My favourite nail polish colour is bright red and then those crystals. I mean come on. I definitely need to get my hands on one of these somehow. Problem is I can't figure out how to get hold of them from outside the UK. But hopefully someone will be able to help me out.
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