It all started a few weeks ago when I made public my Halloween-inspired photos.
The ring that I was wearing was from a store called Regal Rock and I got in touch with them and they were kind enough to tell me that if I have a piece jewelry that I like, they would be happy to send it to me for free. Since I’m not a picky person, I showed them some of their jewelry that were saved in my wishlist and I told them to choose one piece and send it over here.
A few days ago, I went to the post office with the notification left in the mailbox by the mailman and I was given a small package. I totally forgot that something was on the way to me and I didn’t expect it to arrive so early especially because it was sent from China. Once I got home, I opened it and I was so surprised to see that the little box was filled up with jewelry!
They were individually wrapped and protected with layers of bubble wrap and the big surprise was to see that they didn’t send me one piece that I liked, but all of them and some extras. I’ve been their customer for a long time now and this collaboration/sponsorship/whatever you want to call it, is SO much on my taste and it fills my heart with joy to know that someone appreciates what I do and helps me continue and supports me at the same time.
You can check out their store HERE ! THANK YOU Regal Rock for your kindness, support and for this beautiful surprise!
Now these beauties reside among my other products that I bought from Regalrock a long time ago.
Hietaniemi was one of the first places that I’ve seen on my first visit here 6 years ago. Once you enter the gates of the cemetery, you don’t feel like it’s a regular burial ground. It feels more like a park where you can rest your thoughts, take a long walk and admire the beautiful architecture of the tomb stones, of the canopy gravestones and of course, the tall and beautiful statues.
One of the beautiful things that you can find in this cemetery is the amount of playful and friendly squirrels. I always say that I will buy some nuts before I go there and I always forget. So, in case you wanna visit this place, don’t go there unless you have nuts in your pocket!
It felt good for a few hours to feel the vibration of Helsinki, but once I got home, I realized how much I adore living in a small town, with not so much around but nature, stilness and my beloved one. I love exploring, I love big cities but I could never live in a big city again.
*some more squirrel photo spamming because they are too cute not to share 😀 but this cutie pie in particular was playing next to me, not feeling any danger and being incredibly joyful and playful and I believe that she enjoyed my presence there as much as I enjoyed her’s!
Thursday early in the morning, I hopped on the commuter train to Helsinki. After an adventurous journey with delays, changing trains and making friends with a wonderful Finnish girl, I made it to the capital of Finland. After finishing some paper work at the Embassy of Romania, I decided to explore another side of Helsinki that I’ve never visited before.
On the way from Stenbäckinkatu towards Kamppi, a beautiful crimson building near by Töölö library has captured my attention. It was covered with red ivy leaves, with a marble plaque dating back to 1922 and people rushing back and forth through the door of the building trying to reach their destination in time. I would have taken better photos but although they say 7-10 is the rushing hour, I am sure that 11 is as well because I kept on bumping into people and I just decided to keep on walking. Also, in the neighborhood I discovered a variety of tax free souvenir shops, a good way for the travelers to buy junk for their loved ones and at the same time, to save up some money.
On the way, a neoclassical building popped up and surprise – surprise! that was the Parliament of Finland with a very neat front yard and you could also notice the grand golden chandeliers picking out among the bars of the high windows. It looked like a modern Hogwarts, to be honest.
In the following photos, you have more beautiful buildings and interesting parts of Helsinki like the National Museum of Finland, Helsinki Music Centre (and the creepy pike statue called “Laulupuut” (Song Trees) ) etc. that you can feast your eyes on.
Part two coming up soon 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve last written here but I must say that I have no inspiration for anything during summer. I just want to lock myself in a basement until the cold season arrives 🙂
This year, a heatwave has swooped upon Finland and it lasted for a few months (!) Thankfully the heatwave has come to an end and my creative block stopped.
As an apology for my absence from my blog, I give you some “spoopy”/inspirational photos. Halloween it’s something that I’ve celebrated since I was a child and I enjoy turning myself into something that I would love to be or at least wear on a daily basis.
I haven’t thought of a name for this photo session but I think I’ll just name it “Myself” because that’s how I really am, although I am so colorful on the inside (yeah, hard to believe). Or maybe you have better ideas? 😉
Hope y’all are doing well and would love to hear what are your plans for this Halloween?
Contact lenses: Cybershop Finland
Crown: Flying Tiger
I didn’t think that I will be able to do another cover song any sooner, but I did it! This time it’s a song that I’ve been obsessively listening to when I was around 16 years old and it was so fun recording and filming it!
The ears are made by me out of polymer clay and they are not equal but this is what happens when things are done in a hurry.
Without any further ado, here’s my “Deep silent complete” cover, originally performed by the well-known Finnish symphonic metal band, Nightwish. Enjoy!
My annual Easter video is here (because you asked for it)! And it had to be filmed in the kitchen where I always fail nicely 😀
YouTube is a place where I’m allowed to do what I know best. From vlogs to DIYs, live performances, cover songs, my own music, etc.
My channel is a mixture of all those things mentioned above because I like diversity. And for this, now I’ve have created playlists so it will be easier for my new unsubscribed visitors to have a look through what I create 🙂 If you like what I do, feel free to subscribe to my channel!
…not really. But while I was enjoying my morning cup (make it a mug) of rooibos tea with honey and eating a waffle that was made a night before, I looked outside and everything seemed so blue. I checked my phone and the weather app said “-18”. And of course, I don’t trust my phone or nowadays technology but once I checked the thermometer outside, it was indeed -18. And hei! What does Ioana do when it’s really cold? She goes outside, of course!
And here is my first outfit post. Not very “fashion” though because winters in Finland are really heavy and cold and nobody wants get pneumonia, right? The “outfit” posts will be a new category on my blog. My style changes through the years and I really love putting outfits together and I always like to get out of the pattern. Not a fashion guru but hope to inspire you!
Jacket – no brand , faux fur mittens – Bik Bok , turtleneck & earrings – H&M