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From the country of snow castles straight in the newspaper

In the morning of 15th of January, on the thin pages of the local newspaper from my hometown, I made my appearance. Words beautifully arranged by the talented journalist Daniela Beale, have transformed a simple interview into a real fairytale with actual events from my life.

Once upon a time,
the official biography of the metal band Nightwish, has become the book that started it all, followed by trusting the receiver in me by contacting the “Nightwish teacher” (as people like to call him) Plamen Dimov, whom I found mentioned in the lines of the very first pages of the book.
My first musical journey to Finland where I begun taking roots, meeting my other half on the magical realm two years later and knowing since a young age that one day I will live here, not even having a clue where my “home” is on the map at that age, are a few of my life events that had been written about in the first lines of page 8 of the newspaper.


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“I had a very good day at work and I still have the habit of singing on my way home, especially because the road I am walking on, is not populated. And as I was singing, on the right side, across the road, I saw a deer. I was looking at it, I almost did not breathe at all and the moment I took my phone out of my pocket, it ran away.
“If I start singing again, would it return?” I have wondered. And so I did! I started to sing louder than before and the deer returned. ” – it is a beautiful memory that actually happened last year on my way back home from work which I will always remember dearly and if you’re wondering which song I was singing, it was Auri – I hope your world is kind . I was prepared to write a blog post about this fortunate event the moment I got home but I told myself that one day there will be another way to talk about it. And I was right!

While reading the article, I get emotional. It feels like I’ve done something right in this life and that I am not alone. There are people in this world who support my music, my creative life and who understand me better than I can imagine.

The interview/fairytale ends with my most honest words:

“I am like Peter Pan. I do not want to grow up ever! I want to be left in my world because there I am close to happiness. But to know my mother, father and grandmother healthy, that is my supreme happiness!”

And now I want to thank to all the people who keep encouraging me to follow my dreams, the people who are always eagerly waiting for a new tune from me and of course to Crai Nou newspaper that has always been very supportive ever since I was 15 years old and back then I was releasing my bilingual poetry book. THANK YOU!

Read the full article here !

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How can you think of Halloween when it’s snowing outside?

Most of the Finns celebrated Halloween this year on 4th of November and that’s why yesterday when we went to the grocery store, the town was almost empty and a few of the stores were closed.  And I was wondering why, until I checked my news feed and my beloved Finnish friends were sharing photos of their outfits and then I realized that all my decorations are now in boxes in our storage room waiting to see the light of the day next year -_- So yeah, I celebrated Halloween when there was still snow outside and it felt like a spooky Christmas to be honest xD 

 (coat from the Boho clothing store (Raatihuoneenkatu 29
13100 Hämeenlinna, Finland
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So yeah, here is a video of  this year’s home decor! And subscribe to my YouTube channel if you are into music, art and life in Finland 🙂

’till next time! 

 

Two years in Finland

Two years ago I started my journey to Finland and now I can happily say that I permanently live here ❤

I wanted to go somewhere and film something exciting for my readers/subscribers but all my plans have been shattered by the nasty weather…so I ended up in front of my laptop playing this game called “Influent”. While playing, I recorded myself talking nonsense and just having fun failing 😀

Enjoy the video and cheers to two years in Finland!

Juhannus

Every year here in Finland, we have this holiday called Juhannus and people consider this celebration as important as Christmas. I personally don’t celebrate it but since I moved here, every time for Juhannus we are going to look for a kokko – the traditional midsummer bonfire. This year we were all tired and quite late so most of the kokkos that we have seen were almost off. And the weather has not helped us at all – rain, mellow weather and cold.

But at least I got to “vlog” a bit our Juhannus adventure so here it is. Enjoy! 😀

Once upon a December

I’ve been wanting to record the song “Once upon a December” for a while now but I didn’t have any free time or good disposition (the lack of sun here in Finland makes me really tired sometimes).

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But yesterday I finished everything: from recording to filming and some extra photos in my “home studio” 😀 So everything is done by me!

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The voice might sound like it’s coming out of a jar because I’m still learning my recording software but I’ll get there! Appreciate the effort, please! 😛

So, here you have my cover of “Once upon a December”. The movie has a special meaning to me and each time I watch it, my thoughts fly to my grandmother who is waiting for me home in Romania so I dedicate this to her with all my heart ❤

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The last warm days

I know it’s been a few weeks since I didn’t write here but I’m back!

Suomenlinna – is the place where I always like to go whenever I’m in Helsinki. I got a ticket from the ticket machine at the Market Square and I jumped in the ferry. The journey to the sea fortress takes around 10 minutes but I never count how long it takes because it feels amazing to be on top of the water and to have the wind playing with your hair and seagulls flying above at the same pace with the ferry. It feels like you are one of them. One with the nature!

This time I explored the island a bit more and I have discovered places where I could hide and be alone. Places where I can have the Baltic Sea at the bottom of my feet and then rest in a coffee shop with a hot chocolate and an original Fazer chocolate candy. All these things you can see yourself below. Enjoy!DSC_0109.jpgdsc_0144


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And as a blog post ending “delight”, here is a mini travel vlog 🙂 See you next time!

Cheerio, darlings!

 

One with the waves, ocean soul

There is a place for each one of us where our soul finds it’s peace. Mine is close to the water.
Each time I see a river or a lake, my soul starts trembling of joy and my heart almost pops out of my chest. It’s a feeling of being home. A feeling of serenity and peace of mind.
I am a simple person and small things make me happy. But more happy I am when I can see with my own eyes the reflection of the forest or the sky on the lake. And although water is odourless, I feel a special scent of the waves that I cannot put into words and that makes it even more special to me!
That’s why I’ve chosen to film my parts for the Ocean Soul project on a deck over the lake. After filming a few scenes, my beloved one asked me “Aren’t you cold? I am freezing!” and I can honestly tell you that I did not notice the cold wind blowing until he told me.
I was above water and I was free!
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The idea of the musical project called Ocean Souls belongs entirely to Dean Kopri and it’s also a part of Kitee International Art & Music Festival. He managed to gather 12 people from different countries together, with different singing styles, created wonderful piano arrangements of the original songs by Nightwish and wrote music sheet for every single voice and instrument. How awesome is that? We all have been working for almost a year now on our parts and although Ocean Souls have played in Kitee (Finland) this summer, some of us couldn’t make it but the other girls simply nailed it! I will leave down bellow our first song published on YouTube for the entire world to listen and stay tuned for more!
And although you can barely see the make-up in the video, here is what I used:
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*Before foundation, I always moisturize my skin with the daily moisturizer with camelina oil by Lumene and leave it for a few minutes to let the skin absorb it*
Foundation: FIT me! by Maybelline (matte + poreless) #105 natural ivory
Beauty blender by PARSA beauty
Concealer: Soft touch mousse by Essence #20 soft sand
Eyeshadow base: I (heart) stage by Essence
Eyebrows:Eyebrow stylist set by Essence
Powder (just a little bit!): New mater maker by Maybelline New York #10 classic ivory
Eyelid highlights: a sparklish-pinkish color from the pallete Magic Studio Naked Way
Eyelid shadow: Ombre essentielle by Chanel #112 pulsion
Eyeliner: Liquid ink eyeliner waterproof by Essence
Mascara: Rock ‘n’ doll by Essence
Bronzer: Bronzing powder by H&M #dark tan (just a bit on the top of the brush otherwise it would look weird on the cheeckbonesbecause I hate getting a tan!)
Lips: XXXL Longlasting lipgloss velvet matt & lipliner #06satin mauve by Essence (I love nude colors for the lips!)
And to set and help the make-up last on the face the whole day, I use the setting spray matte finish from NYX. It’s a life-saver and I love it!
Do you still wonder why your girlfriend is always late on a date? haha!
And at the end of the day, instead of tea with honey and lemon and Paracetamol, I switched to hazelnut vanilla ice cream. Ooops!
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