…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
I don’t think I even wished you all a good start of 2018 so Happy New Year everyone!
My first post of this year will be a carol because outside is snowing, fairy lights are still all around the neighborhood and my Christmas tree is not in the storage room yet. Down below you have my dark version of the Ukrainian carol called “Carol of the Bells” (also known as “Ukrainian Bell Carol”) but most of the people know it from the “Home Alone” movie and this just makes me watch it again and again *cough*.
Although the song has been recorded about a month ago, yesterday I went into the forest and froze my fingers off while taking photos for the digital artwork that I also did last night (it took me more than 7 hours). I used to spend my nights playing with my graphic tablet and creating digital fantasy worlds, but at some point I just stopped but because the “New Year’s resolution” is quite popular nowadays, here’s my resolution for this year: to continue creating photomanipulations. What’s your resolution/s for this year?
Torpparimuseo – The Tenant Farmer Museum in Laurinmäki – is the place that I discovered this summer on Juhannus day and it’s always a pleasure to come back!
It’s like an old Finnish traditional village that gives you a glimpse of the past, of how people used to live and how well-built wood houses were back then.
The old things are preserved impeccably and the forest around the small village offers visitors a friendly welcome and it feels like there are no rules – meaning, it feels like nobody is watching you and you can freely explore the surroundings.
In my hometown in Romania, we have also a village museum similar to Torpparimuseo and being there it gave me a feeling of home. And although last week when I was there the weather was dreary, the green of the forest was so vibrant! Like not a single autumn has ever stopped by there!
A must-see place if you happen to be in Finland!
Although many countries don’t celebrate Halloween, I do that since I was in elementary school and I’m loving it! 😀 Our home is already filled up with “mamluks” (as my grandma would call them) and it will be fun to dust the furniture this month, although we use the Halloween knick knacks all year round because I can’t find any inspiration or comfort in a house with empty shelves, empty walls, etc. And yes, you guessed it right. I don’t like minimalist houses.
So here’s my latest video and cheers to my 200 subscribers!
I’ve dusted off my old hobbies/passions, took the camera out of the forgotten drawer and went out into Mother Nature’s arms.
The arrival of autumn always breaks my creative blocks and brings me an indescribable joy! Doing all the things that I’m doing is like food for my soul. With all that, the sweaters come along, the cozy nights on the couch spent next to my beloved one and the pumpkin season!
And now all my weekends are booked. And by “booked” I mean that I will not do anything else but C R E A T E . Music, videos, sculptures, absolutely everything my “itchy fingers” crave for. Because morning wake-ups and running errands every day during the week keep me away from the things that I love.
So, with that being said, I’m back to business and hello autumn!
Oversized sweater: thrifted
Shorts: New Look
Laceup belt: BikBok
Necklace; Alchemy Gothic
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!
May has been a quiet and a busy month at the same time but I am back with a new mini travel vlog 🙂
Although I had many plans for my trip to Helsinki, they all have been ruined by the cloudy cold weather.
A trip with adventures – although I had two cameras with me, the moment I wanted to take photos in front of Tuomikirkko, I took the DSLR out of my bag and I was wondering why it was sooo…”not so heavy” until I realized that I have forgotten the battery in the unplugged charger…And also my friend came from Romania here for the first time so it was wonderful to “relive” moments from my first visit to Helsinki which happened in 2013.