The glossy lid look – I know this was popular last year, but during this time when everyone pretends to be in love and happy, I think with the help of a red lip gloss and mascara, you are ready to go on a date! I personally didn’t have a red lip gloss and I used some very good pigmented red eye shadow from Fräulein and on top I applied a lip gloss from Essence. With my finger tips, I smudged the gloss all over my eyelids (you don’t need a brush for this) and during the day, to avoid from creasing, you don’t even need to carry the lip gloss with you. Just tap on your lid with your finger tips and you’re done.
The messy hairstyle – Due to the fact that for some good years when I was in ballet my mom used to make out of my hair a Spanish bun and I had it almost everyday, I don’t like wearing my hair up! And I guess this is the first time when I don’t have the hair down in front of the camera. But for today’s look I chose a messy hairstyle. If you have a cowlick hair like I do, teasing your hair is a must! Spray it with an extra strong fixing hairspray, grab all your hair like you would put it in a high ponytail, twist it into a “banana” and grip it with bobby pins. That’s pretty much what I did and it lasted the whole day.
Be inspired for this kitschy celebration and don’t hesitate to wear color even if outside it’s snowing. Cheerio!
Coat – Fresh Spirit by Ellos
Corset – KappAhl
Choker – Haotic (RO)
Earrings – vintage
…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
Doing everything myself was something that I have always wanted to do. I’ve always liked to try new things, learn new things that interest me, be good at it and not depend on anyone.
Since I dusted off my graphic tablet, I spent the last days learning how to “animate” and draw digitally. I am not professionally trained to do such things but you do not have to be. All you need to do is to practice and love what you do.
So now we have an intro for my vlogs and a “behind the scenes” video! 🙂 Trust me, behind every song that I make or digital art that I create, there is a lot of work and many sleepless nights.
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?
I watch many vloggers everyday and I get so inspired by them, but sometimes I don’t have the courage to make certain videos. Until this year when I filmed my first ever Vlogmas and it was so much fun!
The thing is that, when I’ll grow older, I wanna look back, relieve memories and be proud of myself. Hopefully YouTube will still exist then.
And here I come with an idea for the dark minded people or for the people that have two personalities (like me): dark and glittery. Since I know myself, I’ve always liked to create a positive/inspirational environment at our home. I truly hate empty walls, especially too much white is…too much! so for me, a comfy home is a home with lots of memories framed, trinkets, antique candle holders, old furniture and music instruments. A place where I go back from work to get inspired. This is how I would describe our home. And for this year, I opted for a 60 cm tree for our bedroom, a tree that I have decorated with my Halloween ornaments. For our living room I chose glitter. But more about that in my next post!
Watch the video down below and get inspired!
We all need a change sometimes. It doesn’t matter if it’s a life change, hair change or whatever kind of change it is. Changes make us feel better for sure!
I personally felt that I needed a change and I got myself a pair of contact lenses and of course, I bleached my ends at home three tones lighter (it’s Christmas time and my other personality needs glitter and a lot of color!). I’ve always been afraid of contact lenses, especially when last year I tried for the first time some red contacts for a Halloween project of mine and trying to put them on almost made me cry and my hands were trembling and my eye lids just didn’t want to stay still for a second. Not to mention how uncomfortable they were. Back then I swore that I will never buy contacts again. Until last weekend while I was in Helsinki, I stopped by at my favorite shop: CyberShop.
Wandering among racks filled with goodies, I stumbled upon the glass cabinet under the point of sale and there they were: my turquoise contacts waiting for me to be taken home. After a long conversation with a very friendly girl who works at the shop, I bought them. And once I got home, I read all the instructions, I left them in their moisturizing solution for 6 hours and the next day I gave contact lenses another chance. Plus, I got myself some eye drops for my dry eyes (hint 😉 ).
This time it went better than I expected and I am so happy to finally be able to wear them! I’ve been loving turquoise/blue/ eyes since forever and now I can have them!
If you’re interested in buying your first pair or your next pair of contact lenses, I highly recommend you CyberShop! The site is safe (and also in English), the staff extremely friendly, the prices affordable, high quality contact lenses and a big variety to choose from! Find many more alternative goodies by clicking on the logo down below ↓
I remember it was my first October in Finland. On a cold (very early) morning, I sat on our balcony and stared at the sky because the constellations were visible and while pointing with my finger at them trying to remember their names, I found myself suddenly humming a melody which I’ve never listened to before.
And pretty much this sums up how my beloved song “Adventures in The North” was born. On the same morning, a demo has been recorded and a few months later, I had the pleasure to work with two wonderful friends/musicians that gave a better sound and a special touch to my song. So, in three days when Finland celebrates 100 years of independence, my lyric & making-of video will be up on my YouTube channel!
EN: The official lyric & making-of video of my first song “Adventures in The North” will be released on YouTube on 6th of December! Stay tuned!
FI: Ensimmäinen kappaleeni “Adventures in The North” virallinnen lyriikka video julkaistaan YouTubessa 6 joulukuuta! Pysy kanavalla!
RO: Prima mea piesă “Adventures in The North” va fi lansată pe YouTube împreună cu un videoclip pe 6 Decembrie!