Happy Favourites of the Week – Russia and Literature

10 European Cities With The Best Eco-Hotels – This article explores cities where it is relatively easy for you to find eco-hotels.

Happy Favourites of the Week - Russian Literature and Work - byLiiL

Lunch at Halloumi – Last week we had lunch with my fiance at the Halloumi restaurant that offers meze foods. The food was delicious and they offered a lot of options for vegetarian and gluten-free foods, for anybody who requires that. It was also lovely to see my fiance for lunch, we rarely get to have lunch together, because I usually am running around in different places for my work.

Inspired by Work – I’ve been feeling very inspired with my work recently. I feel more confident which makes me try new things and when they work out I get even more excited. Although getting close to Christmas means more and more work, I enjoy every minute, but am happy for the weekends as well!

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Nicholas and Alexandra – I’ve been reading a book about the last Romanov family. A book which I was expecting to be boring, as it is mainly a history, is turning out to be very interesting and enjoyable to read. Robert K. Massie has written it in a way you feel compassionate to the people, you have an idea of the situation and how things were led on. It takes me a long time to read this book, but I am enjoying it!

Brothers Karamazov – I love going to the theatre, but rarely get to go. Once I saw the adverts for Brothers Karamazov, which is based on the book by Dostoevsky I decided that I will see it and I managed to get company as well. The play was at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow and to my surprise, Sean Biggerstaff was acting one of the brother’s roles. If you are not aware of who he is, he is the actor who played Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter movies. At the time when the first movie came out me and my friends were absolutely in love with him! It was funny seeing him on a stage, but at the same time, I was impressed with his acting skills! The rest of the actors were great as well, and although the whole story goes at quite a slow pace, the play was great!

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Sustainable Futures Report Is Back On – Well, apparently the podcast had been running for at least a month before I noticed it again (for some reason my iTunes didn’t refresh it) and now I am listening to it again while I’m working. I still enjoy it and find it a great resource for understanding the sustainable issues and wins around the globe!

Enjoying the Autumnal Colours – As you can see by the imagery on this post I’ve been enjoying the warm colours of the autumn. It was the first time I felt like I noticed autumn in its beauty rather than just felt miserable about the darkness and wetness of the autumnal Scotland. The autumnal colours are definitely some of my favourites!!

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How was your week? Let me know in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

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What Was I Up To In August

August was again very busy for me, mostly working and working some more. I am so happy it’s finally September and I have my two little holidays to relax and rewind! I am also more excited about this blog and the direction I am going with it with more sustainable and fashion posts, as apparent from the posts in August (I hope you like it as well) and following the inspiration of new month and new beginnings.

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I started posting Sustainable New of the Month, which is just a collection of sustainable articles I’ve found very interesting although there are many more! I shared TED talks about sustainability and talked about Sustainable Fashion terminology. I wrote reviews on Before the Flood and Chasing Coral documentaries, which I do recommend for you to watch. In addition, I wrote opinion pieces questioning whether Big brands are stealing small brand’s thunder and Why do we expect fashion to be cheap.

The FINE Deodorant - byLiiL

Otherwise, my month was slightly better with finally finding amazing natural deodorant and sharing with you the amazing Lush cuticle cream. I’ve also been really enjoying books and my friends’ company, and the little moments in life!

 

What were you up to in August?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Enjoying the Little Moments

A Sunday of Doing Nothing – Although my weekends aren’t usually absolutely filled with things to do, I do have my fair share of social activities that I do with my friends. Well, last Sunday I hadn’t planned anything and in our laziness, we sat watching 90’s movies the whole day long. I don’t know what it is about the 90’s movies, especially thrillers, action and sci-fi, that makes them more comfortable than the current movies.

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A Secret History – It is rare that I can say after only a couple of pages that I absolutely love a book, but with the Secret History by Donna Tartt, I said it instantly! I can’t stop reading this book nevertheless of it having really long chapters. I like the way she writes and the way the story is going.

Rewatch of Friends – The episode where Chandler and Monica get engaged still makes me bawl like a baby and is definitely one of my favourite ones!

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New Commission – I found out that I can finally start a year long project of making a wedding gown! It wouldn’t generally take that long, but when your customer is in another country and the deadline is in a year that is how long the project will be. I am excited!

Lightning and thunder storm wake-up – One night this week I woke up to a lightning storm. It was quite funny as it came into my dreams and I thought I was in the middle of a war. Luckily no such thing, but rather bright lightning and the roar of the thunder few seconds after each one. In Finland, we were used to seeing the lightning every summer, but for some reason they are quite rare in Scotland, which is a shame. There is something quite magical about them, although when I was a kid I was a bit scared of them.

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How was your week?

With love,

Lii

What I Was Up To In July

In July I wasn’t writing quite as consistently but I cut myself some slack as I was busy with work and enjoying the summer. We’ve had surprisingly quite a few sunny days in Scotland during July (not just the usual greyness throughout), so I spend many days walking, enjoying a drink in a beer garden or dreaming (who else dreams when looking out and it’s sunny?). Books were like magnets to me this month, and I finished my goal for reading 24 books in 2017 in July.

The 2nd 12 Books of 2017 - byLiiL

Sustainability was strongly on my mind through out the month, possibly because I found and got inspired by Anthony Day’s podcast the Sustainable News Report. I wrote about why I rather shop from small brands, about one sustainable fashion brand Doo.Bla.Vey and about natural and organic toothpaste brand Georganix, in addition to sharing articles on different points of view in sustainability and other topics. It is really exciting to be able to write about sustainable topics and research them and quite mind boggling to realise how little I still know about sustainability and climate change.

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At the beginning of the month, I shared my favourite Instagram pics from June, which looked more green than I imagined they would. I also got some additions to my plant family in my house and have been ogling at them ever since I potted them in the cutest coloured pots.

Overall July was a good month and I hope August will keep the same feeling going! I would love to hear how your July was and if you got up to anything fun or enjoyed something, in particular, share in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Happy With Plants

New Potted House Plants – Actually, the plants themselves aren’t new, I’ve had them for ages just hadn’t had the time to plant them. Now they are in beautifully colourful little pots.

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My Avocado Is Growing – Following up on the previous point, I also planted two avocado seeds already in April and now I planted them in pots as well. Here’s hoping they will grow beautifully!

Logan – I really liked the X-Men series so decided to watch Logan as it kind of was part of the story. I liked the movie but felt a bit disturbed by it. The story was sad, although the ending full of hope and new beginnings.

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Uprooted – I have a funny relationship with this book. I couldn’t stop reading it, although some of the text made me cringe. But what this book did was got me absolutely into its world and thinking and pondering it through out the day when I wasn’t reading it. Definitely, recommend this to those who like some fantasy!

The Environmental Impact of Web Hosting – This post by Ethical Unicorn was a revelation to me. She explained why she changed hosting her website to a wind power powered hosting site and although it all sounds absolutely logical, I had never even thought about it! Something for us all to think about and for other hosting sites to take an example off!

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Game Of Thrones – And it is here again and I am so excited, although I know it will end before we know it. I am so excited to know where the story is going!

 

Let me know how your week was in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

 

What I Was Up To In June

I can’t believe June is already over! This has been a month of reflection for me. I’ve been working more from home and being in my solitude really makes me think! I can influence what I think about with podcasts that I listen while I work or with articles that I read on my free time, however, reading and listening to all the challenges we face with making the planet to be a better place for all and learning about oppression to so many different groups of people can often make me a bit sad before it pushes me into action.

Straws - Eco-Friendly or Healthy?

Due to the reflection, I wrote more about what was going on in my head such as are summer bucket lists necessary and can you fake body confidence. Especially the latter one is a topic that I don’t even like to talk about to my close group of people, but something that I think about and struggle with often. Don’t you think that writing things down just makes more space and sense in your head? Unlike speaking about things, when I write I really dig deep into why I am feeling a certain way, talking is not as easy.

Inspiration of the Month - Fight and Thirst for Education - byLiiL

This month I have also been really tapping into sustainability in general. It’s quite unbelievable how many layers such topic can have. In June I wrote about Honest Rosie – a capsule wardrobe, I shared articles on sustainability and problems with charities, I shared an amazing recycling website Earth 911, I wrote about the sustainability of straws and OneSqin – organic tampons and skincare, and education for girls. Talking about education, which was my inspiration of the month after reading ‘I Am Malala’, I’ve been educating myself on photoshop, start-ups, sustainability and feminism. I couldn’t be more excited and I feel I don’t have enough time for all of my interests!

Uncovering The Secrets Behind Fashion Sizing - byLiiL

This month I started a new thread of posts about fashion and some sustainability issues with it. The first post was about fashion sizing, more or less to explain why we struggle with finding garments that fit us, but I will be tapping into more sustainable topics in fashion soon as well. In addition, I shared my favourite Insta pics from May and how I love pink evening skies.

I still don’t know what July will be like, most likely quite similar to June, as all my summery plans are for August. But you never know what opportunities reveal themselves and I plan to live in the moment!

 

What did you do in June? And what are your plans for July?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Midsummers Night

Fine Deodorant – My friend gave me a sample of this brands vetiver and geranium natural deodorant and it is the best that I have tried! The scent is nice, it lasted me with one application to the next shower (except for a tough and sweaty yoga class but I didn’t expect it to) and the best thing, it is aluminium free! Now I just need to acquire the full sized one, unfortunately, they are pretty pricey.

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Wonder Woman – We finally went to see wonder woman to the cinema, after planning for it for about two weeks. I liked the “girl power” message of the movie and how real and awful they made the war seem, although it also made me very sad. This movie made me consider whether I should change blogging about feminism solely! There is a wonder woman in every one of us!

Maisoap Scrub – This is a bunch of lovely soap in an organdie type bag, which when used under water cleans and scrubs gently. I thought the idea was genius although doesn’t provide a harsh scrub, just a gentle one. The company and product information are in German and this is not one of their usual products, so I am not sure if it is supposed to be a scrub or just a way of using all the rest of the soap bits, but still genius!

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Earth 911 – I stumbled onto this website when I was researching the recycling of disposable straws and I can’t believe I never knew about it! It is a website where you can enter the item that you want to recycle and where you live and it will tell you whether it can be recycled and where! (and learned that where I live I cannot recycle disposable straws) In addition, it has a lot of tips for sustainable living and information on the development within sustainability with articles and videos.

Midsummer night fun with friends – Midsummer night does not seem to be a big thing in the UK or the USA, but it is big in the Nordic countries. So to keep up with the traditions we came together with some of our friends, made way too much food and had fun drinking and playing trivia. I came up with a new potato salad recipe, which was delicious! And thankfully all the food was consumed in the following days, so there was no waste. It was a fun night full of laughter and we stayed up way too late so waking up the next morning was a challenge, but definitely worth it!

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The Heart Goes Last – After reading a book that I had been waiting for ages to read and realising that it wasn’t quite as interesting to me I decided next to read something that I know I’ll enjoy. Well, when reading Margaret Atwood enjoy is not the right word, being intrigued, inspired and shaken would be closer to the truth. I have not finished this book yet, but can’t seem to be able to put the book down.

Dharma and Greg – This late 90s early 00s show is one of my favourites to watch again and again and every time I seem to get something new out of it. This time I am so inspired by how open and herself Dharma is and how she is not afraid to be a complete opposite from her husband and the in-laws and stays true to herself. The show introduces sustainability, oppression and what would be called weird to the Western culture, although in a comical way.

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Laugh of the week – It was a cold and wet day (yes I know it is June) and I was walking home, thankfully during a break in the rain showers. A woman was hurrying towards my direction with her daughter. Suddenly the little girl saw a small puddle, decided to stop and started playing with her white and shiny little pony in it. The mother had walked way past me when she noticed that her daughter wasn’t next to her and started shouting something. But the joy in the little girl’s eyes when she got to play in that puddle reminded me of my childhood. It definitely put a smile on my face for the rest of the day!

 

How was your week? Let me know in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii