Happy Favourites of the Week – Finders Keepers

These past two weeks have been full of adventures and my mind has been so full of ideas that I’ve had trouble sleeping. So naturally I am super tired, but thankfully my first happy favourite is here to help me out!

Holiday

I have a week long holiday! It’s not actually a going away holiday, but rather a relaxation and getting my head back to focus. I finished my summer internship yesterday and although I totally loved it and will miss the workplace, I am happy to have a whole week for myself. At the moment I feel that I would just like to sit on the couch and binge watch anything! But I am sure I will come up with many many things to fill my calendar.. I always do!

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Shocking Life

This autobiography by Elsa Schiaparelli was so inspiring and interesting! Although Elsa Schiaparelli was a famous fashion designer, the book itself did not concentrate hugely on fashion, but rather on her views on the world at that time. Her likes, dislikes, people she met and the life around her. She lived through both world wars and it was interesting to read what the life was like through different eyes. I completely fell in love with her, because of her attitude to life and strength!

Kenzo advert

I was only today introduced to this advert, which apparently is not news by now, but I loved it! I recognised instantly the similarities to Sia music videos, which I like, however, what got me really inspired was the interpretation by Margaret Qualley! She as well is probably not news to anybody, except to me. I need to watch the Leftovers now (adding it to my binge watching list).

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Finders Keepers

Well, actually I found this illustration by Holly Sharpe in my own house. I remember buying the card with this illustration a long time ago at some fair, but somehow it got buried under a bunch of other important stuff. I must hurry and put it on display!

New Phone

On Monday my boyfriend surprised me with a new phone. I’ve been looking for a new phone for about half a year now as my old one has been dying. I finally decided on Nexus 5x and now I finally got it! It has so much longer battery life, almost twice to my previous. It has a lot better picture quality! So good actually it might ease my life that I don’t have to carry my camera with me everywhere. Pictures of the basil in the last post were taken with the phone. I am really excited about my new phone and hope Google did its job as I am planning to be able to use it for several years to come!

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Martian

I’ve finally watched this movie. I love sci-fi movies and am so interested in anything to do with space! Martian was a positive take on all the other space movies that I’ve seen (Interstellar, Gravity, Alien, Armageddon etc.). It was completely different to what I was expecting and unexpectedly I didn’t feel anxious at any moment while watching the movie. So if you haven’t seen this movie then I definitely recommend doing so.

 

What have been your happy favourites of the week?

With love,

Lii

Garden in the Kitchen – Growing Basil

I have probably said it before, but I hate waste. I hate wasting food, wasting ingredients, talent, products, anything really. So I am always trying to come up with new ways how this would not happen. It wasn’t too long ago when I was writing about how I was excited that I was able to keep my store bought basil plant alive. Basil is one of those ingredients which I love to use in cooking and keep in my kitchen because of the lovely scent, however, usually the big bushy plant dies before I have been able to take full advantage of it and then I have to buy a new one. I feel kind of wasteful buying new pots of basil just to kill it and then buy a new one, especially as it already is in a pot and I could just grow it myself.

Growing it at home will mean I will save money not buying a new plant every week, it will bring greenery and lovely scent into my kitchen and I will get the satisfaction of being able to keep something green alive and not being wasteful. Several times YeY!

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Well now that I have managed to keep my basil from dying for over a month I decided to take some research into how to care for it and there were some really great tips (let’s face it I have already done half of the things wrong, how is the plant still alive?) and thought of sharing them with you, so you can get your own little garden of herbs or start of a garden in the kitchen like I keep it.

Growing basil

  1. There are several different ways of growing basil.
  2. You can buy seeds and plant them into good soil, which is slightly moist.
  3. You can do like me and buy the basil from a store and water it constantly until you realise it is not dying. You might need to replant it, as store bought basil is usually planted too close to each other. The plants need space, so plant them about 10-15cm away from each other.
  4. You can cut off a stem of an existing plant and put it into water until it starts growing roots (what I am doing in the image).
  5. If you have a flower on the basil cut it off, take out the seeds, let them dry and then plant them.

 

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What does basil need?

  • Good access to the sun, however, I would not put it under a scorching sun as it will quickly dry it out.
  • Well-drained soil
  • Watering every morning, as basil doesn’t like to be soaked in water overnight.
  • Pinching. If you want the bushy type basil, you pinch the leafs of the top of the plant and not off the bottom. (I though to take some off the bottom, as they were not looking great, but it just grew in length and it is so tall right now!!)
  • If the flowers grow, cut them off with additional two leaves from under it. The flower alters the hormonal balance of the plant and changes its flavour.
  • If you notice mold on the plant it’s not getting enough sunlight or it is planted too close to each other.

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At the moment I am drying off the flower to get some seeds and, as you can see from the images above, I have placed some stems in the water. It is quite exciting experimenting with it!

I hope you will try to grow your own basil, and please let me know if you will and how it goes! If you manage to grow your own basil do share them with me on Instagram or twitter!

With love,

Lii

What have I been up to in August

This summer has been truly very busy for me and while I am quite excited to get more me time in September I have really enjoyed all that has happened in August. It was a warm month with a lot of work, friends, getting back to my daily routine. There has been a lot of laughter while I have been able to take some down time every now and then to relax and gather my thoughts. After being a bit stressed for a couple of days about the starting Autumn I have finally made some plans that will ground me down and keep my routine and make me happy about the future, more about soon!

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Looking back what I have been talking about on my blog in August it seems that I have been travelling my fair share and wrote about it in August. My travels have taken me on a road trip with friends around the beautiful and tranquil Scottish Highlands. I should go back there anytime I need to get out of the city! I have enjoyed a couple of little trips to beautiful old towns of Vianden and Metz where I have been totally amazed by their castles and cathedrals, and I have spent some time roaming around the Luxembourg city with my family. Living away from my family makes me treasure the times when I see them!

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My own research into sustainability has found me new information on the problems of sustainability in the fashion industry which I discuss in Overdressed and True Cost. In addition, I found two online brands which are amazingly innovative with the sustainability. The Post-Couture Collective, which has innovated a new way to create fashion and Buy Me Once, which promotes a new way of shopping for products.

I have been so busy that goals and self-improvement have not really been on my mind. However, I have thought about my social awkwardness a bit, especially in the context of complimenting.

Fionna Fernandes

August has been full of favourites from finding a book on a bus to favourite illustrators, feminist interviews and working in a photo studio. I have truly been fortunate with my happy moments, but then it is all in the attitude. I like my life happy and inspired, so I look around and find it.

 

How has your August been?

With love,

Lii

Metz

On my trip to Luxembourg, I also got to visit the beautiful and charming city of Metz in France. It was a pretty quick stop with a walk across the city’s nice little shops, the cathedral (which was magnificent!) and the food market, so there is not a lot to tell. Instead, I will shower you what it was like and reassure that it is one of the places to visit if you are in the area.

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With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Lush and Basil

The World’s Largest Lesson 2016 n.2 video!

It tells about some goals we should have for our planet (and have) and how some people are achieving them. I was most impressed by the natural plastic from banana skins! So cool and such an amazing sustainable idea!

 

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I found a book on a bus

I hate wasting anything, but especially books. A person, who’s book this was left several stops before me and I knew that if you would have left it there it would have ended in the bin. Never the less, I left a bit like the “book thief” when taking it. So I took it, I will read it and then probably take it to the charity shop so that others can enjoy this book as well. I have not actually seen this book before and don’t know what it is about, but it sounds intriguing!

 

Clearing up my flat

Well, not the whole flat. But we did a shoe inventory and book inventory. Meaning: took them all out, checked what we still want to keep and what we should give away. Verdict: I had 36 pairs of shoes, 2 of which I had never worn before. Sustainable? No. One pair I am still wishing to wear, just not sure if they are comfy enough for me. And that one pair, well my first thought was, why.. (my excuse: I got them like 5 years ago), so they are going into resale. Altogether, I got rid of 10 pairs of shoes. Some are just worn through and some should get some much-needed love from somewhere else. With books, I am donating 10 books to a charity shop or friends. Clearing up felt great! I got rid of some stuff I don’t need, and some spiders.., and I have a bit more space in the house!

 

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Don’t trust the B.. in apartment 23

It is a tv-show from 2012 and unfortunately it only aired for 2 seasons! It was funny and easy to watch. I absolutely loved the character Chloe on it, even though she was a complete bitch. But it was fresh, funny and bizarre! Exactly what I need, when I come home from work, to help me relax. Now I am hoping Netflix would take that show and bring some more seasons to it!

New Lush products

They are making my bathroom smell like a sweet spa. Or, you know, like Lush. But it is so nice! Plus, I actually needed an update on some products!

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Growing basil

The basil I bought like a month ago actually lives! I water it every single day and it lives! It makes me so happy coming every single morning into the kitchen and seeing it thriving! Plus, doesn’t everybody love the smell of fresh basil? It actually makes me feel hungry, funnily enough. I need to plant it into a pot now!

 

What were you happy about this week?

With love,

Lii

 

Fairytale village Vianden

 

You drive into a small village. It is quiet and peaceful. There are barely any people on the streets and cars nowhere to be seen. Sun is shining on the little patch of colourful little buildings around a sparkly blue narrow river. They are surrounded by hills of green tall trees with a magnificent castle in the midst. It looks like a fairytale and it feels like peace you’ve needed the whole week.

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Everything is closed except the couple cafe’s selling the best array of ice cream flavours which you can eat by the river bank on a beautiful white tiled terrace. Nobody is bothering you and you feel like you could spend hours in there.

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This is Vianden. A small village on the outskirts of Luxembourg right next to the german border. Actually, it only takes 1km to Germany. If you have a car and are visiting Luxembourg or any nearby city this is a place for a visit. It offers hiking routes and cultural pleasures. For me, the best thing was just sitting and enjoying the view and the vibe!

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Have you visited a fairytale village?

With love,

Lii

Illustration faves

I am a very visual person. I love colour, I love looking at a great scenery and I love art. Illustrators are one of my favourite things to follow on Instagram and I am always finding new people who to follow and who’s art to awe at. There are some who make my heart jump up a beat, that makes me happy, makes me crave to look at that piece forever. I would love to have a gallery wall of my favourite illustrations, and someday I probably will. But for now, I wanted to share a couple of my favourite ones.

Klaus Haapaniemi

Klaus Haapaniemi

A Finnish illustrator who I stumbled upon ages ago. He is most known probably for his illustrations on dishes but does so much more. I love his detail in the imaging and the use of colour. His illustrations remind me of russian folklore and I love the animals and especially cats in his illustrations. I have been dreaming of a dish set that is illustrated by him and I am completely obsessed with his Instagram account and so sorry for myself when I see all the products they only release in Japan!

Laura Laine

Laura Laine

Another Finnish illustrator, Laura Laine has a wide portfolio of illustrations done for fashion companies. Her style is very unique and I recognise it most often by the amazing hair. It is not as colourful but still very detailed and interesting. She combines animals and florals in her illustrations so cleverly. Check out more of her work here.

Fionna Fernandes

Fionna Fernandes

Is an Australian illustrator with amazing colourful graphic illustrations. The amount and combination of colour is so wonderful and taking inspiration from common things as well as children’s toys, her illustrations are happy and cheerful. Her Instagram account is so cheerful it’s like a pop of happy mood for your day!

 

Do you know any other illustrators who I might love?

With love,

Lii