Happy Favourites of the Week – Finland Trip

Adventure walk – It probably sounds more exciting than it is, but it was exciting to me. Spending Sunday walking through the city with friends, stopping at places where we’ve always wanted to go and learning more about the city was lovely!

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Trivial Pursuit – I love playing board games with friends and this week it was the trivial pursuit. Funnily enough, I am usually a very competitive person, but with this game, it is definitely more about the fun!

Meeting my Godson ❀ – I finally got to meet my godson, who was the most adorable little baby ever! Calm for a child of 1 month and heart warming. The feeling of responsibility and pride is amazing. I will definitely spoil him to bits! Can’t wait until the next time I will see him!

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A trip to Finland – Seeing my family and friends and spending some quality time with them. Not even talking about all the goodies I took home with me. Now we have rye bread for at least a month 😀

Sea Buckthorn Berry Juice – I’ve been a fan of sea buckthorn berries for a while now. Before going to Finland I got a cold and so my mother made me drink a sea buckthorn berry juice and I fell in love instantly! I love the sour taste of it that almost makes you cry. It makes me feel really awake and the c-vitamin content made me feel better so quickly!

Surprise friendship – This surprise friendship wasn’t mine, but something that I noticed. When flying to Finland I noticed close to me these two women talking together lively with enthusiasm. I thought to myself how fun that they were travelling together. When we were getting out of the plane they hugged like close friends, said how wonderful it was that they met each other on the plane making it obvious to me that they hadn’t known each other previously, and they went their own ways. It made me smile the rest of the day!

My furballs – Getting back home to my furballs was amazing! We were cuddling the whole day long! I missed them so much!

Bloom – The trees have been blooming almost everywhere except outside my bedroom window. The first morning I woke up back home, they were finally in full bloom and it made my day! How beautiful are they?!

 

How was your week?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Coffee and Tea

Sunny Day – I can’t remember how many times I’ve actually added sunny days in my happy favourites sections, but it is the one thing that makes me very happy! I left work for another day and went out for a several hour walk and a coffee outside. The sun just nourishes you from inside!

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Yoga – I’ve added this into happy favourites before as well. Combined with the sunshine yoga made me feel happy and calm. I actually fell asleep in one very good class. I felt so zen and relaxed! Fortunately, I didn’t start snoring but just dozed in and out of consciousness.

Figure Skating Championship 2017 – I love watching figure skating and the championship is watching the best from the best. Always exciting!

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Liquorice and Peppermint Tea – A new Lidl opened close by to our house just a couple weeks ago and I found this amazing tea from there! I love peppermint tea, but sometimes I like something different and this is just the perfect evening tea. The liquorice adds that little bit of sweetness to it as well. Yumm!

Greenery Coffee Table – I am absolutely in love with this coffee table that is easy to make yourself and it is filled with greenery! How lovely would such a coffee table be! I am filing this into my archives to make once I have a space for a coffee table!

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“When the Sky Meets the Earth” At Bikini Berlin – A gorgeous installation and a video. The colours are just lovely and I am very sad that I am not visiting Berlin at this time!

 

What were your happy favourites this week?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Spring Happiness

Sister for a visit

My sister visited me for a few days. It was right at the time when I needed to see her and we had such a lovely time hanging around Glasgow and chatting a lot! We visited new and old places to eat, got inspired in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and tested our knowledge in Harry Potter trivia (#harrypotter4life).

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The Ultimate Zero Waste Kit

Ethical Unicorn wrote a post about the Zero Waste Kit by Bag Me. Basically, it was what I have been waiting for!

New sports

I often like to try something new and although I have done some sort of boxing before, it feels like something new when you haven’t done it in a long time. It was a lot of fun and really tough! NK also thought me how to do ball hockey shots.

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Walks in the sunshine

The weather has actually been quite diabolical these past few weeks, with sunshine, rain and snow all appearing several times within a day. Fortunately, I have managed to get a walk in the sunshine, warming my mind and heart from the cold winter, in between the greyness.

Weather excitement

I am not a fan of rain and wind, but when I’m at home and watching the weather changing every 15 minutes it does keep the day exciting, whilst distracting me of course. This weather truly makes me feel that I live in Scotland!

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Spring flowers

My favourite part about spring after all the light is the spring flowers. Whenever tulips arrive in the stores I get so excited and want to buy more than one bouquet. This time I made an arrangement of pastel coloured tulips and roses, and man they are making me happy!!

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What are you happy about this week?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Tools of Relaxation

Anniversary – My one-year anniversary blogging and I’ve written 100 posts. So exciting!

Godson – My godson was born and I just can’t wait to see him. He is going to be the most spoiled and sustainably educated child!

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TV-shows – I’ve been a bit stressed lately with a lot of deadlines so I balanced it up by watching a lot of TV while not working. Will and Grace was a great comfort. I just can’t stop laughing at Karen and Jack. Juana InĂ©s is a very inspiring show about a woman who really wants to read and study when that isn’t common for a woman. Project Runway for something else light to watch.

Fox – There is more than one fox living in our neighbourhood. It’s an absolute delight to come upon them whenever I am walking out. Wildlife brings me such joy!

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Two books – I’ve finished two books, since the last happy favourites of the week, both of which I enjoyed. My life on the road was definitely eye opening and a revelation not only into feminist issues but into minorities issues in the USA especially and politics. The Career of Evil was my ultimate relaxation while being stressed. I just wanted to go back to the book at all times and after reading it I kept yearning for more!

New products – I’ve wanted to try new micellar water and toothpaste for a while now. So I was super excited when my orders arrived. More about them soon!

 

What were your happy favourites of the week?

With love,

Lii

 

 

Happy Favourites of the Week – learning experience

Posies In Protest – This interview with Bread and Roses about their social enterprise to help asylum seekers and refugees is definitely worth the read!

Why clothes don’t have Fair trade labels – Interesting read for those who are interested in Fair trade and labels on apparel.

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Why I don’t eat healthy to be skinny – This youtube video had some excellent points which are good to voice out. She said it better than I could have!

Palm Trees In The Snow – This movie touched on the topic, which I hadn’t seen or read before; Spanish colonies in Africa. A very touching romantic story with a touch of history was beautiful and emotional. It was spoken in Spanish so I required subtitles, but I enjoyed the movie, which is based on a best-selling novel of the same name.

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Spring light – It was just the last week that I said I was dreaming about spring light and warm days and this week I finally got the first glimpse of it. Now awaiting for more!

The Buried Giant – Even though it is only the end of February I already know that this book is one of my favourites this whole year. It is hypnotic, magical, aerie, transforming, engaging and an absolute treasure. Although, it is a fantasy book I didn’t find it to be that much of a fantasy as it concentrated so much more on the people and their relationships. I would definitely recommend this book a read!

 

What have been your favourites of the week?

With love,

Lii

Inspiration of the month – Iris

It is hard not to see Iris Apfel in the media. The bright, colourful old lady with an attitude. I got intrigued when I saw Netflix showing a documentary about her and while watching it I got inspired.

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Iris Apfel has the right attitude in life, it is an experiment and the whole point is to be happy. She does not really shun people for the way they get dressed ‘as long as they are happy’, but the fashion in general for everything looking the same. And this is what I have thought for a while now whenever trying to shop for clothes. No matter what shop I go to, I always see the same stuff. How boring!

Iris Apfel sees the world differently. She sees how the designers and the media are moulding what we should be wearing and how we should be behaving, and we listen blindly. She celebrates her wrinkles for the experience and wisdom she has collected them with and she dresses as extravagantly as what makes her happy or suits her mood. It is no wonder that people love her, as she is the image of rebellion against the mainstream media and fashion (which undoubtedly will be taking inspiration from her).

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Although, when admiring her no-nonsense attitude and the sense of experimentation with colour and style I do wonder how this irrational shopping for items so many, that do not even fit into her own house, suit into my view of sustainability. They do not, actually. Even when watching the documentary I was thinking of how horrible it is how much she was acquiring and owned. However, she did live in a different time when the problems we are fully aware of now were not a common knowledge. Shunning the mainstream fast-fashion Iris has acquired most of her collection while travelling or from interesting little shops, which has probably been local stores with local production. In addition, she is donating big amounts of her ‘collection’ to museum or curators, which means they are not hitting the landfills.

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I would never recommend acquiring such a big collection of items of any kind, however, what I think should be taken from the documentary and Iris herself is the sense of exploration and adventure to your style and to your life. Be happy! Do not let others tell how you should be happy and live life to the full. And what I am saying, do consider the environment while you are doing it! You can find the documentary on Netflix or check more about it from the website.

Pictures are from here and here.

What do you think about Iris Apfel?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Full of Culture

Sharmanka Kinetik theatre – My friend took me to Kinetik theatre, here in Glasgow, for my birthday. I didn’t really know what to expect and so I waited for it to start, in excitement. I would call this closer to art rather than theatre, although, I understand where the reference to theatre comes from. Moving objects with funny, sad and informational stories to back them up. Something different that I will definitely remember.

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Fossil Fuel Divestment – A very interesting read into the topic of sustainability. I had never heard of divestment before and felt a sparkle of hope for the human kind after reading this!

Alphonse Mucha in Quest of Beauty – I like visiting museums and checking out different exhibitions and this was no different, except that I liked it much more than I was expecting. There is something in this poster making lithography art that made me quiver with happiness. So I bought the exhibition book to scroll through whenever I am in the need for happiness from those pictures.

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How to solve your bra problems – These tips are excellent for before you are buying a new bra or just to understand how it is supposed to sit.

La La Land – I like musicals and I enjoyed this as well. It left me feeling happy and singing the main song from the musical, which I adored! To top that, we went to see this movie in the Grosvenor cinema theatre, where I hadn’t been before, and I enjoyed it more than the regular Cineworld experience!

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Yoga card – On the quest to achieve my goals for 2017 I finally bought a monthly card to go to my favourite yoga studio and loved the first few classes that I have done. Here’s to a yogafull year!

Surprise parcel – I received a surprise parcel with a present from my best friend. We see each other so rarely and this parcel just made my whole week. She sent me my favourite sweets (I had such a craving for such sweets just at the time I must have telepathically communicated this to her) which I devoured instantly and some beautiful jewellery!

 

What were your happy moments this past week?

With love,

Lii