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.

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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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Happy Favourites of the Week – Confidence

Networking Night – Networking, it’s the dirty word in the career life and the thing we should all be doing to get ahead. It is also what I have been afraid of so far! I am not big on socialising in big groups of people, where most are strangers who I don’t know. I am not big on putting myself into other people’s conversations and I feel pushy if I ask people about theirs (although apparently, I shouldn’t feel that way, people like it!). This year I finally realised that if I want to get ahead in as a freelancer I need to work to get to know people and get my name out there. So when the first opportunity that I could really take, presented itself I pushed myself, even in the exhausted state that I was on the day, to go to this event. I knew few people in there so it didn’t feel quite as scary. The night was a success. I got few new enquiries into my freelance work, potential clients, and I got introduced to many people who had apparently already heard of me and my work. Maybe I should be going to more of these nights?

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Confidence – It is a big confidence boost when other people notice that you are good at something, but it is even a bigger confidence boost when you realise it yourself and believe in it! It can often be difficult to admit to oneself that they are good at something, it can feel like bragging. But I think we should definitely be able to recognise, at least to ourselves, that we are improving in whatever that we do.

This post about Healthy Laundry – Ecocult wrote a great article about how to do your laundry in a healthy way and I am loving it!!

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I got my ring back – Last Happy Favourites of the week I told that I got engaged, well since then my ring has been resized, which wasn’t done properly and the stone fell out. Thankfully I found it so we took it to the jewellers to get it fixed. It took over a week, but now I finally got it back! Funny how such a thing can feel so much a part of me after such a short time. Every day I felt like something was missing from my finger. I guess it really belongs there!

Lovely new dark chocolate – Green & Black’s Velvet edition dark chocolate with salted caramel is to die for! The salted caramel is not too sweet or too salty and it compliments the dark chocolate excellently. It just melts in your mouth. Loving it!!

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Flowers from friends – The past couple of weeks people have been sending us congratulation cards and wishes, but one of my good friends brought in this beautiful bouquet, which made me smile every time I saw it. It is a great lift up within a busy hectic week!

Power – The book was very interesting and had a fascinating premise! I enjoyed reading it, even if it wasn’t my all-time favourite book. It raised good questions and a different way to look at feminism and equality. An excellent read that I do recommend to everybody!

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How was your week?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Beautiful Berlin and Interesting Articles

3 Food and Hygiene Corporations I Boycott – I prefer to concentrate on the positivity in my blog but every now and then things can make me really mad and I would love to just vent in here! Instead, I get really happy when I see other people thinking exactly the same as me. Kristen explains why she boycotts certain global mass corporations and more importantly why.

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Our Trip To Berlin – I and the other half haven’t been on a holiday together in a long time and this was definitely about time. We found a lovely Airbnb in a lovely area in Berlin close by to where my friend lives. We did the touristy stuff, ate delicious food, spend time by ourselves and with my friend. And we got engaged! The trip was amazing! We didn’t want to leave, that’s how comfortable we felt in Berlin.

How I Care For My Clothing – This article by Anna Edit tells you few tips and links to how to care for your garments so that they will last you a long time. I love it when people share tips to keep their garments for longer!!

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Nightmanager – This tv-show that everybody else was raving about maybe a year ago we only saw last week but were hooked within the first episode! Intrigue, the story, and Tom Hiddleston!!

Lavender Tea – I had heard of lavender tea before but never tasted. Lavender is one of my favourite scents so I really wanted to try it, so when I found this tea in a shop in Berlin I bought it instantly. On its own, it’s a bit too much, but added to green tea it is lovely!!

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How has your week been?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Trips and Wildlife

A Trip to the Isle of Mull – We had a visitor for the week and to make things more interesting we decided to visit the Isle of Mull. I was really excited about Isle of Mull being one of the best places for wildlife watching, although we only saw a bunch of birds and seals, it was still exciting! The island was beautiful and Tobermory charming! And I will have a separate post about the trip soon.

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Seeing New Lanark – Another trip we did with our guest was to the New Lanark, the Unesco World Heritage site, and a Brick City which was on the site as well. It was quite a fun day. I enjoyed learning about the history of New Lanark, play with Lego’s and have a walk along the river Clyde and the Falls of Clyde. If you want to read more about New Lanark I wrote about it here.

Beautiful Ring Neck Parakeet – After a week of trying to see wildlife in different locations around Scotland, we finally saw something exciting in a park next to our house! Due to a warmer climate in the Scotland (affected by climate change), a family of Ring Neck Parakeet have moved to the park next to us. They are these beautiful green parrots that look absolutely out of place there. Nevertheless, of the horrid truth of climate change, it is interesting to see how life finds its way.

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Seeing Highland Cows Finally – While on our drive I finally got to see the Highland cows. It is quite unbelievable that it took me this long to see them when Scotland should be littered with them.

Guests – It is always lovely to have guests. It is new kind of socialising that I don’t do daily and it is amazing to see people who you see rarely! You get that extra energy after their visit for some time.

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Mull Heather Soy Candle – As the weather has been getting colder I’ve been enjoying using candles again. Not often, but it does make a chilly day a lot more comfortable. On my trip to the Isle of Mull, I found this candle in one of the little local shops. I loved the scent, which was natural and gentle, and it is made out of soy. Score!

Print Pattern Book – I love books! Both that I can read and that provides me with inspiration. So I was absolutely thrilled to find this print pattern book in the shop at New Lanark. It is about the history of prints and patterns with beautiful imagery!

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Now looking at the points I see that mostly I was excited to see animals and it definitely is one of the most exciting things in life!

How was your week?

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

Happy Favourites of the Week – Uno and a Book Haul

The Colour Purple – I had been pushing this book further and further on my reading list until one day I decided that it was time to read it. I was so surprised when I swallowed it in a couple of days and enjoyed it immensely!

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Chamomile Manuka Tee – It is soothing and relaxing to my mind and my tummy. It has been great for these chillier August days!

In A Heartbeat – The new Pixar short animated movie about a boy coming out. Of course, I had to watch and within such a short time managed to shed more than just a couple of tiers. It is really sweet and beautiful, as well as funny!

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Unsolved Murders – This week while working I’ve been listening to the Unsolved Murders podcast and been completely obsessed! Although there are some quite grim parts when they discuss the murders, the main part of the podcast that I like is the speculation and analysis of the mystery; who did it? why they did it? and so on. Also, so of the murders have happened in the 19th century or early 20th century so there is a good amount of history and description of the time, which is very fascinating.

Little Book Haul – I really don’t like any kind of hauls, but when I get to do it for a charity, I can accept it occasionally. I went into a local Cat charity shop (a great concept for cat lovers) and found a deal on 4 books for £1. Luckily I found 4 books that I was actually quite excited about. Hurray for book deals!

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The Versions of Us – I was not expecting to like this book, but I quite enjoyed it. It has a very similar feeling to David Nicholls One Day with its love story. The main concept of the book is the three different versions of this couple’s lives if they would’ve changed one moment in their life.

Uno – Who remembers this game? I had forgotten all about it, until one of our friends, visiting us, asked if we had them. And of course, we started an Uno tournament and I am sure there are many more to come!

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Big Sick – I went to see Big Sick with my friend in the local cinema and I laughed harder than I’ve had in a while. It was a sweet story and a good laugh, definitely, recommend! It also really makes you appreciate your health and your relationships (well if the relationship is good).

 

What made you happy this week?

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