What Was I Up To In May 2018

I spend may working very hard and working on a project that I am super excited about and can’t tell about yet, but will hopefully be able to start talking about soon. There very many late night sessions of work, asking my partners help and a couple of cries of frustration when the internet wasn’t working. It is funny to realise how dependent we are on the internet. Our lives in the western countries are based on us being able to use the internet, so it’s no surprise how helpless you can feel when that is taken away from you.

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When the internet actually did work I quickly did the work required to be done on my computer and wrote posts here. I finally published my experiences of sustainability in Chania. The post is a great resource if anybody ever wants to go on a holiday there! I was excited to learn, during the Organic Beauty and Wellbeing week, that the eye cream I bought from Chania was certified organic and have enjoyed using it even more since!

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I also visited the Glasgow Coffee Festival where I got to know several new local companies making amazing products! And I shared Instagram pictures that I enjoyed in April and the most interesting sustainable news I saw in April.

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For June I am expecting one of my busiest months but will try to come and write here on occasion. Funnily enough, my freelance work is piling up just now and I don’t seem to be able to say no. And on top of that, I still have my project that I am working on. So keep your thumbs up that I will have enough time to finish it all and still have some time off for myself!


How was your May? And what plans do you have for June?

With love,


Sustainable Chania

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Chania is a beautiful town in Crete, which is an island of Greece. The island is fairly big and offers long coastlines with sandy beaches, beautiful mountain ranges towards the centre of the island, farmlands, wildlife and ruins to remind of its rich history. It is favoured location to holiday, especially for the Scandinavians and German. You can see the island filled with tourists from April to October walking leisurely pavements among cats that are napping either in stores or on the streets, which the island is full of.

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Tourism is the islands main income followed by farming, and both of these occupations employ a big number of the island’s population. However, unemployment is still strongly prevalent, especially among the millennials. There is no proper benefit system and the government is not working to encourage people to get work. Nevertheless, the island does not really see any crime and the atmosphere is quite relaxed all around.

Greece has a history of corrupt politicians and the people do not trust them, therefore try to avoid paying taxes in many cases. However, that is part of the problem as there is no money then to support the country. On the island, you might see many different ways the companies avoid paying taxes. Sometimes they do not provide you with a receipt at all and most tourists don’t dare to question this practice. Some might give you a receipt for half of your meal and write the rest by hand on a piece of receipt paper. Some receipts look like receipts, but might not be. To make sure you help contribute to the local economy you can check your receipt for the following VAT number.

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Most of the food you’ll eat in Crete is made out of local produce; either locally grown fruits and vegetables, freshly fished seafood or locally grown meat. Crete is famous for its healthy diet and it’s locally grown olives and olive oil, as well as cheese such as myzithra, which is delicious! Organic farming is a growing practice and you can find several farms which offer you a glimpse of organic farm life and an organic meal, however, these are mostly out of town.

Seafood is very common in Crete and every morning or even during the day you could see fishermen on their small boats sailing out to fish and then sell their gain to local people and restaurants and then sell the rest on the markets. During the day and especially evening you can see individuals fishing quietly in the harbour.

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Wine is the most common accompaniment for meals. Most restaurants will offer house wine made by themselves, but there are many wineries in Crete as well, in addition to few beer breweries. Venetian harbour is full of restaurants that offer various cuisines, however, I found them to be too touristy for my taste and rather ventured to the narrow streets of the Old Town to find a place to eat. We were lucky enough to have a taste of home-made food as well as try a couple of great restaurants:

  • I would definitely recommend Tamam with their great selection of greek food with some delicious vegetarian dishes, their greek salad was massive and filled me for several hours! I wasn’t the only one who loved the restaurant, as we walked past it every day several times, we noticed it was almost always full and during the evening time, it was difficult to get a table if you hadn’t booked one in advance. Tamam pride themselves on sourcing high-quality food from local farmers and their workforce which is loyal and some even reach their retirement age by working in their restaurant, which is a great thing to hear from a company in Greece! You can get a good meal with drinks for two for around 25-30 euros.
  • Semiramis had a beautiful traditional Greek setting and a quiet location with great greek food selection. This is mostly an outdoor restaurant, but on a cooler weather, they have a tarp that covers the dining area. Semiramis also prides themselves on sourcing their food from local farmers, but also for their entertainment during the evenings with local bands playing Cretan music. You can get a good meal with drinks for two for around 30-35 euros.
  • Tsalikis is a taverna under the hotel Melanis and is a bit outside the city centre area but alongside a beautiful beach. It is a seafood restaurant located in the perfect place to look at the absolutely gorgeous sunset. We sat looking at the sunset for over an hour whilst the ocean hum next to us quietly making the evening feel very calm and serene. They offer absolutely massive portions of food which are meant to be shared and they offer a big variety of fresh seafood. The owner of the restaurant is very friendly and the atmosphere in the taverna is quite relaxed. You can get a good meal with drinks for two for around 20-25 euros.
  • Kormoranos cafe situated just off the Venetian harbour on Theotokopoulou was my favourite place to get my breakfast. They offered various local pastries, greek yoghurt with local fruits and honey, as well as omelettes and sandwiches. Greek coffee was served in nearly every cafe, but Kormoranos was one of the only ones that also served Cretan mountain tea, which is delicious! You could also get fresh juice and local deserts. The service was very friendly and the street quiet with a view to the sea.

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Cretans continue the tradition of pottery making, weaving, needlework, woodcarving and leatherwork, which you can see in many shops around the island. However, to recognise the products made by Cretan’s or sourced from Taiwan or China to be sold to tourists can be tricky, as everything is marketed as handmade. I saw many leather sandal shops selling their sandals for 20 euros and commenting on how they were handmade, which might be true but doesn’t sound like ethically or artisan made products. Most artisans had their shop alongside their workshop, which is one way to recognise local artisans, also the price was a good way to recognise what was made in Crete. Many tourist shops offered cheap touristy products, to be fair that is what most tourists would buy and that is how the shop owners would make the money. Whereas artisan stores or boutiques were a bit more hidden but offered beautiful treasures with definitely higher prices.

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Theotokopoulou had a few beautiful little boutiques with artisan made pottery, jewellery and other items, as well as design-led shops. Although, I would visit the street because of its charm. It is quiet and beautiful!

Kondilaki was a street full of touristy shops, artisan stores, a couple of ethical stores as well as a couple of restaurants. I really like the Elephant Store and a couple of other stores right next to it, the names of which unfortunately I don’t remember any more.

I loved the shop Memorabilia with its design-led and very clever products, which was situated on Episkopou Chrisanthou.

Many shops offered clothing that was printed locally and even more offered local beauty products made with locally grown olive oil. So far my favourite brand which I tried was BIOselect.

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Most sustainable accommodation options would be based out of Chania in small villages where sustainable tourism is starting to grow with the village and farm experience see Vamos and Agreco. If you want to stay in town, however, there are some better options.

Airbnb – Renting other persons flat or a room in a flat is always a way to get to know the town as though you belong in it. You see better how people live there and you are providing a person with an income.

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Villa – There are plenty of villa’s to be rented all around Chania. These are self-serving and if you book one that does not promise room service and cleaning every day the better option it is.

Small hotel – I had difficulty finding a hotel that had definitely sustainable credentials, but I had several hotels that were owned and run by a local person. The hotel is their life and they treat it in that way. They offer good service to their guests and by leaving a “do not disturb” sign on your door you make sure they won’t change your sheets and towels too often. Check Casa Veneta.

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Before travelling to Crete we did our online research into Chania, what to see and about the public transport, but outside of sights that are meant for tourists, there was little information (or we just weren’t able to find any). Many tourists rent a car for the trip, which is fairly easy, as there are many car renting companies about and they will bring the car to you even to your hotel. However, there are quite a few problems with the car renting companies from some companies providing cars with broken parts or others charging your credit card additional amount a few months later. As this resulted in untrustful customers many car renting companies now offer to rent for cash which is very easy and straightforward. However, electric or hybrid cars were rare as there aren’t really any charging spots for them, although this may be changing in the future.

Chania is a fairly small city and you can walk nearly everywhere within it. There is a bus station in the centre of Chania where you get good information on bus journeys and buses leave around every 20 minutes to different popular locations, so there is no need for a car unless you want to travel at your own pace and into locations that are not as easy to reach with a bus. Bus fares are fairly cheap, the airport bus takes around 30 minutes and costs less than 5 euros per person, whereas a taxi from the airport to city centre is around 25 euros. In addition, drivers in Chania are fairly erratic with speedy driving and not always paying attention to the rules. We didn’t see any car crashes, but to a drivers eye, it was scary to think of driving among those drivers. So if you decide to take a car to drive in Chania be careful and make sure you follow the road rules.

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  • Walk around the old town and Venetian harbour – Crete is an island full of history which can be seen in Chania pretty well. The island was occupied at various times by Romans, Ottomans, Venetians and the ancient Minoans. The city’s architecture and ruins still carry many signs of the ancient times alongside its modern culture. The whole city is relaxed and oozes you to take it easy and enjoy your life. You can find restaurants or cafe’s on almost any street in the old town, and gelato can be bought long until midnight. The Venetian harbour is gorgeous at night time, although I have to warn that every restaurant will try to talk you into having a drink or food at their establishment.
  • Lighthouse – Lighthouse is one of the main attractions in Chania and can be seen from the Venetian harbour. If you want to see the harbour better have a walk to the Lighthouse, which is free but can take a while. You can see small fish in the water and the ocean humming on the other side. Just remember to wear comfortable shoes as the walk is longer than it looks and the road is not smooth, but it is a beautiful view!
  • Ruins – There are ruins all around the city and going out of the city. Walking around the old town you can see a Mosque and old Harbour fortification. On the east side of the city in Souda, you can find Ancient Aptera and if you continue further towards Stilos you’ll find Archaeological sit of Azoires. On the south side of the western Crete there is the Ancient city of Lissos, and in Kissamos you can find an Ancient city of Polyrinia and Archaeological site of Polyrrhenia. There are many more if you search a bit online and each of them will show you a little part of the history of the island.
  • Archeological Museum – There is one in most big cities of Crete, the one I visited was in Chania. It exhibited relics and findings of archaeological digs around the island and especially around Chania. It was filled with a lot of history and I was surprised at the detail of items people made 4000 years ago! It is also a great place to hide if it is starting to get too hot outside.
  • Orthodox Cathedral – The main religion on the island is Orthodox and the island has orthodox churches dotted all around. Many of them really small, some really beautiful! The cathedral is right in the centre of the old town and is worth a visit to see the history and the beautiful building.
  • Visit the Market – There is a market at least once a week on Minoos where you can find fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese and other food ingredients.
  • Go to the Beach – There are several beaches in Chania, the famous tourist beach is Nea Chora, which is not too far from the city centre and has a bunch of cafes and restaurants right at its side. Koum Kapi beach is on the other side of the old town and close to the Market. It is a beautiful beach, but very small. There are also Kladissos, Aptera, Chrissi Akti, Agioi Apostoloi and Agii Apostoloi.
  • Botanical Gardens – Build out of aches of the 2003 devastating fire, stand botanical gardens right at the root of the White Mountains. It offers a beautiful trek in nature, relaxing with local and foreign plants.
  • Boat trips and Watersports – There are several different boat trips available for tourists who want to see the ocean from a glass bottom boat, or go to a near small beach to go snorkelling, diving or just swimming. Paraglyding trips are offered at some of the beaches as well as luxury boat rides. Please be considerate of the wildlife!
  • Stargazing – The island of Crete is great for stargazing. If you are not in a centre of a city there is much less light pollution and you are able to see the star constellations with a naked eye. Did you know, most of the constellations we know today come from the ancient Greeks, so where better to learn stories about them whilst looking at the beautiful Universe? Check trips here.

Sustainable Chania - byLiiL

Sustainable Chania - byLiiL


I hope you got as excited about this charming little city as I am!

With love,



What Was I Up To In April 2018

April seemed to run by in a second, does anybody else feel like it? I seemed to have more work again and was just trying to keep on top of work before my holiday and suddenly it was May. It feels like I don’t have much to show for April, but I worked a lot and when it is items that I send over to my clients, of course, I don’t see much, but my diary looks full. Then again there was my holiday that helped me to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy myself. It was difficult to get back to work after it and motivate myself so that is what I am doing now in May. At least spring has been showing up a little bit at a time!

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April also saw the Earth Day and the Fashion Revolution Week.  I enjoyed to see so many people rallying behind ethical fashion and questioning fashion brands on who made their clothes, even if there weren’t many answers, and I hope this will continue! I also questioned whether recycling is really sustainable, especially as we’ve learned about our recyclables travelling to China and African countries.

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I hope I have more time for work and my life in May and more lovely sunny days! But let me know how was your April, in the comment box below!

With love,


Happy Favourites of the Week – Spring Vacation

A vacation – I went for a vacation to Crete for a week, which was very much needed although confusing. I am not used to taking it easy during the day, so when all we could do was stroll slowly through the city, sitting on the beach, staring at the ocean and enjoying our time together. It was wonderful and it was so difficult to get back to a routine once I was home.

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Gelato – During my holiday not a day went by without some gelato. I was sad that I couldn’t find any kiwi gelato, but pistachio and coconut were good second options! Gelato was also a saviour on those truly hot days when you felt like you were just overheating.

Chania – Chania is a beautiful little city with great restaurants and cafes to enjoy the delicious Greek food. I tried so many new things and was surprised how I enjoyed everything. In addition, we visited archaeological museum and 3 different beaches during our stay. The most beautiful part is, of course, the Venetian harbour and the Lighthouse, although I felt all the touristy restaurants along the harbour did cheapen the experience a little bit. Crete has a deep history and anybody interested in history can definitely find lots to do there!

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Fashion Revolution Week – Although I was away for half of the week from my usual routine and I couldn’t find any events in Chania, I ended up just following what is happening on Instagram and was so impressed and inspired by all the people who were posting about this great movement! Now I think we should be continuing on demanding more sustainable and transparent supply chains from all fashion brands and not just during the Fashion Revolution week!

Swim in the Sea – I haven’t swum in the sea or a lake in a few years. Growing up in Finland we spent our summers swimming mostly, so now that I finally had a chance to go swimming I took it, even though the sea wasn’t quite warm enough. Actually, the sea was freezing cold, but spending some time in it made it feel warmer, and it was such an enjoyment and so refreshing!

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Eugene Onegin – Yesterday I went to see an opera Eugene Onegin. I love mixing some culture into my everyday life and this tragic love story was quite a delight. For such a small theatre it was very well made and the singers and the ballet dancer were great!

Cherry Blossoms – I was afraid that I would miss the cherry blossoms while I was away and it is my favourite thing during the spring in Scotland. So I was over the moon to see that they are only starting to bloom around the city and I can enjoy their full blooming period now! They are so beautiful!!

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The Alps – While on the plain to Crete I saw the Alps, and I couldn’t take my eyes of the magnificent beauty of them! Definitely my favourite thing on an otherwise boring flight!

Magnificent sunset – I love sunsets and often watch them, when possible, from my window. So seeing one in Crete whilst having a long and quiet dinner was such a delight. That was definitely slowing down and enjoying the moment. The sounds of the sea and birds and the colourful sunset with a glass of wine, what more could you want!

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

With love,


Sustainability in 2017

2017 was a year of learning to me, as I mentioned in the Reflections and Goals post. I learned a lot about myself and about sustainability. There is still much more to learn, but I have to be proud of all that I’ve learned so far. If you missed any of those posts here is the list of sustainability posts from 2017:

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Bee’s Wrap Sheets – A Sustainable Food Wrapping

4 Posts That Make You Think

Sustainable Vegetable Marking – Forget The Stickers

Dreams of a Dining Space

5 Easy Sustainable Fashion Changes

Why Change To Natural Cleaning Products?

Anek. – Sustainable and Instagrammable

Introducing Primrose and Pixie

A Mall For Repaired and Recycled Goods

Fashion Revolution Week

Introducing Mirabelle – Jewellery with Meaning

6 Piece Capsule Wardrobe by Honest Rosie - byLiiL

Introducing Boodle Boutique

Travel Sustainably

Use Your Power of ‘Choice’ When Making Buying

Straws – Eco-Friendly or Healthy?

Inspiration of the Month – The Sustainable Futures Report Podcast

7 Reasons Why I Choose To Shop Small

Introducing – 1 Dress 14 Styles by Doo.Bla.Vey

Sustainable News of the Month – July 2017

Are Big Brands Stealing Small Brand Thunder?

Before the Flood Documentary and Review

Uncovering The Secrets Behind Fashion Sizing - byLiiL

TED Talks About Sustainability

Understand The Sustainable Fashion Terminology

Chasing Coral

Why Do We Expect To Buy Cheap Fashion?

Sustainability Causes and How To Support Sustainability

Inspiration of the Month – Cradle to Cradle

Sustainable News of the Month – October 2017

What’s All The Fuss About Plastic?

Why I Don’t Shop on Black Friday – The Issue With The Sales Culture

Sustainable News of the Month – November 2017

Straws - Eco-Friendly or Healthy?

My plan is to make even more and better sustainability content for this year and you can help by letting me know what you would like to read about Sustainability in 2018 in the comment box below!

With love,


The Beautiful and Free Berlin

I’ve been to Berlin before, although only for a one day trip and was really excited to finally go and visit it again last month. My memory didn’t do it justice and spending 4 days there with my fiance we both agreed that it was one of the best trips we’d had together.

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Our trip didn’t start in the best way. The Schoenefeld airport is changing its name to Brandenburgh, which made us very confused when we arrived at the airport. We had to set location on, on our phones to check whether we were in the right airport! Then we hadn’t got the exact address for our Airbnb and our host wasn’t answering her phone which made things a bit more difficult. We scared few of her neighbours but eventually found the adorably quirky flat in a great location with a little cat to keep us company. We were absolutely enchanted with the cat who obviously liked company and being pet and were sad to leave him when we left the flat. I was inspired by the collection of art books that our host had in her flat and odd but interesting decor.

The Beautiful and Free Berlin - byLiiL

The Beautiful and Free Berlin - byLiiL

We had the pleasure of having the best tourist guide ever, as my friend lives in Berlin and was happy to escort us into places where we wouldn’t have found by ourselves, such as rooftop bar, a Turkish market or where to find what in Friedrichshain, she pointed out all the sustainable and eco shops, which there were many! On our four day trip, we only spend one day going through the different tourist spots from Holocaust memorial to Brandenburg gate and spend the rest getting to know Friedrichshain and visiting odd places here and there. Luckily, Berlin has a great metro network, which is easy to use and get’s you almost anywhere, and which I would recommend! Berlin is a very big city with wide and slightly eerie streets, which makes all the distances longer than you might imagine from the map.

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It does have a sense of freedom though. We didn’t feel overcrowded anywhere except for the airport. In addition, the whole culture is so different with openness about sexuality, drinking on the streets but not being drunk and the very international vibe.  For example, on the first day, I saw a massive advert for a dildo in the middle of the day on a busy street next to a small shopping centre which was filled with children. At first, I felt a bit weird about it, but I realised it was only because I wasn’t used to it.

The Beautiful and Free Berlin - byLiiL

The Beautiful and Free Berlin - byLiiL

Berlin is great for food offering dishes from German to Italian, Asian and even African cuisines. It was my first time trying Korean buns, which were absolutely delicious and one of our favourite meals was having African style Halloumi pitas on the last day for lunch.

The Beautiful and Free Berlin - byLiiL

The Beautiful and Free Berlin - byLiiL

Berlin was interesting culturally and historically, and it has lots to do. We managed to squeeze in a fashion show, watching an ice hockey game and even go clubbing which we never do, but in Berlin, it definitely was an experience.

The Beautiful and Free Berlin - byLiiL

What I would recommend:

  • Go to Friedrichshain for food and shopping from small independent brands.
  • Turkish market is great for buying souvenirs that are locally made (there is a lot of crap and foreign stuff as well, but you can find gems in the midst of it all).
  • There is a big selection of Airbnb places where you can stay for a reasonable price.
  • Berlin is great for just going for a walk in the Mitte or Kreuzberg (Friedrichshain as well).
  • Don’t spend all your money on the tourist spots, there are many free places as well such as Reichstag building.
  • Use the public transport and if you are going to travel a lot take a day card, which can be used on any public transport around Berlin.
  • Restaurants and cafe’s I would recommend: Neue Bahnhof st. and Sonntag st. are great for good in general, Marafina on Wüchlisch st., 1990 vegan living on Krossener st. and Aunt Benny on Jessner st.

We loved Berlin and I am already planning my trip back there again to walk along the beautifully colourful streets and seeing the crazy buildings with all the greenery, or having coffee at a local cafe!

The Beautiful and Free Berlin - byLiiL

The Beautiful and Free Berlin - byLiiL

Have you been to Berlin? Do you have any additional recommendations?

With love,


What Was I Up To In September

September was my month of holidays. After a whole summer of working hard, it was great to take a couple of little trips and get my mind off things. My holidays could be seen on this blog as well from trip posts and long breaks between posts. When I wasn’t travelling I was working a lot, which is why I couldn’t quite keep up with blogging. Sorry about that, but I hope I can get back into the schedule with the blog now as I have many great post ideas in the works!

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First, at the beginning of the month, I visited Isle of Mull and the Newlan Ark, whilst at the end of the month, I visited Berlin again in 10 years and fell in love with it (more on that soon). During my trips, I was very excited about wildlife and local produce on sale!

I was researching a lot about sustainability, but could only get the monthly sustainable news on here. I should soon be writing more on my research though! I did also share a beautiful collection of Instagram pics as well.

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I really enjoyed my September, but I am looking forward getting into my routine in October; working a lot and posting here.


How was your September?

With love,