Friday, November 21, 2014

Trip to Porvoo ♥

Hello my lovelies!

How are you all today? ♥ I just started my weekend today (it's pretty amazing to have Friday off!) and I thought I'd finally post the pictures of our Porvoo trip here. It's been a month since we were there, but due Halloween and all sorts of hectic times at school, I haven't been able to use time to pick the photos and adjust the colors and all. You know how it is. ;)

Anyway, because I don't want to make an overly long post, let's get to the pictures, shall we? I was travelling with my man and my parents, and this was kinda ex tempore trip as my mom only asked us to go few days earlier. My dad had a business trip, and the rest of us didn't have any plans for the days, so it was perfect timing.

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A picture of our hotel room at the Kumpeli Spa in Heinola, where we stayed the night. And below, pictures of our dinner the night we arrived:

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Delicious dessert drink, kind of a hot chocolate version of Irish Coffee. Yummy! ♥

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Next morning, we had a big breakfast before getting into the car and driving to Porvoo. As you can again see, I just love, love, love my food. You gotta eat to stay healthy, right?

Now, to Porvoo. Porvoo is a relatively small city - or should I say town - kinda close to the capital Helsinki. I was born there, and have lived some years of my childhood there, so it will always have a place in my heart. The most beautiful thing about Porvoo is absolutely the old part of the town, by the river. It has amazing wooden houses and beautiful streets, and even though it was raining when we visited, you can (hopefully) see the beauty in these pictures.

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Riimikko is a toy shop me and my mom used to visit when I was a little girl. I have many beautiful memories from there, and I am so, so happy it is still up and running after all these years. They sell very cute and traditional stuff like card games, wooden toys, paper dolls and dollhouse decoration. I didn't dare to ask whether it would've been okay to take pictures, but if you ever visit Porvoo, go see this shop. It's magical.

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My outfit of the day, which is kinda very too layered, but it kept me warm and I liked it, so that's all that really matters.

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Jeans: Gina Tricot
Faux fur vest: secondhand
Leather jacket: H&M
Shoes: PUMA
Shirt: H&M
Scarf: Cubus
Beanie, Bag: gifts from my mom and dad

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We also went to this amazingly cute coffee shop called Café Helmi, and they sell so, so cute pastries in such a lovely, intimate setting. This is also a place I remember visiting when I was a little girl, and would love to show you pictures, but, it's not allowed to take photos in there. We figured it's because of the old pictures, paintings and stuff. But I didn't know that before taking this picture of our treats, so I think I will be a bit of a rebel and share it here. Rules are meant to be broken. Or, you know, something.

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I love the fact they have different gluten free options. Two of those, the smaller looking pieces, are both gluten free, which was perfect for me and mom as we are both eating gluten free. It's also so sweet that they serve the coffee in small pots and tea in adorable cups. If you love to really enjoy your coffee/tea/cake/etc., you must check them out. I totally get why mom has taken me there as a child. I wish I could show you the cake & treat display, because it is so totally cute!

After this, we went to few other shops, I got some nice little things and so on, but these are all the pictures I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed travelling with us today!

Let me know what you think about this post in the comments below! ♥

It's so perfect I decided to post this now, as my man is going on a pre-Christmas party trip with his co-workers tomorrow, leaving me all alone at home. Which is nice as I can play lame music and watch chick flicks all I want - but seriously I'd take travel over that any time. But, I do have my math book again, so... Not getting lonely, haha. I might also try to learn some video making again, taken that my laptop will be working with me. I'm itching to do a nail art video or something, if you have anything you'd like to see, feel free to tell me. But anyway, I'll talk to you again soon!

Have a lovely day ♥

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Foodie Post: Bubble Tea ♥

Hello my lovelies!

How are you all? ♥

I'm finally finding some time to sit down and write something that isn't for school. Seriously, I have been so swamped with everything these past few weeks it feels unreal. And it shows no ending... Can't wait for the Christmas break!

Still some weeks to go before that, though.

Anyway, since I thought some of you might need some fun new stuff to try out, I wanted to share a little treat recipe that I've been loving lately.

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I know the trend of bubble tea is already pretty old and everything, but as I do come behind on these things... Well, you get the thrill. As most of you may know, bubble tea originally comes from Taiwan. It may, or may not contain tapioca pearls (also known as boba), and it can be made into various fruit flavors. It can also be made into milk tea.

My version is somewhere in the middle of those two I guess.

For one serving, you'll need:

1 cup of boiling water
1 bag of your (favorite) tea
some milk (dairy, almond, coconut... that's up to you)
cooked tapioca pearls
sweetener/sugar (optional)

Start off with making some tea. Now, if you want to make this into ice tea, you can make the tea as early as the day before. Just store it well. I like mine warm or lukewarm, but I've understood that it's amazing as ice tea too. I used raspberry tea, as that is one of my all time favorites.

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You can start building the drink by putting some tapioca pearls on the bottom of a big glass. Now, what I can tell you about prepping the tapioca is that if you do it from scratch, you need time - we're talking about 2 hours here - but there is a shortcut. You can use fast cooking tapioca that cooks in five minutes. It's not as good of a quality as regular one, but at least for me, it does the job well. I know it's more unhealthy, as it has more than just tapioca in it, but... #yolo

Just make sure the tapioca is warm, as the consistency is the best like that.

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Add the tea, and possible sweetener over the tapioca.

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And then add your milk, whether you use dairy one or vegan one. Stir with a big straw (and I mean a big one, as the pearls have to fit through).

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Now your tea is ready to be enjoyed!

Have you tried this before? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments below!

Now, I'm going to get ready to bed, as tomorrow it's again time for a long day with school work, and I need all my energy. But I'll talk to you again soon.

Have a fabulous day ♥

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Home Decor Update ♥

Hey there lovelies!

How has your weekend been so far? ♥

We had a date night today, and just had this super fun day just the two of us - me and my fiance. And then I realized it was past midnight and that I hadn't blogged in two days. So it's now later than 2 am and I'm typing this post before hitting the bed. I know, seems crazy, but I really want to get this done.

The exam on Friday was insanely hard and I have absolutely no idea if I have to go redo it, but next time I know how to prepare properly for it. But at least I got a good review on business English, so I'm not completely failing, right?

Anyway, today, we're going to have a tiny little house tour. It's been a while since I did a previous one, and even though too many things haven't changed since that, I thought you guys might like to see into our apartment.

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In the kitchen, we have new curtains (thanks mom and dad) and the Ikea stickers, both of which bring the kind of green floral theme there. There's nothing that special in the kitchen, except for the food of course - but once we buy our own place, I will show you my dream kitchen.

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My working corner/sewing desk, which is a well organized chaos. I do dream of a better organizational system, but first I seriously need to plan one. It isn't as bad as it used to be though.

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I keep my studying stuff and blogging things there, although sometimes - like right now - I do move the laptop to the sofa and actually write there. Because bad writing position is just the best.

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My favorite thing in this space right now are the curtains (again, thanks mom and dad), which totally make the room better than the plain green ones we had there before. Also notice the workout equipment that don't have a proper place. Whoops.

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The place to read, write or whatever. This is a little corner where I can relax without any tech stuff and just do all old-fashioned stuff that don't require any connections whatsoever. And where I will probably spend more time pretty soon as I have a lamp shade to create (more on that project later).

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Moving on to the living room side of the area, there are these cat-shaped wine bottles I collect. I don't know what it is about them, but I do love them a lot. And my man likes them too so luckily I can keep them for now.

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My first wall clock since forever, our plants and another set of new curtains (seriously mom, you spoiled me with these). And call me crazy, but yes, we have two sets of curtains on our living room area. Because it works for us.

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The super comfy and cozy couch I am sitting on as I type right now. And some NY themed decor. We should also have a London themed puzzle picture hanging there, but as our walls are a pain in the butt, we can't get hooks, nails or anything stick well enough to make the heavy picture stay. First world problems, right?

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Bookshelf and such - and yes, I was watching SATC yet again. It's just so good!

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On the bedroom, things are really just the same. I still have more or less unnecessary stuff on my nightstand...

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...including my perfume collection I wanna grow by one or two withing the next couple of months or so.

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The only things I could really call new are the fluffy blanket I bought from Pori a few weeks back, and the Samsung Tab I got as my mom got a better one. (I seriously have so much stuff that is someone else's old, but it's for the brighter future, right? I tend to use things until they get busted so old ones kinda work fine for me.) Our bedroom is the safe haven for me, no matter how bad day I've had, I can go there, relax with watching videos from the tablet or just go to sleep next to my love, and the world doesn't seem such a bad place after all.

So what I can say is that even though our home isn't like those super fancy ones you see on magazines and TV, it's still somewhat neat and more than that, cozy. I always love coming home and just relaxing after the day. There are a few things I want to make a bit different in the near future, but I'll talk about that once I have the time to actually do something about them.

But, what do you guys think about this post? And, please tell me something about your home decor in the comments below! I'd love to know what you love in interior decor ♥

If you haven't already, you can click these links and see the previous home decor posts:
Blogging space
Living room
Sneak peek house tour
Bedroom
Kitchen Makeover
How I organize my nail stuff

Have a lovely day!