Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Army Girl

Hi lovelies!

How are you today? ♥

Sorry for the silence the last couple of days, but I've been enjoying the summer weather so much I completely forgot to turn on my laptop. I think that has been a good thing, really. I have been focusing on my offline life more, and that's very healthy every once in a while. 

But today, I missed blogging too much to stay away - which is why I'm writing you this post so early in the morning. I have plenty to do today, but I just woke up a little earlier to get this to you. ;)

So, in today's post I will show you my take on wearing army pants. Of course, it's already a bit too warm for them, but at the time of taking those photos, it was cooler.


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Bring it! See the attitude here?
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Leather jacket: H&M Neon top: Gina Tricot Grey top: thrifted Army pants: thrifted Biker boots: Ebay Studded belt: Gina Tricot Necklaces: Gina Tricot (long one), Malta (the one with my name)  Earrings: JC, Nelly.com Bracelets: Gina Tricot, except the woven one - DIY Bag: Mango

So, a little different kind of look than usually. I gotta say I personally really liked this look, especially after my colleague M said I look like I was going to punch someone in the face - or whip them. That comment sure made my day, I didn't think the look is that hard. Those pants were such an amazing find from a flea market, and cost practically nothing (meaning, about 3 Euros) - and just think how awesome outfits one can make with these!!

But now, the word is yours: What do you think about this look here? ♥

I'm off now to run a ton off errands, but I try to keep in touch with you later tonight!

Have a fabulous day ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Sunday, May 26, 2013

That's Who I am pt. 10

Hiya everyone

And happy Sunday! ♥

This weekend I've been enjoying the sunny weather and spent the time with our amazing friends J and M (thanks for the party night :D) and also met a new person S. And on top of that, we had a F1 studio with A and J, which was also kinda cool.

So, I haven't been much on the laptop, but that's a good thing. Now that we finally got home (and before a little beach walk) I thought I'd took a couple of minutes to write my last That's Who I Am post for you all. If you've missed the other parts, they can be found here: 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Let's get this show on the road!


My fiance gets me the best little surprises, and I simply love getting them. Also, I love giving surprise gifts to people, it's amazing to see how that makes their day. :)


They can be big or small, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores... I don't care. If it's an animal, I'll probably love it. I also hate how people put themselves so far above animals, like they're not worth a thing. Animals may not be people, but we still can't do whatever we want to to them. I'm also the type of girl who doesn't give rat's ass if a character in a movie dies, but if it's an animal, I'm crying my eyes out. Animals are the best because they don't have agendas, they are just what they are. Real. You know?


One of the most obvious facts, but hey, it had to be said, right? :D


Yep. I flirt with about everyone - hell, I'd probably flirt with stones, doors and the sewing machine if they'd answer back. But it doesn't mean a thing, just that the person is somewhat cool and that I like them as an individual. And yes, I flirt with women, too. It's my weird way of communicating, and luckily my fiance is cool with that. (And he's quite a flirt, too, so...)


One of the many places I haven't yet got the chance to go to. The whole Great Britain fascinates me thanks to Harry Potter series, so one day I will totally go there!


Sadly, I've spent most of my childhood entertaining myself, by myself. It means I still am maybe a bit too comfy alone - so I kinda don't get in touch with people as much as I should, but I try to remember to see the people I love elsewhere than on Facebook. :D The upside of being an only child is that I can do things easily alone, I don't need anyone to hold my hand all the time, and I got to embrace my creative side at young age. I guess that's pretty useful for many things, like for writing this blog.


You already know about my love for sharks, but another sea creature that has my heart is a dolphin. Somehow these fabulous animals touch my heart so deeply that I could almost cry when seeing live dolphins. I know this makes me sound like a weirdo, but oh well. I just love them so, so much. I don't know what is it about them.


You can never have too many ways to communicate throughout the world, and I personally would love to be fluid in several languages. Currently I have five languages (Finnish, English, Spanish, Swedish, German) that are so strong  could somehow survive with them, at least with someone teaching me new words, as I know the structure already. I would still like to learn French, Chinese and Russian - at least.


Couldn't survive without this stuff. It has such a calming effect on me, that if I go many days without, I start to get super anxious. And it's not about the caffeine, because I drink so much decaf. :D But tea is very soothing, and the ritual of drinking it itself makes me feel good.


And the final fact. I'm happy. Not like all day, every day, but at the end of the day, I can go sleeping with a smile on my face. I know how lucky I am, even though many things could be better, but you know, people must have challenges so that there's sometimes the feeling of succeeding when you can solve the issue/make something better. But as of now, I feel blessed and happy. And that's a big thing.

So, that sums up the round of 100 random facts about me. Whoa, that sounds like a lot! :D There are still plenty I could tell that didn't make it into these posts, but I promise you that soon you'll get the chance to ask all sorts of random questions, just stay tuned. ;)

Now, what do you have to say about these last pieces? And I'd also like to know if you've liked to read this sort of posts - or if you have any requests since there's now an opening for a new series in the weekends. Hit me up with your thoughts in the comments! ♥

This girl is off now to enjoy the last bits of evening sun!

Have a fabulous day ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Friday, May 24, 2013

Getting Fit: My New Lifestyle

Heya lovelies!

I hope you're all doing well and having a great day. I'm once again starting the day with fruit breakfast and a jog, which seems to be the winning combo for me at the moment. Now I only wish it won't rain when I get out, though, haha!

As I've been promising, here's my take on healthy lifestyle, detox, and that sorts of stuff. This post is not read through by any experts, so for the real advice, consult someone who has a degree on the matter - or is an enthusiast, and therefore knows everything there is to know. I'm still learning, so there probably is a ton of things I could do better, but you know, I'll get there.

Where I started

My reason for doing this is not weight loss but rather to feel better about my body, get a healthier life and to make the most out of my life. I've been missing proper exercise for a couple of years, so it was desperately time to do something about that. Here's a couple of photos of my body from day one. It's not that bad, but it's definitely not a very sporty body. My worst problem area is my middle body, especially the stomach. I have the tendency to suffer from bloating, so this journey is a lot about finding out what makes my body act weird like that.

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What you can't see here is that for months now, I've been fighting a thing called "skinny fat". Which means that even though my weight isn't an issue, my body lacks muscle and has fat there instead. This is mostly caused in my case by stressing out, not working out, and eating very badly. Skinny fat may not sound like a big deal, but what I've read, it can evolve to a really bad thing. That's why I decided it's time for change, and time to get back into the shape I was a couple of years ago.

Eating habits

I'm the worst eater, I can stand without food for hours if I just focus into doing something. That is super unhealthy, and combined with the stress, it made my appetite practically disappear. This spring, I've been learning to eat bigger portions again, but also, I've learned how to make better choices with my food. I've also tried to learn the importance of drinking enough water, which is super important now that I'm exercising more.

Here are some examples of my basic foods I've eaten the past couple of weeks:

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Recipe here!
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Lots of fresh stuff, veggies, fruit, berries... Plenty of water and fluids (mostly without sugar, caffeine or alcohol), and enough protein to keep my muscles healthy. Basically I just try to eat everything in neat balance, cutting off just unnecessary sugar, fat and empty calories. That way, I can keep on eating lot, but it won't start to hinder my progress. One important thing about my new diet (well, not diet, really, but more like eating habits) is that I refuse to eat overly lot of the processed foods. I hate what all the additional substances do to the body - and not to mention, to your metabolism - so I try to minimize them from my foods altogether. One great thing that has come out of this, is that even though I like candies, I don't crave for them anymore. I've kicked my sugar addiction at least from that aspect, which I'm really proud of. I rather buy fresh berries or a pomegranate, and snack on that instead.

I also did a small detox to cleanse my body and prepare it for the new lifestyle. I added loads of water into my diet, made some of that lemon water, and drank green tea to boots my metabolism - or, I think I should say my usage of water or something. Anyway, the point is to get rid of the junk my body had stored during stressful months and to make the body open for change.It worked wonders for me, and it reminded how important it is to keep the body hydrated. Also, most of you know that a detox also removes that nasty bloating, so it's really good for you. I could've gone all fluids on the detox, but because my job requires quite a lot physical stuff, I kept eating solid food through that. I must say, tough, sometimes I really want to try the all-fluids one for a few days.

Exercise 

I go jogging 3-4 times per week, and on those days I tend to do some other exercise as well, like sit-ups etc., yoga or dancing. I know they say things like "no pain, no gain", but my mentality is to keep it fun for me. That way, it feels like fun me-time instead of something I have to do in order to look good. So even though I don't mind the pain here and there when the muscle gets trained, I don't expect pain from every single workout.

But the main point here, too, is that the workout removes stress, which then works wonders for the body, since no stress means no bloating. The stress ruined my metabolism so completely that it desperately need this. I could post here some exact exercises that I do, but I really don't have the knowledge to say which suits for who, so I'll just give you an idea what I do. You always need to find out what works just for you, and you can always ask from someone who knows more. But my training isn't that hard, so if you expect super visible results, you should consult someone else. :)

My average week of exercise:
4 x 45-60 min jog in a speed that gets the sweat on (and increasing the speed as the stamina gets better)
2-3 x muscular exercise, about 30-45 min (meaning sit-ups and such, you can find great ones from here)
1-2 x dancing for 30-45 min, with the help of videos, yay for YouTube (if Shakira swears on this, what's not to believe?)
+ stretching after every workout, including some yoga-like breathing exercises.

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So yeah, my exercising is really more about feeling good than about really gaining muscle. Though I try to get a bit of muscle visible, too. :D

Now

These photos were taken yesterday afternoon, so you should see the bloating, but somehow it's not there! Yay! I'm already quite happy with the results, but of course I would like to perfect the abs just a little more. That might take a little more time than these results, but I'm cool with that. As long as I can hold the body in this point, I'm more than happy!

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Well, okay, I'd be lying if I didn't admit I try to perfect the abs still, but I don't feel the pressure for it as much. (And lol for the marks here and there on the body, didn't notice them until now! Oh well)

Extra

Many of you might notice the difference on my skin tone between the first photos and the last ones. It's because I've used a tanning lotion, and tanning mousse. I know one shouldn't put all the chemicals on their skin, but a bit of tan makes me feel healthier (I do know it's silly) so that's why. I don't get the color too well from the sun as it is, my natural skin color practically reflects the sunlight and I get burned easily, so I don't feel good about lying sunbathing for hours. And solarium/sunbed, that's even worse! You get the dangerous UV rays, but not the vitamins (except on some new ones, I've heard), it makes your skin older prematurely, and if you use solarium regularly, you increase the risk of getting skin cancer for 75%.

So think twice before tanning. I know it looks good, but no one should risk their health for brown skin. Ever.


So that's my progress so far, I still feel insecure about sharing this as I am so self-conscious about my body, but since my friend L asked for tips and such on Instagram, I thought why not. I'm telling you L, you can do it, it's just about teaching yourself new habits by learning what works your body! You have my full support, honey! ♥

I hope you like this post, I'm sure there are many others out there, too, hoping to get in shape for the beach and all. You can do it! And you don't need to starve for yourself. Two weeks can make all the difference, so imagine what two months can do ♥

I'm off now, to get my much needed workout. ;)

Have a fabulously healthy day! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pink Nails x2 ♥

Hi lovelies

How are you all today? ♥

I had a great day, I once again started it with a jog, and in the afternoon I had a date with my friend L. It was so good to get to gossip about things and just get a laugh with a girlfriend, I totally needed it. Thanks L, you rock! ♥

Anyway, today's post is just a quite short one with nail art pictures - as I'll have a longer one coming up tomorrow or the day after. As usual, I have two looks for you here, hope you like them!

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First one is a bright pink mani with gold glitter. Again I was doing a leopard print, since I just love it so much.

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The polishes I used were China Glaze Escaping Reality (two coats over a white polish), China Glaze I'm Not Lion (two coats over a random gold polish) and Essie Licorice.

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I was pretty happy with these nails, they have all the great elements ;) My cuticles aren't at their prettiest here, so sorry about that!

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And for once, the two manicures have something in common. They're both pink!

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...this one just isn't quite as bright. So here's a little half moon mani I made with white (Essie Blanc) and soft pink (Sally Hansen Sweetie Pie).

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Again, sorry about the cuticles, they were in horrible shape back then, but I've gotten them better since.

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I should've done these with the help of stickers, but I tried to practice my free hand painting - you can never do that too much! Also, my top coat was running low, so you can see pretty ugly stripes here and there :P Lesson there: when you have a fast dry top coat, make sure there's enough of it before using or it'll end up looking nasty!

But, your turn: What do you think about the manicures here? And, what are you wearing in your nails today? ♥

This girl is off to bed now, but I'll get back as soon as I can!

Have a fantastic day ♥¨

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cozy Sweatshirt with a Skirt

Hey lovelies ♥

I hope you're all having a great start for your week - I started my morning with a fruit breakfast and workout, which seems to be the perfect start for the week. Tomorrow I will start to put together the detox/healthy lifestyle post, and I hope I get it done soon enough.

Today, however, I wanted to share an outfit I wore a while back when our friends J and K were visiting us. I was trying to combine cozy with rock chic, and this is what happened:

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So this is my take on how to wear a sweatshirt with a girly skirt, and make it work. I wanted to do something unusual (for me, at least) and I think it went kinda well.

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Sweatshirt: Gina Tricot Skirt: thrifted Biker boots: Ebay Tights: Asos Cap: Cubus Earrings: Bik Bok Cross ring: Gina Tricot Stone rings: JC

So, that kind of look today. Pretty casual, as usually, but a bit different to what you've seen here. I also personally love the light of the sunset here on these pics, it makes a fun mood to them.

But I wanna hear your thoughts: What do you think about this look? ♥ And, how do you wear a sweatshirt?

Now, I'm off to bed, but I try to get more for you to read as soon as I possibly can ;)

Have a fabulous day ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Sunday, May 19, 2013

And That's Who I am pt. 9

Heya babes! 

How are you all? ♥

Today, I have been loving the weather, seen many animals, started the amusement park season, visited the fashion flea market, and totally enjoyed my Sunday. 

What have you all been up to? ♥

Anyway, today it's time for the second to last That's Who I Am post, so let's get started! (Previous parts: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8)


True story, as much as I'd like to love my face all natural, I just don't seem to. Stupid and totally shallow, but I can't help it. Luckily on summer I manage to think that less is more, I just need to learn that on winter too. And I also love doing my makeup, it's such a fun artistic way to express myself.


I could live on popcorn, I'm totally obsessed with it. But as my favorite popcorn recipe shows, I like them very unhealthy, so, I try to not eat them very often. But today, as it is world cup finals on ice hockey (go Switzerland!) I will allow a bowlful of these bad boys for us.


I'm currently learning not to do this, but my nature is a worrier. Super annoying, as I can literally lie on the bed in the middle of the night worrying something for hours! Not cool. And that's why I'm learning not to. But at least I'm noticing my problem and doing something about it. ;D


I think a blogger can never tell this too much, so: I love you guys! You all rock, and you give me all the more reason to write stuff for this blog. So big thanks to you all - and let's hope I can figure out a fun giveaway for you next month. ;) And always remember, you're important for me - there'd be not point to blog if no one would read it, so thank you for coming here and catching up every now and then!


Who doesn't, though? I haven't yet met a person who doesn't love their ice cream, so if you don't, let me know :D 


Music brings me memories, it makes me happy, and it totally motivates me to do things. I need music for jogging, for writing, and just for living happier. I'm sure many of you could listen to music forever, too. ;) My playlist varies from hard rock to soft pop to trance and such, so there's almost everything imaginable. Most of it is rock, but I do listen to other music, too.


I guess you all know this by now, hehe. But yes, nail art is my obsession and I could buy thousands of shades of nail polish if I just had the budget and the space for it. Thank God I don't. 


Not a big surprise I guess, as I love music so much. Too bad these events are mostly pretty expensive here in Finland, and I can't really afford them. But every time I get the chance, I'm glad to go. Many of my best summer memories are from festivals where I've gone to with friends.


I've moved on, many times. From a broken heart, from a disappointing relationship, from the death of a loved one, you name it. Life goes on, so I need to, too. Sometimes it's hard, but it's always necessary. Move on, you deserve to.


There's nothing better in summer than checking out new places, driving around without a destination, and just chilling out everywhere. And now that I am feeling the photographing more than before, exploring is so much more fun. I hope that will help to create interesting posts in the future. :) 

So, what do you have to say to these facts? Similarities to you, or perhaps differences? Let me know more about you lovelies! ♥

I'm off now, to cook for my man, but I'll get back to you soon enough! ;)

Have a fabulous day!

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna