Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Link Love ♥

Heya guys!

How are you all? Having a great weekend? ♥

Today's post is another listing of my monthly favorites (or well, blogs I'd recommend any time, but these are my picks this month). I hope these are interesting to you as well - I mean, these girls are great bloggers, of course you will like them - because I really thought they all deserved a mention. ♥


The author of this blog, Adeola, is one of my best friends I have in the blogging world. She is very kind and lovely, and she has an amazing eye for style. She's also quite a sportswoman, which is way cool! Her blog is mostly about girly things like fashion, style and beauty, but there's also lifestyle stuff in there. Absolutely worth checking out and following!


Those of you who love nail art and that sort of stuff, you need to go see Janita's blog that is all about fun, well done nail art. She is so talented and a lovely person as well. She also posts some tutorials, which are (in my opinion very easy to follow, and helpful as well. :)


A blog about fashion, music and lifestyle, written by the lovely Sherin who's one of my favorite bloggers out there. Her style is effortlessly chic and easy to relate to, and she always has the coolest adventures in fun places and she has such a great taste in music. I absolutely love this girl and her blog, just hoping that we can meet up someday. :)


Fashion blog by the drop dead gorgeous Stephanie. Full of beautiful outfits, nice inspiration posts and great attitude. This must be one of the most inspiring blogs on my blogroll at the moment, I always love seeing new posts from her. Also, take a look at her stunning hair, I mean, being a thin-haired blonde, her thick, healthy dark locks look so amazing to me. ;)


Also a blog that's very dear to me, as the author is someone I like as a person. Laura and I have many things in common, and I would love to meet this girl one day! I love her personal style, that is so cool with the cute details and colors, and I very much appreciate her "nerdy" side that loves books and video games and such. Also, her writing style is so witty and funny that I always end up smiling when I read her posts.

So here are my Link Loves for November, tune in for more next month. If you wish to get a mention here, just connect with me on any of the platforms that are linked on the right side of the blog, and I just might choose yours for the next Link Love post. I love discovering new blogs and vlogs to follow, and I also love sharing my favorites with people because good work always deserves a credit. ♥

Now, I'm off to catch up on my weekly TV shows, paint my nails and other stuff. Tomorrow there will be another little post for you, so stay tuned!

Have a lovely day, my dolls!

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Friday, November 29, 2013

Blue ♥

Hi there everyone!

How are you all? ♥

I've been missing the writing a lot this week, but truthfully haven't had enough time to do it properly. Hence, not that many posts. It's always too bad to not to have the time to write, because many times it also means missing the posts from my favorite bloggers as well. I actually have a ton of things to post for you, and will be photographing more during the weekend (this means a new daily life post, too ;)). I just planned an outfit I really want to show you guys, I have a November Link Love up tomorrow, there's a big shoe haul post and all sorts of fun things. I literally can't wait to get the posts done and up for you to see.

Today, I really wanted to show you this outfit I wore the last time we visited my parents and other loved ones in the north. I really liked wearing something girly compared to the previous outfit, which was more of the edgy kind.

Those of you who read my blog more might know that I don't wear that much blue, but this time, I was bold and tried it out.

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Dress: Boohoo Boots: SpiritStore Coat: Mango Scarf: Mango Bag: Boohoo Necklace: Gina Tricot

I don't know if I've stated this enough but I'm seriously obsessed with bright lips right now. I love that red lipstick (which costed £1, can you imagine?) and could wear it everywhere. That actually made me buy a bright pink one which you will probably see in the pictures taken the coming weekend. ;)

Anyway, what I can say about the look is that it's maybe more a bit sophisticated than my usual looks, as it has heels, pretty dress and some other coat than the leather jacket I'm very keen on wearing. And don't worry if I look super pale here, I'm always like that in the winter, no color whatsoever on my skin. Not sick or anything, it's just my freaky skin tone. :D

What do you guys think about this look? ♥

I need to go now, to get ready for my late night shift - tomorrow we will put up our Christmas tree and other nice things, but more about them in another post later this weekend!

Have a fabulous weekend! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Plaid and such

Hi everyone!

How are you all doing? ♥

I can't believe how quickly the days go by, I seem to have no extra time for anything! But luckily today, I finally found a whole hour just for typing. I'm just getting the hang of how to arrange my days so that I get everything done efficiently and so that I also have enough energy and concentration for everything I do. Yay!

I don't usually like blabbering about the weather, but I must say that today is coldest in a long time (-10 degrees Celsius, but getting warmer), and I'm officially decided to pack my summer shoes and clothes in to the back of the closets, and take out the winter stuff. Of course, they say the weather will get warmer in couple of days, but who knows, right?

Anyone else finding the weather terribly cold now? Anyone?

Anyway, today's photos were taken couple of weeks ago when it was a bit warmer than now, and I could actually pose without a jacket. We shall see how I arrange this kind of photos during the winter, I guess I need to try and create a mini studio or something, haha.

Here's also some music for you to turn to play in the background from one of my favorite female singers:


Avril Lavigne - Rock N Roll

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With this look, I was kind of playing with the grunge trend, not going full grunge, but still. I don't (yet) own a pair combat boots, and didn't feel like sneakers, so I went for biker boots. And naturally, some leather, plaid and ripped jeans just had to be combined.

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Jacket: H&M Scarf: Gina Tricot Bag: Boohoo

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Plaid shirt: second hand T-shirt: from a Linkin Park gig Jeans: Gina Tricot/DIY Biker boots: eBay Necklace: Gina Tricot Belt: Gina Tricot Stud bracelet: Europehouse The other bracelet: Gina Tricot Earrings: Bik Bok

So that kind of look today. One of my personal favorites this year, and definitely something I'd like to wear more.The jeans are the best part of it for me, I get that for some, they look trashy, but I personally like them all ripped up (lol) for this kind of outfit. And again, my bright red lipstick makes an appearance.

What do you guys think about this look? ♥

Well, I better be off now to photo some stuff and also to get some closet rearranging done. But I'll be back as soon as I can, I have loads to post to you!

Have a lovely day, sweeties!

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dining at Plevna ♥

Heya lovelies!

How are you all today? ♥

Last night I was supposed to write this post, but ended up spending more time with my friend L than I had planned. I don't complain, though, it was just the relaxation I needed and it was lovely to get to know what's going on in her life. We we're gossiping for many hours and hence, I'm only writing this for you today. Sorry for the delay, but my real life goes over anything I do online, as everyone of you surely understands.

Today's post is about the time my parents were visiting last month, and we went to eat at Plevna, a brewery restaurant in the heart of Tampere.

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The place clearly states - especially with the decoration - that it's the place to enjoy your beer. Look at this giant glass, very cool!

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An old sign telling you to not try and steal their glasses as you can easily buy those instead.

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Even the door to the ladies' room was pretty personal - as were the insides as well, but I felt it would be way too much information to show that, haha.

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Massive collection of beer glasses and such by the door. Very nice ones!

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Another cool thing about this place is that the menus are designed to look like newspaper. There's also more info about the place if you are patient enough to read through that. I wasn't, I was hungry.

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There's quite a list of beers, and few other brewery products. I love trying out local products every once in a while (I should actually start doing that more often), so this was a great place to go to with my parents.

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They may look like beer, but they're actually apple cider. We ordered those with mom - guys went for beers - and they were pretty awesome.

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While we waited for food, I photographed a little more.

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I loved the design of the bar, to me that looks very inviting. You know, for a bar.

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Above the bar, there is a list of the brewery products to help you choose your drink.

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My choice: Chevre Chicken with chevre potato gratin and veggies. Absolutely delicious meal and one of the best potato dishes I've ever tasted.

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Mom's meal, lamb sausages with braised red cabbage and creamy garlic potatoes.

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My fiance got the big Plevna hash.

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And my dad tried out the Plevna sausage pan.

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For dessert, men got drinks - my fiance got the brewery mead, and my dad chose hazelnut coffee.

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Me and mom, on the other hand, decided to get actually more to eat (like either of us could resist dessert when eating out, lol). I got the Belgian waffles, and I fully recommend this, it was way too good! I mean, it doesn't get much better than fresh waffles with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce.

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And mom chose the Plevna chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. This, too, tasted amazing.

Now, today, you're all in for a rare treat. My fiance actually wanted to review his meal and beer, and our trip to the restaurant here in my blog for you. Sadly I didn't get him to agree for a photo, but hey, some other day maybe. But here's what he has to say about our dinner at Plevna:

Male Point Of View - Dining at Plevna

Main course: Plevna hash, large

Judgement: The meal was actually big and even a big guy could get his stomach full from it.
In the meal there's huge pile of potatoes, seasoned with mustard sauce.
The food was very good and tasty, but a little minus has to be given for the lack of variety. 
Also, there was beetroot on the salad, which doesn't play along too well with the mustard-flavored potatoes.

Grade: 

Drink: Little Black Number, dark beer, 3,8% (Brewery's own product)

Judgement: Very smooth and malty lager. Very ingenious and not at all bitter. Seeks for it's equal.

Grade: 

Overall grade for the food: ★½

Thoughts about the place: The restaurant is pretty "old school" design-wise, with the dark wood benches and all. The service is suitable, professional and the speed of it is average. The price/quality ratio of the food is appropriate.

Grades (amount of stars):

0 = Bankruptcy awaits
1 = Suitable for domestic animals
2 = Warm vomit
3 = Decent
4 = Delicious
5 = The King

Note: Do not take the grades too seriously, we're always just having fun with things. So have some humor along when reading stuff either of us writes for you.

So, thanks to my fiance for this little insight, please let me know if you'd like to hear more from him and I'll ask him to do more from time to time.

That's all I have for you today, hope you enjoyed this one! Leave a comment telling me if you'd like to hear more male point of views, and maybe ideas about which topics they should be about.

Now, I'm off to watch the rest off the F1 season final, and then it's time for some serious baking and such. Tomorrow, I will post something new for you ♥

Have a lovely day!

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Skulls vs. Plaid ♥

Hey honeys!

How are you all today? ♥

Sorry for the couple days' silence, I've been way too busy to bother to open the laptop - as I wouldn't have had the time to compose a proper post, I rather write less but well than loads but not with any thought. I hope you understand.

However, today I really wanted to share two new nail designs with you. Some of you might have seen these already in Facebook or moreover on Instagram, but as many of you are probably not familiar with these already, here you go:

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I didn't really dress up for Halloween this year, but as I got the new stamping plates earlier this autumn, I really wanted to do these sort of pirate themed nails.

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I used China Glaze White On White as a base, and stamped the skull things on thumbs and ring fingers with black Konad special polish. The rosary print was done by a small dotting tool and the color used was Essie Licorice. The little cross on the end of it was painted with a thin brush. The bigger crosses on pinkies were simply done with striping tape, and then I added two black rhinestones to the index fingers.

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The funny thing about these nails is that they really show how rusty my stamping skills are. Of course I could've done this so many times that I finally got the stamp straight, but I hate wasting polish so I figured it's good enough. I promise I will learn that skill again, though!

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Personally I liked this mani a lot, surely mostly because I'm such a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (I mean, who doesn't love Jack Sparrow?). And as I didn't have a costume, I was happy that at least my nails did have. ;)

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The other mani is more colorful, this one was inspired by the plaid trend that's been going on this autumn. I don't have that much plaid in my closet, so again, I let my nails have fun instead. (You know, like they actually had feelings and seriously wanted to be trendy. lol.)

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The polishes used were China Glaze Roguish Red, China Glaze Crimson and Kiss nail art pen on white. The black isn't actually black as my fellow nail enthusiasts might realize, but instead it is a super dark red. I thought it's nicer for this design than an actual black polish.

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I do realize that many might have done this perfect and smooth and all, but taken that the inspiration was actually mostly the plaid shirts my fiance has in his closet, I thought that it would be totally cool even if there were "flaws" within the design. Though I also get it if it just makes them look sloppy to you, it really depends what you like.

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Definitely not on my own personal favorites list, but they were fun to make and they can sort of be an inspiration (hey, someone out there might actually make the perfect ones after seeing these!) so I thought that they were worth sharing. This is also what happens even to me when I use a technique or draw/paint something I haven't practiced much/at all. This was done with the help of a striping tape, but with lacking the patience a bit and having somewhat bad light. Anyways, no excuses, I just didn't bring my a-game while doing these. I might have to give these another shot later.

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So here are the two manis today, both very different from the other but with not that different color palette.

What do you think about these designs? And, what are you wearing on your nails today? ♥

I'm off now to get some sleep, I have planned much of blog prepping for tomorrow so I really hope I can get up pretty early to get things done before work!

Have a fabulous day! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Foodie Post: Pumpkin Spice Latte ♥

Hello my lovelies!

How are you all? ♥

Today I was planning not to open my laptop at all, but I got something I couldn't resist sharing with you. With the holiday season just around the corner, and the Autumn already behind, I've noticed so many people posting about the American classic, Pumpkin Spice Latte. Even though there are already the whooping amount of two Starbucks coffee shops in the whole Finland, I haven't had the pleasure to test out the infamous tasty treat.

So, what's a girl to do when there's no proper place to buy a food/drink, but there's the growing anxiety to try it out anyway? Well, the girl finds a recipe and makes some at home. (and if you actually can get this from Tampere, Finland, please correct my ignorance and point me to the right direction!)

So, for those of you who also want to try this out - or maybe wanna save some money for more Christmas shopping - here is an affordable (nearly fool proof) recipe you can whip up with very basic ingredients:

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I found the recipe here!
BrokeAss Gourmet's Pumpkin Spice Latte

3 tablespoons strong ground coffee
2/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
2/3 cup milk

And, if you are like me, and live in a culture where we don't have pumpkin pie spice regularly in our spice rack, here's how you can make your own:

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Pumpkin Pie Spice (found here)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix the spices in a small bowl, and store in an airtight container.

Simple enough, right? Now that this is done, back to making the latte, shall we?

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1. Brew the coffee with the water in a regular coffee maker, French press or drip cone.

2. While the coffee brews, stir the pumpkin pie spice into the honey or agave nectar until completely blended. Set aside.

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3. Pour the cold milk into a microwave-safe bowl, the edges of which should come up a bit higher than the milk.

4. Keep the bowl slightly tilted to the side, so that the milk is gathered more towards one side. Using a wire whisk, quickly and vigorously whisk the milk in the bowl for about 2-2 1/2 minutes. If milk is not frothy after 2 1/2 minutes, continue whisking an additional 30-60 seconds. The milk should be very frothy at this point.

Note: this is the point where I personally screwed up. I didn't get the milk foamy enough, so it just got back to liquid when I put it on a microwave. I found this step easier with a clean (microwave proof) glass jar with a lid. Put the milk in the jar, close the lid tightly and shake it heavily for 30 seconds or more, just to get it thick enough. Then, take off the lid and and continue following the instructions.

5. Microwave the milk in the bowl on high for 8-10 seconds. It should puff into a high foam immediately.

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6. To serve the latte, pour the hot coffee into a mug and stir in the honey/agave-spice mixture until completely dissolved. Top with the hot milk, spooning the thick foam on top. A dash of additional pumpkin pie spice or some ground cinnamon on top is a nice touch. Serve immediately.

Or do as I did and add a ridiculous amount of whipped cream and cover the not-so-successful milk foam to have more of a coffee shop kind of experience with it.

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Last night I baked some brownies, so what better way to enjoy the latte than with a piece of brownie and an episode of one of my favorite TV series, Desperate Housewives. ♥

So, I hope you found this post helpful or fun, I have been wanting to taste this for years but only last night realized I could actually make my own. The best part: this doesn't contain the high fructose corn syrup that some claim is pretty bad for you, and those who know me, know that when I can, I at least try to pick the option with less artificial things in it.

The verdict: This was good enough to make another time, I loved the taste of it a lot. Is it even close to the infamous Starbucks one? I have no idea. What I can say that it smells heavenly, and brewing this baby can make your whole home smell adorable. I warmly recommend trying this out if you like coffee.

Have you tried making your own pumpkin spice latte? And, would you like to see more this kind of posts where I try to find easy, kind of healthy options for other classic treats? Let me know below in the comments ♥

Now, I'm off to try and wear off my caffeine rush by completing some DIY projects and washing the dishes and so (yes, I've found the right drug for the lack of energy it seems, haha).

Have a lovely day!

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna