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5 Fandom Friday: My Fandom Accessories

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This week’s 5 Fandom Friday linkup – hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick – is all about the fandom accessories: what are the favorite geeky accessories that I own. If you want more information about this linkup, go check out the blogs of these lovely gals and join in on the fun!

I have to admit, it was really hard to choose only five items for this one – I just got back from London (more about that later) and I got tons of new fandom stuff. However, I chose my current favorites, even though they are liable to change every hour or so… In addition to the following I also love my Platform 9 3/4 tote, Doctor Who earrings, as well as all my fandom T-shirts and mugs.

My first one is Arwen’s necklace from Lord of the Rings, which I’ve always loved. I got it from Amazon and it’s really lovely. The second fandom item is also a necklace: I just bought this Ministry of Magic necklace from the Harry Potter shop at Kings Cross. Hermione’s timeturner I got from the Harry Potter studios and it’s one of my favorite things EVER. Also, I had to add my new Books Turn Muggles into Wizards tote, which I got from the Harry Potter Alliance (a brilliant charity organization!!). And last but not least, there’s this little TARDIS sugar bowl, which I bought from a book fair.

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5 Fandom Friday: Lifechanging Songs

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5 Fandom Friday is a weekly linkup hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick and this week’s prompt was songs that changed my life. My picks didn’t necessarily CHANGE my life but they have given me inspiration or influenced me.

I’ve never been a person who gets super into different artists. I often like a few songs someone made but hardly ever a full album. I don’t know too many artists and I have a completely random taste in music. But here are a few songs that really have influenced me:

Songs That Changed My Life

1. Fix You – Coldplay

My best friend sent me this song when I was going through a tough breakup and it somehow helped me. At least I knew that my friends were there for me.

2. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

I love these female power songs. This one made me feel like I could do anything.

3. Girls, Be Ambitious – Miyavi

I just love how Miyavi is always changing, always doing something new and different. That inspires me just as a person and, on top of that, his music is fabulous. I love when he combines e.g. jazz with j-pop.

4. Demons – Imagine Dragons

I think this is a perfect song about the inner darkness we all have. Sometimes I feel like listening to this when I feel really bad, because the son itself is beautiful and it makes me think that even the darker sides of us can be beautiful too.

5. Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

I don’t even know exactly why this song affected me so much but it did. I love the Beatles and this is my favorite song from them. It’s full of sadness but it’s somehow just so ethereal that you can’t help but love it.

#YearOfHappy – A Love Letter to Myself

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#YearOfHappyI decided to take part in the #YearOfHappy linkup that October June and Allisonleighann are hosting in pursuit of a more positive attitude (and perhaps also a more regular blogging schedule). This month’s topic is “A Love Letter to Myself”.

I felt extremely flustered last year: from writing my Bachelor’s Thesis to running the Her Campus Helsinki chapter and writing for our student paper, I just had so much on my plate that I don’t know how I managed. But now, I am so grateful I participated in all those things because ultimately they made my year busy and fulfilling and made me feel super accomplished.

This year looks like it’s going to be just as busy but this time I’m less scared. I know I can pull it off and I’m eager to start working on all of my projects. I have so many great people helping me in all my endeavours that there’s no way I can fail!

So, I’d like to just remind myself, if you feel swamped/stressed/anxious, take a deep breath and step back – it’s not really that bad! You’re not in a hurry to get your Master’s, you don’t need to be best in everything, and you certainly don’t need to achieve everything RIGHT NOW. There’s time. So enjoy all the little moments and don’t forget to have fun.

Here’s a little reminder list of all the great things in my life right now:

  • Merlin the kittykat#YearOfHappy Roses
  • my boyfriend
  • amazing friends
  • BA and hopefully soon MA degree
  • Her Campus Helsinki and my lovely writing team
  • BTSB magazine
  • Lukufiilis magazine
  • a wonderful apartment
  • supportive family
  • my health
  • so many books to read…
  • all the travels I’ve done and the trips I’m going to do
  • my blog :)

 

5 Fandom Friday: Conventions

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I decided to finally start participating in 5 Fandom Friday: a weekly linkup hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. Considering my love for fandoms, I just had to start participating (before I’ve always been too busy).

I just love the idea of conventions, they’re so great for meeting like-minded people and they have such a sense of community! Unfortunately, we hardly have any here in Finland but it’s my goal to someday go to a proper huge convention either in the UK or the States.

5 Fandom Friday: Conventions I’ve been to or wish to attend

Animecon: A Finnish anime convention with so much fun stuff to do! From video editing and cosplay contests to dance lessons and art shows, this is the place to be if you like Japan-stuff! I have gone couple of times and it’s always a lot of fun.

Tracon: another Finnish anime convention with a very similar style to Animecon. I’ve usually found that Animecon has a better, friendlier atmosphere though. But both are fab!

Finncona free science fiction and fantasy literature convention in Finland, that changes location from one city to another every year. I’ve been there a few times and I just love the atmosphere. No better place for a bibliophile!

Charmed Convention: There’s a Charmed convention that has been organized a few times (if I remember correctly) in Paris and I love love love Charmed so obviously I’d LOVE to go!

Any Comic Con or Doctor Who convention: I think it’s obvious why I’d want to go to a Comic Con – they’re the best conventions! And there’s so much to see (I always read the programs even though I don’t ever get to go – boo to living in Finland!). Also, anything Doctor Who related is amazing in my books!

 

If you want to know more about 5 Fandom Friday or participate in the linkup go check out The Nerdy Girlie!

What conventions have you gone to/would like to attend? :)

OOTD: Grease-inspired Everyday Cosplay

Sometimes I like to play around with my wardrobe…so, here’s my everyday cosplay or ootd inspired by Sandy from Grease.

OOTD: Sandy

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What everyday cosplays have you come up with?

New Year 2015: Reading Tips and Resolutions

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Christmas Books

Christmas was amazing and I was lucky enough to get lots of books, most of which I’ve already devoured. So they are also my reading tips for you lovelies for the new year :)

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Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?
Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl
Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Biography
Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2)
Skye Alexander’s Mermaids: An Enchanting Exploration of Their Myths, Legend, and Lore
Aubrey Sherman’s Wizards: The Myths, Legends, and Lore

My Resolutions for the New Year 2015

  • Exercise more (and fit into old clothes, hopefully)
  • Study hard! (and start those psychology courses, I’ve been pining after)
  • Read a lot – just for fun!
  • Learn to cook at least 5 new dishes
  • Get more organized
  • Find an internship/summer job/anything really
  • Play more with the kitty
  • Decide on a topic and start writing my MA thesis
  • Travel to a new country
  • HAVE FUN!!!

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