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Recap of My Summer 2016

I had a great summer though I was really busy both working and studying. Despite my hectic schedule I did manage to see friends, go to the beach, go camping, and more!

Here is a little video recap of my summer:

What did you do over the summer?

Celebrating Pride Helsinki 2016

Pride Helsinki: the one day when my city is more colorful than I could imagine and when my friends and I head to a wonderful summer-y picnic. Amidst all the hate and mistrust, which breeds things like Brexit and the attack at the international Istanbul airport, there’s nothing more wonderful than joining in to a celebration of love and equality!

pride helsinki 2016

The march was only an hour long but it went great: there were no hateful incidents (at least none that I saw or read about afterwards) and the weather was unbelievably sunny and hot. Most times that I’ve attended Pride, the weather has been great, which I take as a sign of approval from the universe…

helsinki pride

The main event of Pride Helsinki after the march was in Kansalaistori, a park area right in the center of town. A stage was set up for artists to perform and speeches to be made. The area is quite small though, and with the 35 000 attendees trying to squeeze there, it got very crowded very fast. We ended up choosing a more quiet area further away from the booths that had food, balloons, and various storefronts as well as from the stage. The music was background noise while we sunbathed on the grass. We even had ice cream that came with little “fortunes” and didn’t mind paying 4,5 € for the yumminess that came in the form of butterscotch ice cream in between salted peanut cookies.

pride helsinki

Did you attend Pride this year?

The Literary Chic Is Now on YouTube!

Guess what? Well…if you read the title, you’ll know: I have a channel on YouTube! Technically I’ve been on YouTube forever, but over the course of time, I’ve deleted all my old videos that were fandom montage ones. Now looking at them (I saved them, naturally) makes my eyes hurt because of the low quality. However, I recently decided I wanted to start vlogging so here I go!

youtube the literary chic

Here is my first proper video with my FACE SHOWING. My goodness. I’m showcasing my four favorite books from this winter (although I have many many many more I could’ve shown). It was really scary making this because I suffer from bad stage fright and, for some strange reason, it also seems to apply to videos. Hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy the video, though!

I will continue to do book videos as well as maybe some haul and art videos (next up will most likely be a February book haul). Maybe some day I’ll even advance to tutorials :D If any of you have any video ideas, let me know!

For those of you who experience ASMR (if there are any of you out there), I also have an ASMR channel (which is actually more full of content already).

For those of you who might not know, ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is a strange (and not much researched phenomenon), which is usually characterized by a tingly sensation on your head, neck, or even arms. It’s a nice feeling that can be induced by whispering, calm voice and movements, and other triggers. It’s like meditation that can be induced with a YouTube video. I got into ASMR about a year ago to help me sleep and I thought it’d be fun to make my own videos. Naturally, those don’t trigger ASMR for me – it’s like trying to tickle yourself. Just doesn’t work. But I enjoy making videos and it’s nice to know they might help others relax and/or sleep.

What kinds of videos do you prefer?

5 Fandom Friday: Growing and Taking Chances

I’ve been away from this little corner of my online world for a bit because I had to make up for my missed Psychology exam (which I couldn’t take because of my bronchitis earlier). BUT now I’m back! And I’m back with a 5 Fandom Friday post: I decided to combine the this week’s and last week’s topics because I feel that they are linked so closely and also because I just want to write down for myself a reminder of my New Year’s resolutions.

So last week’s topic was “5 Ways You Grew/Changed/Evolved in 2015” and this week’s “5 Ways You Are Going To Take Chances in 2016”.

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5 Ways I Grew/Changed/Evolved in 2015

  1. I faced my Master’s thesis head on during the fall and actually managed to do literary research on a scale I haven’t done before (which gave me confidence that I can finish my thesis now during this semester).
  2. I became more confident about my time management due to writing for three magazines while studying full time. And doing occasional work shifts at the office too.
  3. I also gained a clearer picture of what is is I want to do with my life.
  4. I realized that I should be more proud of my accomplishments instead of minimizing them (and myself as a consequence).
  5. I made more time to do what I want (read: to bury my nose in books) despite my busy schedule.

5 Ways I Am Going To Take Chances in 2016

  1. I’m going to apply to jobs even if I’m not confident I have all the required skills. There’s no harm in trying (even though I’m scared of failure – I just have to overcome that).
  2. I’m going to have fun more! (or continue to have fun at least)
  3. I will travel. Which is always taking a chance :)
  4. I’m going to try and get to know new people.
  5. I will transition into life after university, which is huge!

5 fandom friday blossom

5 Fandom Friday is a weekly link-up started by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick.

How did you change last year? And what chances will you take this year?

Wedding Atmosphere in the Winter

I got invited to a wedding a few weeks ago: the wedding was for my boyfriend’s friend and most of the guests were Indonesian. My boyfriend’s mom cooked and there was a huge buffet table filled with yummy Indonesian food. The service was really lovely and I wanted to share a few snapshots from the event (I was tasked with taking photos so I have lots of these wedding photos now).

wedding 1

The couple was lovely and they had rehearsed a dance and did the whole cute “I’ll smush this cake on your face” thing, which was like straight out of a movie. So adorable.

wedding 2

I was wearing a traditional Indonesian lace kebaya and a turquoise dress. At first I thought of wearing a gown but thought better of it, which was good since the event wasn’t overly formal.

Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by my lovely friend Vanessa who blogs at My Retrospectacles about her adventures in Asia and shares her super cute drawings. Thank you sweetheart for nominating me!!

versatile blogger award

The rules for being nominated:

  1. Post the award on your blog
  2. Thank the person who nominated you
  3. Share seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs
  5. List the nominees and let them know

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I’m going to graduate with an MA in English philology in a year and I’m completely freaking out. Like, how do you even adult?
  2. I’ve now fully embraced being a crazy cat lady. I’ve had my Merlin for a bit over a year and now I just want all the cats.
  3. I’m currently reading six different books because, for some reason, lately I just keep starting new books and not finishing the previous ones. Christmas break – I promise I’ll finish everything then.
  4. I constantly hate my hair. When it’s longer, I want it shorter. When it’s short, I want it long. Really, I guess, I just want thicker hair and I would like it, but since it’s thin, I hate it all the time.
  5. I have a really really really bad habit of biting my nails. I should stop. It’s a stress reaction and I’m stressed out constantly. Seriously. It never stops.
  6. I have an obsession with traveling. I keep buying trips everywhere. Not good for the wallet, but definitely good for the soul.
  7. I don’t understand Snapchat. Bad blogger.

I nominate:

Sara from Sincerely, Sara

Kristin from My Life as a Teacup

Rosa from Gingerbread Sagas

Alice from The Geeky Burrow

and Fiona from North East Nerd

And yes, I do realize this is only five, not 15. But I couldn’t come up with more right off the top of my head (although I’m sure if I started going through my Bloglovin’ I could find a million amazing blogs!).

The Harry Potter Alliance: Haul (of Sorts)

the harry potter alliance

I wanted to do a quick post (before another travel themed one – I will finally get the Barcelona post up next week) about the Harry Potter Alliance. The organization has been around since 2005 and they have changing campaigns that try to influence current societal problems. Quite some time ago already, I participated in one of their charity campaigns (EqualityFTW) and bought the Ultimate Hermione Pack, which came with all sorts of amazing goodies:

  • Wizard Activist T-shirt
  • Reading Turns Muggles into Wizards tote bag
  • journal
  • bookmarks
  • Hang in There Baby Crookshanks poster
  • etc

I love the Harry Potter Alliance for their dedication to do good in the world (which is very much what Harry Potters are about) so I just wanted to share the great stuff they sell and hope that everyone checks out their website! Nothing is greater magic than being able to change the world (even if it is a little bit at a time).

Their current campaigns are Fanworks Are Fair Use and Positive Fandom. You can contribute by volunteering, donating, buying from their shop or participating in the campaigns.

Stay tuned for some Barcelona summer fun!

Haul Post: Massive Spring/Summer Haul

I don’t often do haul posts but I just wanted to share a few cute items I got for myself for the spring and, of course, for the summer!

fashion haul

As part of my haul, I bought these clothes from Sheinside:

1. Blue kimono – I haven’t owned a kimono before but I gave in to the recent kimono frenzy and got this one. I’m hoping it’ll protect me from too much sun during the summer (I get very bad sun rash and I burn easily).

2. The loveliest long summer dress – I adore these colors and it’ll be perfect for my trips to Istanbul and Barcelona! (I don’t own many long dresses so this is a welcome addition to my wardrobe.)

3. Crop top – I hate revealing my stomach but this one was on sale and I thought it looked cute (didn’t hurt that Karen Gillan has a similar one) so I thought maybe it’d inspire me to get into better shape.

The books I got from Amazon:

1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – I love Rowell’s books that this has been on my list of books to read for quite some time now.

2. True Whit – I got this for like a penny, so I thought I’d get it. Hills and The City are my guilty pleasures. Shh!!

Finally:

1. A fanny pack I got from New Look – it’s a cute festival bag and I’d love to be able to go out to festivals (Sonar in Barcelona and maybe Flow here in Helsinki) during the summer without a big tote I have lug around everywhere.

2. A ticket to see Wooden Wisdom – ELIJAH WOOD! Do I even need to say more? He’s DJing in Helsinki at club Kaiku (one of the three clubs I ever go to) in August and I had to get a ticket.

Student Organization Dinner Party

sub dinner party

Our student organization’s (SUB – the organization for English students) 43rd anniversary dinner party was a while back, and it’s pretty much the biggest event of the year. The party is an academic dinner party, or sitsit as we call it, where you sing drinking songs and eat a three course meal. And naturally, there’s always an after party, which in some cases is even a better part of the evening.

The anniversary party is always a black tie affair, although recently there’s also been the option to wear a cocktail dress (which is nice since my closet isn’t exactly stocked with ballgowns.

The first course of the meal was a nice, warm soup followed by a steak and a fruity dessert. The food was delicious, although it tended to go cold while everyone was too busy singing (note: it’s not allowed to eat while someone is talking or singing – so, basically never). However, the band that performed was amazing and everyone was having so much fun that a bit of cold food didn’t do anything to dampen the mood.

dinner party

As I’ve been in the university more and more years, I’ve felt less inclined to join the massive parties. I used to go all the time but now only occasionally. I think it’s partly because it’s hard getting to know all the masses of new students who have formed their cliques and don’t really interact with the older students. And I guess, part of it is also the “been there, done that” factor: I’ve studied for four years now and have developed my social life to a point where I see most of my friends outside of school and don’t feel the need to only hangout with the people who happen to have the same major as me.

Nonetheless, this one party I try to attend every year. And who knows, maybe next year I’ll try to attend more parties since I won’t have tons of time at the university anymore :)

Easter Dinner Pictures

On Friday we had a lovely Easter dinner at the boyfriend’s mom’s house. They had gone all out and made lamb with rice salad and pancakes for dessert. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten better than during that dinner!

easter dinner 1

We needed, obviously, a little break between the courses so we had a bit of coffee and chatted while waiting for dessert. It was a really nice, relaxing way to spend the day since I’ve just recovered from two weeks of flu and now I’ve just been trying to catch up with my exam reading.

easter dinner 2

I hope you all had a lovely Easter as well!