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Party OOTD + March Link Round-Up

Here is my OOTD (from Friday actually, I just didn’t have time to post it then). I wore an ankle-length black gown that has a lace detailing on the top to the academic dinner party of the English student organization. It was the 44th anniversary of the organization and the dress code was black tie. I paired the dress with black hunky heels and a black cardigan with a pearl collar.

party gown

The party was really lovely: we had coconut soup for starters, salmon as main course, and chocolate cake as dessert. There was lots of singing and a fun speech from one of our professors (also, teacher of the year!). This is probably my last academic dinner party before I graduate with my MA so I was super happy to attend.

dinner party

I also wanted to add a few links here since I haven’t done a link round-up in a while. This is a short one, I’ll make a proper one later during the spring :)

Link roundup

Links:

My job hunt journal made its way to our English students’ webzine Better Than Sliced Bread: A Humanist’s Search for a Job

I also wrote a piece for Her Campus Helsinki about Emma Watson’s feminist book club (my other articles for HC Helsinki can be found here)

We filmed finally an introduction video for Her Campus Helsinki!

This article on xoVain about the effects of accutane was really informative (especially since my acne is worse than it’s ever been – hence the slightly cakey and flakey makeup on the ootd photos – and I have a dermatologist appointment for next month to talk about the possibility of Roaccutane)

You can be productive on your couch? Well, that’s good to know (she types while laying in bed on a Monday afternoon).

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!).

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 :)

#YearOfHappy – A Love Letter to Myself

#YearOfHappy is Here!

#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 :)

 

Life Lately: Fall Semester Shenanigans

life lately

This semester has been really crazy: I took a lot of courses for my MA studies and somehow in between all my classes I managed to have some resemblance of a social life as well as travel a bit.

When summer was ending and school only starting, we did a short weekend trip to my boyfriend’s cabin, which was a great was to get away from the busy everyday life. We also celebrated our third anniversary shortly after that. I was involved in some events for the new freshmen, which was a great way to get into the swing of things at school.

I also managed to have time for the art fair and a trip to Suomenlinna and to Tallinn.

life lately 2

I also saw the first football game of my life this fall – Ari dragged me to the Finland vs. Romania match, which was surprisingly entertaining even for me (I have never followed sports of any kind).

Midway through the semester I went to the book fair (an annual visit for me) and then I visited Ireland for the first time ever. I loved that trip and everyone there was incredibly friendly.

I’ve been doing a lot of work, running the Helsinki chapter of Her Campus. For our Snapshot articles, I’ve attended a lot of art shows, which is a lot of fun!

The last Hobbit just came out and we went to line up for the midnight premiere tickets for the special night event, which effectively destroyed our sleep rhythm.

We also organized a Her Campus Helsinki bake sale, which was a big hit. Now, classes are over and we just have our finals left, which is something we had to celebrate with some Chinese food in Kaisaniemi.

christmas helsinki

Christmas is almost here and I can’t believe how fast the fall semester went by! Hopefully 2015 will be just as amazing as this year!

Summary of My Summer

I feel like I’ve been putting off this post just because I don’t want to admit that summer is over but I guess now that I’m in my second week of my Master’s studies, I have to give in. It’s officially fall now. My summer was great though, and I wanted to share some highlights with you:

summer collage

I read so many amazing books (hopefully I’ll have time to whip up reviews about some them for you guys) during the vacation! I always have to wait for vacations before I can read the books I’ve gotten as a present or bought for myself since we have so much stuff to read for school during the year.

I also ate some of the most delicious stuff during the summer: pancakes (SO MANY PANCAKES!), fruit and salads, delicious grilled salmon, etc. I love food…I can’t help it.

summer muffin

We also went to the beach a lot since we can bike there easily from our house. I love swimming and just reading in the sun so going to the beach was a great way to combine those with exercise.

Now it’s time to get ready for the fall, which is in fact my favorite season although I already feel really swamped with different responsibilities. Hopefully it will be a fun semester though with plenty of exciting new adventures!

Throwing a Surprise Party: Friends, Food and Fun!

party punch-cake-chips

During the weekend we threw a surprise birthday for our friend Oskar and I have to say it was one of the most successful surprise parties I’ve been a part of. Oskar’s girlfriend organized the party and asked our help in setting everything up. She had gotten amazing foods for the party: croissants with cheese, basil and strawberries; chocolate cake; blueberry pie as well as chips and chili nuts.

recipes-by-susan

The secret to throwing a surprise party seems to be balancing the line of not telling the birthday girl/boy and not alienating them. I have once organized a surprise party and during the planning period the birthday girl started thinking that her friends didn’t like her anymore because we couldn’t hang out with her as much (since we were busy planning and setting up the party). This time it was a close call since many people had to blow off meeting up with Oskar but in the end, everything went great and no one ended up ruining the surprise.

We had gotten him a gift basket – kind of like a summer care package – with a jump rope, comics, sun screen, and other things. Me and Ari also made the punch, and here’s the recipe if you want to make some:

  • bottle of white wine (something fruity)
  • liter bottle of apple-grape juice
  • 1,5 liter bottle of apple-flavored mineral water
  • half a liter bottle of vodka
  • bag of frozen berries (we used a mix with strawberries and raspberries)

It was such a fun party – even though I was suffering from a migraine earlier during the day – and it was fun seeing so many of our friends there! HAPPY BIRTHDAY OSKAR!