Brighton weekend

I haven’t had nice chilled Brighton weekend for a while and last weekend was exactly what I needed – friends, bit of shopping and organising our house. Have to admit that often I overbook myself, so these chilled weekends are so precious! Brighton as a city is really chilled place, but also so vibrant – events, gigs and workshops happening all the time. If you haven’t been yet, time to book a train or a flight to come see this place.

We were planning to do a trip to Ikea the other weekend, but ended up staying in London for longer so that got cancelled, instead we went in last Friday… I’ve wanted to get couple of frames up for ages on our living room wall so was pretty excited about this. The idea was to have black and white photo collage. I bought that Finland city – poster from Helsinki last December and planning to build the collage around it. Where do you get your pictures framed? I’m still a newbie in this so all the advises welcome!

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After living in London for few years, it really made me appreciate nature and home. London life can be fabulous and great, but definitely not for everyone. I spent all my summers on the country side whilst growing up so probably this was one of the reasons why I fell in love with the beach in Brighton. 

For 3 years I have wanted to buy a professional camera and last week I did it!! If you’re looking into buying one I can really recommend Sony. My Camera is Sony a6000 with 50mm 1.8 Lens, great for food photography and great for anything really. Super happy with it 🙂 Had to take my camera for a test drive with a friend and actually ended up spending a lovely Saturday afternoon with her. If you’re looking for a nice cafe in Hove, The Flour Pot Bakery is awesome.

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Sunday we had more coffees and some vegan cakes at Sugar Dough, 18 Market St, Brighton. Really cute cafe in the South Lanes. I’ve never had a chocolate mud cake before, but this was ace! Favourite barista style coffee at the moment got to be oat milk Flat White, if you haven’t had one please do!!

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There is something about Sundays in Brighton, I don’t know how to explain or describe it other than having that feeling of Sunday – sounds silly but I’m sure people who live in this city feels the same. The feel of community, we all managed another week, charging batteries for the coming week. We often go to a pub on Sundays, have a couple of beers, see friends or family and eat Sunday roast. Everyone is super relaxed and just enjoying themselves. Long walks on the sea front.. The list goes on – living the best life possible and remembering to be grateful for it all, everything and everyone.

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Couple of shops we went in the North Laines, I fell in love with… And I know already where my next pay check goes haha! So one of them is this beautiful body and hair care shop called Aesop – check them out Aesop.com

Just the shop on it’s own has such a unique and beautiful look, you want to buy everything from there… Or maybe it’s just me?

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Another one is called Lucy and Yak, selling ethical fashion. Their shop opened in Brighton few weeks ago and this was my first visit, but will be back there soon. Beautiful summer wear – just in time for the music festival season too! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures from there, but please go and check out their website, I want to buy all their designs – Lucy and Yak

And to finish off – this picture was taken just before I got soaking wet, can see that storm coming along the coast… Had a brilliant weekend, more of these please!

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Christmas in Finland

This year was really special for me, I had the opportunity to spent Christmas eve with my family and this weekend have another Christmas in the UK with my boyfriend’s family. In Finland everything was covered in snow and the coldest we experienced this year was -19 degrees!! So cold… It was so beautiful and special as unfortunately you forget after living abroad for so long. When I was younger and still living back home I didn’t appreciate things like I do now. A very good friend of mine said a few days ago, “you need to look very far to be able to see very close”.

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I was planning to write and post pictures whilst I was in Finland but we didn’t have good internet so I decided to just enjoy the time off, not worry about social media and share bits with you later. I am sitting in a plane back to London right now. Flying makes me really nervous so this is a great way to distract from it.

We started our holiday from Gatwick last Saturday. If you are looking for a bigger snack, lunch or dinner and you are a veggie eater, they have got great options for vegans and vegetarians at Wagamama’s. I had Vegan Pad Thai with tofu and a pineapple & spinach smoothie. So tasty and 100% plant-based!

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After landing on Saturday we drove to Lahti, which is a small skiing town where I’m from, about 150km North from Helsinki. I went to see some old friends the next morning and had the best homemade ginger bread cookies! My friend’s daughters baked these a few nights before, the cutest little girls! I’m really looking forward to having a Christmas one day with my own kids, it will be really special in a different way. It’s always so nice to see old friends happy and well. I think it was -12 degrees on that Sunday and I felt like that 10-year-old again. Walking around in the same neighbourhood where I grew up, listening the snow crunching underneath my feet and feeling the cold air in my lungs.

The older I get, the more I’ve realised how important it’s to have those little moments on your own. Don’t get me wrong it’s so lovely to share moments with your other half or your best friend but sometimes it’s good to do things on your own, not talk to anyone or be on your phone, just experience what’s around you and live in the moment.

Before heading out to Hartola for Christmas Eve, we decided to visit the harbour in Lahti. It was freezing cold, but so beautiful. It feels so special to be able to share things like this with my boyfriend for the first time, temperatures and places where I spent most of my time growing up.

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We got to the cottage later on that evening. At this time of the year, our little cottage in Hartola is surrounded by deep forest and a frozen river. I have needed a holiday for a long time so it was really nice to get there. Our Christmases are about spending time with the family, Sauna, Disney classics and eating great food.

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Christmas Eve was an absolute gem!

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Where did you spent your Christmas this year?

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