Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Home Pictures, Summertime

The light was so pretty that I took some pictures of our home. It's so good to have all the furniture in place after weeks of kitchen renovating, finally things are where they should be! The cats also wanted to be in pictures, naturally.

The usual work space. I have a desktop computer too, but have been more fond of the laptop lately. Möttönen loves to lounge in the sun on the table.

The kitties have a basket and some grass on the window sill. The lights are on
at night, I like the effect of having little yellow bulbs on the window.

The bedroom. I went a little crazy and bought the yellow pillow cases from H&M.
I've never had anything yellow in the apartment before, but this shade was calling to me.

My vanity. I recently added a shelf on top of the mirror mostly for hair products and it makes keeping the table free so much easier! Also a good place to store Monster High dolls ;D

View from the living room into the bedroom. 

And a little bit of the new kitchen! It's so tiny it's hard to take good pictures, but you get the idea. Black, white and dark wood. And there's a window now! It used to be covered by a huge fridge.

This is one of my favourite things in the kitchen, a black, shiny refrigerator! It's quite small, but should be
enough for us. If not, the space is large enough for a regular sized one. 

Möttönen posing by the window.

Magnus on the table (yes, the cats are allowed on this table).

Möttönen once again. I love the wide stone window sills and I think the cats share my feelings ;D

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Girl on Film

Aside from my love for Duran Duran, the headline refers to me working with traditional film. I've developed pictures and used a film camera when I was young, but have never done any modeling for film. It's at once demanding and oddly forgiving, as many films can be developed to have quite high contrast and lovely shades. Where shooting digitally is more like firing as many rounds as it takes and hoping for the best, shooting on film is more about careful positioning and taking that one good shot. I do like both, but film was an interesting experience!

I worked with Saša Mustonen Photography and can highly recommend them! Beautiful work and top notch equipment, plus a nice and relaxed athmosphere. And look at that beautiful background! No photoshop, but an actual painted canvas!

These two were taken with another camera, but look at this one! Gorgeous! You can see the background used for the above photos on the wall.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Outfit of the Day

Yes I know the shoes are ridiculous ;D I needed to drive and I need flat shoes to feel the pedals, so these came in handy! I just bough these Black Milk Mecha leggings second hand and they fit me like a glove. It's been very warm, so simple, light clothes like leggings are very useful. I was on my way to pop to a friend's b-day party, just to get out a bit and train my driving skills. I have to say it's weird going to a party and not having anything alcoholic to drink, but I'm sure I'll get used to it! It's good practise to drive on the mostly empty streets, as I can take in all the markings and go as slowly as I need to. I'm hoping to be a good driver soon!

Jacket - Juunappa
Top - H&M
Leggings - Black Milk Mecha Leggings
Shoes - Lidl

One more showing my ponytail! My hair is quite faded, but still has a nice
ombre effect. The earrings I bought from the gothic flea market event, they
are by A for Arsenic. I changed the hooks to studs so they don't feel too heavy,
and now they are one of my favourite pairs :)

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Boxes and Onions and Cars

I got my driver's license, yay! It's been a pain to do all the driving lessons during days when I should be working, but now it's finally done with. Today I drove about 200 kilometers and did well, just more practise with my own car and I'll be good driver one day :)

The kitchen is tiny. But there are new cupboards!

Aside from that, I've been living in a maze of cardboard boxes for a few weeks now. We are renovating our kitchen and it's taking forever. First the renovation company had forgotten that the room needed to be painted, then an old sewer pipe was found behind the old cupboards, then the water doesn't shut down properly and so on. If everything goes like planned, the kitchen will be done next week, so fingers crossed! Over three weeks of having everything from the kitchen packed away is enough. The new kitchen furniture has been sitting in the living room, blocking a part of the TV, making watching Game of Thrones and the new season of Outlander tricky ;D But soon I can cook with something else than the microwave oven!

The rest of the kitchen waiting to be set up.
It's a little over a month until my summer vacation starts. I'm looking forward to doing lots of photoshoots, as my other half's ankle was operated on again and should be getting better. He usually takes pictures for me, and it's been tricky now that he can't move around easily.

Cats are enjoying summer.
 The kitties love having the renovation workers in the apartment, more people to pet them! I thought we might have problems with the cats participating too eagerly, but everything has been going smoothly.

Muh onions. Let me shiw you them.

Last but not the least, I might have onions some day! The sprouts are still tiny but they will grow!

Sunday, 29 May 2016

True Corset Black and Yellow Outfit

Yes, I'm a nerd, and not ashamed of it! Imagine how thrilled I was when True Corset contacted me for a review and I found a Star Trek inspired corset outfit on their page. I repeat: A Star Trek corset!

The whole outfit consists of a corset, shrug, belt and a skirt, but you can also buy the pieces separately. They also offer gorgeous shoes to go with the rest of the outfit. I really like that they have complete sets on their page, it's an easy way to see ways to style the corsets!

In addition to fantasy costumes, they also have nice gothic outfits and sets like a matching corset and shoes. You can see the outfit selection here. Even if you are not shopping, it's great for inspiration!

On to the yellow and black corset then! Mine is a size 24" and made of black and yellow cotton. The fabric has a faint sheen, but definitely not a cheap polyester satin shine. The corset feels sturdy. All the boning is metal and there's a heavy duty lining with a supporting waist tape. If engineering or yellow is not your thing, the corset also comes in black/red and black/blue. I rarely wear blue or red, but yellow goes nicely with my hair, so yellow it was!

Bone channels and waist tape.
There are a few places where the black bobbin thread has been pulled to the top layer and it looks a bit messy on the bright yellow fabric. I'd guess that this problem isn't very visible on the blue and red versions of the corset, but with the yellow the contrast is so high that it shows. These few spots, however, are not that visible. We are talking about a few millimetres of black thread showing.

In the back, next to the lacing, a tiny amount of black thread shows on the yellow area.
 The cut isn't very curvy, but this makes the corset quite comfortable to wear. On me it closes almost completely but feels like something I could wear for a full evening. After just an hour the corset started to mould better to my body, so this is definitely a model you want to "break in" before you wear it to an event or convention.

The back is a little bit too high for my body, but that's how off the rack corsets
just are :) If you are quite tall, this cut might fit you perfectly!
A side view of the corset.

Best things about this corset:

+ Moulds to body
+ Long laces, easy to put on and take off
+ Feels sturdy
+ Good structure: metal bones, busk and waist tape

The skirt of the set is pretty basic but well constructed, a black mini skirt with a tiny slit in the back. The fabric does not stretch, so be careful with measuring yourself! The skirt is lined and the outer fabric is the same nice, black cotton blend as in the corset. I accidentally ordered a skirt slightly too large, so it doesn't sit on me as nicely as the correct size would. This cut is not easy to take in on the side seams because of the lining, but it is possible to alter it. The back seam is a no-go, as it has a zipper and a button closure, so you need to alter the sides if you have to do modifications.

Then there is the belt! I was happy that the outfit had a belt, because it can be a bit tricky to choose a matching purse when you are wearing a Starfleet engineering uniform. I have no idea what kind of a bag they could have ;D The belt has two tiny pockets with snap closures and a zippered pocket behind the snap pockets. The snap pockets are mainly decorative, as they are really small, but in the zipper pocket you can fit a phone (I tried with a iPhone 6 and a OnePlus One) and a credit card. The sizing on the belt was a bit confusing. I wanted it to sit on my hips, so I got a 36", thinking that that would be the length of the belt, but apparently it's not. 

36 inches is about 91 cm, but the belt is a 103 cm to the first hole and over 120 cm in total. The sizing table didn't have specific instructions for the belt, so I bet I'm not the only one confused ;D The belt has a nice system of garter clips that would allow it to be attached to a corset with loops for garters (the corset of the set has these), which makes me think I should have gone with a belt the same size as the corset. This should be mentioned a bit more clearly in the description to avoid confusion.

The shrug is awesome. It's made of the same fabric as the corset and the skirt, and fully lined. The cotton is not the thinnest sort, but still not too thick. As a result, it feels luxurious but still drapes nicely. I adore the yellow and black pattern reminiscent of the Star Trek Next Generation uniforms. The black part is sewn on top of the yellow, not printed, so it shouldn't fade like prints do. The pattern is perfectly lined on the seams. The sleeves are maybe the tiniest bit too long for me, but it's way easier to shorten sleeves than to add length, so I fully accept this.

The shrug pattern is perfectly aligned.
Now for a few outfit shots! I decided to wear simple black heels with the outfit, but I'd say boots would go well too. The heels give it a bit of a secretary feel. All in all I really like the outfit and will likely wear it to at least a few conventions this summer. The yellow is a great shade, it's not lemon yellow, but more along the lines of golden yellow or mustard, so nice and muted and very close to what I imagine the uniforms from Star Trek would look IRL. The fabric is of good quality and cotton is nice to wear, it's not too hot and allows the skin to breathe. The belt is a great addition, allowing me to carry my necessities without the hassle of an extra bag. A high quality set and well worth the prize! Especially for a "costume", the quality is superb. Sometimes costume pieces are done very cheaply but that is not the case with these items.

I'm not the biggest trekkie there is, I'm more of a Star Wars gal and fantasy is close to my heart, but I'm enough of a fan to appreciate this kind of an interesting take on the uniforms. The outfit is of high quality and done with good taste. And I happen to love Data from The Next Generation series, I'm pretty much a logical person and occasionally have trouble understanding feeling and human mistakes.

And since I also have a special place in my heart for Vulcans, I bid thee farewell by saying live long and prosper!

Friday, 27 May 2016

Outfit of the Day

It's so warm! So I naturally went to my family's summer cottage last week and enjoyed time spent barefoot. I'm growing out my undercut and it's finally at a stage where I can get the longest hair in a pony tail and the shorter ones don't stick straight out anymore. For these pics I put pins in the undercut to keep it close to the scalp and brushed all remaining hair to the other side. Fast, easy and keep the unruly undercut hair at bay!

Top - Lip Service
Pants - H&M

Monday, 23 May 2016

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick

Do you know MAC lip pencil in Nightmoth? Have you ever wanted a matching lipstick? I know I have, and I finally found one! Sadly it's limited edition, but there are still some on the counters. When I first saw the swatches for the Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick, I knew I wanted it. Sadly my local MAC counter got only a very limited amount (I'd guess two) of the lippie and I wasn't fast enough. Well, on my way to a conference in Berlin last month, I had some extra time on the Helsinki-Vantaa airport and thought I'd check out the MAC counter there, as it was right next to my gate. And there it was! The still had plenty of Ariana lipsticks just waiting for a new home!

Ariana, like the Nightmoth pencil, is a deep, dark, muddled red. It's a matte finish, making the colour look even deeper. I'm a sucker for deep reds and the consistency and wear of the MAC lipsticks is the best I've found in traditional wax based lipsticks. So when you want more of a satin finish than with liquid to matte lipsticks, the MAC mattes are a good choice. I took pictures of the lipstick lightly and heavily applied, as it works both ways.

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick lightly padded on lips.

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick lightly padded on lips.

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick heavily applied.

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick heavily applied.

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