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My Current Favorites...

Today, I wanted to write a little more about myself so you could get to know me better.

So think of this post as a "get to know me" tag in which I talk about my current favorite things.

From fashion to music and TV shows to food, in this post, you'll be able to find out the things that I've been loving recently.

What I'm watching...

If you follow me on Instagram (HERE) or Snapchat (HERE), you know that I'm currently obsessed with Dynasty (2017). Although the original series can't be beaten, this modern remake is definitely worth watching. If you want a dose of drama, love, and scandal, check out this show!

What I'm listening to...

I didn't know that Poets of the Fall were a Finnish band! I love their music and style and I've been listening to the Carnival of Rust album a lot recently. Other artists currently on my playlist are The Killers, Editors and as usual, Type O Negative

What I'm wearing...

The other day, I bought this sweater at H&M. Light biege is perhaps my favorite color ever, it is so elegant and simple. The sweater is so comfy and I just love the lace on the neckline! I think it's a great casual top.

What I'm reading...

The book I'm reading at the moment is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Although it's a fiction novel, it has a self-help vibe to it with lots of lessons that can be learned from it. I bought it recently and got the 30th-anniversary edition which contains an inspiring foreword. 

It tells the story of how Coelho's novel didn't sell at all in the first few weeks and everybody thought it was a failure. A few years later, a famous person bought it and influenced the world with it and the book became a best-seller as its known today. Lesson: never give up on your dreams.

What makeup I'm using...

Lately, I've been loving L.O.V. the Fateful Lacquered Lip Stain. It's a lipstick that can stick on your lips for more than two hours at least. It's such a high-quality brand overall and I hope it is available in Finland 'cause I need to have more of their products.

What blogs I'm reading...

I think it's good to support other people in your field, so I wanted to share some of my favorite ones of the moment. Thanks to Twitter, on which you can follow me HERE, I've come to across lots of other bloggers which I'm grateful for.

Some of my currently favorite bloggers are:

I hope you like this list! I wasn't sure what else to write, but there go my favorite things. 

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Fun Day in Helsinki

On Monday I got a day off and of course, I used it to go to Helsinki. But this time, I finally had a chance to go with a friend (or an acquaintance at that time). The other day, I met with an au pair for another family on Facebook and we agreed to meet.

Her name is Araya, pretty strange for an Italian girl, as she says. She came to Finland a week before I and she is staying in Hyvinkää, a town 50 km (30 mi) north from Helsinki.

Now, we were supposed to meet at 8:45, but I came at 9:40 thanks to being at the wrong bus stop in Espoo... Anyway, it was all good.

When we finally met, we used Google maps to search for a coffee shop as usual. We found one in the center and had breakfast there. It was really great to finally meet and talk to someone my age after two weeks of living here, haha.

After the coffee shop, we just walked around the Forum shopping mall and commented on the good, the bad and the ugly clothing of the season. It was so much fun.

We didn't go so fancy and decided that our choice of restaurant in Forum would be served at the McDonald's because, well, why not.

Next up, we went to the Senate square and I've finally seen Helsinki cathedral. It's a huge and beautifully designed building. Just like other people next to us, we participated in a photo shoot in front of the cathedral.

The opening hours for Helsinki cathedral are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m (9-18). We went there at around 1:30 p.m. so we decided to enter. I've never been to an Evangelistic church before, so it was definitely a new experience. The thing we have noticed is that it is much less decorated and much more minimalistic than Catholic churches.

The square was pretty empty which I didn't expect for a city. For example, in Venice, you can barely move because of the people, but yes, to compare those two is unnecessary. Venice is a tourism destination while Helsinki is more of a working town.

But the real fun began later when we went to the Skywheel. I've never been to a one before and honestly, I was scared af at the beginning. But once I got into it, I've realized that I've nothing to fear.

The ticket price for the Skywheel was €12 which I think it's okay since it is an interesting attraction to try. There is also a sauna next to it, but as we both have it in the houses we are staying at, we didn't go there.

And that is how our day trip ended. We went home at around 3-4 in the afternoon. Overall, it was a really fun day with Araya and I enjoyed it!

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What I Eat in a Day to Stay Healthy

Since I've moved to my host family, lots of things have changed. Besides me being in Finland, I've also changed quite a few habits. And thankfully, all for the better.

The first thing that has changed was my sleeping habits. Back in Croatia when I was not working in September, I would sleep until 10 a.m. and on some days even until noon. Here, as the family is waking up early, I have to as well and now I'm awake by at least 7:00. Some days even at 6:00.

And the second thing I've improved - my eating habits. As Mari (my host mother) used to be a fitness trainer, she has still eats very healthy just like everyone else. At home, I would eat whatever I wanted; chocolate, pizza, pasta... All guilty pleasures that I miss, but at least these foods are good for the body.


Breakfast is actually the same as back home, I love having this one. Oatmeal with bananas and a bit of milk. Also, I've been adding a tablespoon of this amazing blueberry protein powder from Voimaruoka called Kaura Pro Mustikka. I have it at around 7:30-8:00.

Everyone makes oatmeal differently, my recipe is - take a few tablespoons, put them in the plate, add the blueberry powder and then mix it all with hot water (just enough so it covers everything). To make it more liquid, add milk. Then I cut the banana in a half and then all of it to small slices. 


Lunch is pretty early since the previous meal is too. We eat different things each day, but one meal that is more regular than the other is rice with meat. I think it's great and simple. The rice is cooked with olive oil and turmeric which gives it a yellow color.

Meat is mostly vail or chicken.


The afternoon snacks vary, but mostly it's either a banana, apple, a protein bar or toast with salami and butter. So as each snack is different, today was toast with butter.


The last meal of the day is at 7:00 p.m. For this day, it was tortillas and for filling I chose meat, cheese, and sour cream, my favorite ones.

Maybe not exactly the healthiest food out there, but it is more about portion size. Well, there weren't any oils in it or too much salt, so it can be considered healthy.

What do you think of my meal plan? Do you eat healthy? Leave a reaction below and tell me in the comments!

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How to Deal with Homesickness Abroad - Au Pair Life part 2

It's been more than a week since I came to Finland and I couldn't be more grateful. But... the question that arises during these kinda things is - am I feeling homesick?

To be 100% honest, it's both yes and no. I do not miss my hometown, Dubrovnik, as much I thought I would, but I do miss my family and friends a lot. I miss talking to my mom about my problems and joke with my dad, I miss going to cafes with my best friends and talking random shit with them. 

Here, I don't know much people except the Valosaari family and a few others who I sorta met. So I spent most of the days with either them or alone.

But I don't want to sound depressed because I'm feeling pretty opposite. Although I deal with homesickness here and there, it's not a huge thing.

Of course, it can be tough at times, but you just need to remember that in time you will meet new people and friends, you will get used to the new surroundings and you will feel completely comfortable there.

Time is really a wonderful thing. It heals and it brings new things. And also, humans are the most adaptable creatures on the planet, so you don't have to worry about a thing. We adjusted to the coldest and warmest climates, to the strangest places, we really can do anything.

However, I feel really good here in Finland. I am staying in a great house with really nice people and I feel safe. That really eases my mind. I do love the lifestyle these people have, always doing something and staying active. More doing, less thinking. I love it.

That would be me opening my feelings to the internet for today, as well as my #ootd for autumn. It's an all black very cozy outfit. I love the top because it has a leopard head printed on it (I guess it is leopard?).

I hope you enjoyed this little talk, feel free to leave a reaction and a comment below!

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A Walk Through Seurasaari in Meilahti, Helsinki

It's already been over a week since I've moved to Finland and I still can't believe it. Although I am getting used to it slowly and surely, it still feels a bit weird.

As I had a day off yesterday, I have spent it in the capital in which I have walked with over 18 thousand steps and burned 600 calories. Yeah, it was a pretty active day.

I've visited lots of places, but today I wanted to share with you some photos and info about Seurasaari, an island of Meilahti area in Helsinki

First, to get there, you have to be in Meilahti area. It is really beautiful, especially now in autumn when the leaves are falling and making the whole place look gorgeous.

And before you get to the island, you will notice the famous Villa Angelica, a 1901-built mansion. Today, the villa is also a coffee shop in which you can sit and enjoy your drink while having a view at Meilahti. Unfortunately, at the time I didn't know it was a coffee shop, so I just passed next to it, but at least I saw a glimpse of this romantic-era beauty. 

Now, to get to the actual island, you need to walk a bit further and then cross a white bridge. Over the bridge, you can see the delightful Seurasaarensalmi lake and the scenery is simply breathtaking.

While I was walking, I noticed many ducks in the lake, but also two swans and had to take a picture. The view was so dreamy.

This island, besides its natural beauties, has another cool thing - an open museum. If you like museums, but also free entrances, this is the thing. The Open-air Museum consists of historical houses and buildings from as early as the 1600s. 

One of the oldest churches in Finland, built in the early 1600s

These houses are somewhere from the 1800s

The catch is, however, that it's not actually open during the autumn/winter season, but it is in a way that you can walk next to all those places. During the summer, when it is actually available, you can even enter those buildings and see the interiors.

But honestly, my favorite part is actually the scenery. I just love the nature that surrounds this island.

What do you think of this island? Have you ever been to this part of Helsinki or the capital alone? Tell me in the comments!

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My Pretty Popular Host Family - Au Pair Life Part 1

As you may know, I moved from Croatia to Finland a couple of days ago. The reason was - being an au pair. Now, how did all that start?

Well, at the beginning of this year I got an idea to move to another country, high school was about to end in May and I wanted to skip college for now. I was fascinated with Nordic countries for a while and Finland and Norway seemed to be my favorite.

Then, somewhere in early-mid September when I came back from my trip around the Croatian coast, I went to Facebook and joined a group called "Au Pair in Helsinki/Finland (Suomi)".  Somehow, luck got me and I got a request from Mari Valosaari to be an au pair for her family.

Only later would I realize that she is a popular Finnish blogger and a YouTuber, but also does plenty of other things. In the past, she used to be a fitness trainer and compete in the fitness contests. She won most of the time and was always in the top 10. 

Her family-oriented blog is written for a Finnish magazine Kaksplus and you can check it out HERE. And as I've mentioned above, she also has a self-titled YouTube channel mostly themed around horses as in her personal life, she takes care of them, but there are also more things coming there such as travel and fashion. The link to the YouTube channel is HERE

When it comes to her husband, his name is Jontte Valosaari and he is a pop singer here in Finland. A couple of years back, he was pretty popular on the Finnish music charts, staying in the top 5, but since he got married he has calmed down and been mostly working as a firefighter as well as doing a few other jobs. According to him, he might get back to the music industry in some way or another. To listen to his songs, check out the hits on his YouTube channel HERE.

Both of them gave me a warm welcome and made me feel like home. I feel really good and comfortable here and I'm glad they're nice people.

And now, let's focus on the most important persons for me in this job - the kids. 5-year old Mila and her three years younger brother Mio Valtteri are my host children. They are simply amazing. These short couple of days, I've spent with them, were great. Yesterday, we went to the indoor playground in Lohja and I was playing with them. We were jumping on the trampolines and sliding, it was so much fun to be a kid again with them haha. Today, we did some painting and watched TV. I like kids, so this job is really nice for me.

And I'm based in a small town called Nummela or really close to it, here on Valosaari ranch. I love it here, the house is amazing, the kids and also the parents of them. 

So what do you think of this? Have you ever been an au pair? Leave a reaction below and a comment or two if you'd like!

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A Step by Step Pink Eyeshadow Makeup Look - Tutorial

Long time, no see! So sorry about it, but life's been busy lately. Moving to another country has been one of the biggest steps in my life so far, but I don't regret it. I know that this experience will be one of the most interesting and fulfilling ones in my life for sure. Who knows what's gonna happen, but I'm staying positive.

Now, to the topic. A few blog posts ago, I've shown you my everyday makeup look which features brown smokey eye tutorial. You can check it out here.

And today I'm showing you a pink eyeshadow makeup tutorial. All beauty products are listed below.

First, I always use a good moisturizer. This one that I'm using today is from Eveline Cosmetics - light day cream for normal to combination skin. Honestly, I've no idea why I bought it when I have dry skin and it's definitely not for me, but still, it works well on my skin.

Skin makeup products

Foundation: Maybelline Affinitone Hydrating tone-on-tone foundation 16 Vanilla Rose. This foundation is my favorite ever (well, so far). The color vanilla rose perfectly fits my skin tone and I'm amazed by the texture of it, just amazing!

Concealer: Alverde Naturkosmetik Coverstick 01 Naturelle

Contour: Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Fine Make Up Transformer Drops Darkening

Blush: Terra Naturi Rouge Puder 04 - Royal Apricot

The brushes I've applied it with are BH Cosmetics ones.

So this is what my face (or cheek) looks like after I have applied all of the products that are listed above. And this also includes a highlighter from Revolution Makeup - Highlighter Golden Lights.


For the tutorial, I will be using a few different eyeshadow palettes. If you don't have some of these, you can freely use similar color shades from other brands/products.

But before we start, just a disclaimer: I already did my eyebrows and won't show in this post, but in one of the following articles there will be a full tutorial on my eyebrows!

The first eyeshadow palette I'm using is Catrice Cosmetics The Modern Matt 010 The Must-Have Matts.

 The palette comes in four different types of shades:

1. Highlighting (white)

2. Light to medium shades (light beige, beige, pink and light grey)

3. Dark shades (grey, purple, brown)

4. Contour (black).

*The ones I'm using are in bold.

Step one 

For the first step of this tutorial, I'm mixing two shades from the second category to create an eyeshadow base.

First light beige (although it looks white on the photo)

And then mix with the beige shade

After I mix the light and darker beige and apply it to the eyelids, they are barely visible.

Still, it's important to put it first to understand where exactly you'll be applying other shades. In case you have medium or larger eyelids like I do, this is a great way to prepare yourself for the tutorial.

Step two

After the base, it's time to start with the pink! I apply the third a.k.a. the pink shade from the Catrice palette onto my eyelids to create a soft pink look for the beginning.

I use the pink shade and apply it in the corners and in the middle of the eyelids. It's crucial that in the corners, the color is darker to create that smokey eye effect.

So make sure to apply more layers of the pink eyeshadow in the corner than in the middle and create that effect.

Step three

After I'm done with the Catrice palette, I go onto the second one which is called  Wet n Wild color icon eyeshadow trio E336 Spoiled Brat

It has three different shades: silver, black and hot pink. All of which are shiny colors. Out of three, I'm just going to pick the third one - hot pink.

Since the shade is much darker than the previous pink one, I had to apply it in the upper and left corner. Still, on the skin, it doesn't look as dark as in the palette. But it definitely gives some extra shine and color to an overall look.

And now this is what it looks like on me so far:

Excuse me for my forehead (insert laughing emoji)

Step four

Next up is some extra glow, I took this mono eyeshadow - Maybelline New York Color Tattoo 24HR Gel-Cream Eyeshadow 65 Pink Gold. This one was also in my July favorites and I've been loving it ever since!

I applied the color tattoo onto the middle of my eyelids and it gave me a smoother and more sophisticated look. If you don't have the same eyeshadow, you can use a similar one, but make sure it's in the gel because that adds the smooth facade.

Step five

"Some girls are born with glitter in their veins." -Paris Hilton. And as this look was inspired by the iconic shiny pink of the early 2000s, I've decided to add one more mono eyeshadow to the look.

The one I'm using is called Essence Metal Glam 03 Frosted Apple eyeshadow

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This is what it ends up looking on my eyes:

And one eye close-up of the shiny pink eye:

Step six 

It's time to put eyeliner on it to create a more compelling look. The eyeliner I'm using is the one in pen from Misslyn - Liquid Eyeliner 1 Long Lasting. As I've mentioned in the previous makeup tutorial for the brown smoky eye, this eyeliner is made as a pen, so it' much easier to apply than the real liquid ones. Less mess for you!

And here is what it looks like on me:

Step seven

The tutorial is almost over, but there's one thing that's a must when it comes to makeup looks - a good mascara. The one I've been loving lately is Maybelline New York Total Temptation Black Mascara. If you are looking for a mascara with big volume and length and leaves no clumps, this is the one!

And of course, an eyelash curler is a crucial thing, make those lashes pop!

Step eight

And the last step is the lipstick (or a lipgloss, or really anything you want to use, lip balm is fine, too). I used the lipstick - Manhattan Lip Laquer Reds Rock 50G.

And this is what I look like at the end of this tutorial:

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