So as I mentioned before, it's time for something new and hopefully better. I've blogged for Youmodels now for almost 3 years. In the beginning I was asked to write about the behind the scenes life of a model and that's exaclty what I did, at first. But through the years my life has changed, my interests have changed and the way of wanting to write about it has changed.
So I feel like it's time for a change and a clean slate; a new name and a new address. And what better day for all of that than the first official day of spring. My new home will consist of the things I've fallen love with during these times at the old one; photography, writing and sharing my inspirations. I will also start writing in Finnish next to English, which will be another new challenge, but a nice one. You can find it all HERE.
Thank you Youmodels, I had a blast!
Hopefully see you all on the other side!
After the most inspiring trip of my life I have so much to share and so many new ideas to implement. I'll be back with something much better soon.
Hope you'll stay for the ride!
So our two week excursion in Costa Rica has begun. On our way here we had a 20 hour stop to see a bit of New York, the place I've dreamed about visiting for so long. And what I ofcourse figured out is that 20 hours is nowhere near enough time in a place like this. Next time it's gonna be a week and preferably when it's a bit warmer (the -5 felt like -20 because of the wind). But we were able to see quite a few things just by walking around the center. My must see places were The Empire state building, The Wall street, The Broadway and Timesquare. So those we saw and a few shops ofcourse. I have to say eventhough New York is so massive and impressive at day time I kinda liked it even more after the sun went down. Something crazy but magical at the same time. SO many people, lights and sounds everywhere. Exactly like in the movies.
I feel very privileged to have worked with so many talented and creative people. The ideas and visions some of these photographers, stylists and make-up artists have, are often so unbelivable that I can't do anything but admire. It's very inspiring to see how they execute ideas into results, mix art with fashion and bring life to a story.
There have been those other kind of times as well.. times when I've felt like the emperor from the story "The Emperor's new clothes". You know the one where everybody around him is telling him how amazing his new outfit looks like when he's actually naked.. There have definately been those moments when I've thought how is this ever going to look good in the picture? Fortunately I don't take that or myself too seriously. It's fun anyway. Even if I would have a halfmoon coming out of my head...
I have been modeling now more or less (beside studying) for 10 years (omg). So me, the industry and styles have changed in those years quite a lot. Whenever I've had my camera or nowadays the Iphone with me at the shoots and shows, I've tried to take a picture of my look. And now I'm really glad I did, because unfortunately the humanmind forgets... and some of the looks are definately worth remembering.
I've spent the last four days in -18 degrees in Finland. I had a job here on wednesday and heading back to Amsterdam already tonight. I took three extra days to spend time with my family and friends and to enjoy the white winter here. The nature is absolutely beautiful now with frost and frozen snow. I was lucky with the sun too, sunsets like these are absolutely magical. Eventhough I'm not a big fan of cold and frozen toes, I really do appreciate the Finnish winter now a lot more. Last weeks I've noticed that I really miss the fresh nature air and the sound of snow under my shoes while walking outside. So I'm really happy with my little wintergetaway. Next time I'll be coming to Finland again will be end of March, so who knows maybe I only had four days of real winter this year...
These pictures are dedicated to Jannie Binken Tol. Forever in our hearts.
I'm really passionate about supporting young Finnish artists and a very speacial place in my heart belongs to aspiring fashion designers. In Finland fashion design, or more the support towards it, is still very much undervalued. There is so many interesting design and special talent in the field, but unfortunately it doesn't get the attention it deserves, do to insufficient financial support. So I want to do my part in helping the situation and I'm going to start by introducing the young designers I believe in, here on my blog. The first talent I want to bring forward is a very fresh talent indeed. I spotted Sophie Sälekari from one of the graduate fashion shows I went to see last spring. Aalto University School of art, design and architectures fashion show "Näytös 13" was the only show I didn't take pictures of (see the others here and here) just because I was too busy being in awe of all the amazing collections that walked before me (see pictures of the show here). And one of the collections that really stood out for me was Sophies. Being half Russian this only 22 year old designer, was inspired by ornaments, gold and femininity that belong to the culture, when making the collection. "Fashion is always so serious so I wanted to keep it fun." Sophie says in her interview. I definately thought it was one of the most interesting and innovative collections I've seen in a long time. I have a strong feeling you will here from this girl a lot more in the future.
Fortunately Sophies talent has been noticed by others aswell. Her collection has been chosen to be one of the finalists at this years H&M Design Award. Vote for Sophie here. And check out her interview here.
Lookbook pictures by: Jukka Ovaskainen
I'm apparently capable of celebrating my birthday for a week... What started last Friday in Stockholm has continued until yesterday, when it actually was my birthday. Good restaurants, good shopping and good company from Stockholm to Amsterdam. And it's all been amazing. Last weekend a few friends of mine flew from Helsinki to Stockholm, where me and one other friend living here in Holland met them. I've been to Stockholm many times with this boatcruise from Finland where you have a few hours to see everything. I totally thought I was quite familiar with the city but oh boy was I wrong. This time we found a whole new side of the city with amazing boutiques and vintage stores, cool bars and cozy restaurants.
Things to recommend at night time: dinner and drinks at Nybrogatan38, more drinks and good music at East and some crazydancing at The Soap Bar and Berns, which is also supposed to be another amazing restaurant. You can find more good tips from a swedish girls site called Emmas blog. Next time I will go for the bookstores, galleries and design boutiques and I guess another round in the vintagestores wouldn't hurt anyone eather.
I've always had a thing for curly hair. And I'm not talking about any selfmade waves, I mean real shizzly wizzly curles or even an afro. I guess it has something to do with the fact that my own is so damn straight and boring - you always want the opposite. So naturally I was extatic when I had a photoshoot where they made my hair like this little curly ball. When it was properly opened I looked like a little troll - and I loved it. Other thing I really loved was the dark brown eye make-up I have on in the last picture. Could try to immitate something similar for my next weekends birthday celebrations. Emphasis on the word try.
Have a nice weekend everyone! This girl is off to Stockholm!
Photography: Jan Andraschko
MUAH: Chloe Bakker
Other pictures: weheartit.com
A few pictures of our little Paris getaway we just came back from. I was pretty sure I would have to keep the camera in its bag for the whole trip because it was supposed to rain the whole time we were there. Luckily sun surprised us as soon as we arrived and it was so bright and warming that it felt more like April than January. My back up plan in case of rain was shopping in Marais, shopping in Boulevard Haussmann and shopping in Champs Elysee. So luckily for my wallet we got to see some sights as well.
I kind of have mixed feelings towards this city of love. When I visited Paris for the first time a few years a go, I totally fell in love with it - like everyody else I would immagine. All the beautiful historical buildings and amazing architectural details, all the colorful lights and romantic cafes and restaurants. I even dreamed about staying there for good. Then two years after that I got a taste of my dream when I stayed in Paris for a few weeks for modeling. In those weeks I saw a whole different side to the city. Paris is quite small in comparison to the fact that theres 11 million people living in it. Metro full of irritated people at rush hour, rude customer service who would refuse to speak English, lots of thieves and other threatening people, sad and stressed Parisians and the poor sides of the city they wont take you to see with the tourist bus. I'm sure most of the big cities have the same issues, but I was woken up to the realism of this fairytail city, big time.
But I do have to say, and this is a good thing, that I've never met people like the French before. Other French people would say Parisians are their own group of crazy people, but most of them are not originally from Paris anyway. You could definately star anyone of them in a drama movie with lots of mystery, love, tears, dramatic twists and hundreds of cigarettes. Good thing about that is that you will never get bored around them.
One of my new years wishes was to travel more in 2014. And I have to say it's coming true pretty good already. Visit to Paris, next weekend I will spend in Stockholm with my girlfriends and in a month my long time dream will come true when we travel to Costa Rica for two weeks. "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." Seeing new places, people and their differences at close, those are the best things to experience in the end. Even if they wouldn't match the image you first had from a distance.
My favorite French classic here.