It's already October, can you believe that?? It seems like it was January and still weird to use 2017 instead of 2016 only yesterday. Time flies.
October is the time of the year when you take the Halloween props out and start covering up for real. But it also means flu and constant rain checks because of your own or someone else's sickness. So I gathered a list of a few useful and easy tips you could use to avoid the flu this year or to make it go away quicker if you already caught it.

1. Ginger and honey drink
Starting with my personal favourite. Take some fresh ginger, a piece about a centimeter long will do, make it boil in water and add a spoonful or two of honey. It's delicious and both ginger and honey contain tons of properties that will help your body be a fighter.

2. Orange, carrot and ginger juice
All right, let's juice it up a bit now. If you happen to have juicer, you could make this with fresh ingredients, but if like me you are both lazy and don't even have that fancy machine anyway, you could just buy orange, carrot and ginger juices and mix it all up. You can make it as sweet or bitter as you like by simply varying proportions, and you could even add a bit of honey if you're feeling like some extra sweetness. This is delicious, I make a big bottle of it from time to time and drink it throughout de day. In addition to helping you fight sicknesses with all the vitamins, antioxidants and other good stuff, it will keep you overall energised during the day.

3. Turmeric or ginger shots
You like shots? Get your hands on some turmeric or ginger shots at a juice bar, or make some yourself if you have a juicer and fresh turmeric. You could also add a little honey or apple or lemon juice to make it a little easier to drink. Or you could just drink pure turmeric or ginger, but that's bound to be quite strong. If you don't know where to get fresh turmeric, you can also buy some dried turmeric powder that you use in cooking and mix some up with a big glass of water and drink that.

4. Garlic everywhere
I love garlic and put it in almost everything I do anyway, but especially if you're feeling ill, you should use it a little bit in everything you cook.

5. Zinc
If you are already sick and want to be back on your feet asap, zinc could be a solution. The opinions vary on this one, but it's definitely worth a try, since it can't really hurt you anyway if you don't take too much of it. So go to the pharmacy, get yourself some pills and check from your doctor or pharmacist how much you can take per day. Online the recommendations vary a lot, some say you should increase the consumption several times from the recommendations if you want to get better fast, some say you should absolutely not take any more than recommended, so it's safer to go with what your local expert says.

6. Remember the basics
Especially in a time when germs are having a feast and you are more vulnerable overall, remember the basics: drink enough water, cover yourself, wash or disinfect your hands regularly, drink hot drinks, what your mom's been telling you all these years. Those will already go a long way for most of us.

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In the beginning of August, I finally decided to do something that I had wanted to try for a good while, and took eyelash extensions. I'm pretty sure you all know what they are, but basically they're additional eyelashes that are glued on the base of your natural eyelashes. You can decide what length of extensions you want and how many of them to get the finish you want. I didn't want it to look too bold, so I asked for something quite natural-looking but that would still accentuate my eyes. I can't tell you precisely how long they were and how thick (and unfortunately the silly person that I am didn't even think of taking a good picture of them when I still had them), but I liked how they turned out. It was probably about double the thickness of my natural lashes. It was weird at the beginning, because I could feel that there is something on my eyelids that doesn't belong there, but I got used to them pretty quickly. Extensions last about 3-6 weeks and then start falling off little by little if you don't go have a redo. Mine stared falling after about a month, but even now, after almost two months, there are still a few individual extra lashes on one of my eyes. That's kind of annoying because they're bending any way they want now that they're a bit old and my eyes don't look symmetrical. Hopefully they'll fall out soon.
Also, if you are vegan and want to get eyelash extensions, make sure to check that they are not made of real mink or some other animal.
What I liked about extensions was that I could rock the "I woke up like this"-look. No need for mascara or eyeliner, my lashes were on fleek with a simple stroke of brush to untangle them. Because yeah, they get messy during the night. I don't have a problem with not wearing makeup, but having those lashes sure did boost my self-confidence when going out without doing anything to my face.
Still, I also found some downsides to eyelash extensions. First of all, I could not use any oil-based makeup remover and had to be overall very careful with everything I put on my face so it didn't ruin my lashes. That was probably the hardest thing, because I like to wash my face with a lot of water and use coconut oil both as a makeup remover and a facial night cream. I couldn't use any of it for a month, and guys, I missed it so bad. The day I realised my lashes were falling off so bad that there was nothing to lose anymore, I ran back to my beloved coconut oil. So happy to have it back in my life <3 Second, it's hard to remove makeup (I had to do it with micellar water that I applied with a q-tip), but it's also hard to put some, when your lashes are on the way. On normal days I wouldn't even put any eye makeup, but if I was going out, it was a bit of a struggle. But not anything unbearable. Third, I was quite afraid that after having worn extensions, I would just hate how my natural lashes look. Fortunately, that was not the case, and they were not even in a too bad condition. Sometimes, especially if you wear extensions for a long time, your own lashes can become very thin and fragile because of everything it puts them through. My lashes were okay, but I'm still having a ricin oil cure now to make them as strong as possible again. Finally, I find eyelash extensions quite a big investment. Especially if you want to keep them for a long time, you have to put around 60€ per months on them in Finland, which is, personally, money I'd rather spend on something else.
I can definitely see why some people like to get extensions: they make your eyes pop, they give right away a sophisticated look without having to do anything, they make mornings easier and they give self-confidence. But personally, I am good with my own lashes. I find extensions too expensive for what they are, and even if they make mornings easier, they make evenings harder. I'll keep the lashes that I have and go buy tons of coconut oil with those 60€ extra that I have if I don't do lashes, okay? Everybody their thing, eyelash extensions are not mine.



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I've taken the habit of having my camera on me most of the time, and that is, I have found, a great decision. It makes me see beauty where I wouldn't otherwise seen it and gives me an opportunity to work on my photography and editing skills. Sometimes I just stop for a moment and realise how pretty Helsinki really is. And it doesn't actually matter what time of the day it is or what the wether is like, there's always beauty somewhere. Then click, and the moment is there forever, on that tiny memory card. I wanted to share some of the beauty I see every day when moving around in my hometown, because everything good is better when shared. Have a lovely day or night, wherever you are <3





















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Hey,
What's up? Really, think about what's up with you. Are you happy? Sad? Angry? Calm? Restless? Worried? How are you really?
I've been stressed out and worried lately, because of many things. Fall semester is starting and I know I have taken way too many courses, I am moving on the same week that I am supposed to tutor new students, I don't exercise enough, I feel sleepy all the time, I'm afraid of seasonal depression when winter comes, I worry about money, I eat very unhealthy, I want avocado and we don't have any.
But here's the thing: it is useless to worry about most of those things.


I was thinking about all of this one day, and I realised that there are two types of worries. There are the small worries, that you should learn to just breath out and let go. The ones that feel the size of a planet at first, but shrink into tiny little bugs when you decide to see them from a distance. Then there are the big worries which, if you try to breathe them out, will only lodge themselves deeper inside of you. The ones that cannot be solved with a simple thought, the ones that need time and effort.
If you have a lot to do or a lot on your mind, stop for a moment and think about it all. What stresses you? What keeps you from being happy, calm and at peace with yourself? After thinking about all of these things from a more general point of view, take each thing individually and ask yourself if it's something you should really worry about. Is it a matter that deserves your time and attention? Is it a reason to ruin your day? If a friend would be worried about that, what would you tell them?
If you are facing a small problem, its amplitude should grow smaller simply by thinking about all of this. Maybe you realise that you are powerless in this matter and it is not something you can change, or maybe you see that in real, the solution is easier than you thought. Craving avocados and not being able to have any should definitely not be a reason to have a bad day. So, you could take a slow, deep breath in, and let it go as you breath out. One small weight off your shoulders. Or, you could get up the couch and fix it. Your pick. Although, if it is possible, being active and fixing the issue could actually give you more satisfaction.


If, however, thinking about the problem doesn't calm your worries, breathing it out probably won't help. It will only push it somewhere deep where all the worries pile up and prepare a flood of problems that will eventually be set free, completely out of control. Don't get me wrong, I believe that life shouldn't always be taken too seriously. I believe in "don't worry, be happy", in looking for rainbows in the rain, even in YOLO. I am a huge fan of positive thinking, because I think that just makes life easier and a lot better, and that there are good things in (almost) everything. But I believe that sometimes, there are reasons to worry that a simple smile won't fix no matter how much we would like it to. Then, we should start by acknowledging it and admitting to ourselves and to others that we have a problem. Then, we should start solving it.


Sometimes, that solution to the problem is not the one we wish it would be And that is why we need to learn to compromise with ourselves. To me, it may not be possible to have double the amount of courses I should have and be completely relaxed about it, and I must accept that. But this doesn't mean that I have to just suck it up and accept to be stressed out about it. I can make a compromise between those by maybe dropping a few courses or planning my studies as well as possible in order to not pile up too much work at the same time and have a mental breakdown. I can find methods to calm down in the biggest times of anxiety and be both effective and efficient with my work. That won't guarantee 0 stress, but that will give me the feeling of being in charge and having a plan to get through it all without being overwhelmed by it. Still, easier said than done.


My point here is that it's okay not to be okay. But make sure that it's a problem worth not being okay for. Don't waste your precious life on things that can be easily solved or not at all. Accept that there is both good and bad, give yourself time to fix the bad to enjoy the good even more. And don't stay alone. Know that there are beautiful people everywhere ready to help and support you no matter what. We'll get through it all, I promise this to myself and to you.





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I feel like I write this on every post that I make in here, but it's been a while since I last posted. And actually, I think after this I will stop apologising for it, because there's just no point in that and it ruins the vibes of what I write anyway.
But, here I am saying it because I want to update you on what I have been thinking lately. As I may have mentioned in a previous post, I have been a bit absent from this blog because I have been focusing on YouTube to learn more about editing, filming etc and decide wether I'd rather write or vlog. I have come to the conclusion that I don't need to choose between those two, and I will keep doing both. I will though make a rough distinction between the themes that I will vlog about and the ones I will write about.
I have been, for a few years already, increasingly interested in a more eco-friendly and ethical lifestyle. In the last few months, it has become an even more important subject for me and I have built a clearer picture about some things that being ecological and ethical could mean in my everyday life. I have been thinking about sharing some of those here on the blog, and take overall a "greener" approach on the things I write about. In addition to that, there will still be a lot of things on many different subjects, like traveling, lifestyle in general, what inspires me and what I love. I will also take a more personal approach to those subjects, because I feel like most of what I have done until now has been quite generic and not really reflecting my personality much.
On YouTube, I have posted mostly vlogs. I think I will keep doing that in the future too, because I personally love to watch vlogs and I think it's a nice way to share a bit of my daily life. Also, I feel quite awkward just sitting in front of a camera and filming myself talking about some subject. I'm still learning about that and maybe I'll add more of that kind of videos later about specific subjects, like how to's, reviews and others. It's definitely something I want to do, but I have realised that being in front of a camera is kind of like acting, and it requires training, at least for me. I also might be a bit of a perfectionist, and if I'm not happy about something I've filmed, I'll probably not want to post it even if others tell me it's good. So be patient peeps and please please please also give me feedback! It would mean a lot to me to know what you, you there behind your screen, are interested in.
Also, a last thing: I will probably unfortunately keep posting quite rarely for the next few weeks both here and on YouTube, my schedule is absolutely nuts at the moment and I am completely overwhelmed by everything I have to do, even if the semester hasn't even started yet! It's a shame, because I'm feeling really inspired right now and would love to give more time to creativity, but a day is only 24 hours and right now almost every single one of them is full for me. But I'll give these projects I have in mind more time as soon as possible!
Lots of love,
Elli








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Hey there!
It's been a looong time since I properly wrote a blogpost. Lately I have been focusing on making videos on YouTube to get the hang of it and then decide wether I'd rather primarily write or film. I will probably do both in the future too, but since I am studying and working at the sae time, I can't be as active on both, as you can probably imagine.
I spent the last three weeks traveling around Europe, and oh my, it was an adventure. My boyfriend and I toured in Southern France, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary. If you want to see more about our trip, you can watch the videos that will be up on my YouTube channel (Saved By Sunshine, part 1 is already up), but I thought I would gather here some of my favourite places from this trip. Hopefully this will inspire you to see these amazing places too :)

1. Carcassonne, France

While staying in France, we visited the Carcassonne castle. This place might be familiar to you from the popular board game of the same name, and this is where the game gets its name. Carcassonne is a typical town in the South-East of France, but up a hill from the center, there is a huuuge medieval fortress inside the walls of which you can explore old, narrow stone streets and the castle. Unfortunately we went to the fortress in the evening and the castle was already closed from the public, but we could still walk around the streets. I have visited a lot of castles all around Europe, and frankly, I'm getting quite tired of them because even if each has its own history, they are all pretty similar to the eye of a normal tourist, who is not really passionate about history. Still, I can say that Carcassonne is definitely worth the detour. The fortress is huge and still in really good shape, there is life, concerts, festivals, restaurants and shops inside the stone walls, and still the historical milieu gives the place a particular feel. Of course, there are quite a lot of tourists, but there are also still people living there. So, if you're anywhere in the area, Carcassonne is a really nice stop for a day or even just a few hours.





2. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

If you're traveling in Croatia, make sure to visit Plitvice. In this huuuge national park, you can see 16 lakes connected to one another through a total of up to 92 waterfalls, as well as caves and beautiful forests. The water in the lakes is so blue and clear, that you can see the fishes in the water even from a distance. Unfortunately, there are a lot of tourists, so you will most probably have to walk most of the time in line with other people, but still, this is one of the most beautiful I have ever visited, so I would recommend going there but be prepared to have to walk with other people instead of peacefully having a walk alone with Nature.
There are some hotels in the area, so you can spend the night in Plitvice and have two days to visit the park, but you can also make it a day trip. We took a bus there in the morning from Split and came back the same evening. Overall we had about 7 hours to walk around, and we visited most of the important sights of the park (even if that was probably only a small part of the whole national park), which was perfect for us. So take good shoes, water and some food with you, and you're all set.




3. Teraca Vidilica, Split, Croatia

Split, like many cities built around the Mediterranean sea, is built partly uphill. Which means that you have many great spots to admire the city from above. One of these places in Teraca Vidilica, which our Airbnb host recommended. It's a cafe and restaurant that overlooks the city, the perfect breakfast spot with a stunning view. It's also located close to the entrance of a forest/park, where you could go after brekkie for a morning stroll in the shadow of trees to escape the heat...











4. Galerija 11/7/95, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

If there is one museum you should go to in Sarajevo, pick the 11/7/95 Gallery. This museum is small is size but has a huge amount of both audio and visual material explaning the genocide of Srebrenica in July 1995. Even though it focuses only on one of the acts of horror that have happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina especially during the nineties, it gives you a very real feel of what the situation, the atmosphere and the events were at that time in general too. As a warning, I can only say that this gallery will make you feel emotional, shocked, and angry. So don't plan on doing anything fun right after, you'll probably need some time to digest it all.



5. Coffee bar Cube, Budapest, Hungary

Ah, Budapest! This city definitely made me think of Paris, with its beautiful, decorated buildings, big boulevard-like streets surrounded by trees. As a coffee shop lover, I immediately noticed all the pretty, cozy-looking cafes all over the city, and I decided next time I would come to Budapest only for a "cafe crawl". This time I didn't see many of them, but here is one recommendation of a place to go for breakfast or coffee if in Budapest: when looking for a place for coffee one morning, we stumbled upon a really nice cafe, a little remote from the center, called Cube. The ceiling was really high, giving the small cubical room a sense of bigger space, the design was simple and quite minimalistic, mostly black, white, brick and light wood. They serve plant-milk for coffee if you ask for it, and in addition to coffee drinks, they has juice, cakes, wraps, and other kinds of light lunches and snacks. We sat there for coffee, which was brought in really nice cream-coloured cups, and man, that coffee was something I've never tasted before. They use light roasted coffee that tastes absolutely unique. It was strong but soft at the same time, with a very strong citrus flavour. I am not a huge coffee expert even if I love coffee, but anyone tasting this coffee would notice how distinct the flavour is. Do I go on a bit too much about that coffee? Naaah. If you want to try a really different coffee from what you usually have, Cube is the place to go.










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Waking up early without an alarm because of the sunlight filling my room.


Feeling happy and energetic because I know this is only the beginning of a long season of light and warmth.



Going out early to see the sun and the city rise. At that time of the day I can really feel the soul of the city and realise how amazing it is to be exactly where I am right now.


Smiling to people just because the sun is shining and so am I.



Knowing that eventually, everything will be okay because ne matter what, the sun keeps rising again every day to a new beginning full of promises. 



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I've never been too good in front of a camera. I always feel awkward, I don't know how to pose, I'm afraid that I look stupid. I've always been afraid of being ridiculed, in everything I do. Which really makes no sense because I can't remember a single time anyone would have mocked me, which could have triggered that feeling.
For me, it's about perfectionism. I've always wanted to do everything perfectly, and frankly, in many things I've been known for being the one who does everything right. That put a lot of pressure on me as a kid to meet other people's expectations, which explains being afraid of failing and being mocked.
I started realising that perfectionism was hurting me, so I decided to make a change. I decided that I didn't need to be perfect at every subject at school. I decided to (try to) let go of body ideals and be myself. And those things helped me a lot to be more serene and in peace with myself. But there's some things that only lowering physical and scholar expectations can't fix. There are some things that I still feel insecure at and those are the things you can see through the camera lens. I have tried to get a hold of them for years already, but it's not that easy. 
So what if instead of finding what fixes my insecurities I tried to face the situations that I'm uncomfortable with because of my weaknesses? Grab the problem from its consequences instead of its source and go back to the source. Does that make any sense? Those weaknesses spring from fear, so all I can do is confront those fears and show myself that they are pointless. That concerns cameras, but also many other areas of my life. 
So here's a promise I've made to myself: whenever I see a weakness in myself, I will do everything to put myself in those situations I fear. And so I will become stronger, and have faith in myself. Because I'm worth it, and deep down, I know it. So here's a "fuck you" to fear of cameras, I'm posing there and that turned out pretty good. Keep rockin' babes






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150g (about 1 cup) almonds
700 ml (about 3 cups) water
5 dates
1 vanilla pod


Soak the almonds in water overnight to make them all puffy and juicy. 
Put them in a blender with water, dates and vanilla.




Blend it baby.



After this, you will need a cheese cloth or a clean towel. The towel will work just as well if you don't happen to have a cheese cloth. I don't so I can say from experience that the towel technique works just fine. Pour the milk through your cloth into another bowl and squeeze it to get all the milk out. There you go, your milk is ready.







Now you will be left with that dough-like mixture of almonds and dates in the cloth. You can invent many uses for it, but personally I decided to make homemade granola with it: mix that with some oats, add a little agave or honey, coconut oil and possibly dried fruit, put it in the oven first on high temperature for 10 min, stirring it from time to time, then on low temperature until it's dry and voilà, you have some awesome homemade granola too. Two birds with one stone.



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I went to Stockholm about week ago and got this small, cute travel set from Björk & Berries. It contains a travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion from their Never Spring collection. All of their products are natural, containing mostly organic ingredients and cruelty free. Yaas.
First of all, all the products have a really subtle, fresh smell of nature that I loved. I also loved the white, minimal packaging with a really simple, golden design. Simple and classy.
I was surprised of the amount of shampoo that I needed to wash my hair. The amount that I normally use wasn't nearly enough for my whole hair. The conditioner was a lot creamier and I didn't need as much of it as the shampoo. Overall, the shampoo-conditioner mix wasn't the best for my hair, my curls turned out a little flat and my hair wasn't as soft as usual, but the good thing is that I didn't get those annoying, short curls all over my head that make it look like it just exploded. It was also gentle on the skin and didn't irritate it at all. I'd say that these are probably not the best products for curly and dry hair like mine (which is a pain in the butt regarding shampoos and haircare in general anyway). This shampoo probably suits normal hair better, which I wasn't that surprised of because it wasn't specifically made for my hair type. It's really rare that a "normal" shampoo/conditioner without mention of specific hair type suits me, but I gave this a go anyway.
The body wash was, you know, a body wash. I don't have much to say about it, its soft smell was really lovely and it left my skin soft and clean, so I'm happy :)
After washing my skin, I put some of the body lotion. I really liked that one, it was light, easy to spread and it absorbed quickly. I hate putting on body lotion that it too creamy and doesn't absorb well, so this was a really good product for me.
Overall I am satisfied with these products: I liked that the products are natural, mostly organic and nordic-made, they smell really nice and are gentle on the skin. Plus, these travel-size versions are really easy to fit in your luggage. The shampoo and conditioner didn't suit my hair type, but I know my hair needs really specific products, so I can't really say that they were good or bad products. All I can say about them is that if you have curly and dry hair like me, these products probably won't be the best ones for you, but if you have some other type of hair, try them and tell me what you think.

Hope your week has been good and your weekend will be even better!









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