why vintage denim?

writer: ona rihu
Picture: Catarina böckerman

I love denim. You can combine a pair of jeans so many ways, yet one of the simplest ways seems to work for me the best. A good white T-shirt and a pair of square-toed shoes goes a long way. I’m almost exclusively wearing vintage denim these days, and I wanted to share why.

First of all, it takes an obscene amount of water to make one pair of jeans. Just one. Also many fast fashion brands actually make the jeans material much thinner, making it break more easily and lose it’s elasticity.
Another reason is I’ve started to pay attention to the material of my clothes, to reduce releasing microplastics into our waters when I wash them. Natural materials like cotton are much more long lasting, environmentally friendly and honestly, comfortable. Not to mention easily recyclable!

Also, I don’t feel like i need to wash vintage denim that much. It doesn’t catch stains easily, doesn’t wrinkle or lose it’s shape. If anything, it only gets better when you wear it and don’t wash it. It gets softer and sort of shapes itself especially for you. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.


Finding good vintage jeans is kind of like finding a soulmate. It’s 4eva.
I would search in different vintage stores, especially when you’re traveling in Europe. You can also find some good ones onine, like mine!
I got these from Radhica Vintage, a Finnish curated webshop for cool vintage finds.
I’m collaborating with them and giving you all a code for free shipping! Just use “onadoes” at the checkout and wait to receive your goodies. Available for one month (21.9-21.10.18) (Finland only)
Hope to see you rocking your vintage jeans too <3

frantsila photo diary

WRITER: ONA RIHU
PICTURES: INLACE MEDIA

Frantsilan tila on yli 300 vuoden juuret omaava perhetila Hämeenkyrössä. Frantsilan luomufarmilla tuotteiden ja yrttivalmisteiden tuottamisen on aloittanut Virpi Cormier, yrttiekspertti sekä holistisen elämäntavan moniosaaja ja opettaja. Frantsilan tuotteiden pohjana käytetään omalta farmilta kerättyjä luomuyrttejä- ja kukkia. Pääsimme Inlace-tiimin kanssa tutustumaan luomutilaan ja kuulemaan sen historiasta.

Frantsilan suvulla on mahtavat tilat ympäri Hämeenkyröä. Frantsilan hyvän olon keskuksesta, jossa järjestetään monia erilaisia kursseja ja workshoppeja, luomupelloille, kasvihuoneisiin ja kasvisravintolaan hämeenkyrön keskustassa. Pääsimme näkemään myös upeat vanhat puutalot, joissa on paljon Frantsilan historiaa. Näillä upeilla mailla on ainutlaatuinen energia, ja ne sopivat täydellisesti erilaisten retriittien ja virkistyspäivien pitämiseen! Lue lisää täältä

Ohessa kuvia Inlacen viikonlopusta Frantsilan luomutilalla. Pääsimme saunomaan, kukkakylpyihin, nauttimaan äänimaljarentoutuksesta ihanan Sannan hoidossa, syömään herkullista kasvisruokaa ja maistelemaan luomuyrttifarmin yrttejä suoraan maasta. Kiitos vielä upealle Anna Karhu-Cormierille esittelykierroksesta ja ihanista tarinoista. Tänne pitää ehdottomasti päästä uudestaan kokemaan eri vuodenajat ja nauttimaan luonnosta <3


green and gold breakfast jar

(vegan, GF)

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

 vegan gold and green chia and smoothie jar

The summer has shifted to autumn and for many of us the past few weeks have been all about getting back to our everyday routines. Work and school or not, the autumn has always been the time of change for me as it is for many others. 

Whilst tuning back into old routines I feel like the autumn serves as a good timing to introduce some new elements to my days. During the summer you’ve had enough distance from your everyday life ways to not be so stuck with it anymore. Maybe the summer has inspired you and taught you some new ways. Whilst getting ready to tune back into the more structured days, I’ve tried to think of ways I can include a bit of that free summery feeling in my daily routines. 

One of the most important elements when it comes to how I feel on a day is what my morning felt like. If I start the day in a rush, it’s quite difficult for me to let go of that feeling and it sticks with me all day long.

I love to take my time in the mornings, to wake up a few hours before I have to go anywhere and have that time for myself. To read a little and prep breakfast with time. Speaking of breakfast…

 

HOW:

  1. Prep the chia layer preferably on the night before. Mix all the ingredients together in the jar an pop it in your fridge.

  2. The following morning check the taste of your chia pudding and adjust the amount of turmeric, milk or sweetner if needed.

  3. Add the ingredients for the smoothie layer in your blender and blend till it's smooth and creamy. If you dislike the taste of spiralina feel free to leave it out and maybe add some extra matcha to the blend.

  4. Layer in your most festive glass and garnish with some fresh berries and granola. Enjoy with time before even giving a thought to any to-do lists for the day.

the extra festive gold and green
breakfast jar

ingredients:

  • For the Turmeric Chia Layer:
    - 1.5 tbsp of chia seeds
    - 100ml of plant milk of choice
    - a tsp of turmeric
    - a drip of maple syrup

  • For the Green Smoothie Layer:
    - 1 frozen banana
    - a piece of frozen zucchini (about 1/2 of a small one)
    - a tsp of matcha
    - a tsp of spirulina
    - a few frozen mango chunks

 

meet the illustrator and co-founder: emma ranne

writer: Inlace Media
picture: Madara Freimane

 emma ranne - inlace media

September is here and it’s time to introduce you to this month’s illustrator, who also happens to be one of the co-founders of Inlace Media, our lovely Emma Ranne. Emma is studying marketing at Hanken School of Economics and just spent the summer doing an internship in London. We like to call Emma the ”brain” behind our projects because of her education but the truth is she’s a multitalent within many fields of creativity. So let’s get to know her a little better.

Hi Emma, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Emma, 22, born in Helsinki and raised in Holland where we lived with my family for most of my childhood. I’ve been living in Helsinki for the past coupe of years where I study marketing at Hanken. Helsinki is one of my favourite cities in the world, but I’m a girl who loves to adventure around. I’ve always been drawn to creative work and wish I could do something in that field in the future. I love collecting details in photographs, writing articles and coming up with new vegan flavor combos in my tiny kitchen.

You were interning at What’s your Legacy this summer in London and we want to hear all about it! What were the highlights of your time there?

This summer has  been a dream. I had been following all the cool things that the girls of What's Your Legacy do for about a year and it was pretty amazing to get to hop on the team and hustle along with them. I learned so much, met so many amazing people, and found really lovely friends while here. I know it's such a cliche to say but this has been the best summer for me up until now. I'm going home filled with new inspiration and so many new skills. 


Top 3 London restaurants?

Oooh this is a tricky one, there's a whole bunch of nice food spots here! Even though I've been on the mission to try out as many as possible this summer I still feel like there's more and more to discover... but here's my top 3

  1. Mother Works - Hackney Wick
    All vegan, all super yummy and also love the location (Hackney Wick would be one of my favourite areas here together with London Field's and Regent's Canal). Try their acai bowl (the best in town and I've tried many) or their lunch bowl of the day.

  2. Bonnington Cafe - Vauxhall
    A very cute and home-like co-operatively run vegetarian and vegan restaurant. There's basically a different volunteering chef cooking every night and you never know what's on the menu beforehand. You just send the chef a message to book your table and show up hungry.

  3. Farmacy - Notting Hill
    A bit pricier, but oh my their food. A menu filled with amazing super creative veggie creations. I was so impressed by their food that I had to buy their recipe book to bring some inspiration to my kitchen at home.


What’s inspiring you this autumn? 

Helsinki and its people, Inlace and uni. I'm very excited about being back home for a little and working on some secret projects that have started to brew this summer while learning and hustling in London. I'm excited to see where we can take Inlace next with Ona and Cata. Also I'm looking forward to round up my bachelor's at uni this year. No clue what next year will be about, but I quite love the feeling of the unknown future and the freedom about it.

 

what would your perfect sunday look like?

I'd wake up semi early, go for a little run or long sunday walk along the coast (with my dog, which I would obviously have on a perfect Sunday). After being out in the sun seeing the city wake up slowly I'd take the time to cook yummy breakfast while listening to some happy tunes and dancing in the kitchen. In the afternoon I'd cycle to the farmer's markets to pick up veggies and fruits for the week. In the evening I'd have friends coming over for dinner. A cozy candle lit gathering in my tiny urban veggie garden... hmmm I don't know in which city this would be possible but I'm determined to find the perfect place.

 

Favorite tunes at the moment?

This week's favourite has been Makeba by Jain. Also really looking forward to the new album of Say Lou Lou!

Why organic and zero waste?

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

When our grannies were little this was the norm. There was no concept for organic and zero waste, because everything was organic and zero waste. Slowly our values changed, productivity and money became the most valued thing and food became pure money, business. The more money-based our societies became, the less we valued slow farming, slow living, organic foods, and organic living. 

I want to bring you back, to cherishment of slow living, slow foods, organic living, organic foods. I want you to know what you are putting into your mouth, and to the land. I want to invite you to this journey towards a slower phase. 

So why go organic?

You are everything you consume. Starting from social media, your environment and especially what you drink and eat. We are art works. Carefully designed organic beings. When we consume unorganic foods, our chemistry gets fucked up. From our hormones to our biochemistry, to basically all in you. All you are gets affected by the choice of unorganic living. Slowly deep rooted issues will start to occur in our biochemistry. All the toxicity builds up, and the low levels of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals in the food will leave it’s nasty mark behind. 

How sensitive we are to these toxins depends from person to person. I’m highly sensitive. First I thought it to be something bad. I just wanted to be like others, be okay with those yummy fries. But then I started to see my sensitiveness as a great blessing. Being sensitive gives you straight feedback from your environment, of the vibrational level of it. If you feel into this, great space and listen, this can become your most powerful superpower. And honestly the way these days more and more kids are born highly sensitive is not a coincidence. Mother Earth is not handling all this rush and toxins anymore. She needs help. You’re her.  Your sensitive being was sent here, so we could honour her again. Honour the slow organic phase of living and being. 

Our societies are still in this great transformational phase and the organic food is still mostly more expensive than the non-organic food. I want to give you some tips on how to be able to consume more organic or choose the least toxic foods and still have money for living as well. 

  1. The dirty dozen list, aka list of the worst toxic usage foods and the least. With this list, you can make sure which products definitely buy organic and which ones aren't as bad non-organic. 
  2. If you end up buying from the most toxic list, do a soak with water and tablespoon of applecidervinegar.  Let it soak for one hour and rinse well. This helps the removal of the toxins. 
  3. Plant your own plants. Especially if you’re blessed with most of the year gardening time. But even here in the north we have the whole summer to garden and store the harvest for the winter ahead. So get inspired by getting your hands to the soil and plant some seeds at for example a communal garden, your balcony or at the cottage. 
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Why zero waste? 

When we are living in an society that has recycling under control, it can be blinding, and we might think that as long as we recycle all is good. The thing is that recycling is only the first step, but not the answer. Just because our recycling is working well here in Finland, doesn't mean that's the case all around the globe. There's still oceans and landfills covered in trash.  So if we would honour the resources we are freely provided from the earth, we wouldn’t just use them once and  throw them away and call it recycling. Don’t get me wrong here, I think it's amazing that we have taken the first step, and recycle. But I feel that we are ready for the next one, which is leaning towards a more zero waste lifestyle.

 

But when we make changes, lasting ones, we must take them gradually. This provides fertile ground for us to grow and evolve from. So be honest with where you are right now: whats your next step? I'm going to provide you with a little list here down below from which you can choose the steps you’re ready to take right now. Remember gradual growth, and you’ll be sweet. 

Zero waste checklist

Change your single used coffee cups, to refillable ones.

Get a lasting glass/alumine water bottle, which you can refill.

Carry a cutlery kit with you: fork, spoon and knife. 

Reusable straw always <3

Go for the reusable napkins over paper tissues. 

Prefer glass, aluminium and paper over plastic!

Carry an extra reusable shopping bag with you. At all times

Quality over quantity. Buy lasting stuff !

Buy your foods without plastic, so carry veggie backs with you and buy from markets which provide plastic free food. Order online Raakatori or go buy from the market hall Hallin luomupuoti

Support your locals. Always choose local over exported. 

Buy your dry foods from bulk stores, and bring your own glass jars with you.

Make your own cosmetics the zero waste way or buy organic cosmetics which are packed in glass/aluminium/paper. 

For laundry get soap nuts, yes they are nuts that wash your laundry!

Buy your clothes from brands/organisations who use recycled materials and/or recycle their clothes. (go check out Recci and Rumeurlabel)

Save your glass containers and use them as food containers. With this hack you'll save the environment and your wallet. 

Go for bar soaps or go for refillable liquid soaps (there's one at Punnitse&Säästä at Forum) 

Ditch the plastic wraps and go for Bee's wax wraps

Go for a bamboo toothbrush or recycled plastic electrical toothbrush, the next time you truly need a new toothbrush. 

When your hair Is crying for a new brush, get a natural brush and a cleaner for it. 

Ditch the single disposable razors for lasting stainless steal safety razor. 

 

Thank you for being open to grow to heal. We are in this together, as a society. We fall together and grow together. 

 

let's talk about stress baby

writer: Emma Ranne
pictures: Pihla Laine

Sometimes the thing they like to refer to as adulting gets a little too overwhelming. Or maybe it’s your studies or a bump in a relationship that is troubling your mind piece.

Stress is something that probably most of us run into on a quite regular basis in this hectic fast pace world of ours. Primarily stress is a physical response that affects your whole body. Your body basically thinks it’s under attack and goes into fight or flight-mode, which of course isn't the most practical response to most of our everyday stress situations. How to cope with these feelings when you by no means should pick up any kind of physical fight nor run away even though every cell in your body is demanding you to do so?

Stress can hit you with all of its power in a moment’s blink, or it can be something subtler but at least as draining that you carry with you from one day to the other. Luckily as there are plenty of things that may cause us stress, there’s also plenty of ways for us to cope with it. 

 

4 Tips for long term stress:
 

  1.   Try essential oils. I’ve started to carry oils with me wherever I go and my current favourite is the blend calm by Frantsila. I first ran into this soothing oil blend at my yoga studio and often tried it out there. Now whenever I feel a bit tense I add a bit of the oil on my wrists and the scent immediately reminds me of my yoga studio. The roll on is easy to pop into your bag, and ever since getting it I've been carrying it with me pretty much wherever I go. 

    Essential oils are oils extracted from flowers, leaves and roots and there are many ways in which you can blend and use them to relief stress. Try to add a few drops of Lavender Oil on your pillow case before you go to bed, add some rose oil to your diffuser when your feel a bit stiff and your day needs a little pick up and use chamomile oil to calm your overthinking mind. The possibilities are endless. I often like to browse Frantsila’s website to get more info on oils and their uses.

  2.   Regularly take a few minutes to meditate and try to do yoga. Close your eyes for a moment and simply focus on your breath. Try to let go of everything else for a minute. Yoga is one of my favourite ways to calm my mind and take a break from the hectic everyday routines. 

  3. Clean your space. I once read somewhere that the tidiness of the space you live in is a reflection of your mind and I think this is true, at least in my case. Whenever there’s a more stressful period at school or work or elsewhere in life my otherwise pretty tidy home blows up into an uncontrollable chaos. I know this sounds very Marie Kondo, but take a few minutes to daily fix up your space. Also it’s one less thing to stress about if your home is tidy, plus I think in the best case and with the right mind-set household chores are almost equal meditation. Especially doing the dishes. Just saying.
     
  4. This is one of my favourite tricks when I’m feeling super stressed by multiple things:  Brew yourself a cup of tea, grab a piece of paper and a pen and write it all out into a big ‘brain dump’ – list. Once you have it all written it’s easier to see things in perspective and to tackle the things one by one. 
     
 Frantsila Ilta-öljy, calming oil blend

Is this an anxiety attack?!
– what to do when stress hits you out of the blue and with full power

  1. Ok ok. It’s all alright and it will be better now that you noticed things are getting a bit too overwhelming and tense. If possible stop whatever it is you are doing, take a deep breath in and let it all out. Repeat breathing in calmly counting to 10 until you feel a bit better.
     
  2. This might sound crazy but try to give yourself a little pep talk, either out loud or in your mind. Try to sooth your mind. ‘’Aww baby, you’ll be fine. You can handle this.’’ Talk to yourself as you would to a friend. 
     
  3. Breathing again? Good. Now it’s time to put things in proportion. Weigh the facts and try to see the situation from a broader point of view. As long as no one is in immediate danger, everything is fine. Breath. Try to think of a solution to whatever it is that causes you your stress. Break it down and make a plan of very small and easy steps for how you can tackle it.
     
  4. If you have time to take a longer break of whatever you are dealing with at this point, try to go for a walk. Whenever I feel stressed I pretty much command myself to take a moment, switch my phone on night mode, put Spotify on and go for a long walk. It’s a bullet proof way for me to feel better, and it works every single time. If you feel super tense and you find it difficult to calm down to go for a walk, try to run it out instead.
     
  5. Feeling a bit better? Before you start to tackle the step by step plan you just made, brew yourself a warm cup of tea. Try herbal blends like chamomile, lemon balm or peppermint that are known to soothe the body. Warm things in general calm our body. Take a hot shower, a warm bath spiced up with some essential oils or heat up the sauna.

 

Honestly, there are so many ways you can deal with stress and there’s no ‘’one kind fits all’’ solution that works in every situation and for everyone. It’s all about trying out different things and creating your own strategy. 

It’s important to take care of yourself and your mind. If things often feel too overwhelming and stress keeps on haunting you up until the point it really starts to affect your daily life, it’s time to ask for help. Talk to your friends, family or a professional about your stress. When shared, your worries often start to feel less bad and other people might come up with solutions you hadn’t thought of yourself. 

cherry chocolate bliss

WRITER: ONA RIHU
PICTURE: ONA RIHU

This cacao-cherry-ice latte is sweet but not too sweet, chocolatey but not too chocolatey and definitely amazing. The added power from maca and ashwagandha give a nice boost to this delicious superlatte. Maca- known as the "sex  superfood" will give your energy levels a lift, while Ashwagandha keeps your stress levels nice and low. 
Enjoy on a hot summer day, preferably from a fancy glass to make it a little extra. 

 

You'll need (for 1 portion)

2 dl oatmilk

1 date

5 cherries

1 tbsp raw cacao

1 tsp maca powder

1 tsp Ashwagandha

handful of ice

 

Blend everything together in a blender and pour over ice (optional)
Enjoy your moment of bliss x

summer lookbook

writer: Emma ranne
pictures: Pihla Laine & Emma Ranne

 

I love thrift shopping. To me it feels like being on an ever lasting treasure hunt. Sometimes it can take months (even years) before you find what you are after, but once you come accross the perfect piece, in the perfect size and at an affordable price, you basically feel like as if you have won the lottery. 

 

since spending this summer at what's your legacy i've come across a lot of new beautiful sustainable clothing brands. As Most sustainable brands are a little pricier i think it's fun to balance it out with the cheaper thrifted pieces. when shopping from a sustainable brand feels more like investing in something i know i'll love for years to come, the fun side of trying and experimenting can be kept in the fashion game through taking more risks when thrifting.


 

mesh tote bag
thrifted tennis shoes

emma

Dress: The Acey
Shoes: Matt + Nat
Bag: Pihla's UFF find, Helsinki
 

pihla

Dress: Vintage Humana, Tallinn
Bag: Fankadelik vintage, Tallinn
Shoes: my mum's old pair she was going to throw away
Earrings: can't remember but I've had them for a long long time

steamy lion

WRITER: Ona rihu
PICTURE: Ona rihu 

Steamy August is filling us with literal steam, while Finland is turning into a jungle with these weathers. For our co-creator Catarina Böckerman this feels home, like she’s back at the jungle where her heart calls her over and over again. This chica is filled with lust over exploring this planet. Her passion drips over her when she talks about all things her heart is filled with. Let me introduce you to our girl behind the magic August lion. 

What makes your heart beat like a drum? 

To be able to call this earth my home, our home. To share and inspire others. Remind people of their divinity, their powers, their magic. That gives me shivers, to remind, cause we all got the jazz in us, if we just recognise and honour it. 

 

Your favourite unwinding afternoon? 

Ohh, day dreaming with my soul tribe. To just let our hearts speak out, speak loud, be heard. To watch the stars, and wonder how magical this all is, how we are literally made out of stardust and to remind myself of that, always calms me down. Living from that space, well that space has only love and trust with zero stress involved. 

 

Best thing of being a female? 

All! I love females, love being one. Females are just pure magic. We are a true reflection of the mother earth. Of her cycles, from winter to autumn to spring and to summer. When we remember that we are cyclic -that this earth is cyclic, and truly live honouring all the different cycles, well that’s fairy land right there. 

 

A little bird told me that you’re yoga teacher now, how that happened? 

Well, Bali called me again. This time for the teacher training. I felt like that’s what my heart wished for. So after crazy money saving hassle in Finland, I was back at the jungle. That month was just pure bliss, with so much emotions running though my veins, so much depth and remembrance occurred to me. Best experience of my life.

How you honour the wild in you? 

Well my dear, this one has been on my active challenge list lately. As I let go of binge alcohol drinking and the parties I used to went to, I thought that would do it, that the wild side in me would just calm down. Well that wasn’t as simple as I thought it to be. We all have different levels of wilderness is us. Back in the days, partying was the way I let her loose, crazy and wild. But ever since I let that go, the wild in me has been craving for tension, for action, for wilderness. I understood how important it is to honour all the sides in us. So dancing has become one of my priorities. I also let the wild loose with days where I have no plans, I just let her take me to places. I’m still figuring this one out thought, but lately she’s been taken care of, the wild in me. With singing, dancing, wine classes, maca, soulful humans, soulful music, days without rules. I can feel her presence again. 

 

Soundtrack of your life right now?

Sweet time, Raveena <3

 

Soul blowing book? 

Wild power, all things about that remembrance and honour of the cyclic world. All from managing your energy accordingly to learning to chart your menstruation cycle. My holy book right now. 

 

Much sparkles and love to your way, Catarina.

Mariela Sarkima (FIN)

kirjoittaja: ona rihu
Kuva: Mariela Sarkima

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Mariela Sarkima on arvostettu kauneuden moniosaaja, kauneusvideoiden-ja tapahtumien tuottaja sekä kokonaisvaltaisen hyvinvoinnin lähettiläs. Marielan voit tänä kesänä bongata muun muassa Magnesia festareilta!  Pääsin kysymään tältä supernaiselta pari kutkuttavaa kysymystä ja taisin itsekin saada tärkeitä elämänohjeita samalla. 

Mariela, sulla on ollut pitkä ura kauneuden parissa. Tällä hetkellä teemoina tuntuu olevan vahvasti kokonaisvaltainen hyvinvointi ja naiseus. Onko elämässäsi tapahtunut jokin suuri muutos vai ovatko nämä aiheet olleet aina lähellä sydäntäsi?

M: Ovat. Meikkaajan ja kampaajan ammatissa olen tehnyt paljon naisten kanssa töitä ja meikkaajan tuoliin istuessa onkin vähän kuin pääsisi psykologin puheille. Iso osa ammatista on myös huolien kuuntelua ja omien kokemusten ja vinkkien jakoa. Uran alkuajoilta asti takaraivossa on ollut ajatus että joku päivä teen naisten parissa jotain pintaa syvemmällä. 

Kerro vähän tulevaisuuden näkymistä, miltä syksy näyttää sinulle?

M: Mulla on tässä kehitteillä muutama erittäin mielenkiintoinen projekti. MeNaisten ja Sanoman kanssa tuleva elokuussa julkaistava projekti keskittyy tukemaan kokonaisvaltaista hyvinvointia. Projektiin kuuluu videoita, bloggaamista, fb-livejä, somea ja liikkumista eri muodoissa. Tulen myös kirjoittamaan MeNaisiin 8 viikon palstaa! Eli tämä on kuin kahdeksan viikon matka omaan itseeni.
Multa löytyy myös oma sivuni kokonainen.fi joka on vielä kehitteillä mutta se keskittyy myös vahvasti naisten yhteisöllisyyteen ja naiseuteen. 
Ja elokuun Magnesiassa pitämäni Kokonainen-workshop tietenkin!

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Mitä elämänviisauksia antaisit 20-vuotiaalle itsellesi?

M: Ensimmäisenä tulee mieleen sanoa, että älä ota niin kovia paineita siitä että pitäisi olla "jotakin". Muutin itse 21-vuotiaana ulkomaille ja 24 vuotiaana takaisin tullessani koin että nyt minun pitää näyttää kaikille ja “olla jo jotakin”. Kovan paineen alla unohtaa helposti pitää huolta omasta kehosta ja mielestä. 
Myös uuden “someaikakauden” myötä tullut paine ja "fomo" ovat myös asioita jotka toivoisin nuorten naisten voivan välttää. Kokoajan ei tarvitse olla “jotain” ja näyttää jollekkin.
Itse mietin, mistä haluaisin jäädä eläkkeelle. Haluaisinko jäädä eläkkeelle aivan puhki stressaantuneena vaiko elämästä nauttineena ja omia haaveita toteuttaneena? 

Mikä inspiroi sinua?

M: Olen aina ollut hyvä inspiroitumaan. Ihmiset inspiroivat minua valtavasti. Voisin istua kahvilassa tuntikaupalla ja tuijotella ohikulkevia ihmisiä.
Nyt pienen elämänmuutoksen ja henkisen polkuni myötä aistini ovat herkistyneet ja nykyään saatan inspiroitua sadepisaroiden kauniista kuvioista lätäkössä tai kauniin taivaan sävyistä.  Musiikki ja äänet ovat myös todella inspiroivia. 

Milloin sinä tunnet itsesi kauneimmaksi?

M: Kauneimmaksi tunnen itseni silloin kun olen onnellinen. Usein aamulla. Ei ehkä ihan joka aamu, mutta kuitenkin. Koen vahvasti että kauneus tulee sisältä. Silloin kun olet rauhallinen, varma itsestäsi. Tähän kun vielä yhdistää jonkun rakkaus- elementin, joko itsestä kumpuavan tai toisesta ihmisestä niin silloin tuntuu että hehkuu.

Pidät elokuun Magnesia- festareilla hyvinvointi & kauneus workshopin- Kokonainen. Kerro siitä vähän!

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M: Olen itse monesti kipuillut tämän kokonaisuuden kanssa. Usein asiaan liittyy vähän dualistista ajattelua - jos olen kaunis, ei voi olla fiksu, jos tykkää meikistä, ei voi olla henkinen yms. Vuosien aikana olen tajunnut että kyseessä on nimenomaan koko paketista. Kauneus hehkuu aina sisältäpäin. Jos olet onnellinen, se kyllä aina näkyy.
Tämä ei silti onnistu hokemalla jotain tiettyä onnellisuusmantraa. Se pitää oikeasti tehdä ja tuntea. Tästä on workshopissa kyse.
Mukana on ihanan Weledan luonnolliset ihonhoitotuotteet, yhdistän workshopiin omaa tietämystäni kauneusalalta sekä  Kundaliini-Shakti Flown pehmeät liikkeet ja hengityksen.  Herätellään Naiseutta. Vedän workshopin todella rauhallisesti, eli minkäänlaista kokemusta ei tarvita. Meditatiivisen liikkeen kautta pääsee tekemään myös ihonhoitoa, eli päästään leikkimään ihanilla öljyillä ja hoidoilla. 

kiitos ihana mariela. onko sulla itselläsi vielä jotain mietteitä mitä haluaisit tuoda esille? 

M: Näiden uusien projektieni kautta haluan olla läsnä ja lähellä. Entinen esillä olemisen tuoma oman tilan “suojeluvaisto” on hävinnyt kokonaan. Saan voimaa siitä kun ihmiset jakavat, ja tulevat puhumaan kanssani avoimesti.  Niin monilla naisilla on kuitenkin samat asiat käsittelyssä ikää tai paikkakuntaa katsomatta. Haluan puhua asioista ääneen ja kuulla mitä muilla naisilla on sanottavana. 

 

flower power

writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Ona Rihu

The festival season is here - and we are ready.

This look is all-natural, gorgeous and unique, perfect for any occasion where you want to be just a little bit extra.
Start with a glowy and well moisturized face, brush out your brows and curl your lashes -your base is ready. 

The key product

here is Babe Balm by BYBI beauty. This product is designed to be an organic alternative to the well known 8 hour cream. It's rich, thick and extremely moisturizing. 
Apply the balm on your cheekbones, lips and eyelids to get an even glow. Then apply a second, thicker layer to those places where you want to put the flowers.

the flowers

I'm using Violets. Their delicate leaves are perfect for this!
Choose your flower and remove the hard stem. The petals might start to separate but try to keep them together and use tweezers if needed.
Place the flower on top of the balm and press lightly so the petals are attatched to your skin. Gently go through the petals with your fingers to make sure they're all evenly coated with the balm and rearrange them if needed. Polish the look with face mist and you're good to go!
Note: You'll have to be a bit careful with this as we are not using glue. The flowers will stay in place if they're "wet" enough and you don't touch them. You might want to keep a pocket mirror with you in case you need to do some touch ups during the day! 

Products used

Babe balm
Supercharge serum
Face Mist
 


 

 flower makeup - natural
magnesia festival

writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Matti Keski-Kohtamäki

I want to introduce to you one of the highlights of my summer in Finland, a 3-day yoga and wellness festival on the beautiful island of Lonna.
 Magnesia - Heartful Island Festival.
This festival is not ordinary. It's programme is filled with wellness workshops, talks, yoga and dance. It brings likeminded people together to enjoy a weekend full of valuable experiences, sharing and learning. Bringing together some of the top instructors and experts - from Finland and abroad, Magnesia truly is an experience you don't want to miss!
What I learned last year in Magnesia is that there is no standards you need to pass to be a part of the community. It doesn't matter if you're a yoga enthusiast or a beginner, what matters is a shared seed of interest in holistic living and health. This is what makes the festival so special, everyone is simply letting their guard down and enjoying the moment. 

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Here's some of our faves from the programme:

Sauna Sisters Story Sharing workshop by Reetta Ranta
KOKONAINEN wellbeing & beauty-workshop with Weleda by Mariela Sarkima
The Impermanent Flow - A Creative Sequence by Matilda Mannström
Acro Yoga Workshop by Timo Kurvi
The Tao of Dating - The Modern Woman's Guide to Loving and Being Loved by Ali Binazir

We hope to see you there!

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bybi beauty

Writer: Ona Rihu
Pictures: Ona Rihu

BYBI Beauty is an English skincare line that almost sounds too good to be true. 100% vegan, using all natural ingredients and exotic oil blends to make your skin glow. + their packaging is adorable and mostly biodegradeable! 

Made by women

Founded by natural beauty industry experts Elsie and Dominika from Clean Beauty Collection, BYBI skincare is a brand created with insight. No fillers or diluted ingredients used. 

Our favorites:

Supercharge serum has more than 18 different botanical oils- and extracts. It's designed to feel almost like a dry oil, soft and pampering but with fast-absorbtion.

"A concentration of Squalane, Prickly Pear and Jasmine oils moisturise, soften and encourage skin cell rejuvenation.
Meadowfoam, Poppy Seed and Lemongrass oils work to balance and even skin tone, for all day bright complexions." 

Babe balm: I've had a hard time finding an organic thick multi-purpose balm to replace my old one. But I can gladly say i've finally found the one.

I use it on my lips, hands and any dry areas. I also love to dab some on my cheekbones for a glossy & dewy look! 

Buffer & Plumper

This is probably the cutest pair of skincare I've ever seen. 
Delicious (but not for eating) sugar & strawberry lip scrub for a smooth canvas

Cooling lip balm that gives you a plump look using peppermint and blood orange essential oils. Let the shea butter wonder work it's magic! 
 

photo diary - natural high healing festival (FIN)

kirjoittaja: Ona Rihu

 

Vietimme ihanan sunnuntain Catarinan kanssa Narvilinnassa, Natural High Healing Festivaleilla. Olisi ollut upeaa kokea koko viikonloppu mutta tänä vuonna aikataulujen vuoksi sunnuntai sai riittää. Ensi vuonna ehdottomasti vietämme enemmän aikaa festareilla. 
Kun saavuimme alueelle, meidät otti vastaan hymyjen ja ystävällisten kasvojen meri. Alue oli koristeltu läpikohtaisin kauniilla kukilla, taiteella ja runoudella. Alueella on monia eri tiloja, joissa osassa järjestetään workshoppeja, luentoja, ecstatic danceja, meditaatiota, joogaa, ja paljon muuta. Kaikki ruoka oli vegaanista ja niiin herkulllista. Söimme mm. vegaanipizzaa ja pannareita!
Alueella oli myös erilaisia kojuja joissa eri alojen artesaanit möivät mm. käsintehtyä saippuaa, luonnonkosmetiikkaa, suitsukkeita ja suklaata. You name it, it was there. Alueella oli niin paljon tutkittavaa että ehdimme sunnuntaina vain yhteen workshopiin! - Violeta Labellan pitämään Yoni Egg Magic workshopiin. Niin paljon uutta tietoa ja upeita naisia.
Siitäkin workshopista meinasimme tosin myöhästyä koska halusimme käydä moikkaamassa paikallisia biisoneita, oops!
Vaikka tämän vuoden kokemus jäi hieman lyhyeksi, se jätti valtavan onnellisuuden tunteen molemmille koko illaksi. Suosittelemme siis festaria kaikille lämmöllä. Kaikista parasta oli ihmisten onnelliset hymyt ja turvallinen fiilis alueella. Voin vain kuvitella miten upeaa olisi viettää kesäyö kokon ympärille rakennetuissa tiipiissä, saunanraikkaana ja ihanien ihmisten ympäröivänä.  Until next year <3

 

plant dyes

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

Natural dyes go way back to when our ancestors needed those beautiful coloured dresses for their hot date nights. When we choose to use mama earth's natural colours over synthetic colours, we choose to create harmony over pollution. Colouring with natural colours is actually simpler than you would think. A beautiful company Fragmentario brought this ancient mama earth loving way of colouring back to our remembrance. I tested the easy peasy plant dye kit from Fragmentario to get my first touch to the world of plant dyes. So next time you're shopping get curious of how your finds have been dyed. Or maybe you feel like diving into the world of natural dyes yourself! If so let me give you the basics of natural dyeing to get you started. 

The basic process of plant dyeing,

  • Throughly soak the fabric that you want to dye. This allows the fabric to absorb the dye more easily.

  • Add your choice of raw material or extract for the colour to a pot of water. Make sure you have enough water to completely submerge your fabric.
  • Add the soaked fabric to the dye bath and bring the pot to a simmer. Routinely stir your dye bath for an even colour. The time required over heat depends on several factors. Most fabrics can be simmered in the dye bath for a couple hours and then left to rest for another period of time. 
  • The fabric will dry lighter than it appears when wet. Remove the fabric when you think it has reached the desired colour (don't worry too much you can always give it another color bath if you're not 100% happy with the achieved hue)
  • Thoroughly rinse the fabric in cold water to remove any excess dye that isn't fixed to the fabric. Hang to drie and wear it with love.

 

Get your hands dirty and dive deep into the world of plant dye,

Wild Colour, the complete guide to making and using natural dyes - Jenny Dean

The modern natural dyer - Kristine Vejar

Harvesting natural colour, how to find plants and make natural dyes - Rebecca Burgess

natural high healing festival

writer: Catarina Böckerman
Picture: Catarina böckerman, Natural High Healing Festival

Europe’s festival season is here and we are starting it off this weekend 5-8.7 with  natural high healing festival. This conscious festival is all about getting high from love. Oh yes, we’re gonna tap into our higher state of being on this festival. It’s kinda like that meditation you were able to stay in at the end of the yoga class for a couple of minutes, but double that calmness and abundance with a thousand.  The festival is held in the middle of Finland's forests, in beautiful Narvilinna.
"Natural High Healing Festival was born out of pure love of bringing people together in the Finnish summer. Out of love for connection, the one we all long for in one way or another – connection to nature, creativity, the heart, light, and happiness." 
The festival is all about bringing people together in a peaceful 4-day festival where you might feel sparks of magic, find new friends and get to know yourself on a whole other level. 
We hope to see all you beautiful beings there.

 

Get ready FOR

yoni talks

Cuddle parties

Shameless salsa

Opening the womb

Wild greens

Conscious dating

All kinds of yoga and sound healing

Sauna

Hot night bar

cleansing your chakras

cuddling sheep and ponies

meet the illustrator - Maybelle Jones-Nettey

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
ILLUSTRATION: Maybelle

 

I sat down with this absolutely gorgeous crab lady, who illustrated July's illustration for us. Her presence is strong and grounding. You can feel her passion to make this world more authentic and community centered. Let me share our afternoon talk from spirit animals to creating a more conscious party scene in Helsinki. 

To change and shake the idea of perfectionism. The stretch marks and curvy figure were all very much intentional. It’s time to embrace all of us. It’s time to stop idealising perfectionism. 

3 favourite feelings?

Trust, to be trusted by others. 

Community, to be part of a loving and supporting community. 

Taking care of others. 

Your favourite quality of yourself? 

Persistence, in moderation though. I always aim to be persistent with my goals and in life in general, but I'm a huge advocate for knowing when to stop. We can easily  be so obsessed over the destination that the journey totally loses its meaning. I would say it's Sisu with enjoyment and common sense. To enjoy  being in the moment.

Childhood dream?

Oh, Diana Ross. She was my idol, probably still is. I used to dance to her music all day. She is just magical. 

Spirit animal?

Whales. Just think about it, sing, swim and eat all day long. That's a good life over there. They are also very communal mammals and community is so much, so important. 

Favourite Summer day? 

In order to truly get the most of the moment, it would have to be spontaneous. A day at sea, would deffinately  warm my heart and relax me. 

Conscious actions you wish all of us would take?

To question it all. To question the social norm and ask what do you want? Are you  speed racing through life, being someone that someone told you to be. Give yourself time.

Safe space dancing spot? Share a little bit about that, 

We  wanted a safe, community kinda space where everyone would have the freedom to be as they are without unwanted attention or harassment. We also wanted to encourage and support emerging artists and increase diversity  in the local party scene.  We created MYÖS to experiment in collective ways  of organising events and workshops. Each one teach one -for us by us. Our second event is actually on Wednesday, come join us. 

 

the art of slow mornings

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

 Banana toast, coffee and flowers

In my perfect world every day would start with the tone of a kind slow Sunday morning. Waking up to warm sun rays and setting the tea kettle on first after some easy juicy wake up yoga while listening to your favourite morning tunes. I’ve always been a lover of mornings and I like to treat mine with care and time. It’s been my mission to add a little bit of Sunday morning feel to every morning and steer away from that early rush that way too easily sticks with you all day long. 

How to give yourself a sweeter start to the day? Here are some tiny changes which you can try to add to your morning routine, just to see what happens. You can experiment and ease them into your life by trying them out one by one. Or of course go full in and try them all at once. Pick your least favourite morning of the week to start with and explore the new tones that you can give it. 

Set your alarm clock a little earlier and instead of snoozing pick a tip or two from the list that fit the amount of time you have. The time indicators are there for you to see how easy you can make some little changes to even the most rushed starts of the day.

 

tiny Morning upgrades:

5 min or less

  1. Put on some easy breezy morning tunes. Create a morning playlist of your own, or try this one (30 sec). If you have a record player, maybe put a record on to add some extra festive feel.
  2. Leave your phone for now, maybe even put it on air plane mode. You can check what’s going on just a little later.
  3. Make your bed. Straight away. And open the window and let the fresh air in. You’ll already feel a little more ready for the day (1 min.)
  4. Try writing morning pages. Have a journal next to your bed and once you wake up just write down some lines that you have on your mind (5 min)
  5. Morning meditation. Start experimenting with a guided meditation sessions on apps like Headspace (5 min)
  6. Add some feeling to your brekkie by lighting a candle. An easy upgrade for Mondays, especially on those gloomy winter mornings (20 sec)
  7. Add a few drops of fresh essential oil like orange or eucalyptus to your diffuser. If you don’t have a diffuser you could try to add a drop on your skin on either your wrist, or behind your ear (20 sec)
  8. Pick your outfit for the day the night before or make sure you have that back up outfit hanging ready in your closet that works every time. We all have been in that situation where you’ve left home with a chaos in front of your closet and not liking what your wearing.
  9. Tidy up your room. Take the extra 5 min to feel on top of your game when you leave your home and create that cozy feeling for you to come back home to (5 min)
     

and a little more

  1. Morning yoga. Some easy sun salutations on your own or exploring new stretches with the help of for example this. (15+ min)
  2. Treat breakfast with time (30 min). Try new recipes and on those days when you know you won’t have any extra time for in the kitchen you can try and prep your brekkie the night before.
  3. Read a book. While having breakfast or while slowly waking up in bed. (10 min - 30 min)
  4. Get some fresh air. Go for a morning run and calibrate your energy for the day. If you don’t like running, try an easy morning walk (30 min)

 

Simple little changes and adds like these can create a whole new feel to mornings, reduce the feel of stress and give a calmer mood to the whole day ahead. Explore and try out. Picture your perfect morning and try to add bits and pieces of it to every start of the day. Once you discover what wotks for you it's time to give it a consistent spot in your morning routine.  Consciously let your love for the early hours grow a little.