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5 tips for how to survive the winter

writer: Emma Ranne
picture: Emma Ranne

Eira, Helsinki Winter

Here in Finland we only have a couple of hours of light during the gloomiest months of the winter. Not seeing that much of the sun and missing out on those few hours of light when at work or school, will of course have some effect on your energy levels. 

How can you boost your winter time energy to keep you going no matter how dark, cold and wet it is out there? We gathered our best tips, that work for us when (most of the time) thriving through the Finnish winter. 

Now it’s of course starting to get lighter and lighter day by day, but I though this would still be nice to share with you even though we’re about to shift from winter to spring soon.

 

1. Chase the light

Try to catch those few light hours by going out during the day. Even if just for a tiny 10 minute walk (if school or work is holding you back), it will make an instant difference. It doesn’t even matter if the sun isn’t out, just the fresh breeze and that bit of natural light will do.

 

2. Cozy up

Accept the winter as it is and make the most out of it. Horrible weather outside? Gather your friends, light up some candles and host a cozy little curry night. To add some extra fun you could throw in some board games as well. It’s completely ok (and very much human) to not feel energized at all times. Allow yourself more sleep, take it easy, and try to create some extra coziness whenever and wherever you can.

 

3. But stay active

This is as important as to allow yourself to get cozy: stay active. Go for a walk, hit the gym, do some yoga. When your blood gets flowing and your heart pumping you will soon feel reborn. Chase those endorphins even though you might need to push it a little on those pitch black rainy mornings.

 

4. Vitamin D

This is something I should definitely up my game in and take better care of. In the summer vitamin D comes provided by the sun, but in the winter you can’t quite rely on that. Don’t forget to introduce vitamin D supplements to your daily food palette during the darker months! In Finland the recommendation for adults varies from a daily 10-30 micro gram vitamim D boost, from the start of September to the end of April. Vitamin D supplements aren't always vegan so be sure to check that with the pharmasist. Here's one good option by Terranova.

 

5.  Light therapy

We Finns just don’t give in and go on with full ‘‘sisu’’ when it comes to the darkness. If there’s no sun light to wake us up, we’ll just take care of it ourselves. Light therapy lamps have during the past few years become a gadget found in almost every Finnish home. It’s a lamp that is as bright as natural light, and can be used in the mornings and during the day to wake up your body and make it believe it’s day and not night (as that’s what your body thinks when it’s dark out there). The thought of having an artificial sun might sound a bit sad, but even though my slightly critical preassumptions I’ve found this to be one of the most effective tools to tackle the winter dip.

By now I’m just really really looking forward to the warmer months. I miss the sun, long days and my summer warderobe. But hey we’re getting there!
Meanwhile…What is your favourite winter survival tip?

 

7 tips for thrift shopping

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Reformation vintage shop in LA

It was back in high school when I first got into thrift shopping. Back then it was more about it being an affordable way to explore and experiment with the world of fashion I had recently got into.

These days buying 2nd hand is of much more meaning to me than it just being more cost effective for the warderobe (which is a nice plus of course). There’s the sustainability aspect which would definitely be reason #1 for me to buy things 2nd hand. I also like the idea of the pieces being more unique and often the materials are a bit more durable too (I mean if the item has already lasted for a bunch of years it would last for a couple more).

Thrift shopping is a little like going on treasure hunt and you never know what you will find (if anything). Even though buying things 2nd hand is a lot about patience and consistency, I think there are definitely some tricks and tips that can make it a little easier to find than one item you’ve been looking for for months. I hope you can find a trick or two from the list down below to help you get a little closer to finding those perfectly fitting washed vintage Levi’s Jeans (which I still am after. It’s been years…)

The 7 keys to success in thrift shopping

  1. Do your research. Chek out with your local thrift shops when they have their re-stock days and, try to go when all the new treasures have just been layed out. One of my favourtie thrift shops here in Finland is UFF. They re-stock about every 1,5 months and I’ve made really good finds by going on the re-stock morning. The most recent re-stock for all UFF shops was on Monday 12.11. You can sign up for their news letter to stay up to date on what’s coming up and when the sales and re-stock are.

  2. When you go, go as hands free as possible so you can easily browse through the clothes. Wear something comfy that is easy for when you’re trying on the things. Don’t forget to bring your own tote bag to carry your new treasures home in.

  3. Have a clear vision for what it is that you are looking for (but don’t shut your eyes from the other possibilities you could come accross. It’s fun to explore and experiment with clothes!) I have a ‘‘wish list’’ in my phone notes which I like to look back to to keep on track of what I feel like I’m needing in my closet. I also tend to scroll through my pinterest board just before I go to have a clear vision of what I want.

  4. 2nd hand clothing often being quite a bit cheaper can trick you to buying things a little more impulsively.
    When you find something you like, ask yourself the following questions:
    - Does it actually fit? How likely are you actually going to be to get around to DIY the amendmends that the piece needs?
    - Have a critical look at the materials label and inspect the item for any faults.
    - Does the piece match your warderobe and style? Try to think of at least 3 outfits you could put together with the item.

  5. Be sure to check out the men’s/ boys’ section too. Hello hello hello oversized blazers, woolen sweaters, coats and shirts. It took me years to discover this.

  6. Thirft shopping is something that craves to be done regularly. Swing by every couple of weeks or so, so you’ll have a bigger chance of succeeding in your treasure hunt for that one certain piece you’ve been after.

  7. Bring a friend along for more fun and to be that someone that can tell you if you can actually pull off that one boldly colourful 80s coat or whether crosses the line of being a bit too extravaganza. Update your friends on your wishlist so you can keep eye out for each other too.

Let us know your best tips for thrift shopping and what your best buy has been! You can either comment down below or pop us a DM on Instagram <3

30 days of journaling

writer: emma ranne
Picture: Emma Ranne

journaling, pineapple plants and crystals&nbsp;

Journaling is a great way to keep your mind and ideas organized, to get your creativity flowing and to reflect on your mood, dreams and thoughts. It can help you discover new things about yourself. What are the things you feel passionate about? What do you actually dream of? What makes you happy?

The more you write the better you get at it, but getting started can sometimes feel tough. But what do people even write about? We’ve made a list of 30 journaling prompts to encourage you to just give it a go. Get an empty journal and try to fill at least a page a day. If you find it hard to find time for your writing you could try and make it a part of your morning or evening habits. Put your phone away, put some nice tunes on, brew a cup of tea and for a moment just focus on your thoughts and pour them on a piece of paper.

 

30 days of journaling

  1. How did you feel when you first woke up today? Do you remember any bits and pieces from what you dreamt last night?

  2. Describe with lots of details what your perfect day would be like.

  3. Set 3 goals for this month and write a plan on how you’ll achieve them.

  4. What is something that you would love to do more, and what is stopping you from doing it. What could you do about this?

  5. What new skill would you love to learn?

  6. Pick a random song (put your playlist on shuffle and go with the third one). Close your eyes and listen. What do you see and feel?

  7. What were your favorite things to do as a child?

  8. Think of a city you have wanted to visit for some time. Describe how the city feels, what you see, hear and smell. What would your daily routine look like if you were there. Is there anything in your list of things that you could do today to create some holiday feel in your own city?

  9. Write a letter to someone you love

  10. What are your 10 favorite songs at the moment?

  11. What inspires you at the moment?

  12. Write about a fail in your love life.

  13. Go to the library and pick a bunch of random books. Go sit in a nook and look just at the words. Fill a page with those words that capture your eye.

  14. Do some research of a topic that interests you. Maybe photography, a brand, crystals, a famous architect. Write a little brief of what you learned.

  15. Write about something that puts your mind down on a regular basis by annoying or just bothering you? What could you do to minimize this?

  16. Write about a book that made an impact on you.

  17. What kind of things do you like to take photos of?

  18. What would your perfect brunch be like? What would you cook? Who would you invite? Where would you organize it?

  19. Write about a perfect summer day you experienced last summer.

  20. What have you learned in the past year?

  21. Imagine your dream home. Where would it be? How would it feel? Write about it in detail.

  22. Write a short story about a stranger you noticed today.

  23. Make a list of 10 things that make you happy.

  24. Collect your favorite quotes on this page. Which one fits your mood the best at the moment?

  25. What is would your dream job be like? Don’t label it with a name. Write about the things you’d love to be doing.

  26. If you were a shop owner, what would you sell?

  27. Write down the perfect cafe playlist. Put it on and fix a warm drink for yourself.

  28. Pick a color and try paying extra attention to it today. Where do you spot the color?

  29. What stresses you at the moment. Write a plan for how to deal with these things.

  30. What is the most beautiful thing you can think of? Go abstract. 

 
diy: eucalyptus wreath

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Eucalyptus wreath DIY

Wreaths are surprisingly quick and easy to make yourself. All you need is a pair of pliers, some wire and something green to bind onto it. I went for eucalyptus just to keep it simple, plus I love the scent as it reminds me of the Australian bush.

Make your own plant art work for on the wall. I mean more is more when it comes to plants at home, right? This could also be a nice DIY gift idea to show that one lovely friend of yours some appreciation. 
 

how:

you need:

  • a few eucalyptus branches. even just one will do if it’s one of those that consists of many of the smaller branches with little leaves.

  •  0,5mm wire

  • thin wire (the thinner the better)

  • pliers that you can use for shaping and cutting the wire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. From the 0,5mm wire cut a piece to be the base of your wreath. Mine was about 40 cm long and I bended it slightly into a curvy shape. You could make yours smaller or larger and play around with different shapes. Make tiny hoops at both ends so you have something to attach the piece of string to
     

  2. Trim the tiny branches from your eucalyptus. Start fastening them to the your wire base by binding them on it with the thinner wire. You could for example use wire that is meant for making jewelry or walk into your local flower shop like me and ask if they could sell you some of the wire they use for their wreaths.
     

  3. The wreath is ready when you like the look of it. You can go for a bold one with lots of green, or just keep it very simple. It’s entirely up to you.
     

  4. Attach the string to both of the hoops you made with the pliers, and it’s ready to be put on the wall.

 

For some extra wreath crafting inspiration, check our wreath board on Pinterest
(yes, I just made a Pin board, fully dedicated to wreaths, because wreaths are cool.)

on how to love the sea.
 

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Turku Archipelagio at sunrise in Finland

a tiny guide on how to give the sea some more love

 

For me one of the most soothing things I can think of is being in the pressence of the sea. Nothing makes me feel as calm and free as going to the coast, to see what the waves are up to. Their mood varies from boldly wild to serenely still and it never looks quite the same, which is exactly what I adore about it.

Here in Finland we all know that our Baltic Sea is, well we could say sea sick. The beautifully calm blue has been declared to be one of the world’s most vulnerable and polluted waters, which is obviously pretty sad news. How did we end up in a situation like this, and is there anything we could do about it? How can we love our seas, in a way that they can feel too?

The Baltic Sea is pretty closed up and surrounded by nine (!) countries. That makes 85 million people, from whom some rely on a clean sea for their incomes and others, like me, simply value its nature as a surrounding that eases the mind. The sea water is so called brackish water, a mix of salty water from the North East Atlantic and sweet water from the rivers surrounding it. Because of this quality the Baltic Sea has a stunningly unique ecosystem, but on the down side it’s also the factor that makes it so very vulnerable.

The problems are caused by a list of things: over-fishing, pollution from human pressures causing eutrophication, and also the effects of climate change that become more evident year after year after year. It’s a small, relatively closed sea used in many ways by many parties and we all know what this means for the flora and fauna of these waters.

 

yeah, ok I GET IT...  BUT WHAT CAN I DO?

It can feel quite overwhelming to start thinking about the size and realness of the problem. What can one person, or even just one nation do to help the sea out when 85 million people are more or less directly tangled in its issues?
 

 You could donate some money to for example WWF, which as an organization is putting a lot of time and energy towards a cleaner Baltic Sea. Donating money however isn’t the only way to help. We’ve put together a list with a variety of concrete things you could do. Pick out the ways that fit your situation the best. Every bit and piece counts. Even if it’s just a little, if it’s done out of love and concern towards the waters it does matter.

Also these tips count for other waters too no matter where you are. Give love to the sea or ocean that's close to you.


1. EAT SEA FRIENDLier FOOD

  •  Not consuming fish at all is of course the optimal way to go if you ask us, but if it’s a part of your diet be sure to only eat the kind that is not endangered. 

  • Also consumption of meat affects the sea. The productions causes a great amount of manure, which is a major source of the nutrients that cause eutrophication. You can check the documentary ’’Cowspiracy’' on Netflix, it’ll tell you more about this.
     

2. TRY TO GO A LITTLE MORE ZERO WASTE

  •  Try to minimize the amount of waste you create. A good start is to just start paying attention to it. When you’re aware of the amount, it’s quite likely that you become more mindful about it. 

  •  Reduce, reuse and recycle. Just do it, you know why. Garbage is choking the seas, and we have all seen pictures of sea birds and fish that are entangled in plastic bits and strings. Also when looked at the big picture and the oceans of the world, you’ve probably heard of the Great Pacific garbage patch. It’s a real thing and it's pretty bad.

  • By all means I really think you should wear sunscreen, but you could try to opt for sea safe brands. Researchers estimate that 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers annually in the waters worldwide. The ingredients in the sunscreens we use are killing algae, which is an important part of the ecosystems of the waters.
     

3. TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS

  • Opt for eco-friendly and sulphate free labels, especially if you are to use the products when going to the coast and maybe dipping in for a swim.

  • If at your summer cottage (The most Scandinavian way of spending your summer days), never pour soap water directly into the waters. 
     

4. SPREAD THE LOVE

  • Remind the people around you that there’s still a lot of beautiful blue left that we can save. There’s a lot you can do on your own, but the more people the merrier and the better the situation will eventually get. When at sea be aware of its vulnerability. Never throw anything in the water, don’t leave waste at the beach and treat the sea and its habitants with respect. 
     

5. Tell me MORE!

going plant based
 

writer: Emma Ranne
picture: Emma Ranne

Vegan Breakfast and flowers

so... Can I just like go for it?

Congratulations! You have decided to go plant based and are about to discover a whole new world of delicious foods. Something has sparked your inspiration to give up all animal products and to start living what they call: ’’the vegan life’’.

But how do you do it? Where should you start? At the start everything can feel a little overwhelming. All of a sudden there are whole new aspects to the food you consume: you become more aware of its origins and ingredients, need to gain information about how to nourish yourself with a different palette of foods and face lots of social encounters where people all of a sudden become very interested and opinionated about what you put on your plate.

Well no need to worry, you don’t have to deal with all of this on your own. We’ve put together a little how to guide that will get you started.

 

What is a plant based diet? Am I like only going to munch on kale?

A plant based diet consists of only plant based foods. Basically when you go plant based you give up meat, fish, dairy, eggs and other animal products such as honey and switch them to legumes, fruits, grains, nuts, beans and such. It might sound a bit challenging at first, if animal products have been a solid part of your eating habits up until now, but soon you’ll discover a whole new world of surprisingly limitless options. Fun fact: it’s estimated that there are about 50 000 to 80 000 different kinds of edible plants in the world, and I bet you haven’t tried them all. What first might seem like narrowing down your diet, can actually turn out to be a broadening of your food horizons.

 

How do I do the actual switch?

Some people switch their diet in one night. Some need more time. There are many ways to go vegan and if you find it a bit challenging to make such a change in one go, you don’t have to do so. Maybe you are still pondering if this is your thing. Well babe, take your time. In the end it’s all up to you, and you’ll see what works best in your case. You’ve already taken a little step (I mean you would not be still reading this if you weren’t even slightly considering you could maybe do this switch).

Here are some ideas for how you can discover the vegan world, in baby steps. You'll have all control without there being a need for you to commit to anything (in the end, your're not getting married to anyone here, you’re just considering making a diet switch... for the better!)

 

Cow in Meerenwijk Holland

1. every vegan meal counts

Like really. Every single one of them. You could start with having one vegan day a week or a plant based meal a day. This will allow you to slowly build it up, get familiar with options and discover new recipes at a convenient pace that works for you.

 

2. Drop it one by one

You could also just start by giving up the animal products one by one. Maybe start off with dropping meat, then when you’re comfortable with that you can leave out the eggs and after that the dairy. This allows you to slowly build up your new eating habits and gives you time to consider replacers for each product one by one.
 

 

3. Ehhh... but how do I deal with giving up dairy?

Giving up dairy...how does one do that? This is most often found to be the hardest part. ’’Ehm yeah cool but how on earth can you give up cheese’’, is probably the most commonly asked question right after ’’where do you get your protein from’’ that new vegans face. Milk is easy. There’s tons of tasty alternatives out there ranging from almond to oat milk and so on. Cheese has quite a central role in many western cuisines and we are used to it being a part of almost any meal. Just start discovering alternatives. Put hummus or for example tahini on your sandwich, start using nutritional yeast on top of pastas, check out recipes from other cuisines like Asian and Indian where cheese isn’t a star ingredient and you could even try out vegan cheeses, that are pretty easy to find these days in the larger grocery stores.
 

4. turn it into an adventure

Keep it super varietal and exciting. Try out different products and recipes and go check out vegan restaurants and cafes. Soon you won’t even have time to miss the food you used to eat, because oh boy there are so many plant based recipes and products around. Just start browsing. 

 

+5. Explore together

Maybe you have a friend that is interested in going on this kitchen adventure with you. You could cook vegan food together, go out and give that one cool vegan restaurant a try and obviously it's nice to have someone to share your new vegan finds with. Also check out the infinite world of vegan Instagram accounts. Gather inspiration, connect with cool people and share your creations. 

 

We will be sharing more tips and thoughts on the basics of the plant based diet at Inlace soon. Meanwhile, stay tuned. Oh and if you haven't already...you're more than welcome to browse our recipe section! It's fully plant based, 100% delicious and will get you started.