MITEN SELVITÄ PITKÄSTÄ MATKASTA

(Don’t understand Finnish? It’s okay, I have a translation for you at the end of this post)

 

Meitsi on matkustellut paljon ja tulen vielä matkustamaan (esim. koko tulevan kuukauden, voit seurata menojani instastooreista @meerielviira ), joten tässä mun vinkit, miten näistä pitkistä matkustuspäivistä selvitään!

 

Video sai innoituksen toisesta postauksestani, jossa kerroin omista must-have tuotteista matkustaessa.

 

 

Toivottavasti videosta on sulle iloa tai hyötyä ja toki muista tilata meitsin kanava, jos haluat nähdä lisää höpötyksiä suomeksi!

 

 

I share my tips on how to survive a long travel day! Video is in Finnish but I have a blogpost covering some of the same tips here.  

You are awesome!

Take Care ❤

*Meeri

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Questions to ask before purchasing a new item | STYLE

Now and again we need or want to purchase something new to our wardrobe. We want to update our style to certain season or maybe replace an old piece of clothing. But sometimes we just buy for the sake of buying. Then we most likely end up with a lot a cheap things in our wardrobe that we don’t use and as a result feel frustrated.

I believe that this culture of impulse buying is one of the main reasons for “vaatekriisi” = a Finnish word for clothing crisis / walking up to your wardrobe and have “nothing” to wear.

When you are in the store and thinking about buying something, instead of buying it right away you could ask these questions and determine if the item is worth purchasing.

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photos by : Nelli Yli-Malmi 

Does this fit me properly?

I just recently tried out my friend’s old top. It looked amazing on the hanger but when I put it on it was a disaster. Even though I loved the top it wasn’t the right size. So be honest to yourself if you see that something just doesn’t really fit you.

Does this go with majority of my wardrobe?

This one is a huge and important question. You don’t do anything with a piece of clothing that you cannot match to anything that you have in your wardrobe. In this situation you can ask some other questions like “is this my color/style?” Some pants that are amazing but require a pair of higher heels than you own, it’s not worth it. Because after buying those pants you need to purchase new shoes and then maybe you feel the desire to buy a new bag to match the shoes… The list can go on and on until you have the “perfect outfit” to match those one pants and nothing else in your closet.

Does this fit my overall lifestyle?

I’m gonna share a story of one item in my wardrobe…

My boyfriend got me a tennis dress for our first Xmas together in December 2015. In March 2017 (last time when I was in Miami) I wore the dress for the FIRST TIME. Here’s the thing: even if it fits me well, it’s my style and the dress has my “vibe”,  if it doesn’t fit my lifestyle: it’s bloody useless.

  1. I don’t play tennis.
  2. In Finland I cannot workout in a dress ’cause it’s so damn cold.

It doesn’t matter how much I treasure the dress (’cause I got it as a present from my love) I’m not going to wear it as often ’cause it has no use. I would have never bought this dress on my own ’cause I know it’s not fitting my lifestyle. But as a present–> okay, I’ll keep it.

You can also ask this kind of question if you aren’t sure what your lifestyle is all about: What does my day/week/month look like? Do you go to school or work 5 times a week? Do you workout a lot? How ’bout going out with your friends? You get the general idea. The math here is simple: the more you spend time doing something the more you can spend money on it and purchase a new items if necessary. I will cover this topic on another blogpost in more depth so follow my blog or facebook page to get the notification 😉

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Is this good quality and ethically made?

Even the best of us have felled into the trap of fast fashion and sales. Usually ended up buying something really cheap that wasn’t good quality. The goal is to have a wardrobe that lasts. If you have to buy new tops every month ’cause the quality sucks that doesn’t do you any favors. When buying a new winter coat or shoes we really think about the quality ’cause most of us want to wear that same piece for the whole season or two (and preferably even longer). What if you could center that same mentality when buying “ordinary” things like tops and cardigans. This will also cut down the amount of impulse purchases because you really look for the quality not the quantity.

Same goes for ethicality. I still do have clothes from fast fashion companies but because they are still in good shape I don’t see why I should toss them out right away. You can also read my post I wrote earlier about transitioning to more ethical wardrobe here. But next time you want to buy something: think about the journey of that piece of clothing. Who made it? With what salary? And how? Kristen Leo is one of my favorite ethical fashion Youtubers and I highly recommend her channel and her post that consist a list of many ethical clothing brands but remember to always do your own research.

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Is this worth the price?

Well sales and fast fashion are the issues here too. Check the price. Is it really cheap? Why is it? Is it really expensive? Why is that? Now you can look at the quality and see if it matches the price. Something like polyester isn’t really worth a lot but some brands still tend to make those items seemingly expensive and put the price tag accordingly. I remember buying a coat for a fair amount of money only later realizing that the material didn’t really match the price and so my coat was done in one season. But that’s the purpose–> so you would go again and buy a new one. Also you can ask that if this was twice as much would I still get it? “High” fashion brands sell T-shirts for a VERY expensive price, yes the quality may be better but would you really be prepared to buy just one T-shirt for 60€. Different thing if it was ethically made but still…

I was discussing this issue with my boyfriend. He really wanted to buy pair of jeans but they costed 90 dollars. They fitted him nicely and were really unique. Then the next day he was still thinking about those pants and asking me if he should buy them or not. I asked him how much he intended to wear those jeans. He has 3-4 jeans but not in that color he was craving. So after a quick calculation he was going to wear those jeans 100+ days from a whole year. Then I asked him to divide the cost so 90 dollars for those 100 days. Quickly those jeans didn’t seem so expensive if he could spare one dollar each time his was going to wear those jeans.

The problem here is that we really don’t know how much we are going to wear a certain item before we get it into our wardrobe but doing a quick calculation like this could help in deciding whether or not something is worth buying.

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Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Jumpsuit: Urban Outfitters Vintage | Jewelry: Thrifted&BlackHeart

Do I really love it?

Some items may be our color, good quality with fair price and fitting nicely. BUT if the reaction you still feel is “naah” instead of “OMG THIS *fill in the blank* IS SO ME” I would still consider leaving that for someone else who feels like that about that certain item. Just imagine that you would have a wardrobe full of clothes that you absolutely love? Wouldn’t that be the ideal? But that won’t happen if you keep filling your closet with things that really don’t get you excited.

Bonus tip:

If all else fails try to imagine 3-5 outfits you would style the piece in. Accessories are a bit easier but for example green printed leggings are another story.

 

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You are awesome!

Take Care<3

*Meeri

 

8 (VEGAN) BEAUTY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

I have enjoyed the Miami sun and now I’m back in Finland and enjoying the heat from our fireplace. Of course the jet lag had me for the first week so that’s why I haven’t been posting but since all this travel has been going on –> I thought I’d share my vegan beauty travel essentials!

I’m not one of those crazy beauty gurus that do that full on make-up and beauty routine but I still have some essentials that I do take with me on a long-haul flight.

So here are my 8 vegan beauty travel essentials for a long-haul flight in no particular order:

1. Hand sanitizer

This is a must. If nothing else makes to the plane, this does. Planes are not the most hygienic places so having a hand sanitizer is an essential. Don’t wash your hands in the planes toilet; the water isn’t the purest. You can also use this sanitizer and tissues to wipe out your table and armrests.

2. Rosewater spray / face spray

Imagine that you have been sitting on a plane for 6 hours and the end is nowhere near. It’s starting to get too hot or too cold and very uncomfortable. Here you pull out your rosewater spray and spray that onto your (preferably clean) face and feel the freshness. Sounds like a plan? Yes, it does.

3. Argan oil

Occasionally my skin gets very dry while flying. So I want to nourish it with the best of the best: argan oil. It easy to carry and mine it has the pipet that makes it easy to apply. The benefit of having argan oil versus a face cream is that you can use it for your nails or neck or any other part of your skin that feels dry.

4. Towelettes

The fresh feeling when you wipe your face clean on a plane! I prefer something that doesn’t have much alcohol in it ’cause alcohol tends to dry out my skin even though I would put argan oil right after. Also the travel size towelettes that have like 5-10 pieces are the best so you don’t have to carry a big package with you.

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5. Peppermint essential oil

Maybe not for everyone but after having brought this little buddy with me on the flight to Helsinki to Miami, I will add this to my essential list no doubt. Hence the word “essential oil”:D Long-haul flights can get very stuffy and I tend to manage to pull sort of a headache from all of that traveling. Sniff on peppermint essential oil helps with the headache and relaxes. After all every little thing that can freshen up the travel is a must.

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6. Toothbrush and toothpaste

After landing it’s time to rush to the bathroom and brush our teeth. I like this bamboo cole brush with Urtekrams fluor mint toothpaste. Nothing better than getting a fresh breath after a long flight.

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7. Hand cream

Every time I set foot on a plane, all the moisture from my hands disappear. So hand cream is crucial for me. I like to have something with a fresh smell like aloe vera and something that absorbs quickly. I’ve been using Urtekrams Aloe Vera Hand Cream lately and I highly recommend that one!

 8. Deodorant

This is no brainer as well. But I usually apply deodorant after landing. Feel like after a long flight brushing your teeth and doing a small underarm shower in the bathroom and then getting that deodorant gets me going. Don’t like to use any perfume. It can easily get stuffy and really annoying ’cause even though it may smell nice you don’t necessarily get that fresh feeling.

 

So those were all my beauty essentials for a long-haul flight! I hope you found some inspiration for your travels and leave me a comment your favorite beauty product that you always take with you! I would love to hear your essentials as well 🙂

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Take Care ❤

*Meeri

 

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How and why I quit smoking

Hi guys!

Long time no post but I made a video for my YT channel about how and why I quit smoking. Because the video is in Finnish I’d thought I’d also share here the same points in English.

WHY?

  1. I didn’t want to smell

    This is very obvious but I’m pointing it out anyway. At first I didn’t smell myself when I was smoking (’cause your smelling sense doesn’t work properly when you smoke) but I knew that it wasn’t a pleasant smell coming out of my clothes and breath. After quitting I almost felt ashamed ’cause I used to expose people around me with the most awful smell. Not nice.

  2. It damaged my voice

    It is no secret that I’m pursuing a career in acting and in performing arts in general. I was doing a voice sample to his one studio I had worked before and after the session the director/recorder asked me if I smoked and I answered that yes I did. Having that asked really opened my eyes that you could hear it in my voice and I didn’t want my voice to be affected by something so stupid like smoking.

  3. I was wasting my money

    Again a no-brainer. It didn’t cost me a lot when I bought one pack at a time but then looking at my account and seeing how much I spent on cigarettes was insane. There are better things to spend your money on.

  4. My whole day was evolving around smoking

    “First coffee, then outside with my coffee to smoke one okay maybe two.” ” If I smoke this one now, do I have to buy a new pack today or tomorrow?” ” Where is my break I want to go out to smoke!” All of these thoughts were clouding my head all-day-long. I was scheduling my whole day around when I was going to smoke. When I quit it was so soothing  to my mind not having to think about smoking and being a slave to that kind of thinking.

  5. “This is not person I want to be”

    Probably this was the major reason I quit and held on to my decision. This also helped me through that period of developing new habits. I always knew I wasn’t going to smoke forever. Kept thinking like “oh well when I’m 30 I’m not gonna smoke then” but my actions weren’t alignment with my wants and words. When I accepted that if I didn’t quit now it was more likely that I would still be smoking when I’m 30. I didn’t see myself that way. Cigarettes didn’t really fit into my version of me or to that person I wanted to be in the future.

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HOW?

  1. I needed to decide and stick to it

    So it all came down to whether or not I was ready to quit smoking. If you are determined that smoking is not what you still want to do in five years you just need to stop now. There is NEVER a good time to stop. So that “good time” is every freaking moment. You just have to decide. And then stick to it. Make peace with that idea that you are not going to smoke ever again. Every time you feel tempted you just remember that you have promised not to smoke again. Every time you say no it gets easier and then you don’t even think about smoking ever again. It becomes your nature.

  2. Downloaded an app that helped me to stay on track

    Staying on track where I was at with my quitting really helped me to stay determinate  with my decision. It was relieving to see how my health was improving even after few hours of quitting. Also physically seeing a clock that’s ticking and adding numbers on how long you have been smoke free helped me. I didn’t want that watch to start over just ’cause I smoked even one cigarette.

  3. Created new habits

    When I quit I noticed that my consumption of other things increased a bit. Like wine and coffee. Now I’m also been 5 months without alcohol but that’s another post. But creating new habits is crucial when you have just quit smoking. If you want to go out and smoke just pour yourself some tea and watch an inspirational Youtube-video or scroll through  your Instagram account ( make sure this doesn’t lead to another addiction tho’ 😀 ). Then remember to reward yourself after being smoke-free for some period of time!

 

 

I thank you for reading this post! Of course if you want to you can leave a comment about your experience regarding smoking and quitting and please share if you have other tips on quitting 🙂

 

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Take care ❤

*Meeri

Happy New Year! | VIDEO

Hi guys and happy New Year!

Here’s my quick review of my year 2016. A lot of things happened and I’m so excited for upcoming year 2017. I hope it’s filled with new experiences, theater and lots of love.

What do you wish from 2017?

 

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You are awesome! 

Thanks for staying with me this year. 

Take Care<3