This is what I bought.
35€ for the jeans jacket and 15 € for the dress.
La Mona Cheeca
Madrid was awesome! I warmly recommend! Warm, good food, cool and vibrant city life, nice bars, party all night long, perfect gin tonics, and, and...
In a week we walked around the city with my cousin Ella all in all 90 km and took a beer here and there and everywhere.
We also met my local friends after 15 years and it was soooo great! Originally I met Emma and Fer back in 2000 when we all were working in London as summer workers in a hotel. It's amazing how fast time goes and in the end it seemed that no one of had changed so much. Except from the face of course. :D
Here in nutshell what we recommend: Spanish Bistro experience bar Palentino, hang out and eating in Malasaña, party in Chueca, vintage shopping in Calle del Pez in Malasaña, vino de verano in bar Coconut and menu del dia in any good restaurant (check out options in the Naked Madrid.)
But like always, I guess pictures tell it best.
The whole week was hot. At best +45 degrees!
Maaany beers. One here, there and everywhere.
Just a little swimming.
A lot of walking.
Interesting bar toilets (which I love).
We had strange problems with Spanish doors.
Our local guides Emma and Fer.
Rocking till early morning in Wurlitzer Ballroom!
Hearty food and cute cafés.
And of course second hand shopping!
(Check out vintage stores I visited in here.)
All in all we loved the city!
I dived into my summer holiday straight after my last work day at the office. Here's best part of my Nordic tour.
I started my tour with a flight to Gothenburg where my friends Matti and Karin picked me up for a real Swedish Midsummer festivities in traditional scenery and atmosphere.
Maypole, anadems, campfire, grilling, potato salad, smoked salmon, pickled herring, strawberry cake, ice cream and and... And of course vodka shots and Swedish shot songs! And a nice add to all this: we got to see the traditional midsummer dancing in front of the maypole!
Vodka shots in front of the maypole.
Singing, shots and fruit cocktails.
Swedish pole dancing?!?
Not the biggest midsummer bonfire but a perfect campfire.
After Midsummer I visited Matti and Karin's place in Malmö for a couple of days. With my usual efficiency I experienced the best of the city in two days: second hand shopping, old city and the beautiful walking path alongside the canal. Also the lively seaside walk was great. There I found for example a pier where I danced a little while some rumba in pleasurable company of wine drinking ladies.
My second hand leather jacket and dress. And chillin' on the Malmö seaside pier.
From Malmö the tour continued to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. You already know how it is on a festival so no need to explain that. But noticeable in Roskilde compared to other European festivals is the good quality and tasty festival food.
Not the ideal troposphere but the best atmosphere.
Our best buddies: Red...
...In addition to previous, we did find also other new friends.
But all this we started with a bang.
With my friend Mari we collaborated some new items to the RokRokInc. Jewelry line.
First of all, check out the cool boho and shamanism inspired earrings and necklaces made out of reindeer horns that Mari brought with her from the northern Finland (from where we both are from). Mari did the cutting and sanding and I did the finishing. I truly feel we came up with a pretty good end result.
...And with the reindeer horn pieces from Finnish Lapland you OF COURSE get the magical powers of strength and wisdom with them. These ones are a must have, especially when we two "witches" charmed the jewelry with the best of luck as well. :D
Then in addition Mari came up with the awesome rockin' animal pattern finish for the recycled leather earrings. These ones are only for tough but lovely ladies like us. Definitely too cute for boring people!
Here you can check out the great atmosphere and awesome creations from RokRokInc. Recycled Jewelry Workshops in the cute flea market shop and cafe Vallilan Stoori in Helsinki. We'll now have a nice summer vacation and continue then again during the fall. Thank you all that were there and the rest of you: see you later!
In the end of April I made a quick visit to Berlin to my dear friend Susa. It was perfect sunny days chatting, second hand shopping, drinking wine and eating delicious Berlin food. And I even had some time to relax and read a book in the sun.
Also, the first of May party in Kreutzberg was amazing! Tens of thousands of people on the streets, street art, music and party. Just the inspiration I needed.
Unlike Helsinki Berlin was green already.
Good coffee – good company – good mood!
Oh, there was a sofa just when I needed one.
Second hand shopping in Dress Code, Berlin.
Ready to party just a little bit...
Night lights in Wild at Heart rock bar.
Oh my god what a burger at Burgermaister.
First of May party in Kreutzberg.
The Finnish dream team!
Good vibes at First of May party!
...Oh, I did some working as well. At Re:publica Ten.
Playing at the same playground.
In RokRokInc. Workshop people can create their own designs out of recycled materials. I bring the materials and tools and crafters only need to bring their creativity. This is how our workshop on 7th April went in lovely second hand shop and cafe Vallilan Stoori in Helsinki. Welcome next time!
Read more in Finnish in my friend Tiina's blog: Vallilan Stoori on Suomi Tour Blog.
It's not Saturday Tune time yet but I can't wait until weekend to share this. The new release from the upcoming new album from Tiger Army. This one I have been waiting for almost ten years.
One of my all time favourites in leather earrings has always been the rose leaf earrings. Last weekend again I had the printing workshop on. Here's how they are done and how they look when ready.
You'll need: Leather, scissors, rose leaf, printing colour, baking paper, iron, small painting brush, earring hooks, jump rings and a thick needle.
HOW TO DO IT:
- Pick rose leaves when you have them or buy a rose from a flower shop.
- Dry the leaves flat between a fat book. (Takes only about 24-48 hours.)
- Buy a soft and thin leather jacket from a second hand shop or flea market.
- Cut it into pieces.
- Glue leather two sided to get a more stiff look.
- Paint the back side of the rose with printing paint.
- Press the leaf lightly on the leather.
- Let the printed leaves dry.
- Attach the printing colour by ironing through the baking paper.
- Cut to shape and make the hole for the jump rings with the needle.
- Finish with jump rings and earrings hooks.
- AND THERE YOU GO! Click here to see the ready earrings ››