Autumn Wedding Makeup


It is not too often I get to glam up so it was very lovely to have a wedding to go to this evening. Makeup is from my Bobbi Brown Cosmetics collection. For a base – light bisque corrector, light sand instant Full Cover corrector, sand stick foundation, bare nude illuminating powder, stonestreet bronzer to add a bit of warmth to my skin, nude pink blusher and pink glow for highlighting. On my eyes, ivory is swept across the lid, black plum long wear eye liner along the waterline and lash line and a combination of eggplant, star beam and mica eye shadows on my lid followed by smokey eye mascara. To finish lip balm and crushed lipstick in Cali Rose. Crystal earrings from Swarovski. Autumn wedding glamour. Thank you to @glowbytamara and @bbpro_hannahmartin for teaching me many amazing makeup tips. ūüíó

Forty-something Fatigue 

For any ladies struggling with crushing fatigue, you may wish to read this article – The ‘fatigued 40’s’ are real. Here’s how to tackle them. I can relate. This photograph represents how I function everyday. At a minimum I need a venti black coffee to tackle my day.  Happy to read I am not alone. Anyone found any strategies that work for them? 

A Evening with Finnish Studies – 100 Years of Finnish Design

I absolutely love my University of Toronto Finnish Studies class on Finnish Architecture and Design. This week we get to explore more about one of my favourite things – Finnish Design. If you live in Toronto and love Finnish design or would just like to learn more, join us this Thursday evening to listen to special guest Pekka Korvenmaa – author of Finnish Design: A Concise History – from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. Coffee and pulla will be served after the lecture. Everyone welcome. Tervetuloa! 

Back to School РFIN 270 Modern and Contemporary Finnish Architecture and Design at the University of Toronto 


I love to learn. While I may have left formal post-secondary education more than two decades ago, I have continued to be a lifelong learner both formally and informally. The University of Toronto’s Finnish Studies elective courses have always been on my learning wish list since both my parents emigrated from Finland to Canada as well as most of my family were born and continue to live in Finland. When I read about the Finnish Studies and the Embassy of Finland to Canada’s brand new course in Modern and Contemporary Finnish Architecture and Design, I knew I had to enroll. I grew up surrounded by Finnish design and on a construction site too. I believe both inspired my love of architecture, design and photography. I work professionally full time, I decided to audit the course by creatively using three vacation days to attend this class to learn more. My first class completed and I am very excited about the lectures and guest speakers including a few who will travel from Finland for this course that celebrates Finland’s 100th anniversary of Independence. Finland is a young nation but it has made an amazing impact through its architecture and design in both Finland and around the world. Look forward to all my learnings and sharing my insights in the weeks ahead. Join me on the journey. Tervetuloa.

Remembering Princess Diana 


Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana 

It is hard to believe twenty years have passed since the news of Princess Diana’s death. I grew up with Princess Diana from the moment the press found out she was dating Prince Charles. I still remember waking in the wee hours of July 29, 1981 on summer holidays in Sudbury to watch the Royal Wedding and essentially fell in love with everything British and Royal. How incredibly lucky I would be that I was in Ottawa on a school trip when Charles and Diana would make their first trip to Canada in 1983. I waited on a hot and humid June day with a few public school friends and likely a teacher given our young age to just get a glimpse of Princess Diana from her car as it entered the Rideau Hall Gates. It was a dream come true. I followed Princess Diana in the newspapers, magazines and television. I loved her style and elegance but more importantly I was inspired about how she made it her mission to help others, advocate and shed light to causes that were not considered glamorous. Diana had this warmth which was evident in her interactions with others.

In June 1997, my university friend and a fellow Princess Diana fan and I planned a trip to London. The trip was originally planned for around the time of Princess Diana’s death but at some point we decided to moved it up to June. What a different trip it would have been from the one we experienced. I was up north in cottage country when I heard the news of Princess Diana with one fuzzy television channel and a radio. As the days passed, I would watch the coverage from London and once again woke in the wee hours of September 6, 1997 to say goodbye to the People’s Princess. 

Since the world lost Princess Diana, I have been lucky to see her dresses twice in Toronto, travel to her resting place Althorp with my mother on her birthday in 2002 and then onto Paris to where she lost her life that fateful day. I hope to travel to London to see the Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace before it closes in early 2018. 

In a world that celebrates and worships all things celebrity, it is Princess Diana who continues to inspire me. Princess Diana embodied love, kindness, compassion and inclusion. I aim to embrace these values as I go about my own travels on this earth. I love seeing her boys William and Harry along with Catherine carry on her legacy and continue to champion causes that were important to her while also charting their own course of what is important to them. Diana would be so incredibly proud. As a life-long volunteer, they all inspire me to continue to contribute to my own community and helping others. 

‚ÄúI think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Princess Diana

Diana – forever remembered and missed. ūüíó

Scarves: My Everyday Accessory 

“Put on a sweater and really great sneakers with a big scarf, and you’ll look so stylish. For me, they are an everyday essential.” ~ Meghan Markle

Ms. Markle and I share the same style philosophy. Scarves to me are not just a piece to keep me warm but an essential year-round accessory. I absolutely love them and always seem to have one (or more) on me at all times for warmth or something stylish. I wear them with my casual outfits, with coats as well as with dresses and skirts to work. They add the perfect pop of colour to my neutral wardrobe of black, navy, grey and white. A scarf can be a great way to change an outfit, test out a new colour palate in a safe way, keep you warm and there are plenty of options at various price points for all seasons. Depending on the size, it may also be used as a shawl too. If you are looking to add something new to your autumn wardrobe, a scarf may be the perfect investment to make your old outfits new and exciting again. 

FIN 270 Modern and Contemporary Finnish Architecture and Design at the University of Toronto 

I love everything Finnish and I love to always be learning. This autumn I am creatively using three vacation days and heading back to school. The University of Toronto Finnish Studies Program in partnership with the Embassy of Finland to Canada are introducing a brand new course – FIN 270 Modern and Contemporary Finnish Architecture and Design to celebrate Finland’s 100th year of Independence. Finnish Architecture and Design is well known throughout the world and is forefront in Finland’s identity. The course will welcome guest lecturers from Finland which is very exciting. Since I don’t need an undergraduate credit, I decided to audit the course which means all the joys of learning without the stresses of studying, assignments and exams. If you love design and architecture or everything Finnish, definitely consider joining this course or one of the other courses offered by the Finnish Studies program. I am very excited to learn more about Finnish Architecture and Design and hope to share some of my findings and insights along the way.