Drops of Joy

Finn Friday. Accessorizing my casual Friday jeans, t-shirt and cardigan with my Aarikka Niitty necklace.

Finnish brand Aarikka established in 1954 brings together Finnish and Scandinavian design with elements of wood and nature into beautiful drops of joy handcrafted in Finland. The drops of joy are key to their jewellery and home accessories. My necklace was purchased at their Flagship store in Helsinki at Pohjoisesplanadi 27. They also sell in other retailers across Finland and internationally as well as via their website to across the world.

Like many Finnish brands, Aarikka believes design’s most important task is to bring joy to people’s lives. The simplicity and beauty of this necklace does exactly that for me. Happy Friday!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hyvää Ystävänpäivä!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hyvää Ystävänpäivä!

In Finland: Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä which means Friend’s Day. The day has no romantic meaning. Instead it is a day that people send cards and gifts to their friends in celebration of their friendships. I love Finland’s idea of celebrating friends who bring so much joy, sunshine, laughter and love to our lives.

Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day with those you love. Please always remember there are many experiencing a tough time whether they have lost a loved one, a job, someone they love has been diagnosed with cancer or another illness, or they are simply heartbroken and just feeling alone. Be kind and spread love and light today, tomorrow and always.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Tiffany’s Elsa Peretti® Open Heart Pendant is absolutely one of my favourite jewellery pieces. I purchased mine for myself 13 years ago and it is a treasured piece I wear almost everyday. I love its simplicity and beauty. If you are looking for a lovely present for you or a beautiful woman in your life, one may love this beautiful open heart in a little Tiffany blue box.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Marimekko for Clinique Pop Up at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street

Looking for find your perfect Marimekko for Clinique lipgloss or lipstick shade? Drop by the pop up event at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street February 12 and 13th to find your perfect hue. Don’t forget to take a photo in the photo booth and post it to Instagram, tag Clinique Canada (@CliniqueCanada) with the #MARIMEKKOforClinique #CliniqueCanada hashtags for an opportunity to win $95 of Clinique products. If you can’t make it, a special Marimekko for Clinique gift with purchase is arriving at Hudson’s Bay on March 14th. Perfect for updating your look for spring.

Clothing: How much do you buy every year?

“We each buy almost 70 new clothing garments every year.” – Juliet B. Schor, Plentitude: The New Economics of True Wealth.

I found this an interesting fact in a CBC News: Marketplace clip I watched about donating your old clothes. I know from the clothing donations I have made over the last few years, I definitely bought a lot and some items were never even worn. I definitely think I buy nowhere near 70 items but I am planning to track my clothing purchases this year after watching it. As of today, I have made zero clothing purchases in 2018. I will be interested to see how much I truly buy throughout the year.

To learn more about how much Canadians give away and where it goes, check out the Marketplace piece on Clothes from Canada account for huge waste

Marimekko for Clinique

Excited to finally find the Marimekko for Clinique limited edition lip gloss and lipstick collection this evening at Hudson’s Bay. The collection is available in stores and on-line across the world and I hear a gift with purchase event may be coming soon to a Hudson’s Bay store near you. Love this collaboration of one of my favourite Finnish brands and my very first makeup and beauty brand. Lots of beautiful shades to pick from. I decided to be pretty in pink with Watermelon Pop. If you love Finnish design and makeup, definitely check out this special MarimekkoForClinique collection.

Don’t pass the salt

Sodium is hard to control when you eat on the go. Even many healthy options are filled with large sodium values. Many recipes I follow I just choose to add less salt than what is called for and like to add fresh herbs, spices and chilli flakes to add flavour. I am also a big fan of Longo’s Markets no salt added products as I try to be very mindful to reduce my own sodium intake as I create homemade meals. Every little small change over time can make a big difference.