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As predicted, I have returned to the botanical gardens. This trip is more intimate than the inaugural, yet it was just as satisfying. A slow tram ride through the city carried me from my neighborhood to the garden entrance, and thus the adventure began.

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The content brings to light what I fail to experience in reality. The seasons are transitioning across the globe. Social media likes to remind us all when the change occurs, even if it is at the expense of our personal comfort. I enjoy seeing the leaves change color in Helsinki, the spring surf pictures from Cape Town, and the seasonal sunset shots people capture from around the world but take it too far at times and I begin to wonder why I’m not somewhere else.

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To respond to this global FOMO epidemic, the botanical gardens are my saving grace. On this particular day, I enjoyed the crisp autumn air, golden leafy textures, combined with dry cactus arrangements, humid rainforest foliage, and summer green aesthetic… all within a few meters from the other.

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I’m grateful for this little garden space. It is as if I can easily transport to a different scene, without a plane ticket, passport, or bikini wax, and experience something totally different than the moment before.

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Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

 

 

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It is the first Friday of the month again, and that means only one thing to me, free museum day! So what would have otherwise been a pretty relaxed day, turned into a lovely afternoon date with my husband. Today’s sweet spot, The Natural History Museum,¬†hosted what felt like half of Helsinki’s¬†youth, and the few brave enough to face the crowd. Despite a surprising¬†surplus in attendance, we embraced the crowd and explored the beautiful building filled with bones and creatures.

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To follow up our education experience, it was due time for a healthy dose of sugar. Another tradition in our home is to visit the infamous local bakery in our neighborhood. Establish in 1914, it is the original location and recently renovated bakery with the best buns in town! Although there are other locations, this one takes the cake!

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As for our date, it may have been on the more casual side of things, but sometimes a simple city stroll with a small bite to eat can be enough to reconnect with the one you love. And to be honest, when most days feel like retirement at 25, it is nice to add some variety in the day to day life.

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Although I am hopeful for the future and trust my days will become more lively as I continue to adjust to life abroad. It will be the little impromptu dates and afternoon strolls that make my heart burst with love.

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xx – nasty trash

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Last week was the Autumnal equinox, and two years ago marks the day I wed my best friend. In celebration of that fact, we decided to spend the weekend abroad in Denmark. The second anniversary is the cotton anniversary, and although we failed to find a cotton souvenir, we accomplished much more in our little trip.

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The weekend started in Copenhagen where we met up with an old friend from our time as exchange students. Without missing a beat we shared stories, breakfast, and memories just like when we all lived together years ago.

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Following a day of wandering the capital, we took a train to the little city of Odense. This is a small city and could easily be looked over on a map. Only famous for its past resident and renowned author, Hans Christian Andersen.

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We were smitten the whole weekend wandering this village. Our Airbnb was perfectly nestled in the center of the town, and as we explored the cobblestone roads, church bells would serenade our adventure.

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Denmark is a wonderful place, and it is my mission to return frequently and learn more about their enlightening culture. As for our anniversary weekend, it was magic, as is every day being married to the one I love.

xx-nasty trash

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As I have mentioned before on the blog, my love for leather goods runs deep. The smell, the texture, the way every piece tells a story, I don’t believe there is another material like it! So when a local Finnish designer asked to do a collab, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!

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Luava is a little company with big dreams. Established only a few short years ago, the designer has evolved a few simple goods into a full-fledged lifestyle!

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Impressive as that may be, the ideas just keep flowing. Which makes sense when the name itself is a play on words. In Finnish, luova means creative, and adding the extra a simply creates a more charming dialect to a beautiful word.

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One huge perk from this collaboration is my new outstanding camera strap! Customized with a cheeky personal detail, it is easily my new obsession and just the right detail to boost my photography inspiration. Cause let’s be honest, these generic straps scream tourist!¬†FullSizeRender.jpg

Huge thanks to Luava for this collaboration, and even more gratitude for my killer new camera accessory. Check out all of their creations here, and follow on Instagram here. Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

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Earlier this year, I went around town on a photo mission. Since then the seasons have changed, but my inspiration has lingered throughout the year. I found myself biking down a familiar route, and enjoying the contrasting architecture and water vistas of Helsinki.

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The seasons have yet to turn officially, but autumn has surely made a mark in corners of the capital. Even though what matters most is that for now the warmth of the sun can still be felt on the skin, and the sky still does that big, blue, beautiful thing.

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I am embracing the next season with open arms and an open mind. In hopes to welcome new changes in my habits, career, and perspective. Still apprehensive about the ominous winter that follows, it is time to shed past practices that no longer serve me. All this, whilst living in Helsinki.

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xx – nasty trash

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My mind is elsewhere this Friday… in the hours before Hurricane Irma hits the US coast I can’t help but think about every family, friend, and soul I know in its path. With no words of wisdom, or any inspiration¬†to find a distraction, here are a few images from my time in the South Eastern part of the United States. The places where I grew up.

North Carolina

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South Carolina

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Georgia

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Florida

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xx – nasty trash

 

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When the going gets tough, the tough go to free events. Yeah, it was a rather frugal summer for our little family. So to avoid a summer stupor, I decided to be proactive about attending free local events. This plan not only exceeded my expectations, it has become a monthly ritual and new adventure in itself.

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There are a lot of museums in Helsinki, and to organize each individual free day took a bit of strategizing. Inherently, I created a little reference list to keep track of all the activity! So today, Friday, September 1st, the stars aligned when I had to post the same day as an open event!

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Kiasma is by far my favorite attraction in the city. Dead center, with one of the most intriguing interior architectural concepts I’ve ever experienced, the building is a an experience in itself. And to be frank, a free day in Helsinki is still slim pickins compared to most public attractions in larger cities.

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Feel free to take a closer peek at my previous picture of the list I created. If you’re a local or just traveling through Finland, a museum visit is a must.

Until next week,

xx – nasty trash