Post 30 of 52

I am currently writing this in Terminal C at Schipol International Airport in Amsterdam whilst sipping on a cold Heineken. This week my husband and I have spent the most glorious five days wandering the city and exploring new places and old favorites.

IMG_9113.jpgI did not expect to return so quickly after my birthday trip earlier this year, and afraid to think that every time I leave a little piece of my heart is left behind somewhere along a cannal. This trip, in particular, has been extraordinary. The combination of old and new took me on an emotional ride, and I always fall somewhere on the scale between madly obsessed and hopelessly in love. IMG_8798.jpg

Due to traveling in the high season, most of our explorations ended up in the back streets of DePijp. Away from the center and most of the main attractions, and deeper into tree lined streets, tiny cafes, and small shops. Maybe a place more difficult to come by if you’re a first time visitor, but as a seasoned veteran, I feel energized by studying a new area of the map and mastering the curves and turns of the neighborhood.

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Holding back tears and smiling from ear to ear, all I can think of is how much this little country means to me. I will finish with a new phrase I learned this week, which is “geef mi maar Amsterdam”. This means “give me more Amsterdam”. No matter what happens, I will always want more Amsterdam. More canals to see, more crooked streets to wander, and more cold Heinekens to drink.

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xx- nasty trash

Post 29 of 52

This week I have some special images to share. The Design Museum of Helsinki has an exhibition in their back yard for the summer. A unique terrace structure was erected a few weeks ago, and since then it has been on my mind to take some photos for the blog. This is not the first public architectural exhibit they have hosted, but certainly is my favorite thus far!

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Recently primary color schemes have been catching my attention in the most magical of moments. I took this inspiration one step further to enjoy a pair of my brand new Ashley Buchanan Jewelry earrings. Her silhouette style fits seamlessly into the minimal Scandinavian architectural design of the terrace including this blue bench.

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Keeping up with the theme, I had to keep things neutral for the ensemble. Although neutral for me is black, always black. This lovely jumpsuit is a special piece from my favorite store in the city, Dots. A local gem, and the best-kept secret for any of your LBD needs!

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If this post has a soundtrack it would be My Favorite Things by the Lennon Sisters. I guess that is another hat trick here on  Nasty Trash! And if fashion, jewelry, or architecture are your favorite things, check out these links to learn more.

xx – nasty trash

Post 26 of 52

For some of you, it may have not been apparent the summer solstice just passed. For many of you, it may not ever register when a solstice occurs, but in Finland, it is the ultimate celebration of the season. The sun is visiting for the longest period of time all year, and it is the climax of the year for most civilians. From a photography perspective, that means you have to wait till about 10:00 pm for golden hour content.

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I have enjoyed living here and celebrating this special occasion. Mostly, because it is always a contradiction to what it should be. It should be sunny, warm, and absolute euphoria in the air. In reality, my memories oh Juhannus (Midsummer in Finnish) are anything but! Grey skies, chilled temperatures, and multiple layers of clothing tend to pass the day.

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Another story about Finnish Juhannus is the empty city streets. Everyone packs up around Thursday and by Friday evening the city is left with only unknowing tourists and younger people living by the dusk light and catching a glimpse of a local bonfire. Although I did not get to make my ultimate midsummer photo, these sunset streets sure kept things entertaining until midnight.

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 The final image was that last on my SD card. It was the last image I took, just before turning off my camera and soaking it all in. The midnight sun, the beginning of summer and the end of spring. It is bittersweet to think about the days getting shorter again, but we will leave that thought for a future post. Until then, hyvää juhannusta!

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xx – nasty trash

Post 25 of 52

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This week I was blessed with a couple visitors from out of town, so when I was pressured to provide the most Helsinki experience ever, my first thought was to share the beautiful space that is the Kaisaniemi Botanic Gardens.

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I became familiar with this space after reading about it in Helsinki People Make The City and felt the images shared were some of the most understated and iconic scenes from around town. For botanist enthusiasts or people just seeking a couple good Instagram posts, this space does not disappoint.

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All photos here were taken with my usual Canon set up, excluding the first image. My wonderful guest and step sister waved her wand and made the most stunning image to emulate my favorite cover photo of Kirsikka Simberg.

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There are not enough words to express the beauty and detail this space contains. I plan to spend many more afternoons wandering these glass rooms. It is my prediction that varying weather would only make the experience, and the images, more stunning and unique. Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

 

Post 23 of 52

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Today was the Helsinki Air Show. In fact, it still is. As I write this the sound of jet engines can be heard from outside my window. It is a unique¬†spectacle and this show in particular attracted tens of thousands. To be honest, I haven’t seen a crowd this large in the two years I have lived in Finland.

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Although I have never had much interest in heavy machinery, it is hard not to stop and be in awe of these man-made marvels. Not to mention I love geeking out with my Canon around a bunch of mostly old men with massive set ups just trying to get some cool pictures.

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The combination of the airshow plus all the other vendors that came out, and just the massive crowds, made the Friday vibe perfection. This year is the 100th year of Finland’s independence, so the season is packed with tons of different events. This bit was just a taste of all the events in store for the weeks ahead.

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Kippis Suomen kesälle!

(Cheers to the Finnish summer!)

xx – nasty trash

Post 4 of 52

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Four years ago I was on the brink of the most invigorating journey¬†of my life. That was 2013, and the¬†trip turned out to be just a taste of what was in store for the future. Now it is 2017, I am married and returning back to the city where we met, where it all began. A city where I lived, thrived, worked, and cried…

Amsterdam.

This city changed me. The enchanting canals hypnotized me. The crooked houses tell stories from long before mine ever began. And the people, the people reinsure my faith in humanity (it seems as though my heart believes I was Dutch in a past life).

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Amsterdam is a city for everyone and anyone. You can find history, art, parties, business, sport, love, and even some of life’s naughtier things. Most of all, you can find beauty. Beauty that has been aging like fine wine for centuries in the low lands of western Europe.

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I dreamt of this city for years, fell in love in a matter of minutes, and will forever have the deepest gratitude for all the memories made and lessons learned. All of this, because of

Amsterdam. 

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xx – nasty trash

Post 3 of 52

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Just hours before my departure for the first trip of 2017, I cant help but reflect on one of the best trips of 2016. In July of last year, my husband and I traveled across southern Spain for a summer road trip.

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The images captured here are among some of my favorites from our day trip to Ist√°n. This small village tucked in the hills took my breath away. Literally, due to the radical incline of the winding roads, and visually from the magnificent vistas and humble homes made of white stucco.

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As our first dip into Spanish culture, we didn’t leave disappointed. The sounds, smells, and sights were a wonderful combination of a Spanish dream. The month ahead was sure to be something special with Istán as our inaugural explorationIMG_0257.JPG.jpg

Traveling is important to me, it keeps me grounded. That might sound ironic, being away from home keeping someone grounded, but as creatures of this Earth, home is everywhere. So explore your backyard or go across the world, even a little of this practice will shelter you from great sorrow.

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xx-nasty trash