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 22 of 52

This week my health took a turn when I caught a cold. I was out for a few days and did not get a chance to do anything for the blog. So the following are some photos from a gorgeous midnight sunset from last summer. Even though the temperatures are hardly ever ideal, the midnight sun is really something special to witness.

Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

 

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Post 21 of 52

If I had to pick one thing I absolutely adore about Nordic culture, it is the frequent and impressive picnic scene. No matter how big or small, if the sun is shining, you can find someone sharing a meal outside with friends, or having a snack in the fresh air.

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Picnicking to me is the postcard activity for summer. I take advantage of the local scenery and pack up my essentials for a special hour or two. This location is my favorite spot! Just a 5-minute walk from my front door, it is top notch combining views of the sea and a lush rolling green lawn.

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On this particular day, my lunch is simple, I have a new recipe for my sandwich and picked up some fresh berries on my way to the park. Whether you prepare the meal yourself or buy something to go, you can do no wrong by opting for a meal with this view!

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As a child, I remember my mother collecting various picnic basket sets. They were extravagant and only really ever used for holidays or special occasions. Nonetheless, they struck my curiosity for dining with the great outdoors. Now, the Helsinki scene is more low-key, trading a wicker basket for a quirky canvas tote. It is a wonderful activity to celebrate a special occasion, spark a romantic date, or just a reason to leave the house for a few extra hours.

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Happy picnicking! Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

Post 20 of 52

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Calling all Punavuori people! There is a new cafe in the neighborhood! Levain is the place and it is on point with the trend, menu, and atmosphere. Rumor has it everything is made in house too, only outsourcing to local suppliers for special offers.

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This morning is the second time I have eaten here. After only opening its doors a week ago, popularity has picked up!  I am grateful to see the healthy business for a one of a kind experience vs having just another franchise chain to conform to, but Punavuori is special like that. Almost everything is one of a kind here.

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Levain is no exception with authenticity. After previously housing a trendy restaurant a few months last year, it closed their doors for the Christmas holiday (a common practice in Helsinki). For months afterward, they kept a sign in the window extending their “holiday” vacation into the early months of spring.

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Finally, as Spring rolls around, this new beautiful little space graced our neighborhood with some delicious eats and treats. If you’re in the area, it is a must, you won’t be disappointed!

xx – nasty trash

Post 19 of 52

This week I found myself in a familiar conversation, “How do you like living in Finland?” These moments perplex me. For the person asking, it is a unique conversation. For the person answering, it is a question that comes up repeatedly. So frequent, that I find my answers grow boring and unpersuasive at times.

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To answer the chit-chat questions and continue a conversation in a mellow mood is a complicated balance. The answers are so personal, and I have a difficult time bringing my response to the surface.

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Life abroad is wonderful, difficult, painful, and infinitely inspiring. In contrast, I knew from a young age to appreciate my surroundings, because I never felt like I fit in. People tend to remind me of that… “You’re different, where are you from?”

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For the sake of small talk, I prefer modern devices like Instagram and using photography for instant expression. The images capture what I fail to eloquently say in a 15-minute conversation.

What do I like about living in Finland? …well just look at these little details, aren’t they wonderful?

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xx – nasty trash

Post 18 of 52

One of my favorite things to watch on Youtube is a “What’s in my bag” video. A purse is an interesting concept and the things which people carry on a regular basis is fascinating. So today, I am sharing what’s in my bag!

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To start, I have a Samuji bag. I had been stalking this item for months and when I found the best price online it was time to make the investment. I have been carrying it every day since!

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The bag is perfect for city life whilst adding a stylish leather detail to every outfit. Two of my favorite things are street style and leather goods, so this bag is the perfect representation of both.

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 I have always taken the boy scout approach regarding the contents of my bag. For those of you that don’t know, the philosophy is simple” always be prepared”. Inside you can frequently find things I use on a daily basis whilst incorporating subtle details of my personality.

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So in a moment of writing inspiration or boredom, I keep pen and paper on my person at all times. Most importantly this includes my personal agenda. I have been using this exact agenda for half a decade now and do not go anywhere without it. Over the course of a year, I decorate the pages, adding personal details from that time of my life. These agendas are some of my most cherished possessions.

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A new favorite in my bag these days is the memo bottle. I think the flat design is a fantastic space saver, especially considering the structure of my personal bag. The brand itself has a great mission and holds an honest quality check to their products.

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Lastly, this wallet is an absolute dream. The size is perfect since Nordic countries lean towards a card friendly lifestyle and cash just isn’t very popular here. Plus, the eel skin is so smooth and pretty! I found the adorable tiny pin detail at a local thrift store for just 20¢!

These are just a few of the special little items I carry on a regular basis. Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

Until next Friday,

xx – nasty trash

Post 17 of 52

If you have been following Nasty Trash for a while now then you are well aware of the steady decline in content quality. I was aware too, and as Fred Jung played by the great Ray Liotta says it,

“Sometimes you’re flush & sometimes you’re bust, & when you’re up it is never as food as it seems, & when you’re down, you never think you’ll be up again, but life goes on”.

This encapsulates my relationship with creativity and the discipline required to perform. Creativity comes in seasons, waves, and fluctuates in intensity.

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Fortunately, the tables have turned and I feel the inspiration rains coming down on my work yet again. Well, at least the tables have turned.

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When I realized this downward decline I semi-spontaneously tried to resurrect myself, and Nasty Trash, by purchasing a Canon 50mm lens.

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The images in this post have all been taken this week with the new lens. I am thoroughly enjoying this purchase and stoked about all the potential this investment has for the future. Life goes on, and so does the weekly blog, hope you enjoyed this week’s content!

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xx – nasty trash