maanantai 23. heinäkuuta 2018

I have some food for thought.


it was a stormy night, you know the kind where the lightning strikes
and i was hanging out with some of my artsy friends
(ooh wee ooh wee ooh)


the night was long, the night went on
people cooling out until the break of dawn


see i picks my friends like i pick my fruit
my ganny told me that when i was only a youth


i don't walk around trying to be what i'm not
i don't waste my time trying to get what you got
i work at pleasing me


cause i can't please you
and that's why i do what i do
my soul flies free like a willow tree
(doo wee doo wee doo wee)


and if you don't want to be down with me
then you don't want to pick from my apple tree


and if you don't want to be down, you just don't want to be down

lauantai 21. heinäkuuta 2018

Musical frissons: Pori Jazz 2017.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for...



Arvatkaas pojat ja tytöt mitä? Se on kuulkaas ny sillä tavalla, että kun mulla luonnistuu jostain ihmeen syystä nää musiikkihommat englanniksi, niin...

Boy oh boy, aren't you anglophiles in for a treat! (and grammar/error nazis, be warned, I haven't done this in a while so prepare yourselves) Because I'm gonna write in English for a change!


Pori Jazz was UH-mazing. I mean, DAYMN. So many marvelous artists and fantastic musicians that I just can't even. First we were supposed to go there on Friday only, but as we were browsing Saturday's set list we simply could not stand the thought of missing all the great performances set for that day! I mean hey c'mon, how we would've been able to miss The Phenomenal Erykah Badu, The Awesome Cory Henry or The Amazing Chaka Khan?

What in the world is going on with my hair!? #itsthehumidityy
I managed to film all the performances we saw, except for Ms. Badu. The security personnel were quite strict during her show and told all the people who tried to take photos or videos to stop immediately. Don't know why, but I didn't really mind. Got to enjoy the performance more and didn't need to focus on filming. Her show was awesome and bad ass even, I might say. Erykah is the true boss lady of soul! And despite of the security personnel, I got a few photos of her just for me. I'll upload one of them here, of course.

We had nothing but sheer luck this weekend: this was the only rainy day. The rest of the time it was over 20 degrees celsius (the nights were cold as heck though).

FRIDAY


Kandace Springs
Samm Henshaw & The Sound Experiment
Rhye
Yussef Dayes presents Black Focus
Herbie Hancock
Jamiroquai




The festivities kickstarted with Kandace Springs, a young and sweet piano playing afro-headed talent. I loved her songs and stage persona. She had a very talented group of jazz players with her. Smooth tunes and mellow atmosphere. What a perfect start to our weekend of jazz!



Up next was the first artist we actually were waiting for - Samm Henshaw. Like he said many many MANY times after performing and hearing our reactions, AMAZING. Before Pori Jazz we listened to a few artists beforehand and Mr. Henshaw was one of them. It was love at first listening when I listened to These Hands, both the original and Oliver Nelson remix. He also had an awesome band with him, The Sound Experiment. And according to his own words, Samm said it was his first time in a long time that he was performing live. It sure went well enough for us not to notice that! Absolutely loved them all, without a doubt!



Rhye. What can I say? When I listened to their music before Pori Jazz, I was 100% sure the singer is a 30-40 year old black woman with dreadlocks and a genuine stage persona oozing soul. Boy was I totally wrong. Rhye's lead singer is a white male, about 40 years old and looks like a family man. Still, they sounded so amazing. I just stood there in awe while listening to them. Mesmerizing. I still listen to their songs every once in a while when I'm in the mood for some eerie love songs.



Then the whole festival area exploded, when the great Yussef Dayes and his bass player and key boardist took over Lokki Stage! I still get chills even thinking about their set. They were so good, I almost want to say PERFECT. You could see that Yussef was the heart and soul of the trio. He led the whole thing and everything was perfected by the minute, nay, by the second. Wow. I don't even know what to say anymore. Just watch it from the video and enjoy. LOVED THEM FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. Much respect and love.



Herbie Hancock is legen - wait for it - DARY! Legendary! His show was very experimental and he had a truly talented band with him. Of course I had to film the part where they play Cantaloop! An absolute classic!


Last but not least... Jared? Juicebox? Jellyfish? JAMIROQUAI!



You got yourselves a hardcore fan! Let me tell you a story: I didn't like Jamiroquai at all when I was little. I thought it was boring, too artsy and "music for adults". How childish I was (well duh, I was a child). All those years wasted on shitty music (ok no, a huge part of it were a big deal in my life at some point). I even remember stating after singing Cosmic Girl on Singstar that I hate the song and I never want to sing it again. Well guess who sang it at Pori Jazz from the bottom of her lungs?! I love Automaton more than anything and the older classics... Wow. If I had lived my mid-twenties back in the 90s, I probably would've been totally in love with Jay Kay.




Awesome ending to an awesome day. To be continued...


SATURDAY


Michael Kiwanuka
(Erykah Badu)
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
Chaka Khan



Saturday started with the chill, African tunes of Michael Kiwanuka. Sun was shining from a cloudless blue sky, people were chilling on the grass. I almost fell asleep on the ground. A perfect way to start the next and last day of Pori Jazz.



Then it was time for Erykah Badu, the originator of Baduizm. Even though I didn't get to film her show at all, I want to dedicate a few words to her and her brilliant live band. Her drummer was extremely skillful and because the soul diva was running a bit late (not surprising), he put on a little showcase of his mad drumming skillz. Man he was GOOD! When finally the Queen of Soul walked to the stage, we felt ourselves a bit weird first. No offense, but she seemed like a stoned drug addict. But soon we realized it was a part of her on-stage persona. She had a ginormous white stetson hat and heavy boots and I loved her red Native American-styled dress. She performed songs like Appletree, Rim Shot and See You Next Lifetime, and man, I fell in love with her mellow and extremely feminine soul music. Whenever I feel chill and empowered, I love to listen to the sweet tunes of Erykah and especially Baduizm.


I have never danced as much as I danced when Cory Henry was playing with the Funk Apostles! The Funk Apostles played mostly funky cover versions of old classics such as Staying Alive by Bee Gees. He had an extremely talented band with him and two future Whitney Houstons and Tina Turners! Can't remember their names for the life of me, but boy oh boy did they have SOUL written all over them! Safe to say that I had the time of my life during their show. Absolutely amazing!


Last but not all the least: Chaka Khan. The Kween of Funk had it all. The style, the hair, the background choir AND THE SURPRISE FEATURE ARTIST.


Yes. She brought ERYKAH BADU BACK ON THE STAGE WITH HER AND OMG I DIED. I just wanted to cry looking at Erykah fangirling over Chaka and messing up with the song lyrics they were singing together. You and me both, Erykah. You and me both. It was the perfect ending to a perfect festival.


THANK YOU. And hope to see ya again, Pori.

torstai 19. heinäkuuta 2018

Mannequins: Behind the scenes.

We had a lovely photoshoot with my cousins and friends last year at Uhana Design. Here are some BTS photos taken with my phone.

Graphic black and white.

Timantti earrings and merino wool dress.

Hekla leggings and Siksak hooded scarf.


I really love that v-shaped back. Such a simple yet stylish detail.


Secret Garden.

Secret Garden silk shirt and Piilo skirt.

Timantti earrings.
Summer.

Kesä maxi skirt and Kesä earrings.


This maxi skirt is probably my all-time Uhana favourite. I'm so sad I never managed to buy it.



Fun fact: this skirt has POCKETS.


Meidän uhana kuvausporukka!


Summer girls in the middle of March! Thank you to my cousin and our talented photographer Zanele and my lovely model gal pals!

tiistai 17. heinäkuuta 2018

#8. Count your blessings.


Saimme kutsun rakkaiden ystäviemme mökille. Ilta on ollut todella kaunis, rento ja naurua täynnä.


Kello on reilusti yli puolen yön, mutta taivaalla on silti kauniita värejä. Häivähdys pinkkiä, oranssia ja keltaista sekä tietysti sininen yötaivas ja tummat pilvet.


Auringonlasku oli henkeäsalpaava. Taivas järjesti meille elävän taideteoksen. Ihan kuin aurinko laskisi vieläkin, niin valoisaa on horisontissa.


On aivan tyyntä. Kaikki muut nukkuvat jo. Naapurista kuuluu vielä iloisia ääniä ja puheensorinaa. Veden pintaan syntyy väreilyjä, kun kaloja uiskentelee ja pulpahtelee pintaan. Miten voikin olla niin rauhaisaa ja kaunista.


Mulla on just nyt kaikki hyvin. Mikään ei stressaa eikä ahdista. En ajattele töitä enkä mitään mikä aiheuttaa juuri nyt huolta. Sydämeni on täynnä kiitollisuutta, rakkautta ja iloa. Näin sen pitäisi aina olla.


Muista tämä tunne.

maanantai 16. heinäkuuta 2018

Kesäkuu.

Crazy night owl.


Like I said 2 years ago about summer nights: "I love them. I mean, is it early in the morning? Is it noon? Afternoon? I can't tell."


Crazy jogger couple.


I'm really gonna miss these sceneries and places. Hopefully we'll get to jog and walk here after moving.


I love the feeling when you walk on logs.


Crazy meatball cook.


I have a confession. I don't like cooking. Actually it's one of my least favourite things in the world. But somehow I do enjoy making meatballs. Maybe it's because I get to do it with my bare hands. It's almost like stress relief for me.


And I hate to brag, but these turned out to be pretty darn good. I don't wanna take all the credit: the recipe was courtesy of my mom and Keijo was responsible for seasoning.


Crazy peony lady.


Man I love peonies. It's so exciting to see the first buds.


And it's even more exciting to see the flowers in full effect.


The white ones opened in one night.


I'm afraid I have some sad news: all the heavy raining and wind has caused our light pink peonies to collapse and turn to brown fairly quickly. I didn't even get to take a pic of their buds... :( And the worst part is that last summer was the last time I got to see the light pink ones in full effect.

Crazy moving crew.


My parents moved again and I LOOOOVE their new apartment. I just told them if they ever want to move again, they should tell us and we'll apply for it. That's how much I love it.


I mean, LOOK AT THAT WALL PAPER.

Crazy courageous birds.


My bird and I were courageously at a convention. Absolutely loved everything and everyone there. It had a real and lasting impact on me.

Crazy cat in the tree.


Mysteeri the cat loves to climb on top of our pea tree.


Such vicious, very beast, much cat.


He also loves to relax. Probably why we get along together so well.


I mean... #MEMEWORTHY.

Crazy iPhonographer at night.


Wow. Just look at those colours. These kind of nights after a long day of rain make me feel so thankful. This is what they call art.


Peonies were also very aesthetic in this lighting.



I just love these kind of nights.


This photo was taken under extreme circumstances. A shameless mob of mosquitoes attacked the photographer with forceful actions.

Crazy potatoes go shopping.


In the middle of June we got to enjoy the lovely and fun company of Ake. She's the best.

#perunapäilleomaadoptioperuna
Everyone needs their own Ake.


Ake found the coolest mug ever!


These paintings are made entirely with spray cans. Too awesome.


Crazy food lovers.


You don't need to celebrate Midsummer to eat good food. Love me some mushrooms with creamy cheese and bacon, steaks and sausages.


Also love me some strawberries with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Crazy childhood memories.


I was so glad that I got to see the beach where we spent our childhood summers. I really loved this place.


Crazy binge watchers.


I finally got my lazy butt to book bus tickets to Lahti to go see my blogger friend and dear sis Iira.


We had some delicious treats at a cafe by the harbour.


Lahti's harbour was such a beautiful place.


Also the weather was just great.


We watched all the best shows in the face of the earth: Friends, Brooklyn 99, Frasier and also Iira introduced Modern Family to me. I have always been quite skeptical about that series, but when I watched the first 2 episodes it seemed like a show for me!


June sure was a crazy month.


Just a pinch of spontaneity, awesome friends, encouragement, inspiring sceneries and good food.


Though June was quite cold and rainy, I really loved it. Especially because now it's hot and sunny. I'm not the biggest fan of the weather being over 23 degrees celsius, because of all the sweating and ruination of my makeup, but I also don't wanna complain, because soon enough we'll get a good 6 months of coldness, excessive rain and mountains of snow. And also hey, they don't call Finland the land of a thousand lakes for nothing...