lauantai 21. joulukuuta 2013

{ Sink or Swim }

Today was the last day of school this year, and though it doesn't mean holiday in practice, at least I have few days to myself to calm down. These past few months have been very difficult but extremely eventful. The countdown to May 22nd has begun as only then will I truly be free from IB...
I have so many wonderful things to tell you and so I'll kick off a hopefully frequent blogging season with this short taster video on what's been going on in my life for the past months...
Studying and more studying, traveling to Berlin and London, running a student organization and attending a debate championship, taking uni entrance exams, applying to and being accepted to (and rejected from) universities of my choice, being very much in love and very sleep deprived.
All in all, it's been hard but good. Hope you enjoy!

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at the cutest café/restaurant Megan's in Chelsea a few weeks back

p.s. I might be moving to London next year O.O !!

tiistai 5. marraskuuta 2013

{ Pitstop }


Last week was full of contrasts; exhaustion and relief from turning in my Econ extended essay, the unraveling of a lot of tension as I flew off to Berlin, and last but certainly not least,
a mischievous letter in the mail...

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So finally these few years of hard work and dedication solidified.
I am going to university!
This was the first response from five of the universities in the UK that I applied to. I honestly feel such satisfaction to know that I have a place to go and to study what I love; economics and politics!

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This feels like such a watershed moment. I wish I could talk to this girl:

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This thirteen year old version of myself was the one who started this all. She thought that if she worked very hard, did the IB, and applied abroad, she might succeed.
I almost feel like telling this girl that my dreams are reality now. I wish I could tell her that she should do exactly what she wants to do and to disregard what everyone else was doing and what they thought of her. I feel so old just thinking that it's been five years since I set myself to this. And the fun isn't over yet.
This year is just so insane; I have my Oxford entrance exams tomorrow and I just feel so good.
Come what may, I know I have worked incredibly hard and I deserve to kick off and go fulfill my dreams.

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I spent the long weekend in Berlin with my history group and enjoyed it soo much. I'll get more into detail on this trip after my exams and deadlines this week...

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New beginnings await me. I am so ready to wear my game face and kick some serious senior year ass!

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maanantai 21. lokakuuta 2013

{ Autumnal Delirium }


Greetings from an autumnal wonderland! Helsinki has been so gorgeous for weeks now and I have been itching to get my camera out to capture the beauty in all its glory. Ella and I finally found the time to jump into the forest and take some snaps!
Lately I've been channelling a type of 'chill autumnal English countryside' feel in my wardrobe. A warm and rustic Barbour coat, pearly grey Hunter boots, riding pants paired with a cozy sweater and a plaid scarf? Effortless comfort, yes please

Terveisiä syksyisestä ihmemaasta! Helsingissä on ollut niin kaunista jo monen viikon ajan ja onkin jo himottanut päästä kuvailemaan ihanaa ruskaa. Ellan kanssa löydettiin vihdoinkin aikaa niin loikittiin metsikköön hölmöilemään.
Viimeaikoin olen kanavoinut rentoa 'syksy Englannin maaseudulla' fiilistä vaatepuolella. Lämmin ja rempseä Barbourin takki, helmenharmaat Hunterit, ratsastushousut yhdessä lämpimän neuleen ja ruutuhuivin kanssa? Vaivatonta mukavuutta, kyllä kiitos.

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riding pants. ralph lauren - sweater. hollister - boots. hunter - coat. barbour - scarf. jack wills

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Mixing it up with 'the edgy prep'; a casual biker vest paired with the traditional white collar and cable knit sweater.

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shirt. burberry - sweater. abercrombie - (ella's) biker vest. saints and mortals

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hipstah chic!

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we experienced the first snow during this photo session
freezing, yet lovely surprise

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Unsurprisingly, school for the next two months will be a never ending hell stretch, but I have somehow learned to let go of stressing and just keep pushing. Valuable, eh? With uni entrance exams, countless deadlines and mock week approaching, I guess you just have to sink or swim.
Time to swim kiddies!

IB teettää helvetillisen työputken vuoden seuraavan kahden kuukauden ajaksi (hei yllättävää), mutta olen tämän kiireisen syksyn aikana oppinut päästämään irti stressistä ja jatkaa puskemista. Tästä oli siis jotain hyötyä? (:
Yliopiston pääsykokeiden, lukemattomien deadline'jen ja mock viikon lähestyessä pitää vain päättäväisesti rehkiä, sillä mahdollisia lopputuloksia on kaksi; epäonnistuminen ja menestyminen.
Successkid täältä tullaan! ;)

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dat snowhair

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keskiviikko 16. lokakuuta 2013

{ Pulchritudinous }

I am enjoying my autumn holiday in the most beautiful way. It is the first time ever (yes, I think so.) I am spending this blissful week in Helsinki, buried in work. But there is something that makes it all so very wonderful. Sure this is supposed to be the 'most stressful year of my life so far', but as of now, it doesn't feel that way. I took the SAT's a few weeks a go and the Oxford Thinking Skills Assessment is only a few weeks away. My extended essay is due in two weeks and countless assignment are itching to be finished. I get emails every day from universities in England and Scotland wishing me well;
'Dear Maria,
We have received your application and look forward to reviewing it as quickly as possible'. Opening my gmail these days is like a little oomph of 'hey, this is what you have worked for for years.' and it feel phenomenal. Sure I have low expectations for being accepted, but even when Yale sends you an automated cute email titled 'Dear Maria we can't wait to hear from you' something in me jumps a little. It feels so crazy to know that my hard work could result in this much or thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much and the fact that I have zero idea of where I'll be resting my head a year from now is exhilarating.
Apart from all things IB, I have really had the chance to fall for Helsinki lately. I have spent so much time waltzing around quiet corners of unfamiliar streets peering into busy cafés full of loud, vivacious people that I have only now properly realised what this place means to me. Creeping up to a best friend's cute little apartment in the center to sit and gab for hours with tea and biscuits on a massive comfy bed; walking hand in hand with someone through the most life changing autumn sceneries brushed with shades of gold and auburn truly seems to sweeten everything. Even walking through the quiet dark streets with gentle guitars in my ears and yellow leaves falling on my path feels like something entirely new. Endless hours on Skype. Sitting together in the library pretending to read but really just stealing glances...
And it feels wonderful.

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I wish this was mine; via tumblr

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And a makeup video to top it off!

Much Love,