Friday, December 28, 2012

Best Of 2012

Hello Everybody!

Hope you all had a great Christmas

Time has come to draw the line and look back, and I have to say I'm pleased with what 2012 had in store for me and my beloved. I can only hope 2013 will be at least as good, if not better!  If I were to choose "la crème de la crème" of all the things that happened this year, I would pick the following:

1. We got Pickles!
2. We saw the Aurora Borealis, it was such an extraordinary moment! (On the same trip we attended the Arctic Rally)
3. I got 3 photos exposed at an exhibition!

But there was also the weekend in Madrid, the first summer holiday in Lapland, the 2nd summer holiday in Gran Canaria (lots of fun), the cruise to Tallin, the quick trip to Romania and all the weekend trips throughout Finland. Beat that, 2013!

In case I don't come up with another post before the year end, I wish you all a 
¡**Happy New Year**!

Sunday, December 23, 2012


⛄ HO HO HO Everyone! ⛄

I wish you a very Merry Christmas together with your families and friends, may Santa bring loads and loads of love and gifts for you, I can't wait to open mine, am so, so giddy with excitement! Take care! 

    Photo above © Santa Office
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Friday, December 21, 2012


Happy happy, joy joy! We're going to Austria again! Only in April, but I'm sure time will fly and there will be many other weekend trips in the meantime! We're going to the exact same place where we were in 2011, Bad Gastein, but since it's fairly close by, we're probably going to visit a friend in Italy, too, for a couple of days. So there'll be Salzburg and hopefully Venice, and spa, and pretzels, and sound of music.. can't wait!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Good evening ladies and gents!

I had no fitter title for this post than this exact word.. pure laziness.. it runs in the family these days, from the dog curled up in the armchair, to hubby watching movies (he's currently on holiday) and myself under the duvet contemplating that I don't have to wake up at 5:50 for work anymore - today I completed my last important tasks, which means I'll have a sort of part-time work for the remaining week (read aprox. 1h per day, from home! yey!) and then holiday until January. But all in all, I feel lazy! Thankfully 90% of the gifts are bought and wrapped, the house is clean and the tree is up, the only things left to do are the food shopping and cooking, both to be done later on towards the end of the week. So just because I am uber lazy and I still haven't got new interesting photos, I thought of looking in my archives and digging out this nice winter scenery from Lapland, from January this year.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Some Pics And Some Ramble

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I seem to lack inspiration (and mood) for photography these days.. bad, bad, outrageous! Even more, the camera battery was out of power for 2 days before I finally decided to move my arse and charge it, but now it's all set. I also put up the 50mm lens, as it's been a while since its last use, so now that I'm all sorted, I just need to find my mood, preferably before Christmas.. (Anyone out there stole it? Please bring it back!)
In spite of the above, I haven't been THAT lazy, so I did snap around some shots, more like "click click" than setting the camera properly and trying to get the best image.. so, in the particular order below: some cute candles that I got from my brother last year, Pickles pulling a face to get treats (and standing in a meerkat position), a goodie from IKEA and a glitter nail polish, because, of course, there must be glitter on Christmas, in the tree, on my nails and everywhere!

Speaking of Christmas, I've been feeling like going to Rovaniemi again, but I think there won't be any travels for us this year anymore, so I'm left with watching photoslive webcam, or even Santa Claus live. Here's a photo of me with a local, taken this January, and now off I go to make dinner! Bye!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Oh, (last year's) Christmas Tree!

Hello friends!

Is your Christmas tree up already? Ours not just yet, apparently real trees can be bought here only a couple of weeks before Christmas (keeping an eye on the shops!), which is why I leave you with a photo of our last year's tree. I think it was so nice, can't wait to have this year's tree up; we didn't buy any new decorations, as even last year we were afraid the tree would fall because it seemed to have too many, so it will probably look more or less the same, however there will be a difference, it's Pickles' first Christmas (probably equals pee on the tree and branches chewed, but oh well), can't wait for him to unwrap his gifts.. of course he will get some!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blaze Of Glory

Yesterday I had my little moment of fame at the exhibition organized by the photo group I have joined a while ago, International Evening @Kameraseura. You can see the 3 photos I presented below (you've seen them here on the blog in the past). I wanted to expose 3 totally different subjects, not to tell a story, but my decision was also based on the fact that these 3 are among the best quality photos I have. My all time favourite is the night city landscape. Pardon my "modesty", but I'm so proud of myself!


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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Let It Snow..

This is not the most artistic photo, but I wanted to show you how December started here in Finland.. if we didn't have a white Christmas in 2011, it will surely not be the case this year!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fooling Around

Since it's fooling around time, how about some cat bouncing around? MIEOW
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Spicing Up The Blog, Monthly Rambling & The Ring

Good morning ladies and gentlemen!

How does November treat you? We here in Southern Finland are having a terrible Autumn weather, with rain and clouds and dark days. I'm not the kind of person who is majorly influenced by the weather outside, but I'm only human, so yes, sometimes my mind wanders away to the sandy beach in the Canaries.. the waves.. the cocktails.. but then, it's not so bad right now either, is it.. hot chocolate, a book or a movie, a warm blanket.. plus, the winter holidays are getting closer.. tic tac tic tac..

Speaking of winter holidays, you know how people usually clean the house thoroughly and start sketching New Year's resolutions.. well that's what I plan too, but apart from the house, I'll also do that for this blog. 
I currently have 2 blogs, but unfortunately Vision By MILA is not as active as I initially wanted it to be, for various reasons and excuses (read I am not as active as I thought I'd be).. funny thing, it was supposed to be the other way around, but I seem to love this blog more. Having to manage 2 blogs is also not working for me very well, so I'm now trying to figure out its future. Right now, I believe Vision By MILA will get a fresh start  close (this is very much related to whether I decide to ever go forward with the photography business or drop this idea forever).

However, some ideas came up for this blog, or rather the way I post (and take) photos.. I've got so used to taking photos of landscapes and post "everyday" pics that I feel like making some changes. So I'll have a beauty related week, a color week, a food week, a Christmas week.. whatever category I can come up with, just so there's a bit of variation both for myself and for you, my readers. I'll still keep it a photo blog, but if I feel like some photo is worth it, I might add a few words too (for ex. share a recipe along with the picture).. the writer in me has awaken! Can't promise daily posts, but I'll do my best!

And now, kicking off the beauty/fashion related week with this gorgeous ring I bought from a shop in Romania, during my mini holiday. I don't usually wear rings, apart from my wedding & engagement ones, but I loved this one the moment I saw it on the rack, hence I got it and have been wearing it almost daily lately.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Beautiful Blogger Award

Hi all!

Silvina Soave was so nice to pass on this Beautiful Blogger Award to me, that I didn't want to delay my post any longer, so here I am, following the rules, namely share 7 things about myself and then pass the  award on to 15 bloggers. This award was actually meant for Vision By MILA, but since I want to keep that blog strictly for photos, I decided to do the writing here instead.
1. Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate, always.
2. Pizza or burger? Both ^^grin^^
3. Summer or winter? I'd go with summer, though I can't wait for Christmas!
4. Dogs or cats? Dogs. Whoof!
5. Breakfast or dinner? Dinner, but I love breakfast in bed during weekends!
6. Seaside or mountains? Both, love the Canarian waves as much as the snow in the Alps (though I don't ski)..
7. TV or internet? Less and less TV, but plenty of surfing these days..

Have a nice weekend everyone and feel free to take over this award, I am not going to nominate anyone, but everyone! I think every blogger who takes from his or her time to post on the blog, verify and leave comments on other blogs, or simply stop by and read is a beautiful blogger!