Sunday, 30 March 2014


That was the question my husband asked me when we were talking about holiday destinations for this spring. I had been toying with the idea of a day trip to Paris, given that it would be just a short train ride from HomeBase 2, and I haven't been to Paris for about 10 years or so.

But what he was suggesting was something else.

You see, we usually celebrate my birthday in Barcelona: just a few days to relax, a  little break from work at the most hectic time of the year, and a rare occasion when I and my husband can both take a few days off, at the same time, that is. But this year my birthday is in the middle of the week... So, no Barcelona in June.

We'll have to take our long weekend earlier in spring, if we want to spend it together, that is. And this would be a perfect opportunity to go to Paris, if I really wanted to, but that would mean no Barcelona this year.

So, Paris or Barcelona, which one will it be?

 It's a no-brainer, really: Barcelona wins every time.


 Most people might argue that the whole point of travelling is discovering new places and learning something new, but for people who spend their days running from one place to another (that would be me) or looking for things that are most likely in their other home, in another country (both of us), just being able to stop for a while and enjoy the scenery is the best holiday. After all, the whole point is to take a break from the daily grind, not more of the same, right? And yes, it is nice to know that we don't have to waste a moment of our few days looking for a place to have lunch as our favourite restaurants, bakeries and shops are exactly where we left them last year.

But most importantly, Barcelona is still my dream holiday destination, and I have come to rely on our annual long weekend to give me a dose of that quirky, creative energy that makes me see everyday items in a new light.
So, stay tuned for more posts as I plan to explore one of my favourite cities in more detail....



I designed the logo on my blog header myself, based on a (very old) photograph. I wanted something that looks quite simple yet a bit glamorous at the same time. I usually hate having my picture taken, and I am not in the least photogenic (weird expressions, a shiny face and frizzy hair is more my style...). This time I decided to tweak the source image to suit my purposes, and as a result my alter ego got a sort of a "Charlie's Angels" style glam makeover...

Tiina L illustration

I used Photoshop Elements 10, using various filters (e.g. cutout, poster edges, solarize) only as reference or guideline, and actually drew the outline and filled in the colour. This is partly because the source picture is not very good, and I need to fill in the details anyway. I suppose this would be a lot easier (and a lot less time-consuming) using vector graphics, and in the future I hope to have an opportunity (and time and patience) to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator...
But for now, this will have to do. I have of course simplified the process here, as this really took me hours and hours (if not dozens of hours) of hard work. And I admit to taking some creative freedom, especially as far as the hair is concerned...

The source image is a photograph of me when I was 17 (in the early 1980s).

What do you think, is it glam or not?

Tuesday, 25 March 2014


Welcome to my blog!

I am still figuring this out, so bear with me... I do have a lot to say about life, travel, style and everything that is elegant. Unfortunately, I am a bit technologically challenged, and a perfectionist, and thus it will take me a while to get the hang of how this blogging and posting works...
In the meantime, this is me, trying to simplify my life as I shuttle between my two homes, in two countries,  and various work commitments (oh, the joy of being a freelancer!)...

Elegantly yours, 

PS: as I approach the end of my 40s, this is what I decided to adopt as my mantra:
"Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not." 
(Oscar Wilde)
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