So the thing is, there will be a third Q&A post after this. I’ll try answering all of the questions (at least 90% of them), after this post we are a bit closer! But I love doing this kind of posts, so that’s not a problem. 🙂
Juttu on nyt niin, että kolmas kysymys&vastaus-postaus vielä tulossa. Koitan nimittäin saada ainakin 90% kysymyksistä vastattua, ja ei nyt kahteen postaukseen kysymysten jako millään riittänyt. Suomenkielisiä kysymyksiä taas aivan postauksen lopussa!
What are your three favourite make up products?
Kanebo Fluid Finish foundation, Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, Urban Decay Naked2 eyeshadow palette
Do you use false eyelashes? Or original lashes?
Just my own lashes. Mascara and a curler are my tools!
What’s your all-time favorite perfume?
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh
What’s your favorite nailpolish for autumn?
Either a dark red or light nude. With a really glossy finish.
Which shampoo & conditioner do you use?
Right now Oribe’s moisturizing ones. (To be honest I’ve never noticed big differences between different shampoos.)
How you do your ponytail?
Throw my hair upside-down and then just do it without often even looking into the mirror, I think it becomes better the less you pay attention how you do it. So I like my ponytails a little bit messy. If my hair feels too silky I put before this dry-shampoo and back-comb it a bit, and sometimes I fix it with a brush later so that the ponytail won’t feel too tight.
How do you get volume in your hair?
Using a root spray + hair-dryer after washing. On dry hair dry-shampoo and back-combing (not too much though). I love Moroccanoil’s root boost spray and Sebastian’s Drynamic dry-shampoo!
What beauty products do you use for your face care? I mean creams, washing products, scrubs etc. Your skin is so flawless!
Aw thank you! Though I have problems on my skin too, especially around a certain time of the month… I use Clinique face wash and clarifying lotion, and right now Environ’s Avst 2 face cream.
How is your skin so tan? And please what type of bra were you wearing with that beautiful blue dres in previous post?
I actually had my first spray-tan before my birthday, and on that post for example with the lace-up dress I still had a little bit of that color on my skin. I didn’t wear a bra underneath that dress, but I gotta say I don’t feel secure or confident going out like that. Now I’ve started to use Dove’s slightly self tanning lotion and I love it, doesn’t ruin white sheets or leave any weird line. (The reasons I haven’t use a self tan in ages)
Did you bleach your teeth?
Years ago, so not in a long time. I will definitely buy Crest Whitestrips when I’m in Florida, I think those are almost as efficient as professional whitening!
Do you edit your photos using photoshop or are they raw when posted on this blog?
I use Photoshop CC. (Paying the monthly rate, should have just bought it at once.) The usual tools I use: brightness/contrast, color adjustments, levels. Sometimes fixing something in the background, like bright colored traffic signs or cigarettes on the street. Hahah! But I never post raw pictures here, a little bit of editing does a lot.
Did you have to overcome being camera-shy in public? Did it feel awkward at first having someone taking your picture with tons of people around watching? If so, how did you get over that?
I did. At first I just made always sure there weren’t people on the background or anywhere near. Then by the time I learned to concentrate only in what I was doing, good pictures became more important than the awkward situation, I kind of try to blind myself from what is happening around me. And now that blogging isn’t a weird thing I don’t feel like a weirdo when doing it, guess that was the biggest change.
At what age did you start blogging?
How long does it take for you to shoot photos, edit and write a blog post?
This is a tough one, varies a lot. I know I could probably use less time on everything that I do, but then again I like doing them in my way, a very time consuming way. One day for one post, but how many hours that is, is impossible to say. Blogging often feels like a 24/7 job.
I saw you’re using Canon right now, during the last years you always used Nikon, why did you change that? Was it the right decision and why? And which camera do you have and which lenses do you use for blog pictures?
Canon EOS 6D. With Nikon I felt like I couldn’t get all the benefits out of it, after trying my friends’ Canons I got the idea of getting new camera equipment. I feel like a better photographer with Canon. I use mostly the lens 50mm f 1.4.
I thought to start blogging myself but I had and have still no clue how to start? I mean which blogging website did you use at the beginning. And how did you create your blog? -> which tools?
I think blogger and wordpress are great platforms to start a blog, it’s easy to change the layout/appearance things without having to know html-coding, and the instructions are very clear I think. I edit my pictures with Photoshop and upload them through flickr.com. Try googling about this subject if there’s something specific you need to know. Good luck and remember to be patient, I’m sure you will learn it if you give a try!
When was the last time you have a boyfriend? Was it a long relationship?
6 years ago. It lasted about half a year, right before that I was in a relationship for one year. But I’ve been single now for a long time, so I see myself as a teenager in those relationships.
Are there any men in your life who you are dating?
Nothing special going on right now I think.
Are you worried that you are getting older and have not found a boyfriend? Like me, that you are happy alone but all you friends have boyfriends and you wonder why you don’t? What are your thoughts on this?
Sometimes I have worrying moments when I think to myself that I’ll probably be single forever. But then again I know relationships can’t be forced, and I’d be more terrified being in a relationship that I wouldn’t feel good about, those would prevent me from finding actually the one. The one you’ll meet and everything will flow naturally and you’ll know that it’s right. Hahah so yes I believe in those kind of romantic faith things, everything will happen when it’s meant to happen.
Food / working out / health
What’s your favorite food?
Tortillas – with spicy minced meat, fresh salad and veggies, guacamole and salsa etc. And with a cold coke zero. So goood, always reminds me of weekend.
Did you/would you ever consider going vegan ?
I have considered trying vegan periods, but haven’t yet. I still don’t eat that much meat, more like everything in moderation. But I do love some vegan meals, like right now I’m addicted to falafels!
How does your workout routine look like every week? Which sport classes do you follow?
The classes I go to at my gym: body pump, cxworx (core workout), grit plyo, hot yoga. I’m not sure how many times a week, I’d say 3-5. But I don’t have a specific workout plan, only goal is feeling good in the inside. Sometimes I might take a week off from the gym and just have walks outside. Listening to what my body wants is what I always do!
How do you keep yourself motivated for the gym? (Even in autumn and winter!)
Just knowing how you’ll feel after a workout motivates me. When you go regularly it’s just a habit you like having. Also during the cold winter I love the hot yoga class!
What is your favourite thing to cook?
My usuals: pasta bolognese, sweet&sour chicken with rice, homemade hamburgers. I need to try new recipes!!
How do you stay so skinny?
I wouldn’t describe myself skinny, but I stay at my healthy weight by just listening to my body and eating what I want when I want. Not making a big deal about it is the way I know I will be at the weight I need to be, if that makes sense.
How does your food-schedule look like?
Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, snack – something like that. Depending when I feel hungry.
What is your typical grocery shopping list ?
Fruits (kiwi, apple, bananas), frozen berries, oats, soy milk, rye bread, chicken or minced meat, whole wheat pasta / rice, vanilla yoghurt, eggs, veggies, cottage cheese, turkish yoghurt (favorite dressing for all food), avocados, some chocolate.
How does a taco night look like?
Well you fill up the table with fresh veggies, salsa and turkish yoghurt and sweet and sour sauce, prepare spicy minced meat, heat up tortillas and tacos in the oven, and then just enjoy all together. Fill the tortillas as full as you can and eat as many as you can!
Have you ever suffered from an eating disorder?
This is a question that I got asked a lot in the past, and I gotta admit I was too skinny, let’s just say I didn’t take care of myself enough.
Do you make your own glogg or do you buy it in a bottle and heat it up?
I buy it in a bottle. And yes then heat up the drink, put some raisins and almonds in it, and enjoy. From a cute christmassy cup.
Do you like oreos?
LOVE them. Dangerous to even buy them, they’ll disappear fast.
What are your favorite movies?
Midnight in Paris (Rachel McAdams♥), The Wolf of Wall Street (every newer movie from Leonardo DiCaprio!), The Devil Wears Prada. Also old classics like Clueless and 10 things I hate about you. And The Holiday (Jude Law & Christmas ♥)
What is the most inspiring movie you saw?
Eat Pray Love
What are your favorite shows?
Sex and the City, Friends, Gossip Girl, Modern Family, the Big Bang Theory
What’s the thing that you love the most about Christmas?
The whole Christmas spirit. Peace and love and coziness. Being together with family. And whole December: all pretty lights outside, classic Christmas songs, the smell of fresh baked cookies, Christmas movies, glitter and everything sparkly.
(If you want to read more of these things I love, check out this post that I did in 2013. They are all still accurate!)
What is your favorite quote and why?
Stars can’t shine without darkness. I think it’s just beautiful, for me it means that everything would be boring without flaws, perfection is boring. The real truth is what makes people fascinating and shine.
What are currently your favorite songs?
Coldplay – Adventure of a lifetime. Addicted to this song right now, I’ve liked Coldplay as long as I can remember.
What song do you love about the text? Because its lyrics touched your heart?
Imagine Dragons – Demons. I have a hate/love relationship with this, reminds me of someone.
What are your favorite youtube channels?
Jaclyn Hill, Essie Button, Hey Claire, Beauty Crush. (Please tip me about your favorites, I want new ones too!)
What is your favorite book of all times?
Harry Potters, Shopaholics (and everything from Sophie Kinsella), Liza Marklund’s crime novels and Gabrielle Bernstein’s self-help books.
Are you ever planning on writing a book?
Would be fun if I’d come up a with an idea, but right now no. I think it’s good to concentrate on giving you my all here on the blog!
How to improve in English?
Watch TV-shows without subtitles, read books in English, read blogs in English, watch your favorite youtube channels on people who speak English, and if you feel like you are struggling a lot with the grammar, maybe go to an English course. Or web course?
What do you do when your energy levels are low?
Take a nap, drink a glass of water, walk it out, eat iron supplements. And sometimes just cancel my plans, feel like a zombie at home and have high sugary snacks. Hahah not probably the best way to handle a low energy feeling, activity creates more activity, so sometimes you should just force yourself do something when you feel like blah. Before that maybe drink a cup of coffee.
I’m really shy, do you have some tips for me?
Don’t think shyness as a weakness, or that you’d need to change in some way. Be yourself, just breathe, smile and remember the fact that you’re perfect as you are. Introverts are needed in our world!
Do you ever feel insecure? And how do you cope with that?
I do sometimes. We are often our own worst enemies, and actually Gabrielle Bernstein books are really good at teaching you how to let go of those fearful thoughts. Now that I’m reading one of her books again I remembered how amazing they are. Sometimes my favorite clothes and all black outfits give me a little bit more confidence too, if I’m just not feeling good about myself. Another thing, I don’t hang around with people I feel negatively insecure, I consider that as a bad sign.
What is your real name -Mariannna or Mariannan? Or is that what people call you in Helsinki?
Marianna is my name. I would have chosen my blog name probably differently if I’d have known it would become international. Mariannan means Marianna’s in Finnish.
Which brands of lingerie do you wear? Which one is your favourite?
Calvin Klein, Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Ella M (brand sold in Lindex at least). Ella M is my favorite bralette brand, Calvin Klein have good basics, Victoria’s Secret underwear is the prettiest and H&M for some basic bottoms.
How many designer bags do you have?
9 I think.
Do you know something about the Poland? Have you ever been there? If no, Would you like to go there?
I’d love to go there! I know I have many readers in Poland, and Weronika (From Raspberry & Red) told me some years ago how magical Krakow is in wintertime, so that image is really stuck on mind. Definitely going to visit one day!
What job would you like to have if internet didn’t exist?
Interior designer. That’s what I thought I’d be as a kid. Or a fashion journalist to some magazine.
Which season do you like and why?
Winter because of Christmas, spring and summer because of the light and freshness after winter. If I’d had to say only one, I’d say summer. I love going to our summer house, eating barbecue food, the light nights and going out with friends, when you can walk outside not having to put on a jacket.
Questions in Finnish
Mitä toivot joululahjaksi?
Äidiltä itsekudottua neuletakkia ja jotain hyvää kirjaa.
Mikä on sun toinen (ja kolmas jos on) nimesi?
Mikä on Celinen laukun virallinen väri?
Osaisikohan joku muu vastata tähän? 😀 Vaaleana beigenä olen sitä vain pitänyt.
Mitkä ovat sun lemppari kasvorasva, shampoo ja hiuslakka?
Kasvorasvasuosikkeja: Environ Avst 2 ja Vichyn kaikki rasvat. Shampoosuosikkeja ei totta puhuen ole, en huomaa paljoakaan eroa kampaamo- ja markettishampoiden välillä. Aussien Strong hold -hiuslakka pitkäaikainen suosikki!
Montako kertaa olet värjännyt hiuksesi, minkä ikäisenä värjäsit ekan kerran?
En ole ikinä värjännyt. Joskus teininä kokeilin tummaa sävytettä joka kesti ehkä 8 pesua, ja kahtena kesänä oon vaalentanut aurinkoraitoja. Tällä hetkellä ei hiuksissa siis mitään.
Mitä hiustuotteita käytät?
Shampoita ja hoitoaineita vaihdellen eri merkkejä, muotovaahtoa ja kuivashampoota (Sebastianilla ehkä parhaat), hiuslakkaa, hiusöljyä ja tyvisuihketta (Moroccanoil), välillä suolasuihketta.
Voisitko kuvitella muuttavasi ulkomaille?
Nuorempana pidin itsestäänselvyytenä ulkomaille muuttoa, juuri nyt en osaa kuvitella että sitä tapahtuisi. Mutta koskaan ei pidä sanoa ei koskaan, nautin kuitenkin Helsingissä ja Suomessa asumisesta niin etten tällä hetkellä usko.
Näetkö itsesi bloggaajana vielä kiikkutuolissakin? 😀
Hassu ajatus, mutta näen 😀 Eläkkeellä sitten bloggailen vaikka neulomisjuttuja.
Kuntoiletko kuinka usein? Miten ja montako kertaa viikossa?
3-5 kertaa viikossa ehkä. Käyn bodypumpissa, core-tunnilla, grit plyossa, välillä joogassa/pilateksessa.
Elämäsi mieleenpainunein muisto?
Onpa vaikeaa sanoa vain yhtä! Mieleen painui ainakin Minnien hakeminen kotiin sen ollessa aivan pikkuinen hauras olento, voi sitä onnen päivää! Toinen mieleenpainunut hetki oli Nycin näkeminen ekan kerran, taksissa Manhattanin siluetin näkyessä tuli niin mykistynyt olo etten sitäkään tule unohtamaan.
Mikä on lempijuhlasi?
Joulu, ei epäilystäkään!
Odotatko joulua innolla?
Odotan!! Ekat joululaulut jo kuuntelin ja glögikausikin on avattu, mutta koitan hillitä joulukuuhun enimmät fiilistelyt.
Mikä on lempiesine kotonasi?
Kultainen kynttilänjalka, mummun vanha – tai todennäköisesti mummun mummun.
Mitä on ostoslistallasi tällä hetkellä?
Parvekkeelle jouluvalot. Ei mielessä mitään muuta just nyt!