The versatile blog award and the realest summer weekend

Hey, guys! I know I promised you the part 2 of our summer vacation tales but in the meantime two very important things turned up and I definitely had to share them with you ASAP! So, as you could obviously draw a conclusion from the very obvious title, one thing is the honorable versatile blog award from sweet Joana (visit her beautiful blog here) and the other thing a very summery and very active weekend (July 4-5). And I'm going to combine those two thematics into a hopefully somewhat fascinating and/or interesting blog post.

Therefore, in the first place let's talk about the versatile blog award from Joana (thank you very much, sweetie!). Naturally every blog award has its rules and so does this one. Here they come, copied from Joana's blog post:
- Thank the person who gave you this award
- Include a link to their blog
- Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about you
- Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you've recently discovered or follow regularly

7 things about me
1. Based on Carl Jung's and Isabel Briggs Myers' typological approach to personality my test result is ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging). ISTJs are often called inspectors. They have a keen sense of right and wrong and they're noted for devotion to duty. Punctuality is a watchword of the ISTJ. ISTJs often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. They usually keep their feelings to themselves unless they are asked. And when asked, they don't mince words. Truth wins out over tact.
In communication ISTJs come across as open and natural, as well as precise and to-the-point but they can also be somewhat formal. ISTJs make good project managers (that's me!), mid-rank managers, department heads. And all you just read is definitely "me" but you should also keep in mind I'm a Gemini and occasionally I can be the absolute opposite of everything the test declared and it's completely inevitable.
2. With direct references to the previous fact - I'm a severe perfectionist. I don't feel like doing anything when I can't do it almost perfectly and that can be a huge problem. For example I've been cleaning and assorting and adjusting my wardrobe for years. Yes, YEARS. Without a proper, satisfying outcome. I'll let you know when a miracle happens and I'm finally done with it.

3. I'm a pathological procrastinator, I admit it. When I'm about to do the dishes I procrastinate till 10 or 11 p.m. and then do it half-awake. And since things must be perfect it takes at least an hour to achieve that ideal outcome.
4. I have a thing for McDonald's. Luckily we don't have it in my hometown but when I'm somewhere nearby a McDonald's "restaurant" I just have to visit. Luckily it's not a frequent thing.
5. I love discovering and photographing new places, inside and outside Estonia. It makes me happy.
6. I also love thrift shopping. I'm this crazy thrift store guru who must visit pretty much every thrift shop she sees. And when I come across something awesome I'm once again happy. For example better part of my wardrobe comes from thrift stores but also many cool home decoration items.
7. The TV series I always watch are The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth. With E we watch The Walking Dead and MasterChef. I also loved Revenge and The Carrie Diaries. Do you guys have any recommendations on the basis of my current favourites?

My nominations
1. Keit (Beauty In Insanity)
2. Mili (sharmtoaster)
3. Lily (imperfect idealist)
4. Denise (Denise's Planet)
5. Hebe (cococherry)

And now about today's extremely heavy photo flood and the expeditious weekend I previously referred to. It was July 4-5 when we experienced proper summer here in Estonia and obviously we had to take advantage of this ephemeral wonder* (*this year our usual summer stands for +15 to +18°C and annoying rain always when you don't need it). Therefore on July 4 we first spent around 2,5 or 3 hours at the beach in Karepa. It's our annual favourite and when you look at my previous Karepa posts from 2011 here, 2012 here and 2013 here you can see a smugly four-legged friend who has also pretty much always been there at the same time. Such a sweet coincidence I only now discovered! Anyway, I swimmed in the refreshing sea for the first time this year and it was SO good! And the five photos above were taken at the beach. The next five, including my summery greenish outfit of the day, originate from a scenic cornfield studded with beautiful poppies. I'm glad it happened to be on our way home exactly when we needed it.

Emporio Armani sunnies | amber necklace from Cēsis, Latvia | thrifted s.Oliver top | Amisu shorts | Love Moschino sandals.

Before heading home for good we did some brief shopping and one thing I snatched was this "Keeping it very simple" sweatshirt from Seppälä's girls' section. It was €16.95 5 and I'm pretty sure I'm getting addicted to cool sweatshirts and great deals at kids' departments. Do you guys buy stuff for yourself from kids' departments? If yes, what was your last best find?

Now, in the evening we grabbed our bikes and went pedalling. I had already forgotten how awesome it felt. Riding on gravel roads against the background of beautiful sunset, beautiful horses and thick, pleasently aromatic woodland was exactly what we needed to draw the line at this busy day. We covered roughly 12 km and since my bike is a second hand city bike, not a cross-country bike like E's, I had to work extra hard on those angular gravel roads! I'm not complaining though. Anyway, five photos above were taken during our expedition.

And last but not least a couple of photos above from July 5 when we among other things visited another field to pick our beautiful national flowers aka bachelor's buttons. So I of course hope you enjoyed today's super long and super photo heavy post. I know I worked on it super hard, that's for sure! Definitely let me know your thoughts and well, that's that - see you in the next post because honestly, the amount of stuff I want to share with you is tremendous! Bye Bye!


Summer vacation tales: part 1 (June 12-17)

Yikes, what a bad blogger I've once again been! But hey, I guess in my case it's pretty much inescapable because on top of everything else I'm often a pathological procrastinator. And you guys who still faithfully come here are probably already used to the situation. Or at least that's what I've been always telling myself. Maybe it's an illusion but as they say - hope for the best... well and prepare for the worst but I'm leaving that one out right now because it's time for the vacation tales! In other words this year's vacation numero uno is over, I'm back at work, already in full swing of things and seems like even more work is ahead of me.

So, let's start at the very beginning, i.e. June 12 which was my last day at work before the vacation. I celebrated my birthday with the colleagues: we had a tasty barbecue with plenty of salmon and the traditional birthday cake. And then I had to get my move on because my favourite hairdresser was waiting for me at the salon.

What did we come up with, you may wonder? Well, with short(er) hair, of course because I have completely lost my interest in the usual boring long. And I have absolutely no regrets! Shorter is lighter, undemanding and pretty much foolproof. Washing is easy, brushing is easy and shampoo and conditioner consumption is minimal too. I can only say one thing - triple yay for short hair! Oh and as usual, a bunch of blonde stripes was added on the roots and the few reddish ones were a cool gift. So, what do you guys think of the new look?

Anyway, I already brought up my birthday at work but I also celebrated it on June 13 with my parents and on June 17 with E's parents and sisters. What I didn't unfortunately do was taking photos. I only have one little collage with three shots of June 13's homely outdoor table and one shot of June 17's rustic indoor table which, believe me, was also generous (we even had cold and warm sushi, yum!) but I was too occupied to capture it. My initial goal was of course to photograph everything so I guess better luck next year? And by all means the most important part was to enjoy both family gatherings and that's exactly what we all did!

Now, today's biggest batch of photos dates back to June 16 when we visited E's grandparents and aunt in the tiny village of Kõmmaste in the middle of my favourite pine trees. You can look back on their rustic household and surroundings plus their birds and four-legged friends through this link if you're curious; there are my various blog posts from 2010 till 2014. Anyway, E's oldest cousin graduated elementary school and the graduation ceremony was held in their schoolhouse, glorious neo-Gothic Vasalemma Castle. I wish my schoolhouse looked like this back in the day... and once again I'm a little sad I didn't take any photos but you can see the stunner that was built between years 1890 and 1893 here.

By the way, the background of my numerous outfit photos is around another local sight, fascinating Rummu quarry (link) and it was on the brink of 8 p.m. when we took those shots, hence the cool light. Oh and I almost forgot to tell you the story behind my new cami and pants! So, when we left Jõgeva in East-Estonia the weather was really warm and even summery. Obviously we dressed accordingly. But then we drove some 150 km and got to North-Estonia where chilly autumn had rudely jumped the queue and since we didn't want to turn into two icicles we just had to rush to the nearest mall and grab something warmer (I originally wore a mini dress with that blazer). Surprisingly my set of two from HaILY*S (check out their girls' 2015 summer collection here!) cost reasonable €21.98 (cami €8.99 and pants €12.99) and I really dig both of those quirky pieces (E got a long-sleeved polo top to soothe the impact of his previous short ones).

Emporio Armani sunnies | thrifted Paper Dolls blazer | HaILY*S cami and pants | thrifted Claudia Bianca leather sandals | Guess leather bracelet | Guess heart bracelet (fresh b'day gift from mom and dad) | silver bracelet from E.

Okay, another lengthy post has been completed and that's just the beginning of my vacation tales series. Definitely be prepared for at least part 2 and part 3 hereafter because I have a lot to show and tell, hundreds of photos to choose from! And I think next time you're going to see even two outfits since I must somehow draw together all those mountains of photos. But for the time being I hope you enjoyed today's masterpiece. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it and will enthusiastically proceed to your unread blog posts in my Bloglovin' list now. See you, guys!