Cannes film festival 2019

Fashion,20 May 2019

Maksettu kaupallinen yhteistyö L’Oréal Paris:in kanssa// Paid collaboration with L’Oréal Paris

These past couple of days at Cannes Film Festival felt like an entire week but passed faster than a blink of an eye. It’s been an unforgettable experience that I’m so grateful to have.

On Friday, our group of four Scandinavian L’Oréal Paris it-girls touched down in Nice to represent L’Oréal for the weekend. On Saturday morning, we packed up and moved to Hotel Martinez Hyatt in Cannes. The hotel was in full preparation, with celebrities everywhere, enormous flower arrangements and luxury branded bags and boxes going into rooms of very important guests. Totally normal sight to see Eva Longoria, Andie McDowell or Helen Mirren in a robe and slippers in the corridors.

After dropping off my enormous bags, it was time to get our day makeup done to prepare for a day in front of the camera. Hours went by waiting, shooting, working and lunching before it was time to get ready for the red carpet.

A few days ago, when I found out that I was supposed to wear a gown for the event, I instantly felt like I wanted to wear my bridal gown. I didn’t want to get something new, and I think it’s such a shame to have worn this dress only once before on my wedding day, therefore it was an easy decision.  Maybe not the very most convenient, since it was raining all day and my trail was wet and grey by the time I arrived at the cinema, but I was happy anyway.

The red carpet was fun and nerve wracking at the same time. I’m happy we walked together and supported each other. We got to see a beautiful and touching French movie: Les Plus Belles Années D’une Vie by De Claude Lelouch. After the movie, it was finally time for dinner that turned into a big party with dinner guests dancing on the tables. I tried my best, but had to give in at around 1 am, where after I stepped in front of the camera one more time to take these pictures for you at the hotel. My photographer Juuli, who flew in during the night, literally had to carry me to bed and help me undress. Just like on my wedding day, or at least almost ;).

Pictures by Juuli Rönkä

traveling blues

Fashion,personal,17 May 2019

Sitting in the airport and as usual, it’s a great time and opportunity to think, reflect and write. I’m flying to Nice, but have to fly via Paris, so I’m spending more or less all day today in the air and on the airport. It’s fine, but to be honest, I find airports a bit melancholic and sad (I’m also awaiting my period ;)). People come and go, and everyone keeps staring at their phones. As do I. It’s lonely to travel alone, especially on a day like today when I’m traveling with mixed emotions.

I’m overwhelmed with excitement about getting this opportunity to take part of the Cannes film festival, but I feel really sad about leaving the kids- again. They are reacting to me being away, and I feel like I’ve been telling them that: “mommy will be back very soon“ too much and for too long now. My son wants to be held all the time and at night, he wants to be as close to me as possible and keeps waking up just to make sure I’m still there. On the contrary, I always feel a bit guilty when I travel/work/study or do anything that requires me being away from them, so I’m sure it’s also healthy for all of us to practice separating and reuniting. It’s just that my heart is always with them, so whatever I do, and wherever I go, I can’t fully enjoy it without having my batteries fully charged with all the little and big things that makes my life feel meaningful. And, although I feel meaningful and fulfilled when I get to do what I love and within my work, my family is what makes me feel grounded.

This is the very last work trip I have booked for this Spring, so by telling you, black on white that I will slow down, makes it more of a real promise to myself. And, until then, I will just have to try to be present and enjoy this one of a lifetime and extremely privileged opportunity I have to not only get to work with what I love, but also get these unique experiences.

I know I’ve been ranting about the same subject for some time already, but since I know you appreciate real dairy-like content, I can’t keep myself from sharing that this is one of the things I struggle with all the time. Maybe there are other parents who struggle with the same kind of thoughts?

dress elseadeliadubai// shoes zara// bag gauhar// sunglasses ray ban// ring thomas sabo

Pictures by Juuli Rönkä