So, I got my PhD... during a pandemic.

Hi all,

today's post is a bit different. As many of you know, I have been working on my PhD for about five and a half years. Well, I should say that I worked on it for about five and a half years – since I have finally made it. I am officially a doctor now!

(Not the medical kind. Just the kind that does research. So don't start sending pictures of your warts to me.)

I defended my thesis publicly in early April. However, because of the COVID-19 situation, it was a different type of public defence than I had expected... as I did it from my own living room. The wonders of modern technology!

For context, defending your doctoral thesis is a big deal in Finland. It's usually a very formal, kind of old-fashioned ceremony, where specific people do and say specific things, there's a strict dress code, and there's an audience present. Usually, there's some kind of after-party in the evening, too. It can be a big party (like, comparable to a wedding reception, I guess), o…

Isolation fashion

Hey guys,
obviously, this spring has been a very strange time for most of us. We are all stuck at home most of the time (with the exception of essential workers – and by the way, THANK YOU for doing the work you do, if you happen to read this), which can be mentally difficult from time to time. I often find myself restless and in need of something to do, so I do what I do best: I play dress up. 
(FYI – I'm not working at the moment and I don't have kids. I understand that for some people the current situation can mean having LESS time for yourself. This is just my personal experience). 
So, I thought I would share some of my recent outfits and makeup looks with you. Maybe you'll get some inspiration from them, or maybe you could just use a distraction from all the negative news!

Dress - ASOS (Club L) Shoes - Primark (old) Headband - ASOS Pearls - vintage

It's safe to stay that I'm not a "loungewear" person. Obviously I don't dress like this every day,…

Confidence talk & a podcast recommendation!

Hi guys!
Sorry I haven't posted a lot here recently. I know some of you guys miss the good old-fashioned outfit posts and I promise I will do some this spring/summer. However, at the moment I'm quite busy preparing for the public examination of my PhD thesis, so bear with me! 
In the meantime, I did a super long video about confidence on my YouTube channel. I often get questions and comments along the lines of "I wish I had your confidence" and I just wanted to talk about it a bit more and let you guys in on a secret: I'm not actually confident. I know that kind of contradicts with the name of this blog, but I am pretty insecure about a lot of things. I am fairly confident about my looks, that's true. The fact that I'm fat doesn't really impact my confidence at the moment, but that doesn't mean I'm confident about everything. If you want, you can check out the video here:

I also did a Get Ready With Me at the same time so it wouldn't be a…

Ordering from MissPap to Finland for the first time: Plus-size try-on haul!

I recently tried out a brand I have been seeing all over social media: MissPap. Some of the items were hits, some of them... not so much, haha!

MissPap does not exactly have a "plus-size" collection. They have a "size inclusive" collection from size UK 6 to size UK 26. What are your thoughts on collections like that? Check out the video above to hear mine!

Zapaka Dress Review

The dress I'm modeling in this post was kindly gifted to me by Zapaka. I did not get paid to write this post.

A while ago, I was contacted by a brand called Zapaka, and they very kindly asked if they could send me dress to try on for my blog. They have some lovely vintage dresses on their website, so of course I said yes.

Zapaka have both straight-size and plus-size dresses. However, I'm wearing the biggest size they offer (3XL), so I would mostly recommend the site for those of you who are my size or smaller than me. Generally in dresses I wear a EU size 48 / UK 20 / US 16, but I am bigger on my bottom half (wide hips and big thighs), and I am 179 cm tall. I would say that the measurements table on the Zapaka site matches the dress I got, so you can go by that.

I chose this lovely Red Vintage A Line Asymmetrical Swing Dress. The delivery was fast and the quality of the fabric is nice. The packaging of the dress was also pretty, featuring the Zapaka logo in a lovely teal color…

Beautiful Holiday Season Dresses from Dear-Lover

This post is a collaboration with the brand Dear-Lover. They have very kindly sent me the dresses I model in this post. However, I do not make any money from writing this post.

Earlier this year, I was contacted by the lovely brand Dear-Lover, and they asked if I could do a blog post for them. Since I had worked with them before (watch my YouTube try-on haul from last year here), I was excited to try their dresses again. I chose two dresses to try - both of them are maxi-length evening gowns, as I had previously been impressed especially by the quality of their evening wear. Both are also red, because it's one of my favorite colors to wear, and perfect for Christmas and the holiday season!

The first dress I picked out is the Red My Everything Plus Size Mermaid Dress. With a price of only $ 9.90, it is an extremely affordable option for an evening dress. I was honestly so impressed by the quality, especially considering the low price. The dress is heavy in a good way - it feels lux…

Favorite outfits: Fall 2019

Hi guys, 
I just thought I would share some of my favorite outfits from this fall. In Finland, it's pretty much already winter, so I thought it would be a good time to look back at some of my OOTD photos from the past couple of months. Oh, and remember to follow me on Instagram - I post my outfits pretty much daily over there! 

I wore this when I went clubbing with my friend in September. I don't go out a lot these days - I'm too old for that stuff, haha. When I do go clubbing, I tend to wear dresses, but this time I felt like wearing jeans and a top. The top I'm wearing is from Shein and the jeans are from Fashion Nova. And yes, you can see my bra. I don't really care since the colors match, haha. 

I have worn this Fashion Nova dress a couple of times this fall. It's really soft and comfy, and actually pretty warm as well. 

This is a work outfit. I LOVE the top. It's from Cubus and it's actually a straight-size top (size EU 44/UK 16/US 12). Obviously …