Friday, June 2

Dude, I'm Chuck Bass. Even Europeans Must Know What That Means.

This week an old obsession has returned. Gossip Girl. It doesn't matter how many times I've seen it,  can always re-watch it. I actually started watching it again couple of months ago in Finland, and haven't watched it since I got back to the US. Now, however, since I have a lot of school work to do, it's perfect background noise. 



My all time favorite is of course Chuck Bass. I love how the character changed during the show, and threre's so many good one-liners during the series. I used to love Dan, but the couple final seasons changed it. That's a one storyline I wish was different.







I don't know what I will be binging after I finish GG. Friends, perhaps. Or Gilmore Girls. Or Modern Family. Those are my all time favorites to binge, and just like Gossip Girl, I have seen all of them gazillion times.



Wednesday, May 31

Don't grow up, its a trap.

I'm actually surprised how little I panicked when I turned thirty. Ten years ago thinking about being 30 was horrible. It sounded so grown up. Like you should have all your ducks in a row by the age of thirty. I think maybe because so many people in my life are still figuring it out, I didn't really freak out when I turned 30. Now, being wiser, older and thirty and half, I can definitely give some advise for those youngsters worrying about entering this new decade.

1. Just like all the old folks say, age is just a number. It's true. If you are a total jerk at 29, turning 30 won't all sudden make you a better person.

2. Forget all those Buzzfeed's "30 things to do before turning 30" and "30 things no one over 30 should do/wear/buy/say" lists. Remember what I just said above? Just because it's the anniversary of your birth, doesn't mean you are a changed person.

3. Unless you are wearing a shirt that says "I'm thirty", nobody will probably know or care how old you are. Sure, my age is not one of those things I'm throwing out there when I meet a new person, but it's not because I'm embarrassed. It's because after you are old enough to buy your own beers, nobody truly care if you are 21, 25, 29 or 31. Why? Because it truly doesn't change who you are.

4. The older you get, the more you know. The more you have seen and experienced in life will help you to navigate the next 30 years, and the thirty years after that.

5. Getting older only means one thing: you are still alive. Celebrate life and surviving another 365 days on this earth. No one should take it granted.



I saw this sign by the freeway today and it made me smile.

Monday, May 29

There is no I in group work.

The next few weeks are going to be super busy. It's my first time having finals in UCLA Extension, and even though I'm taking only three classes, the final projects are a lot of work. I am definitely one of those people who would rather do a lot more work by myself, than do a group project. Much, much rather. I have never been a big fan of group work, and to be honest, I don't know that many people who are. It's always hard to make the schedules work, make the final project please everyone and work together with people you just met.

Right now I have two group projects to work on, and even though I have super amazing groups on both, I would still rather work alone. I know our groups will do great and everyone has a great work ethic and wants to make it great, but you know... I just like to do things my way.

Friday, May 26

Para que te acuerdes si no estás conmigo

It's time to reveal my obsession from this week. Unless you are living under a rock, you probably already know what my obsession is based on that title...Oh yeah, that Spanish song you keep hearing and have no idea what they are saying: Despacito by Luis Fondi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber.  What an amazing song!

Also me, I have absolutely no idea what they are singing. Oh well, now I do because I googled it, but it doesn't even matter. The song is great, even if I don't understand a word. I have no idea what I'm singing when I'm in my car singing as loud as I can. I actually got really mad at Siri the other day when I kept telling her "Play Desperato" and she wouldn't. I was like "Damn, Siri, you should play that already!" just to realize a moment later it's not even called Desperato but Despacito. I'm not sure why me and pretty much rest of the world are so obsessed with that song, but what can I say.. it's just amazing!!

If for some weird reason you haven't heard it, here you go. Your welcome.


Wednesday, May 24

Top 5: My favorite photos

Even though I haven't been shooting for a while, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos I have taken in the past. All of these have a lot of things I would change if I could re-do them, but overall this is currently my favorite bunch.



This was a part of my "Rulebreakers" series from last year. I photographed an 15 year old girl, who had just started taking flying lessons. Seeing her obsessing over planes and how happy she was to be part of my photo project was amazing.

This photo was more like an accidental snap than part of a planned photoshoot. Sometimes that's how the best photos are born, I think. This one got published online on Italian Vogue, I mean how cool is it to have that Vogue logo on your picture?!

Another one from "Rulebreakers", this little girl was the biggest Spider Man fan I have even met. She was such a fun model, and I think this was the only moment when she stopped for a second. 


This is part of my fairytale series from school's portfolio class. I was trying to re-create Robin Hood and add some movie poster style to it. I'm still super happy about how it turned out.


This photo was taken exactly 5 years ago to this date, so I guess I could call this vintage. Also part of an photo class assignment, it was a super fun shoot and one of those days when everything just kind of worked the way I had visioned. 

More of my work can be seen on my website, www.marke.photos. 


Sunday, May 21

5 facts about FINLAND




Tell me a fun fact about your home country in the comment box below! :)

Friday, May 19

"I'm like hey, I didn't know Ross from "Friends" knew O.J."

On Fridays I want to talk about things I've been obsessing that week. To start this new series correctly, let's talk about this week's obsession: James Corden. Corden is the host of "The Late Late Show With James Corden", which is a show that I've never seen on TV,  just clips of it on YouTube. I watch a lot of talk show clips online, and James Corden is definitely my favorite host. Usually I am not a fan of British accent at all and I often find it hard to understand. With Corden though, I don't even pay attention to it.


This week I have felt like James Corden is literally the funniest person on earth. I have seen a lot of his stuff before, but some reason this week I've been binging on it. My all time favorite video is "Drop the mike" with David Schwimmer (that's where the post title comes from, obviously). It has over 15 million views on YouTube and I think that's because I've watched it about 14 million times. I can't really explain how amazing it is, so you if you are not one of those 15 million people who has already seen it, I highly recommend checking it out (HERE!). Honestly, I have seen it probably hundred times. Just now, writing this post, I've played in the background for three or four times. Obsessed? Mildly.


What other videos would I recommend from James Corden? Everything. Interview clips, carpool karaoke, other rap battles and "Spill your guts or fill your guts" is pretty funny too. I can go for hours and hours and just keep on playing any of his stuff in the background. I love the way he makes fun of himself, his jokes are hilarious and of course all the segments are well put together. My carpool karaoke favorites are probably Justin Bieber, Adele, One Direction and Demi Lovato + Nick Jonas. 

Have you guys seen Carpool Karaoke or any other videos from Corden? Let me know your favorites in the comment box below! :)

Thursday, May 18

10 Things About ME

As I'm still working on my "Draw My Life" video, I figured I could tell you 10 random facts about me.

1. I absolutely HATE snakes. I can't even look at a picture of a snake. Even typing the word gives me chills.

2.  I grew up in the smallest little town you could imagine. Less than 2000 people, two grocery stores, a bank and a post office. I always wanted to leave, but looking back, growing up there was not that bad.


3. When I told my mom I wanted to move to the US, she said, direct quote: "over my dead body". HAHAHA. 8 years later, she's been here twice and I don't think she hates it.


4. I have a photography degree, but I haven't been taking much photos lately. Photography is my passion, but for some reason I haven't felt inspired lately.


5. I bought my first car few months ago, and I'm loving it! I never had my own car before, but I have been driving for over 10 years. I bought an old convertible Smart Car, which I named Zippy, because every car should have a name, right?


6. Studying marketing is some kind of break from my life. I needed some time to figure out what I want to do and where I want to live, and studying for a bit seemed like a good idea. I enrolled to UCLA Extension, and after 6 weeks or so, I'm glad I did it. I don't know yet if marketing is my plan for the rest of my life, but I'm sure it won't hurt.

7. I'm always late. I blame the Italians for this! I used to live in Milan for few years, and got used to the "no rush" mentality. It doesn't matter how early I start getting ready, I always get sidetracked. I'm working on being better at this, and haven't been late from school at all (yet).

8. I used to live in Italy. Like I mentioned before, I lived in Milan for few years working as an Au Pair and loved it. My host family was great, I met amazing people who I still call my friends, and I absolutely love Italian culture, food and lifestyle.


9. I love dogs! Not like a crazy dog lady, but I am surrounded by dogs all the time and I love it.


10. I am a professional screenshotter. I should probably put that on my business card, as I definitely screenshot more than I photograph. Quotes, lyrics, photo inspo, memes... You bet I have it saved on my phone!

There you go, now you know 10 completely unnecessary things about me. Sorry about the picture quality, I had to pull those from Facebook as I'm in the process of moving all my photos from PC hard drives to Mac hard drives, and to say my photo library is a mess is an understatement.

Tell me one random fact about yourself in the comment box below :)


Sunday, May 14

Open Letter To Mr. Trump

Dear Donald,

I'm here to help you to make America great again. Because, Donald, there is some serious issues I need you to work on, ASAP. Or right after that golf game.

I have been living in the best country of the world for for few years now, so I think I'm qualified to say this - there is a serious issue that needs to be solved. It's affecting millions of Americans. You know what I'm taking about, right? Yes, I the freaking check out lines at grocery stores. Don't get me wrong, I love my check out ladies and gents at my local Pavilions, but c'moon. The fact that Americans are not packing their own groceries is ridiculous. Let me tell you how things work in Finland: You go to the check out line and put down your groceries. The lovely person working on the store says hi. You mumble something back. Then you take your bags and start packing your things, as soon as the cashier has scanned them. Once all the items are scanned, you have already packed your groceries and you can pay and leave. In America you just stand there like an idiot, doing nothing, waiting for the cashier to scan your items. Then you wait for the cashier to go and pack your items (yes, sometimes they have baggers, but not always). And it takes F-O-R-E-V-E-R!!

So Mr. President, forget The Wall. Forget Obamacare. Focus on this. There is nothing more annoying than standing in line imagining your Ben&Jerry's melting, just because the cashier has to pack everyone's groceries after scanning them, while the customer just stands there doing nothing. America will not be great, not before this issue has been solved.

Sincerly,
Marke Liimatainen

 

Friday, May 12

Keeping up with Cait

I am the first to admit it, I have been quite a stalker. I used to live and breath celebrities. Red carpets, book signings, pretty much any random event - I was there. But that was years ago. As I got older, I guess I kinda got over the whole "meeting famous people" thing. Just to drop some names, on my first two years in LA, I saw the Kardashians, the cast of then-popular 'reality' show The Hills, as well as some "real" stars; Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julie Roberts, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and so on. I can't even really explain why I wanted to see all those random people.. Except that I was such a stalker.

This time it wasn't just another stalking mission. Heck, I didn't even bring my camera with the long zoom lens. It was a a book signing hosted by Los Angeles Times, and I was going to buy the book anyways. I really wanted to see Caitlyn Jenner in real life, as she is someone I have been watching on TV for years and of course am curious of hearing her story.

The book signing was more like a little talk, in a theater in downtown LA. Caitlyn Jenner was on stage, talking about her life, the book, transgender issues and then she took couple of questions from the audience. I think the whole thing was less than an hour, and it was pretty interesting. I gotta admit, I did fall asleep, but it wasn't because she was boring. It was because I was super tired and she was talking about stuff I had just heard her saying on an interview I saw. So overall it was a great event and definitely a step up from my stalker days, haha.


Who is your favorite celebrity you have bumped into? Mine is definitely David Beckham, but that's another story. Also, I probably shouldn't call it "bumping into him", since it's not like we go to same SoulCycle class and casually happened to bump into each other while sipping our kale smoothies...