Finnish Women’s Day 2017 in Garderen

Last weekend  I attended the 29th edition of Finnish Women’s Day in Garderen. It’s an annual event full of fun and friendship that gathered together an all-time record amount of 120 Finnish women living in the Netherlands and Belgium. There was also a nice amount of ladies who have lived in the Netherlands before and wanted to come and see their friends again. This year I gave up my spot in the organizing committee to wonderful new talent and fresh ideas and attended the event as a guest for change. Of course I on Image was a proud sponsor of the event and donated 3 gift vouchers in the immensely popular raffle where the prizes are getting every year more and more amazing.

Finnish Women’s Day NL 2016 was organized in Bilderberg Hotel ’t Speulderbos Garderen. Photo credits: Stichting Finnish Women’s Day Netherlands

 

This year the event joined in Finland’s centennial celebrations under theme Suomi 100 and Finnish flags were waving in the air throughout the weekend in the lovely hotel Bilderberg Hotel ‘t Speulderbos. This year’s guest performer was Neumann from Finnish 80’s cult band Dingo. We got to meet our childhood idol before the evening concert and getting a photo together was a must!

The anticipated highlight of the event, a themed evening party on Saturday, was celebrated with dress code blue&white. How else? First we experienced a beautiful performance from Finnish Female Choir TAIKA over a glass of bubbly. Then we enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. After the dinner we all moved to the ball room to listen to Neumann’s concert. It was really amazing to hear all those songs again!

The weekend proved again the power of Finnish women coming together. We have a strong community and it’s something to be proud of. I very much enjoyed the crafts workshops I attended. It’s nice to do something with your hands for a change. I made nice new connections and got inspired to participate in some new initiatives. More information will follow on my social media so stay tuned. You can see more fun photos from the weekend on I on Image’s Instagram page @ionimage or follow #SNPaivat.

Congratulations to the lucky winners of I on Image’s gift vouchers! massive thank you for all the participants and organizers for the memorable weekend!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Finnish Women’s Day 2016 in Zutphen

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A few of weeks ago I traveled to Zutphen for the 28th edition of Finnish Women’s Day. It’s an annual event full of fun and friendship that gathered together 94 Finnish women living in the Netherlands. This was my second year in the organizing committee and a truly wonderful experience! The event’s special guests were Finland’s craziest shop keeper couple, social media phenomenon from a small village Äkäslompolo in Lapland, Sampo and Minttu Kaulanen of Jounin Kauppa. They spoke us about their stellar success, stamina and perseverance, family life and love under the event’s theme, untranslatable quintessentially Finnish term, SISU.

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Our event guests Sampo and Minttu Kaulanen of Jounin Kauppa in their evening dress up party gear

According to Sisu- expert Emilia Lahti SISU “is extraordinary courage and determination in the face of adversity. It’s about not seeing a silver lining in the clouds, and yet jumping into the storm anyways. At the core of sisu is the idea that in each of us there is more strength that meets the eye.” And for me as a Finnish native this is something I can relate to in my own life. Despite of living over a decade abroad I am still through and through Finnish and feel like I owe a lot in my life to sisu so I really enjoyed listening to the talks under this theme. It’s a long standing tradition that on Saturday evening there is a party where everyone dresses up according to the theme. I went as Rosie the Riveter -who else?

I had the pleasure to host a style workshop under theme Last chance inspired by my popular service Personal shopping in your own wardrobe.  Each participant could bring to the workshop a few items from home, that have been causing them headache. We analyzed each item and thought creative new ways to wear them. As a starting point we used body shape analysis, colour seasons and great basic wardrobe that allows easy mixing and matching. The time flew by having fun! It was almost meant to be that one of my workshop participants won I on Image gift voucher in the Sunday raffle.

Congratulations to the lucky winner and thank you for all the participants!

Finnish Women’s Day NL 2016 was organized in Inntel Hotels Resort Zutphen. Photo credits: Stichting Finnish Women’s Day Netherlands

 

I had a wonderful time and I am looking forward to next year’s event already!

-Jenni
I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail