Finnish Women’s Day 2018 – 30th Anniversary Edition

 

This year’s Finnish Women’s Day NL-event was held on 14th – 15th April 2018 in Hotel Bilderberg Résidence Groot Heideborgh in Garderen, and it marked the 30th anniversary of Finnish Women’s Day NL.

The event is an annual weekend event full of fun, friendship, learning, networking and relaxing. This  year this very special edition gathered together 120 Finnish women living mainly in the Netherlands, but we also had participants who traveled all the way from Belgium and Finland to connect with old and new friends. For me this was the 6th time I attended and had a wonderful time, as expected!

Here is our group photo. I am happy to report that nobody fell in the pond during the photo shoot! The red goodie bags full of amazing surprises (including a discount voucher from I on Image) were sponsored by Jaatinen L6S Consulting.

SNP2018 Group photo

Photo credits: Mervi Lepistö for Stichting Finnish Women’s Day Netherlands

 

My company I on Image was, 3rd year in a row, a proud sponsor of the event and donated 3 gift vouchers in the immensely popular raffle. The raffle tickets were selling like hot cakes! These envelopes that I am holding contain each a gift voucher for a 45 minute online image scan with I on Image. Congratulations to the lucky winners!

The beautiful program booklet I am holding along the vouchers in the photo below is designed by graphic designer Päivi Kärkkäinen who has also helped I on Image with flyer designs in the past.

 

Our Saturday afternoon program contained a hilarious theater show “Rosa Liksom’s Women”, “Rosa Liksomin Naisia”, written by Finnish author Rosa Liksom and performed by Finnish actors Mira Kivilä and Marja-Leena Kouki.

I am a huge fan of Liksom and read many of her books so I knew a little bit what to expect. This play was a compilation of short stories spiced up with dark humor and dialect of the northern Finland. I thought it was just priceless!

Rosa Liksomin Naisia. Photo credits and bookings: www.meebu.fi

 

After the theater it was time for the first round of workshops. I hosted a workshop “Colourful Life”, “Värikäs elämä”, during which I helped the participants to choose their best colours that make them radiate, to select optimal accent colours and metal colour that flatters their complexion the most.

I challenged the popularity of an all-black wardrobe, which of course is practical and always stylish, but may feel a bit boring after years and years of wear. Especially in the spring even I as a neutral-addict really love to see a pop of colour. Life is short and style should be also fun!

Each participant went home with a little colour booklet that will help them to plan their outfits and to shop for new items to make their spring wardrobes shine.

In the evening we had a delicious dinner at the hotel and after that we headed to the 30th birthday party of the event where Finnish musician Tom Eklund performed with his band Liivit Boys. Eklund is famous from 2015 Voice of Finland and now tours around Finland performing his own music and covers.

It was a great gig! The party was heaps of fun and we danced with a DJ well past midnight. The closing song was of course Finnish singer Paula Koivuniemi‘s epic “Aikuinen Nainen”, an ode to the adult woman, that we all sang together shoulder to shoulder.

Curious fact: The night before, 13th April, Tom Eklund performed in Martinlaakso, Vantaa with Neumann who was the star of our last year’s event. Coincidence?

On Sunday we enjoyed an energizing breakfast and after the morning program had another round of workshops. This time I could participate myself and chose a career workshop hosted by business coach Mari Tasanto, director of HRM Partners.

During the workshop we learned about the latest work trends, how they affect us, what opportunities they can offer to us and what skills are needed in order to adapt. All in all a very informative package that sparked some good thoughts and lively debate.

 

That was my report from the 30th anniversary event of Finnish Women’s Day NL. Hope you enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to the next year’s event already!

You can see more fun photos from the weekend on I on Image’s Instagram page or follow #SNPaivat. You can also read my reports from previous years: 2016 in Zutphen and 2017 in Garderen.

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

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Events in April

This month I will be putting myself out there and speaking at a couple of events. I have listed them all in this blog post but you can also find them on I on Image’s events-page

On the weekend of 14th – 15th April I will give a workshop on finding your best colours at Finnish Womens Day NL in Hotel Bilderberg Résidence Groot Heideborgh in Garderen. This is a very special edition of the annual event as it’s the organization’s 30th anniversary. Congratulations are in order!

I have covered the previous events in my blog and you can read the stories here. Word of warning: the 2017 coverage contains a fan pic… As usual this event was sold out in just a few weeks but I will be posting pics of the event on my Instagram. Stay tuned and follow me already today!

 

On Wednesday 18th April I will be speaking at Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce’s Personal Branding and Business Image -event along international brand advisor Michiel Maandag of Monday Brand Advisory.

Come and learn how to brand yourself and hear practical advice on how to support your personal brand with a unique style that is remembered for the right reasons. During the event you have a possibility to get a new business head shot for your LinkedIn or CV taken by photographer Jenna Rutanen.

Please note that registration is mandatory and it closes on 13th April. Find tickets and info in here. I am looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Continuing on the personal branding theme, I will be exploring the science behind first impressions and giving tips on how to create a great first impression at Cultcheers event on Thursday 26th April.

This is a brand new startup operating in Amsterdam (and worldwide) that I have recently joined and I am super excited to be a part of this dynamic organization! You can book your very reasonable priced tickets here.

I am wishing you a wonderful month and hope to see you at one of the events!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

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.

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A 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

SNP logo Suomalaisen Naisen Paivat Hollanti

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.

 

Meeting Minttu and Sampo Kaulanen

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.

Suomalaisen Naisen Päivät Hollanti

Our event guests Sampo and Minttu Kaulanen of Jounin Kauppa in their evening dress up party gear. Photo credits: Stichting Finnish Women’s Day Netherlands

 

About Finnish phenomenon: Sisu

“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.”

– Sisu-expert Emilia Lahti

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. I

t’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?

Style workshop by I on Image

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!

Suomalaisen Naisen Päivät Hollanti

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! Read more about SNP events here.

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail