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Funky Lady 20-year anniversary fashion show!

The Funky Lady store in Forum located on the rooftop of Kukontori is a well-established lingerie boutique of intimate apparel for every woman. This year Funky Lady celebrated its 20 year anniversary and along with Férrer fashion boutique jointed forces to create the Funky Lady & Férrer 20-year anniversary fashion show in Opera in late November. The show was recorded and broadcasted from Fox Finland. Stay tuned on Fox as it will be coming on air again.. I was also invited and I had the chance to take a closer look on the collections.

At show the new winter collection was shown. There were lots of Marlies Dekkers, Fauve and Marie Jo pieces and various lingerie brands. “This year it has been Bridget Jones- style of underwear, when shaping products are much better looking than previous years. Therefore, we had more curvacious ladies than usual as models such as Kati Kokkonen and Lola Odusoga-Wallinkoski. We received a lot of positive feedback from customers about those ladies!” says Saara Salmenkallio, owner of Funky Lady.

The Funky Lady pop-up store situated on the second floor in Forum will be there at least until Epiphany Day on January 6, 2013. There you will find the new 2013 swimwear collections as well as last summer’s collection available in extremely affordable prices! Lingerie Sales start on January 7!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Funky Lady 20 års- jubileum och modevisning!

I år blir Funky Lady sin 20 årsdag tillsammans med Férrer mode butiken, tillsammans skapade det Funky Lady & Férrer20 års- jubileum och modevisning som var i Operan i November.

Shown var inspelad och sänds av FOX Finland. I shown fick man se vinter kollektionen. Där var mycket av Marlies Dekkers, Fauve och Marie Jo och andra märken. ” Det här året har det varit Bridget Jones stil av underkläder,  vi hade mer kurviga damer än vanligt t.ex. Kati Kokkonen och Lola Odusoga-Wallinkoski. Vi fick mycket positiv feedback av det här damerna från kunderna ” säger Saara Salmenkallio, ägaren av Funky Lady.

Funky Lady butiken linger i Kukontori och Funky Lady pop-up butiken är i Forums andra våning och är där till Januari den 6, 2013. Där hittar du nya 2013 badkläds samlingen och förra sommarens samlingen för överkomliga priser!

Underkläders rea börjar den 7 Januari.

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Bilderna: Kim Ekman (Vision51)


A night to remember!

The year is soon approaching its end.. 2012 has been a blessed year for me. Personally and professionally things have been working out fine!

One of the most significant events of 2012 is that on December 12, 2012 I got engaged!  12/12/12 is symbolic and memorable. After 12/12/12, 89 years need to pass until a similar pattern is shown on the calendar!

It was a snowy night.. as you can see! We got everything we needed from Forum!

My fiancé and I got our rings from Kultakamari in Forum. Both in white gold which are most popular among modern couples.

My nails were done in M&N Image Hair in Forum. A classic French manicure.

My hair was done by Antonio Flores at Hiusfashion Forum. Finally, my jacket is from Orsay Forum.

My engagement was a privé dinner at the legendary first class gourmet Palace restaurant with a breathtaking view of the sea and a feel  of the 50’s to it. We had a 5-course meal with lots of surprises from the chef!

All the best to couples that are getting engaged or married in the next year! Remember that Forum has something for all of you!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman

En kväll att minnas!

Året börjar ta sin slut.. 2012 har varit en välsignad år för mig. En av det märkbaraste händelserna av 2012 var när i December den 12, 2012  blev jag förlovad. 12/12/12 är symbolisk och minnesvärd.  Det var en snöig natt.. som ni ser. Vi skaffade allting vi behövde av Forum!

Min fästman och jag skaffade våra ringar av Kultakamari i Forum. Båda ringarna var i vitguld vilket är det populäraste bland moderna par.

Mina naglar var gjorda i M&N Image Hair i Forum. En klassisk Fransk manikyr.

Mit hår var lagat av Antonio Flores i Hiusfashion Forum. Och till sist min jacka var från Orsay Forum.

Min förlovning var en privat middag i den legendariska gourmet restaurangen Palace med en fantastisk utsikt över havet och känslan av 1950 talet. Vi hade en 5-rätters middag med många överraskningar av köksmästaren.

Allt de bästa för par som skall förlova eller gifta sig i nästa år! Mins att Forum har något för er alla!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Bilderna: Kim Ekman


Magical Christmas with Seppälä!

Seppälä is a strong Finnish clothing brand and only Finnish fashion store in Finland with stores in the Baltic countries and in Russia.

Seppälä is recognised by its affordable price and good quality of products. “Seppälä offers everyday fashion with a twist of the latest trends,” says Tuija Tuikka, store manager of Seppälä Forum, who has been working for Seppälä for over 25 years.

Don’t forget that you can offer giftcards from Seppälä to your friends and family! On the 1st floor of Seppälä in Forum there is the women’s department, on the 2nd floor you will find collections for 18-25 year old women, the pre-teen collection for 10-15 year olds as well as cosmetics and accessories -lovely bags and shoes- to match every collection.

You will also find a number of glitter outfits ideal for the Christmas season! Lots of white blasers and shirts accompanied by black leather trousers and accessories! Note that some of the items might be already sold out!

I found this amazing white blaser with black details and I accompanied it with a sprakling top ready for the pre-Christmas office party!

Seppälä has a wide variety of shoes and accessories on the second floor mainly but on the ground floor I found a pair of red high heels that would go great with my fire red lipstick!

The Magical Christmas collection will inspire you to choose presents for men, women and children! I found a soft cotton white bathrobe!

Lastly, in Seppälä Forum you will find a few last pieces of the Tiia Vanhatapio by Seppälä collection.

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)


Pizza in a cone!

Don’t you love pizza? Pizza is one of the most popular foods across the world and some say the ‘national’ food of Finland! Now you have the opportunity to enjoy your favourite snack when you are on the go!

Pizza cones booth has recently appeared in FORUM and I went to give it a try! Guilty pleasure!

Paula and Riina serve pizza cones in FORUM on the first floor next to the stairs that lead to ground 0.

“I enjoy working in FORUM, there is music and lots of people!” says Paula who has a passion for food. I asked her what is her favourite pizza cone. “I’m vegetarian so I like my pizza cone with mozzarella, blue cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms,” explains Paula.

According to Riina, Tropicana is the most popular pizza cone. “I like my Tropicana Pizza Cone best with blue cheese,” she says. I asked Riina about what’s new about the pizza cone concept. “It’s easy to take with you, not so messy and a bit smaller so less calories,” she says.

Enjoy a pizza cone for 3,50€!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Pizza i en kon!

Älskar du inte pizza? Pizza är en av den mest populära maten i hela världen och många säger att den är Finlands nationalrätt!

Nu har du möjligheten att njuta av ditt favorit mellanmål när du är på språng.

Pizza Cones salustånd har nyligen öppnats i FORUM och jag har redan smakat på en jätte god pizza kon.

Paula och Riina serverar pizza koner i FORUM i första våningen.

Njut en pizza kon för endast 3.50€!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Bilderna: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Fashion, Joker

Gok Wan exclusive collection only at Specsavers!

I have been in need of a visit to the optician to check my vision as well as looking for new glasses. Last week I visited Specsavers in FORUM, had my eyes checked and left with 3 pairs of glasses! This gorgeous red frames for a price of 99€ are my favourite ones!

Also, British fashion stylist Gok Wan has exclusively designed the GW collection for Specsavers. The GW collection of frames is now available in Specsavers store in Forum’s ground floor.

For my second pair of glasses, I chose the following frame in beige made by plastic with textured metal sides, that makes a real style statement and looks particularly good on darker skin. I am not particularly tanned and my complexion is quite fair and light but in combination with my dark brown hair this frame gives me the edge I want!

My third pair is these rectangular frames that are finished in black acetate for a soft touch with the GW insignia on the side.

These frames have a retro nostalgic feel to them and they are suitable for the office! They are also found in beige colour.

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Gok Wan exklusiv kollektion bara på Specsavers!

Jag har varit I behov av att besöka en optiker för syn granskning likväl som för att få nya glasögon. Förra veckan besökte jag Specsavers i Forum. Där blev min syn granskad och jag lämnade affären med 3 par nya glasögon! Ett par nätta bågar i rött till priset av 99€ är mina favoriter!

Den birttiska mode stylisten Gok Wan har designat GW kollektionen enbart för Specsavers. GW kollektionen av bågar är nu tillgänglig på Specsavers affär i Forums bottenvåning.

Det andra glasögon paret jag valde var ett par i beige gjorda av plast med en metallisk textur på sidorna. De här glasögonen ger en stilig uppsyn och ser speciellt bra ut på mörkare hud. Jag är inte speciellt solbränd och min hudfärg är rätt så ljus, men i kombination med mitt mörkbruna hår ger det mig vad jag vill ha!

Mitt tredje par har rektangulära bågar med detaljer i svart acetat för en mjukare känsla samt signatur av GW på sidan.

Dessa bågar har en retro nostalgisk känsla och är väldigt passande till kontoret! De finns också i beige färg.

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Bilderna: Kim Ekman (Vision51)


Orsay opened its doors in Forum! // Orsay öppnade sina dörrar i Forum!

Last week on October 17, Orsay opened its first store in Finland and in the whole Scandinavia in FORUM Shopping Center! I was there for the grand opening and I had the chance to try on and buy some amazing winter outfits!

Orsay is a brand that started 37 years ago in Germany and it stands for young, fashionable, affordable outfits, in which women can express their individual femininity at all times.

I felt comfortable looking around and shopping in Orsay, the atmosphere in the store is ambient and cozy, the personnel is helpful and the clothes are wide-ranging from colourful to blacks and from fun to business attire!

The collection Autumn/Winter 2012 contains 4 themes: Smart Business, Yellow meets Red, Scandinavian Feeling, Brit Chic.

The Smart Business theme is created by strong colours – black, white, silver and grey. I found a great coat in black and white and styled it with red accessories, all from Orsay!

In the Yellow meets Red theme wall, you will find retro looking outfits and accessories such as this cute bag!

The Scandinavian Feeling theme’s atmosphere is accentuated by natural brown, the whiteness of wool, and warm beige.

The Brit Chic theme features rust, concrete and wood colours with retro elements accentuated by shades of amber. Of course, you can mix and match pieces from the four themes, as I did and find out your own style!

Orsay’s personnel is well-trained and customer friendly! Here is me with Satu, one of the fashion assistants of Orsay in Forum who gladly joined me for a picture! Note that my dress is from Orsay, too.

Orsay, FORUM Shopping Center, second floor

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Den 17 oktober öppnade Orsay sin första butik i Finland och därmed i hela Skandinavien i FORUMs köpcenter! Jag var på plats vid invigningen och hade chansen att prova och köpa några fantastiska vinterplagg! Orsay är ett märke som som grundades för 37 år sedan i Tyskland och står för ungdomliga, trendiga och prisvärda plagg, i vilka kvinnor kan uttrycka sin individuella feminitet vid alla tillfällen.
Det kändes behagligt att titta runt och shoppa i Orsay, atmosfären I butiken är omgivande och mysig, personalen är hjälpsam och urvalet av kläder är brett, allting från färggrant till svart och från roligt till businessutstyrsel. Höst/Vinter kollektionen från 2012 innehåller fyra teman: Smart Business, Gult möter Rött, Scandinavian Feeling och Brit Chic.
“Smart Business”-temat är skapat av starka färger- svart, vitt, silver och grått. Jag hittade en härlig jacka i svart och vitt och stylade den med röda detaljer, allting från Orsay!

På temaväggen “Gult möter Rött” hittar du retroliknande plagg och accesoarer som t.ex. denna söta väska!

“Scandinavian Feeling”-temat framhävs av naturligt brunt, ullvitt, och varm beige.

“Brit Chic”-temat utmärker rost, betong och träfärger med retrofaktorer framhävda med toner av bärnsten. Självklart kan du mixa och matcha olika plagg från alla dessa fyra teman, som jag gjorde, för att hitta din egen stil!

Orsays personal är sakkunniga och kundvänliga. Här är jag och Satu, en av modeassistenterna på Orsay i Forum, som glatt ställde upp på en bild. Notera att min klänning också är från Orsay.

Orsay, FORUM köpcenter, andra våningen

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Bilderna: Kim Ekman (Vision51)


Shop like a rockstar! // Köp som en rockstjärna!

The ‘Shop Like a Rockstar’ event was organised in FORUM Shopping Center last Thursday, October 11 by the International Degree Programme and exchange students of HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences. Apart from a blogger for FORUM I am also a Marketing and Event Management teacher in HAAGA-HELIA UAS and challenged my students with the opportunity of planning and organising events in FORUM!

The event began at 15:00 and lasted until 18:00. During the first part, FORUM’s young customers, students from the music class in Kruununhaka’s junior high school were engaged into a fashion hunt, where participants holding maps orienteered in FORUM in a quest to discover from which store their favourite Rockstar outfits that were carefully displayed on stage in the Restaurant World were.

I really like the idea of the Rockstar event as it brings together our young customers with the newest fashion collections of FORUM stores,” said Pia Rosvall Marketing Manager of FORUM.

Hostess of the event was Mari Sevonen who interviewed me on stage about my dual role as a teacher and blogger as well as what this is the purpose of this event.

“This event is an excellent hands-on experience in event planning and management for them. They did an amazing job and I hope this will be a learning experience for them and memorable event for FORUM’s customers!” I said!

During the event day the visitors enjoyed listening to three rock bands performing an acoustic set on stage. The bands rising to the stage were Face of God, Madcraft and Barbe Q Barbies.

“Thanks FORUM for giving us the opportunity to reach out to our young fans!” said Tom Nuorivaara lead singer from Madcraft.

“After performing in FORUM last May, it is nice to be back on Forum´s stage once again”, said Leo Stillman front man of Face of God who performed solo with his guitar.

“Let´s rock, FORUM!” urged Niki lead singer of Barbe Q Barbies.

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)


‘Köp som en rockstjärna!’ händelsen var organiserad i Forums köpcentrum torsdagen den 11 Oktober, av internationella utbildningsprograms studerande och av utbytesstudenter som studerar i HAAGA-HELIA yrkeshögskola.

Bortsett från att jag är en bloggare för Forum så är jag också Marknadsförings lärare i HAAGA-HELIA, och jag gav mina studenter möjligheten att planera och organisera händelser i Forum!

Händelsen började klockan 15:00 och slutade klockan 18:00. Under första delen var det en klass från Kronohagens högstadiet som deltog i en mode jakt.

Värdinnan för händelsen var Mari Sevonen som intervjuade mig på scenen om min roll som en lärare och bloggare liksom vad var ändamålen av händelsen.

“Den här händelsen är utmärkt för att få praktisk erfarenhet i händelse planering och administration för dem. De gjorde ett fantastiskt jobb och jag hoppas att det här har varit lärande för dem och minnesvärt för Forums kunder!” sade jag.

Under händelsen fick besökarna njuta av tre rockband som utförde en akustisk set. Banden som steg till scenen var Face of God, Madcraft och Barbe Q Barbies.

Rock on, FORUM!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Bilderna: Kim Ekman (Vision51)



Forum goes pink!

On Friday, October 12 ‘FORUM went Pink!’ My Event Management students from HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences organised a wellness event with the aim to raise awareness on health and fitness issues.

The ‘Forum goes Pink!’ event celebrated 10 years of the Pink Ribbon campaign and the 60-year anniversary of FORUM Shopping Center.

There is a wide range of information and events related to well-being, exercise, and beauty as well as get free mini make-overs at FORUM’s Makeup store. Sina and Kiira were in the Makeup story

Visitors have the opportunity to hear the Cancer Society’s advice nurse Taina Häkkinen’s thoughts about what breast cancer patients to exercise. Health Coach Eveliina Naulo welfare services generating Medsteps the company gave a presentation on today’s hectic lifestyle, coping methods. There are many other beauty and health care professionals to share information. Among other things, the welfare specialist Life presents Superfoods Make Up Store and organize minimeikkauksia the latest trend.

Finally, on the event’s stage two talented pole dancers Hanna Knihtilä and Anne Laakkonen from the Pole Art Ensemble Vertiga perfonced twice and introduced the audience to an exciting form of exercise. FORUM’s visitors were admiring the aesthetic and atmospheric performance in awe!

The two dancers were literally flying around the pole demonstrating strength and elegance.

I congratulated and thanked Hanna and Anne for an amazing acrobatic and artistic performance and…

we got a chance to compare our muscles, too!



Cozy and tranquil café Amos!


Emelie Krogius is the owner and chef of Café Amos. She took over the business after her mother in 1998. Emilie comes of a family of strong entrepreneurial women. Her grandmother was also the owner and chef of a café.

Café Amos is a tranquil and cozy little café connected to the Amos Anderson Art Museum on Yrjönkatu 27. In Café Amos you will find home-baked mud cakes, lemon sour cream cake, real American cheesecake and almond cake (gluten free).

Also, one or two soups are served daily as well as salmon pie and goat cheese pie. Café Amos personnel bake their own bread rolls and cinnamon buns. Everything served in Café Amos is lactose-free and there are products suitable for all people with food allergies. The mud cake is completely milk-free and extremely delicious!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)



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The new Yves Rocher fragrance is seductive, ideal for autumn and strong independent women.

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Splish splash I was taking a bath! 🙂

Yves Rocher, FORUM Shopping Center, 2nd floor

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)


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Text: Chryssa Skodra

Bilderna: Kim Ekman (Vision51)