Saturday, April 29, 2017

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes at Kau Manor


For the past few years, I've thought a lot about taking my lovely readers with me to a photo shoot some day. This is the day! I have good news for you - those who read Stellarium from outside of Estonia, can watch it as well as the video has English subtitles. But I wanted the video to have something more than the photo shoot - I wanted to share the beauty of Kau Manor with you. In addition to that, the nice vibe that we always have with Meisi when we're shooting.

Our first vlog takes place over two days when we were shooting at Kau Manor, having an adventure, and enjoying life. We were staying at the Batak suite of the manor, shot in different rooms and dined at their restaurant Eight Legs. We also had my daughter Rene with us, who filmed the behind the scenes videos. To be completely honest, I was not planning on giving Rene the camera at first, but since she asked so nicely (made big eyes and the cutest face in the world), I gave it to her. 

This video is captured with one of the best cameras for vlogging, the Sony RX100 III and I only have good words for it. It works magic in the hands of an adult, as well as a child. When I got home and looked at the material, I thought I should have given Rene the camera for every photo shoot. She has a good eye and I believe it will only get better. Even if there are moments when the image is shaky, the emotion is well above it, as well as the knowing that my 10-year-old daughter plays such a big tole in the making of this first behind the scenes video. This video takes us back to two lovely April days of work and fun hand in hand. Of course I'm waiting for your comments on how you liked the video and whether you want stories like this in the future. Happy watching!




Viimased paar aastat olen mõelnud, mõelnud ja mõelnud, et kord võiksin oma armsad lugejad pildistamisele kaameraga kaasa võtta. Täna see lõpuks juhtub! Kuna Stellariumit loetakse ka teistest riikidest, monteerisime seekordsele videole inglise keelsed subtiitrid. Kuid ma soovisin, et selles videos oleks lisaks pildiseeriatele midagi enamat - ma tahtsin jagada sinuga Kõue mõisa ilu, elu ja olustikku. Lisaks seda mõnusat meeleolu, mis meil Meisiga koos fotoseeriaid luues alati tekib.

Seega on meie esimene vlog tehtud läbi kahe päeva, mil olime aprillis Kõue mõisas pildistamas, seiklemas ja elu nautimas. Me peatusime Kõue mõisa sviidis Batak, pildistasime erinevates ruumides ja einestasime nende restoranis "Kaheksa Jalga". Lisaks Meisile oli kaasas minu tütar Rene, kes filmis palju behind the scenes võtteid. Kui üdini aus olla, polnud mul alguses plaani Renele kaamerat anda, kuid kuna ta nii armsalt küsis (ajas silmad suureks ja naeratas kavalalt), lubasin tal kätt proovida. 

See video on filmitud ühe maailma parima vlogimiskaameraga Sony RX 100 III ja mul jätkub selle kohta vaid kiidusõnu. See teeb imesid nii täiskasvanu kui lapse käes. Kui ma koju jõudsin ja materjali läbi vaatasin, mõtlesin, et oleksin pidanud Renele andma igat pildiseeriat tehes kaamera. Tal on päris hea käsi ja aina paremaks läheb. Kui leidubki neid kohti, kus kaamera pisut vangerdab, siis minu jaoks kaalub selle üles emotsioon ja teadmine, et just minu 10aastane tütar mängib selle esimese behind the scenes video tegemisel nii palju kaasa. See video viib meid tagasi kahte mõnusasse päeva, kus mäng ja töö käisid käsikäes. Loomulikult ootan ma sinu muljeid, kuidas video meeldis ja kas ootate ka edaspidi sarnaseid lugusid. Head vaatamist!
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Magic trip with Heston Blumenthal


Heston Blumenthal is an internationally famous chef who has inspired thousands of people to look at the culinary arts with a completely fresh gaze. He has a three Michelin star restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray, England, he has written seven books and done TV shows for over ten years. He touched my heart way before the lecture in Riga. It happened in his TV show Heston's Mission Impossible 'Children's Hospital' where he decided to change the menu of one of the biggest children's hospitals.

The programme hit close to home because I had a little friend for years who lived most of her life in the hospital after a rough car accident. She wasn't a big complainer, but hospital food brought her mood down and I sometimes tried to sneak some culinary surprises to her in the hospital. But Heston Blumenthal's programme 'Children's Hospital' helps parents also to give a broader look on food and on how to surprise your kids with food. It was all the more interesting to meet him in Riga where he held a lecture and presented his kitchen appliance range Sage by Heston Blumenthal and organised a workshop. Blumenthal is a charismatic speaker who rolls out a magic carpet and takes his audience on a magic trip during his lecture where he tells his story. I entered his lecture as Stella, and came out of there as a ... slightly different Stella. 

Also on television, he is not only a great chef, but also a phenomenal wizard who reminds adults that cooking can be a trip to the land where everything is possible. But everything comes down to one little thing that perhaps isn't so little at all - attitude. The choice is yours on how you want to look at your breakfast or dinner. You can think of it as an annoying chore or a magical challenge. And you don't need hours for it, just a playful mind. Having listened to his lecture and watched his shows, that's how they have changed my vision of making food. 



But the surprises by Heston Blumenthal didn't end in Riga - there was another show ahead the next day. We took part in Heston Blumenthal team's workshop. The master chef had his inventors' crew with him who shared their tips and made food in front of us all with the help of machines that are now called Sage by Heston Blumenthal (previously Stollar) that Heston worked out with his inventors and that his team introduced to the guests in a spectacle that lasted 1,5 hours. Every dish melted in the mouth and inspired to make a better egg, grill meat better, or make a unique dessert. The whole show lasted for ninety minutes and the guests could move between chefs and see how the unique magic happens before their eyes. All the better - everyone was invited to have a taste. Those images only relay part of the magic that the whole Blumenthal team surprised us with. Oh yes... If anyone has a time machine, perhaps you can lend it to me, because I would happily fly back to Riga, into those two day when I had the pleasure to be part of Heston Blumenthal's magic world.




Heston Blumenthal on rahvusvahelise kuulsusega kokk, kes on inspireerinud tuhandeid inimesi vaatama kokakunsti hoopis teise pilguga. Tal on Inglismaal, Brays, kolme Michelini tärniga restoran The Fat Duck, ta on kirjutanud seitse raamatut ja teinud televisoonis üle kümne aasta saateid. Minu südant puudutas Blumenthal ammu enne, kui mind kutsuti Riiga tema loengut kuulama. See juhtus tema telesaates Heston's Mission Impossible "Children's Hospital", kus ta otsustas ühe suurima lastehaigla menüüd muuta. 

See saade puudutas mind lähedalt, sest mul oli aastaid väike sõbranna, kes elas pärast ränka autoõnnetust kogu oma ülejäänud elu haiglas. Ta polnud kunagi suur kaebleja, kuid haiglatoit ajas teda mossitama ja ma üritasin talle aegajalt haiglasse kulinaarseid üllatusi saata. Kuid Heston Blumenthali saade "Children's Hospital" aitab lapsevanematel ka laiemalt heita pilk sellele, kuidas oma lapsi roogadega üllatada. Seda põnevam oli kohtuda Heston Blumenthaliga Riias, kus ta pidas loengu, esitles oma kodumasinaid Sage by Heston Blumenthal ja korraldas koos oma leiutajate tiimiga ainulaadse töötoa. Blumenthal on karismaatiline esineja, kes rullis esinemisel lahti võluvaiba ja lennutas kuulajad oma loengul maagilisele maale, rääkides oma loo. Ma astusin tema loengule ühe Stellana ja väljun sealt ... pisut teistsuguse Stellana. 

Ka televisioonis pole ta lihtsalt suurepärane kokk, vaid fenomenaalne võlur, kes tuletab täiskasvanutele meelde, et toidutegemine võib olla omaette reis kõigi võimaluste maale. Kuid kõik on kinni ühes väikeses asjas, mis ehk polegi nii väike - suhtumises. Valik on sinu, kuidas sa otsustad heita pilgu oma hommikueinele või hoopis õhtusöögile. Sa võid mõelda kokkamisest, kui tüütust kohustusest või hoopis maagilisest väljakutsest. Ja selleks pole vaja mitut tundi, vaid lihtsalt mängulist meelt. Olles kuulanud tema loengut ja vaadanud tema saateid, siis just nii on need muutnud minu nägemust toidutegemisest. 




Kuid Riias Hestoni üllatused ei lõppenud, sest järgmisel päeval ootas meid teine etendus alles ees - Heston Blumenthali tiimi töötuba. Meisterkokal oli kaasas tema leiutajate tiim, kes jagasid meelsasti oma nippe ja kokkasid külaliste silme all. Abiks masinad mis kannavad nüüdsest nime Sage by Heston Blumenthal (varasem Stollar), mida Blumenthal on taaskord koos oma leiutajatega välja töötanud ja millega tema tiim külalistele pooleteise tunnises vaatemängus erinevate roogad tegemist tutvustas. Iga suutäis sulas suus ja andis inspiratsiooni, kuidas valmistada mahedat muna, grillida liha või teha ainulaadset magustoitu. 

Kogu etendus kestis poolteist tundi ja kokandushuvilised võisid liikuda kokkade vahel ja vaadata, kuidas nende silmade all valmib omalaadne mustkunst. Veelgi parem - kõik olid kutsutud roogadest osa saama. Need kaadrid annavad edasi vaid väga väikese osa sellest maagiast, millega kogu Blumenthali tiim meid üllatas. Ah jaa... Kui kellelegi on ajamasin, siis ehk sa laenad seda mulle, sest ma sõidaksin hea meelega tagasi Riiga, nendesse kahte päeva, mil mul oli rõõm olla osaline Heston Blumenthali võlumaailmas. 




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Something Blue


There was a time I only wore jeans and tailored shirts. One day I made a U-turn when looking around my wardrobe - I made a deal with myself that my dresses don't have to stand there pointlessly, but I'm going to wear more and more comfy everyday dresses. That was years ago and today it seems like a burden when I have to match a skirt with a blouse or trousers.  

So you can imagine my excitement when I got the blue smart dress by Winser London that takes women's curves into consideration and looks like you're wearing a shirt and a skirt. I have got a lot of compliments in this dress at many events, and added a more fancy jacket or trainers to it. Today's Girl Friday is also taking a bow to the vintage Dior head scarf that I sometimes wear with windy weather. I mixed platform shoes with the whole outfit, and they speak about the fact that it's Friday. Have a good weekend, everybody!


Outfit details:


Dress: Winser London (here)
Jacket: Fuego
Scarf: vintage Dior
Shoes: Office
Bag: Therapy


Kunagi ammu oli aeg, kui kandsin ainult teksaseid ja triiksärki. Ühel päeval oma garderoobis ringi vaadates tegin otsustava kannapöörde - leppisin endaga kokku, et minu kleidid ei pea seisma niisama, vaid nüüdsest kannan aina enam mugavaid argiseid kleite. See oli aastaid tagasi ja täna tundub mulle lausa koormav, kui pean seeliku pluusiga või pükstega sobitama. 

Seega võid kujutada ette minu elevust, kui sain endale Winser Londoni sinise nutikleidi, mis arvestab naise kehakumerustega ja jätab mulje, justkui kannaksid seelikut ja pluusi. Viimasel ajal olen mitmel üritusel just selles kleidis komplimente kogunud ja lisanud sellele kas piduliku jaki ja kõrged kontsad või bomberi ja tennised. Tänane Girl Friday teeb lisaks nutikleidile kummarduse minu vintage Dior pearätile, mida kannan aegajalt just tuulise ilmaga. Miksisin kogu komplekti juurde platvormkingad, mis kõnelevad sellest, et reede on käes. Ilusat nädalavahetust kõigile!



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PHOTOS: Meisi Volt
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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Bag Whisperer: The Royal Handbag



Queen Elizabeth II has been wearing handbags by the famous English brand Launer. She started wearing Launer as a young woman already, and she has stayed true to the brand til this day. So it's no wonder that there are nearly 200 different Launer bags in her wardrobe.  The Queen's love story with the brand Launer began in 1968 when designer Sam Launer sent her one handbag as a present. Unlikely that Launer would have believed at the time that his Queen and his handbags will have such a long relationship. 

The fact that the Queen has been wearing those handbags since 1968 means that Launer can rightly call them a royal choice. The Queen likes to wear a handbag called Traviata that costs 1800 euros. Talking abour prices - Launer bags start at 700 and go up to 22 400 euros. All depends on the material used, of course.   There has been a lot of talk about what the Queen likes to have in her handbag. Apparently there is a little collection of talismans she has gotten as a present from children, for example miniature dogs and horses. There are also reading glasses, fountain pens, and fresh mints. There is also a place for a lipstick in her handbag, and it's known that the Queen prefers Clarins. 

By the way, the Queen and her handbag are quite unseparable. The reason is that the Queen sends different signals to her staff with it. When she puts the handbag on the table, it means she wants to leave the event in five minutes. When she puts the handbag on the floor when she is sitting at a table, it means she wants to get rid of her conversation partner immediately, and the Queen has to be 'saved'. There are other signals. When the Queen moves the bag from the right hand to the left, it means that she wants to move on in the crowd or during the event and speak to the next person. Her staff will help her at escaping the person whose conversation became annoying. "The Bag Whisperer" this time is dedicated to Launer handbags. If my friends have Chanel and Valentino bags in their wishlist, my eyes are on Launer handbags. Which one of these is your favourite?


1-15. Shopstyle & Launer




Kuninganna Elizabeth II on oma käevangus kandnud kuulsaks Inglise firma Launer käekotid. Ta hakkas Launeri kandma juba noore naisena ja on jäänud sellele firmale tänaseni truuks. Seega pole mingi ime, et Elizabeth II garderoobis on ainuüksi Launeri käekotte ligi 200 eksemplari. Kuninganna armulugu firmaga Launer sai alguse aastal 1968, mil disainer Sam Launer saatis talle ühe käekoti kingituseks. Vaevalt, et Launer oleks toona uskunud, et kuningannal ja tema loodud käekottidel saab olema nii pikk lugu. 

Tõik, et kuninganna on neid käekotte kandnud aastast 1968, tähendab mõistagi seda, et Launer võib õigusega oma käekotte nimetada kuninglikuks valikuks. Kuninganna eelistab kõige enam kanda Traviata nimelist käekotti, mille hind on 1800 eurot. Kui jutt juba summadele läks, siis Launeri käekotid algavad 700 eurost ja küündivad 22 400 euroni (jah, sa lugesid need numbrid õigesti!). Kõik sõltub mõistagi materjalist. 

Palju on räägitud ka sellest, mida kuninganna oma käekotis eelistab kanda. Kuuldavasti on seal pisike kollektsioon lastelt kingituseks saadud talismane, näiteks miniatuursed koerad ja hobused. Lisaks sisaldab käekott lugemisprille, laste- ja lastelaste pilte, täitesulepead ja hingeõhku värskendavaid pastille. Lisaks on käekotis oma koht huulepulgal. Muide, kuninganna on kindlatele firmadele väga truu, nii eelistab ta huulepulkasid firmalt Clarins. 

Muide, kuninganna ja tema käekott on üsna lahutamatud. Põhjus selles, et oma käekotiga annab Elizabeth II oma saatjaskonnale erinevaid signaale. Kui ta asetab käekoti lauale, tähendab see, et ta soovib ürituselt lahkuda viie minuti pärast. Kui ta asetab käekoti laua taga istudes põrandale, tähendab see, et ta soovib oma vestluspartnerist vabaneda KOHE ja kuninganna tuleb "päästa". Signaale on veelgi. Kui kuninganna vahetab käekotti paremalt käelt vasakule, tähendab see, et ta soovib rahvahulgas või üritusel edasi liikuda ja rääkida järgmise inimesega. Ka selleks aitab kaaskond ta tülikaks muutunud jutupauniku seltskonnast vabastada. Seekordne "The Bag Whisperer" rubriik on pühendatud Launeri käekottidele. Kui mu sõbrannade wishlistis on Chaneli, Gucci ja Valentino käekotid, siis mina heidan parasjagu silma Launerile. Igati kuninglik valik. Milline on sellest kollaažist sinu lemmik?




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