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Turning 30

October 16, 2017

Turning 30 just dawned on me… It came from around the corner and caught me completely by the surprise. Everything I’ve been reading for years regarding life, fashion, beauty, self-care, whatever was focused on 20s and just now I’m realising that in 3 days from now, I’ll turn 30 and I’m about to enter a whole new decade of my life. 

Turning 30 never bothered me and I never though about it too much, but this past month it’s been weighing on my mind more often than I’d like it to. I don’t know why I’m suddenly feeling so intimidated by a certain date and number. Might be the fact that wrinkles around my eyes and smiling lines are showing more than they used to… Maybe the fact that my “accomplishments” list by age 30 isn’t completely ticked off.. Maybe the fact that by this age I have somehow planned to do much more or the thought of mortality and vulnerability didn’t bother me as much before as it does now is the reason why I’m feeling down about my big 3-0 birthday?!

I have already to some extent mentioned on my blog that I’ve been suffering some health issues for the past 2 years and it have been hard to try to find the cure while still trying to live my daily life as normal as possible. On top of that, only a week ago I was in a car crush and have faced death so closely and strong for the first time in my life. That spooked the *hit out of me… Just one little blink of an eye and bam, I could have been erased from this planet… completely unprepared, completely unaccomplished… There’re still so many places I’d love to travel to, so many things I’d like to experience, so many feelings I’d like to feel over and over again, so many smiles I’d like to share and give…

That moment was so scary and it was SO close to being lethal but I’m happy that I have ended up only with the sore neck and bruised ribs which are still causing me rib cage pains but it’s getting better. I believe that this was the moment which made me so scared of 30s, the thought of not being so young anymore and wonderings if I have time for everything I still want to do, see and feel… Life is fragile and so precious but we ( me 1st ) take it for granted. How many days or weeks have slipped by without you even realising it?

How much time and effort do we all put into such silly and not important things while we forget to take a step forward each day towards meeting our dreams and fulfilling our wishes?

My thoughts on turning 30 are that while some things, like physical changes are inevitable, some other things are completely under our control. Life is what we make of it and 30s should be the perfect decade to put that self-accomplishment into motion. We’re more smarter, bolder, kinder and self-confident in our 30s than we could have ever been in our 20s. We see and understand more and are able to learn quicker from our mistakes.

Our 20s is the decade of hits and misses, time to make mistakes and try to figure out our personalities, wishes, needs, etc. 2os are perfect decade to screw up and fix up leading into becoming a great ground to take onto 30s and have the best 10 years of our lives by far. So dear Natali and everybody else who’s still reading this post… Don’t be afraid of the number or some wrinkles but be “afraid” of missing out on life, not being unapologetically yourself and only living life which you WANT to be living every moment of your day.

Turning 30 can be magical and a whole new decade to do everything “right”… But don’t waste your time dwelling too much, you are only promised today, tomorrow is a long way away so you might not have time to do everything you’ve been postponing for so long “because you’re still so young and have whole life to go through your wish list”. What if you don’t? What would you do differently?

My outfit: Sneakers (HERE), Bag (HERE), Skirt (HERE), Sweater (HERE), Earrings (HERE)

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  • Reply Jerry / Escape the Mundane October 16, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    I don’t know if you’ve said anything about your car crash before, but I had no idea :O! I’m so glad you are okay, even though you got bruised by it. Did this happen in Helsinki, London or somewhere else? Stuff like that can really put things into perspective. I know it from experience, because I was in a serious car accident about 10 years ago and could’ve easily died.

    It’s important to understand what really matters in life and I believe you understand it very well. It’s funny to think that I look up to you and think that I’m still so far away from so many of the things I want to accomplish (which you have already accomplished), but at the same time even you think that there is still so much to do and you haven’t done everything you wanted before turning 30. I mean that even accomplished people (or maybe especially those) feel like they haven’t done enough. I just hope I’ve gotten as many goals accomplished as you have before I turn 30 in a couple of years.

    So remember to give yourself credit for what you have done already and don’t stress out too much on the things you still want. You have a great career, a beautiful family, friends and you are really talented in so many things that you should feel proud of yourself. Keep on doing what you’re doing and inspiring people around you :). Have a great 30s -decade :D!

    • Reply natali karppinen October 16, 2017 at 12:06 PM

      My friend, you just left me speechless and completely in shock.. Positive one that is! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for every single word which you wrote here. To read all of this and see how you see me and my accomplishments gives me a new or another point of view on my life too. I also think that you have done so much in less than 30 years and I know that you can and will see, experience and accomplish a ton more in the coming decades.
      I think that we’re both perfectionists to some extent and are very “demanding” of ourselves and how much we should be doing… I know that so much more can “fly” with other people in my life and I’ll be the first one to encourage everybody else, but when it comes to myself, I can be bit too harsh and expect too much from myself. Thank you once again, you have just made my whole week with this!

      • Reply Jerry / Escape the Mundane October 17, 2017 at 6:44 PM

        So nice to hear that I could do some good with this comment :). And also I want to thank you for saying that! You are completely right that we are at times too demanding of ourselves, so I know it’s important to get feedback from other people. Sometimes others make us realize all of the great things we have done, even if we don’t realize it ourselves. It’s great to know that I could help a bit by this comment :).

  • Reply a trendy life October 16, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    You look fantastic on this outfit!! Kisses

  • Reply aloha1980 October 16, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    wowowowo I love that outfit! congrats for ur blog, Its amazing!

    • Reply natali karppinen October 16, 2017 at 11:59 AM

      Thank you so much, this makes me really happy! 🙂

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 16, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Turning 30 will be amazing for you, great things in store for you!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Courtney October 16, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Happy birthday! You look gorgeous for being 30!

  • Reply Amy Arnold October 16, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    30 was hard for me too. I can understand your feelings, and I am sorry to hear you were in a car accident. Glad you are okay! Take care of yourself and enjoy your birthday.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Reply Heidi October 16, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Lovely outfit! Thank you for being so honest! I wonder sometimes about aging but hopefully it will pass.

  • Reply Vale October 16, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Oh princess, I am sorry about the car crash and thankful you didn’t get seriously harmed…I hope you feel ok soon! And about turning 30, I wish I could turn back time and be younger and I’d do many things differently you know…I can totally see what you mean but you should also think about how many things you accomplished, maybe I feel differently because here in Italy people at 30 are still considered very young…most of people still live with their parents because they are unemployed and can’t afford a house on their own! It’s sad and people seem to postpone things all the time whereas they should live life to the fullest.
    You look wonderful, I love your outfit and you are always so elegant and classy, I hope your birthday will be filled with joy my friend. Kisses

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  • Reply Shloka October 16, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    I am so sorry to hear about that car crash and thank god you are okay! I know that turning 30 can seem scary but you are still so young and beautiful and there are so many amazing things waiting for you ahead so don’t worry! You’ve got this!


  • Reply Girl & Closet October 16, 2017 at 7:35 PM

    OH MY GOODNESS, so glad you’re okay. Ugh that’s incredibly scary and I hope you heal up ASAP. Plus sending all the b-day wishes your way + girl own it. Thirty was my absolute favourite, mind you, so was turning 40, and I honestly believe life get’s better with age. We’re wiser and hopefully more grounded in who we are. And you my friend, are a beauty, inside & out. Sending so much love!! xo

  • Reply Alina October 16, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    Happy birthday!!! You are so amazing with everything that you accomplished!

  • Reply Gemma October 16, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    Firstly, thank goodness you’re ok! Secondly, huge birthday wishes! I’m a tiny step ahead of you on the hazy scale that is age and have to share a little pearl of truth as you approach your special day; 30’s are great! It’s something much less known that being in your 30s can be wonderful yet I’ve no idea why, but to be perfectly honest with you I’ve never felt more myself, more confident and more happy to do things for myself. Saying no is much easier, picking and choosing doesn’t phase me, I’m more settled in myself and have never felt more mentally in tune.

    Enjoy the small moments and be kind to yourself, and have a slice of cake on me!


  • Reply Jennifer October 16, 2017 at 10:41 PM

    So sorry to hear about your accident, I had no idea. You are such a strong person and so beautiful inside and out. I love this look and know 30 will be a great year for you!

    xo, Jennifer

  • Reply mahryska October 17, 2017 at 1:03 AM

    it is just a number babe…once you get passed it, it is nothing!! and you look absolutely stunning.
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎

  • Reply Shannon October 17, 2017 at 3:12 AM

    I’m glad you are ok from your accident! So scary! I am turning 30 soon too! Your outfit is amazing and you look beautiful!

    Shannon <3
    Upbeat Soles

  • Reply Simply Sory October 17, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Un look ultrafemenino y comodisimo. Me gusta.

    Te dejo mi nuevo look de invitada

  • Reply Samantha Sheinson October 17, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    So happy to hear you are OK! Turning 30 was such a milestone, but I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

  • Reply lau October 17, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    30 is still young nowadays! It’s not like in the past -you were supposed to have everything settled, job, family etc. Now 30s are the envy of many!


  • Reply Carmelatte October 17, 2017 at 9:33 PM

    Another super great outfit! You look just fab!


  • Reply Jennifer October 18, 2017 at 12:18 AM

    Beautiful post! We all grow older each year and it’s important to embrace that. I’m currently in my early 20s and I totally agree that lots of our experiences are hits and misses. Happy Early Birthday! 🙂

  • Reply Steph Yt October 18, 2017 at 1:52 AM

    Such a beautiful and wise post. Thank you so much for sharing xxx

  • Reply Angie October 18, 2017 at 6:55 AM

    30 looks incredible on you! Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Caitlin | Beauty & Colour October 18, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Glad that you are okay and happy belated birthday!

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Mónica Sors - Mes Voyages à Paris October 18, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    The outfit is georgeous! love the details!!
    Mónica Sors

  • Reply Deanna October 18, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    This outfit is so great. Car crashes are so scary. I’m glad you’re okay.

    P.S. (First time on the blog definitely going to give you a follow).

  • Reply Anne October 18, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    I’m so glad you are ok! It must have been so scary!

    For me turning 30 was easy, fun, maybe even a bit of a relief. My thirties have so far been the happiest years of my life. I know so much better what I want and can fulfil dreams in a whole new level than in my 20s. But I’m not it a hurry to get into my 40’s 😀

    I wish you a very happy birthday! enjoy your special day!

  • Reply Shannon Jenkins October 19, 2017 at 6:02 AM

    Aw Im so glad you are ok from your car crash! How scary! You are only a few weeks older than me! I am a little nervous but also excited to take on my 30’s! I know it will be a whole new chapter with new adventures. Cheers to our 30s and happy almost birthday! 🙂

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  • Reply sophia November 12, 2017 at 5:04 AM

    Happy belated birthday, wish you have a wonderful 31 <3

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  • Reply joni November 3, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    You look fantastic on this outfit, so nice .

  • Reply Minah Lynn April 10, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Age is just a number! Your fashion never ages though!

  • Reply Khrystyna March 15, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    As for now, you are close to 33. I suppose you become better. Khrystyna from Piercee

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