desire & inspire

About the Blogger

_DSC0104I’m Lauren Riihimaki, a student studying Graphic Communications Management in university. Welcome to my blog! Desire & Inspire is a place for me to share the things that I love and the various projects or findings that have inspired me to create this blog. D&I was born on January 6th of 2012, as a creative outlet and escape from my daily life as a university student. Beginning with photo tutorials accompanied with step-by-step instruction, I finally got the courage to set myself up in front of the camera and start talking. It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I love DIYs, the most creative form of expression in my opinion. Making something “mine” is what I do best! I’m always trying to make something personal to suit my individual style.

My current interests and obsessions include: graphic design, journaling, instagram, online shopping, anything cute and fluffy (specifically shiba inus), thrifting, acoustic and house music and oversized knits.

All of the images on D&I are photographed by me, unless noted otherwise. I shoot with a Canon T3i using an 18-55mm or 50mm f/1.8 lens (my personal favourite).


What’s your ethnicity?
Japanese, Finnish & Ukrainian

Where do you live?

How old are you?
20 (August 11th, 1993)

How tall are you?

How did you ombre your hair?
My ombre is professionally done and was done in 2 sittings

How did you grow your hair so long?
Patience, Moroccan Oil, deep conditioning and staying away from heat appliances!

Where are your favourites places to shop?
Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, H&M, Brandy Melville, thrift stores & online stores

Do you have instagram/twitter/etc.
Insta & Twitter: @laurDIY and all social links are in the right sidebar!


E-mail: contact (at)