Friday, 23 September 2016

Bonmarché Waterproof Mac

rainproof jacket

Another raincoat, really?

I have about half a dozen raincoats. So, you might think that's probably not the first thing on my list as far as autumn shopping is concerned. Yet, when Bonmarché asked me to choose something from their autumn range, I immediately zeroed in on this lovely waterproof stripe mac...

It's the stripes, I just can't resist stripes... And navy and white, it goes with anything.

Besides, when you think about it, you can never have too many raincoats, right? Especially if you share your time between two homes, in two countries, both with plenty of rainy autumn days to look forward to.

So, what do I look for in a raincoat? 

Well, for starters, I like a hood. Just in case the rains turns out to be more than just a shower and I need to prevent my hair from going totally crazy.

And the length, that's important. A raincoat must be long enough. However, what exactly long enough means varies. In other words, there is no 'one-size-fits-all': the raincoat, like any coat, is part of an outfit.

This is what I call a 'short' raincoat: it works particularly well with trousers but looks good with a casual skirt, too. Yet it's long enough to to protect whatever you're wearing underneath from the rain. It's also a very practical length for travel.

Bonmarche raincoat
striped coat

I don't shop online very often

It's not that I like crowded shops; I just find waiting for deliveries a bit of a hassle. I'm sure it's very convenient for someone who spends a lot of time at home, or who can have their purchases delivered to an office (not exactly an option for an on-the-go freelancer...). So, I took a bit of a chance with this coat...

I asked the coat to be shipped to my Finnish address, for two reasons. First, I wanted test how well the international delivery works. And second, we've had really bad luck with deliveries to our British address in the past (parcels going missing or handed to random 'neighbours' on the other side of the development etc).

And I'm happy to report that delivery worked just fine: it took about 10 days, and the parcel was delivered to my local post office (which is open till 10 pm, allowing me to pick up the parcel when it suits me instead of having to plan my day around the schedule set by the courier company). Nice and simple. Thank you Bonmarché!

Outfit details:
coat: c/o Bonmarché / denim skirt: KappAhl / top: Jigsaw / 
scarf: Carolina Herrera / bag: Furla / shoes: Clarks
location: Tervasaari, Helsinki

This is a sponsored post: Bonmarché kindly gifted me the
 raincoat in exchange for this post, but all opinions are mine.

In your opinion, how many raincoats is too many?



Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Summer recap, sort of...

This is it, the recap of my summer favourites...

What, you expected a post with photo compilations of all of my favourite outfits?

Yes, I suppose I could do that, but I won't. I don't have time to edit that many photos right now, and I don't really feel like doing it, either. And since these pictures were actually taken in mid-August, I think it's about time I post them.

Still, I'm going to call this a recap.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

It's not so black and white, or is it?

This is how I wear black and white...

With a hefty dose of red. For me, a black and white outfit is just the backdrop for colour, never the centre of attention. It's not that I have anything against black and white, it's just a a bit bland. On me, that is. My face needs a good dose of colour around it. And my personality may need some colour, too...

Life is not black and white... Or is it?

My mother used to say that people who only wear black and white are inflexible in their thinking, and tend to see the world in rather mutually exclusive, either-or, black and white terms, too. Well, given that she herself wasn't exactly the most flexible person in the world, I wouldn't necessarily agree with this theory. However, I wouldn't say that we need to see 'all the shades of grey' in each situation, either. For starters, there's a whole rainbow of colours, and dozens of ways to see any given situation or problem...

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Not ready to give up summer yet...

pattern mixing

Summer is over...

Actually, when it comes to style, autumn is my favourite season, for two reasons. First, it's not too hot, I can finally feel comfortable. And second, it's still warm enough to wear nice clothes (instead of hiding under layers of wool and a heavy winter coat, that is).

However, before I unearth my autumn staples (trench coats, tights, pencil skirts, scarves, jeans etc) I plan to squeeze every bit of life out of my summer clothes. Why, you may ask. Shouldn't I be dying to get my hands on new season styles?

Sunday, 11 September 2016

One of Those Days...

casual style over 40

This is what happens when you stage a photo shoot when you have 'nothing to wear', and you're in the grip of a persistent cold. Or maybe it's not a cold but a flu. It's certainly a bit too persistent for a cold...

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Perfect Dress and Red Accessories


I'm wearing my new favourite dress again

Yes, this dress has quickly become a favourite. It's everything I could hope for in a dress: comfortable, low-maintenance and flattering. The cut is perfect for my body type and matches my personal style to a tee.

Most importantly, this is an outfit that makes me feel good. Not least because what I see in the mirror is exactly what I want to look like when I get dressed in the morning. And trust me, there aren't many outfits that make me feel like that.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Frills and Lace

wearing frills over 40

Out of my comfort zone: frills and lace

This is me, facing my childhood traumas head on. Well, some of them. I'm talking about frills, of course.


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