Thursday, 8 December 2016

Minimalism Rocks!

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Minimalism doesn't have to be boring

I consider myself a minimalist when it comes to style. I like clean lines and a limited colour palette. Yes, the whole Nordic aesthetic / Scandi Cool thing...

But I also like bright colour, and a bit of rock chic. And I see no reason why I couldn't mix these with the Scandi Cool minimalism. After all, minimalism is the perfect backdrop to showcase cool and quirky details with maximum effect.

Besides, this is an easy way to style an outfit: choose a few well-fitting basics and add statement accessories. The possibilities to mix and match are endless, and the whole outfit can be dressed up or down simply by changing  one or two pieces. For instance, I could swap the jeans and ankle boots for a pencil skirt and boots for a dressier version. Or swap the coat for a biker jacket for a more casual take...

And why on earth didn't I do just that, and post the pictures for you to see? Isn't that what you're asking right now? Well, I don't plan my photo shoots that way. What you see is what I actually wear on a given day as I go about my normal life. My photographer/husband is only available at weekends, and we have to fit a photo shoot around whatever activities we have planned (= we stop for 15 minutes to take a few photos when we find a nice location). So, the photo shoots are more or less improvised, the locations totally random, and the outfits something I wear all day. And in this particular instance was in London with my photographer/husband for a bit of shopping and sightseeing. So, I wanted to wear something that would be easy to get on and off in case I wanted to try on some clothes in shops, but dressy enough for lunch in one of hubby's favourite restaurants.

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Outfit details:
coat: Marks and Spencer (old) / top: Caroll / 
jeans: Next (old) / bag: Lancel / sunglasses: Chanel
location: Marylebone, London

How would you describe your style?



Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Independence Day


6 December 1917

Independence Day is solemn and serious in Finland. It is a national holiday, of course, and people celebrate by going out to dinner with their families. There are official celebrations of all sorts, for instance to honour the veterans who defended the independence (not only once, but twice, in Winter War and Continuation War, both against the Soviet Union). And then are all sorts of protest marches, demonstrations and counterdemonstrations by various fringe groups (i.e.extreme right/left, anarchists, fascist and anti-fascist groups, or any group that has an axe to grind with anything or anyone...)

Friday, 2 December 2016

Frills, Lace and a Bad Hair Day...

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The brutal reality of being a style blogger...

This is what happens when your husband tells you he booked a table in a fancy restaurant and you were prepared for a casual meal in the Thai place...

First, you tell him - slightly annoyed - that there's no way you're going there wearing your old jeans and trainers. You will have to change, and he will have to wait, for however long it takes.

Then you frantically pull out every single piece of clothing in your wardrobe, desperately trying to find something that suits both the weather (cold and possibly some snow later), the venue, and your mood. It doesn't help that this is what women affectionately refer to as a 'fat-day' and nothing seems to fit...

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Is it blue or green?

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Repeat, rewear, make it your own...
I posted an almost identical outfit  about 8 months ago, in spring. Well, the same skirt, the same coat, and the same sunglasses. Let's call this the winter version of the outfit. I'm wearing a cashmere jumper, after all.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Let's Talk: Rebranding Politics


The following draft memo was leaked to us by an anonymous member of Nobody’s Bitch hacktivist group: 

Friday, 18 November 2016

When life gets busy...

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A simplified wardrobe 

I've been practically living in this cashmere cardigan recently, wearing it with jeans or cords, or this denim skirt. Actually, I've been rotating the same set of 10-15 items for a few weeks now. Getting dressed is simple and fast: I just put on the first (reasonably clean) thing I find and rush off.  Doesn't do much for my style, but hey, sometimes there are other priorities...

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

A New Series of Posts: Let's Talk

Enough with the shitstorm

When I started this blog, I made a conscious choice that it would be a light-hearted hobby, a distraction to get me out of my own head. I would focus on style and travel, maybe spicing things up with an occasional witty little piece on something equally trivial. This was all in keeping with my long-term personal goal of reducing stress by becoming a more shallow, less analytical person: to worry less, and focus on the wonderful things in life...

But the shitstorm that this year has been has made it very clear to me that I can't fight my true nature, nor do I want to. Not anymore. I don't want to retreat into an artificial, cushy little bubble and trick myself into believing that if I just stick my fingers into my ears and sing 'la-la-laa' loudly enough the outside world can't get to me. Because it can.


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