Thursday, 25 August 2016

Casual Boho Chic

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The paisley print silk kimono, take two...

Yes, you've seen the silk kimono before, with a pink dress... And yes, I was wearing the same sunglasses and a (different) strand of pearls then, too:

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That was the glam version; this one is more casual and subdued. Well, a bit more casual, maybe with just a hint of glam...

The point is, a fringed kimono can go from casual to glam, depending on what you wear with it.

I know: it would probably look good with distressed jeans and a graphic t-shirt, too. But you won't see that on me: it's a bit too much boho for my taste. It's the distressed jeans; that's just not me. The graphic t-shirt, on the other hand, I think you can never have too many of those.

Anyway, I wanted to put together a bit more sophisticated, yet still casual look, with  more structured elements to contrast with the freewheeling hippie vibe of the kimono. In other words, I decided to treat the kimono as a luxurious piece: something evoking the elegance of the roaring 20's rather than the 60's flower children...

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Outfit details:
kimono: Esprit / t-shirt: Esprit (old) / trousers: marks and Spencer (old) / shoes: Clarks (old) / 
sunglasses: Marimekko / bag: Gloria Ortiz (old) / necklace : Snö of Sweden (old)

How would you wear this kimono?


PS: have you seen the new Dilettante Artist post?


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Denim and Leopard Print

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Sometimes everything just clicks

Take this belt, for example. Now, I only ever wear belts for one reason: to keep my trousers in place. I've yet to find a pair of trousers with the waist-hip ratio to comfortably accommodate my body. A belt is what keeps me from constantly pulling my trousers up...

But back to this belt... I bought it in Barcelona in June, with no idea what to wear it with. I thought maybe I could use it to create a waist in one of those sack-like sundresses the shops are full of (I was getting a bit desperate at that point, not finding any dresses I liked). Of course, I really hate wearing a belt (or anything tight and close to body) in hot weather, so that's probably one of those ideas that seems good in theory but doesn't really work in practice.

And then I saw this denim dress, on sale no less, and I knew immediately that it was meant for this belt. So yes, I bought the dress to match it to a belt I already had... Oh well, why not? Of course, it didn't hurt that I also had just the perfect pair of leopard print sunglasses to complete the outfit...

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Outfit details:
dress: Phase Eight / belt: el Corte Ingles / shoes: Van Dal / 
sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana / bag: Coach
loctaion: Liuskasaari, Helsinki

What's your view on belts: practical or decorative?



Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Bad Hair, Pattern Mixing and Layering


Rain, rain and more rain...

Summer has taken a bit more autumnal turn recently. I wouldn't say it's cold exactly (it's only August, after all; we won't even mention 'cold' until late September, that would be bad Karma or something...)... Let's just say it's a little cooler, with some showers a bit of a Nordic monsoon these past couple of days...

Anyway, we had to take these pictures quite fast because rain does terrible things to my hair...

It's a bit like Gremlins... You remember Gremlins, right? I'm talking about the 80's film, of course, about the cute fuzzy creatures that turned into angry little monsters when they got wet. Yep, that's me, I turn into a Gremlin when it rains...

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Casual and Understated, with a Twist

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Casual and understated, with a twist

That's how I would describe my everyday style. I'm not a dramatic dresser, and I put comfort over everything else. I wouldn't wear clothes that restrict my movements, or accessories that get in the way. I guess you could say I'm your typical 'jeans and a t-shirt girl', as I want my clothes uncomplicated and low-maintenance.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Eurotrash in London

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses, And all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!

This is what I was thinking about when I was walking around in London. Yes, I'm feeling a bit snarky today, and I'm having real trouble controlling my sarcastic side. I thought I should warn you, in case you prefer to just look at the pretty pictures...

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Repeat, Rewear, Add Some Edge

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I tend to repeat myself...

At least as far as clothes are concerned, that is. When it comes to what I have to say, that's different: I expect people to hear me the first time I say something. I'm quite impatient and get annoyed if I have to repeat myself. Except at work, of course. Then I'm patience personified. My husband has said on more than one occasion that if only I could be as nice and patient in my private life as I'm at work. I always reply that being the Good Teacher does not come naturally and therefore takes its toll, and he should just deal with it...

But back to clothes...

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Hot and Sticky Sightseeing

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Damn it's hot!

No, I definitely don't like hot weather. I know, summer is short and all that... Feeling sticky and hot (hot as in uncomfortable, not hot as in sexy...) just makes me irritable, and long for winter. Yes, really. As much as I hate cold weather, I may hate hot weather even more. I suppose I would be the perfect candidate to live in a controlled environment with an even 20ºC / 68 ºF  year round. That would be paradise...


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