Thursday, 31 March 2016

Fantasy Shopping: Orange Fever

peach bags

Lately I have been obsessing about orange bags

Now, orange has never been a favourite colour of mine, quite the contrary. It's one of those colours that I normally avoid (beige, lime green, mustard and most shades of brown also fall into this category). Not because I don't like them but because they don't really do me any favours...

But now I find myself thinking that maybe my wardrobe needs a splash of orange for summer... (Actually I did experiment with some softer shades of orange, or coral / peach, last summer, so it's not a completely new idea). And given how much blue I have in my wardrobe, an orange bag might actually be a good investment. I mean, one bag that goes with at least half of my wardrobe...

Hmm, now I just need to find the right bag. Any suggestions? 

Tiina
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Sunday, 27 March 2016

I'm a stripe-a-holic...

Breton stripes over 40

So, I went shopping... 

And I got another Breton top... Seriously, what's wrong with me???

how to wear stripes over 40

HELP!

Is there a support group or a 12-step programme for stripe-a-holics?!?

OK, time to face the facts: I'm an addict. For me, a stripy top is like chocolate: I can't pass it up. Hmm, maybe I'm addicted to chocolate, too. (Well, it's Easter; it's sort of normal to gobble up an Easter egg. Or two. Or five... OK, fine, I'm a chocoholic, too...)

how to style a Chanel bag

It's just that some addictions make you feel so good...

You know what, I think the best way to deal with these type of rather harmless addictions is to just own them. Head first. But instead of trying to 'fix' them, we should embrace them. After all, that's what we do with our neuroses, too: embrace them and call them 'quirks' and hope that other people find them adorable. Or, that failing, at least charmingly eccentric.

So, I'm going to give in to my addiction to Breton stripes, and you can expect to see them popping up at (more or less) regular intervals on the blog. Let's call it Tiina's  'signature style'. It sounds so much better, don't you think?

stripes 50+

Outfit details:
denim skirt: KappAhl / Breton top: Gap / belt: Uterqüe / scarf: Alexander McQueen / 
boots: Bronx / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana / bag: Chanel

So, tell me, what's your addiction?

Tiina
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Thursday, 24 March 2016

2nd Blog Anniversary

blog anniversary

2 YEARS!!!

Yes, it's been two years since I started blogging, and it feels as if it was yesterday. Well, maybe not yesterday but last week, certainly not that long. And I still love blogging, and I'm incredibly happy and honoured that the blog has found regular readers.

And looking at my stats I noticed that the older posts (featured at the end of each post) also get quite a bit attention. So, of course I had to check and see which posts are the most popular ones...

 The most popular posts of the past two years:

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Thank you for reading, commenting and for coming back. 

Tiina

PS: Have you seen the latest DILETTANTE ARTIST post?
It's another self-portrait, continuing my Film Noir inspired series of pictures...

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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Spring Blues

spring smart casual

March is still a winter month

At least in Finland it is. Yes, there may be days with brilliant sunshine, but there's still some snow around. And speaking of snow, a blizzard is not ruled out, either. If anything, March weather is unpredictable, ever-changing, and often disappointing.

Disappointing? Well, first you have one of those perfect days: sunny, temperature well above zero, and all the snow seems to have just vanished overnight. And then, the following day it starts snowing again...

trench

If you want to gain some sort of an insight into the Finnish soul, March weather is the perfect analogy: the sun might be shining, now. But you know that tomorrow you'll be knee-deep in snow, the cold wind beating your face...

Seriously, forget SAD; you get through the darkness of winter just fine. After all, that's what winter is: cold, dark, miserable. You know it's not getting any better, so you just get on with life as usual.

But spring, that's so much harder. For starters, there's the increased daylight. And living so far up north, we really get a lot more daylight, very fast. And I mean a lot. So much that it tends to make us a bit giddy, especially if it's accompanied by slightly warmer weather. Which explains why we tend to go a bit crazy in April and May...


But first we have to get through March, with its cruel mind tricks and almost unbearable sense of anticipation. Because that's what March does to you: it plays on your expectations, only to crush them the following day. Very depressing. There's actually a Finnish term to describe this mental state ('kevätväsymys'): how spring makes you feel tired, depleted and depressed.

My darling hubby says I always focus the negative. But he's German. And he only spends weekends in Finland. So, what does he know?

Fine, to end on a more positive note: April is just around the corner...


Outfit details:
sweater: Jigsaw / skirt Boden (old) / bag: Adolfo Dominguez / necklace: East (old) / 
sunglasses: Chanel (old) / boots: Caprice (old) / coat: Hobbs

Does spring make you feel blue?

Tiina
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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Fantasy Shopping: Denim

denim

Think of this as window shopping...

Or  indulging my shopping fantasies without actually spending money. It's not that I'm against impulse shopping (that's the best way to shop, after all), but with a minimalist attitude to clothes and a (very) limited budget, I usually buy just a few carefully selected items that I wear, well, forever and with absolutely everything I already have in my wardrobe... So, this is a way of playing virtual dress up, without making any commitments.

Anyway, I was looking for some alternative ways to wear denim. And these are my top 3 choices:

1. A TRENCH COAT

As I'm a bit of a trench coat addict (I have 3 for spring / summer and one in leather, and one made of wool for winter) I couldn't possibly resist this one, could I? Yes, I may be a bit biased, but it doesn't change the fact that a trench goes with anything, it packs well, and it instantly makes the outfit look pulled together and sophisticated.

2. A PARKA

This would be a nice casual alternative to your usual denim jacket, perfect with cropped trousers or a short dress.

3. A DRESS

I like dresses: it's one-stop dressing, just add shoes and a bag. And a denim dress might be a good alternative to a shirtwaist dress or a safari dress (for those of us who do not look good in beige or olive)

What do you think, which one is your favourite?

Tiina

PS: Have you seen the latest DILETTANTE ARTIST post? It's another self-portrait...
Oh, and  I was interviewed by Ally of Shybiker, go read the post now!

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Sunday, 13 March 2016

I have nothing to wear...

casual wear 40+

'I have nothing to wear'...

This outfit was the result of one of those 'I have nothing to wear' moments. Of course, like every woman, I have closets full of clothes. But it's late winter, and I'm so tired of absolutely everything in my wardrobe. Or everything I've been wearing for the past few months, anyway.

Do you ever have those days when nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, seems right? I mean clothes, of course. We all have days when life sucks, for whatever reason. But I have no interest in wallowing in existential questions (and most of the time a good dose of  wine and chocolate is more than adequate to fix a bad day, anyway), so let's focus on clothes. At least that should be easy. Or manageable. Except when nothing seems right...

OK, it's time to dig a bit deeper and see what I can do with whatever is lurking at the back of the old wardrobe...

Gloria Ortiz bolso

Outfit details:

coat: Creenstone (seen before HERE) / cashmere wrap top: Brora / bag: Gloria Ortiz / jeans: Next / belt: Tosca Blu / scarf: Jaeger / sunglasses: Prada / shoes: Clarks / pendant: Målerås

What do you do when you 'have nothing to wear'?

Tiina
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Thursday, 10 March 2016

How to Wear Breton Stripes

how to wear Breton stripes

Breton Stripes

We all have our addictions... Mine are cat videos, trench coats, and Breton stripes.

Yes, I'm addicted to Breton stripes. Not a surprise, if you've been reading this blog for a while. And if you're new to Elegance Revisited, you might enjoy this little sample of outfits built around navy and white stripes.

OK, let's start with a Breton top with a wool coat and a scarf... That's practically my winter uniform, isn't it?
(left / centre / right)

Breton stripes

Blue and navy stripes and my old Burberry trench, it doesn't get better than that:
(left / right)

trench coat

Unless it's a stripy t-shirt and a yellow parka on the beach, of course:

parka

Or a Breton top and an A-line skirt, topped off with a red bag:

A-line denim skirt

But stripes also add some casual cool to capes / ponchos: 
(left / right)

cape

How about some tone-on-tone pattern mixing?
(left / right)

mixed prints

So, are these all the outfits with Breton stripes I've worn on the blog?  Actually no: there are a few more. But I think this little sample is enough to expose the extent of my stripe addiction...

How do you wear Breton stripes?

Tiina
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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Casual Pattern Mixing

pattern mixing over 40

Pattern Mixing

I've always been more of a solid-colours-and-simple-shapes kind of girl, and pattern mixing takes me out of my comfort zone a bit. So, it's probably not a surprise that I keep the patterns small(ish) and opt for a limited colour palette.

Oh yes, I might be mixing patterns but I'm going all matchy-matchy as far as colours are concerned. It's because I like harmony, and things that blend together organically and easily. Contrast is not my thing.

mixing textures

Casual and pulled-together

Maybe I'm a bit of a control freak: I want everything to look pulled together, as if there was some sort of a master plan. But a master plan that is almost accidental and spontaneous: something that just sort of came together naturally, without too much effort.

If I had to describe my style personality, that would be it: casual but pulled together. My biggest fear (when it comes to outfits, that is) is looking sloppy.

over 40 blogger

 Harmony

I don't worry about dressing age-appropriately, and I don't give a damn about women's magazines telling me to dress this way or that. I know what suits me, and I know what I like. And what I aim for is a successful synthesis of the two. Dressing is always a compromise of sorts: the ideal look has to be modified so that it also feels good to wear. And when something looks good and feels good, it looks natural and harmonious. It's looks like me.

This is why I like this outfit: it's casual and easy-going, yet everything blends together seamlessly. That's what I want to look like, and that's how I want to feel like. Not a tall order, then: letting my outfits reflect my goals in life?

puffa jacket 40+

Outfit details:
down jacket:Beaumont / shirt: KappAhl / scarf : Jigsaw / trousers: Marks and Spencer /
shoes; Clarks / bag: Longchamp / sunglasses: Chanel / wristwarmers: Brora

What's your style personality?

Tiina
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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Shopping in London: Camden Passage

shopping in London

I spent Saturday afternoon in Islinton, London, window shopping and checking out the outdoor markets in Camden Passage. It's a wonderful place for people watching, finding hidden treasures or just whiling away a few hours admiring odd and ends.

Camden Passage (tube: Islington Angel / bus 73 or 38) may be small and well hidden, but it is worth a visit. Think of it as a miniature, less touristy version of  the much better-known Portobello road: far less crowded but with excellent vintage and antique shops, market stalls selling anything from jewellery to kitchen utensils, trendy furniture and home decoration shops, cafeterias and eateries.

And why do I like Camden Passage? Well, there are many reasons, of course (e.g. one of Professor M's favourite restaurants), but there are two things that make this area special: vintage and antiques.

London shopping

Vintage Shops

Camden Passage has several excellent vintage shops, all conveniently within walking distance. Now, I'm not a big fan of vintage clothing: I find vintage usually a bit too delicate or high maintenance for my liking. And I don't like wearing anything 'old' or 'used', either. But I do find an odd item to take home every now and then, usually costume jewellery or scarves. And the last time I visited Annie's I found a fabulous 1920's kimono that I just had to have, never mind I still have no idea what to do with it...

So, if you're looking for flapper dresses, vintage evening bags, 60's fashions or anything else, one of the shops in Camden Passage probably has it.

Islington vintage
Camden Passage

Art Nouveau and Art Deco fine jewellery

There are several shops selling antique fine jewellery, some of them specialising in Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Oh, if only money were no object... Oh well, maybe one day I can afford one of the pewter or silver Art Nouveau jewellery boxes in the Pierrepont Arcade Market shops...

Of course, the many market stalls around the area have quite a selection of more modestly priced vintage costume jewellery, along with other typical flea market offerings.

flea market

What are your favourite shopping destinations in London?

Tiina
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PS: See my previous post on Camden Passage HERE

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