Friday, 30 June 2017

All Dressed Up

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Dressed up in hot weather

Hot weather can pose a few style challenges, not least if you need to dress up for a special occasion. When all you want to do (besides sleep in your refrigerator) is to wear something comfortable, having to come up with a smart and stylish outfit can seem impossible.

Enter the maxi dress... Not only is it easy (one-stop dressing at its best), it can also be very elegant, depending on the style of the dress and on how you accessorise it.

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For this outfit, I went for the classic look: keep it simple but add a few luxe touches. Pretty sandals, nice jewellery and a small handbag make the outfit appropriate for a garden party, dinner or a summer wedding. Of course, for a more formal occasion I should probably do something about the hair...

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Outfit details:
dress: Noom / bag: Chanel / sunglasses: Michael Kors / sandals: Clarks (old)

What's your dressing up solution for hot weather?



Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Hot Weather Casuals

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So, it's summer, and it's hot... I know we're supposed to be happy and carefree and love every minute of it, but I'm not a fan of hot weather...

Of course, my definition of 'hot weather' may differ from yours, so let me be clear here: anything over 25°C / 77°F is too hot for me. And it was about 30°C / 86°F when these pictures were taken (near our house in the U.K.)... 

And what you see here is a middle-aged woman who is feeling really uncomfortable, wondering whether it might be possible to sleep in the refrigerator...

And my face was melting! Probably it was just my makeup, but still... I wear very little makeup most of the time, and usually nothing but lipstick when it's hot. But for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to wear some BB cream (mainly because it had SPF 30) for the photos. However, I don't think there was much of it left after the first ten minutes in the sun...

Oh, and the sun umbrella is not a prop; it's my sun protection...

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Outfit details:
t-shirt: Esprit (old) / trousers: Lindex / shoes: Clarks / 
bag: Adolfo Dominguez (old) / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana (old)

And it's not just wearing makeup that's problematic on a hot day. I always struggle to find anything to wear. Especially since I prefer clothes that protect me from the sun (I have very fair skin that does not tan but burns very easily). So, I often end up wearing something like this. Very casual, maybe even sloppy, sort a version of the classic ratty t-shirt and shorts combo, just with a bit more sun protection. I know: it's not much of a style statement, but quite frankly I couldn't care less about style when my face is melting...

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Outfit details:
Linen shirt: Marks and Spencer / t-shirt: KappAhl / trousers: Lindex / 
shoes: Clarks / bag: Adolfo Dominguez / sunglasses: Michael Kors

How hot is too hot for you?



Friday, 23 June 2017


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So, Wednesday was summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And Saturday is Juhannus (= Midsummer), when we celebrate everything that makes summer so special in Finland: the midnight sun and 'the nightless nights' (in Helsinki sunrise is at 3.53 am and sunset at 10.52 pm on 24 June: in Northern Finland the sun does not set at all).

So, how do you celebrate Midsummer, then?

Well, there are bonfires by the sea/lake, music festivals and special events with singing and dancing.
Although, walking around the rather empty city streets you might be hard pressed to guess this is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. That's because most people celebrate Midsummer in the countryside.

In the past Midsummer  was a night for magic and spells. Today it often marks the start of summer holiday. It is the time to relax and catch up with friends and family. Or just sit quietly, watching the bonfires reflected in the water...

Hyvää juhannusta! / Happy Midsummer!

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Outfit details:
dress: Oysho / cardigan: Soyaconcept (old) / shoes: Clarks (old) /
 bag: Lancel (old) / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs
location: Sirpalesaari, Helsinki

How do you celebrate Midsummer?



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Summer Holiday...

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School's out!!!

Well, not school, actually, as I've been teaching summer courses, but you get the idea... It's summer holiday, and the busy teacher can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Sleeping till noon, staying up all night, it's going to be wild!!!

Well, let's get back to the wild part later...  I mean, there's so much I've been planning to do now that I have a bit more time. Now, let's see...

I should finally sort out my wardrobe. Or at least put away the winter cashmere. And decluttering, I've been wanting to do that for ages. And now I can go to the gym every day if I want to. Or not... Maybe a couple of times a week? And I can finally start learning German: I could study for an hour or two every day. Or ten minutes. Isn't that what I always say to my students: "a little bit every day is enough, and then it becomes a habit", maybe I should take my own advice?

But I shouldn't just withdraw from the world. Oh no, now that I have time I should reach out to other people, catch up with some friends. Maybe after they're back from holiday. And social media, I could finally put some effort into it and figure out how it works. Or at least sort out my LinkedIn page. I've been meaning to do that for at least 4 years...

Or I could just catch up on some sleep. And watch some TV, I have a lot of catching up to do there, too. Yeah, I think I'll start with that...

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Outfit details:
t-shirt: J.Crew / pencil skirt: Boden (old) / bag: Furla / 
sunglasses: Marc Jacobs / necklace : Poola Kataryna sjoes: Clarks (old)

What are your plans for the summer holiday?



Saturday, 17 June 2017

Repeat Offender

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This is what I was wearing when I went sightseeing (OK, shopping, whatever...) in Barcelona. Yes, another hot weather outfit: loose and comfortable, covering as much skin as possible (to protect me from the sun).

And you may (or may not) remember that I posted almost exactly the same outfit a couple of years ago (with an orange linen shirt instead of a pink one). Yes, this is how long I keep wearing the same clothes... And why not? I hate the idea of wearing something just once, or even just one summer. I'm very much against throw-away culture and fast fashion, and buy (most of) my clothes intending to wear them for several years. And I don't mind repeating outfits, either.

That being said, the sandals here might not get a second outing very soon. They're very pretty, and felt really comfortable at first. Yet, they gave me enormous blisters. Seriously, I can still see the scars on my left foot, almost two weeks after these pictures were taken...

And the hair... That's not an updo. Not really: I just pulled the hair away from my neck and pinned random strands up, a bit haphazardly. My hair is actually rather thin and soft, but because it's naturally curly it looks bigger. And it sort gets a bit crazy when it's hot (or humid). This means that it gets even bigger and curlier and makes my neck sweat... So, I just pinned it up for comfort.

And no, I haven't thought of cutting my hair short. It's not that I don't like short hair, quite the contrary: my dream hair would be a tidy pixie cut... But, with a curly hair (like mine) that won't work. Trust me: been there, done that, destroyed the photos...  No, my hair has decided that it will only behave (to some extent, and not every day) as long as I keep it shoulder length. Hence the haphazard updo...

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Outfit details:
maxi skirt: Ralph Lauren(old) / linen shirt: Marks and Spencer / 
bag; Furla (old) / sandals: Clarks / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

What do you like to wear on a hot day?



Monday, 12 June 2017

Keeping Cool

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So, this is a half-hearted attempt at putting together an outfit for hot weather... 

Given that hot weather always makes me feel really uncomfortable, I've given up any pretense of sophistication and style long ago. Instead, I go for comfort. That is, anything that makes me a little less uncomfortable, such as loose-fitting cropped trousers and a loose top.

Now, this of course goes against all of the style rules I usually follow (more fitted tops, nipped in waists...), but on a hot day one has to prioritise. And avoiding a heat stroke is definitely a top priority.

Yet, even while sweating my face off I would like to look as if I at least made an effort... So, instead of an ethereal summery style statement, I go for the cool girl look. If it works, it looks as if I won't let hot weather mess with my style. And if it doesn't work, well, then I'll just look too cool to give a damn...

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Outfit details:
top: Next  / trousers: Onelife / bag: Lancel /shoes: Clarks /sunglasses: Chanel (all old)

How do you keep cool on a hot day?



Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Birthday Outfit


Last Sunday was my birthday. And, as we've done for the past 10 years, hubby and I celebrated it by spending a couple of days in one of our favourite cities, Barcelona.

Yes, I know, this is the second time this year that we've spent a weekend there... Well, if I like a place, I usually go back. Again and again...

But, flying to Barcelona (from Helsinki) also reminded me that travel doesn't have to be hell on earth (= long lines at the passport control, unpleasant officials herding passengers like cattle...). It really is possible to just get to the airport, get on the plane, and get out at the other end without any hassle. If you travel within the Schengen Area, that is... Hmm, maybe we should have more holidays in mainland Europe from now on....

Anyway, on Sunday hubby took me out to lunch to celebrate my birthday, to one of our favourite restaurants in Barcelona, Mandarin Oriental.

Mandarin Oriental

And there was time for a quick photo shoot on Passeig de Gracia, the Barcelona luxury shopping street. No shopping though. It was Sunday, and in Spain most shops are closed then. Which was fine, as most shops on this street are a bit out of my price range...

As for the outfit, I decided to mix casual with luxurious: a graphic t-shirt and a silk kimono (seen before HERE and HERE) with cropped trousers. Please disregard the shoes. I had planned to wear a pair of white sandals, but they gave me such painful blisters the day before that I had to resort to another pair of shoes.

And the fabulous pearl, onyx and tourmaline necklace was a birthday present from hubby. Doesn't that man have great taste?

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Outfit details:
silk kimono: Esprit (old) / cropped trousers: Masai / t-shirt: Zadig and Voltaire (old) / 
bag: Rebecca Minkoff / shoes: Clarks  sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

There will be more posts on Barcelona later, of course...



Saturday, 3 June 2017

The Mix and Match Travel Wardrobe

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As you probably remember, I was in Barcelona over Easter. I know, it was a while ago, but I haven't really done a proper travel wardrobe post yet...

Anyway, it was a rather short trip, just a few days. So, no need to pack a lot of clothes, right? A few pieces that mix and match should be enough.

What's my 'packing strategy', then?

I believe that packing is not supposed to be complicated, and it doesn't require lists or weeks of planning. After all, what I wear when I'm travelling is not that different from what I'd wear on any other day.

I also believe that less is more, and I prefer to have a relatively small wardrobe. And when I travel, I tend to become a bit of a minimalist, especially when it comes to accessories. Although, while I can manage with one handbag, I need to have at least two pairs of sunglasses. But I think that's just smart: what if I lose or break one pair?

I often take a suitcase instead of just cabin luggage (unless it's just a day or two and I can get by with just a very small carry-on). I hate those people who hoard all the overhead locker space for their mismatched collection of various huge 'carry-on' bags so that there's nowhere to put your coat... I'm digressing here, sorry... My point is, I need a bag with enough room for 'souvenirs' (= anything I might find when going 'sightseeing' a.k.a shopping once in my destination...), so a suitcase is simply more practical.

And last but not least, I don't want to  plan ahead when I'm on holiday, whether it's about what to see, do or wear.

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So, about this trip to Barcelona... As usual, I started packing just a few hours before going to the airport. And it took me about 30 minutes. In other words, I decided which bag and shoes to take (which gave me the colour palette), and then I just tossed a few t-shirts, a couple of skirts and a pair of relaxed jeans into the mix.

Because all of the pieces in my 'travel wardrobe' mix and match seamlessly, I can decide what to wear on any given day depending on my mood (and the weather). Which is exactly what I did.

You've already seen the other two outfits (left / right) I wore during the trip: 

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Yes, I'm wearing the same cardigan, bag and gold jewellery in all of these pictures... And that's precisely the point: less is more, and everything can be mixed and matched. Taking the stress out of packing (and dressing).  A holiday is supposed to be relaxing, after all...

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Outfit details:
t-shirt: Custo Barcelona / denim skir: KappAhl / cardigan Soyaconcept / 
shoes: Van Dal /bag: Kate Spade / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana

What's your 'packing strategy'?
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