Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A graphic t-shirt with a positive message

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I love a nice graphic T-shirt...

And here's one with a positive message for change (not that there's anything wrong with t-shirts that express a strong opinion; it can be extremely cathartic to give the world the finger, so to speak, every once in a while...).

But, because I'm mellowing in my middle age (yeah, right...), have been watching too many kitten videos, or just happen to like the body-skimming cut of this particular t-shirt, I decided to do something totally out of character and express my love for the world with this lovely.positive message.

Oh, and in case you're wondering: a few catchphrases such as this one*, that's the extent of my knowledge of  Latin...

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Outfit details:
t-shirt: Garcia Jeans / trousers: Oska / cardigan: Esprit (old) / 
shoes: Maripe / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs / bag: Chanel

*veni, vidi, amavi = we came, we saw, we loved

What type of graphic t-shirts do you like?



Sunday, 16 July 2017

Same Old, Same Old...

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OK, you may remember that I featured this dress in no less than 3 posts last summer (in a more or less identical outfit, too, first with an orange linen shirt, then with a pale blue linen shirt, and finally with a jacket...)...

Yes, I tend to repeat myself quite a bit... So, here it is again: the orange dress, this time with a pale pink linen shirt, tied at the waist...

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I've been thinking about the way we buy clothes a lot recently. Or rather how we consume clothes: the endless cycle of buying 'something new', only to be tossed when we tire of it.

Yes, I'm guilty of this, too. There are way too many cheap, throwaway clothes in my wardrobe. You know what I'm talking about: those poor quality, trendy items that take up too much space and cost too much money given that they add very little value to my wardrobe or my life. And I think it's time to rethink my shopping habits.

I'm not saying that I will stop buying fast fashion altogether. A trendy item every once in a while is OK, but I think I've reached the point where I can safely say that instead of buying yet another cheap t-shirt I should probably save my money for something more substantial. Or something of better quality. Sort of 'buy less but buy better' approach to shopping, that's the idea.

Actually, I haven't bought anything for the past 4 weeks or so. But this has less to do with my new, so far untested 'shopping strategy' and everything to do with the fact that I never find anything I like in the sales... And besides, it's been way too hot to go shopping. So, deciding to wait until the new season collections hit the stores was a no-brainer, really. The real test will be he quality (and quantity) of what I buy when I get my shopping groove back...

But, in order to strengthen my resolve, I've been featuring all this 'old stuff' to show you, and to myself, how to get more wear out of whatever I already have in my wardrobe. Yes, I'm afraid you can expect more of the same: clothes you've already seen once, twice, maybe even three times...

But, to give you a sense that you've seen at least something 'new', here's the same old dress without the ubiquitous linen shirt. It's and empire-line dress, not the most flattering cut for an hourglass figure, but very comfortable and practical on a hot day.

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Outfit details:
dress: Boden (old) / linen shirt: Marks and Spencer / sandals: Clarks / 
bag: Tous / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

What's you shopping strategy? 
Quality over quantity? Or vice versa?



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Currently: Busy...

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It has been a busy summer so far...

I mean, I'm 'on holiday', or 'between gigs', whatever you want to call this period of not working until my next courses start later this summer. And I vaguely remember having all those plans...

Needless to say that my wardrobe is still mess, I've been to the gym once, I can't even remember my LinkedIn password (and couldn't care less), and I have hardly seen any of my friends. At least I've opened that German book a few times...

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So, what have I been doing? 

Except shuttling between Finland and the U.K., that is... Well, not much: spent way too much time reading newspapers. The British ones, that is, and because of Brexit it's all very depressing, and just makes me want to catch the next flight back to Finland and never come back...

Maybe I just need a break from all the shit that's going on in the world...

Anyway, I spent a couple of weeks in the U.K., having a rather busy social life: dinners with neighbours, putting on my best impression of 'the Professor's Wife' for an afternoon tea with hubby's overseas colleagues (this doesn't happen very often: hubby knows I'm a bit of a loose cannon...), a couple of days in London with hubby...

And then it was back to Finland for a while, with some urgent business to sort out (dentist and hairdresser, and catching up with my favourite Spanish TV show, if you must know). And then back to the U.K. again, and then, finally, hubby will start his summer holiday...

By the way, the location for this photo shoot was not planned at all: we just happened to pass these amazing murals and thought it would make the perfect backdrop... And it seems to me there's an important message there somewhere, too...

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Outfit details:
cardigan: Gap / t-shirt: J.Crew / trousers: Marks and Spencer / 
bag: Adolfo Dominguez / shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana
location: Islington, London

How's your summer been so far?



Sunday, 9 July 2017

My Summer Uniform

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I think I've come up with a sort of 'uniform' for hot weather: cropped trousers and a linen shirt. Comfortable, with enough sun protection, and about as smart casual as is humanly possible on a hot day. For me, at least.

It's not that I particularly like long sleeves, and I have no need to hide my arms. Long sleeves are simply a practical way to protect my skin from the sun. I mean, look at me: to say I'm pale is an understatement... Yes, I burn easily, and I hate sun screen. I rather wear long sleeves and carry a sun umbrella when I go out. If I go out... I admit that on a very hot day I tend to stay indoors...

I guess I'm not  a summer person. If summer means hot weather, that is.

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So, you've seen a few variations of this 'uniform' already, and you might see a few more before the summer is over. I'm a strong believer in the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' school of thought. Or maybe I just find it too demanding to think about outfits when it's hot. You know, when I feel as if my brain is melting...

Anyway, I think I like this version of my 'summer uniform' best, because of the colours. In general, light colours or neutrals don't do me any favours (I'm pale so they tend to make me look like a ghost). I need colours that provide a bit of contrast next to my skin. So, wearing navy, or navy and white stripes, is my version of wearing neutrals.

And bright colours... Well, you know how they always say that there are right colours for everyone? That you can look old and tired if you wear the wrong colours whereas the right colours take years off your face? That is so true. Put something black (or any dark, muddy colour) around my face and I look as if I haven't slept for a month... But I can wear bright colour. No, let's rephrase that: bright colour is my best friend. And red, pink and fuchsia... I can't go wrong with that. I can see it in photos, and so many people keep telling me that those are 'my' colours.

So, now you know why I like this particular outfit. Looking at these photos, I like what I see. And no, I don't always like what I see in the mirror or in photos (I just keep it to myself). And I was also feeling comfortable. Sort of. Almost. Well, as comfortable as possible, given that it was way too hot for my liking, and I just wanted to get back indoors and stick my head in the refrigerator...

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Outfit details:
linen shirt: Marks and Spencer / trousers: Lindex / bag: Michael Kors / 
sunglasses: Marimekko / sandals: Clarks

What's your 'summer uniform'?



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Architecture Spotting in Barcelona

La Pedrera

I finally found time to edit my Barcelona pictures...
Well, as you know, I don't really do sightseeing. In the traditional sense, that is: admiring famous buildings, memorising facts, guidebook in hand... All that just seems too much hard work, and all I really want to do is relax.

But that doesn't mean that I would be oblivious to my environment. Quite the contrary; I spend a lot of time noticing little details here and there. Of course, these are details not mentioned in guidebooks, just something that happens to catch my eye, for whatever reason. I think it's because I've never been very good at taking orders (or suggestions)...

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you some of the pictures I took, starting with a little tour of Passeig de Gracia, the luxury shopping street.

Well, Gaudi's Casa MilĂ  is always impressive (and last year I even visited it, you can read about it HERE).

La Pedrera

But there are other impressive buildings along Passeig de Gracia. Which is great, because even if you can't afford the prices in these luxury shops (Dior, Loewe), you can always admire the buildings they are housed in:

Passeig de Gracia

But there are impressive and interesting buildings all over Barcelona, not just along the main 'tourist routes'. For example, this beauty was just a few blocks from our hotel:


But what I really like are all the architectural details from different eras, sometimes side by side, contrasting the old with the new.

So, what was it that caught my eye here, you ask?

It was the play of colours, such as the multi-coloured bricks in the picture below. And the fabulous Art Nouveau cast iron features. And the graffiti painted on the old door. This is the sort of thing I notice when I go  'sightseeing'...

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And how cute is this Art Deco doll's house in the shop window??? And it comes with its own set of miniature design furniture...

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More posts on Barcelona HERE.


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