Friday, 18 August 2017

Happy International Sarcasm Day!


"Welcome to Bigot's Choice! You've come to the right place: whether you prefer your fascism off the shelf or customised, we've got it!

So, who’re we hating today? Now, we have all the classics: skin tone (whether you like it darker or lighter or anything in between), uppity women who refuse to sleep with you, mouthy liberals, and your choice of Johnny Foreigner. And if you’re in the mood for something with a bit more kick, how about rabid feminists, good-for-nothing-intellectuals, or people who intimidate you by speaking weird foreign languages in public?

Aha, good. And how would you like your dictator, sir? Fickle and fanatic, gropy and demented, or recklessly unhinged?

All right, then. And how would you like you fascism wrapped? For traditionalists we have the choice of either a beard or a swastika, depending on your religious/ideological affiliation and geographic orientation. The special today is red-white-and-blue fascism, very popular with the trendy crowd.

Excellent choice, sir! Now, why don’t you just sit back and relax, and I’ll get you your fascism, all wrapped up and ready to go, OK?"

Happy International Sarcasm Day!


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Summer Style Challenges

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Sunshine, rain, heatwave, thunder storms... That's summer in a nutshell, at least in my neck of the woods. It makes getting dressed in the morning a bit of a challenge, though...

What to wear when it's warm, but not hot, and sunny, but with showers...

Ah yes, layering... Of course. I'm not a fan of layering (two layers max, whatever the weather or season, otherwise I feel as if my clothes are suffocating me), but I'll give it a go.

So, a very casual outfit for dinner at a summer restaurant (= a restaurant on an island, only accessible by boat and only open in summer). Yes, casual is fine. So is dressed up. The dress code is very relaxed, and this time I went casual. Or maybe all my nice clothes were in the laundry...

anyway, it was raining when we left home, the sun came out once we got to the island, and it started raining again before we got back home. So, as you can see, it's perfectly normal to be wearing sunglasses and a raincoat...

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Outfit details:
raincoat: c/o Bonmarché (old) / jeans: Opus / t-shirt: Garcia Jeans / bag: Furla
scarf: Alexander McQueen / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana / shoes: Maripé
location: Sirpalesaari, Helsinki

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What are your summer style challenges?



Sunday, 13 August 2017

Same Old Pattern Mixing

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If it ain't broke...

Stripes and florals, with some gingham thrown into the mix. Haven't we seen this  before? Yes, you got me: I posted an almost identical outfit last summer...

Well, as you know, I'm a strong believer in repeating favourite outfits. Let's call it signature style. It sounds so much better than a style rut, don't you think?

Or maybe we could simply call this an updated version, sort of florals-stripes-gingham 2.0? After all, it's not blue and white stripes this time... and instead of neatly tucking the shirt in, I just let it hang out. Sloppy?... Hmm, let's call it relaxed, instead. Scandi-cool meets preppy, or something...

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OK, so the outfit is just recycling old ideas, let's talk about the location. Oops, we've been here before, too...

Porvoo is a small town about an hour away from where I live, and  the old town is a popular tourist destination, particularly in summer. There are coffee shops, chocolate shops, restaurants, antique shops and artisans everywhere. And cobblestone streets and narrow alleys and old wooden houses. And way more international tourists than I remembered from my last visit a couple of years ago.

But it's still a lovely place to spend an afternoon, sampling cakes over coffee, then scouring the antique and vintage shops for hidden treasures...

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Outfit details:
t-shirt: Gap / skirt: Seasalt Cornwall (old) / bag: Coach (old) / 
shoes: Gabor (old) / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs
location: Porvoo Old Town

Do you often repeat outfits?



Friday, 11 August 2017

Beer Floating

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Beer Floating

I went to see Beer Floating last week, in the neighbour town.

Now, if you're not familiar with this event, Beer Floating (Kaljakellunta in Finnish) means gently floating down a river while drinking beer.

Yes, it's a real thing. We do it every year in Finland (since 1997, anyway). It's not a festival, more of a flash mob type of thing, in the sense that a date is agreed on (on Facebook, in late July or early August) and anyone can just show up.

The idea is that you need an inflatable dinghy (or one of those inflatable swimming pools for children, or anything that is inflatable and floats) and some cold beer. Then you get to the river and join other people with similar gear and float down the river.

It's not a contest, so you can take your time. The whole point is to chill, enjoy a nice summer day and good company, maybe make some friends. And, unlike most festivals involving Finns and alcohol, this is a rather sedate affair, meaning nobody gets hammered or drowns.

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This was actually the first time I saw the event myself (no, I've never participated: can't swim and don't drink beer), and I wanted to show you some pictures of the somewhat innovative floating devices.

Unicorns were quite popular this year (I counted at least a dozen), as well as the square swimming pools. However, I also spotted a few hardcore sports dinghies, as well as some DIY contraptions.

Well, it's anything goes, as long as it floats and can hold at least one person and his/her stash of beer...

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Yes, I know what you're thinking: Finns are crazy...



Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Statement Earrings and Gold Accents

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I prefer gold jewellery in summer

I wear both gold and silver toned accessories, depending on the season and the colours I'm wearing. In winter (or when wearing pink or fuchsia) I tend to prefer silver, whereas summer (or wearing blue) makes me turn me into a magpie craving anything golden.

And that's why I couldn't resist getting this pair of statement earrings (Yes, you've already seen them with the purple maxi)...

I found these earrings in a very avant-garde design shop in Berlin. You know, the type of shop I normally avoid because everything there is so conceptual and architectural and not very practical...

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Anyway, I don't often wear earrings because I have quite a bad metal allergy. This means that I can only ever wear earrings made of gold or white gold. And that's what you usually see me wearing: white gold hoops with pearl drops.

So, to get around the metal allergy problem,  I simply hang the earrings from the white gold hoops I usually wear. Does it bother me that the hoops are white gold and the earrings are rose gold? Maybe a bit, but since I only have this one pair of hoops I can wear... Besides, who can see the white gold hoops under my hair? Let's be honest, to compete for attention with hair like mine the earrings should be the size of Christmas tree ornaments...  Which is another reason I like these earrings: they're leather, so they weigh absolutely nothing.

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Outfit details:
t-shirt: Zadig et Voltaire / trousers: Oska / bag: Kate Spade / 
sandals: Clarks / sunglasses : Dolce and Gabbana / earrings:Viktoria Boldt

What about you, do you wear statement earrings?



Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Dress for All Occasions

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Yes, you've seen this dress before. And you'll probably see it again. Because I really like it. It's so incredibly versatile, and I can wear it anywhere. Well, I've worn it it to three different restaurants in the past week.

The first one was this: Löyly is both a public sauna and a restaurant. It's a bit of an IT place in Helsinki, and I thought it was about time I check it out. You know, since it's been around for about a year...

But about the outfit...

I chose this location because I wanted to show you how cool this dress could look. And I needed a cool location for that. Just in case the dress turned out to be less cool, after all...

Well, the photo shoot didn't go to plan, exactly...

For starters, it was really hot (yes, it does get hot in Finland at times, too). And it was windy. Yep, windy. Who would've guessed it would get windy, by the sea, huh?

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So, I thought we needed a take two. And so, a mere 24 hours later we headed to another cool location, something a bit more traditional this time, to get that cool Nordic vibe...


Yes, it was cool. As in fresh, cold, whatever you want to call it. And windy. Well, a yacht club on a small island just off the mainland...

So, I brought a cardigan. You know, it was a bit chilly and all. And windy. Did I mention windy?

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As you can see, I didn't quite get the photos I wanted, and I'm not sure you can see all the cool potential of the dress so clearly... So, you shouldn't be surprised if you see this dress again before the summer is over.

Do you have clothes you want to wear all the time?



Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Travel Wardrobe for Germany

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Oops, it's taken me a while to write this post... But here it is:  the ins and outs of the ultimate mix and match travel wardrobe. Well, maybe not the ultimate, but only because there is no such thing as the ultimate travel wardrobe.

No, just as each trip is unique, the travel wardrobe for a specific trip must meet the demands of the particular circumstances during that one trip.

Destination & Weather

OK, let's not make this too complicated. It boils down to destination and weather. And that, my dear friend, means that there are more than enough variables. It is impossible to plan for absolutely everything. And even if it wasn't, who has the time?

Well, we both know that my approach to packing is more less 'toss something into the suitcase and get to the airport'. Yes, a trip like this one requires checked luggage, with room for 'souvenirs'  (read: the spoils of my shopping sprees). But even I do take into account the destination and the weather.

So, in this particular case, the destination was Germany. But wait, it's far from simple. First, the journey started with a flight from Luton (London) to Dortmund. Then (a few days later, that is) we took the train to Cologne, then (again a few days later) a flight to Berlin, and finally (and yes, you guessed it; a few days later), a flight from Berlin to Helsinki, Finland. Who says your journey should begin and end in the same place? Anyway, back to business...

The weather... Oh well, that can be anything from very hot to rainy and fresh. So, that means lots of hot weather appropriate cropped trousers + t-shirt combos, linen shirts and a few cardigans to layer over everything in case it gets colder. And maybe a rain-proof jacket and an umbrella

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About  linen shirts...

a linen shirt is not exactly the best option for travel. I mean, it creases even if you just glance at it, let alone put it in your suitcase. And no, let's not even think of ironing. Come on, I don't even iron at home (to be honest I'm not even sure where my iron is... or if I even have one) and I'm certainly not going to do it when I travel.

No, what I do is I unpack my linen shirts in the hotel room and hang them in the bathroom. And when I take a shower, the steam takes care of the creases. More or less.

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And Accessories?

I usually pack two or three pairs of sunglasses (= the current favourites), and two bags. But I think I could have done with just the pink/orange tote bag. I also used it as my hand luggage as it's roomy enough to contain my camera case and a few other items I prefer not to put in the hold.

And on this trip I had three pairs of shoes, to accommodate to ever-changing weather conditions.

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And Dresses? What about pretty dresses?!?

Of course, I managed to sneak in a dress, too. It is light-weight (though not crease-free, although easily 'steamed' in the hot shower) and can be worn with at least two pairs of shoes, both of the bags and sunglasses I had with me, and layered with a cardigan or a linen shirt for a slightly cooler weather.

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So, that's it, my travel wardrobe this time around. I'd say it worked well enough, but no doubt next time I travel I'll pack something else. Depending on the destination and the weather, of course.

What's in your travel wardrobe?


PS: for more travel wardrobe posts, click HERE.

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