Friday, 30 March 2018

Happy Easter!




Sunday, 25 March 2018


how to accessorize

Snow, sleet, rain, snow... That's March in Finland. Well, in Helsinki, anyway. And I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record when I say that I'm so tired of it. Unfortunately, spring won't get here any sooner, never mind how impatient I am...

However, by now I'm really struggling to come up with new outfits for the blog: you've seen my entire winter wardrobe over and over again, you must be as tired of it as I am. So, what should I do?

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Snow in Hannover


I just realised I've been to Germany twice this year (I visited Munich just last month)... Well, Germany is Hubby's home country, so we visit quite often. And last weekend was one of these short visits.

Anyway, Professor M had a meeting or something in Hannover (yes, I'm using the German spelling here) on Friday, and I tagged along. You know, to do some sightseeing. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans...

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Classic Coat: Part 3/3

matching your accessories

High-Impact Accessories

"Minimalist does maximalism", that's how I could describe this outfit, I suppose. In a way this is the opposite of my last post (where the coat was the focus of the outfit) in the sense that now it's the coat that becomes the backdrop to some high-impact red accessories.

Sunday, 11 March 2018


life lately

I'm going out of my mind...

I've been sick with the flu for the past week and a half, and it's beginning to drive me crazy. Which probably means that I'm finally starting to get better. I mean, in the acute, most miserable phase of the flu you don't have enough energy to worry about something as trivial as going crazy, what with sneezing and coughing and camping out on the sofa overdosing on bad TV... By the time cabin fever sets in, you're on the road to recovery, just way too slowly.

OK, I admit, I haven't really been a model patient, as in suffering from the flu full-time.

Come on, who has time for that?!? Not me, that's for sure. For starters, I have to work. Sure, it's just a few hours every other day this week, but still (as a freelancer, I have either way too much work or not nearly enough, depending on the time of year). So, I thought I could do this part-time instead. The flu, I mean. You know, pop in to work whenever I had lessons and then get back to being miserable and binge-watching TV the following day.

Because I'm a superwoman. Yes, that's me: I fit my illnesses around work and other commitments, not the other way round. I have things to do, and plans, and a to-do list longer than my arm, I don't have time for this shit!

I'm beginning to think there might be a slight flaw in my thinking, though. Mainly because after a few hours of teaching (with the help of a hefty dose every type of flu medication available in the local pharmacy), I felt absolutely exhausted (and more than just a bit groggy), and spending the following day camping out on the sofa felt like the best idea ever. Besides, I had to watch all 4 seasons of Grace and Frankie. It was either that or do some dusting. And you can't do dusting when you have the flu because it's too much of a strain and you need to rest. Especially if you plan to go to work the following day...

No, I'm not a workaholic. I just use work as an excuse to get out of the house. You know, to to avoid cabin fever. Work is a perfectly legitimate reason to get out and about for a few hours. And it's also a perfectly legitimate reason to spend the following day doing absolutely nothing because you're tired, and had a relapse as the flu came back with a vengeance.

And clearly I have a screw loose...

How do other people do this?!?



Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The Classic Coat: part 2/3

smart casual winter

Modern Classic

That's how I would describe this look. It's simple, classic and minimalist. I kept the accessories to a minimum to allow the coat to become the star piece here. 

People often think of minimalism as wearing only black and white, or grey and beige. I'd say that's a rather limited view, not to mention boring. Minimalism has nothing to do with wearing ugly, boring colours. The same style principles work, whether you wear just neutrals or deep and vibrant hues.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Classic Coat: Part 1/3

casual wear over 40

What do you look for in a coat?

Besides the obvious (warmth, fit for purpose etc), that is? Well, if you live in a cold climate, you probably need quite a few coats to get you through the year. And as nice as it is to have some variety, few of us have the financial means or storage space to get a different coat for each outfit we create.

So, versatility is key. Well, when it comes to criteria for choosing a coat, versatility comes right after warmth and practicality, in my opinion. As it's not really feasible to have a different coat for all my different outfits, I need a coat that goes with everything.

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