Casual Classic

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I’ve been a bit busy (and stressed) recently, and thinking about outfits hasn’t exactly been a priority… It’s nothing to worry about, just the usual: computer problems,  getting busy at work, trying to do too many things at once etc…

Anyway, I was in Canterbury, U.K. for a few days, and this is where these photos were taken. 

And what was I doing in Canterbury, you might ask. Well, if you are new to this blog, here’s the short version: my husband, Professor M, works in the U.K., so we have a house there. And because my work is in Helsinki (Finland), we travel a lot. As in, one of us travels every week, so that we can spend the weekend together.

Yes, I know: that’s not exactly considered acceptable these days, and we’re probably the main cause of climate change because of our reckless lifestyle etc.

You know what, I don’t give a crap. Yes, climate change is a huge problem, and I agree we all have to change our lifestyles (to some extent). And I’m all in favour of adopting a healthier, mainly plant-based diet and curbing overconsumption. But I will not stop flying or travelling, and I don’t think quilt tripping people is the solution.

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Anyway, back to Canterbury… We’re in the process of moving out, and the main purpose of my visit was to sort out what to keep and what to toss…

I ended up donating most of the clothes I had there to charity. But I decided to keep the bag and scarf you see in these photos. And these cool shoes, too.

That was a good thing, by the way, because after I was done decluttering the wardrobe, I had very little left besides the clothes I was wearing on arrival… Let’s call this look ‘Casual Classic‘, it sounds so much better than ‘scraping the bottom of the old wardrobe‘.

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OK, now you probably want to know whether us moving out of Canterbury has anything to do with Brexit, right? Well, yes and no. Without Brexit, we might not have even thought of moving, that’s true. But the main reason is that Professor M is changing jobs… So, we’re relocating our U.K. base to an area that is hopefully less hostile to Eurotrash like us (I’m a Finn, Professor M is German). Where exactly? Well, you’ll see, sometime in December…

Just to be clear, Professor M and I will continue our weekly crimes against the environment by travelling between two countries. Yes, one day we will live permanently in one country, but until we retire, we still have to make a living. However, we refuse to let having to make a living prevent us from having a life. Together, that is. Which means travelling…

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Outfit details:
jacket: Makia / top: Selected Femme / scarf: Marja Kurki (old) /
trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) / shoes: Clarks (old) /
bag: Adolfo Dominguez (old) / sunglasses: Woobs

What’s been stressing you out lately?


PS: Did you know that I also have an art blog?
Let me know what you think of my latest masterpiece

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  1. voguefauxreal
    28 October 2019 / 10:57 pm

    Oh my – your art is beautiful! I didn’t realize….I thought that the link on the right side of your blog was a picture someone had made of you. It’s fabulous! Traveling like you do must be hard on a relationship….or maybe it’s really great for it. I don’t think people are going to stop traveling to save the earth and I’m not so sure we won’t just find a better way to destroy it even if we did stop the driving and traveling 🙁 I love the scarf with that outfit and I think you kept some wonderful pieces….classic pieces. The shoes and the sunglasses are so retro – I love them both! I hope things get less stressful for you soon. My current stressors include an increasingly full workload and a husband who is going through daily radiation treatments with chemotherapy once a week (we’re on the last two weeks now – yay!).


    • Tiina
      29 October 2019 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks, Ruth.
      I hope the treatments work and your husband is getting better, I can’t even imagine how incredibly stressful that must have been, for both of you…
      The black and white picture on the sidebar is a drawing a made on Photoshop, it’s based on a very old photo of me. I originally planned to use it as a logo for the blog…
      And travelling… Well, at times it can be stressful, of course, but we actually spend a lot of time together, even though we work in different countries.

  2. Susan
    30 October 2019 / 6:29 pm

    I like that scarf. The colors are lovely.

    • Tiina
      31 October 2019 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks, Susan.

    • Tiina
      31 October 2019 / 6:49 pm

      Yes, I suppose it’s cool… but after 20 years of doing this, it can also get a bit tiresome.

  3. 1 November 2019 / 5:35 am

    looks like you haven’t gotten the first crips cold snap yet either. We had some frost then a chinook, an inversion with temperatures below freezing and then a warm air advection with rain. The result: All streets are iced including our car. Not fun at all. Thanks for joining the party.

    • Tiina
      3 November 2019 / 12:45 pm

      Well,these photos were taken in England, and it was quite a bit warmer there.
      Oh yes, the icy streets season is just around the corner…

    • Tiina
      3 November 2019 / 12:51 pm

      Thanks, Jessica.
      I love visiting other countries, too. But it’s different travelling (on holiday) when you want to, and going to places you’re interested in, than constantly travelling between two homes in two countries. That’s just a never-ending hassle and incredibly frustrating.

  4. 3 November 2019 / 12:42 pm

    For scraping the bottom of your wardrobe, you really came up with some greatness! You look lovely as usual with the pattern mix and the brilliant color combination. You really do know which colors work best for you. And those shoes are magnificent! As for traveling, it is necessary for your lifestyle and stopping is not going to fix the climate or the earth. It is all the little daily things that we must make an effort to change, in my opinion. Plus none of us are perfect. If we all just do a little bit, it will make huge differences. I was recently lectured for drinking spring water from plastic bottles. I simply cannot tolerate the taste of tap water, even when filtered. And yes, I should learn to tolerate it, but our local tap water is very high in lead and it’s gross. But the funny thing is, the man who lectured me only did so because my husband scolded him for throwing an empty beer can in the woods during a hike. He said we were just as bad as that for buying bottled water (which we recycle the bottles, by the way). I don’t see the comparison. But oh well. Great post! Thanks for linking up.


    • Tiina
      3 November 2019 / 1:00 pm

      Thank you!
      Don’t you just hate it when other people start lecturing you about what you should or shouldn’t do in the name of saving the environment? I hate that sort of virtue signalling. I think we all know what to do, and we all do our best. But some things are just not possible. Besides, there’s a huge difference between carelessly littering and drinking from recyclable plastic bottles…

  5. 7 November 2019 / 3:29 pm

    I think that being conscious about environment is a good thing but I also hate when somebody try to make me/us feel guilty about our travels or other non-eco-friendly activities. Nobody likes to be nagged! and I agree that we all do our best!
    On another note, I’m glad that you keep those shoes, they look particularly comfy and love the classic vibe. Also lovely bag, really versatile and easy to mix and match!

    • Tiina
      7 November 2019 / 9:23 pm

      I agree: nagging is not the best way to make people do something. Quilt tripping won’t make people change their behaviour; it may backfire and make them dig in their heels even more.

  6. 10 November 2019 / 10:32 pm

    How interesting – gravel-guy (the husband of 30 years) has just moved to a new job down in Londonshire while I am staying up here in Scotland, it is a real relief to know someone else has this sort of existence where you travel to see each other as right now it is a new thing for us and I am struggling – mainly I really like the fact that gravel-guy is away, but at the same time finding the way it works is hardish.. and yes he is a professor too. I totally agree about the guilt tripping – just nope, not listening and not listening even more to that, we all make our choices and life is complicated enough without people being judgmental, we do what we can and make greener choices elsewhere to the best of our ability. On a very shallow note, I love your scarf and outfit. And come to Scotland – Scotland wasn’t for any of this brexit stuff anyway, people are incredibly friendly and welcoming (except perhaps to the English…).

    • Tiina
      13 November 2019 / 9:11 am

      Yes, constant travelling can be exhausting. But having some alone time can be good, too…
      As for Scotland, I’m looking forward to visiting it. Quite soon, in fact…

      • 13 November 2019 / 10:01 pm

        Scotland is rather a lovely place – I live near Glasgow, which is less showy than Edinburgh but has its own quirky charms 🙂

        • Tiina
          18 November 2019 / 4:22 pm

          Yes, I know, I’ve been to Glasgow. But that was a long time ago. I loved it.

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