Going Green… Sort of

colourful trench

Blue and Green…

I don’t know why but spring always makes me want to wear something green. Green is so fresh, especially when worn with blue: it’s my favourite colour combo for summer…

over 40 style

It doesn’t look like summer…

Sure, the sun is shining, I just wish the temperature would catch up soon… But it’s only late May, it’s still spring…

In case you’re wondering, summer in Finland starts in June and ends in late August, and this has nothing to do with weather. After all, summer weather may not always conform to seasonal expectations (I can remember a few late spring snow storms…). So, if the increasing number of daylight hours is not enough to convince you that it is indeed summer (never mind the temperature), the Finnish word for summer, kesä, is sort of incorporated into the word for June (= kesäkuu), whereas September could be translated as ‘autumn month’ (= syyskuu). I guess this is practical, just in case…

Boden skirt

But enough with semantics… let’s get back to style

When I saw this pencil skirt I thought it had a sort of 70’s vibe. The print looks like the kitchen curtains we had back then… But I just loved it. I thought it was a bit crazy, but in a good way. And it looks great with my blue trench, don’t you think?


I don’t usually write about the locations for my photo shoots 

In fact, I usually look for sort of nondescript locations that could be anywhere. So, I don’t know if you can tell whether a certain outfit was shot in Finland or in the U.K., or if you even care…

My photographer (a.k.a Professor M, my lovely and very patient husband) is only available at weekends, so the location depends on which one of us travels that particular weekend. At the moment I’m quite busy at work, and so, except for our long weekend in Prague, he has been commuting to Finland.

Anyway, these photos were shot in one of my favourite areas in Helsinki, with lots of Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings that make a wonderful background (not that you can see much of them here…). No, we don’t live anywhere near… I wish…

trench and skirt

I’m wearing:

trench: Hobbs / pencil skirt: Boden / t-shirt: Ann Taylor (old) / shoes: Clarks (old) / bag: Diane von Furstenberg (old) / scarf: Lola Casademunt (old) / sunglasses: Miu Miu (old)

When does summer start for you?



Linking up with: High Latitude StyleSydney Fashion HunterThe Pleated Poppy,Style ElixirGet Your Pretty OnHappiness at Mid-LifeA Labour of LifeDoused in PinkCurly Crafty MomRachel the Hat 


  1. Natalia Lialina
    27 May 2015 / 5:07 pm

    The skirt is stunning! What a great graphic design and colors, and I would agree about the 70s vibe. Wonderful architectural details – I would love to see those buildings. It's very interesting to me that Finnish uses its own names for months. Many Slavic languages do, but Russian adapted Latin names, and Old Russian names are only the words from books…

    • Tiina L
      27 May 2015 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks, Natalia. Well, Finnish is sort of an odd language… It's one of the Fenno-Ugric languages (like Estonian and Hungarian), and has no roots in common with either Indo-European or Slavic languages. There are loan words from other languages, of course (mainly Swedish, our second official language), but most words bear no resemblance to other languages (except Estonian, but then the meaning might be completely different). So, while Finnish grammar is one of the most logical of all languages, learning Finnish vocabulary is quite demanding for people used to languages based on Latin, for example. Very long words, with lots of vowels, like my husband might say…

  2. Suzanne Carillo
    27 May 2015 / 6:24 pm

    That skirt is totally wonderful. I love green and blue.bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      29 May 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne. I have to admit that green and blue is my favourite colour combo, too.

  3. Carrie
    28 May 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Those shades of blue and green ARE definitely fresh and so perfect for this season. I need to get some lighter greens in my wardrobe!Carriecurlycraftymom.com

    • Tiina L
      29 May 2015 / 1:09 pm

      Thanks, Carrie. I always seem to want something green in spring and summer, I guess it makes a nice, fresh change after winter.

  4. Laurie Duncan
    28 May 2015 / 1:23 pm

    What a great outfit, I love the colors! And the skirt does remind me of the 60s and 70s, I love it! I would love to have a blue coat like that too.Our weather has been up and down here in Minnesota, USA; one minute it's in the 60s and rainy, and the next it's 80s and sunny! 🙂

    • Tiina L
      29 May 2015 / 1:11 pm

      Thanks, Laurie! I've had so many posts featuring the blue coat that I was worried people would get tired of seeing it… But it goes so well with over half of my wardrobe.

  5. Nicole Mölders
    28 May 2015 / 5:24 pm

    Thanks for linkup up to Top of the World Style. Your skirt is awesome. I like that you paired it with the coat in this unusual color. Green and blue together is so chic

    • Tiina L
      29 May 2015 / 1:13 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. I love blue and green together… And half of my wardrobe seems to be in those colours.

  6. Alice Warren
    30 May 2015 / 4:47 am

    I always love wearing blue & green together and how fun is that graphic skirt!Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Tiina L
      2 June 2015 / 9:19 am

      Thanks, Alice! In my book, blue is a neutral (or that's how I wear it…) and adding green as a pop of colour makes it fit for summer…

  7. Dawn Lucy
    31 May 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Love blues and greens .. and what a fun purse! Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday! Hope you're having a fab weekend!OXOXDawn Lucyhttp://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

    • Tiina L
      2 June 2015 / 9:20 am

      Thanks! Yes, the bag is fun -and practical, it fits quite a lot of stuff- and I love it with anything blue.

  8. Tine Jensen
    3 June 2015 / 10:00 am

    My next trench coat will be blue :-)These colours are so beautiful together, positive and vibrant. The 70's inspired pattern gives the whole a modern feel, along with your lovely handbag!Summer in all Scandinavia seems to have lost it's way 🙁 Copenhagen isn't much warmer than Helsinki these days, only with less hours of daylight. I have told the family that we're all going to take Spanish lessons this winter!!!

    • Tiina L
      3 June 2015 / 10:25 am

      Yep, let's all escape the long, dark winter to Spain… We could form a Nordic Colony, call ourselves 'the winter sun-seekers' escaping the darkness…

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