Meanwhile, in Finland…

over 40 winter style

I’m so tired of winter…

And I’m so bored with all my winter clothes by now. I have been living in cashmere sweaters and boots for months… And it’s going to be at least another month before we can even dream of spring. Whether I like it or not, snow and ice and slush and sleet is what I have to deal with, and I’d better come up with a survival plan… or at least some attitude to kick winter butt.

colorful winter style over 40

So, I was thinking about memes

You know, those ‘meanwhile in Finland’ memes, with tons of snow and people wearing silly clothes (or rather, hardly any clothes…), looking blasé, as if it’s the most natural thing in the world to go skinny dipping in the snow or have a barbecue on ice… (rest easy, I won’t try anything like that).


So, it was off to the park, looking for some attitude, mustering the courage to face the elements… Actually, it’s been a rather mild winter, the temperature barely dipping below freezing every now and then, but at least there’s some snow instead of slush…

40+ winter style

Nevertheless, I was determined to create my own version of the meme, so here goes:

meanwhile in Finland

I am wearing: 

sweater: Repeat (old) / wristwarmers: Brora (similar) / bag: Decadent Copenhagen (blue one not available anymore) / sunglasses: Chanel (old) / pashmina: Beck Söndergaard / coffee cup: Marimekko

No swans were harmed during the photo shoot.

How are you dealing with winter?



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  1. Natalia Lialina
    15 February 2015 / 6:29 pm

    I feel for you! My family in Siberia also experiences a mild winter this year (well mild for Siberia of course, -18 C or so). The bright magenta and vivid blue are just the right attitude! Very beautiful against the white background too. This coffee cup is pretty! Is there any winter time activities you enjoy doing? I hated country skiing while in school (it was mandatory), but when I grew up, I really enjoyed skiing with friends from time to time, and of course banya (sauna) – always so delightful! xxx

    • Tiina L
      15 February 2015 / 6:54 pm

      I remember those cold winters and mandatory skating or skiing lessons when at school, if it was less than -15… hated that, haven't done it since. And I have a sauna in my flat, I use it to store dirty laundry… I guess we can say I'm not a winter person…

  2. Mrs C
    16 February 2015 / 8:38 am

    Brave girl you are! All white background and there you are with just a shawl???! I think had I been there with you at the park, I would be the odd one out wearing my duvet and blanket!

    • Tiina L
      17 February 2015 / 10:39 am

      Well, I took my (very warm) coat off for the photo shoot… that's sort of the idea of the meme: "we're tough, we can take the cold"… Trust me, a had lots of warm coffee afterwards.

  3. Jill James
    16 February 2015 / 8:51 am

    As someone in the southern hemisphere I can only sympathise ,not sure how I would cope but your sense of humour must help get you through.Your shawl is simply beautiful,I understand how you must tire of Winter clothing. I won,t mention that today was 28C here,Sorry.

    • Tiina L
      17 February 2015 / 10:41 am

      Thanks, Jill. Winter is dark, grey, and it just lasts so long… although I find that it's even worse this time of the year when there's plenty of sunshine, and way too much snow for my liking.

  4. Martina, Elegant 40
    16 February 2015 / 9:24 am

    This outfits is fantastic colorwise for you! Looking great!

    • Tiina L
      17 February 2015 / 10:41 am

      Thank you, Martina, so sweet of you.

  5. Jasmine Rabuñal Barrientos
    16 February 2015 / 9:56 am

    First of all, I love your winter look. I'm also tired of winter, I just want to put on my sandals and enjoy warm weather.Jasmine xx

    • Tiina L
      17 February 2015 / 10:43 am

      Thanks, Jasmine. Yes, winter lasts too long. But I'm not a summer person, either (too hot… ) If I could just have autumn year round, that would be great.

  6. Elsie Davies
    16 February 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Beautiful Shawl Tiina. Never seen snow before in my life. Originally from Africa, now living in Australia but I feel for you. Stay warm.

    • Tiina L
      17 February 2015 / 10:44 am

      Thanks, Elsie. Well, I should be used to snow… still don't care for it too much.

  7. Rosy
    16 February 2015 / 8:18 pm

    You are a brave girl, dear friend !!! I am continually shocked by the mild winter that we have here in the Canary Islands … it's 13ºC as cold at night, so I admire you and of course love your scarf, so funny ….

    • Tiina L
      17 February 2015 / 10:45 am

      Oh Rosy… your winter is my 'perfect weather' (= not too hot or cold)…

  8. Anonymous
    17 February 2015 / 12:54 am

    I hear you… I am DONE with winter.

    • Tiina L
      17 February 2015 / 10:49 am

      I feel for you, your winters are much colder… we've just had very wet snow most of the time. Still, I wish we could skip over this last bit of winter already.

  9. Ivana Split
    17 February 2015 / 8:49 am

    I'm actually find with winter as long as I have ten layers on me. Fortunately,where I live ( Mostar) and where I used to live (Split) we get pretty of sunny days and the winters are usually mild . However, there is this thing called 'bura' and it's a northern wind that can be really violent, break windows and stuff…but fortunately it only happens half a dozen of days during the entire winter period ( but I don't get a wink of sleep when it happens).Anyhow, you look very elegant and feminine. I really like that wonderful scarf. I would loveeee to visit Finland some day…but in the summer;)That swan is adorable… I also have a photograph with a swan in Split. We have those in Croatian towns on the coast, but I'm not sure why those swans we have are living in the sea (there are also lakes and rivers in the area obviously). I mean is it good for them, it is even natural? Well, nobody made them come, it's their choice.

    • Tiina L
      17 February 2015 / 10:52 am

      Thanks, Ivana! It seems that winter is nasty, wherever we are. Yes, Finland is better in summer: warm weather, plenty of sunshine (we sort of get a refund for those dark winter days in the form of the midnight sun…)

  10. Connie
    18 February 2015 / 1:52 am

    There is absolutely nothing Blah when you are around. Beautiful color combo.

    • Tiina L
      18 February 2015 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you Connie!

  11. Suzanne Carillo
    18 February 2015 / 4:49 pm

    Look at the swans and you braving the cold! Well…cold. Not really. Come and visit me. We're in the middle of a very cold spell…-18 C anyone? I always love your jewel tones.bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      19 February 2015 / 12:15 pm

      We've been having a very wet winter, slush and sleet, then it freezes over, thaws again… slippery or wet or both, disgusting. Not that I miss the cold… I do remember quite a few winters with -18, not pleasant, made me seriously think about moving to the tropics (but I'm not a fan of hot weather, either). Stay warm!

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