Merry Christmas

Madeira winter

I’m dreaming of a warm Christmas… 

A week in Madeira: relaxing, resting, having fun… Did I mention relaxing? No work,  no stress… just relaxing. Sounds perfect.
But this is me we’re talking about. I have an uncanny talent to get stressed about, well, how to avoid getting stressed… But I’m trying, that should count for something, right?
And really, a week in such a beautiful place, what could possibly go wrong?

So, let’s stop worrying and let’s look at the outfits:

OUTFIT 1: the classic “the-airline-lost-my-luggage” look

Two suitcases, one for me and one for Professor M… both got mysteriously stuck at Lisbon airport as we were changing planes. That’s understandable, these things happen, especially when you’re in a hurry to catch your connecting flight. And we only had about 4 hours…
The luggage did finally arrive, of course, about 20 hours after us. So, our first day in Funchal was spent wearing whatever we had in the cabin luggage. A rather casual outfit for a wedding anniversary…

BTW: I would like to introduce this little gizmo to you. The idea is simple: you put Trakdot into your luggage, and it tells you where your suitcase is. So, when your suitcase ends up on the other side of the world, at least you get regular text messages from this friendly little device…

I’ve used this a few times, with varying levels of success (it seems South Korea is unknown territory to Trakdot…), and this time I was really, really happy to have it. It was oddly comforting to be able to see my suitcase on the Trakdot app map, moving around Lisbon airport, even though I had no idea when it would be delivered to me… That’s a bit sick, even for a sarcastic control freak. Maybe I should have my head examined…

OUTFIT 2: the avant-garde

“I-have-nothing-to-wear-even-though-I-packed-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” look

Christmas 2014 Madeira

Christmas 2014 Madeira

OUTFIT 3: the timeless and chic “but-it-wasn’t-this-cold-here-two-years-ago” look

+40 casual winter look

 I hope you’re enjoying the countdown to Christmas 

and have a chance to relax over the holidays.


Linking up with Sacramento and Rosy for 


    22 December 2014 / 9:19 am

    Merry Christmas!

    • Tiina L
      22 December 2014 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks! Merry Christmas to you, too.

  2. Jasmine Rabuñal Barrientos
    22 December 2014 / 11:08 am

    You look great! I hope you can relax and enjoy Christmas.Jasmine ♥

    • Tiina L
      22 December 2014 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks, Jasmine! I think we all look forward to a little break. Merry Christmas!

  3. Marea Dotz
    22 December 2014 / 5:05 pm

    Thanks so much for the Trakdot tip. I will look into it. Happy Holidays to one of my favorite bloggers!

    • Tiina L
      22 December 2014 / 10:05 pm

      Oh, That's so sweet of you, thank you, Marea! And Happy Holidays!

  4. Val S
    23 December 2014 / 2:00 am

    Madeira! Yes, please! I've always wanted to go there. Your blue cape looks gorgeous, and I love the little gnomes (I'm sure there's a Finnish word for them). With Danish grandparents, I always love to have the little nisse around at Christmas.

    • Tiina L
      23 December 2014 / 7:09 pm

      This is my third time in Madeira, and it's lovely. My husband and I have renamed the gnomes "the ZZ Top" because,well, they look like that…

  5. Jill James
    23 December 2014 / 6:08 am

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Hope your are now stress free after your break. Thank you for the Trakdot tip, will pass on to my son who is travelling next year.

    • Tiina L
      23 December 2014 / 7:09 pm

      Thanks, Jill. And Merry Christmas.

  6. Kim uahuahuah
    23 December 2014 / 8:00 pm

    merry christmas!!!

    • Tiina L
      28 December 2014 / 12:29 pm

      Feliz Navidad!

  7. señora Allnut
    25 December 2014 / 4:54 pm

    mwahhah, even managing a nightmare like losing your luggage, you look cool and comfy and really fabulous enjoying those pretty isles!, merry christmas!besos

    • Tiina L
      28 December 2014 / 12:30 pm

      Thank you so much! We were very lucky to get our suitcases back after 20 hours.

  8. Rhia
    26 December 2014 / 11:56 am

    Thanks for that Trakdot tip. I don't travel often so I've never lost my luggage, but the first time is bound to happen sometime. I suppose I'm some sort of control freak too, but I can sure understand how comforting it is to know where your luggage is, even though you don't really know when you are going to get it back. To not know at all is the worst part. You still managed to look very stylish even though luggage was lost. Merry Christmas!Rhia from

    • Tiina L
      28 December 2014 / 12:31 pm

      Kiitos, Rhia, ja hyvää joulua ja vuodenvaihdetta!

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