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Outdoor photoshoots are getting challenging…

As much as I prefer natural light and outdoor locations for my photoshoots, I think I may have to resort to taking photos indoors for the next few months. It’s just getting way too cold.

It was -2ºC (= about 28ºF), with the wind blowing from the sea, when these pictures were taken. I was freezing (not because of the temperature but because of the wind…)

Nevertheless, I wanted to show you the purple cashmere sweater (so old I can’t remember where I got it), or at least a glimpse of it. Because that was the theme of this post: the purple sweater with the olive green cords and coat. Or shopping my own closet for new colour combinations. Something like that. I know there was a theme, I just sort of lost it, what with battling the wind and the cold…

purple and olive

And now we’ll interrupt our regular programme for a public service announcement:

Please remember to wear your reflector, it can save your life.

What was that? Never heard of a reflector? Seriously?!? (and no, this is not a sponsored post)

OK, let me explain it briefly: say you’re about to cross the street, and it’s pitch dark. How can you make sure you’re not run over by a passing car? No, the driver can’t see you, even with the streetlights. The thing is, as a pedestrian, you’re invisible, and thus vulnerable. But a reflector makes you visible again as it reflects the light from the headlights of vehicles (this video illustrates brilliantly what I mean).

purple and olive

When I was a child, reflectors were made of some sort of hard plastic, in the shape of a snow flake, and attached to your coat using a safety pin. OK, that was a long time ago…

These days reflectors come in many shapes and sizes, and in many different styles and materials. So, there really is no excuse for not wearing one.

purple and olive

Outfit details (all old):

coat: Cut & Pret / cashmere top (so old I’ve lost the label) / trousers: Marks and Spencer /

bag: Coccinelle / shoes: Nero Giardini / sunglasses: Prada

Do you have a reflector?


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  1. 9 December 2018 / 11:44 pm

    woww, thanks for battle the elements to show us your pretty purple sweater!, I love this color combo and your fabulous bag! and the cute matchy scarf!
    Actually, I’ve thought on attaching a reflector to my raincoat when I go for a walk through city parks to avoid getting hit by unattentive cyclists. Great advice!

    • Tiina
      11 December 2018 / 10:47 pm

      What wouldn’t I do for you all, even braving the elements… 😉

  2. 10 December 2018 / 10:35 am

    Brave you for taking these shots outside in the cold. The colour of your jumper is so lovely on you and so good with the olive pants. Reflectors are a really good idea, must remember for next Winter.

    • Tiina
      11 December 2018 / 10:49 pm

      Thanks, Jill. I’ve been wanting to try purple and olive combo for a while, and then I remembered I had something in my own wardrobe.

  3. Lise
    11 December 2018 / 12:49 pm

    This color combo is fabulous, so is the scarf. Lise

    • Tiina
      11 December 2018 / 10:49 pm

      Thank you, Lise.

  4. 14 December 2018 / 7:37 am

    We had these bands we had to wear. They were reflecting and at daylight they had some sort of neon orange. Here they wear lamps to be seen.

    • Tiina
      14 December 2018 / 10:17 pm

      I’m sure lamps are very effective, especially in Alaska. I think winter outerwear made of some sort of reflective material would be a great idea, too, especially in northern regions with hardly any daylight in winter.

  5. 14 December 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Such a cold day – brave lady. Love the colour of your sweater and co-ordinating bag and scarf. Where are you? There is nothing colder than a wind from the sea.

    • Tiina
      14 December 2018 / 10:18 pm

      I’m in Helsinki, Finland. It’s always windy here.

      • 14 December 2018 / 10:55 pm

        Yes. Definitely a lot colder than here in the NW of the UK.

  6. Maryellen Reardon
    15 December 2018 / 7:08 pm

    I love the purple, and it looks great on you.

    • Tiina
      17 December 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you!

    • Tiina
      19 December 2018 / 2:18 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! Yes, it’s cold, and it’s going to get even colder. But there’s always other spring just around the corner, right?

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