Urban Cool

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I was in London last weekend

It was a short trip (just a couple of nights) to see my darling husband before he had to leave for a business trip on Sunday afternoon. 

As you may (or may not) remember, we live in two countries, sort of. Professor M works in the U.K. during the week, and I work in Finland, so we only see each other at weekends.

However, for the past couple of years we’ve spent most of our weekends and all of our holidays either in Finland or somewhere else. Somewhere other than the U.K., I mean.

Yes, you can blame Brexit for that. I’ve always been very outspoken on this particular issue, but I don’t want open that can of worms right now. So, long story short, let’s just say that the political chaos and uncertainty in a country that insists on shooting itself in the foot, not to mention the hostility towards EU nationals (Professor M is German and I’m a Finn, as you know) don’t make me feel very welcome in the U.K. these days…

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But let’s talk about the outfit

What to pack for a very short trip (48 hours), and when you’re travelling with hand luggage only? The short answer: as little as possible. The long(er) answer: check the weather report and choose your outerwear and footwear accordingly, then add an all-purpose bag that goes with it. The rest? Doesn’t matter. Just pack anything that goes with the coat and the shoes.

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And in this case, I thought my camo parka would be the best option, as it was quite windy. And the fringe bag would add a cool, urban vibe to the outfit. And a striped top… Well, given how many striped tops I have, this was almost inevitable. Besides, everything else I might have wanted to pack was in the laundry…

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Outfit details:

parka: Makia / striped top: Gap / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) /

bag: Lancel (old) / sunglasses: Prada / shoes: Ecco (old)


How much do you pack for 48 hours?


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  1. Flora
    16 February 2019 / 2:08 pm

    As a Scot married to an Irishman I don’t feel welcome in the so called’United’ Kingdom either. However I have no reason ever to go there now that my parents are gone. It’s a shame as we met and were very happy living in London for years. Sorry for the gripe!

    Packing for 48 hours hmm, ditch the pjs but always carry a spare pair of shoes, wet or sore feet spoil the trip. Your outfit looks comfortable and smart.

    • Tiina
      17 February 2019 / 6:16 pm

      I know what you mean… we used to live in London, too, and I loved it.

  2. 18 February 2019 / 1:06 pm

    I like the print mixing with the scarf, jacket and striped top! It all works well! 🙂 I don’t know much about brexit but I do know I would struggle to fit 48 hours into just hand luggage, haha! I always over pack! 🙂

    Hope that you had a great weekend even with all the travel 🙂 I just posted my weekday wear linkup, I’d love you to join! 🙂

    Away From The Blue

    • Tiina
      18 February 2019 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks! I always overpack, too, but I’m trying to travel with less. Easier said than done…

  3. 19 February 2019 / 2:41 pm

    I think that your advice is really wise and love your attitude and comfy style (which is also my priority!). Despite being a maximalist, I rarely overpack as I’ve got used to cabin baggage (even for a one-week trip). Totally agree on picking my shoes and outerwear first, as they’re essential to be comfortable. Nobody wants soaked feet or having to carry your coat in a hot day. And totally agree on striped tees, I have a lot of them too so it’s easy that some of them go into my case. Love them!

    I like your camo coat, it’s a really versatile and cool piece (and practical too!) and love how well it goes with a striped t-shirt and a floral scarf. Brilliant ensemble and fabulous accessorizing!. What a lovely comfy&cool style!

    • Tiina
      21 February 2019 / 11:00 am

      Thank you! The parka has certainly been very useful, it’s one of the most practical pieces in my wardrobe, and I’ve worn it a lot. It’s just the perfect outerwear for windy and/or rainy, cold(ish) weather.
      You’re good! Cabin luggage for a week-long trip! I take cabin luggage for a long weekend, but for a week I usually need a suitcase.

  4. Mutton_style
    20 February 2019 / 9:45 am

    Tiina I just adore your bag. Do join my linkup which is live. Hope to see you there.

    • Mutton_style
      20 February 2019 / 9:49 am

      Thank you for joining. I see you have. Lovely to see you there.

    • Tiina
      21 February 2019 / 11:01 am


  5. 21 February 2019 / 10:23 am

    That’s the best idea about your bag and shoes matching! I love that bag too and would use it in a heartbeat! Thanks for joining the #chicandstylish #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Tiina
      21 February 2019 / 11:03 am

      Thanks! I’m very practical, so having comfortable shoes and a bag to hold my essentials always comes first, and the rest of the outfit has to fit around them.

    • Tiina
      22 February 2019 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks, Megan!

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