LIPSTICK SHADES. You have probably noticed my recent obsession with lipsticks. It’s not that my love for bold lips is any news, but there was a time when I preferred a light gloss in neutral shades, because it needs a lot less maintenance throughout the day. But somehow I rediscovered the beauty of a strong lip and make that extra effort to put some lipstick on. I like to keep my daily makeup routine very simple and natural. Usually, I only use a light powder, black mascara and a bronzer to define my cheekbones. But often an extra pop of lip colour can really make all the difference and helps to look more put together.
SILK BLOUSES. Let’s talk summer essentials. I know, I know, it’s August already and therefore probably the last month of summer – at least here in the UK. But it’s not quite too late yet. Summers are certainly all about colours and light fabrics, or so they say. Whereas I fully agree with wearing light materials, I have to admit that I am somewhat insubordinate to the peer pressure of wearing cheery bright colours at all times during the warm months. I mean, is it so terrible to wear black and neutrals during summers? I love my black, my neutral colours, and sure, also the occasional pop of colour. Who else is absolutely over people asking ‘Aren’t you terribly hot in this dark outfit’?
THE CAPE. Gosh, it’s been cold in London lately. Nowadays our bathtub is my very best friend who I turn to when I get home whining, shivering, and with completely frozen feet. I seriously don’t know what I would do without it. I must admit that dressing up appropriately for cold weather isn’t my strongest suit, mainly because of my wardrobe’s massive lack of winter attire. Same goes for the shoes to be honest. I would be the first person you see out in the snow with open toe heels. Many times have I listened to speeches of concerned friends warning me to dress according to the season. They all failed miserably. But lo and behold, I have a positive message to all of them: I came across a gorgeous woolen cape by Ted Baker. Not only is it very chic with its embellishments on the collar, it’s also warm (but only when you wear it with a jacket underneath, otherwise it’s still cold as hell). It’s not exactly the perfect cape for the Finnish winter, but here in London it will have to do.
RED AND THEN SOME DOTS. I guess the title says it all. Whenever I wear red dresses, which honestly only happens so often, I have the urge to combine them with polka dot tights. Actually, I’ve sported this kind of outfit on couple of dates. Judging by the outcome of both of them I probably shouldn’t go for this combination anymore. Are men intimidated by red and polka dots? Are men intimidated by ladybugs? However that may be, I do love the combination and see no reason to put a hold on this look.
You also probably noticed that I’ve done something with my hair, which honestly only happens so often as well. Most of the time I just wear my hair down. Often do I get asked how many hours I need to straighten it. The truth is that I have not a single curl or even the tiniest wave in my hair. On a normal day I don’t spend more than 30 seconds on my hairdo. In fact, I only brush it and that’s it. Alright, occasionally there is the odd ponytail or bun, but I’m not good at hairdos that require a lot of patience. Too much fussing and, to say it outright, my arms simply start hurting as soon as I hold them up for more than 20 seconds – or even less. Long story short, this time I wanted to try wet look, which I hear is super trendy. It’s simple enough to do within less than a minute and I think it’s a perfect way to spice up my usual hairdo.
UNDER WESTWAY. And here is the second instalment of The Ramones T-shirt Series. This time my beloved girly tutu dress got out to play, which doesn’t happen as often as it probably would like to. Mixing styles is always a bit of an adventure, but when I thought about possible outfits with the band shirt this girlish dress came to mind immediately. Not only is it a stunning piece of clothing, but it also reminds me of my ballet days and makes me want to swirl around like a little girl (and consequently makes me look like a crazy person). Unfortunately, there is the danger of looking like a little girl as well.
MIDSUMMER. That time of the year in Finland when the sun is up all day round, city dwellers pack their stuff and leave for a long weekend at summer cottages in the beautiful Finnish nature with family or friends. Usually that special weekend in the end of June is a combination of plenty of good food and drinks, sauna sessions, dips in a lake, and a roaring bonfire while folk music is playing in the background. Your typical cottage attire could be described as extremely comfortable and under normal circumstances completely unacceptable. However, one is in the wild now, where anything (no matter how hideous) goes. This year I decided to show the Finns that it is possible to remain comfortable yet stylish even in the woods.
CITY ESCAPE. Last week it was time to take a break from London city life and explore other parts of Southern England. My boyfriend and I went off to visit a dear friend of mine in Oxford. One has certain expectations of this charming university town: impressive architecture, historical prestige, and university students in funny costumes. And it was exactly that.
To explore the city and to be comfortable on the bus ride I chose an easy, uncomplicated look. The outfit was perfectly suitable for both cuddling up on the bus and strolls through the enchanting old town of Oxford, save perhaps for the heels. The starting point was this rust-coloured Tiger of Sweden sweater borrowed from my boyfriend’s wardrobe. I decided to combine it with a few old gold jewellery pieces as it compliments the warm feel of the sweater. The pyramid-shaped necklace and the knuckle ring give the outfit just the right amount of structure and simplicity. I opted for one of my favourite nail polishes 531 Péridot by Chanel to finish this understated look.