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.
BACK IN LONDON. Sorry for my absence. It feels strange to neglect the blog for that long, but unfortunately I had no other choice. In China I couldn’t access WordPress or any social media for that matter. But now I’m back in London and ready to step up my game. China was wonderful and I can’t wait to show you some pictures and tell you all about my trip. But first I want to show you a look we shot before I left for Asia.
THE ASCENT TO THE ACROPOLIS. I still have a couple of posts about my trip to Athens in my luggage for you. Hopefully you aren’t too bored with it yet. Anyway, since our first try to visit the Acropolis failed miserably, we had to climb up the hill again the next day. We didn’t really mind though. Walking through the streets of Athens is so exciting, because behind every street corner you see something new and interesting. Ancient architecture in contrast to modern buildings, walls and walls of graffiti, colourful flower displays… and the list could easily go on. I wish we would have had more time to explore the city and especially some districts outside the very center. Well, you gotta leave something for the next visit.
THE BEACHES OF ATHENS. We couldn’t have possibly left Greece without having been to the sea. I don’t know about you, but I for my part need some element of water in the city I live in, whether it’s the sea, a river or a lake. While I can’t really say that the city beaches of Athens are a traveller’s paradise, it is still wonderful to sit on the rocks and enjoy the sunset. And that is exactly what we did.
SPORTY SPICE. Usually sporty outfits make me feel a bit uncomfortable and well, under-dressed when worn outside the gym or climbing hall. In addition, my fear of sweatpants reached its peak while in Finland, where people would wear them just about anywhere and find it absolutely appropriate. Yes, I do understand that sweatpants are comfortable and all, but do you really have to wear them while grocery shopping or running errands in town? Can’t people put on a pair of jeans instead? What is it with sweatpants that are also usually completely torn up and holey? You can only imagine what a bunch of contradicting thoughts came to my mind when I saw these red pants in the store. Yet, I had to get them. In their defence, and ultimately in mine, they are made of a wonderful silky fabric and anyway, who can say no to a pair of comfortable bright red pants with blue stripes on the side? I couldn’t. Have I crossed over to the dark side?
GLAM IT UP. So here is the third installment of “The Ramones T-Shirt Series”. I blatantly took inspiration from the 80s glam rock movement. Even though one might argue that The Ramones’ music and attitude don’t really go together with anything that’s glam and glitter, I do think that from a fashion point of view punk rock and glam rock can build a very interesting synergy. 80s glam rock bands, particularly Hanoi Rocks, have always fascinated me. It really takes some guts to make such bold fashion choices and sport crazy hairstyles that are heavy on the teasing and hairspray. After all, not every man thinks that it’s a good idea to wear glittery suit jackets, animal print vests, and tighter-than-tight leather pants in every colour of the rainbow. Quite frankly, not every man should wear it, either. Some men, like for instance Michael Monroe or Andy McCoy, simply own this look and you see that it’s a reflection of their personal lifestyle as well as their on-stage persona. Thumbs up!
AUTUMN COLLECTIONS. When I saw Zara’s autumn lookbook and the H&M Paris Collection I knew that my wardrobe was about to get two new companions: a gorgeous pair of leather over-the-knee boots and a blue checked lingerie style dress. By combining these two items with my go-to beanie and throwing over a coat with a simple cut to add structure, a perfect outfit for a sunny autumn day out was born. May I also draw your attention to these amazing cross earrings I got from Asos last year. How cool are they?
PATTERN MANIAC. This summer the shops were filled with all sort of patterned clothes. Whatever your pattern-loving heart desired, whether it being flowers, abstract shapes, or like in this case landscape imagery, you were probably able to find and love it. I have never been particularly fond of printed pants. Oh wait, I take that back. I do remember wearing some (I swear I thought it was trendy back then) yellow & black plaid flares when I was in my early teenage years and what I would call the beginning of my fashion-confused years. Little did I know that a few more troubling years of fashion and hair mishaps were still ahead of me. But more on that some other time!
Back to the topic at hand: the vibrant purple, blue, and turquoise shades of these trousers really got to me and I made a decision right then and there in the store. I bought them and never looked back. Did it get me hooked? You bet. That purchase resulted in me buying a couple of other pants with really nice flower patterns later this summer. Well, what can I say? I have no regrets.
SEQUINS AND FLUFF. Lately I’ve been having fun experimenting with textures and materials. This look, which I’ve worn on Sunday for an afternoon stroll in Holland Park, is defined by a mixture of sequins, leather, and fluffy fabric. Speaking of having fun… the same goes for my make up routine, which I try to extend by using bright lipsticks to add the extra oomph to a look. This almost baby pink lipstick YSL Rouge Volupté 7 gives a wonderful contrast to the otherwise all black outfit – without looking too much like Barbie.
COLOUR EXPLOSION. Wearing bright colours in a comfortable fashion is not really what I’d consider my strong suit. Don’t get me wrong, I love bright colours in accessories and shoes, but somehow I often reach for rather muted colours save for the occasional neon statement piece. Yet, when this checked yellow/white coat caught my eye, I was immediately drawn to it for some odd reason. Maybe it’s the classic shape, but I saw lots of options how I could and would wear it.