HELSINKI RETREAT. This is just a quick update, because I’m in the midst of revision for my last exam tomorrow. Wish me luck! Can’t wait to get back to social life and spend much needed quality time with friends. Of course, plans for tomorrow are made already: going out with a couple of friends to celebrate me surviving uni madness (aka the end of this semester) with food, drinks, and dancing. So bare with me for now, I’m gonna publish a proper outfit post later this week.
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.
WEEKEND GETAWAY. Athens is amazing! It really is. At least from what I’ve seen and experienced during our first two days here. After leaving rainy London behind early Friday morning it was so pleasant to sit on our hotel’s terrace four hours later and enjoy the sun like it was summer. We actually had to move to another table, because the heat was almost unbearable. But first things first. I should probably introduce you to the hotel we’re staying at. We picked New Hotel as its concept sounded very interesting and the interior shown on the hotel’s webpages seemed special. And it does not disappoint. Entering the lobby we were greeted with a warm welcome by the staff and were handed refreshments. While checking in, I couldn’t take my eyes off the interior and I felt like being part of one big art installation thanks to designers Fernando and Humberto Campana. The interior is custom-made and it features remnants of the former Olympic Palace Hotel. So far we truly enjoyed our stay here.
BALTIC SEA. As a child I often spent my family holidays in Northern Germany at the Baltic Sea. The days there were filled with building countless sandcastles, collecting all sorts of shells and swimming in the sea hoping for the waves to get bigger and higher. Especially Rügen, which is Germany’s largest island, with its beautiful landscape, sandy beaches and lagoons, brings back very fond memories. Although I love the sea, I do not necessarily like lounging on the beach. Since I prefer my skin to be pale and try my hardest to avoid staying in the sun for too long, I am always opting for a shadowy place. This usually causes a lot of amusement amongst my friends and family. Sentences such as “Oh look! The ghost is approaching!” or “Lydia, you are paler than the sand on this beach – camouflage much?” are all way too familiar.
During our five days in Binz, we took advantage of the beautiful pier and Kurhaus for a shoot. It was usually completely packed during the day, so we opted for waking up early and shot during sunrise. I took the colours of the sea as an inspiration and decided to wear a cobalt blue jumpsuit, which I accessorised with gold jewellery. In retrospect I should have added a belt to give the outfit a bit more shape and to create a more put-together look. However, I think the photos turned out nicely and hopefully you agree.
GRAVEL PIT. Let’s be honest, I always wanted to play in a massive sandpit. Finally, my dream came true and I got to slide down hill after hill in a gravel pit we found near Kivijärvi, Eastern Finland. Though, I must admit that my choice of white ripped shorts was not the most appropriate for the occasion, but it was definitely worth it considering the fun we had taking these shots. Back in Barcelona I wore an outfit quite similar to the one in this shoot, but this time I combined it with my Converse shoes and white ripped shorts to give the look a sporty touch.
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.
ROAD TRIPS. I have been to Barcelona before, to be exact for the New Year’s celebrations back in 2008/2009. Unfortunately, the memories are not all that great considering that – cliché – my purse got stolen at a party on New Year’s Eve. You can imagine that after this incident the rest of my stay was less than amazing. However, the city still worked its charm on me. I wanted to come back for better experiences, that much I was sure of. This year the opportunity finally came with a visit to the Primavera Sound festival, which coincidentally was organised on the weekend of my birthday. How better celebrate it than with great tunes under the sun in Spain? Or so I thought.