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’?
CAMBRIDGE FOR A DAY. It’s been a good week. On Monday I graduated from university with a MA Music Industry Management with distinction. I was so happy that my parents were in town to celebrate this achievement with me. I’m going to tell you all about the graduation ceremony, my outfit and how we spent the day in a different post. So bear with me!
Yesterday Panu and I travelled to beautiful Cambridge, where he was invited as a guest speaker (proud me). Sadly, leaving London for a day is a rare occasion. Apart from the odd trip to Oxford to visit friends, leaving London seems like a bit of a hassle and like a huge undertaking. But I guess that’s typical for people living in the bubble that is London – it’s just too convenient, too comfy and let’s be honest: why would you need to? I wish we would have more time and enthusiasm to travel around Britain, because once you really do manage to get out, it’s usually fantastic.
A DRESS AND PINK LIPS. Greetings from Germany! I’m so excited to spend some time in my hometown and see one of my oldest friends finally tie the knot with her boyfriend of ten years. I couldn’t be more happy for these two lovebirds. Also, I’m here to write my master’s dissertation. I’m your typical procrastinator and despite all resolutions that this time it will be different, here I am panicking and trying to fight against the time and the approaching deadline. That’s why it’s important that I have absolutely no distractions and believe me, it’s safe to say that there are no distractions here. So wish me luck!
ANYTHING CROPPED. This is the outfit I wore to the London Fashion Weekend event. We finally got around to shoot it out in the backyard on a sunny afternoon. Lately I’m somewhat obsessed with crop tops. Perhaps it’s all the rays of sunlight and the Spring kicking in (most trees start blossoming already, yay!). I just think that cropped tops give an outfit a really nice silhouette, depending on the skirt or pants combined with, of course. And with a pair of heels it’s hard to get it wrong.
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.
PEAK LEVEL. This is the last post about the trip to Athens. I promise! And it’s gonna be short and sweet. For everyone who isn’t that familiar with the sight: the Athenian Acropolis and its monuments belong to the UNESCO World Heritage and it dates back to the 5th century BC. It was a bit surreal, but so impressive to walk on the ground of this ancient complex, which is a universal symbol of thought and the arts. Thanks to the great weather the view from up there was pretty perfect. I would have loved to stay for sunset, but at 5pm sharp we were harshly interrupted in our “oohhs” and “aahhhs” and were shoved outside by yelling ladies who apparently serve as security guards. And believe me, you didn’t want to mess with them.
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.
SUNSET FUN. I have yet to tell you so much about our Athens weekend getaway. On Saturday my boyfriend and I celebrated our one year anniversary. We wanted the entire day to be very relaxing without any stressful planning and the focus being on spending quality time together. After sleeping late we headed out to the city for lunch and strolled through the streets of Athens up the hill to visit the ancient Acropolis. Unfortunately, it had closed much earlier than we thought and so we enjoyed the sunset on the nearby rocks instead. And oh how beautiful it was! The sun stained the entire city with a stunning golden light – it was breathtakingly beautiful. Afterwards, while getting changed for dinner at the hotel room we took a moment to celebrate the occasion with some champagne and chocolate. Perfect aperitif for an even more perfect night if you ask me. I’m gonna tell you more about the restaurant in a separate post, though.
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?