Skirt/&Other Stories, Knit/Filippa K, Sneakers/Sandro, Bag & Sunnies/Céline

Greetings from the world of procrastination, coffee, sleep-medicin like books, no-make up days and coffee again, readers! The semester has officially begun. With a boom, our reading lists have apparently been designed to eliminate any social life, work or hobbies people might have. The subject is International Political Economy for those who wonder. Thank god for us ladies we can multitask, and here I am writing an outfit post with a book open by my side.

In Stockholm it’s getting a little chilly, but not chilly enough for heavier coats or layering.

So, the knit season is on! I’ve made a promise to myself not to buy a single knit this fall. I counted mine and I have nearly 20 pieces existing. What I’ll be doing the following weeks is making the most out of my current wardrobe, finding new ways to combine the nearly-forgotten items. I love doing this from time to time! It’s really easy to forget what one already has and go for the new beautiful fall looks the shops are filled with. All that is needed is just a little imagination; you can start by placing a selection of pieces on your bed, and begin eyeing for with colors/patterns look interesting next to each other. Or start playing with materials. Is there some juicy combination in there you haven’t thought about? Glitter paired with floral, a chunky knit with a skirt instead of the usual jeans? The options are countless, just remember to throw aside your existing patterns of thought about what should be worn with what!

Yesterday I wore this beautiful pink-plated skirt from &Other stories. I have a top to match, and never really thought it could be worn with something else. But ta-daa, a little forest green to pair it with and we’re ready set go for anything! Casual but dressed up. Plated skirts are a definite trend this fall, especially in metallic colors!


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If and as you will continue to read my blog, you will notice one thing. I wear real fur. I acknowledge that the industry can be a horrible one, and fights against basic animal rights. This is a difficult post to write, and I really went through deep mirroring of my own opinions and feelings around the topic. A friend of mine said well that it’s important to be able to discuss even difficult choices, and open them up to others. How do I reason my actions, when I know this industry is one to harm animals?


So, Why?

Having taken my time learning about the clothing industries, it has become very clear that issues that are grey can’t be simply but to boxes of black and white. Even if large companies would do everything in their power to ban child labour and inhumane working hours, the production chain has grown to be so complicated that they have very scarce possibilities to actually monitor the production process. Not to mention even knowing in which factories their products are being produced in. Even though the final product would be locally produced, the subparts are often transported from underdeveloped countries.


Boots/Givenchy, Leather Pants/Zara, Bag/Saint Laurent, Dress/Max Mara, Vest/MacLauren


I mentioned human rights issues above. Another issue is the one concerning the environment.

Haven’t we all seen the pictures of polluted rivers, smog, and the plastic inferno of the pacific? The sea creatures which have their bellies full of particles that don’t belong there? Items that are being transported, are also being packed and shipped. Usually every single item individually in their own boxes, plastic sheets and labels. The more transportation is needed to put together a single item, the larger the amount of packaging material waste. Then a thing to discuss are the cargo carriers that dump their vaste directly to the oceans, the developing countries harbors that often enjoy little-to-non supervision of waste disposal, and of course the maximal pollution caused by air cargo.

I live in the north, and the temperature drops here for at least 6-7 moths every single year.

The temperatures can get to as cold as -30c – I need to keep myself warm. The fur pieces that I own are always either second hand or well crafted and of highest quality, made of certified furs. With this I ensure that they will hold up to being used throughout the years, hopefully following to someone else after my ownership. Having a piece of clothing that can last from one generation to another, from mother to daughter, is rare. Actually, the only examples that come to mind are jewelry, purses, and well, fur. Not having to shop for a warm winter coat every few years is rather ecological as well as economical. Fur, as a natural material, breathes. It’s adaptable to different temperatures, and rarely get’s too hot or cold. Fur also decomposes back to the nature if the garment is wished to be disposed. Plastic, polyester garments don’t.

In the end of the day I think moral choices come down to choosing which values are important to you.

And I’m not talking about negative values here. Nowadays it’s very hard to find an industry that wouldn’t harm any group of people, animals or nature. I’m talking about what makes us choose one “right” from many wrongs. Personally, I evaluate longevity, durability, adaptability. Things of quality which last and will not easily go out of style. Things that I will enjoy using, wearing, not just something that will hang in the closet for ages. One thing I also root for is local producing, minimizing the pollution of both the air and seas caused by transportation. As the fabric industry has to a large part moved off to third world countries, fur is still largely being produced and crafted in Europe.

It’s a tough topic, and I don’t wish in any way to minimize the opinions of the counterparts. I am not here to create juxtaposition between choices, but I want you to challenge your choices and values around the subject just as I have. Everyone’s life is a balance of their choices, and those choices need to be made. These are my reasons behind the decision of wearing fur. One good deed doesn’t diminish any bad actions, but usually behind all consuming choices is a whole lot of background to be investigated.


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KUUMA, Albertinkatu 6 (Ihana Essi kuvassa <3) 

I know I promised you a longer post from Helsinki. Due to the lack of material it turned out to be utopian. BUT what I will be writing about are these two wonderful cafés that had appeared to Punavuori district since my last visit. Probably a “little” late, but still hopping on the hype train!

KUUMA, Albertinkatu 6

Where to begin! Walking in here, the name really came to life. Slightly humid, but a very cozy vibe hit us already as we stepped through the door. The place is decorated with paint and tiles from bottom to top, and has great large windows that let in a bunch of light. A houseplant hanging here and there. Customers of all ages, a radiant young woman behind the counter. Voices bouncing back and forth from the stone walls, creating an inch restless but not too noisy of an atmosphere.

The menu was the thing that really blew the bank; and I ended up ordering pretty much everything on it. Reasonable pricing, nice portion sizes (shame on you health-ish cafés with dwarf sized chia puddings 10€ a piece). Scrambled eggs, avocado toast, smoothies, juices, raw bites, filled croissants, chia pudding, everything well-made and nicely put. The service was a little slow at the busiest hour, but I forgive them that.

Healthinki, Punavuorenkatu 2

Pretty much around the block you’ll find Healthinki. A relaxed, soothing environment with light tones, marble, wood and green plants. Definitely great for reading a good book, working, or perhaps meeting an old acquaintance. As the place is located on a market square, there are no bothering traffic noises. Living in the city center has made me really appreciate these quiet spaces!

I was positively surprised by the food they serve. On their website they claim to be up for Finnish super food, and they really owned it. We had raw licorice – lingonberry smoothie bowls, topped with everything imaginable: nuts & seeds, coconut flakes, peanut butter, and sea buckthorn berries. Yummy. Also the avocado toast was exquisite. We had no trouble finding seating in the morning, as around half of all seats were taken. The service was also warm and welcoming.

My other all-time favorites in Helsinki include i.a The Cock, Sis + Deli, Sandro, Date + Kale, Lungi & Andante. Something I’ve missed and should try out on my next visit?


Healthinki, Punavuorenkatu 2

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Sharing is caring and what comes to beauty tricks, it can’t be done enough. The best ones often run from mother to daughter, and every woman has their own little something to add. Now I’ll be sharing with you seven of my personal favourite hacks I’ve began using during the years!
  1. Suffering from dry ends? Take the richest hair oil you can find and apply it liberally to the dry ends. Tie them to a tight knot and put some plastic wrap over them + a hair net (To keep the oil from ruining your sheets). Wash off with shampoo in the morning, and say good bye to dryness!
  2. Apply Bepanthen on the lips overnight (And during the day). This works magic and leaves the lips extremely soft & plumb. Bepanthen can also be applied on top of lipstick with your fingertips to avoid the lips from getting dry and wrinkly.
  3. Ran out of shaving gel? Use conditioner instead! This gem gets sometimes useful when traveling. Conditioner leaves the skin & hair very soft and silky, preventing the blades from doing any damage.
  4. Use perfume on the back of your neck. This one I learned from my mother; when a lady walks in the room, the scent should follow after her, not before her.
  5. To make nail polish dry quicker, run your nails under ice cold water. This one is not scientifically proved, but I swear it works.
  6. Flat, colorless hair? The reason might be the heavy metals from water that have sunken in over time. This can be easily solved with C-effervescent tablets (C-poretabletit). Put one to a large glass of water and pour the mixture over damp hair. Use your fingertips to massage the Vitamin C to the hair, let it sink for a minute or two and rinse thoroughly. You can actually smell a metallic scent! It’s a common misconception that one could bleach their hair with vitamin C, but what it really does is get rid of the heavy metals.
  7. Get your lipstick to stay intact for hours by taking a small amount of transparent powder and carefully pressing it over the first layer of color. After this apply a second layer on top, and voilà!

Do you guys have any good tricks to share? I added a couple of personal haircare favourites above. Especially the Caviar Spray works wonders with shine! I’ve previously recommended it to a couple of friends and it’s been love on first sight for them as well.


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