OUTFIT OF THE DAY – MID SKIRT MANIA

Coat/Hafnium Copenhagen, Boots & Skirt/Zara, Knit/Line Of Oslo, Bag/Saint Laurent

Afternoon!

One of the most popular items of the season has been the mid-length skirt, and my wardrobe doesn’t make an exception. It’s the one piece which can be combined nearly with anything: knits, festive tops, sneakers, ankle- or thigh high boots, turtlenecks…! Effortless and chic. For a shorty like me (165cm) it’s important to have the skirt well cut in order to avoid looking like a hobbit. A little slit in the front adds to the length nicely.

Yesterday was my first official day off since what feels like forever. We ended up touring boutiques and cafés with a girl friend, and finally ended up to Riche for meatballs. We even had a furry tail-wiggling friend with us! Stockholm seems to be rather dog friendly with it’s restaurants and bars. As it began raining while we were dining, us comfort-zoners decided to stay for drinks afterwards in order to wait it out. How I’ve missed careless being without the underlying stress – even just one day in between courses makes wonders. I’ve been taking a really long walk every evening now in order to maintain my physical and mental health. It felt a little bad missing it yesterday, but today is a new evening.

This weekend stands for the opening of plenty of Christmas markets around Stockholm, as well as the first Advent. Lots of fun things scheduled for Saturday and Sunday! Including some presents shopping, mulled wine, ginger bread, candles and meeting friends. My new course began today, and our first papers need be returned by Tuesday. But as Christmas is getting closer, having the holidays in mind undermines whatever stress. Tis the season!

Wishing all a good Friday,

Hertta

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MONDAY OUTFIT + THIS WEEKS PLANS!

 

Coat/Knight, Turtleneck/Zara, Jeans/Kappahl, Shoes/Vagabond, Bag/Saint Laurent

Good evening!

Today was the first snowy day here. Which was wonderful! Couldn’t help but to feel a childlike enthusiasm as I woke up and saw the snowy roof tops. I had a day off, which in University never means an actual day off, but studying. I managed to fit a quick coffee-and-chat to lunch time with my friend Lotta, which was super nice! Aside from that today has included laundry, food-prepping and a long walk.

What’s going to happen this week?

Tomorrow there’ll be a seminar (yaiks) at 9am, which is the only uni attendance this week. But! As I mentioned, that certainly doesn’t call for vacation. Next Monday I have a large Economic history exam, accompanied by a 10min powerpoint presentation on Tuesday. Prepping will be starting this evening, and the days will be spent largely in the library. I need to do some reading every day, including the weekend, so it’ll be library-sleep-powerwalk-eat week ahead.

The last couple of seminars have gone all right social anxiety / panic wise. We have been able to hold small, couple of minute presentations about our independent studies from our own seats. I’ve gained some confidence, and speaking up doesn’t feel that terrifying from one’s own seat. Still, there are some fears and noises in my head that are trying to gain space. I concentrate on looking at the person I’m speaking to, and sticking to the subject: knowing exactly what I talk about has also helped. As well as saying out loud that hey, I’m a little unsure about this. It’s still a long way to go, but I’m happy with my progress for the time being!

This weeks plans also include booking my Christmas trip to Finland, and planning our family trip to Tallinn during the semester. Very excited for the upcoming holidays, caught myself listening to Justin Biebers ’Mistletoe’ today.

Why did I make a post about this weeks plans, as mine are pretty much as exciting as a snails (Sorry, snail)? Just thought that well, perhaps everything on social media has to be flashy and fabulous. At least a large part of my life is just the regular every day living.

Hertta

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A FLUFFY, FUZZY, WARM WINTER OUTFIT

 

Boots/Stuart Weitzman, Pullover/Acne Studios, Skirt/Zara, Fur/Hafniumn Copenhagen, Beanie/COS

Hello! Anyone there?

The finals of this semester are closing, and the sneaky stress is creeping in. This has resulted in silence here as well. Overall everything has been well, apart from slight push backs. I for example totally forgot to apply for spring semester. And realized my mistake a month after the application had closed. But! Apparently it’s still somewhat fixable, and I’ll be able to continue my studies – if not, plan B will be put to use (What that is, I don’t know yet, but lord am I good at swinging it). Ha-Ha, cry-laughter. I feel like whenever I’ve got a lot on my plate, things begin to fall through the cracks and obvious things disappear from my consciousness. The concept of time gets blurry, and days begin to blend so that they’re hard to tell apart.

What to make out of all this? I definitely have space to grow as a planner & organizer! This will be a focus for the remaining fall semester.

But here we are with a wintery outfit update!

Never in my life since turning 13 have I enjoyed wearing any sort of a hat at wintertime. I just decided that I look like an egg head with a beanie, and that was the end of an era. This week I gathered my strength and went for this COS beanie – the cold wind really got to me. Perhaps I’ve grown to be a little more practical, or comfortable, however you like to put it. My wardrobe piece for the winter is however the rosso antico coat. I’ve been ever so pleased with this fur from Hafnium. Even though the color is slightly risky, it’s unbelievably easy to mix and match with nearly what ever – all what’s needed is a little imagination.

Earlier I’ve talked about how it’s been getting colder here; well, that all feels like summer compared to the weather now. Freezing! But clear, which is all that matters; whenever it’s not raining, I’m not complaining.

Hertta

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COULD YOU JUSTIFY A MURDER?

 

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.

Hertta

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