////// The door in my wardrobe*

// For zeros and ones

Posted on | May 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

Wow, now I know where to turn when my beloved Luovi computer bag reaches the end point of it’s lifecycle (FYI, Luovi is not the ugly one I’m complaining here occasionally, I’m using two laptops and naturally my own MacBook has a worthy home, minimal and utilitarian domestic made one).

Lumi Supermarket bag line laptop bag. Beautiful and looks also very practical. I think I would go for the black one, but the image of this beautiful brown reveals the details better.

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Posted on | May 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

// Childlike

Posted on | May 18, 2010 | 4 Comments

So I wanted to wear this specific dress today… …and got a bit regressive mood, wanting to create something immature, innocent, slightly moody… …well, however I’m wearing AttilaDesign dress, We Love Color tights, Only (?) burnout T, dirty pink Zara cardigan, COS scarf, Topshop bag (which I had to change to my horrible laptop bag which I have for my work laptop), Vagabond shoes. Nothing new. Nothing borrowed. Something blue.

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Posted on | May 18, 2010 | 4 Comments

// Pattern smoothie

Posted on | May 18, 2010 | 2 Comments

I don’t post editorial images often, but my mouth was literally left open when I saw gorgeous Alek Wek in The Financial Times‘ monthly luxury magazine, How To Spend It pattern and texture rich editorial, found via Fashion Gone Rogue this morning, see rest of the images here. I love Alek — and the styling here is impeccable, of course executed with upscale garments I can’t never afford, from Lanvin to Givenchy. But I’m loving to seeing them like this. Definitely fueling my pattern cravings.

Speaking of that, Steff kindly reminded me about one awesome printed garment I actually have — Attila Design Sybil dress. Now it is about the right time to dig it out from the wardrobe.

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Posted on | May 18, 2010 | 2 Comments

// I’ve got straps

Posted on | May 16, 2010 | 3 Comments

Relaxed intergalactic sportswear for casual movie night out. Left my laser gun home, though. I’m wearing applique detail jersey skirt from Topshop, mesh tunic / dress from Weekday, American Apparel lightweight sweatshirt, Bronx sandals, Pilgrim leather strap bracelet and ancient spike bracelet. A bit of tan makes me look so healthy that I can’t believe my eyes, they soon want my picture to the cereal box (not that I consider any cereal healthy… …but well, that’s the image they want to deliver ;-) ). Oh, the knee looks still quite battered — no cereal box deal coming up in the very near future…

The film was Ridley Scott on Robin Hood — ah well, the guy can convert even that tale to epic war movie. However I love his taste for cinematography — those cool toned, realistic and not too polished pictures soothed my eye. But Russel Crowe as Robin… …come on!

Best part however was the end credits, the animation going on background was awesome, made me thinking Alexandr Petrov’s amazing work (did not find him from the credits, though, so it was probably not him).

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Posted on | May 16, 2010 | 3 Comments

// Shaded

Posted on | May 15, 2010 | No Comments


After the chilly start we finally have a decent spring weather here — actually the temperatures are directly on a summer scale. Great! What makes things even merrier is that we have a new nice neighborhood cafe called Piritta, although they have to prepare to expand their terrace area — it is too small to start with!

Anyhow I went through my sunglass stash with following results. I have

  • one pair of RayBan Aviators, light golden frames & amber lenses, in constant use.
  • Black slightly oversized pair from Pilgrim with ombre dyed lenses, very classic and useful, also in use.
  • A rose colored angular pair from Gucci — beautiful lightweight model, but totally wrong shape for my face shape. These may go.
  • Two pairs of Silhouette technical, super lightweight titan sunglasses, the other with black lenses (very Matrix)
  • the other with bright amber lenses. I really like them, they feel like nothing when they are on, so they will stay although they might not be just on the trend (haha, like I care!).
  • An 90’s Giorgio Armani small oval pair with combined metal and plastic frame. What a find! Back to rotation, instantly.

I would like to add a white, cream or light beige pair to my collection this summer — I have been stalking vintage Wayfarers with no luck so far, but these super dark lense beauties from Super would definitely do it for me. And at some time span I would like to have another pair of Aviators, with silver frame and gray / black lens. I really dig the details in the pair above. Image via Nitrolicious.

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Posted on | May 15, 2010 | No Comments

// Wild child

Posted on | May 14, 2010 | 2 Comments


To compensate the unbelievably late spring this year I painted my nails with my favorite green: Color Club Wild Child (oh, the cuticles are in need of cleaning, I see!). I think this is the shade I would call Kelly green — sometimes I see the same shade name applied to more yellow tones, but for me this is the real stuff, a bright shade of green that leans just a bit to blue side. The color is even bit brighter in real life.

This is not the most pigmented polish, four coats was necessary for full opaqueness — on the other hand it is extremely easy and smooth to apply. Like some neon polishes this does not have a shiny finish (but not the full matte effect either), so it needs a brilliant topcoat (or matte one). Overall Color Club quality is very good — and unbeatable in it’s price group (about $2.50).

I could not use nail polishes without fast dry topcoats at all. Without it any manicure over two color coats takes ages to dry and I don’t have patience to wait hours before doing something with my hands. Going to sleep is not an answer, sheet marks…

So far I have experience from these topcoats:

Seche Vite — a super fast, super brilliant topcoat. Many people list this as their favorite. For me it does not really live up it’s hype, although it is good. The negatives are that the stuff goes goopy and thick when there is half a bottle left and needs its own thinner to get it working again — and it is really fast with up to three polish coats, but it often fails with thicker polish layers. The drying action works only on the polish surface and I get dried “foils” over wet polish. They can even slide off from nails but usually I just get an annoying bump to a nail with a slightest contact to some hard surface.

Mavala Mavadry — this is widely available here in supermarkets, and is very comparable to Seche Vite — works really well with one to three coat manicure, thickens gradually and needs a thinner, gives really brilliant surface. But it is extremely incompatible with some nail polish brands (Zoya’s and Orly’s being the worst) giving horrible bubbles when drying out. And the bottle is tiny. But it has been my #1 choice for years because of the availability — and yes, it works well with majority of polishes.

Diamond Cosmetics Super Dry — I think this is not even available in Europe, I got this from my friend. My favorite one! Does not work as fast as Seche or Mavala — but penetrates even the thickest layers of nail polish really well — and has not given me any drying bubbles, ever. My bottle is halfway and there is no noticeable thickening happening at all. I don’t know what I will do when this is finished.

Trind Quick Dry — hmm, this did not work for me, I did not notice any fast drying action at all. Plus the brush is really stiff and easily messes up the actual polish layers.

I have also dried so called drying drops ages ago, and did not actually like the feel of those. Might try them again some day for polishes that don’t need the shine of the regular topcoat.

Essie’s and Orly’s fast drying top coats are on my list for testing. They are available here at local department stores and nail salons — but the prices can be like three folded compared to some international sellers.

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Posted on | May 14, 2010 | 2 Comments

// Eksoskeletal legs

Posted on | May 13, 2010 | 3 Comments

My heel accident made me look flat shoes from new angle. I had been stalking a pair of high top sandals in Brandos last summer, but they sold out in my size before I got to the actual decision point. Considering these two things and –30% sale coupon to Ellos it did not take too long to actually go for these Bronx ones. For 62€ price tag for a leather sandal I think they are rather difficult to pass.

One detail that slightly bugs me in these is the distribution of those straps on the ankle — but I can live with that. Overall I’m very happy with the design — the strappy texture and the eksoskeletal structure on the front will be a nice addition to many outfits.

I also made a decision that I will never buy heels without trying them on from now on. On heels I need a decent, well balanced shoe and good touch to the ground — which means that there has to be some bend on the sole.

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Posted on | May 13, 2010 | 3 Comments

// Quick meshup

Posted on | May 12, 2010 | 8 Comments

The branching H&M emporium is really getting me… …this spring Weekday was full of stuff for me to desire. Their racks were full of oversized T:s in draping viscose and mesh fabrics — and part of them in half price. So I could not hold myself in Stockholm, I snatched this nude mesh tunic and gray viscose T for me although the Helsinki shop is opening next week…

I was not in the mood for anything complicated… …wearing the whole Stockholm catch over Black Milk spartans — which are the best fitting black pair of leggings I’ve ever had and I gladly ditched my loose Gina Tricot ones that have shed their wet look coating partially. I was bit hesitated to pull the shiny PVC panels over my fleshy tighs, but I worried too soon. The spartan cut is quite thigh friendly and the shiny panel gives some welcome sci-fi detail to my simple and lazy leggings & tunics outfits. Rützou wedges and old Pilgrim leather bracelet.

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Posted on | May 12, 2010 | 8 Comments

// Soon wearing vintage…

Posted on | May 12, 2010 | No Comments

Yesterday I found this pretty amazing silk dress from Fida Hämeentie. I fell for the delicious fabric covered buttons and whimsical butterfly print. There were couple of stains on it, but a gentle wash dissolved them almost entirely and I got it ironed back to shape. It has been locally made, the tag says Malli-Eeva — Model Eva — I would love to know the stories behind these vanished local “brands”. The hem is hand sewn with blind stitch and the overall work quality is very good in this — not to mention that silk has not been too common in this country, so I suspect that Malli-Eeva has been some sort of smallish seamstress boutique…

It looks like we are getting a sunny day for today, great!

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Posted on | May 12, 2010 | No Comments

// Old shreds

Posted on | May 11, 2010 | 8 Comments

I still like this T-shirt. It is one of the two I shredded in the end of last summer. It is such an item that it does not necessarily need that much accompaniment. The webby texture shows up nicely against the pale blue Cheap Monday jeans. I changed the Rützou wedges to DrMartens before going out — but actually the knee feels better in heels. Maybe I have permanently altered my physique for wearing heels…

Sorry, I forgot to change the auto focus mode… …all my front pics were focused everywhere else except on me…

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Posted on | May 11, 2010 | 8 Comments

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