The hoodies here in Ireland are like the trachten (traditional clothing) from Bavaria Germany. They are just everywhere! You can see them in the workplaces, in the streets, in the pubs and even in the nightclubs. It is just a thing to wear. When you think about it, you can find so different type of hoodies that they will go with almost every occasion. And they do give you some cover of the drizzle during the Irish autumn/winter/spring/summer ;).
So no wonder that the SuperDry, Abercrombie&Fitz/Hollister, Billabong are a big thing in here. Walking in the center of Cork, for sure within a few minutes you will definitely see a person wearing a hoodie from one of those brands. If you are looking for everyday hoodies, but want to move away from the brands mentioned above, why not try ones from Makia
(they do other cool street/work wear clothing too, so check them out!)?
You can also find some street clothing from BilleBeino
, unfortunately no hoodies (I did ask them if there will be any available, but unfortunately got no answer), but T-shirts, caps and beanies. They are unisex and describes themselves as:
Risen from the Finnish spirit with enthusiasm that never goes out.
Uniting people overseas in stormy waves and smooth ripples.
Bow to no label.
Make your own tag recognizable.
Put down fire with fire.
Enjoy the ride.
BilleBeino is partly own by Ville Leino
, professional ice-hockey player. And it has been advertised a lot by Finnish celebrities (to tell you the truth, I don’t know most of them…). One of them is one of the best Finnish ice-hockey players (Finnish love their ice-hockey) ever: Teemu Selänne
. Here is Teemu with his BilleBeino and few pics of their other products.
Time to put on the hoodie on and head out,
Cheers for now,
Please note that the pictures belong to Makia
Have you ever taken a break of anything that you usually do? Maybe sabbatical from work or perhaps break from the sport you do? Or break from writing a blog? No? Well, I did and I think it was a really good break! :) I have had a lot of happening in my personal life within the last year, so when the work got less stressful, I somehow also let myself go and was not sure what to do with all the time I had in my hands. It was hard to turn off... So I was not really able to write either, cause writing, even it is just for blog, I need to be able to take it easy and relax. Then my temporary work contract ended and I was quite sick for a while after that.(thy say it is normal when you stress about things and then when the stress goes down, your immunity system goes down too and you get ill). Now being back on my feed and looking opportunities around me, I finally have time and the spark to write again :)
I know there has been lot of happening in the fashion scene in Finland, so let’s dive directly in...
Autumn is beautiful with all the colours in the leaves. And I hope to see colours in the people autumn wear too… If you are looking beautiful coloured shoes, you don’t need to look further than Minna Parikka onlineshop
Here are some examples of her Autumn/Winter 2014-15 collection. They do put smile on my face… :)
I was reading from somewhere that she was selling her shoes in Net-a-Porter
too, but when I went to check it out, I was not able to find them there. I see if I can find more information about this, as what could be cooler that having her shoes in there! :)
Cheers for now,
Please note that all the pictures belong to Minna Parikka.
You should of course do some sporty stuff during the winter too, but summer is definitely time to do it outside! Feeling that wind in your hair and the warm sun on your skin definitely makes you smile! Or at least it does that for me :)
More reason to smile, as I found few designers who did cool sport clothing for this summer. So not only you feel good but you look good too ;)KAKSITVÅ
calls their collection as “Have a good one
” while Vietto
calls the clothing “Chillin
”. Below you can find first few pictures from KAKSITVÅ and if you want to see more, click here. And if you wonder who are those two chicks in the background sitting on the bikes, they are the designers Marjo Kuusinen & Piia Keto :) Really cool idea for the runway, huh? If you wish to see the runway show video, click here
And then some stuff from Vietto and more can be found from here
It is always good to motive yourself to move more! ;)
Wishing you a really nice sporty moments,
Please note the photos of the collections belong to KAKSITVÅ
(Photos - Kai Kuusisto
) and Vietto
Sorry for being absent for a while! I have been travelling, having visitors, visited a wedding and most of all, worked too much…
Oh well, as the summer is now finally really approaching, I thought it would be nice to look into some dresses, as you can’t never have too many dresses for summer :)
You may remember in my last post I talked about Tohono
and some nice jewellery they have done, and as they have really nice dresses too, I thought they deserve their own post.
Well first of all few words about the Tohono
itself... The Tohono was established in 2011 by two designers Anna Talvi and Nadia Kuu. Their designs are mix of romantics, gothics and modernity. Maybe that's why they mainly use only black, red and white colours. Their main material is a high-quality and eco-friendly reindeer leather and they use quite lot of laces too.
I may not be the one wearing gothic style clothing, but they have something in their design that I do like. Below you can see some examples… If you want to see more, click here
I do think that the Baron belt (with the White Swan dress) looks really nice too, but unfortunately was not able to find more information about it. As I have few outfits which would really need a belt like that!
What do you think about their mixed design of Gothic, romantic and modern? Would you wear it?
Wishing you a really nice start of the summer!
Cheers for now,
Please note all the pictures belong to Tohono
I don’t. For some reason I am still to learn to select the correct accessories to the different things I wear. I usually go for the simple things, but would really like to learn to do the “wow”-accessorising. How to wear something simple and the go a little bit crazy with accessories… Maybe I just don’t have enough accessories to do this? Maybe I just need more jewellery, shoes, bags, sun glasses…. Tho if you ask my hubby, I don’t think he will agree with me ;)
I found few nice things from different designers, things that would perhaps, possible, help me to learn more about the art of accessorising :)
What is your tip for cool accessorising?
Cheers for now,
Please note that the pictures belong to each of the designers (as mentioned in the picture texts).
As I do not live in Finland I miss most of the sample sales that those lovely Finnish designers do. It seems to be that they normally have the sample sales only in their boutiques and the online shop is not included. Very often they do have the sample sales at the same time, so I could of course try to head to Finland around this time of the year and visit then all the sales :)
I did have my sample sale happiness from one of the designer, who, even being Finnish, is not based in Finland. And their sample sale was online :)
Everyone, this is what I found (and bought) - the boots from Finsk
I have wrote about Finks already before but if you wonder what else they do, I collected few pictures you to see. If you want to see more, click here
The design of their shoes is something different and I guess that is one of the reason I like them so much :)
What do you think about Finsk?
Cheers for now,
Please note all the pictures, except the first one, belong to Finsk.
I do watch some of the Haute Couture shows that are shown in Paris in the beginning of the year. One of the designer in my “to watch” –list is Jean Paul Gaultier
. I do like his feminine design, and his way to be able to change the look of his clothing but still keep the Gaultier signature in them. For this year collection
he has used butterflies as an inspiration and the results are beautiful… Who would not like butterflies? :)
One of the Finnish design brand has also used butterflies for their inspiration, their first print was based on the butterflies and the brand is also named after it. The brand is called Cho Cho
which means butterfly in Japanese (Cho). The brand started with the hand printed fabric bags and purses but now their main products are the leather bags. I really like the different colours they use in their products and I must admit that even I am not such a big fan of prints their butterfly print is cute :)
Below you can find some pictures of their products, if you want to see more click here
. Unfortunately their internet site is mainly in Finnish, but if you have any questions related to their products, you can contact the designer Kirsi Päiväniemi (email@example.com
Not that I really need new handbags, but I would not mind to have these two.
As the slogan of the Cho Cho says:
"Never too many"
Wishing you a really nice Sunday,
Please note the pictures belong to Cho Cho
Do you know the days when you just don’t feel so good? The days when everything seems to go wrong already from the morning onwards…. What do you do in days like that? How do you dress up for the day that you have a feeling is not going to go so well? Are you going to wear something that helps you to blend in? Or would you go a little bit crazy and wear something that maybe makes people smile and so makes you feel better?
If you chose the latter option, I have a perfect designer for you :) Finnish Designer Daniel Palillo
. His designs have big prints, are oversized and full of black humour. So you could say his designs are something that are very special, nothing that you can see every where… And I think because of that even Lady Gaga has been seen wearing clothing from him.
I find some of the clothing personally quite funny, not that I would necessary wear it in the office, but outside of the work for sure :)
Here are few pieces from Daniel Palillo’s S/S14 collection called “Me against the world”.
“It is a call for slackers* to unite: to wear their pajamas to work, and do what they like.”
If you want to see it all, you can find them here
(downloads the whole collection for your computer as a .zip file).
If you want to see more, Daniel has released pictures for his men A/W 14 collection already as well and you can find the here
This is my feel good clothing from Vietto
:) Always helps me to smile when I wear it….
Last but not least, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Georgia for nominating me to the Liebster Award. Unfortunately I can't take part of it, as I have more than 200 followers, but please go ahead and check out her blog http://www.georgiasjourney.com Thank you so much Georgia!! :)
Please note the pictures belong to Daniel Palillo and Vietto.
It is that time of the year when all the different award ceremonies are taking place. There was the Golden Globe and Grammy’s. Later this month there will BAFTA movie awards and then in March of course the Oscars. In Finland they have award ceremony called Jussi Gaala and in the gala they award people who are related to the Finnish film making industry. The statue they give to people is called Jussi (traditional man name in Finland). The statue itself is a man from Ostrobotnia (region of Finland) wearing a traditional costume and it is made of plaster of Paris. Believe it or not, but it is one of the oldest film awards in Europe, as the first ceremony was held in 1944.
What I do like about the award ceremonies, are the dresses that the women are wearing… It is interesting to see who wears what designer and who nail it and who didn’t. I guess I’m fan of the glitz and glamour really… ;)
If I would ever have a chance to be part of the Jussi Gaala, I have already picked up a dress I would be wearing :) It is made by a Finnish brand called Valkyria Design
and it is just amazing… The picture is taken in Cameo Boutique
I was told by the Lotta Mönkäre, the owner and the designer of the Valkyria Design that the dress is available in different colours. The lace can either be white or black, and the satin underneath you can choose either beige, graphite, grey or black.
Valkyria Design does have other interesting products too and I collected few pieces from their home page you to see. If you want to see what else they have, please click here
Even though Valkyria Design has different collections, their design goal is to make pieces that are classical and timeless. This is to:
Support the clothing’s long lasting life and function, in opposition to the more prevalent disposable material culture.
If you would head to an award ceremony or any other fancy dress party, what would you wear?
Please note that the pictures belong to the Valkyria Design
I know we are still in January, which is by the way not my favourite month, but I already have my thoughts in spring when the buds can be seen on the trees and the plants starts to grow. I know I am not the only one waiting for this, as my mom has green fingers and she is dying to get her hands dirty while planting and then to see how the new life starts. She is also eagerly waiting to see how the plans survive the winter and the beautiful flowers they do… We gave her some Irish wild flowers last year, so it will be interesting to see if they flower this year too or if the winter was just too hard for them. I hope the flowers were able to spread their seeds well enough to give themselves a second chance to flourish also this year. Thought I know that for sure mom was helping the flowers to do that… As what can be more beautiful than field full of wild flowers? :)
When talking about giving things a second chance, the Finnish designer brand 2. Elämä
(2nd life) design does just that! Their products are made of materials like old bicycle and car inner tubes and computer parts. Their philosophy is
“we believe that everything and everyone deserves a second chance – a 2nd life!”
I picked some items from their different collections you to see below, but if you want to see more, just click here
I could clearly see myself wearing the elk earrings, they are so cute :)
When it come to the necklaces this is definitely on my shopping list!
What do you think about the 2. Elämä accessories?
Cheers for now,
Please note that all the pictures belong to 2. Elämä