Shopping can be a stressful thing to do. Yesterday I spend few hours trying to find a nice skirt and pair of shorts for the summer time and after trying numerous version of both of them, I came out from them shop with just a one skirt (and headache). It is frustrating to try clothing when you think you know your size and then when you try them on, you notice the size is too small. And doing that in a changing room you share with ten other women (one big room, instead small cubicles) it was not nice at all... So not only did I underestimate my own size (I blame the different labels ;) ) but also doing that in the full packed changing room was not nice… When I got home, I was definitely not a happy bunny! Shopping should be fun!

Have you experienced something like this? How did you overcome the unhappiness it caused?

I like funny things (laugh is always good cure for almost everything) and when I saw a video from Haldin about what their clothing, I could not do anything else than laugh :) I really, really like it when I see that not everyone takes fashion seriously. 

Haldin is a design company set up by a Swedish dude and a Finnish lady and you can see from their website how they have included humour to their design by just reading the story of them. What else can you say when you see this: “The company was born from the crossing of paths of a handsome Swedish banker and a Finnish design student with beautiful toes.”

Their designs are full of prints and colours and it looks fun. This clothing is definitely not for serious people... ;) Here are few examples from their F/W 2013 collection. Unfortunately they have changed their internet page since I last visited it and their clothing does not have names anymore, which is a shame as the funny names were like a spot on to their designs.

In their special project collection they have a really funny shirt, which I would not have mind to have. I can only imagine myself plaiting the zebra tail when stressing about something... Would be a perfect stress toy :)
Wishing you a really nice and relaxing weekend... :)

Cheers for now,
Sanna



P.S. Maybe the onlineshopping could be an answer in here, like Zalando, Net-a-Porter... ;)

Please note the video and the pictures in this post belong to Haldin.
 
 
Did you know that the history of the ballerinas started already in 16th century? And at the time also men wear them (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballet_flat)? Heh, I can only imagine my husband wearing them! That would be so funny :)

I wear ballerinas lot. They are perfect summer shoes, you just slip them on and off you go! And when you have the perfect pair of ballerinas, you wear them until they are falling apart and someone perhaps mentions to you that a new pair would not be a bad idea... So when walking around Helsinki I did keep my eyes open for the new pair, but I guess my mind kept rejecting everything, as it knew that there is one shop that great shoes and from there I would most probably find what I was looking for... And that was the case...

Minna Parikka is my number one shoe designer (http://minnaparikka.com/)! I like the way she mixes colours with feminine design... 
She says “My designs are almost like love letters from one high heel shoe lover to another. Allow yourself to be playful and let a pair lead you to new adventures. Life is too short to take style too seriously”. Her designs has been seen for example in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar. I remember seing her shoes in Zalando.de some years back, but unfortunately they are not there anymore.
Minna Parikka S/S 2013 collection is called “Color outside the lines”. I don’t like all the new designs she has done, but there are few gems in there for sure. I guess it is just a matter of taste in the end :) Here are few examples from the collection:
Minna Parikka does not only design shoes but scarves, gloves and handbags too. I do like her gloves, but have not found "the handbag" from her yet...
And the ballerinas I end up buying? Well, I needed to think quite long between these two models, but in the end I went for the black ones.
I first thought the ears in the ballerinas were bunny ears, but while in the shop I was shown the bunny ones (longer ears, like in Angora shoes) and the cat ones (shorter ears, like in Pfeiffer shoes). So mine are the ones with shorter ears...
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Here are my cats after outing in Biergarden :)



Cheers for now,
Sanna


Please note that the pictures of shoes, scarves, gloves and handbags belong to Minna Parikka. The not so good pictures are taken by me :)