Slowly we are heading towards the spring (at least here in Europe) and with the spring comes the Spring/Summer collections :) It is nice to start to think already what to wear this summer and when you start early, you will have a plenty of time to look around and pick up the best :)

Today is nice and sunny day in Cork, so when looking the S/S 2014 collection from one of my favourite Finnish designer Design by Katri/n, I can totally relate to the warm summer days and nice warm breeze..

I selected few pieces from the collection as you can see below, but if you want to see it all, click here.
My favourite is definitely this dress! 
And then there are these tops that I would not mind to have...
Oh and if you are looking for bargains, there is still sale on the site for the A/W 2013 collection. Got few pieces selected for myself already :)

 Cheers for now,
Sanna

Please note all the pictures belong to Design by Katri/n and should not be used without their permission.
 

Rain

29/12/2013

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You know they say that it rains in Ireland quite lot. Since I have been here for the last few months, yes it has rained some but not as much as I thought it would.  So far the weather has been like a Finnish autumn without the grayness as the grass seem to be green here all year around. Rain can make things look miserable, but it can also make things beautiful.  Raindrops in the flowers, raindrops on the spider web…. 
 She opens her eyes like every other morning. With a misty gaze she walks over to the window and moves the curtains aside with a gentle touch. Rays of sunlight dance through a timid rain and greet her face with a sweet tickle. Everything is serene and beautiful. It's so close but yet so far away.. This is - Liliya's rain. 
Liliya’s rain is a collection that catches this beauty. The collection is made by Anne-Mari Pahkala, a professional Designer Dressmaker. She has worked in historical atelier in Venice, Italy and with industry professionals in Finland and they have affected in creation of her own signature style of elegance, quality and structural craftsmanship with the natural and fresh elements of the North.

The glass jewellery is hand made by Joonas Laakso.
I just love her dresses and next time when I go to Finland, I know for sure which shop I will be visiting… Although on the other hand, you can also order the clothing also via e-mail annemaripahkala@gmail.com, so I maybe go for that option instead :)

If you want to see more from her, just head to her homepage by clicking this link.

Few posts back I was writing about the independence party that the Finnish president hosts every year and usually you can also see some dresses from Anne-Mari Pahkala in there too. I really like the cut of this yellow dress she made. Sorry no picture available due to copyrights of the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

Seems to be it is not raining at the moment, so heading out to the nice afternoon walk. Taking an umbrella with me, just in case… ;)

Cheers for now,
Sanna

Please note all the pictures belong to Anne-Mari Pahkala.
 
 
Do you have sisters? If you do, do you have a good connection between you? I have two sisters, one older one and one younger one. We all live in different countries, but when needed we are there for each other.

When I was younger, and worked in the same office with my big sister, we sometimes wore same colour to the office, so people were asking if we call each other every morning to co-ordinate our clothing. Well, we didn’t, maybe it was just the part of the connection we have… ;)

Finnish fashion brand Muka va’s A/W 2013-14 collection is called “Sisterhood” and I just love the way the clothing shows the sisterhood connection… 
My favourites? Well, I like most of them quite lot. I would even chance the shorts, which I don’t usually wear, as I really like the colour of them. So beautiful toffee brown J

What do you think about the shorts?

Cheers for now,
Sanna

Please note all the pictures belong to Muka va
Muka va's homepage is in Finnish, but if you want to contact them, you can send mail to anna.mukava@gmail.com or emilia.kiialainen@gmail.com
 
 
The Friday 6th of December was Finland’s Independence Day. Finland got its independence 96 years ago, so you could say the country is still quite young. I know there are many traditions that Finnish people do on that day, but my tradition is to sit in front of the TV. Yeah, seriously! Every year the president of Finland keeps an independence party, which is televised.  And I’m glued to the TV to watch that…. And I know I’m not alone… The reason is when the party stars the president and his/hers other half will shake hand with everyone who has been invited to the party. Each of these handshakes are shown to the audience and that is the best moment to see what the guests are wearing :) The dresses, the accessories, suits…..

I collected some of the clothing that has been done by Finnish designer below. Unfortunately due to the copyrights I’m not posting the pictures themselves, but links to them.

Dress made by Mert Otsamo, the golden flowers are made from the Magnum ice-cream wrappers.

Beautiful light blue dress, my favourite, made by Design by Katri/n. Also this golden dress was  made by her.

Simple dresses are usually the most beautiful ones, this one was made by Laura Juslin.  

Leather dresses usually looks good, and when it accessorised with golden belt, it looks just amazing. Done by Eija Randelin (link only in Finnish).

This jumpsuit makes a statement,  in a good way I think, designer Mr. Teemu Muurimäki.

And this one, the golden colour is nice as well as the back of it, but maybe then too see-through for my taste. Made by Elina Loueranta

And last but not least the dress of the wife of the president, designed by Sari Nordström. Simple and beautiful!

Dreaming of a fancy dress party….
Sanna

 
 
When I buy clothing, what I try to do is to buy things that I could wear not only at work, but also after work, maybe for a nice afternoon tea or maybe for a drink. So clothing that is easy to transfer from daywear to an evening wear :) Of course shoes, bags and other accessories also plays a big role on this, as they really do help you to change the overall look from one to another… It is amazing what a really nice statement necklace can really do for your look…

Kativee says that their design was made for a woman who lives hectic life and is always on the move. So versatility and well fitted dresses are important to her. Well, my life may not be that hectic, but I do appreciate versatility and well fitted dresses (ask from my mom or my husband ;) ), which means I do like Kativee design :)

Below you can find some pictures from their clothing. More you can find from here.
The clothing has really interesting cut in them, I really like the geometrical shapes they have... I like the dress below, just another colour would be good as me and white does not really go so well together. Mainly because I'm really good of getting stains for my white clothes... ;)
What do you think about Kativee?

Cheers for now,
Sanna

P.S. Please note all the pictures belong to Kativee.
 
 
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m big fan of stories. Stories behind the photos, stories behind the brand names…. When I was kid our mom use to read a bedside stories for us almost every night, when I got older I read thru the all children and teenager the books that our local library had. I guess I went to the library too often as once the librarian told me to tell my mother she should not worry, “the reading” –phase that I was in, would past soon. And it did, but I still love to read, listen or watch a good story :)

I guess you all know the story of Snow White and Seven Dwarfs. The story I was told when I was kid was closer to the original story from Grimm brothers rather than the same story told by Disney.  Grimm’s one can be said to be more brutal one…

Finnish designer Mirkka Metsola used the Grimm version of the Snow White when she designed her collection for A/W 2013 with the Finnish visual artist office Rita Hill. Mirkka describes the collection following way:
Grimm’s tales, the Snow White especially, are well known to both from the childhood. Both the collection and the artwork take a new, different approach to the classic story, reflecting it to the contemporary time. Narcissism touches everyone’s lives in its various forms but its most destructive force comes out when it occurs within a family and functions as a tool of power. In Grimm’s tale the focus is on the narcissistic stepmother and her disastrous relationship with Snow White. We wanted to present this current theme trough a well known tale in order to make it easier for the recipient to approach the problem. Grimm’s tales are equally beautiful and brutal, making them very human.

When looking at their collection, I think they have managed to catch the story of Snow White quite well… 
Here is also a video of the collection
I really like the white long jacket/dress below… I was hoping to find a better picture of it, to see closer how the shoulders are done, as they seem to have some kind of draping on them, but unfortunately was not able to find one. 
Which of the Snow White version do you know from your childhood?

Cheers for now,
Sanna

Please note all the pictures and the Youtube video belong to Mirkka Metsola.

 
 
It may be the dark time of the year, or that my inner magpie has woken up for some reason because at the moment I’m really drawn in the sparkly things, especially in the clothing and shoes… So when ever in the shop or in the internet I see something sparkly, I always, always need to check it out! And I’m quite proud to admit that my collection of sparkly clothing is growing :) My hubby is not so happy about it, but that’s life ;)

One of the shirts that I really would not mind to have, I found from The R/H homepage. The R/H label is set up by two designers Hanna Riiheläinen and Emilia Hernesniemi. They both had worked in fashion and design for a while already, Riiheläinen at Zac Posen  in New York and Hernesniemi in Agency V in Berlin before decision to set up their own brand.
R/H plays with the contrasts of masculine and feminine through mixing soft materials with rough details.
This statement can be clearly seen in their clothing… Check out yourself! Some pictures of their latest collection A/W 2013-14 “Frightening Freedom” can be seen below. If you want to see more, click here.
I like the small “Mohican” on the shoulder of the jacket and long sleeve T-shirt. It is really, at least for me, a clear contrast of masculine and feminine things!
And now my favourite… This shirt is just so cool… Unfortunately I did not find a better picture of it, as would like to see how it looks, as now the biker jacket covers it quite well.
But while trying to find a better picture of the shirt above, I found this... :)
So what about you, do you like sparkly things?

Cheers for now,
Sanna

Please note all the pictures belong to R/H and they have been taken by Karolina Bärlund
 
 
At the moment I have ten pairs, three pairs of ballerinas, three pairs of pumps, two pairs of sneakers and two pairs of ankle boots. I must admit that they are not enough…. It is too cold for ballerinas and pumps. Too wet for sneakers, so only ones I can wear are the ankle boots and who wants to wear same shoes every second day?! I do have more shoes, but they are in Germany and I’m in Ireland, so have no access to them at the moment. I could of course go and buy more shoes, but then I know that in one month time, I do get all my shoes, so should I really go and buy more? I think yes :)

I was listening an interview (sorry only in Finnish) of the Finnish shoe designer Terhi Pölkki and she said that she has 40 pairs of shoes including rubber boots and sneakers. That is not so many, when you really start to think about it. You can’t wear all of them all the time anyway…

Terhi Pölkki has been showing her shoes in Paris, New York and Stockholm, even though she launched her brand only in 2011. She says that for her the shoes are objects with a story. Terhi’s design embraces Scandinavian minimalism, femininity and practicality (which I think it is really important! It is good to have cools shoes that you can wear more often than once a year). I like the way she combines different types of materials in her shoes.

The water colored cheetah print with modern twist in her A/W 2013-14 collection is made by illustrator Grant Cowan.

Below you can see some of her shoes, if you want to see all of them (also from the earlier collections) you can click here.
It can be as I’m in serious need of new shoes, I found three pairs of shoes that I would not mind to have.
I must admit that the cheetah print is really not for me, even animal prints are big thing now...

So going back to the original question, how many pair of shoes do you have?

Cheers for now,
Sanna

Please note all the pictures belong to Terhi Pölkki.

 

Photos

28/10/2013

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It is amazing how dependent you come about the good internet connection. I have been without one now for few weeks and I feel totally isolated…. Anyway here is a post that has been in my head for a while, but did not have a chance to publish until today.

I like to watch photos. It does not matter if I know the people in them or not, I just to hear stories behind the photos as well as see what people are wearing.  When thinking about the photos from fashion world, I’m draw into the type of photos that Tommy Hilfiger uses, as usually the pictures features whole family together. The pictures are posed but at the same time quite relax ones and you still see the clothing pretty well.  For me those pictures tell a story of the family…

Finnish clothing company called Makia Clothing has some powerful photos too. They feature normal people in their pictures wearing their clothing. I have always thought that Makia makes only men clothing, but when looking into them closer, I did find out that they have some for women too!  They describe themselves as
 A modern yet old fashioned clothing company, that reflects the Finnish tradition of simple, straight forward design.
Below you can find some of their clothing, but there is so much more in their homepage, so go and check it out... 
And it is not just the clothing and the pictures, but also videos where the people who are in their pictures tell their story... 
I have been looking for a good jacket for a long winter walks that keeps me warm, and I think I did find the one.... It will definitely keep me warm and the hood is brilliant for that nasty winter wind...
Anything you fancy from Makia?

Cheers for now,
Sanna

Please note that the pictures belong to Makia Clothing.
 
 
When you go to fun park have you ever just stand outside of one the rides and watched people face when they come out from it? The smile on their face is priceless really (unless of course they feel sick ;))… It makes me happy when I see people smiling like that. What about have you noticed in the airports when people are waiting their families/friends and when they see them how happy they look? One of my favourite movies is “Love, actually” and the scene that I really like is when they show people in the airport. Or what about the smile on the bride to be when she has found the perfect wedding dress? Priceless… Ok, the smile not the dress ;)

Sanna Leinonen is a Finnish designer who hopes that when people see her designs they stop for a moment and smile. And for her seeing the smile is more important than selling the things…  
Picture
Sanna with her cool pink Elvari van
Sanna Leinonen’s brand is called Elvari and she does earrings, necklaces etc. from polymer mass using a rolling pin, a pasta machine, and a knife. There are really no collections with Elvari, but when she gets a new idea, so will make the product. Below you can see some of things she does, if you want to see more, you can click here. And don’t be afraid that the page is all in Finnish, the pictures tell more than thousand words. If you want to know more about the products, you can just drop her e-mail sanna@elvari.fi.
This time I have no favourite, as I would like to have them all! :) They are all just so cute…

Cheers,
Sanna

P.S. Please note that the pictures belong to Elvari.