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My Spring Style Tips for Colder Climates

April 14, 2016

I love to look for style inspiration – especially in Pinterest. For more than a month already it’s been super easy to find a lot of new spring outfits and ideas. However, a lot of the inspiration comes from warmer climates and as lovely as the skirts, dresses, leather jackets and pumps look like in the pictures, they are far too cold for the Nordic spring… unless you are a teenager. Teenagers can follow and execute the summer trends in -30 degrees or alternatively wear winter boots in the summer. It’s ok, they can do that, I don’t mind, because I on the other hand have been going out in ski pants for the last three months. Going out with a kid to the playgrounds is just utterly boring if you cannot go on the slide yourself every now and then (read: all the time until your child wants to go home).

Well, for the month of January I actually walked around the parks of south Helsinki in my husband’s ski jacket and pants from the 1990s, because I had given up all my winter gear during the five years in Amsterdam. The colours (black and yellow) and style were actually pretty nice and fashionable again, but somehow three sizes too big clothes always give out a baggy impression, no matter how nice they are otherwise. Finally in February, I bought a really good pair of ski pants with an avalanche detector; it’s good to be on the safe side with those toddlers and playgrounds.

From this perspective now being able to go out in jeans and saying good-byes to my ski-crazy alter ego feels extremely liberating. And do not try to force that sportswear trend upon me, I will not get onboard! So what could you wear to make your Nordic April not feel and look like the previous three months? See my tips below.

Do something new with your hair. However, do not ruin your hair just in a spring fever. I will not take responsibility if you do that.

Buy new cool sunglasses, because you need them and they will take you through the summer as well!

Get a thinner beanie so when the sun comes out the woollen one won’t tickle your forehead. Or a floral beanie or a head band!

Get a pair of cool jeans. Try out a new color or model. They might also take you through the summer if it never gets warmer than this. 😉


Out of Love for Ballerina Shoes

September 12, 2015

I have always loved shoes but for the last ten years I haven’t bought or owned a lot of them. I need my shoes to be comfortable: I have to be able to easily walk ten kilometres in them. So it goes without saying that I wear only flat shoes. Ok, ok, I have some high-heel party and office shoes but for example my office shoes have always lived at the office so I can wear flats outside and wear the heels only inside. You never know if you need to sprint to make it to the tram and I would hate it if I missed it because of my shoes. I know there are people who can run in high heels and cannot live without them. I’m not one of them. The trauma of aching feet from my youth – believe it or not – is still too close.

At the same time when I quit buying too many shoes, I fell in love with ballerinas. You can walk the ten kilometres in good ballerinas! My love for ballerinas also became a bit of an issue, because the moment I found good (black) ballerinas, I started worrying about the future. What will I do and how can I find the next perfect pair when the ones I just purchased will die out? I know: first world problems! And it will get even more awkward.

A couple of years ago we travelled to Barcelona a few times and during the first visit I ran across a ballerina heaven called Kokua. A shop full of different coloured leather ballerinas. The first time I only bought one pair of ballerinas after watching, trying and touching too many shoes like Gollum with his precious ring. The second time I could not help but to buy two pairs. After we got home the next morning I woke up having a nightmare in which I had lost my newly purchased ballerinas on the way home and they were nowhere to be found. This is when I realised how much a good pair of ballerinas means to me. And somehow the dream still gives me the chills… or more precisely the fact of being able to have such a nightmare. Am I not the analytical deep thinking person I thought I was? I haven’t bought new ballerinas since. Luckily sneakers are in at the moment. I wonder if I can go back to Barcelona ever again?