Snake prints and shades of grey – Käärmeprinttejä ja harmaan sävyjä

Within the past month I have fallen in love with the grey snake printed clothes that I recently bought. I often laugh at myself. When I find something super nice I wear it all the time until I get bored of looking the same every day, same applies to jewellery. I carried so many clothes with me to Finland but when I found the perfect ”snake shirt” I pretty much wore it as much as I could.

I have two different snake printed shirts, both of them I actually bought in Finland. The one is more like a top without sleeves, perfect under the jacket or for warm Autumn days, the other is a see through long sleeve shirt, super comfortable and relaxed. I like to combine those shirts either with other shades of grey, peachy pink or white.

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In Finland I wore the see through shirt with white pants. I quite like the combination, in general I think grey and white go so well together. I am not normally very fond of grey but with white, peachy light pink or different shades of grey it looks more like me.

Back in London I wore the snake printed top with a grey jacket and black jeans skirt.

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I also found perfect autumn shoes during my trip to Finland.

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I love the golden studs, kind of a sophisticated cowgirl look! Works with jeans or with skirts!

I also got my nails done with greyish navy blue colour as it seems to be the perfect dark shade for this Autumn, it goes well with anything really. I have previously advertised Loreta Jag in Knightbridge that is an amazing beauty salon. The problem with Loreta Jag for me is that it is totally on the other side of the town and so far to go to in the weekday evenings so recently I have been going to the place nearby Swiss Care. I have two favourite ladies doing my nails there, they do great job and quite quickly too. Loreta Jag is more of a luxury visit as they do one hour full manicure included in the package whereas at Swiss Care I only go for Shellac and some quick manicure. I always go for Shellac (CND) instead of Gelish. I know it is quite personal what suits for you better. I have felt that Shellac stays better on my nails and seems not to cause too much damage on the surface of the nail.

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I cannot wait for the weekend. My husband and I have a date, a proper date. Our nanny will come to look after our daughter whilst we can actually have some couple’s time. As London Restaurant Festival is on I booked for us one of the festival menus in L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is has one Michelin star, it is a multi award winning place and one of the London West End hot spot. Before leaving London I wanted to check out this French restaurant. As the restaurant festival is on you get great deals so I booked us a three course late lunch with matching wines. I cannot wait for eating there. The place has gotten fantastic reviews all over the place. I will post everything about it as soon as I can. Hopefully they allow to take photos of the dishes, some places in London won’t.

Talk to you soon! Have a great Wednesday afternoon!

Parisian chic -Pariisilaista tyyliä

One day the other week I just got the feeling that my wardrobe is full of boring mama clothes, practical shirts and flat shoes. I thought I needed something a bit more elegant and stylish. So I went for shopping with my little baby girl. She is usually a good shopping buddy -I need to teach her the enjoyment of fashion straight from birth 🙂

I guess after turning to 30 last summer I started to feel that I really have to pay more attention to my clothes. I wish to look elegant and classic not girly. I already get asked IDs every time I buy a bottle of wine here in the UK. I also get told by older English ladies how to take care of my baby. This happens everywhere I go whether being on the bus, on the street or in the store.  Usually they are commenting on my baby’s clothes saying how my baby is ”overheating” and has too many clothes on. Personally I know this is a cultural difference. As a Finn I want to dress my baby warmly so that she has a lovely cuddly warm layer on her to sleep better. Brits are a bit different with their babies . The babies here have no gloves and their noses are always runny, this was in fact noted in one Finnish article lately. There is no right way of doing things but with the baby dressing I am a Finn from top to toes. Anyway, I think I get so many advice due to my baby face. Those elder British ladies probably think ”oh poor young girl with the baby and does not know what to do with her”… so maybe it is time for change.

My favourite high street stores in London are River Island and Banana Republic. They have stylish and well fitting clothes. If I want to buy nice looking but super comfortable shoes I will always go for Clarks or Nine West.

Toissa viikolla tuli yksi päivä vain sellainen olo, että vaatekaappini on ainoastaan täynnä tylsiä ja käytännöllisiä äiti-vaatteita ja lättäkenkiä (tietenkään tämä ei ole koko totuus, mutta oikeuttaa ostoksille). Aloin kaipaamaan jotakin eleganttia ja tyylikkäämpää vaatekaappini (ja itseni) koristeeksi. Niinpä lähdin shoppailemaan vauvani kanssa. Hän on yleensä hyvä shoppailukaveri -täytyyhän tytär opettaa alusta saakka muodin maailmaan :)!

Viime kesänä kolmekymmentä täytettyäni alkoi tuntua, että minun tulisi kiinnittää hitusen enemmän huomiota vaatetukseeni. Haluan elegantimpaa ja klassisempaa Paris street style tyyliä tyttömäisten vaatteiden sijaan. Britanniassa viinipulloa ostaessani minulta aina kysytään henkiöllisyystodistus. Lisäksi meninpä sitten kauppaan, kahvilaan tai bussiin, vanhat englantialaisrouvat alkavat neuvoa minulle vauvanhoitoa. Yleensä he varoittelevat vauvani ”ylikuumenemisesta” sillä tyttäreni on puettu lämpimästi. Täällähän lapset kulkevat ilman lämpökerrastoa pakkasellakin, hanskoista ei ole puhettakaan ja lasten nenät valuvat valtoimenaan. kuten eräässä suomalaisessa artikkelissa lähiaikoina todettiin. Puen vauvani lämpimästi, mutta tämä ei johdu siitä etten tietäisi kuinka hoitaa lastani, olen vain päästä jalkopäihin suomalainen ja haluan lapseni olevan lämmin en paleleva. Kulttuuriero tässä asiassa on vain hyvin räikeä.  Joka tapauksessa luulen, että syy näiden brittirouvien asioihini puuttumiseen ovat lapsenkasvoni. Rouvat luultavasti voivottelevat mielessään kuinka tuo poloinen tytön hupakko tuskin tietää lapsenhoidosta ripaustakaan ja kaipaa neuvoja. Ehkä siis tyylini on aika muuttua. Tyttömäisestä olemuksestani huolimatta olen silti hyvin kauhistunut kuinka täällä niin hanakasti kommentoidaan toisten äitiyttä ja lastenhoitoa, Suomessa se olisi merkki tahdittomuudesta ja tiettyjen yksityisyyden rajojen ylittämisesta. Kulttuuriero, se se on.

Päätin siis suunnata ostoksille ja hankkia jotain klassista. Suosikki high street kauppani ovat River Island ja Banana Republic. Niistä löytyy aina tyylikkäitä perusvaatteita. Kenkien suhteen päädyn usein joko Clarkseihin tai Nine Westiin, sillä ne ovat tyylikkäitä mutta aina mukavia jaloissa.

I ended up buying nice shirts from Banana Republic:
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Ostin muutaman kauniin paidan Banana Republicista.

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I also bought a few pairs of nice new shoes.

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Ja muutaman parin kenkiä….

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I was very happy what I found and so was my shopping buddy!

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Minulla oli iloinen shoppailukaveri mukana, joka vahti ostoksiani silmä kovana 🙂

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