Wednesday, 11 December 2013
The sweater is from Indiska, the dress the Jenny jersey knit from Trashy diva and the cardigan is an oldie. Socks and stockings from Lindex, if someone wants to know.
I need to get a new pair of boots for winter but so far no luck. Not too fancy but a little chunky and not too bulky but still graceful, not too shiny but not suede-like and not too high nor not too low on the leg and with just the right height on the heel, and warm and keep water out. And yes that shouldn't really be to hard but somehow it still is. Heh.
A little PS. for my Finnish readers. If you do any Christmas -or winter shoe- shopping online remember to check out, sign up and do it via my affiliate Ostohyvitys.fi - it's a win win situation (for you and me ;) Alennusta jokaisesta nettiostoksestasi Ostohyvityksestä. Siitä vaan sitten shoppailemaan!
And PS2. for everyone. There are worse problems than not finding the perfect winter boots though. And as we are in the season of spending why not donate a little something (or a lot, if you want and can) to those who need it. My Red Cross fundraising box is still up until the end of the year and can be found just on your right in the side bar. Or trough here: Red Cross donation
I am so happy to see so many have donated this year!
Monday, 9 December 2013
We have an old ceiling light in the countryside dining room that I always thought was a bit blah. (As you now, just because something is vintage doesn't automatically make it awesome). But it had been in the house for long, so it's not something you change just like that. When we renovated we took the lamp shades away and I noticed the lamp looked much better, in a fun kid of way, with only the light bulbs there.
The shades themselves were not that ugly but some of them a slightly broken plus they made the lamp rather uninteresting and, well, sort of stupid.
For some time I couldn't find any decent looking energy saving bulbs (as the original ones are not around anymore). Most new ones have a different, white base and smaller bulb instead and for the whole thing to work they have to look like the traditional ones. But, I found some, it worked out . (And later noticed that the internet would have been full of such. Well for course it is, it's the interwebs after all..).
I thought this was a contemporary twist on an old object but then I saw a glimpse of a ceiling light just like this, with bare bulbs, on Boardwalk Empire too. I guess they've done their homework so some have apparently kept their lamps this way back in the days too...
Saturday, 7 December 2013
But now on to other matters -
My first thought was that it belonged on a sunny day with bike rides and and espadrille wedges on it's way to a summer picnic but then at a second look the print is also rather kitchen-y so to say, so I think it suits the season quite well too! Because, for me, kitchens and Christmas has this kind of own special bond. (And you may recall me mentioning that it is rather easy to "winterise" summer dresses and layer up a cotton dress to keep you warm enough in the cold, so this one will experience will sweaters and stockings as well, not just summery sun kissed bikerides.)
The dress is the Kitty day dress from one of my old time favourites, Vivien of Holloway. VoH has a new site that has made it easier to navigate trough, and thus also easier to shop at....
The dress came with a matching scarf and, yes, it has plockets! (Put some pockets on, or wheels under, and you know you have me there).
You've heard me say how I love shirt waist dresses because they are so versatile and comfy; worn at home with flats or slippers (I wear ballet flats at home as we have cold floors) but then again easily dressed up with heels and the rest.
My cardigan is vintage from Years Since Yesterday and the heart-shoes are Frollein von Sofa's.
Friday, 6 December 2013
The dress got a tiny little fan tail.
I got the fringe bag in Stockholm about a decade ago; I remember eyeing it in the store every time I was over (which was rather often at that time) but finding it too expensive at the time, until I finally gave in and got it.
I borrowed the turban from an act of ours. On stage we wear this with a big rhinestone-feather clip. It's originally from etsy.
And some dark make up on (was painting on e y e b r o w s when I remembered that "oh! damn, cool down, I am not going on stage tonight". Heh. When performing so often one almost forgets how to put party make up on "normally"...) and I was good to go.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
the pom-poms are making a comeback to delight our two neighbours and the occasional mailman at the door!) Quite funny, Lulu decided her resting place for tonight was next to the lit up soon-to-be balcony lights.
Managed to go via the post office to pick up a parcel with some skin care products I'd run out of just just in time for our sauna night. I got myself some Black African soap and shea butter from Akoma, all natural, Fair Trade and ecological. Can be used for everything on everyone!
Most old buildings have a shared sauna (in newer flats they usually build them in each apartment, aslo in small ones), and our shift is every Tuesday night. We seldom make it, but it's just a few coins per months so it's not the end of the world. Tonight however I did. And I just grab my can of coconut oil and the black liquid soap and I'm good to go; that's all I need for far body and hair. Easy.
I didn't go out to the farm tonight because I had my nails done. I wanted them Christmas crazy. So they got glitter and Christmas roses and all. Originally I had thought of something a bit different with other kind of glitter and roses and such but I've noticed there is always this small language barrier at the salon. Well, they're fun (even though monsieur thought they look "a bit messy")! And they are very Mistle Tease, and that's what they are for.
And oh did I say Mistle Tease? Well why yes, and go get your tickets in time because they are -wohoo- selling rather well!
Monday, 2 December 2013
I never really made a proper post about how we finished the renovation in the countryside kitchen,
which we started fixing it up a little over a year ago. Well mainly because there was always something small left to do (and still is)...
I was used with renovations in flats, - having done a couple before- that take a few weeks up to a month max two and didn't really realise that renovating a (old) house takes so much more time... Our kitchen was ready a little before summer, but as we did lots of other things too we finished up some details as late as August. Or, as I've said before, few thing are ever really ready in an old house.
Since the house is from the late twenties we wanted the style to be somewhat that, although still look kind of timeless. And as this is a farm house it could indeed look like a farm house kitchen, full of stuff, but then again I did not want it to be too "countryside romantic", shabby chic or so...
We originally intended to paint the floor with checks in grey and white, but as the hallway also got such a painted floor it would have sen too much (phew! And it saved us a lot of work.)
same kind of cart that I have in our bedroom in the city in mint green; Råskog from ikea. I think many things easily get lost in deep cupboards. But not when you keep it on wheels! Muahahaha.
Pretty much everything was custom built in, or ordered for the kitchen. In some cases that can get rather expensive, but then again the solution with less fixed cabinets and pieces also meant less material and thus tured out to be quite economical. And in some cases custom made by a carpenter or handyman isn't necessarily more expensive at all, like with the piece we had made in the kitchen in the city, or here with the stove and shelves, for example.
The cabinets we have are from Juvi, they're all wood and painted with linseed oil paint.
I made some faux-roman blinds for the windows. I wouldn't really ever close the curtains anyway.
And in usual manner it is full of small hands and cats.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
The couch is a Carl Malmsten on I got from a web auction site last year, where I also got the old lamp. The plaid on the sofa a Eddi bought home from Bolivia.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
With the dark and wet weather that's been going on for some time I have to confess I really start longing for colder days, frozen streets and snow.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
This is a vintage velvet kimono I got from Etsy. I've added the rhinestones myself; I use this as part of a costume for a twenties show of ours.
(Which you btw can see the 14th if you get your tickets now *wink wink*)
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Saturday, 23 November 2013
And their sweater twin. (From Sheinside.)
Plus their purse cousin (or cousins, as there are several in the series) from Lulu Guinness.
I actually got the sweater out of a sudden idea to kind of look like it and wear it with waved hair peeping out of a black - or possibly red - beret, red lips and pair it with tiny black hotpants, dark tights and chunky heels. Would have made a nice combo; I thought the knit would be kind of oversized and hang loose on my shoulders. Which it didn't. It was kind of fitted and with the fluffy mohair it made me feel like an albino orangutang instead. So I'll pass that look onto some tiny tiny petite person instead :)
Everything happens to hang in red and white.
And wool socks for a chilly November day.