Back from Stockholm

Hi folks, I’m back from Stockholm! It was a great trip although the weather was not on our side and it kept raining for two days. Therefore there is no picture overload from the trip, sorry! Taking pictures when your hair looks like a wet rat is not providing the best material for the blog, say what you say.
I ended up making pretty good finds, although it was heart breaking to see almost everything I purchased last time with a -75% tag. I will introduce my findings in later posts but here is a sneak peek of my amazing new spring coat. If you are wondering why I look a bit coneish, it’s because my over 6 foot tall little brother took the picture on a slanted hill. Since it was his debut as a “blogographer” and he was kind enough to capture me for the sake of my blog, I will forgive him. ūüėČ Thanks baby bro for the picture, it turned out pretty good!

Jacket: Diana Orving
Sweater: Sunday Sun
Pleather pants: H&M
Bag: Saddler
Ring/collar s
Leather gloves: Vagabond
Platform booties: Bullboxer

Here are some random shots from the trendy Slussen area. It’s not hard to guess which is my favorite store and which is my boyfriend’s.

P.S. There are now 48 people (in public) following my blog through Blogger and this is my 98th post. When the public followers hit the 50 mark or I will have my 100th post, which ever happens first, I was thinking about doing a video post. That is if I don’t get chickened out by then. Anyway, something fun is coming up, so stay tuned…

Swedify yourself

Last week seven other Finnish bloggers and I were chosen to participate in a two day fashion oriented trip to Stockholm. Our journey began on Tuesday as we stepped onto the boat in Helsinki. On board we were pampered with Elizabeth Arden goodie bags, luxury cabins, and fine dining. MTV3, a commercial TV channel here in Finland,had hired a photographer and journalist to take outfit pics and cover our story whilst on the boat. 

Edit: We also had a competition where we had to integrate something from the boat’s shop into our outfits. If you are Finnish or living in Finland (or just want to support me), you can vote for my outfit here and enter to win a trip to Stockholm!

Picture by ©Jussi Hakonen
Top: Pudel
Cargigan: Roberto Cavalli for H&M
Leggings: Gina Tricot
Hat: Uniformal Warehouse
Jewellery: B-day gift and from the Viking Line shop


Picture by Emmi

On Wednesday morning we stepped out of the boat and headed to our hotel which was located in the heart of Stockholm at Hötorget. Our introduction to the tour for the morning was at a shopping mall called PUB. The mall is one of the most trendy shopping malls in Stockholm and carries brands such as Acne, Dagmar, Pour, Peter Jensen, Raf by Raf Simons and April 77. Goodie bags and a lunch at the mall had concluded our tour at PUB.

Picture by Honey Junkie

After enjoying a delicious lunch at the PUB’s cafeteria, we headed into “the Grocery” showroom which is a home to brands such as Cheap Monday, Sunday Sun and MTWTFSS. The designer duo were introduced to us and they gave us a sneak peak to the spring/summer 09 collections accompanied with champagne and caviar. Honey Junkie and I absolutely fell in love with the zipper skirts from the MTWTFSS spring collection.

Picture from Honey Junkie
Dress: Pour
Shirt: H&M
Leggings: Gina Tricot
Boots: Kenkärepo
Hat: Uniformal Warehouse

The designer duo and denim fashion for spring.

From the Grocery we headed to Norrbacksgatan where we met the Finnish Swedish designer Camilla Norrback. A -25% special discount for our crew made it impossible for me to resist buying an amazing dress from her Fall/Winter 08/09 Collection (more about Camilla and the dress later this week). After visiting the boutique more shopping was in dire need so we went back to the city and shopped for an hour at Weekday.

Our evening program consisted of a visit to a Japanese spa called Yasuragi. The pools, looking lovely and ever so tempting made it difficult to my hesitation of not jumping in, considering I am allergic to chlorine. So instead Ranna, Honey Junkie and myself were treated with a strange relaxing color therapy. After the treatment the three of us rejoined the group at the sushi bar and prepared ourselves for a Japanese style hot stove dinner.

Picture by Ranna

As we had only visited a couple of stores during the tour, Thursday was dedicated to shopping and shopping only. At a store called Grandpa the Finnish TV channel in Sweden made a news story about our visit and I was targeted with some heavy questions about the weakened global economy’s effect on my personal spending.

Picture by Minttu

Before heading back on the boat to Finland, our group decided to check out Slussen’s Weekday, Monki and Bruno Galleria shopping mall’s offerings which includes stores like American Apparel and Whyred. My plan was to to do smart shopping, buying items that I cou
ld use both for work and pleasure and I believe my plan was a success. My final shoppping purchases for the day included sweaters, blazers and tees in colors black, white and grey.

The trip was truly amazing, although extremely busy. I have been to Stockholm several times before but it was interesting to visit it again solely from a blogger’s perspective. The best part of the trip was to get more familiar with the other bloggers and discuss about the subject we all love, fashion.

I end my report with an outfit that I wore today. On my shopping list was a long blazer since I have been drooling over this one on Stockholm Streetstyle for ages. The Swedes are so unbelievably stylish with minimal effort and everytime I visit Stockholm I’m totally sucked into their style. After having a two day injection of their Swedism, I can say that I have “Swedified” myself enough for this winter. Don’t you think?

T-shirt: MTWTFSS
Combat Boots: Kenkärepo
Hat: Uniformal Warehouse

The streets are always there for us

I’m back from Stockholm alive and with no intentions to disappear from the blogosphere (as the trend might be at the moment). The discounts were unbelievable and I have literally 6 huge bags stuffed with new clothes! Almost everything was -75 % off so you can imagine how crazy it was. I think I went a little too deep into the discount craze but at least I now have new clothes and shoes for next year (well, at least until the next discount season). I mainly went for the Swedish fashion and the color black made a return to my closet for this fall. I will introduce more of my findings in later posts.

While in Stockholm and shopping, we went to see Europride 2008. Last year it was just Stockholm Pride but this year all of Europe was celebrating in Stockholm. I wore one of my purchases, cropped grandpa pants with a paper bag waist. I had them on pretty much every day after getting them, that’s how comfortable they are.

Shirt: Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair
Pants: Monki
Shoes: Skopunkten
Bag: Saddler

As for the trends in Stockholm, a lot of girls wore really skimpy dresses that were a bit too short for my taste. Also huge shirts with rolled sleeves and without any tights or leggings were a big hit. Everyone was super tanned and so summery. I also made an observation that all the cool hipster kids tend to like good music, as the club Debaser was full of them on Saturday night. In fact, it must be one of the best indie clubs I have ever been in. Unfortunately I was not able to take my camera in my purse, so there are no shots of the party outfit, sorry.After this mini holiday its time to get back to work, although it seems that while I was gone my work laptop crashed. I hope that all the precious photos that I had on it are not gone with the wind…

P.S. Awhile back I was asked by the Fashion Spot community to give a little interview about my style and provide some outfit pics for the “What are you wearing today” section. I took me like two months to actually act on the request and now the interview is finally up. I, amongst likes of Susie Bubble and Rumi, have done this, so I truly appreciate this opportunity. You can find the interview and pics here.