Monday, August 21, 2017

Poolside stories from South Africa

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Sunnies Céline / String bag Labour & Wait / Sandals ATP Atelier

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Poolside essentials - my favorite Céline sunnies, the latest issue of PORTER magazine for something to read and my cotton string bag to carry all the things I need, from a beach towel to sun lotion and a bottle of water.

South Africa is one of the routes I get quite often, heading back to Johannesburg in the end of this week. You know where you'll find me, by the pool.


xoxo Maria

Saturday, August 5, 2017

MY BACKYARD

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OUTFIT:
Sunnies Céline
Necklace Lucy Williams X Missoma
Jumpsuit COS
Sandals ATP Atelier
Bag Labour & Wait

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Effortless. 
That's the thing I'm always looking for when deciding what to wear. 
It doesn't mean that you always throw on the first thing you see in your closet, it's more about finding a style that makes you feel comfortable, confident and yet, easy. 

For me that usually means finding staple products that always work. During the summer season those products are definitely my ATP Atelier sandals, Céline sunnies and this lovely bag from Labour & Wait that works from a daily bag to carrying a beach towels or for all my fruits and vegetables when grocery shopping.

Also, yay for August. 
My favorite month - though I'm biased, as it's my birthday month. And I'm more than excited to go to Finland to celebrate it. One more week !

Have a lovely weekend.

xoxo Maria

Friday, August 4, 2017

FRIDAY FIVE

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Friday ! And a really good one. 

Had a good time at work today, even though I had to wake up at 4am. Then had a lovely evening at home. You know the kind of an evening, when you're not really doing anything special but you just get to relax and do your own thing with no rush.

1. A vacation in Italy is on my mind. Currently planning to go there in September for a long weekend. And oh boy - I'm so excited. That's what I love about vacations, the time before the actual trip. You get to be excited, inspired and all the fun is still ahead of you. So sunny days and vacay mood. I'm coming for you.

2. Currently coveting over these kitten heels from Ganni. Might have ordered them for a birthday gift from me to me. Let's hope they fit !

3. The first time in a while that I have been excited about autumn wear. But this post by Amanda Shadforth and the coat - too good.

4. Lately I've had to remind myself about how important those slow morning are. Whether I'm having a day off or a busy work day, it just sets the tone for the day. So as a selfreminder - take time to sit down, whether it's for your breakfast, a cup of coffee or a quick flickthrough of your favorite magazine. 

5. One to follow on instagram, @nycbambi - so inspiring !

xoxo Maria

Pictures via Pinterest and Ganni

Saturday, July 29, 2017

FRIDAY FIVE

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Hello lovelies.
Apparently I'm becoming one of those people who are always a little mixed up with days. Or maybe time flies a little too quickly, as we're already in Saturday. But here's five things I've been inspired or excited about lately.

1. Somehow I'm all about pajamas lately, the kind of pajamas you can wear even when leaving the house. I guess the effortlessness of it is what I'm after. Looking chic while being comfier than ever. 

2. In addition to pajama sets, I'm looking to find a suit for the autumn. On my mind is a brown or a pinstripe suit and sneakers. An autumn uniform doesn't get any easier than that.

3. Got really inspired about the AW17 campaign by JOSEPH. Lovely photographs and definitely that mood I'll be aspiring for during the next season. 

4. Lately I've been loving a very simple color palette and the wardrobe classics. Eyeing on this shirt from totême - looks amazing with blue denim.

5. An instagram account to follow @aalexandradahlin

xoxo Maria

Pictures via Pinterest and Joseph

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The everyday black dress

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OUTFIT:
Sunnies Céline
Dress H&M
Bag Chloé
Shoes H&M

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You know you've hit jackpot with finding the perfect everyday black dress, when you can wear the same thing for a night out, a stroll around the city or for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant.
This one definitely ticks all the boxes.

I'm currently so excited that I get to visit home in two weeks ! London life still feels exciting and more and more like home, but it's lovely to see friends and family really soon. Also, can't wait to raid my closet and boxes of home stuff that are still back in Finland. It's like shopping - but free. 

Now enjoying a few days off, with my sister coming for a visit over the weekend and then it's back to work. Flying to the states on Sunday.

xoxo Maria


Friday, July 21, 2017

FRIDAY FIVE

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Can't believe it's Friday again.
Lately days seem to just fly by and soon it's almost August. I mean, didn't summer just start?

But as it is Friday, it's also time for the weekly five things inspiring me or that I'm currently crushing over.

1. Lately I've been embracing everyday products that also work as a piece of interior. Whether it's a flowering pot or a hand soap, choose wisely. As it's an easy way to make your home feel personal and detailed, without having to buy extra stuff - you need a hand soap anyway, right? 

2. We all know that the basket bag is the biggest hit of the season and I love how fresh it looks with blue denim and a white shirt. Definitely extending the trend to those cooler autumn days.

3. Living in a new flat has exposed me to the world of interior design yet again. After living in a temporary flat in Paris and then at my parents place for a year, I haven't really been able to make a place feel like my own in a little while. So nesting is definitely taking place currently. 
On the top of my wishlist: a floor lamp, flower pots and a bedside table.

4. I think I need these Marte Frisnes earrings into my life. Maybe a birthday gift from me to me - August, come already !

5. A lovely guide to East-London shopping by goop. And I'll probably end up being broke after making some home interior purchases.. 


xoxo Maria

Pictures via Pinterest, matchesfashion and Debenhams
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The sunny side up

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OUTFIT:
Sunnies Céline
Shirt COS
Bag APC Paris
Jeans Monki
Shoes H&M

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On the other hand I'm all for planned wardrobes, pre-thought purchases from a carefully curated shopping list and vacations booked and planned months beforehand. You know, keeping it smart and sensible. But sometimes being spontaneous beats all that. 

Whether it's buying that shirt you're not too sure you'll ever wear but that makes you smile. Or booking flights when you're bank account is telling you to do the opposite. Because often those things end up being the best things. And I need to point out, this is not a good thing if it becomes a habit - then it's not even spontaneous at all. But what I'm trying to say, is that sometimes doing the unexpected ends up being the course of action worth taking.

In this outfit I'm actually wearing two purchases that were made spontaneously and when I was buying both of them I kept on thinking whether I'll ever end up wearing them. And suddenly when combined together, they became one of my favorite summer outfits. 

In all honesty, I'm just probably trying to justify buying flight tickets extempore. In my defense, they are tickets to go home for a few days. 
So Finland - see you in three weeks !

xoxo Maria