Sep
11

As promised the Marie Chantal collection favourites today. It´s one of my favourites for a long time and although it has very similar elements to previous collections ( a timeless classic is a timeless classic) it had some prints and shapes that really talk to me this year. 

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One of my favourite dresses for the whole Fall. It´s just so understatedly pretty.

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Add knee highs or ribbed tights and you are all set. The shades!

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Sep
10

As the summer has been leaning on to Fall here in Helsinki we have not even had time to concentrate on the Fall collections. I´m talking children´s clothing. Have you already earmarked your favourites? I´m not sure we even need anything but if so the trip to Paris at the end of this month will be when I will do my shopping or then in London in November.

I love the powdery colours of the Fall collections. What is lovelier than moss green, mud grey, powder pink and creamy white. I already saw the Bonpoint collection in St Tropez and the fluffy angora sweaters were absolutely delicious with the floral prints and the taupe. And I´m absolutely loving Marie Chantal´s collection ( I will share my favourites from that later). I wish my girls had capsule wardrobes where they would wear uniforms to school and then some lovely pieces for the time off but the reality in Finland is that what they mostly wear to school are pants, leggings or jeans with shirts and cardigans or sweaters. They do wear dresses and skirts to school too but there is not much use for super pretty dresses with Mary Janes ( but obviously a dress or two is necessary for parties, piano recitals and holidays). Actually in Finland if you are out and about in something other than casual and sporty you frequently get asked if you are going to a party ( the silver lining is that you can get your kids from school in your gym kit and no one will raise an eyebrow). The good thing about my girls growing up is that the older they get the more likely it is that a dress stays in better condition and fits longer. The days menu is not printed on it in stains and there is not paint and glue on their cashmere cardigans.

Here are some of my favourites for the Fall from Bonpoint…

 

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That print is so pretty for Fall and I saw the beanie in Troppan and it was the most amazing colour and softest cashmere. I wanted it for myself!

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Loving the colours and that coat is delicious! And golden boots?! 

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Every Fall I´m really loving the beanie and dress with chunky booties- look.

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The colours, the rose fabric, the leather boots on little girls legs…

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Aug
27

How was your weekend? Ours was spot on lovely. Mr Espresso was closing down the island house for winter. Which in itself is always a little sad and as we have been renovating the house a little the past few years we had to close it a little earlier this year as there is yet some remodelling going on. But it will pay in the end, I know that. Anyhow on Friday as I had the day off ( I was working on Saturday instead) I started my day at my friends new house with an after gym breakfast. Such a quaint area she moved to. Love it! After school & home work the girls and I headed to Espoo ( the lovely suburbs) as Cotton Candy had some dance performances there at a mall with her new dance group. We had such a good time and went for sushi and some shopping afterwards. As I don´t drive a car and we live right in the centre of Helsinki we don´t end up at malls or mega super markets too often. So we were super excited all three of us. The metro from Helsinki centre right in to the mall took about 20 minutes. We may very well go again just for fun! I even found a pretty new table cloth ( at Eurokangas if you like it too and just 10€/m).

On Saturday the girls got to hang out with my mom & dad as I had to work. And I´m just saying that it was quite nice to be home alone for a night. I poured myself a glass of rosé wine ( we had an opened bottle in the fridge from almost two weeks ago but it was fine) and rented a movie from Apple tv that no one else in my family would like to watch. Then I even got to read in bed!

On Sunday we had two little girls for a playdate. Bubble Gum´s bestie moved to another school for the first two grades so we try to organise playdate for them frequently. They both love to play with dolls, Barbies etc. so they are always off to their dream world the second they start playing. Cotton Candy and her friends made bread rolls for lunch ( I made the sweet potato ginger soup) and chocolate fudge milkshakes for dessert. So everyone was having fun and I just let them make a huge mess for once. It gave me time to sneak in to our bedroom to drink a cappuccino & to write this post for you. If you want to see photos of the playdate table setting etc. you can find it all in my Instagram stories ( table settings).

For some more frivolous happy thoughts. I love the new console I got for my birthday from Bukowski´s antique auctions. Is it not lovely. I hope it finds an even better spot in the new home. It really looks even better with flowers on it. And it would need a mirror or a painting behind it but that will need to wait for the new place too.

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