Category Archives: Design and Fashion

Pinteresting vol. XLIV

Thrifty Finn Pinterest

Wow. My blog statistics went through the roof, thanks to the Whiskeygate. I broke both my daily record and my monthly record, so thanks for all visiting! I actually have a plan to write about what happened after the #gate but new absurdities keep coming up every day that I can’t keep up. Most likely the new alcohol law will be reviewed because it turned out it conflicts with the constitution. Nice work, parliament! Full thumbs up.

So… To celebrate the Whiskeygate, I decided to gather some of my favourite alcohol bottles from my board Branding & Packaging. Enjoy!

pink limoncello, pinterest, Thrifty Finn

via pinklimoncello.com

Pink Limoncello by LiDestri. The website too is a pink explosion.

Kyrö distillery, werklig, design, Thrifty Finn, Pinterest

Image via bpando.org

Kyrö Distillery is a Finnish company. The company brand identity was designed by Werklig design agency. The awesomeness of this packaging opens up if you visit Kyrö’s website. Hipsterish Finnish men in all their glory ;)

Sangria Lolea, Thrifty Finn. Pinterest, spanish wine

Image by sangrialolea.com

Sangria Lolea. I love these bottles. They really used the spanish cultural heritage to their advantage. Flamenco, anyone? Their website is pretty gorgeous too. The rain definitely doesn’t rain on these plains.

la belle famille, wine, Thrifty Finn, Pinterest

Via emmadime.com

La Belle Famille is an imaginary wine company, imagined by a graphic designer Ali Labelle. I was kind of disappointed that these aren’t real as they are fantastic girlfriend-gifts. Oh well, there are plenty of wine in the world even if these aren’t real. Here’s hoping though.

milk vodka, destileria siderit lactee

Via evistaqrcantabria.com/

This bottle screams luxury. The content sounds disgusting though…milk vodka! Apparently milk can be fermented to make vodka. Eh, the more you know. It’s made by a spanish distillery Siderit. I like the packaging a lot although I’m not sure if it really is an alcohol bottle. Could work much better as a perfume. Do you know what I mean?

There are tons of fantastic designs out there. I rarely bump into a branding board that has less than thousand pins ;) I know that at least one of my followers collects Absolut-bottles. Does anyone else collect any other alcohol bottles for their design?

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

I <3 Marks & Sparks

You know. I like to think I’m somewhat conscious consumer. I buy what I use and think about the ethical consequences, within my own means of course. But I do appreciate good business too. I can much easier justify spending money on clothes and support textile industry because the materials for those you can re-grow over and over again, where as for smartphones…Once the metallic is dug up, it’s not replenishing itself.

This same goes for all kinds of packaging. I like well designed packaging and I think ALL the packaging in the world should be designed well. Once you use any kind of natural resource, you should use it the best possible way and the sum of all the parts should always be bigger than the basic cost! Nice surroundings and things create nice people.

With these thoughts…Let me tell you how excited I am about MARKS & SPENCER OPENING THEIR FIRST STORE IN FINLAND!!!

Note: This is not an advertisement. I haven’t received any compensation from M&S. I’m just a huge fan of British high street.

marks & spencer helsinki

Last Saturday, after the demonstration against #TTIP (yes, I’m aware of the irony but ethics and business are not mutually exclusive things), I bumped into a friend of mine and convinced him to accompany me to the newly opened store. (I had a good reason for this. I knew I was going to get all kinds of fashion fan-girly embarrassing once in the store. Needed support and backup).

My swooning started already at the entrance. The huge bouquet and dim lighting immediately gave me a feeling of luxury. Me? A luxury buyer? Yes! Please! Butter me up! Butter me up!

marks & spencer Helsinki

The ground floor has the more expensive (still reasonably priced) M&S- brands like Autograph and Per Una. I kept bouncing from one display to one another because I loved every single outfit. This orange coat with the plaid dress with electric blue highlights is a perfect example of everyday luxury that just oozes confidence, style and good taste. And oh glorious…I checked the dress on the hanger and there seems to plenty of room for hips & butt. Praise the English and their pear-shaped lower bodies. Now in Finland!

marks & spencer Helsinki, footwear

The British have perfected the smart casual office style. Even the shoes have details that make sensible shoes cute and sexy. And the price point…I found black ballerinas, leather, with those hidden heels that make ballerinas good shoes instead flat, feet killers for 60 euros! SIXTY EUROS! Usually I have to pay over 100 for them.

M&S has four floors and they are shared with the Finnish department store Sokos. However it’s clear what’s M&S-space and what’s not. There’s signage and of course the presentation is much more well thought:

MarksSparks4

I took a separate tour to the Sokos-side so I could get a full shot of this:

marks & spencer Helsinki

Me and my friend just kept nodding and repeating “they know how to sell, they know how to sell”. Even the music supports this. Very cool, very danceable and very, very selling. It was the kind of music that makes you want you to put your best face and clothes on and go out. M&S (and H&M among others) gets it. Even if I’m buying period panties, I don’t want to think that I HAVE to buy something. I want to want it.

Even the men’s wear department got me all excited.I mean, look at this display:

marks & spencer Helsinki, men's wear

If a guy wearing any of those looks, smelling really good came to me and said even so much a hello, I would put out. Yes, I said it because it needs to be said. A smartly dressed man is same to a woman as a half-naked woman is to a man. Suit catalogs are porno for women.

I have a feeling a lot of men in Helsinki will be finding Marks & Spencer-clothing in their Christmas-socks. Men, if you do, take the hint.

Anyhoo, on the same floor is also a small food section. It mainly has biscuits, candies and other packed snack foods. Do I even need to tell you my excitement level here? If you, like me, are package enthusiast, you love this section. Every single thing in here is such that you can give it as a gift. Even if it’s cheap, the packaging itself makes it a special and more thoughtful gift than, let’s say a TV-mix, from a regular store. Bonus is that you get the fantastic shopping experience.

I bought some chocolate covered honeycomb crunch thingies. Delicious. I joked with the sales assistant that this was my breaking point. After buying this one thing, I won’t be able to stop shopping there :D

My only negative thought is that M&S was brought to Finland by S-Group. S-Group is one of the two chains that control 80% of Finland’s food retail (and presumably a lot of other retail too since they own any kind of retail chain possible), so M&S is not really new competition. That also probably prevents them from opening a full scale M&S food retail space because S-Group wouldn’t want anyone new on their turf. Although the basement of the building where M&S now resides, already has a grocery store and the space would be perfect for M&S.

What comes to the fashion retail, I think the biggest blow will be for Stockmann (that’s the “better” department store in Helsinki). Their clients are more international and they have learned to shop at M&S when abroad. M&S clothes are also better priced and like I said, feel very luxurious. But then again, M&S brought much needed newness to the Helsinki- fashion and shopping scene and could bring everyone’s sales up. From an artistic and designer’s point of view, it’ fantastic have a place where I can get international inspiration. Patterns, cuts, displays…Hopefully an endless treasure trove.

Edited to add: The opening hours Mon-Fri 9-21, Sat 9-18, Sun 12-18

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. When I got to the lingerie department, the first thing I asked from the manager was that do you have the multi-packs? They did:

marks & spencer Helsinki

H&M just lost about 30-50 euros of business per year from me.

 

The Language Barrier

Warning. This post will be the reason why I go to hell when I die. Please, proceed.

You know. Branding is very important. You want your brand to evoke feelings, emotions and memories and hopefully turn those into sales. Some people might spend years to develop their brand before they dare to start a business. There’s so much to take in consideration. Style, colours, fonts and the most important, the name. You want something memorable and something that rolls easily off the tongue.

Personally, I love many brands. I have my favourites in craft supplies, cosmetics and fashion but I do like to like brands even if I don’t personally buy anything from them. Children’s wear for example.

Kulli, knitwear, kids

Kulli is, I think, a Spanish, indie knitwear maker. Isn’t he a cutie? And the logo looks fantastic! How about this one:

molo, children's wear, logo

Molo is a Danish company and they have very cool philosophy behind their clothes. And the clothes do look very cool too:

molo clothing

You might be wondering, why would she go to hell? This is just a post about children’s wear brands.

LET ME TELL YOU WHY!

It’s a post about two children’s wear brands whose names mean PENIS in Finnish! Not even pretty penis names. They mean DICK! Dick in its ugliest forms!

GOD! Didn’t they check when they were branding? Didn’t they Google? HORROR! There we have Molo brand logo with the word PENIS and the handprint next to it. Then the kid is wearing a shirt that effectively says “Raised by a PENIS”. And Kulli? That’s the word you use of penis when someone sends you a d*ck pic via social media.

Yeah, I maybe burning in hell for all the eternity for telling you about this but people need to know:

WHEN BRANDING, TAKE YOUR TIME WHEN CHOOSING THE NAME.

-Thrifty Finn-

Edited to add…P.S. The shirt the boy is wearing is named Casual Whisper. The creep level just went through the roof.

 

 

 

 

Pinteresting vol XLIII

Thrifty Finn, pinterest, banner design

Technology hasn’t been my friend lately. True, part of it has been my own fault. How hard it is to save your work every once in a while? Apparently too hard. For me at least. Anyhoo…Autumn is here although not a very cold one yet. Trees are changing colour and at least up north, the first snow has fallen too. Here are some of my latest pins, inspired by winter and autumn.

Finland in autumn, coast, reeds, ruohikkoa rannikolla

Image by Niklas Günsberg

The photographer is a Finnish guy I know via Twitter. He posted a link on Ello this morning and I immediately proceeded to pin several of his images. He is quite talented and if you are a Finnophile, you should get a kick out of his nature photos. The link to his Flickr is HERE. From my board Finland Things.

snowy mountains and a cabin

Via atlandsend.tumblr.com

I’ve only once seen mountains up close. I was on the first grade and our school (together with two other schools in the area) took a class trip to Norway. It was lovely. My aunt, who was one of the guardians, got exasperated with me because I wanted to take a picture of every single mountain and collect every single sea shell from the beach. I didn’t get everything but I got enough. When I got home, I filled an old plastic chocolate box with sand and lovingly paired the correct shell halves with each other and presented them in the box. This lasted for about a month till the next Grand Cleaning by Grandmother. To trash they went. I was furious. From my board Moods & Atmospheres.

let's be adventurers, quote, DIY, banner

Via pinterest.com

I’m my most energized during autumn. For me, spring and autumn are the seasons for doing things. Summer and winter are static seasons. Nothing ever happens then. This banner would be a fantastic daily reminder to be an adventurer, to be a person that makes things happen. As a craft, an inexpensive too. Leather scraps are easy to come by and there’s always at least one horrible 80s leather jacket for sale at any flea market at any given time. The banner would be quite nice as a gift too. From my board Crafty Things.

Peter Fehrentz, interior design

Design by Peter Fehrentz

Some time ago, I binge watched Parks & Recreation on Netflix. I <3 Leslie Knopes and Ron Swanson. Yeah, yeah, I’m about million years behind in the accolades but that show is the best! You might wonder what a cabinet by a German interior designer has to do with Parks & Rec. Well I’m glad to tell you…You know the wallpaper they have in the department? With the ducks? At first I thought it was hideous but I grew to like it as the show progressed and now I kind of want to bring something like that to my house too. A complete wallpaper would be a no-no (I’m still dreaming of the gold polkadot one) but how about covering a chest of drawers or a cabinet with it? Ah-mazing. Any kind of pastoral scene would work, don’t you think? From my board formerly known as My Dream Home, now a boring Home & Style.

caramel dipped pears

Via just-between-friends.com

Is it just me or does anyone else want to hoard layers of fat around themselves when it gets colder? Just me? Great. I pinned this some time ago and am amazed it didn’t get any more re-pins. Just look at it? Imagine eating this with some vanilla ice cream and wash it down it mulled wine. Mmmm. Wine. Wine is delicious. From my board Sweet & Sweeter.

And last but not least…Since the winter IS coming after all:

Arya Stark, Game of Thrones, winter is coming

Via stormbornvalkyrie.tumblr.com

Arya. Everyone’s favourite Stark. From the board Game of Thrones. Question…Is The Hound dead or not?

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Now I know where my tendency to hoard craft supplies comes from. I can directly trace it to that traumatic event when my grandma threw my precious sea shells away. Dammit, grandma!

P.P.S. The link to my full Pinterest-profile is HERE and all of my related blog posts are HERE.

 

A Little Paper Shop

papershop, paperikauppa, helsinki, shopping

Few weeks ago, I was on a Sunday walk in Helsinki and spotted a very cute looking shop with tons of pretty goodies in the window. I immediately decided to come back next week because who doesn’t like lovely paper products?

papershop, paperikauppa, helsinki, shopping

papershop, paperikauppa, helsinki, shopping

They have these wonderful cards from various indie makers.

papershop, paperikauppa, helsinki, shopping

And I think these are a sure hit with the Instagram-crowd.

papershop, paperikauppa, helsinki, shopping

How about some wall art? They have bunch of others too and the prices seemed reasonable. Personally I’d be ready to hang some of the gift wrapping papers on the wall too:

papershop, paperikauppa, helsinki, shopping papershop, paperikauppa, helsinki, shopping, vintage floral pattern

The floral patterns are very William Morris-esque, don’t you think? The flamingo is just too perfect. There was also a vintage Paris-map paper that I nearly bought.

papershop, paperikauppa, helsinki, shopping

Everything is so nicely presented. They have notebooks, washi tapes, those bitty bags (can’t remember the manufacturer right now), gift wrapping and other paper related paraphernalia. Basically it’s a cute paper related Pinterest-board gone live. I could have bought everything but managed to control myself to buy some necessary crafty supplies but that’s for another post.

papershop, paperikauppa, helsinki, shopping

I don’t have a bad thing to say about this place. You can find it on Fredrikinkatu 18. They have an online store too and you can find it HERE. The postage to Finland is always free and they have service in English too.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Do I even have to tell you that I love the smell of paper? All the paper sniffers of the world, unite!