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Fashion News: Hel Looks

My Twitter-feed is buzzing…Do you know everyone’s favourite Finnish street style blog Hel Looks?  Where looks are abundant and style questionably so?  Here are some of the fine examples:

I leave you to make up your own mind but Hel Looks has gotten some good press, some bad press, and some downright hilarious press. There’s even a Hel Looks- drinking game!

Right now Hel Looks is on a break for the unforeseeable future. But don’t you worry. You will still get your fix of unexplainable street style because the creators have moved to San Francisco and started a sister site SF Looks! Yay! Let’s see if it’s any better:

hel looks, sf looks, street style, blog

Jahvanna

I’m going to presume that the drinking game rules stay the same.

-Thrifty Finn-

 

Pinteresting vol. XLI

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I’m in pain. The new leg program I got on Monday was brutal. I walk like I pooped my pants. Very sexy, let me tell you. Anyhoo, I’ve been distracting myself from the muscle pain by pinning like there’s no tomorrow and here are some of my top picks this week…

Good type, teal, typography

Via type-lover.tumblr.com

Teal, gold and beautiful typography. And the little crown in the corner. Very princess-y. Me likes. I honestly could cover all my walls with these kinds of prints. Which I won’t because I’m not crazy  within normal limits. From the board Font Book.

Viva la tarta, girl cookies, bows

Via vivalatarta.blogspot.com.es/

Girly and princess theme it is then…I pinned these first thinking they are make-up compacts and Viva la Tarta some kind of new cosmetics brand. Hey! Anyone could have made that mistake. But wouldn’t these be perfect things to give out at a cosmetics brand launch? In a nice little box? So cute and chic. Viva la Tarta has tons of cute baked cookies on her site. The pin is on my board Cute & Kitschy.

paris please, chic

Via pinterest.com

Paris feels like a far away thing although I was there just couple of months ago. The most perfect city in the world. When you get tired of Paris, you get tired of life. If you wish to see more Paris goodness, you can find them on my board Parisian Dreams.

handpainted envelopes, craft, DIY,

via thimblecat.blogspot.com.au

We should send more snail mail, don’t you think? These hand-painted envelopes are so sweet they hurt. I used to have tons of pen pals when I was a kid. What happened? Where would one even get pen pals these days? I got mine from the back of Barbie-magazine but what about grown-ups? Classifieds? Pleading for them in the interwebs? From my board Crafty Things.

cute workout pattern

Via pinterest.com

Work it, girl. This pattern is cute and hilarious at the same time. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the original link, nor the designer’s name but let’s take a moment to respect his/hers cleverness. I actually wouldn’t mind working out at a gym decorated with this pattern. I draw the line on the pink gym balls though…From the board Patterns.

And one more for the road…Wise words to live by:

Fashion quote

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-Thrifty Finn-

Pinteresting vol. XL

pintere There’s a saying in Finland that Thurdays are filled with hope. I have no idea where it comes from and what it means but in Finnish it rhymes really nicely of the tongue and that’s why I like using it. Maybe it’s about hope for the coming weekend? Perhaps.

Anyhoo…I have no rhyme or reason in my pinning either but here are again some of my favourites this week:

Grey cat, pattern, spoonflower, ottomanbrim, kitty

Designed by ottomanbrim at spoonflower.com

This kitty pattern is just too adorable and you can find it on Spoonflower. Ottomanbrim, who is a designer based in NY, has plenty of other mid-century inspired prints available too. The “Snowflake sweater” is another one of my favourites. This one is on my board Patterns.

quilt, red, spicy colours, modern baby quilt

Via flickr.com

Remember my Sunshine Quilt? Of course you do. I’m already planning my next quilt and since autumn is here and winter not too far away, I want something with warm colours to add extra coziness to my bedroom. This modern baby quilt has the perfect colours and I’ve found a fabric line from Amy Butler that have similar colours. Don’t hold your breath though. It DID take my first quilt 3-4 years from start to finish. From my board Crafty Things.

yellow chiffon blouse

Via sheinside.com

What’s with the warm colours this week?…. Lately I’ve had discussions with my friend about Lidl. Namely about how Lidl is expanding its business by venturing into clothing. Finnish fashion designers are all aghast because this “abomination” but IMO, at least Lidl SELLS clothes. A vital ingredient of keeping a business afloat. Personally I’ve bought some undies and tights from there, and today I’m getting their outdoor jacket. I’ve reached an age where appropriate clothing doesn’t feel embarrassing anymore. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start hiking, I just need the jacket for when I leave the gym.

I had point to the story but I lost it. I like this blouse, it’s sold out but girl can dream. From my board Trés Stylish.

tall dark and handsome

Via menstyle1.com/

Were we talking about girls and dreaming? I have a board, Men & Fashion, that’s a combination of style for men and men I fancy. It was supposed to be just about the style but I am weak. Very, very, weak. So far I’ve managed to keep the fancying part in minimum, so I have that going for the board but I can sense the total loss of Man Candy Pin Control in my very near future. But hey, which one of us doesn’t want little bit of tall, dark and handsome in their life? Allthough…

great dane with tennis balls

Via remainsimple.us

That’s the only tall, dark and handsome who would stay faithful and love you back unconditionally. Well done me. Managing to turn this week’s Pinteresting into a Single Girl Pity Party. I guess we all are good at something. From my board I Want a Doggy.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I can’t resist. Here’s one more tall, dark and handsome, and a ‘bitching’ magazine cover:

Robert Downey Jr, Vanity Fair, cover

Via coverjunkie.com

You’re welcome.

 

 

Do It Right

This summer I found this gorgeous top at Mango on sale. It’s just perfect. Strong colour, perfect cut and interesting details. What’s not to love? It didn’t take me long to realize that I should try to make a pattern and sew a few myself. Brilliant. What could go wrong? I’m trained in pattern making!

Paitaprojekti2

I gathered the tools and the pattern paper, and figured that it would be really easy to just trace the outline and then add the details.  I mean, the silhouette IS basically a loose fitting tee. I made the back pattern. Even took measurements from the top to make sure they matched. All good at this point.

But then it was the time to do the front pattern, where all the details are. It started well, I outlined, checked that the shoulder seams match, all that jazz…But then I didn’t have time to finish it off on that session and left it for another day. It took the longer than I thought to get back to it and I even wore the original top again. And that’s when I saw the mistake. The top is asymmetrical in more places than I originally thought! No easy copy/trace here. So what is girl to do? The same thing she should have done the first place…

pattern making supplies, Thrifty Finn

The thing is, the pattern IS really easy to copy IF you have done the proper base pattern. Which doesn’t take long to do but I was in the lazy mood and decided to skip it. Which of course made the project so much more harder. So here I am, with my Grondvormen, basic pattern book, learning a lesson. Once again.

Do it right the first time around.

-Thrifty Finn-

Pinteresting vol. XXVIII

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I’ve been using Pantone Spring 2014 colour map to colorize my Pinteresting-banners. I downloaded the autumn one today and the colours are so dull! What is that yellow trying to do?

Gah. I might as well re-design the banner and think of another way of updating it. Feel free to give design suggestions. Anyhoo, here are some of my new pins:

diy glitter banner by creature comforts blog

Image credit creaturecomfortsblog.com

This DIY-banner that sparkles is a nice new twist of something I’ve seen tons of times already. I have some Halloween-ideas and wouldn’t this be just perfect in those ‘ween colour combinations? From my board DIYs & Projects.

black gown, barcelona

Credit naimabarcelona.tumblr.com

From sparkles to glamorous. I got several re-pins right after I pinned this image and I don’t wonder why. The silhouette, the effortless glamour makes you A. want to be that person and B. to have that kind of life where you can wear a gown walking down the street and no one would question why. From my imaginatively named board, Gowns.

juju papers, golden polkadot, navy, wallpaper

Credit jujupapers.com

Going back to sparkle and dots…This wallpaper is cute and fabulous at the same time. Have you noticed that when autumn comes, you start to yearn for darker colours and textures for your home and wardrobe? I’m pretty sure that my landlord would let me wallpaper my bedroom but with the price tag of 180 dollars per roll, I myself am not too keen on the cost. But wouldn’t it be gorgeous? From the board Pompoms & Polkadots.

pottery barn, halloween, paper mache, craft, DIY

Credit potterybarnkids.com

Since Halloween was already mentioned, might as well jump back on the theme. Halloween is coming up and it’s time to start thinking about decorations. These are paper mache candy containers from Pottery Barn. Do you remember the PB-episode from Friends? With ‘yester years’ and ‘olden days’? Poor Ross with his sheets? Anyhoo, if I were in the US I would buy this set of (goes check the name) TREAT VESSELS? Really? TREAT VESSELS? Apart from the ridiculous product description, this set goes with any kind of Halloween decoration style, whether it’s rustic, spooky or modern. Me likes. However, since I live in Finland, all I can do is to try to recreate these myself. Don’t hold your breath though. I still haven’t posted about my last year’s Halloween costume either. Super. From my board Halloween.

doggie in sunglasses

Credit collagevintage.tumblr.com

To finish this round off, here’s the compulsory picture of a cute doggie. I’m pretty sure this dog looks better wearing sunglasses than I ever would. From my board I Want a Doggie & Other Cute Animals. Yes, I know. It’s a mouthful.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. As per usual, you can get to the original source by clicking the image. And if you want to see more of my pins, my Pinterest-profile is HERE.