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Trés Cool Finnish Blog: Stadin Style

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

Last night I was browsing one sewing related group on Facebook and happened upon a post, where someone was asking to vote their blog at Elle Finland Style Awards. Even though my stylist friend have been going on and on and on about what he is going to wear this year, somehow I managed to miss that yes, there are actual awards given.

Anyhoo, the blogger said that she is a nominee to be the Style Guru 2014 and made her case saying that she has made most of the clothes on her blog herself. Wow! Really? I had to go and have a look.

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By stadinstyle. helsinkids.fi

Amaia is originally from Spain and is a fashion designer by profession. And I can see it. The clothes are very cool and current. LIKE HEIDI WOULD SAY ON PROJECT RUNWAY! I love Amaia’s taste and style, which is individual and commercial at the same time.

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

Girl can rock the crop top. I bought one this spring to wear with a pleated skirt but I chickened out from wearing either of them. Amaia’s outfit’s pink colour is bang on trend with the matching top and skirt. But this is not my über favourite, it’s this one:

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By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

The dress! The styling! This look means business. I have always loved Hermès’ orange and plaster colour combo because the luxury it implies. Both colours are such that average person couldn’t wear them everyday and hence telling others that you live a life of luxury. Amaia’s dress is all about this kind of confidence. Confidence helps you to pull things off.

You can find Amaia’s blog Stadin Style, which she writes in Finnish and in Spanish, HERE. Then if you want to vote her at the Elle Finland Style Awards, Amaia has written multilingual instructions to how-to-vote HERE. If you click the images you will get to the original blog posts. This blog is worth to follow, even if you don’t read Finnish or Spanish. The pictures provide plenty of inspiration. She also posts about her travels and includes a lot of beautiful pictures for you Finnophiles out there.

-Thrifty Finn-

 

Testing Homemade DIY Hair Mask

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This was the nicest part of my hair.

Few days ago I was despairing about my hair. About week before that, I had decided to risk my hair by re-blonding it because my roots were showing and a trip to a hairdresser was out of question. I KNEW that I was risking it. My hair wasn’t in a very good condition to begin with but vanity took over and I went ahead with the dyeing anyway.

Okay, the first day after the dyeing my hair didn’t look too bad. Mainly because of that extra efficient conditioner you get with hair dye packages. By day three, my hair was a complete frizz fest. In fact, words like fried and pubic hair came to mind. It looked that bad. I tried conditioning it but it didn’t help at all. Insert tears here.

Then I remembered that someone had said that egg masks are really good at fixing hair. I didn’t have anything to lose so I googled some recipes and decided on one by Wikihow that is put on dry hair and left on for 30 minutes.

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All you have to do is whisk them together. I used a fairly large cup and a lollipop stick to whisk :D

DIY hair mask

It is quite runny. I tried to spread it by pouring some on my head and then spreading it with my hand. It was quite clear that I would have wasted most of the mix this way, so I used an extra hair dye brush I had in hand to spread it.

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There’s Something About Mary-action going on.

After the mixture was somewhat evenly spread, I took a plastic bag which I slit open from the front and back to make myself a turban to stop the mixture dripping while it ‘developed':

DIY hair mask

Gorgeous me. Am I classy or what?

Don’t move the plastic during that 30 minutes! Otherwise this will happen:

drippy DiY hair mask

Don’t they call this money shot in some circles?

Use this 30 minutes wisely. I put on a face mask too and for once let it sit long enough because I had to wait for the hair mask anyway. When the half an hour is gone, the mixture is somewhat set, and you can remove your turban. Your hair should look like this:

DIY hair mask

Even more like Something About Mary.

To remove the mask, just rinse it with warm water. Then you can wash and condition it like you would normally. And here’s the result:

My verdict: SUPERB! I wish I could have gotten better picture of the frizz I had before the mask because words can’t describe how different my hair is now. Definitely worth the effort! Maybe now I dare to venture towards DIY facial masks. Have you tried DIY-beauty remedies?

-Thrifty Finn-

Marimekko. Between The Last News & Today.

Unikko 50 years, Marimekko, design

Image via marimekko.fi

Here we are. Hopefully at the end of this Marimekko-saga. Year 2013 was rough for the company. It’s reputation was in the crapper and they didn’t seem be to able to do anything right. So what has Marimekko done to get things fixed?

On September 30th last year they announced that Marimekko will no longer to collaborate with Kristina Isola. However, in the same breath they continued that her daughter Emma Isola WILL stay at the company. As one commenter on the Helsingin Sanomat-article said:

“Seems like a fixed deal. Mother ‘quit’s but daughter continues. How does it differ from before?”

Then another one builds on the work of Kritiikkiblogi, who made a case of nepotism in Finnish art & design education (I’m translating some Finnish expressions here and quite badly):

“Safety net jobs for the whole family. It’s just the way of the country and about the good sister-network. Hundreds of design professionals are trained in the adult daycare centers, and the few job opportunities go like this…I thought that the Helsinki University of Art & Design/Aalto Yliopisto had the market on nepotism (ex-dean and his children’s safety net jobs, the managerial positions and companies started within the university) but apparently not.”

Ow. The comments on various websites and other news articles played the same tune. I studied in Holland were there are frequently open design jobs but in Finland, they are few and far between. Not to mention, the problems with Finnish art school application system. In Finland there is emphasis on drawing skills and when you apply, you have to make three artworks. One with pencil, one with watercolour and one with whatever. Subjects change but the techniques… Never. Getting in depends on one very specific skill that doesn’t tell anything about person’s overall artistic skills and visions. Kritiikkiblogi wrote extensively about this system HERE (in Finnish).

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Image via taloussanomat.fi

Then came some good news…In January, Marimekko published the news that they would be collaborating with Banana Republic. The collection will have 25 pieces and Marimekko told that it will significantly increase their licensing income. But that didn’t stop these news…

In February, Marimekko announced layoffs. There was a mini scandal when Mika Ihamuotila tweeted (and later deleted) a picture from a meeting with a text about nice textiles etc. and it turned out it was from the meeting they decided about the layoffs. For some weird reason, people thought it was tad tacky ;) They made the announcement at the same time with the news of opening of another 15-25 stores around Asia and North America. The only department safe from the layoffs is the Helsinki fabric printery. Which is positive as they seem to want to keep on at least some of their skilled workers.

And now to the BIG news…

Minna Kemell-Kutvonen, Marimekko, creative director, art, design

Minna Kemell-Kutvonen, image via yle.fi

In February, Marimekko made another announcement. They were going to move Minna Kemell-Kutvonen away from the Creative Director position and she will now be the Head of Pattern Design (well, we all know how well that worked before…) Then they launched a search for new Creative Director and today the news broke that the new CD will be Anna Teurnell from H&M!  She is the design director at the women’s fashion brand & Other Stories, which is owned by H&M.

This is all kinds of exciting, Anna Teurnell was part of the team that created Marimekko for H&M-collection few years back and I think she will bring the much needed sex appeal into the designs. Not that large print muumuu’s aren’t sexy but…They really aren’t. I have my doubts though. There’s a little sentence in the press release that makes me think that this change isn’t really going to change the corporate culture and subsequently the design process:

“Anna Teurnell’s artistic vision, internation experience and Nordic background are a great combination to help us to meet our high ambitions. I am also pleased that Minna Kemell-Kutvonen will now be concentrating on further strengthening our core competence, print design.”

So they get a new Creative Director (in fact they used the words Marc, Jacobs and visionary in their search) who is supposed to bring in all these new ideas in BUT you still separate your “core competence” from these new ideas. Marimekko potentially ties up Anna’s hands before she has even begun working there. And has Minna Kemell-Kutvonen showed any skill regarding print & pattern management before? Nothing in this entire story has shown any regard for other people’s talent either from her part. But we’ll see. Anna Teurnell will begin working there in July, so we won’t see her handiwork until 2015. If it’s any good as this sneak peek from the Banana Republic-collection, we are in for a treat:

Marimekko for Banana Republic

Image via Luckymag.com

See! No muumuus anywhere! I hope I don’t have to add anything to this story ever again and the next story about Marimekko will be about how I want to buy something from them or they have done something exciting design-wise. Fingers crossed.

Thrifty Finn- Feeling like she has given everything she has to this story

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Sweet Mother of 90s

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Original image via calibakers.com

I’m continuing with some more news about Finnish popular culture…The other week, Finnish Broadcasting Company asked around in social media for people’s favourite 90’s songs. Today they announced the list, with some comments. My favourite:

When I heard this song for the first time at the youth association disco, it blew this heavy rocker’s mind. You wanted to dance even if you didn’t have the skill and knew that heavy rocker wasn’t supposed to like electronic music.

The song he was talking about was of course Prodigy’s No Good:

What was interesting that Spice Girls, Oasis or Blur didn’t make the list. The reason was that the votes for them went to several different songs. Personally I think that ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ should have been there but maybe next time they can make a TOP 10 90s girl/boyband-song list. Backstreet Boys’ ‘Everybody’ being the number 1 of course. Anyhoo, the TOP 10 90s songs (with links to respective videos) according to Finnish people are:

  1. Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. Deee-Lite: Groove Is In The Heart
  3. The Cranberries: Zombie
  4. Guns’N’Roses: November Rain
  5. Haddaway: What Is Love
  6. Queen: Show Must Go On
  7. Culture Beat: Mr. Vain
  8. Suede: Trash
  9. The Prodigy: No Good (Start The Dance)
  10. The Garbage: I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Another personal note. Although I do love Deee-Lite’s ‘Groove Is In The Heart’, I think ‘Good Beat’ is way better. I didn’t discover until last summer and it has become my most played and loved song. Oh and Miss Kier has an amazing Tumblr, you should check it out.

Thrifty Finn- Wishing that she could pull of a bodysuit like that.

Mayday, Mayday

Our minister of foreign trade (who btw has blocked me on Twitter) just got re-tweeted by the Marimekko CEO.

I leave you to judge if Marimekko has other design problems other than plagiarism.