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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-

 

Some Selfies

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I sent an application to one thing for a one thing for which I had to take a new photo of myself. It got out of hand. I’ve been taking selfies for an hour now. Even adding more makeup and changing my clothes in the process. Oh, the vanity. O tempora, o mores.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I think I should print one of these. For Christmas gifts to various family members. To replace my high school graduation photo. I mean, I DO look better now.

P.P.S. Now I just feel bad for the 18-year old me.

 

Fray: Weekly Photo Challenge

sneakers, levi's, style

These are my lovely sneakers. I bought them from a friend who had bought them from New York. They have a nice, thick sole. The fabric is strong canvas and they have the right balance between the masculine and the feminine. I really do love these shoes.

Then one day I decided to leave them in the basement when I got home because I didn’t want to drag dirt through the building. The same day that my neighbour/landlord left their dog there because the dog needed a cool space to recover from a heat stroke.

Oh how he recovered. Very well indeed:

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This is my entry to this week’s photo challengeFray‘. You can find the other interpretations HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I fixed my shoe! The tutorial to do it yourself is HERE.

How To Fix Chewed Shoes

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Few weeks ago, the neighbours dog got his paws on my very much loved sneakers. The ones friend had bought from NY, are by Levi’s and aren’t sold in Finland. Long story short, I thought my shoes were done and would have to be binned but I decided to give a shot at fixing them.

After some googling to see if someone else had attempted it, and after finding only instructions how to patch up small holes, I came up with my own method. It’s very easy, cheap and fast, and should be able to hold up till I can find the time to get a new pair. (Because not any set of shoes will do. I need to get the exactly same shoe). Anyhoo, here’s my how:

supplies for fixing a canvas shoe

The fix needs a very little actual material. My circles needed to be only 9 centimetres in diameter. That’s app. 3,5 inches. Use a cup to measure the rip in your shoe. It should go at least 1 cm over the edges of the rip, so you will have enough room on the either side to do your stitching.

how to fix your canvas shoes, sneakers

How to start. Fold one of the circles over the rip. Don’t fold quite in half, use ratios 45/55, the bigger half going inside. This is for making sure that you catch the fabric inside too when you stitch. Hide the knot under the fabric on the outside of the shoe and then proceed to use simple running stitch. If your canvas is especially heavy or there is other structural material in the way, use the pliers to pull/push the needle through. Be careful though. I absentmindedly twisted the needle as I pulled, and I ended up breaking three needles. Be smarter than I am and mind your work.

Repeat the steps on the other shoe and voila, you are finished fixing your darling shoes!

finished, fixed, DIY, how to fix your canvas shoes

Now, can you see the mistake I did? As always, comments are appreciated and let me know, if you know any handy shoe fixes.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. The full story of what happened to my shoe is HERE.

 

 

Summer Lovin': Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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If you wonder where I’ve been, I was in Paris. Where I found these lovely flip-flops. The beginning of summer was supercold here in Finland. Not anymore. Temperatures knock on 30 degrees celsius. Even in Lapland. Not complaining though, not too soon the weather will be miserable.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. If you are interested, the rest of the interpretations to this week’s theme can be found HERE and my second Summer Lovin’ photo is HERE.