Monday, April 22, 2013

Easter in Stockholm

Ahoy, I return with plenty more snaps from our Easter vacation in Stockholm!

Basically, spending time with Miriam, Britta, Michelle and Jirina resulted in the most extravagant breakfast, fika and dinner parties, feminist discussions, dance sessions, vintage slumber parties and repeated cheating of Stockholm's public transport system. Here is the visual evidence of it at all.

Needless to say, it was the most fabulous Easter excursion, ever.

The following photos were, again, taken by Jirina and also sourced from my (@gingernaps), Jirina (@jirinaalanko) and Miriam's (@miriamethel) Instagram accounts.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Easter Dinner at the Holmair Residence

As I mentioned before, Jirina and I flew to the beautiful city of Stockholm for our Easter break, where we stayed with Miriam and Britta and hung out with Michelle, who was also in town from Lyon. So many badass vintage babes - so many feelings!

On Saturday, we had the grand honour of being invited for Easter dinner at the infamous Holmair Residence, which is the vintage bode of the lovely Anna and Christopher. "Three course meal" doesn't really cover the heavenly delights that we were treated to, from cocktails to wine to soup and freshly baked bread to lamb and chèvre and sun-dried tomato stuffed mushrooms to an array of deserts made by Miriam. I don't believe I'm using the word lightly when I say that the dinner was the very epitome of epic. The combination of good people and good food is my favourite in all of the world - and this was the best.

Our evening was topped by a spin at Stockholm's Chicago, a swing dance studio extraordinaire. I am not a dancer myself (apart from bumping and grinding to cheesy pop at gay clubs, that is) but it was wonderful just to watch people do their thing.

All of the following photos were taked by the one and only Jirina Alanko. ♥

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Red, baby!

The weather has been above freezing this past week or two and the snow is finally starting to melt. Today I left my scarf, gloves and winter boots at home, and braved wearing pumps outside for the very first time in Finland all this year!

I adore these red Miss L Fire Monaco mid-heel shoes with a faux fur trim, which I recently acquired from a half price sale. I pondered on them for a while (okay, for like a minute) because whilst they are oh! so pretty, they are rather wintery and yet not practical for the Finnish winter. But they're quite comfortable and do make super cute shoes for all around the year, if you ask me.

I wore my lighter winter coat or, should I say, my heavier spring coat. It is the red Gretal coat from Collectif and I love it so! It is all my Little Red Riding Hood dreams come true. A little note for those interested in this coat: busty gals should go a size up as it is not the most bust accommodating coat in all the world. But it works fine for me, even if it is a size larger than what I normally wear.

And of course, it started snowing yet again on my way back home so unfortunately these babies are going back to the closed for the time being. Sigh.

Coat Collectif - Gretel
Shoes Miss L Fire - Monaco
Handbag - Gift from a friend

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tattoo designs from 1920s & 1930s

Over Easter, Jirina and I flew to over to Stockholm for an extended weekend of vintage shenanigans and basically had the bestest time. More about that a little later, alas. I just wanted to share these gorgeous tattoo designs that date back to the 1920s and 1930s and apparently originate from Denmark. They are the courtesy of Sjöhistoriska museet in Stockholm.

I first saw these designs pop up on my Instagram feed a few months back - and immediately fell in love! Most notably, with the finger waved babe holding the globe. Also, who could resist a badass raven haired dame with a booty, riding a chameleon? I sure can't. I have since decided that the lady with the globe will be my very first tattoo. Yay! So I knew that I couldn't miss this "Faith, Hope and Love" exhibition of vintage sailor tattoos at Sjöhistoriska whilst we were in town.

The exhibit is open until the end of 2014 so if you're in Stockholm within the next few years, it is definitely well worth a visit. All of the text is in Swedish, though, so you would probably get the most out of it with an English speaking guide. In fact, I'd love to see it again with a guided tour as apparently the exhibit features a gender aspect that we didn't fully grasp because of our less-than-perfect Swedish skills. The images alone, however, are so fascinating!