Saturday, October 31, 2009

Muse

We went to see Muse on Thursday with the tickets I got for my birthday yeeeah! The gig was incredible, totally exceeded my expectations. Our seats were all the way up and back, so I was a bit worried we wouldn't see or hear well enough. The show was amazing though, the lights and set were so huge they blew my mind, and took away the worries of not seeing. Matthew Bellamy is one hell of an artist. There's a guy whose job I couldn't do. Enjoy the pics!

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Laundry of the gig:
NKOTB-tee - somewhere in Vääksy when I was 9
jeans - Cheap Monday
purple jacket - H&M
leather jacket - Bershka
belt - Vans
shoes - Cheapo Shoes
scarf - self made

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Wallace and Gromit having hotdogs.

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To my surprise the Germans sat down nicely on their seats all gig, so it was kinda hard to get into the mood. Soon we gave up the seats an joined the party in the stairs. That made a huge difference. If you go to a gig in the massive o2 World, I recommend doing that, 'cos you see really well from up high, and there's much more space than in the pit.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Getting dressed for Halloween, Part 2

Some more themes from the years, that inspired us to get creative and go crazy with the accessories:

Ghetto
This was another party with the style loving fashionistas... Here are just some pics of the ladies, I'll save you from mine. You can imagine it with a leather cap and the big lipliners again, that I mentioned in the previous post, this time made with dark brown eyeliner. I made myself a durag from a pantyhose. So that's pretty much it.

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80's and 90's - the golden years of my childhood, shoulder pads and abstract neon patterns. It's hard to put these decades into one or two outfits, 'cos it's just an endless source of inspiration.

In the first pic we're in my best friend Anniina's bachelorette party, and the theme was 80's inspired. We even made the food together with all the girls according to the theme, with little sausages and tacky childhood party snacks. We got her a bunch of pink and turqoise accessories that she got in little packages every time she did a task. She ended up looking smokin hot (and I must say we weren't too shabby either)!

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Laundry: We got the satin ribbons from Stockmann, Anniina's dress from Laura's closet, her leggins from Pieces, mine from H&M, and my dress from Ginatricot.

The second one is from a 90's party. I tried a mid 90's approach with a long tee-dress and the zigzag-parting. I've come to notice I always (dispite the theme) do these really strong liplinings that go slightly over the edges. For chavs, for hillbillies, for ghetto, anything. They somehow just always go.

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Laundry: Outi got her outfit from the fleamarket, mine and Rene's is from a vintage shop on Kopernikus strasse and my sisters old boxes in our dad's house in Vääksy.


80's Girlband on the party boat

This was a Michael Jackson inspired, weird theme, that just somehow made sense to us and made us all look like my moms friends 20 years ago. All the stuff is vintage from UFF.




Loveboat
This was one of the biggest, best group theme parties ever. We basically had a theme-weekend, and a few weeks after we were still living it in our minds. God, these people are good company! (Maybe not in the sensible meaning of the word, like how your mom would say someone is 'good' for you, who shows good example and keeps you on the right track, but just friggin awesome fun!)

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My laundry: vest - Fishbone, top - Ginatricot, skirt - Fornarina, leggins - H&M, bracelet - self made, scarf - Ellos in the 90's
Rene's laundry: whole outfit - H&M, hat - Punanaamio.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Getting dressed up for Halloween, Part 1

First of all thanks for a plenty bunch of comments, sweetie darlings! I was also really excited to run into Pelle Miljoona, and I'm glad you liked the pics too. I wanna especially mention to E.Birdie, that it really was a pity you missed the bun-sale, and I hope you'll find us next Sunday next to the karaoke in the amfi theater! Would be nice to meet you. :)

I've been trying to think of a kick-ass halloween costume, and it inspired me to dig out some old costume party pictures from the years back. If you haven't noticed I'm all about theme-parties, and luckily so are my old classmates from fashion design, and pretty much most of my other friends too. I'm going to Finland for a quick visit soon, and hopefully I'll be seeing some of these babies there!

Some themes that have inspired us to dress up:

Tacky and tasteless
This was a theme party that we threw with the fashion grad-students. In grad school we were really into testing the line between taste and tack. The theme was broad, and allowed you to choose from young and old, different decades, and different stereotypes. I was going for a kind of trampy multitalent singer/pageant queen/tabloid wannabe. We have alot of them in Finland.

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Laundry of this tacky broad: pvc-vest - borrowed from a colleague (didn't wanna ask why she had one) earrings - from when I was a kid and freekishly into big flashy earrings denim stetson - H&M


Pirates on partyqueen Jenna's birthday in nightclub Helmi, Helsinki, 2008. She really knows how to arrange parties and get people to have fun, (and that's one of the reasons I asked her to be the Mistress of ceremony for our wedding). I look pretty beaten up in this one, but that kinda goes with the theme.

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My stuff: scarf - oldie, vest - self made, shirt with puffy sleeves - somewhere in Amsterdam, belt - Motivi, scarf - H&M, baggy pants - Vila, boots - Seppälä.
Rene's stuff: outfit - Aprilli costume shop, beard - his own.


Chavs (Pissis in Finnish)
This was my favorite of the crazy series of theme parties we threw with the classmates. We really developed some sort of twisted relationship with fashion and the lack of it, and we used to laugh hysterically at stupid little things. Our teacher said we had 'grouped' well.

For the chav-theme we wore tons of mascara and eye brow-pencil, cropped tops, g-strings, basically anything that shows places you don't wanna see. I folded my skirt shorter so you could see the pockets from underneath. I think that's something Mariah Carey, or someone as important used to do. I'm the one on the left, in case you don't recognize. :)

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I'm afraid I can't remember half of where I got this stuff, but if you wanna get all chavvy I'd recommend shops like Fiorella in Finland and New Yorker in Berlin.


Reindeers
The horns were a gift from our friends in a "Little Christmas party for naughty children", that we arranged with Anna in 2007.




Neon
The incredible Jatta and the graceful me in Lost & Found, Helsinki on the 1st of May 2008. My "wig" is a piece of fur that I got for Loveparade 2001.



Stay tuned for part 2, and help me out with my halloween costume!! I'm swimming in 70's disco-pieces, but I don't know what to do with them! Ideas??

Monday, October 26, 2009

Arrey Kono in Rodeo & Hot chocolate in the park

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Last Wednesday we went to the Arrey Kono fashion show in Rodeo. The site was just perfect for a fashion show (or a wedding, or living, or anything, really, I just love that club). Unfortunately it was really packed, and they invited people through Facebook without any limitations, so it was packed, big time. We stood squeezed in the crowd while the personnel desperately tried to make room for more people and carry out tables through the tight pack of eager fashion viewers.

I didn't even manage to get into the room, I was clenched to the bouncers back throughout the show, and I could literally smell the shampoo he uses. The show was realy cool and I would've loved to see it closer. I did feel like one of those characters of a Candace Bushnell-novel where they move into a big city and try to crash into fashion parties and make a career in fashion. (In a way I technically am that person, except that I really don't mind being unknown and staying out of parties I'm not invited to. :))

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Laundree of the night:
Top - H&M
sequen scarf - Glitter
purse - an oldie my mom gave me for playing dress up when I was a kid!
boots (barely visible) - Motivi

Cup of hot chocolate in the Setting sun

I've really wanted to keep up my cake-in-the-park-business, although the weather is getting colder. The cold doesn't seem to bother the people, though, who still come to the karaoke on Sundays, as long as they have a cup of hot Glühwein or a steamy corn on the cob to sooth the brisky cold. I recently had an idea to make hot chocolate milk with mint liquor for them, as a Finnish alternative. I also kept my buns in a thermos-bag, so they stayed oven fresh and hot for longer. And the people liked them. :) I'm so excited, next time I'll make more!

We had also visits from some dear friends and a surprising encounter with a Finnish rock-legend...

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Sporty dude singing a lullaby.

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We ran into the Finnish punk-rock-legend Pelle Miljoona. Not only brilliant, but a really nice dude. I offered him a bun.

Later we hung out in Weinerei, it's a cosy place close to Zionskirche and Kastanienallee. You pay 2 € for the entrance and drink from a selection of wines (or in our case - a selection of really delicious juices, because we're trying to be healthy for a change!) and tip the staff as you leave.

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