Monday, November 29, 2010

Knitted Cardigans and Glittery Ballerinas

 I found a few parcels waiting for me in my letterbox when I came home from work today: eBay parcels! It felt like Christmas as I was unwrapping items left and right, with paper being torn to pieces all around me.

I got a grey knitted skirt and cardigan set which I need a pair of mustard coloured tights for.

There were two 60's inspired dresses.

There were two adorable skirts which Scallywag felt like inspecting. Scallywag hasn't been introduced to you before, but as she has appeared I will have to do so soon!

The short grey skirt has a pleat at the hem, decorative stitching and pockets! The other skirt is in teal and has pleating at the front; a schoolgirl skirt!

I also stole Dorothy's shoes, as these glittery ballerinas found their way home to me. 

With only 2/7 items being in crazy, eyecatching patterns, I feel that I have brought a few badly needed basic items into my wardrobe. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Snowflakes and a Night Sky

 Ireland does usually not have snow, and the temperatures do not usually drop down too low either. I have been in Ireland for two years and experienced snow during my first winter here. The snow only lasted a couple of days and unfortunately did not return at any later stage of the winter.

I was very excited to see snow as it made me feel like I was home in Finland. Ireland is a very nice country, but it can become a bit dull to constantly have the either lukewarm or nippy weather, with the drizzles and showers of rain making frequent appearances.

This evening I looked out the window and to my amazement I saw snow! I had to rush out and take some pictures of the landscape being covered in a light layer of beautiful snow.

I really hope the snow will still be there tomorrow when I wake up! I might make a snowball lantern or a snowman.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bows, Midnight Blue Velvet and Autumn Leaves

I like ballerinas; they're comfortable, cute and practical. 
I love bows; they're cute, they're amazing, and I can't get enough of them!

Imagine my reaction when I saw the above midnight blue velvet ballerinas with bows!

They're perfect, perfect, perfect and I truly love them! I even bought two pairs as I knew that I will be wearing them so much that I need a second pair to console my lonely feet when the others have been worn to rags. They were purchased from Primark, and they were on a sale, so they were only 3 €. I'm already starting to regret I didn't get three pairs...

While we are on the subject of wonderful shoes that have my heart beating, I can show you another pair that I have recently bought. They are black Mary Janes from Asos, with a small wedge heel and bows in the front. They make the clicking noise of heels when you walk in them, even though they feel more like ballerinas than heels.

My feet are in heaven!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Do you ever take a good look at your closet and suddenly realize that you have nothing to wear?

It tends to happen to me a lot: Whenever I find myself standing in front of my wardrobe a few seconds too long, I realize with panic that it is filled with dresses and skirts in a variety of bold and colourful patterns, but lacking any form of basic garments that could actually be mixed together.

To Do List:

1. Buy a LOT of hangers. Clothes need hangers. Too few hangers. Buy. Hangers.
2. Buy shirts, tops, blouses. Closet contains very few of these. If blouses were air, my closet would be suffocating.
3. Buy BASIC items in neutral colours!
4. Consider purchasing neutral accessories to blend and mix well with basic garments.
5. Find out what "trousers" and "pants" are.

What would your Wardrobe To Do List look like?

Stripes O-hoy

It's getting colder here in Ireland, so there is a need for layering. The mittens and thicker scarves have come out as well. This is what I wore today while trying to keep warm.

Those are my new boots playing peekaboo in the corner!

If I layer, I like to wear items that are not too heavy or thick, and that can easily be taken off. I'm always cold (even though I'm from Finland) but I get too warm quite easily as well, so I need to be able to take them off if the need arises

I know that there is a commonly accepted rule that diagonal stripes are unflattering, especially for larger people. I am a curvaliscious girl but I don't see anything wrong in wearing stripes of all colours that are going in all directions. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Versatile Blogger

Antonia from Swedish Love Affair passed me The Versatile Blogger Award! I now have to dazzle you with 7 (random) things about myself, and pass the award onwards to 7 other bloggers which recently have become noteworthy in my books.

Here goes:

1. I am a highly skilled eBay shopper that hand out instructions to friends, coworkers as well as semi-strangers on how to search, buy and sell items.
2. I sneeze when I chew gum.
3. I'm a mezzo soprano.
4. I was told in 8th grade by my metal shop teacher that I'm a great welder!
5. My name is Italian and means "Sister". I got my name when my dad heard the word in an Opera.
6. I cry quite easily from movies, TV series, commercials, Youtube videos...
7. I have never broken any part of my body (except my heart which has been broken numerous times), but I was attacked by dogs when I was younger.

I would like to pass my award to these wonderful blogettes:

Coffee Girl, En etta i ParisEndlessness Ego, Om KärlekParis in PinkRosettflickan, What I Wore.

Thank you to Antonia for giving me the honor of this award. It was my first, I'm sure to remember you!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday Night Falling About

When I first moved to Ireland, I moved into a nice little house near my job. The landlord was living in the house; his name was Jonathan, he was in his 30's and he was a police officer. There was one more person living in the house, her name was Pilvi and she was working in the same company in which I would be starting. 

Pilvi and me have not seen each other for a while, as I was in Spain for a few months last year, and she has been away travelling for a year. She recently came back and last Saturday was the first time we got together. We decided to meet up and have Anni joining us. Anni and Pilvi are from the same town in Finland, and I know Anni from work, as she is working on the same Team as me. 

This is what we got up to last Saturday. 

We all met up at Pilvi's apartment. 

We had a few glasses of wine...

...while Pilvi was getting ready and doing her makeup...

After a few glasses of wine and everybody dressed appropriately, we headed out.

We probably disturbed the other people living in the complex, as the lobby was filled with laughter. 

It was supposed to be a Girls Night Out, but Pilvi made plans for her boyfriend to join us. 

We headed over to Hard Rock Café. I had never been there before, but even though they were closing, it looked nice. 

We met two Irish guys that were probably hitting on us but they were a nice laugh. They informed us that me and Anni were working for their biggest competitor but we had never heard of the company they were working for. It was a Japanese company that makes printers. Beats me...

We were going to go to a gay bar, but as I didn't have any ID with me, they did not let us in.

We headed over to The Mezz instead. 

Me and Anni didn't particularly like the place, so we decided to go to Doyles and do some dancing. We left Pilvi and her boyfriend to be cozy and lovey dovey on their own.

Unlike other places in Dublin that close at 02.00 or 02.30 in the morning, Doyles was open until 03.30. I was pretty tired and didn't know how Anni could keep going. She was like an Energizer Bunny. 

Karl picked me up as the place was closing and I slept deeper than I have done in a long time.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A floor, a Camera and the self-timer equals....

Today I have been working on the post about last Saturday when I went out with Pilvi and Anni. 

Preparing a posting is rather time-consuming for me, as I usually take such an amount of pictures it's quite a job selecting which pictures I want to use. These images then have to be cropped, edited and tweaked before they can finally be shared with you.

The pictures from Saturday should appear on the blog tomorrow, but for now I am retiring to bed, as it is 03.00 AM and I need sleep. 

I feel I have to share these pictures with you before I go to bed though. They were taken on the floor of the lobby, in the house in which Pilvi's apartment is in. 

Anni decided to put her camera on the floor and as there was very little warning before the self-timer went off, we had to throw ourselves down onto the floor and whilst in a laughing mess, we tried to do some form of posing. The pictures are really great and I think you can see how much fun we had. I don't remember the last time I have laughed this much and I have certainly never posed for pictures on a floor in this manner before!

Picture number 5 is my favourite, as a colleague from my previous job used to always pose for pictures the way I am in this picture. I instantly think of him when I see this picture, but as I have never posed like this myself, I don't know what got into me.

Brrriiiinnnng Brrriiinnnng

When I get a new phone I tend to not bother reading the instruction booklet that comes along with the phone. I say "bother" but I think that deep down I mean "refuse". It's like a big adventure to not know how to reply to messages, and to never be sure if they're sent, as you can't locate the "Sent Items" folder on your phone. Also; not knowing how to answer or end a phone-call can bring endless amounts of amusement to not only you, but your caller. It might not be funny at the time, but be sure, in the future it will. The more important the person is, and the more embarrassing the situation is, the more you will laugh in the future about it. Trust me, I know these things!

When I came to Ireland I had a Nokia phone with me, that I had only purchased a few months earlier. It cost 110 € and it was the most expensive phone I had ever had. This phone lasted me a good while but a few months ago the text messages stopped sending for some reason. Karl had recently purchased an iPhone and I started using his cheapo Nokia phone which had cost about 20 € in the shop. It was a decent phone and I was supporting my own country by using Nokia, but I never really liked it as much as I had my original phone.

The other day me and Karl started to talk about phones, and we looked up the phone that I have been drooling over. I'd love to have an HTC Desire Phone with a QWERTY keyboard. The phone costs a couple of hundred euros, so I still have to wait to be an owner of one, but we did however order me a new phone, quite spontaneously.

"Oh, look, this one has a QWERTY keyboard as well. It's quite cute.
*Karl orders phone*
"Hey, we shouldn't and I'm not so sure I would like having a pink phone!"
*Karl confirms order*
"Oh.... I guess I'll be getting a new phone!"

The box it came in had a picture of a turquoise/teal version, which would have been perfect for me, but the pink version is also fine. It's an immense improvement from my last phone, and it's quite handy to use. Luckily or unfortunately, I seem to know how to use the every single feature on the phone without reading one word of the instruction booklet.