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Battling through the winter

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Battling through the winter

Apparently, this week, the first snow has reached big cities like Paris and New York; a pleasure we have been able to enjoy here in Finland for a few weeks already. This December has been exceptionally cold and with the temperature hitting -17 Celcius almost every single day this past week, it has been essential to dress very warm and wear shoes that won't slip on the icy pavements.

For three years now my best weapon for the winter has been this woollen H&M peacoat, and even though H&M is not one of those places I shop on a regular basis, this coat has truly been worth every single penny. It's shaped like a traditional peacoat but has interesting details on the chimney collar, shoulder, and sleeve area, making it look like an updated version of the classic militaristic model. Unfortunately I lost the collar strap when we moved, with that it would look ten times better.

You know, it's actually a tough job to maintain your personal style during the winter time but luckily, there are some ways of managing it. Layering has been my key to stay both warm and presentable when the times get tough and the temperature hits below zero. My grey knit dress and wollen tights (must stock upon those next time I'm in Berlin!) from COS have been fulfilling their duty exceptionally, as well as the Ann Demeulemeester boots which I hardly take off my feet anymore. However, I did get the winter soles done at the local cobbler, not only to protect against slipping but they're also a good way to protect the designer shoes from wearing off. The circle scarf I've borrowed from the more handsome half of our household, and I might not return it until I aquire one of my own (sorry, darling).

Now I'm off to crawling underneath the blankets with some hot tea, so enjoy your Sunday and stay warm!

Peacoat: H&M
Knit dress: COS
Horse riding boots: Ann Demeulemeester
Wool tights: COS
Bag and circle scarf: All Saints
Leather gloves: Vagabond

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Blogger Maria said...

Inspirational! ^^

December 20, 2009 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Georgia said...

Gotta agree, thats one good coat. I like the circle scarf with the cowl neck, makes it looks sort of loose and airy.. but warm? I'm not the best at expressing myself..
It would be mine

December 20, 2009 at 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hui oletko laihtunut?

December 20, 2009 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Fuksjanna said...

Great black styling! I love your bag&coat:)

December 21, 2009 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Dea said...

pritty like always :)))))
ps I want your boots
xxx :D

December 21, 2009 at 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your coat is sooo beautiful!!!

December 21, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hei, voisitko joskus tehdä postauksen siitä miten nuo huivit saa tuollai tyylikkäästi sidottua? Semmonen step-by-step opastus. :)

December 21, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Arushi Khosla (FabBlab) said...

I love the dark silhouettes in this picture. Esp. the cowl neck sweaterdress, the coat and the bag.

December 21, 2009 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger SnapandPrint said...

I dress very similar during the winter months. layering is the way to go to keep warm and in style.

December 21, 2009 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Pauline said...

I have a question about your bag. I am considering buying on myself, and I was wondering if the top part has a zipper or snap to keep it closed? I'm really paranoid about people reaching into my bag on the subway and such..

December 21, 2009 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Maria: Thanks! I'm happy you feel that way!

Georgia: Thank you. :) The circle scarfs are truly pure magic! I usually don't like wearing beanies as much (except really lose bum beanies because the tight ones tend to give me hat hair), so the circle scarf keeps my hair as it is and still keeps me warm. :D

Anonymous: Otan tuon kehuna ja sanon, että toivottavasti!:) Olen yrittänyt kuntoilla koko syksyn, joten on ihan mahtavaa, että edes joku huomaa sen tulokset. :)

Fuksjanna: Thank you so much! Black is my best friend..

Dea: Thanks! I still can't believe my luck with these boots...

Kingaaaa: Thanks! Sometimes H&M surprises you...

Anonymous: Voisihan tuon tietysti tehdä, mutta temppu on aika simppeli. :) Tarvitset sellaisen ympyrähuivin (esim. American Apparelilla ja Ginassa on vastaavia, omani on All Saintsin) ja laitat sen pääsi päälle ympyränä (ns hupuksi), niin, että se alaosa roikkuu ensin löysästi rinnan kohdalla. Sitten vaan taitat sen roikkuvan alaosan ja kiepautat sen kaulasi ympärille huiviosaksi. :) Sama toimii myös tavallisen leveän huivin kanssa, mutta kiedot vaan ne roikkuvat osat kaulasi ympärille, kuten normaali huivi kiedotaan. :)

Arushi Khosla: Thank you. :) I really love dark silhouettes with drapy garments.

Snapandprint: Layering is the key during winter!

Pauline: That's probably the only bad thing about the bag that when worn "open" the top part is open. The opening is quite tight though and I haven't had any problems with it (you can carry it by hand too). You can always sew some velcro or snap fastener to keep it closed, if it bugs you. I guess they meant it to be worn folded over but I like to wear it open like this, so that it fits more stuff in it (such as my mini laptop). I love how versatile the bag is because you really have two in one: a normal bag and a clutch in one. :) P.S. It's made really well!

December 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger the gorgeous said...

that circle scarff is GORGEOUS! great look!

December 22, 2009 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Mirette said...

Huoh, voikun osaisinkin pukeutua niin kuin sä. :/ oon niin kateellinen. Sulla on ihana tyyli:)

December 23, 2009 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Pola said...

I've got the same problem: how to dress up warm and pretty.
You look so stylish!

December 24, 2009 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger Model said...

You are looking so stylish and so pretty...
I just love it.
I guess you are very much conscious about ongoing clothing styles. I wanna suggest you modelagentur a very nice site for latest happening in fashion.

December 24, 2009 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger THE DIVINITUS said...

i so wish COS was in US...

December 25, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Frickys said...

You are my Winter style idol for sure!!!
Thank you for an year full of inspiration... love

December 25, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Froso said...

Your make-up is wonderful! Just like the outfit!

December 28, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

The gorgeous: Thank you!

Mirette: Voi kiitos ihanasta kommentista! Pukeutuminen toki vaatii silmän harjaantumista, mutta sitä voi onneksi opetella. :)

Pola: Oh tell me about it hehe.. It's so difficult here but I try, I try. Thank you!

Model: Thank you so much and thanks for the tip!

The DIVINITUS: And I wish we had it in Finland.. Now I have to travel to Berlin or London for it...COS is great!

Frickys: Awss, thank you sweetie!:) And thank you for all the inspiration in 2009!

Froso: Thanks! I used some darker eye shadow this time because I've noticed that pictures "eat away" the makeup, so you need to wear stronger colors in order for it to show in the pics as well. :)

December 29, 2009 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Inaria said...

I like your scarf. It strikes to me as functional and warm, and that's what counts during the cold winter.

December 29, 2009 at 4:16 PM  

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