Hempea & Archetype – Two sustainable Finnish Brands You Should Know About

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When I was younger I didn’t care much what fabric my clothes and other textiles were, and I never checked what fabric a piece of clothing was before I bought it. Now it’s usually the first thing I check and if the material of a garment or textile doesn’t feel nice I simply won’t buy it. I also want to favour more sustainable and natural fabrics, both because I like them better and because it’s better for the environment.

6 Less Known Finnish Kids Clothing Brands

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A while back I wrote a blog about 8 cool and ethical Finnish children’s’ clothing brands – and since this post is one of my most read ones and now number one in Google searches I thought I’d write another one where I include some of the less known brands I like as well! And this way spread the word about Finnish craftsmanship and maybe even inspire someone to invest in quality over quantity 🙂 

Supereasy Pattern for Knitting Your Own Hat

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I just finished knitting a hat for my mum and it only took a few days. Since the pattern was so easy and it’s something even a beginner could knit, I thought I should share it here. Because I’m sure many of you would like to try knitting something right?! A perfect skill to pick up just before Christmas as well.

New Hair & An Old Dress

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Recently I reached a point where I felt I just couldn’t look at my hair anymore and booked an appointment at local M.U.K.A.V.A hairdresser for the following day. It’s only around 3 months since my last visit, but my hair has grown really quickly and there are lots of annoying baby hairs coming through. Lovely post-pregnancy problems!

A Special Second Hand Dress

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I mentioned in my previous post about my recent flea market finds that there was one dress that deserves a post of its own – and to do the dress justice I thought it would be nice to match this Finnish vintage creation with some very Finnish landscape. So one night after the kids had fallen asleep, Matthew and I got in the car and drove 5 minutes into the woods near my parents place to take some photos! 

OOTD – Gingham Dress by Olive Clothing

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I came across a clothing brand a while back, which struck a chord with me on many levels. It’s called Olive Clothing. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? So why did I like Olive so much? Well, first of all, their timeless, elegant and contemporary clothes are very much to my liking and I seriously struggled trying to decide which dress to buy – because there wasn’t an option not to buy anything!

11 Fabulous Flea Market Finds

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I’ve been bitten by the flea market bug – or should I say the flea market fleas?! Whereas in the UK you have car boot sales or often quite small charity shops, here in Finland we have big self service flea markets where you can pay for a booth and sell stuff you don’t want/need anymore. Going through one big space is definitely a more efficient way of finding those treasures than going to one charity shop after the other – especially if they’re not near one another.

OOTD – My Granny’s Top

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It’s been a loooong time since I’ve done an Outfit Of The Day post, for obvious reasons. I’m still not back to my pre-Maya body, but slowly starting to feel more and more like my old self – and feeling more confident. This has also resulted in me buying a few new pieces for my wardrobe, such as the culotte trousers I’m wearing and the rattan bag.

I Made Lana A Pinafore Dress!

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The dress I made for myself recently was a fail – so I was very happy when Lana’s dress turned out great! I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty damn proud to have made this pinafore dress with my own hands. There’s something really nice about being able to say to Lana that mamma made her dress herself! To show her that not everything has to be bought in a shop. Lana told the Sainsbury’s delivery guy that her mum made her a dress so I think she likes it haha.