I think I forgot to mention that I already have a dress. Sheesh.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
I wonder if everyone has unexplainable interests towards famous (or notorious) people long gone. My list includes Virginia Woolf, Aino Kallas and Anaïs Nin, to name a few. It would be logical for me to want to know as much about them as possible - to read all of their books and diaries, to look for photos and such. I have never really done this though. I own books about them and books that they have written, but for the most part I have not read them. I hold onto my copies of the diaries of Anaïs Nin as if they were the Bible, but I have not read a single volume in its entirety. I browse through them, read a paragraph here, one there, and I am not even ashamed of it. I have collected her diaries as if they were good luck charms - whenever I see a volume, any volume, in any language, in a book store, I feel the need to buy it.
For me the lack of knowledge is what makes the mystery. The less I know of these fascinating people, the more interesting I find them. This doesn't stop me from obsessing over the symbols of my affection and appreciation - the books.
Monday, 23 November 2009
I was planning on going back to NY next week, but finalizing the visa process is taking more time than anticipated. The raging swine flu epidemic made it practically impossible for me to track down my vaccination records, and it took me almost two weeks to just get that issue sorted. I got a couple of booster shots today, and my arms are too sore for me to lift them. Next step is mailing a bunch of papers to the embassy, followed by The Interview. I am listening to Jim James' George Harrison-tribute EP, feeling content that I am one step closer to traveling back to Chris and our kitties.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
There are other reasons to be merry, too: I have some great new second hand goodies! I'll start with the coats. This one is from UFF. It is pretty big, but I like it loose - it somehow reminds me of Paul Poiret's creations.
This one I found in Fida last week Friday when everything was -50%. The original price was 28 euros, so I only paid 14. It fits like a dream, and makes me think of Doctor Zhivago.
I thought long and hard about these two pieces, which are also from Fida. The top is great - I think it is wool. I love the pattern and it is easy to layer. The long leather skirt is rather wild, but I decided to be brave. I wore it the day after I bought it, and it felt very comfortable and warm.
This riding jacket is also from Fida. It is by Barbara Bui, and after the discount it only cost 3 euros. The lining is torn but I think it shouldn't be too tricky to fix.
Last but not least, some accessories. The sunnies are ridiculously huge, but I love them anyway. They cost 75 cents, as did the clutch, which I simply love for the simple elegance.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
I miss my cats so much, but luckily I have two surrogate kitties here. It is funny how different male cats are compared to females. My sister's Morris and Matroskin are wonderful, but they seem so normal compared to our gang of six complicated girls (and one wild boy, who is, in his own way, a lot more straight-forward of a character compared to his companions) with their mood swings and demands. I wonder whether there is some truth to some people saying that females should be given at least one chance to have kittens, that otherwise they become needy and difficult. Anyway, I am glad to have some kitty companionship in Finland, and this is Morris: (He is a handsome devil, who has become very affectionate in his old age.)
Jumper: Men's H&M
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I stopped by at UFF yesterday, and a long, thick mustardy yellow Norwegian jumper caught my eye. It was way too expensive for what it was (have UFF's prices gone up again?), so I didn't buy it. The colour stuck, though. I need something yellow, to replace the sun.
Friday, 6 November 2009
(borrowed the photo from you, hee hee)
I am off to Finland tomorrow, and will be blogging from there during the coming weeks.