365 Vintage Days: Inspector Palmu

One of the best known Finnish novellist is Mika Waltari, who wrote the world famous Sinuhe the Egyptian. Mika Waltari also wrote tens of wonderful novels, many of them with a great historical background (such as Sinuhe) but also many with strong ties to the Finnish society of the first half of the twentieth century and to Helsinki. Mika Waltari was the first to write a Finnish detective story with Inspector Palmu’s creation in 1939. Mika Waltari wrote three novels involving Inspector Palmu, all sited in Helsinki. All three novels later served as the base of popular movies by Finnish Director Matti Kassila in the 1950’s. Kassila also made a fourth Inspector Palmu movies, which was not based on a novel by Mika Waltari.

A couple of weeks ago I joined a group of vintage movie enthusiasts in a tour of the Inspector Palmu’s film locations in Helsinki: the police station where Palmu worked (which was indeed a real police station at the time), the house where he lived, the houses where a number of characters – murderers and victims – lived and the former location of the main movie studios. That was a really great tour, with good stories told by experts. And a perfect weather.

I was wearing a circle skirt with a print of winter trees, in grey, green, dark red, black and white. I paired it with a green blouse, dark red sandals, purse and belt. I also had a gold tone charm bracelet and gold loop earrings.

I purchased this skirt from a friend last fall, at the vintage flea market of the Oilers motorcycle club. The blouse is from Boss vintage, at the Viva Las Vegas weekender a couple of years ago. The charm bracelet is from a small antique mall in Lincoln City on the Oregon coast. The purse is from Sweden and the wedges from the US. The gold loop earrings were custom made for me.

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365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Suvi Vintage

Suvi means summer in Finnish and Suvi Vintage is the summer vintage event organised by the Fintage Association every year in Tampere.

Suvi Vintage always offers a lot: good vintage shopping of course but also a vintage fashion show, swing dance demonstrations and lessons, live music, vintage bikes and cars and more in a really nice location.

This post includes a video of the Suvi Vintage event from the Finnish TV news , showing also how I was dressed that day and hopefully giving you also the opportunity to feel the atmosphere there. Here’s the link. MTV 3 news June 29th 2014
The video’s first part was filmed at our home a couple of days before Suvi Vintage. I was then wearing a hot pink pencil skirt with a pink and white cashmere sweater and was just coming from work (that was my pink week).

At Suvi vintage I was wearing a drop waist cotton dress, in black, pink and hot pink, with a pink purse and canvas wedges and pink enameled metal costume jewelry set.

I had just purchased the dress at the Rockabilly Rave, from Debbie’s vintage stall. At the Rave, I also finally found the bracelet of this pink set, which I had been looking for for many years.

The purse and the wedges are from on-line shops.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Rockabilly Rave 2014

Seems that I am not keeping the pace with posting… Today a couple of outfits that I wore on saturday at the Rockabilly Rave in the UK, already three weeks ago. At the rave this year we took surprisingly few outfit pictures and concentrated on spending time with friends. This means that there will be only one post about the Rockabilly Rave this year and only two outfits. Yet, we really had good fun, as allways at the Rave. We missed many bands but It’s always so nice to see friends and do some vintage shopping!

Saturday during the day I had a circle skirt, in pink with a novelty print of roses, feather quill pen, ink and love letter. This skirt is usually seen in black and pink and considered collectable. I found a pink one last September at the High Rockabilly weekender, from Tamara’s and Cyril’s vintage stall. Because the print also has a touch of green I paired the skirt with a green blouse, belt and purse as well as pink canvas shoes, and pink plastic jewelry. The belt is a recent purchase from flipville’s etsy shop. The sandals are from VintagEija’s vintage shop in Turku, the purse is from the flea market at the High Rockabilly weekender and the blouse is also from Tamara and Cyril’s vintage stall. The first picture was taken as I was just finished with the dishes and the second one together with my friends Erika and Maarit.

Later in the evening I changed into a dark-grey silverish dress with black velvet accents and a scalopped decoleté. I also had a silver tone costume jewelry set, a grey Llewellyn lucite purse, a black velvet bolero (it was chilly) and repro (read: comfortable) Rocket-original wedges that nicely combined grey and black suede. It would have been nicer to wear evening sandals but saturday was the third night of rocking and dancing… And I wanted to wear comfortable shoes to continue rocking and dancing.

Both the purse and the dress are very recent purchases from VintagEija’s shop. The velvet bolero is from a vintage shop in Vancouver, Oregon two years ago. I bought the shoes a few years ago from Rocket Original’s stall at a weekender in the UK. The costume jewelry set is from the US, probably 15 years ago.


365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage days: Black and yellow Mexican skirt

This black and yellow skirt is a recent purchase, from Fabgabs on etsy. I wore it for the first time late May at a gig in Helsinki’s Virgin Oil club, with the Stargazers and Restless (we missed the first band : Boppin’ Pete 3). The Stargazers were as good as before although they played only old standards. Restless is less my ”cup-of-tea” but was ok.

With this Maya print and sequins skirt I wore a black cotton blouse, a yellow purse, yellow and black costume jewelry set, yellow belt and ballerinas as well as black bakelite bangles.

I just can’t recall where the blouse’s from but my bet is a vintage vendor at a R’n’R weekender somewhere. The belt is from the Rockabilly Rave, a few years ago and is actually a 1990’s skinny belt UK repro. The costume jewelry set is one of my first costume jewelry purchases, back in the early 1990’s at Hemsby. The bangles are from the Long Beach veteran stadium’s flea market last spring and from an antique shop in Stockholm’s Södermalm called Brandstation. The purse is from ebay and I actually had the matching springolators, but they are too big for me 🙁 Hence, yellow – repro – ballerinas.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: in the attic

New home means also that we had to move away from our previous home. But before we had to give the keys to the new owners we made a last visit to the attic of this 1956 – 9 storey- appartment house, for a few pictures.

I was wearing one of my latest dress made by Eija, of VintagEija’s, using original vintage fabric: yellow with brown polka dots.

We started with some pictures inside and then my husband suggested I’d go on the roof to enjoy the view. Ninth floor… so some 40 meters high. I hesitated a bit but finally climbed to the roof opening.

The view – here towards the south, with Hakaniemi, then Kruunuhaka and Katajanokka neighbourhoods, the Baltic Sea, the ice breakers waiting for next winter, the Uspenski Cathedral and urban roof tops was definitely worth it! And the weather just perfect.

In our new house, the attic has been changed into private appartments, so no view to be enjoyed by the others.

The fabric for this dress is from a vintage shop in Brussels, in October 2012. The brown belt is a really old purchase from the US. I have actually that same belt also in black, in blue and in pink.
The wedges are from a vintage shop in Seattle that existed in the early 2000 but is now closed. the brown purse is from an antique mall in London, Ontario, Canada a couple of years ago. The brown lucite costume jewelry set was purchased in two parts: the earrings and necklace in the late 1990’s and the bracelet ten years later.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Black and Red Poodles

If I had a dog it would definitely be a poodle – and not the mid size but a giant one – and trimmed to proud perfection.

Alas, there’s no way I am going to have a dog: living in the city (by choice) and travelling very much (by duty and by choice), I would not be able to make any dog happy. And my husband also works long hours and travels. So, no poodle for us. But I can still have – in a very 1950s way- poodles in my wardrobe.

Like this white orlon fleece top, with a red and a black poodle, which I wore – paired with a black circle skirt and a red swing jacket – at the annual Classic Car Show in Lahti early May. I also had bakelite red and black bakelite bangles and earrings newly made out of vintage red bakelite dominos. Then the usual assorted accessories – in red and black.

As a background for the pictures I tried to find red vintage cars and this gives me also the opportunity to mention that Savo vintage will be once again organised in Pieksämäki – Finland – on July 19th, jointly with the vintage car meeting. It’s really a nice summer event, by a lake.

The weather was cold and rainy and even inside I kept my swing jacket all day. And outside had to use gloves and an umbrella.

My top is from Debbie’s vintage stall at the Rockabilly Rave a year or two ago. My skirt is a present from a dear friend, back in 1988 or 89. My red swing jacket is from Boss of Denver, at the very first Viva Las Vegas Weekender in 1998. My umbrella is from ebay, my purse from an Antique Mall in Fresno (or Clovis) California. My ballerinas and gloves are modern ones. My bangles are from different locations including the Long Beach flea market and an antique shop in Stockholm’s Sodermalm neighbourhood called ”Brand station”. My earrings are from a very nice vintage costume jewelry shop called ”Vingt sur Vingt” and located in the heart of Paris.

And last but not least, just a picture of another corner at home… our exotic corner in evening light.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: A present from Denver

A new appartment and renovation means a lot of work but also some financial stress: hence this year we did not go to the Viva Las Vegas Weekender. We certainly missed it very much but we had other priorities and we really focussed on home making. Our friends were in Vegas – as usual – and had good time so we were happy for them. And they brought me a surprise present from our dear Ron and Cyndi of Denver: a dead stock white cotton blouse – with orange, sage green and yellow diamond patterns and an orange and yellow silk scarf. And the perfect fit! This was so nice.

I wore it a couple of weeks ago, paired with an orange dead stock woolen skirt, a green – yellow – pale yellow Calderon belt with hinges and yellow green and orange bakelite jewelry. That day I was in a mood for colours so I picked up a yellow purse and yellow balerinas as well as orange gloves and and the orange and yellow scarf. I guess I overdid it … but it was a grey early May day so why not.

We took pictures inside a funny shop in Helsinki called Weird Antiques, with the model of juke box I am dreaming to buy one day: a 1958 Ami.

Our renovation and arranging of our home is progressing – slowly – and there are still only a few corners I am satisfied with so far: here’s one. It takes time.

I bought the belt from etsy last fall. The skirt is from Boss Vintage of Denver and purchased a couple of years ago. The purse is from John Day’s vintage stall at a Rock n’ Roll weekender in the UK almost 20 years ago. The bakelite jewelry is from different locations in the US. And the ballerinas are repro ones.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Home sweet home

I have been away for far too long time but there’s a good reason for it! Our new home!

We got the keys to our new appartment early February and started immediately with some renovations. Not this much but enough to keep both my husband and I very busy (especially him). We had some things done by others too, such as the bathroom – because it’s illegal here in Finland to do it yourself – but even this means a lot of work and supervision.

Then we started packing and finally moved in a month ago with the great help of a bunch of great friends. And found ourselves in the middle of a total chaos!

So no time to take pictures of outfits and no energy to write any posts. My main accessories after work lately have really been screwdrivers, hammers, painting brushes, drilling machines and the like and clothes… well… what one wears to wander around a total mess covered with construction dust.

And it’s getting ready now so it’s time for a couple of pictures… of the construction site and mess and of this weekend’s outfit. After all, this is not a blog about building bathrooms but about vintage outfits.

February…

… in the bathroom

… and in the future dressing

March… unpacking after moving in

And I need to find a place for these…

and these too…

Those are still waiting…

April

Black and green striped woolen pants (Swedish dead stock, purchased during fall), a black beaded sweater (from the US), black ballerinas and green earings. The hammer is for the fun this time…

The picture was taken in the entry hall… we’re getting there – finally!
Rebuilding one’s nest is a tough work but a rewarding one.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Tampere Vintage

The Fintage association organises twice a year a great vintage weekend event in Tampere. In winter it’s at the Vapriikki Museum and in Summer in a market place surrounded by wooden houses. The Fintage events combine good vintage shopping with quality presentations on treasures from the past e.g. gramophones, embroidered cloth from early 20th century (directly from the museum’s collections), dolls; guided tours to the museum; live music; dance and a vintage fashion show. A great two days program!
Hence, we headed early on Saturday morning to Tampere with friends. I was wearing a winter suit – in black and white tweed – with a red sweater, red scarf, red hat and gloves, a red and black purse and belt and black heels.
On the way back from Tampere we stopped by a museumed locomotive for a couple of pictures.

The suit is from an antique mall in Long Beach California (purchased last spring), the hat is a reproduction one, bought a few years ago from the Ophelia Market in Helsinki. The gloves, scarf and the sweater are from antique malls in the US. The heels, Finnish made, are from Nasta vintage shop in Helsinki, the purse is from VintagEija’s. The locomotive is a Finnish made ”Risto” model (from the name of Finland’s 5th president Mr. Risto Ryti), dating back to 1956 i.e. roughly the same time as the suit.

And I also wear this suit very regularly at work…

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: The jewelry box


In one of my last year’s post I promised to show more felt skirts… It’s been a while already but I finally got some pictures of a recently purchased felt skirt. Presented the way they were often in the 1950’s i.e. as a full circle.
This jet black felt skirt is handpainted depicting a jewelry box enhanced with a few rhinestones.

I am wearing it with a orangey-red orlon sweater with a nice detail at the collar, a black belt with clocks and simple gold tone jewelry. Black ballerinas complete the whole outfit but cannot be seen.

I purchased the skirt last october on etsy and the sweater is a present from a friend. The belt is an old element of my wardrobe, from ebay.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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