Thursday, 16 May 2013

Same dress, different coord.

Yesterday was still a warm day so I made another summer coord with the dress, this time in a bit more mature style. I'd like to mention right here and now that whenever I call weather "warm", take it to mean you'd freeze on your feet without a thick coat (unless, of course, you're Icelandic or have lived here for more than a year).

The temperature itself is no judge of how cold you'll feel. The air here is always humid and it's constantly windy - well, what would you expect, the grand majority of Icelanders live by the Atlantic Ocean. The first year that I lived here I felt miserably cold all the time: I swore by the local wool sweaters (no other kind will help you, mark my word: Icelandic wool is the best shelter you'll have against Icelandic weather, it's almost wind- and rainproof!), wore layers upon layers underneath etc.

In about a year it got better though. I stopped feeling cold and began to dress lighter. I'm assuming the body just gets accustomed to differences in weather and temperature and that it's just to be expected.


I've already noticed the effects of this a couple of times. The first time when my parents visited us and were constantly well wrapped-up while I got by in a short skirt and stockings. The second time when me & Snu visited Finland last summer and went around like "omg so warm!" in t-shirts and light dresses... while the Finns around us wore coats. Apparently those weeks of the summer were rather cold. 

The third time happened but a couple of weeks ago when I was walking downtown decked out in lolita (it was this outfit)(for a lolita outfit it's actually a warm one though) and happened to be crossing the road alongside a Finnish couple. The lady was speaking of me in somewhat frightened tones of how I must be absolutely freezing and what will the youngsters do for fashion. Situations like these make me itch to say something in Finnish but I usually manage to hold my tongue. Still, Finns that visit Iceland, remember that there's quite many Finns living/studying/working/staying in Reykjavík and that when we suddenly hear Finnish it makes us sharpen our ears. :D

Now for a quick 360° of the hairdo.

To create it get a large-ish segment of the hair in front and do the emo sweep: tease it sideways so that it gets volume and a correct direction, brush the top smooth and pin into place.

Next take another segment of hair from the side below the emo sweep, tease it a bit for more volume, brush smooth and pin in place so that it flares out a little bit at the side of your face. This balances out the front.

I'm not sure how well this photo shows what happened next, but I pulled the rest of the hair to the other side and made a simple plait out of it. Then I attached the plait at the top of the head, hiding the end of it under the emo sweep. Add lots of hairspray if your hair, like mine, always tries to get out of all control.

Take a look outside and if it looks potentially windy add a kilo of pins to further cement the do in place.

Next: decorate to your fancy. As you can see my own personal fancy takes quite many flowers to be properly satisfied but don't worry, this do does not demand such extremes - something elegant and tasteful will no doubt work as well. :D


  1. Wow, the hair decos are lookin amazing!

    1. Thank! That's in total one hairband, one string of roses and two hairclips. (And naturally lots and lots of pins. :D)

  2. Very pretty and elegant! I particularly like the effect of the transparentish green thing underneath rose print cotton.

    1. Glad you liked it! :3 Here's wishing for warm weather for the summer so that this dress will get some use (it's been so miserably cold the recent days I can't even can aaah).