DAYS IN BRIGHTON

I try to visit the small seaside resort Brighton, located at the South coast of England, as often as I can. The fresh breeze from the ocean, the hippie and chill out atmosphere and quirky shops (and the most amazing second-hand shops) is extremely refreshing comparing to the cosmopolitan London. I´m especially very fond of the many local caffe places, offering the most delicious selection of pastries.

Even though the weather was not ideal (yes typical English weather, rain and windy) we managed to stroll around in the central of Brighton, have a long walk to the fish shop to buy our traditional lunch steak tuna with chips and skate, or at least trying to.

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BLUE ON BLUE

I came across the amazing London- based shoe brand called FINSK, found by the Finnish designer Julia Lundsten in 2004. FINSK is known for mixing avant-garde yet modern style inspired by architecture and details found in furnitures. Besides creating stunning shoes, a pair of FINSK are super comfortable. All are Made in Brazil by local craftsmen using traditional shoes making methods and applying highest quality materials as by-products of other industries.

A pair of FINSK shoe is a statement piece, giving your look the little extra it might have been missing.

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THINGS THAT CAN BE FOUND ON SECOND-ON-SHOPS

One of my biggest hobbies is to go around and find different second-hand stores, vintage boutiques or even better, charity shops every time I travel to a place. The top and skirt I´m wearing is from Eriks Hjälp, a charity shop in Malmö and was bought the last time I was back home in Sweden. The bag is from Zara and the shoes is also from Zara but was bought at the charity shop Barnardos in Brixton.  The reason why I so fond of second hand items is that I always find unique and special things, from clothes, furniture to accessories, also its environmental friendly and sustainable to purchase (or reuse) perfectly fine items others no longer need. 90% of clothing that is thrown away is before the end of its life circle, this means that clothes have much longer life cycle and can be worn longer period of time before it actually is unwearable. So if you area bit sceptical to second-hand clothes, try to organise a clothes swapping day with your friends and get a totally new wardrobe and the best thing is that its for free!!

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AFTERNOON IN ENGLISH FOREST

Since I moved to London, I have started to feel a strong longing for being in the nature. Having some time off from work, my friend Alex and I took a road trip outside London to a place called Oxted. The plan was to have a long and relaxing walk in the forest and as soon as we step into the forest, we where surrounded by a sea of bluebells. It was a magic view! Shortly after the picture above was taken, it started to rain so it turned out to be a short visit. However it felt amazing to leave the big city life behind for a short while and reconnect with mother earth.

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LET´S BE MORE GENTLE TO THE ENVIRONMENT

I´m so proud to wear this awesome dress and leather coat from my former classmate´s brand, i & KK, a brand that is not only classy but also sustainable. People often assume that environmental friendly, sustainable or  “green” fashion brands are boring and unfashionable, something that in reality is not correct. During the last few years the majority of fashion labels, from luxury brands as Burberry to fast fashion companies as H&M, have focused more and more on becoming more sustainable and gentle to the environmental. I’m delighted to see that the fashion industry is taking environmental issues serious.

All of i & KK´s products are made in Finland and every manufacture process is controlled by Krista to ensure the hight quality of the garments. Recently, you can also customise your products at i & KK, click here for more info.

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