Has the thought ever occurred to you that we are totally living in the future? I mean, 2012, 2013; how sci-fi doesn't that sound? I think it's weird that a year like 2012 will soon even be the past. When I was a kid for example the 1950's were only thirty years away, now they are, well, you know, twice as long gone.

Even though the year 2013 may sound (or may not, perhaps you're all 2525, wahtever) futuristic and even though that future is only a couple of months away, it can be a rather nostalgic such - which would be if you keep the Fintage calendar on your wall.
Fintage is a Finnish community for vintage enthusiasts, for which I have made some work for. I also collaborated by making the layout for their calendar. vintge inspired calendar is called "Postcards From the Past", with photos shot and planned by member and photographer Jirina Alanko. The whole community has been working together, posing and participating. photos are coloured from black and white, inspired by how it was done back in the days. calendar is international so to say; in Finnish and English and without any national bank holidays or so marked in order not to confuse anyones schedule elsewhere.

I have one copy up for a giveaway, which I will send out anywhere in the world!

In order to enter you do the usual: leave me a comment on this post, and make sure you are reachable to me trough that comment in one way or another. Seriously, double check. The winner will be drawn randomly, so please make sure you also only leave me one comment in order not to mess things up.

If you however link and share the giveaway you can leave me a new comment (one per share) telling me where you've done so. You know the deal.

Time to enter is until Sunday, November 18. Good luck!

PS. this week's give away on my Facebook page is for a set of high end organic sulfate-and parabene free hair care. Go and grab it until Sunday evening!


I just can't believe it's mid-Nove,ber already! When did this year go by? Again?
I just realized today it's even starting to be alright to wish for snow, which I kind of do and kind of don't, or at least to expect it (you know, when it does come it will stay aroudn for months).
It feels colder day by day and I've taken my warmer jackets back to use.

I have no idea what to put on my feet though, as all my 'cold-weather shoes' are rather worn out. I have however re-discovered these old boots of mine form years back, as I dug the out of the closet to use at the Mexican themed party at Halloween. One of those shoes with a rather high heel that you still can walk around comfortably for hours in. But these are not of much use for when the snow comes around... what then my friends, what then.

The wool skirt if made for me a few years ago by Olivia Rouge and the jacket is from Mod Cloth.


This is what I (along with Dag) have been doing pretty much every day; building costumes and rehearsing for our Christmas cabaret show that we do as The Ravishing Shangri-La Rubies  together with lady Laverna:

Our producer Jonatan took the pictures at our dress-rehearsal last Sunday.
Well this was only abotu half of the props and costumes... needless to say there's been a lot of time by the sewing machine and glue gun lately. Not to mention by the jars of red glitter.


(Here's the baby as part of the outfit once again as it needed a dash of colour. You gotta do what you gotta do.)

Yesterday I kept a lecture on vintage inspired styles and styling. My thesis being, as you may know from here, that you can do very much with very little; manage to add a flair of certain styles or eras wearing pretty much anything as long as you acessorize it right; it is how you wear it and what you wear it with. Do note that dressing inspired by something is not the same thing as dressing up to something; it is not re-creating an outfit form a certain era, just playing with the vibes from it.

I planned to demonstrate this subtly during my talk by changing a few details in my outfit, which I wanted to be rather neutral, both retro and timeless, for it to work. But as I went on babbling I kind of forgot to do it properly and on time.
So I will go for it here instead - sort of 20'ish onwards! Five minutes, five more looks:
There you have it, easy as whoah!

The blouse and skirt are both from Tara Starlet. I folded the waist band down in half as it rises too high to look good on me.

And no, my child is not really in the pic just to balance out the soft shades with his red suit. But it sounded like a more fun and less shouty of a reason didn't it?


A good thing about going trough old blog posts is that you can re-dioscover items in your wardrobe that you had forgot about. At least in mine, as I tend to go for items periodically. And some items at the bottom of my drawers in the bed room manage to stay pretty well hidden. Also, making my way to the closet / mini storage room in the study (which has sort of become the place where the rest of my belonings go to die.) past all the paper work and burledsque bags and amost-there scene costumes is a task I have been avoiding. Stuff are hidden and forgotten in there. (Or, rather, I've been avoiding the task to clean the mess in front of the closet but I guess I will just be forced to do so, well, soon. Ish.)
But today as I browsed back I was reminded of some pieces and I went for an exact remake of a combo I wore three and a half years ago the last time.

Dag got to replace Lulu in the pictures though. And the fringe is faux, as you know. Updated version.

Oh, oh, and I have to add, and the beret is also another, a new one. Which is sort of a big thing in some dimension somewhere as the original one had been with me for half of my life. Do you have any accessory or other wearable item you've had for a very very long time?

I have lots of outfits I do in the same way several times and as many combinations I've only wore once. This one is not that special per se but I think I haven't even worn this dress since I did the post above, in ehrm, 2009...

Maybe that would be a sign to get rid of this dress but I had kept it with the thought it'd be good as a maternity dress.

I did not use it when I was pregnant. 

I think I forgot that I had thought of it or something. Well whatevs. Next time around then.

But browsing trough again, turns out I have worn the dress once since spring 2009, here, the whole shabadang in 2010. Well yey! And another yey! Because that just gave me a "new" jacket too; I had forgotten about the one in the picture. (The first world club cheers.)

So I made my way trough the study of horrors and pluck out the jacket - perfect for the cold nasty season.
Thank you, me.

Btw here's how the posing continued. Someone needs more attention than the blog and the camera.
Of course.

But. Why was I going trough old posts?
I do that sometimes, the blog works sort of as a diary for me. This time however it was to pick out pictures for a lecture on vintage inspired style and styling I am holding tonight at Arbis. At 18:05 in the library, if interested.

My little Sunday morning cowboy is drooling on his striped horse.
Here's some cowboy music to go along.


I'm too busy with a lot of things + baby to post anything else so I'm just outfit spamming you.
Here's something super casual and very comfy. Alhtough I thinkI got the jeans in one size too big so I might have to sell these and get myself a smaller pair. Which although the extra hazzle is pretty alright when you think about it.


...which could refer to whatever, really, warmer jackets and peppermint tea, Halloween playlists or the fact that it's only a mere eleven weeks 'til Christmas, but, what I am referring to is the time when not only I get older, but also the blog.

So, last week I got yet a year more in my book which at this point really is just all the same. But the Freelancer's Fashion Blog turned five years; that means I have now started my sixth year of blogging. That's something of a whoah! I think, especially since I know some of you have been reading along pretty much since the start.

Even though everything here is rather well selected I still scroll back myself sometimes, as the blog works as some sort of a diary. Not the posts per se, but I remember what was going on when posting what I did at the time. Quite much can happen in five years...

My first post was about my 26-year birthday party. In 2007. And do you know how old two-thousand-and-seven sounds? Funny how ninety-something seems like not that far, at least not almmost twenty years ago, when 2007 again feels pretty much the same. Sort of.

For the first year I pretty much only did drawings for the blog, mostly of outfits. The idea was also to keep it anonymous but then the whole thing developed into something more personal and totally different.  In any case I think it takes about a year or two for a blog, any blog really,  to develop it's style, as well hen it comes to the actual content and style of posting as pictures.

In the beginning it was mostly about hair and clothes, as were most blogs (I knew of) back then I think. From a clothing point of view I find it interesting how my own style has maybe "toned down" a bit, I feel it's more simple and classic now than a few years ago - but then I scrolled back myself and noticed it was still pretty much the same. I just had more flowers and bows in my hair I guess. And man did I look different as a blonde, now looking back! I know many of you come here for the outfits so here's a super concentrated totally random recap of the past five years in clothes.




(That double-me-double-cats photo was the first photo I ever posted of myself in March 2008.
And as you can see I, as many other bloggers, got a better and yet a better camera once I got started...
At some point I might upgrade it a bit still, we'll see.)

I have also moved a few time since Day 1; I've been blogging from three homes. Or, three and a half, sort of. At first I lived with J in a flat in the city.

Then I moved to my own flat a couple of blocks further.

Two years ago we moved with Eddi to more suburb areas.

And I started keeping a second home at the farm.

And then I got married and had a kid and started doing burlesque for real and lots of other things but you know all that already. And btw now you can also vote for me. It you live in Espoo, that is. 267!

So that's it. Let's see where we are five years from now?