I know it's quite late for that but I am still eager to quickly share my Midsummer events (and a few recent Midsummer purchases) with you.
So, on the 23rd of June I and E. attended Avinurme Barrel Fair with my grandparents but since there was this typical (i.e. showery) Estonian summer weather that day, we were not too ravished about the handicrafts, wood products and garden goods. Therefore we rushed through the fair and drove to Rakvere where we had lunch at Brezza Café and I filled myself with pizza Fattoria (chicken+paprika+pineapple+tomato+mozzarella) which is my utmost favourite. And I should definitely make my own Fattoria presently!

I was wearing: tunic - KappAhl /thrifted/; waist-belt - Sisters Point; bermuda pants - Pimkie /thrifted/; wedges - Pearlz; bag - Lacoste; pendant - Club Monaco.

Anyhow, we did some pre-Midsummer Eve shopping and I purchased three things: a pair of denim ballerinas (15,95.- EUR), a truly wonderful floral print dress (34,95.- EUR 17,48.- EUR) and a summery headband (3,95.- EUR 1,98.- EUR). (Sidenote: I'm oh so happy with all three!)

By the way, when it comes to ballerinas or flats I generally have to buy several pairs of new ones every single year because I have this bad habit to wear my decent flats absolutely everywhere which is why my shoes become worn out and look jaded. But it's so convenient to pop outside without changing the shoes (I actually have old and shabby shoes for gardening, work in the woods etc.). Is this only happening to me (I bet it is but I still must ask...)?

And finally, our Midsummer Eve ("Jaaniõhtu" in Estonian)!
Estonians celebrate "Jaaniõhtu" on the eve of the Summer Solstice (June 23) with bonfires, and this is exactly what we did. I, E., my parents and grandparents got together at my grandparents' place where we ate (a lot) and naturally built a grand bonfire.
Since 1934, June 23 is also national Victory Day of Estonia and both 23rd and 24th are holidays and flag days.

So, as you can see, it was an eventful day and in spite of the annoying rain I still managed to take some totally non-sunny photos. Enjoy and let me know what you think!


  1. Love your top and belt! Those new flats and dress look great, too! And you know I can't resist doggie photos- awww! Cute!

  2. maiken, thanks for sharing your Estonian culture. :) i'm trying to figure out the spread between the meat & brown bread? your black high low dress is glamorous. i adore your wedges too. all your purchases from that day would make one lovely outfit. i've kept 3 pairs of flats. they are the least used shoes i own. i don't find them comfortable. i have 2 pairs in the donate pile, & the rest i have already donated away.

  3. ooh i love your bag! its soooo cute!!! i love your buys! the dress is soo pretty!! :)


  4. The bag is adorable <3



  5. Happy belated Midsummer! :) I so wish i was up north in scandinavia for midsummer! Miss that so much! you look gorgeous in the first photos! i adore your tunic/dress!!! and i love your hair like that too - the perfect summer hairstyle!
    and omg. who is that beautiful St. Bernard?!?! ahhh! i nearly screamed! love him/her already! And i would like to request more pictures of that gorgeous dog. It's my Mom's favorite breed!
    p.s. love the floral dress you bought!! :)

  6. always always great photos :)
    yummie food- great treasure from shopping! nice~~
    love your hot pink charm on your bag! so cute

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  7. Oooh, love that dress, but especially the purple belt! What a cute touch ♥
    And your dog!! :D I love St Bernards!

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  8. Love your blue bag- it's really cute!

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  9. Yup, I have that habit too. When I like something I wear it till it withers away into ashes XD Those denim ballerinas are wonderful!

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  11. I love that dress!

    xoxo Sootjeelina

  12. Your holiday celebrations sound wonderful,with your family eating gorgeous food around a blazing warm bonfire,hope you all had a lovely time.
    I love your new denim shoes,so cute and I have to admit I'm the same too,I get a new pair of shoes that I love and end up wearing them all the time and wearing them out,Im slowly learning to have a few new pairs to switch too :D
    I love your outfit too,those sweet little ankle boot and that gorgeous top/dress.
    Hope you have a lovely day x

  13. It sounds like you had a great holiday and fantastic time with family! The food looks delicious too! Can't wait to see more summer photos of Estonia! I have a tendency to wear shoes I shouldn't wear around the city and have ruined too many of them so I know the feeling!

  14. Dear Maiken, your photos are wonderful as always. the same goes for your purchases! That gorgeous floral dress! Oh my! I fell in love with the colours and print! It's so beautiful! and I like the first mirrored photo of you! Very cool!
    PS. and the food is super yammy:)




  15. You look cute in that tunic, and that heart belt is so fun! :)

  16. Love your outfit, dear, the tunic is amazing. I'm so jealous that you have this great celebration day in Estonia! It looks like you had an amazing time all the family together, and this dog is so cute! And the pictures are great despite the rain :)



  17. lovely outfit! i love the twist inside your black dress.

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  18. nice top!! you look great!!and I like this kind of events, like midsummer eve❤


  19. Your hair braid is SO cute!!! :) u look amazing as always.


  20. I love your new dress and head scarf! I used to wear head scarves all the time - they are so much fun :)
    So happy you are able to enjoy time with your family on Midsummer!

    And thank you for all your lovely comments..i'm doing better :-)

    Enjoy your week!

  21. you look gorgeous dear I love your new purchase as well the flower dress look so girly and we both have something in common about the ballerinas I eat them up lol cause I take them also every where they are so comfy specially after wearing high heels all day long love the denim ballerinas you have bought and what a gorgeous pictures of your dog he is so cute I think finally summer is arriving your way over here have been raining all week long hope it gets better have a wonderful day sweetie much love virgit

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  23. you look so sweet dear It have been long time I haven't pay a visit to your blog dear thanks so much for your sweet message at my blog I love your new purchase you have bought we have something in common then LOL I"M a shoe eater lol I eat my shoes gosh also every year have to buy a new pair of ballerinas I take them everywhere specially after wearing heels all day long and what adorable picture of your dog so cute dear love it so glad you are spending some time together with your family have a great summer holiday much love virgit

  24. Anonymous9/7/12 23:42

    This looks like a terrifically fun holiday...good food, a great outfit, sweet puppy!

    <3 Cambria

  25. Un caloroso saluto...ciao

  26. Mmm that feast looks yummy and how cute is that first pic- it would be you and your twin! :) Your tunic is so pretty and you always find the best deals on shopping!

  27. amazing pics, you look stunning anyway ;)
    black & white rule!


  28. Excellent finds as always dear. I love the floral dress print. Enjoy your week. -xx

  29. Lovely pictures, once again! :) Midsummer seems to be quite big thing in Estonia too! In Finland it's one of the biggest things during a year :D I actually have a similar belt in my wardrobe (even though it's black, not lilac) and I tried on a similar kind of floral dress that you bought! Too bad it was way too big for me :) Have a great day Maiken<3

    xoxo Eeva

  30. This looks absolutely fantastic! You look very pretty and I have the very same ballet flats problem, I wear them to the death :)

    xx Ivana
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  31. I can't wait to see you wear the new floral dress! Awesome print:)


  32. I like the tunic! Its really cute :)

  33. i really love your wedges and dress dear! you look so gorgeous and stunning, love this look a lot =) xx

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  34. Thanks so much for your kind words,means so much that you like my drawings :)
    Hope your well and are having a wonderful day,I look forward to your next post x

  35. your blog is really great <3 I love it <3 may we can follow each other? :)

  36. i love the way you styled the tunic!! and campfires are the best thing ever


  37. We don't celebrate Midsummer in Canada so I'm always interested to see how it's done in other places. You looks really lovely for the festivities - I especially love your braid! It's a shame you had unpleasant weather, but at least you finished it all off with a delicious meal :) I can't wait to see your new floral dress, it looks wonderful.

  38. The celebration for Midsummer Eve sounds like so much fun! Especially the bonfire part and all the food :) I love your new shoes, the bows are so cute and the shoes seem so versatile.

  39. Midsummer Eve celebration sounds very much fun! I love your purchases and can't wait to see it on you!
    loved your outfit for fair - adorable, comfy and very chic

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  40. I think you look fab! I wish I can get as fit as you are! I've gained 5 pounds over the month and it's starting to frustrate me. Seeing you in your fishtail top, which is pretty by the way, reminded me of my current dilemma. What's your secret in staying fit? :)

  41. I like visiting inspiring blogs like this.

  42. what a wonderful day! i love that it was a full one. and how cute is that tunic you're wearing. great pairing with the leggings. and that floral dress looks pretty too!


  43. mmmmmmmm those sandwiches look deliiiii!! and the pink thing from your bag is so cool!! gives a different style to the bag :D


  44. Wow. love ur shopping! This dress is so beautiful and the price is great as well! Seems like you had a wonderful week so far:-) Looking great in black and white in ur outfit pics! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  45. You look great :) I'm your new follower :)


  46. eh ei ole kohe kindlasti ainus :D ma isegi ühinen. ja tegelt mul on üldse komme kogu aeg madalaid papusid kokku osta, omavahel sarnaseid ka veel... tegelikult ei teeks mõned kontsad üldse paha mu garderoobile, aga kuidagi kujuneb lihtsalt nii. neid, mis on, ma eriti jalga ei pane ja uusi pole vist mitu aastat muretsenud. oleks aeg seda muuta vist :) avinurme laadast on ka kahju, aga see ilm ei tõmmanud teps mitte sinna minema.

  47. wow girl your floral print dress is beyond cute! what a bargain as well, you're like the best shopper I know. I adore the first pic....what a cool way of doing the mirror effect. Also love your oufit, so chic. Simple elegance and hello to your gorgeous new Lacoste bag...what a buy! So glad you did!

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  48. love the tunic and denim flats!
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  49. wow lovely thrifted finds!!! loving the tunic A LOT! it looks so classy and sophisticated!
    nice denim flats! oh, how i wish i can wear flats! but my wide feet prevents me from doing so T_T

    happy midsummer eve to you! i'm not too familiar with it but looks like you had a great celebration! the food looks great *o*

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  50. Even though it's a rainy day, it still seems like you have a great time that day :) I love the floral dress the you bought, it is so beautiful!!


  51. I feel like a jerk, but I keep going back to stare at the dog photo. ANYWAY, that tunic is great!

  52. it's been rainy here too, but I don't mind it every now and then. There's something magical about overcast days! :) Looks like you've been having a great summer! And I'm the same way with my flats. I wear them into the ground cause they're so functional!

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  53. what a great outfit! I love the tunic! anw, cute dogs <3

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  54. Love your photos, especially the last one!! :-) :-)
    Love your outfit too, you look great!

  55. such lovely images~~what a great time! I'm so glad I found your blog, love your blogs header btw-you are so pretty! xO!

  56. i love learning about other cultures. fab post and love your pose in the first pic. :)

  57. I love a good bonfire! sounds like you had a great time. Most of all....I'm dying to see that floral dress cuz it looks amazing!!!
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  58. Anonymous19/7/12 13:12

    It sucked that it rained so you couldn't properly enjoy the fair, but the bonfire was a plus! I LOVE that. By the way, cute denim flats and summer headband! :]

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