It's penguin and Christmas time!

Hey, guys! First things first...
Thank you so much for all the sweet words you left under my last diffusive post. I'm happy you liked it as much as you did. But the dreamy frosty winter wonderland I started my last post with is already distant history and today's real weather can be seen below, behind and around my warm and cosy outfit. Or actually today's conditions are even darker than then, on December 6. Broadly speaking they're a mishmash of grey, slushy, rainy, wet, slippery and windy, briefly - a mess. Just like I was last week but I put up a quick and decent fight and climbed out of it... after a mandatory teeny-tiny wave of despair of course. So I guess we'll see if our holiday weather will be a mess or it fights until it's white and dreamy again. But how do you guys feel about all the fuss around white Christmas? What kind of Christmas will you have?

Anyway, I can't quite talk about our plans for Christmas... because we just don't have many 100% fixed ones yet. But if we happen to do something particularly cool I will certainly tell you about it later. For instance we bought some chilli-lemon and some peppermint gingerbread dough so gingerbread (and cake!) baking is definitely on the agenda. And I also crave a classical yummy potato salad with plain yogurt so that must be made as well. All in all I'm waiting for an idyllic, peaceful and joyful Christmas. That's my wish this year. Besides, our lovely Christmas tree is ready since yesterday and we have all the necessary presents but still must wrap everything.

Now, before I completely forget - my outfit from December 6. I was so eager to wear and show my cutie-pie penguin top from H&M kids that I even overlooked the gloomy slushy circumstances in order to serve you today's photos. And guys, this is seriously the softest piece of clothing I own so the ones who considered getting it - go for it if you haven't yet (link)! Oh and after taking these photos I was skilful enough to step on a secret ice and snow covered puddle and feel the cold water gently filling my boot. How neat. So, after all the complications I really really hope you enjoy those pictures regardless of the somewhat poor light because I think that penguin with the cute pink neck (?) sort of brightens things up.

H&M kids top (link) | thrifted scarf | Sheinside coat (link) | Guess Premium jeans | thrifted boots.

Last but not least - I hope your Christmas time sparkles and shines and all your wishes and dreams come true. And you feel the blissful happiness all year round! Merry Christmas, sweeties!

ps. My Christmas week includes entirely 6 spare days: I have to work only on Tuesday and that's a huge huge yay! Oh and I got rid of my long hair on Wednesday and it feels great! Can't wait to show you!


Winter came and went... and left a big haul behind

Happy December, you-all! I'm going to start today's post with three particularly wintry and frosty photographs I took on December 2 close to my office during my half-hour lunch break. In other words here in my tiny hometown November ended and December arrived together with temperatures steadily between -10 and -17°C and of course a decent amount of snow came down as well. Luckily it kept going for a single week and then the rain came along and now everything's grey and muddy again. Well, at least it's not freezing anymore, if that counts... I mean, frosty and sunny is by all means beautiful but I do not enjoy the cutting cold very much.

Anyway, moving on with today's wide-ranging post. November 22 was just the right day for a nice little shopping trip in the capital town. We caught an 8 o'clock train, walked a great deal (=at least 6 km), shopped at two different shopping centres and ended up with quite a few Christmas presents and then of course the urgently needed goodies we I gathered for us. So the next six photos will illustrate our day in Tallinn and you can explore the majority of the bits and pieces we tracked down there. Oh and this time I added the product information and other fun facts below my haul photos so keep on scrolling.

H&M kids pile top €14.99 (link). I'm sure it's already obvious why I "needed" that one but if not - it's freakin' adorable, love at first sight! And pieces like my oh so sweet penguin top are the clear reason why it's mandatory for me to always check those kids departments;
H&M home candles 2-pack: a squirrel and a rabbit €2.99 (link).

Tiger gem biscuits €2; white tea with peach, green Ceylon tea, green tea with pomegranate and black tea with forest fruits, all made in Sri Lanka €4.

Tiger Christmas red carved glass bowl with a carved lid €2 and a classic tea-strainer €1. Tiger is definitely the coolest goodie store I have visited so far and since they have 404 stores in 25 different countries I recommend you to locate your nearest store through their home page here. Or have you already visited them?
Joie measuring spoon set €1.40 0.40;
Casa Stockmann tea bag tray set €3.90.

Decor Stockmann Winter Wonderland pillowcases €9.90 7.60 each;
Casa Stockmann LO VE pillowcases set €12.90 9.03;
Stockmann Always kiss me goodnight sign €11.90 4.20. As you can see I went slightly overboard with home related stuff but what can a girl do when she's at her favourite shopping centre, it's Christmas soon and cute stuff surrounds her everywhere she looks? Of course I indulged!

But that's not all! I still have three more pieces to show you (plus our Elvis who shows you how to take an evening nap). All three things are thrifted and the first two were brand-new when I discovered them. So here they come, once again provided with my remarks and specifications.

thrifted AC/DC sweatshirt €4 because I practically live in sweatshirts when I'm not at the office;
thrifted Kristine Vikse Agnes sweater (its official shade - dusty olive) €5. 80% of it consists of warm cosy lamb's wool and it's actually worth around €140 (link).

Kristine Vikse is a Norwegian designer by the way and you should definitely see her wonderful Fragments of Norway scarf collection here. The 50% silk-50% wool scarves are photo printed with six different motifs from Norway. Oh and she started her own company in 2006, by chance the same year I spent two weeks in Norway. Would love to go back one day and get myself one of her beautiful scarves, preferably Norwegian wood or Svartisen... or Aurora Borealis.

thrifted Guess sunglassses from mom who came across a cute case for glasses and didn't even notice the case was filled with a classy pair of Guess sunnies. She didn't need the glasses so lucky me!

Wow, once again I was planning on posting a rather shortish story but things turned out as usual. And I honestly applaud to the ones who had strength to finish the whole thing! Next time I will present another proper outfit post so see you then, and for the time being enjoy the Christmas month and my matching snowy photos!