1st Advent Sunday

Today the first, out of four, purple advent candles were lit. And the first candle represents joy. Next sunday we light both the first and the second candle, and so on until all four candles are lit on the fourth sunday of advent. And then we let them burn down. Advent means waiting or a waiting period, and we are waiting for Christmas, and it’ll be here soon after the 4th advent sunday.
The second candle represents hope, the third is for longing and the fourth is for peace. Today is also the day we put the star in the window, it’s an electric star that lights the way for anyone lost and in need of shelter, or so is the symbolism. Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to give birth to their son is the reason behind this symbolism. The star lights the way for anyone in need of finding it. We also have another candle arrangement we put in the window, this one has seven arms and it looks like an upside down V. I have no idea why but it’s tradition so we go with it.
Happy advent sunday everyone:)
1st Advent Sunday

 

Be Happy

Over to another event that also takes place in october. Did you know that the world’s Smile Day is in October? I didn’t! The original smiley was created by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist, as far back as in 1963. The smiley soon became popular and is now a huge part of our modern pop culture. But Harvey himself became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, so to make up for it he went on to establish the world’s Smile Day. A day dedicated to encourage acts of kindness, and of course smiles. The first friday in the month of october is the world’s Smile Day. And this year the day occurred on october 2nd. In my opinion every day should be a day of smiles and acts of kindness, but I guess we do need a day to remind us of how important this is. And now that I know, I’ll be thinking about this every time I see a smiley face.Be Happy

 

over the knee and far away

Fall is the perfect time to wear a sweaterdress, and what better than to style it with a pair of knee-high boots?! This outfit has a 70s feel to it with the suede boots, knitted dress, fringed bag and suede coat. And no trend is bigger, this season, than the 70s inspired trend. And just like in the 70s there’s a key around the neck. The kids of the 70s were often called key-kids, since many came from families with two working parents and we often had our own key as soon as we started school. Most of us did come home to an empty house, but I don’t think any of us saw that as a negative. In those days the entire village helped raise the kids so we never felt alone. Though the key-kids thing might be true for my country only, I don’t know. I grew up in a large family with my mom, one aunt, one uncle and one set of grandparents. My uncle was only 7 years my senior so he came home from school around the same time I did, and my grandma worked close by so after school I got to go help her out at the local bakery. When and if I wanted to. Wow, this 70s inspired look sure did take me back to the 70s for a while there:)over the knee

 

Duster Coat

The suede skirt is one of my fave items this fall, but everyone else is talking about the duster coat. Rumour has it that Kylie Jenner singlehandedly made the duster coat an it-item over night. The duster coat is yet another item that originally was worn by men. The coat is a light, loose-fitting, long coat that was worn by horsemen to protect their clothing from trail dust. Hence the name! Later both men and women wore the duster to protect their outfits while driving open cars on dirt roads. Today this once practical item is mostly worn for fashionable reason only. Suede A-line skirt from TopShop, sweater from Jigsaw, suedette duster coat from Boohoo, ankle boots from Rupert Sanderson and tote from Miu Miu.suede

 

From the Hobble to the pencil

Today it’s all about the pencil skirt, named after the pencil due to its slim fit and narrow shape. Most know that the first pencil skirt was designed by Christian Dior in 1954, but its beginning came about as early as 1908. Wilbur and Orville Wright had chosen the wife of an associate, Mrs Berg, to become the world’s first female aeroplane passenger. The event was historic and judging by all the photographers on the scene it was about to be a well documented one. But there was a problem. The wind from the propellers made Mrs Berg’s skirt an issue. The brothers didn’t want this to blow into an inappropriate disaster and quickly came to a solution. A rope was tied above Mrs Berg’s ankles and the mother of the modern pencil skirt was born. It was named The Hobble. Mrs Berg was photographed and seen in magazines around the world. The Hobble made walking close to impossible so the trend was short-lived. But the mermaid dresses we see on red carpets today, are inspired by the Hobble. And so is the pencil skirt. Dior introduced the modern pencil skirt at a time when women were looking for something new and modern. Post war new solutions were sought in both politics and fashion, people wanted distance to the old ways. After decades of hidden legs and ankles the pencil skirt felt liberating. While the Hobble made walking close to impossible, the pencil skirt made the walk more sensual. The latest trend for this slim fitting garment is fringed hemlines. This faux-leather skirt from Cedric Charlier is made to fit closely from the waist to the knees, and then end in a veil of fringes. For a sporty and trendy look, style the skirt with a pair of sneakers. Tricky Trend

 

Zebra Fashion

Today I’m doing sets with animal prints. This first set is a bit in your face, but in my other two sets the animal print will be less obvious. Animal prints are made to resemble the pattern of the skin or fur of an exotic animal like leopard, tiger, cheetah, zebra, giraffe or something similar. The prints are used both in fashion and interior design. It’s been known as a sign of status, mostly due to the fact that animal fur were highly expensive and hard to come by. So for this reason it became a symbol of wealth and status. But today faux animal prints are just as popular and often prefered. People are more aware of the process from being the animal’s fur to becoming an animal print. It’s become trendy to be into animal welfare and care for species that are endangered. Faux fur and faux prints are therefore a fabulous choice and should be the only choice when  it comes to these matters, and it’s more affordable for us common folks. Though that reason alone is reason enough for some people to still want real fur. In fashion the print became popular in the late 60s, as a product of the Bohemian movement.Zebra Fashion

 

‘Illegal’ Pants

Once upon a time a woman wearing trousers was considered outrageous and shocking. It was even considered a crime! In 1919, a woman named Luisa Capetillo became the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear trousers in public. For this Capetillo got sent to jail  but the judge later dropped the charges against her.
Some crazy facts;  – In 2013, Turkey’s parliament ended a ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers in its assembly. – Women were not allowed to wear trousers on the U.S. Senate floor until 1993. – Hillary Clinton was the first woman to wear trousers in an official U.S. First Lady portrait.

The Palazzo pant is very similar to the pant from the 1930s avant-garde fashion era, worn by women such as Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich. Women who refused to follow the norm. But the idea that pants equal male-only outfit was a tenacious one. The Palazzo pant became popular in the late 1960s, with a similar story as the one of the culotte. It came to life as camouflage for women who wanted to wear pants but still look as if they were wearing a skirt, hence the wide leg that flares out from the waist. In the 60s women wearing pants were still considered inappropriate and several restaurants refused to admit women in trousers. Some females opted for the Palazzo pant or the culotte to get by silly rules like that.

Where I grew up, in northern Norway, there were a conservative Lutheran revival movement called Laestadianism. It’s the biggest revivalist movement in the Nordic countries. They attend the same church as ‘regular’ Christians but have strict rules about a lot of things. I don’t know if this has changed with time, and I now live in the middle of Norway where this movement is not common. But back then back north, females from this movement had to wear skirts and  braid their hair, no matter what. I recall every winter our school went on mandatory ski trips, and no matter the weather and no matter the activity these girls came wearing skirts. I hope this attitude against women in pants has now vanished from this world, but I kinda doubt that it has….yet. It’s a scary and strange thought that none of this is really that long ago. Something to ponder upon!Palazzo pants