If you’re an Estonian, the Independence Day reception will need no introduction. If you’re not, let me quickly fill you in: it’s the event hosted by the Estonian President every year on 24 February. There are hundreds of guests (ministers, ambassadors, artis..
Of all my frivolous pursuits, fashion used to be my favourite. In my late teens, I spent my negligible pocket money on the UK Vogue and if there was any left over, on the US one. When the miracle of Internet happened, I clicked through every single look of e..
There is a rebellious mood in fashion at the moment that has been absent for years. It’s not quite on the same level with 80s punk or the early bohemians, but something is going on. Celine has been replaced as the most desirable brand by Vetements, known for..
The Republic of Estonia turned 98 this week, with all the trappings of the anniversary of a modern state – a parade, lots of speeches, some protests and one big and many smaller parties. Countries and nations are complex and complicated constructs (and they ..
I have mentioned before that I tend to get strange bits of songs stuck in my head. Last time I talked about Pete Doherty, this time it’s Gwen Stefani – both have been hanging around in my brain for years now. Early Winter is not Stefani’s most famous song an..
The end of the year is a time of stress and loudness and running around, sweaty and annoyed. Miraculously, I feel calmer and calmer as December approaches, quiet and serene. I’ve given up on achieving some things that no longer seem necessary. I’ve become al..
I’m not the world’s biggest Pete Doherty fan and quite frankly don’t know his music that well (the first is probably the logical outcome of the latter), but one of his phrases has been stuck in my head for years. In Babyshambles’ Albion, he sings: “gin in te..
I should post more often about cold weather-related phenomena: as soon as I start taking illustrative pictures, it’ll turn sunny and warm and generally lovely. So here I am, feeling a bit awkward to write about chunky sweaters when it’s almost 20 degrees out..
There is a scene in The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later (by the great Alexandre Dumas) where Louis XIV remarks on the good taste of Louise de la Vallière – among the gaudily dressed nobility of the province, she is the only person with the good sense ..
When asked if I like floral patterns, my first instinct is to say no. The reality is, as is often the case, a bit more nuanced. I do like florals, I just don’t like the boring ones, especially of the dainty variety. But as soon as the prints start to resembl..