I've written before how I love this label more now than I ever did living in Finland, so whenever I'm back at home I always end up buying something to take to England.
This time my eyes caught an unusual item to be shopping for when heading for Lapland: a sunhat. But I couldn't resist; besides I've been borrowing the Englishman's straw one bought on a 'hat run' in Corfu long enough (five years at least).
|The Englishman's straw hat as worn by me in Corfu. Sharing a hat on holiday is tricky...|
|The sun was flooding into the lounge from the large windows today so I managed to make this self-portrait look a little summery.|
|This hat is so easy to travel with because it takes no room at all in a suitcase.|
The second item I bought at the airport shop was a little more practical. I've had a classic red Marimekko holdall, made from heavy-duty cotton fabric, since I was a teenager. It's looking a little faded and worn-out now (I wash the bag in the machine although the label recommends hand washing). Hence I thought it was time for a replacement. Also, Daughter has borrowed the old one - what I consider worn out she calls vintage.
The updated version is a little larger and can be worn over the shoulder or across the body. I think this bag will hold everything I could possibly need for a weekend away. OK, that's a lie - I may just about get away with this bag for an overnight stay.
|There's a zip as well as two magnetic poppers. There's also a small side pocket inside with a zip.|
|My two purchases|
The bag comes in various prime colours. I was very tempted with a black one, but felt I should keep to the same colour as my old holdall. Besides, I love red anyway. Marimekko still sell the classic holdalls Peruskassi too; the ladies at the airport shop told me they'll never stop making them. Good old Marikmekko know their market.