Bad Skin, Conscious Optimism

Even though my skincare updates have become scarce as of late, this does not mean I no longer pay mind to what goes on my face. I do. Dwelling on expensive potions earlier this spring felt absurd. It was well into summer when it dawned on us that the pandemic would stick around for some time still, and we were free to talk clothes and makeup again. Then late August my skin stopped playing ball, and suddenly my epidermis became the only thing that mattered.

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September Mid-Week Memo

September clearly is onto something. One week in and Keeping Up With the Kardashians is being cancelled. Negroni Week is officially a thing (and ongoing). Venice Film Festival is actually taking place and both Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett have already provided plenty of stepping out ahead of Saturday’s awards ceremony. And, apparently being in an open marriage while dating Brad Pitt is possible. (Germans! Always ahead of the game!)

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Notes on Intercultural Mentoring

Eight years ago I made an attempt at returning to work in Finland after several years abroad. It was, to all intents, constructions and purposes a return to the fold of a wandering Finn. It was obviously a breeze: air was fresh, tap-water clean, domestic garbage collection impeccably organised, public authorities had access to the internet and could perform all types of matters online, everybody spoke my language and lunch was had at 11:30.

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How To Dress This Autumn

I own lots of capes for a person who works from home.” Writer Zadie Smith was discussing Intimations, her latest essay collection, in a podcast when they veered off topic and chatted about pandemic hair and clothing. “I look at the clothes I’d bought before the pandemic and think to myself ‘when am I ever going to be wearing any of this ever again – the amount of sequins… it’s all stage-wear!”

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