We forage in Finland.
This year was a summer that brought endless rain so the forests and fields were filled with wildflowers. To make use of all those rich colors I commissioned my very talented mom to build a flower crown using my hand-picked bluebells, daisies and dandelion relatives. (And Mom, sorry about that one white flower that I thought was wild that turned out to be one you had been cultivating for a few years… oops!). Anyway, her end-product was truly dreamy. It could have been from the costume department of Disney’s next live-action fairytale blockbuster.
With my head freshly accessorized I set out to forage the other flora species that benefitted from all that rain: berries. In my family’s Finnish summer life, wild strawberries, blueberries, and my grandfather’s planted raspberry bushes are a way of life. You start your day with them, in cereal or yogurt, and finish your day with them, with ice cream or baked in a cake. With all the nordic summer light you need something to mark the cycle of a day.
A sailboat motif dress from French brand Claudie Pierlot (on sale!) and my day-in, day-out summer footwear uniform of Nokian rubber boots completed my Finnish summer style.