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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kentucky Fried Derby

The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday. I don't have TV, so I almost certainly won't be seeing it, but it still stirs up a lot of childhood memories. As a kid, the derby was always observed at my house. My mom loved it. She didn't watch any other sports, except the Boston Marathon, and that was only to try and catch a glimpse of my dad. He worked (and still works) at a nursery right along the race route in Hopkinton.
My mom liked the horses. I remember we would both pick one to root for, based solely on their wacky names, and cheer for them as they rounded Churchill downs. I can also remember being bothered, almost every year, that the race was so short.

When I was a senior in High School, I started getting really into Hunter S. Thompson. I read my favorite essay by him, "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" (full text), for the first time around then. He paints this really great picture of the time period and the social climate, without holding back at all in describing the seedy craziness that hovers in the background. His character sketches are awesome. It's a great read, but this essay did kind of destroy my childhood vantage point on the derby. After reading it, you know it's not just about fancy hats and animal husbandry anymore.

I do remember my mom talking about the hats, and how you have to wear a fancy hat when you go to the derby. Below are my selections-

Caroline's Top 10 Hats for the Derby

It's like those "cat in the hat" style hats from the 90's, but somehow classier.

This guy's got gumption!
An Architectural Marvel
"Mom? Where are my beanie babies?"

Extra Credit for the Mint Julep! It is one of the 120,000 consumed at the race every year.



To help one fit in better

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday Dinner #3- Green Onion and Cheese Souffle

My other mom (of the in-law sort) got Paul and I this cookbook for Easter. It's called "100 great Vegetarian Recipes".Paul and I haven't been dabbling in the veg thing long, so it's been great to get some new ideas for recipes beyond the normal staples.

This was my first ever attempt at a souffle, and I'm pretty proud of how they turned out. Eggs are a predominant source of protein in a low meat diet, and this is a great way to eat eggs without actually feeling like you are. I know that souffles sound intimidating, but they're not as hard as they seem!

This serves 2, in cute little personal portioned bowls. That's the other great part of this cookbook. Every recipe has 2 lists of ingredients, one for 2 servings and one for 4. It's pretty helpful!

2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
4 Green Onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup Onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
3 eggs
2 Tbsp light cream
1 ounce bread crumbs
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs (I used Italian seasoning)
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease 2 oven-proof 2 cup capacity bowls. Coat with Parmesan cheese, reserving any that doesn't stick to the sides. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Cook the garlic, green onions and regular-type onions until softened. The original recipe called for 1 1/2 large Leeks instead, but a subbed the 2 types of Onions 'cuz that's what I had in my fridgerator. I think it turned out pretty tasty regardless. Once the veggies are soft, set them aside to cool.

Now, the fun stuff. Separate the eggs. I was pretty surprised how neatly and easily the yolk and the whites came apart. I had never separated eggs before and they were very cooperative. Add the cream, breadcrumbs, cheddar, mixed herbs, and the leftover Parm to the yolks and beat. It'll come out lookin' a little something like this:

Add your cooked veggies to this yolk mixture, and combine well. Season with salt and pepper.

This next part is the hardest part. You have to whisk the egg whites until they become light and fluffy, with "soft peaks". God Lord, this part took forever. Paul and I actually had to trade off the bowl, because my arm was getting tired. I never really understood why egg beaters exsisted, until today. I don't want to discourage anybody from making this, but I want to be honest. Whisking up egg whites like this is kind of a pain in the ass. I think the results were worth it though.

Now that the worst is over, use a large metal spoon to gently fold the egg whites into the veggie mixture. Once combined, spoon into your parm coated dishes. Bake for 15-20 minutes until raised and golden.

They taste fancy, liked you slaved away all day- but only take about 40 minutes all together to get on the table.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


There has been a whole lotta buzz about Twitter lately. For a long time it's been seen as this revolutionary media tool, giving people the opportunity to broadcast previously unseen vantage points on events. Sometimes, even breaking big stories before the major news networks.

With the craziness of the swine flu panic (or mexican flu, if you roll with the Hebrews), people are starting to see that the web 2.0 can simply surmount to a world wide web of mob mentality. People are tweeting about the illness soo much, it's crazy. I twitter searched swine flu, and got about 80 gazillion results. 140 additional tweets were added to the results page before I had even been on there for 5 minutes. So much of what is being put out there is innacurate too, creating a pandemic of faulty knowledge.

I have no interest in joining twitter, and can't say that will change ever. I already spend too much time on the facebook, I can't become a slave to another social networking time waster. I'm having a kind of hard time understanding the fervor about it too...and I've started wondering if I'm just old and out of touch. I am one of theose people who still types "thefacebook" into my web browser.

So many pop culture figures have become devotees of twitter too. It's genius personal marketing actually. Giving people the sense that they have a personal window on their favorite stars; It's the same reason that "behind the scenes" advertisements for movies and tv shows are so prevalent now. People like to feel like they're in the know, like they have a special connection with their celebrities and products. Being able to see what "the real shaq" ate for breakfast probably makes some basketball fans (and perhaps even Kazaam fans) feel like they're included in the daily life of their hero. That simulation of inclusion is a huge part of advertising today.

Jeph Jaques is a local webcomic artist that writes Questionable Content, which I read often. It's set it Northampton, so sometimes it's fun to spot familiar buildings in the background of the strip. This guy takes twittering to a whole 'nother level. All of his characters from the comic have their own twitter accounts, which is ridiculous. He must spend all day on twitter, writing about what fictional peopl are doing in their daily lives. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. Maintaining these accounts, writing in character for all these different people, and keeping track of what they're doing in cartoon Noho shows a real dedication to developing the world of his story. But it also says a little something about the cartoonist. A little something that sounds like "crazy."

Ah well.
In other news, Paul and I have been watching the first season of Lost together. I wanted to try and get him caught up in time to watch season 6 with mike and me. At the rate we're going through them, it's a goal that seems pretty attainable. The best part is, Paul is very eager to watch them. I think I got him addicted! We're watching the the season finale tonight. I'm very excited that Paul is liking the show, and that I'm getting a chance to watch all the old episodes in a row. It's a good way to remember all the crazy shit you forgot about. Like, how Charlie used to be the resident sass factory, and how it used to be all about the numbers!

The good ol'days!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Hipster Horse

I read this exceptionally fine article the on adbusters the other day about hipsters. Basically, how they are a "counter-culture" movement that thrives on nihilism, without a maxim or a goal short of having the coolest bicycle. Their rebellion is all about their image. Interesting too is the fact that hipsters hate to admit they are hipsters. It's probably one of the only cultural posses in American history that has no self identifying members.
The article also brings up a good point about the appropriation of previous movements. Namely, that hipsters love to emulate the trappings of the working class; Flannel Shirts, woolen caps, and PBR. Its a huge part of the identity, that has become cool through the lense of irony. There is no better example of this than the ironic hipster moustache.

Its hard to pinpoint when moustaches stopped being equated with 70's porn stars and started being "funny". I think it kicked off sometime around this:

Personally, I'm not really bothered that people want to wear their sarcastic fads on their faces. In fact, I think that some people even look good with a little lip hair (though I have technically forbidden Paul from having one...). I do think that the trend has gotten a little out of control though, when even horses are doing it to get hipster cred.

This last horse, Alfie, is so proud of his moustache that he runs away if he thinks his owners are trying to trim it. Somebody get this Stallion an American Apparel T-shirt, stat!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

States n' Stuff

Last night, Paul and I went out for a beer with some fellow blogging friends (Addison and Tim). I had a Mayflower Pale Ale and a Greenflash Imperial IPA. I used to detest IPAs, couldn't even fathom drinking them. Much to my surprise, they have grown on me. This was one of the hoppiest IPAs I've ever had. Intense hoppy flavors used to taste bitter and harsh to me, but now I really like them. They remind me of grapefruit juice.

Anyways. The sad part of this bar jaunt was that it was the last time we got to hang out with Tim before he takes a magical journey to the cowboy state. Tim is moving to Wyoming to help count toads. This shouldn't be confused with that summer job he had, where he was counting fish. Actually, this new job sounds much, much more dangerous. Tim is packing a snake bite kit!

Other than poisonous snakes, Wyoming has a lot to be proud of. The whole state has population smaller than Amherst (when the students are in town). I think this is pretty neat, sparsely populated space is an amazing rarity. Wyoming was also the first state to let women vote. Which is pretty darn cool.

I had no idea just how cool Wyoming was until I uncovered this amazing truth :

Wyoming has an official state dinosaur: and that dinosaur is the Triceratops.

I was totally blown away by the awesomeness of this. A state dinosaur! I immediately went to the Massachusetts state fact list to see what ours was. Guess what? We don't have one!

We have an official state bird, a state game bird, a state marine mammal, a state horse, a state cat, a state bean, a state soil, a state insect, a state fish, a state muffin, a state cookie, and a state folk dance but NO state dinosaur.

I'm pretty saddened by this. I really feel like I have no choice but to declare Massachusetts uncool. How can we have an official state beverage, but not a dinosaur? It's basically terrible.

Here are the rest of the states that have now surpassed us in cool points, on the Caroline Scale.

1. Colorado - The Stegosaurus
Colorado gets the best mountains, and the stegosaurus. It really doesn't seem fair. Although, Paul and I were talking about this particular dinosaur the other day. It has a wicked tiny brain mass- we're talking about a walnut sized node fueling a 6,800 lb animal. They were probably so gullible! I bet you could trick them into anything.

2. Washington DC - The Capitalsaurus.

Ok. So Washington DC isn't really a state, but our nations capitol gets a dino too. Kind of. I actually haven't been able to find any sort of artists rendering of the "Capitalsaurus". Also, the only specimen they have of this species is a single vertebrate that was uncovered digging sewers in DC. So, it's probably just some other theropod...but don't tell the senators.

3. New Jersey - Hadrosaurus Foulkii

This actually pains me to write. I can't believe New Jersey gets a dinosaur. Stupid New Jersey! It was really really hard for me to give up the cool points to my least favorite state...but I guess they earned it...*grumble grumble*

4. Missouri - Hypsibema

This little guy used to roam the lush jungles of Missouri (assuming that this area was A. jungle and B. lush) in the late Cretaceous period. At least, according to Edward Drinker Cope, who claimed to discover him 1869. Evidence of this being a unique species is considered "dubious"- and we're talking about a discovery from a dude who used to self medicate with formaldehyde. Seriously. Way to go MO!

5. Maryland - Astrodon Johnstoni
This was the second dinosaur discovered in the United States. Well, not technically, because the guy who discovered it didn't give it a proper scientific name. WHATEVER!

6. Texas - Pleurocoelus

Texas picked this guy to be their official state dino because its 60 foot long frame embodied the size and strength of Texas. I was totally going to call Texas out on this one. According to Wikipedia, the Pleurocoelus is actually believed to be an Astrodon. AKA THE STATE DINO OF MARYLAND. But it turns out that Texas picked this mascot 1 year before Maryland picked theirs. Fascinating stuff, right?


I think MA should make their state dino the pterodactyl. Nobody has called dibbs on any of the flying sauruses yet! Now is our chance!

Also: Tim, have an awesome time on your wild west adventure. We love you and will miss you much! Have fun frolicking in the western wheatgrass (state grass) and eat lots of cutthroat trout (state fish)!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wednesday Dinner #2 - Refried Beans

This Wednesday dinner is a great filler meal that keeps on giving. Refried Beans make for quick lunches and dinners, are a protein rich substitute for meat, and go great on nachos.
It wasn't until I went on my honeymoon with Paul that I really learned how much I liked Mexican food. Now I can't imagine living without Tacos.

We took this neat jungle tour into the remoter parts of the area. You rode in the back of these giant Mercedes Benz Trucks through sweet little villages, rough jungle roads, and across rivers. The guide told jokes, talked about Mexico, and plied you with Alcohol. I will probably never again do a Tequila shot while riding in the back of a truck going 65 miles per hour down the highway.

We stopped along the way at this house in the middle of the jungle where this family grew all their own food. In the jungle garden there were baby chickens running around cheeping frantically. There, I had the tastiest tacos I've ever had. The tortillas were homemade and fresh off the griddle. The corn flour was even freshly ground. The salsa we put on it was amazing too. It had Nopales (aka prickly pear aka cactus) in it. It was magically delicious. After eating tacos like that, I could never doubt my love of Mexican food again.

This recipe was inspired by the one in the Joy of Cookin'. I added a few things though to jazz it up a bit.

1 Medium Onion
2 Jalepeno Peppers
4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Tbsp Chilli Powder
1 Bag Dried Kidney Beans
1 Cup Reserved Bean Water
Cumin and Salt to Taste

I really prefer the taste of dried beans to canned. It takes a longer prep time to make this way, but it isn't labor intensive at all. Plus you get that satisfying feeling of making something from scratch!

First, you need to soak the beans over night. Pick over the beans, to make sure there are no rocks in them. I used to just ignore that step of the recipe, then I discovered a pebble in a mouthful of burrito. Beware the tiny rocks! Put the carefully inspected legumes into a bowl and cover them with water.

The next day, transfer the beans to a large pot and bowl for 45 minutes to an hour. Once the Beans are soft, drain them, setting aside 1 cup of the liquid. Return the beans to the bowl. Now the most fun part of the recipe...mashing! Squash the heck out of the little guys until they become smooth. If any of you out there still don't have a potato masher in your life, I strongly recommend this one by Oxo:

They make such good kitchen tools. I've still got my eyes on these awesome measuring cups that you don't have to bend over to read. What a good invention!

Anyways, back to the recipe!

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan. Add The Onions, Peppers and Garlic. 2 Large Jalapeno peppers give the beans a medium spiciness, so add more or less depending on your taste. Saute until soft. Coat the vegetables with 1 Tbsp Chilli Powder.

1 cup at a time, add the mashed beans to the veggies, stirring often. Once combined, Add the cup of reserved water.

Stir over medium heat until the consistency is just a little thinner than you want it to be, as the beans thicken while standing. Add more Chilli Powder, Salt and Cumin to taste.

This should make enough beans for about 12 tasty tacos. The bag of dry beans costs about the same as a can of prefried beans, and yeilds about 3 times the amount of food. Plus, you don't have to deal with the creepiness of the beans coming out in the shape of a can, like cranberry sauce or dog food.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Boldly going forward cuz we can't find reverse

I am so so excited about the new Star Trek Movie. I just read this article about the British debut of the film. I knew that this movie was going to get my inner-nerd all hot and bothered, but It didn't really click, until seeing this article, on just how many levels it pushed my geek buttons.

1.It's Star Trek
2. John Cho from Harold and Kumar plays Sulu
3. J.J Abrams of Lost directs
4. Simon Pegg, of Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, plays Scotty.
5. Karl Urban, who played Eomer in Lord of the Rings is Bones

If only I watched Heroes, I'm sure I'd be all pumped about Sylar playing Spock too. It would hit some sort of critical nerd-out velocity at that point I'm sure.

Once I go see it, I shall return to the blogosphere (which I imagine to be like the holo-deck) and write some sort of review.

Maybe I'll dress up for the premeire. I'm got some rubber pointy ears that I bought for Paul's infamous werewolf halloween costume I can wear and be all vulcan like. I'll have to take them off once the movie starts cuz I think they make it kind of hard to hear.

Or maybe I'll wear a little something like this!
This is a "Male Duty Skant" from Star Wars TNG. In the first season of the show, the men were very into this mini skirt tunic thing. Doesn't that actor just look thrilled to be wearing it?
If you sew, here's a pattern.
Make it for your man for the premeire. He'll love it!

Or maybe I'll just opt for the creepies
t thing possible and get this rubber Captain Picard mask. Ugh. Nightmares? This guy is made of them!

What's that you say? Next Generation not really your cup of tea? That's cool. After all, this movie is based on the original star trek series...don't worry! There are plenty of terrible rubber masks to go around for everybody. How would you like to go as Spock? The hair and eyebrows are made of real synthetic hair!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Bird Watch

I recently put our bird feeder back out. We couldn't have up in the winter, because it hangs on the window with suction cups. In cold weather, it constantly fell down. It's great to have back.

We have veritable gangs of birds who hang out by our house. I like to identify them
A House Sparrow

Very Chubby White Throated Sparrow

A Black Capped Chickadee - The State Bird of Massachusetts

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Button holes for Beginners

So I finished that little knitting side project I talked about way back in my first post. Lest I look like some sort of knitting superhero, I will say that I did this project with very thick yarn and 1 cm needles, so it went faster than usual. I sure do put a lot of pictures of myself up here, hmm?
This was a really fun, easy project. It taught me a new knitting technique too - making button holes. I have basically learned everything I know about knitting by watching videos of other people knitting on youtube. Being able to watch exactly what they're doing with the yarn and needles is a huge help, and you can replay the motions until you feel confident you'll mimic it correctly. This video was hugely helpful. I'm feeling a little more confident now about taking on those stupid booties.

When I was at the craft store picking out the buttons to go in said holes, I witnessed the very public breakdown of a family's decorum. It was a mom and a dad, and they had three kids, two girls about 9 and 5, and a little boy about 3. The mom was in a neckbrace. They were trying to find a part for a sewing machine. The dad was running up and down all the aisles, looking for whatever it was, intermittenedly coming back to have a shouting argument with the mom about whatever it was they were looking for. The 3 kids were all sharing one soda, and kept fighting about not getting their turn to drink. The mom had thrown up her arms and shouted something about wanting to leave, but the dad kept insisting on running around the store, up and down every aisle for like the 3rd time looking for this part. The oldest little girl turns to her mom and says "Mom?"
"Don't even ask me." There was a silence for about 45 seconds, then the girl says,
"Can we ask for stuff?"
On the way out, they pass something that has a character on it and the oldest girl points it out to her sister.
"Why did you even show her that!" The mom exploded "Now she's going to want to GET IT!"
At this point, the little boy walks into a display rack and bonks his head, and bursts into tears. The dad is still running around the store. I think they were having the worst day ever.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday Dinner #1 - Mac n' Cheese

I get to have Wednesdays off, which is one of the many perks of my job. I also get to use company stamps for personal mail!

These Wednesdays are awesome to have, because they help me keep up with chores. I also like to use the extra time to cook Paul nice dinners. Basically, Wednesday is my day to enjoy being a housewife, 1950's style. I thought it would be fun to share what I'm cooking for the breadwinner with all you guys out there across the interwebs.

This week I made Mac n' Cheese, the old fashioned way. This is a great recipe from an awesome cookbook; The National Firefighters Cookbook. Maybe its the extra heroism that makes everything taste so good. Every recipe is an original creation of men from stations across America, designed to be cooked in a firehouse. Generally, that means they're easy to make, easy to clean up after, and made to feed a lot of men. There's not a whole lot of vegetarian options in there though (suprised?).

However, this Mac N' Cheese is awesome and vegetarian. Even though it takes twice as long as making it from a box, it's way worth the wait.

DOUBLE CHEESE BAKED MACARONI from Basking Ridge Fire Co #1 of Basking Ridge NJ.

1 cup macaroni
1/4 cup butter
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup minced onion
1 Tbsp parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cup milk
Paprika for color

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook and drain Macaroni. Toss with Butter. Add bread crumbs, cheeses, eggs, onion, parsley, salt, pepper, and milk. Mix well. Turn into greased 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Can also be cooked in the micro for 15 minutes on half power.

The results are soo cheesy and delicious. Adding a fresh diced tomato is also a good improvement. So is cubing some white bread and sprinkling it on top to make a crunchy, toasty crust on top. Mmmm...

I'll try to make an effort in the future to make the food pictures a little more photogenic.

After Dinner, Paul and I sat outside and watched the sunset and drank some Harpoon Leviathan Quad. I really liked this beer, more than I have other Quads I tried in the past. It has a nice flowery taste to it, and the after taste isn't too long-lasting. Plus, an 11% ABV is nothing to sneeze at. The weather has been so nice here lately, its been great to be able to go out and appreciate sunlight again.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Darn. I was pretty pumped up about this rumor that Matthew Perry was going to be on Lost, but it turns out it's fake.

Also, I hope you all had a nice Easter weekend.
Check out these sweet futuristic teas my mom gave me to celebrate Jesus rising from the dead.

The bags are shaped like pyramids too! It's like tea designed by Pablo Picasso. There about 12 different flavors of tea in the box. Some of them have names like Berry Patch, Forest Fruit and Tropical Sorbet. I tried the not so exotic Black Tea, for caffeination was a high priority. I'm pretty sure that bags were switched or something, because it turned out tasting more like Green Passion Fruit than English Breakfast. Oh well. I still like them because they make me feel like I'm from the future.

I'm a Unicorn!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Helsinki is pretty stylish

There are a lot of websites out there now that take pictures of people on the street, documenting what they're wearing. The Satorialist is the most famous of them - got written up in Newsweek and named a "Top Design Influence" by the New York Times.

I'm just gonna throw this out there though, The Satorialist is kind of boring and pretentious. Stuffy I would even say. Stuffy! Just pictures of smug New Yorkers in overpriced trousers. If you want a fashion photo blog (fphlog?) that keeps on giving, you need to check out Hel - Looks.

Hel Looks documents the stylish choices of everyday folk in the capital of Finland. I think the reason it's so superior is that 1. The fashion choices the people make are interesting(slash awesome slash crazy) and 2. They interview the people about their outfits, and what influences their style. People talking about their clothes is actually surprisingly entertaining. Open ended prompts like "what inspires you" are twisted into some pretty out there answers. Throw in the awkwardness of translating from Finnish to English, and you get some remarkable turns of phrase. Hel-Looks is often like "Kids Say the Darndest Things" + "What not to Wear". Like, 65% of the time. The other 35% the subjects are wearing cute stuff, or boring in their self-assessment.

I was going to write some snaky commentary to go with this list, but honestly, the original blurbs speak for themselves.

10 of the Coolest People on Hel-Looks

Merja (26)
"I try to surprise myself with new combinations. I want to avoid certainties. The most important thing is that clothes fit the mood of the day. If they don't, the whole day can be spoilt. My favorite themes are freshness, comfort and love. I've been wearing this outfit for the whole week. I've been happy and playful."

The Muff (20) and Täxi (20)
"I adore myself", says The Muff, the singer and guitarist of Naked, the only band in Finland with a confetti machine of it's own.

"I adore Freddy Mercury", says Täxi.

Islaja (27) and Lussu (28)
Islaja: "I'm wearing my mother's old wedding dress. The bag is a souvenir from Moscow. Cycling wearing a mini-skirt and French soundtracks inspire me."
Lussu: "I love all my treasures found at second hand markets. Last week I made real findings at a dust-bin. Like a dress with church tower prints."

Lari (21)
"I like my backbag because of the ufo pics. My ex-girlfriend gave it to me. The coat used to belong to her, too. It seems that I get all my clothes from my friends.
The 19th century and 80's transgender styles look always good."

Kaisa (22)
"I bought my jacket at children's department, the boots are from Nilson, the bag from Beamhill and the "sealskin" stockings by Vogue. Lately I've been inspired by gross things and bad taste that first make you sick. After seeing too much pastel colours I like to wear something stronger. Next I would like to buy a simple, sharp black dress shirt."
Suvi (26)
"My friend gave me these panties as a birthday present. She embroidered them with pearls, trinkets and bows."
Suvi is wearing jeans by J. Lindeberg and curtain tieback as a necklace.

Murmeli (60)
"I bought my jacket over 10 years ago in Bangkok. I like to wear etno style clothes and shop often at second hand markets. I think socks are an important part of the outfit. These socks are from Stockmann. My favourite outfit is an Afghan dancing dress that I bought at a museum in Amsterdam in 1997."

Seth (11, but born in 1988)
"I don't try to stick to any particular style. I wear and do things that feel natural. Sometimes I feel like a grannie and I colour my hair grey. Sometimes I'm a stylish middle-aged woman and sometimes a child. This teddy bear is not my accessory. I'm going to give it to my mother who is at the hospital. It will bring her joy."

Lassi (22)
"My coat and cap are from UFF and the bag is by Karhu.
My style is inspired sport and political history of the 70's and the 80's, for example distance-runner Steve Prefontaine."

"I dance a lot and it has a great influence on my style. I mostly dance oriental dances but I also perform as an Elvis Presley impersonator. Elvis is style king number one.
My favorite material is leather. I've got many leather jackets. This one is from former Dekadenz. For summer I have light-coloured country style clothes. I walk my own way."