Not only have I ventured into COS (many times), I also checked out Zara conveniently during their 70% off sale, because I am a sucker for sales and hate paying full price for things.
I must say, I am quite pleased with the fashion here. Compared to Vancouver, it seems everyone dresses up... even when it has snowed the night before. I mean, the streets could be covered in a sheer layer of ice, and you will still see a woman wearing some type of heel. WHY DID I NOT MOVE HERE EARLIER! Anyways, the cold weather and unbearable wind is putting my layering skills to the test and making me channel my inner Olivia Palermo. If you want to know how cold it is here, think New York City 2013 Polar Vortex and multiply that by at least 20. THAT cold.
Regardless of the weather, I love it in Helsinki. And to be honest, I enjoy the snow- there's something magical about it, especially in the evening- and I'm Canadian so snow's kind of our thing. I love getting to pile layers of clothing on here, not only to stay warm, but to cater to my love and need for layering- it's testing my fashion abilities (and I've already worn my winter boots here... but there are no photos to show for it thank god).