Monday, 18 July 2022

MINI SKIRT THREE WAYS

 Hello dear friends, how are you all?

MINI SKIRT THREE WAYS

The winter weather in Sydney is just awful, it's raining non-stop, there are lots of floods around the city and the wind and a low temperature are making our lives quite miserable to say the least.  And once you are inside, it is almost as cold as outside until you turn on the heater or air-conditioner.  Can hardly wait till the end of it.

MINI SKIRT THREE WAYS

Enough of whinging, let's have some fun.  The skirt you see me wearing was purchased on the same day as the outfit I was modelling for you on a previous post (you can re-capture it here) and was purchased almost on a whim as I was not planning to wear such a short skirt any time soon.  Actually, I don't even remember when was the last time I wore a short skirt at all.

MINI SKIRT THREE WAYS

Then I saw a post from Mireille of Chez Mireille Travel Mom blog where she was modelling a very similar skirt and looking absolutely gorgeous in it and asked myself: "Why not?"

So here are a few versions of my take on a mini skirt.

First one, which I call an "office outfit", contains of a white button up blouse, a skirt, high flat heel boots worn with thick black tights and a black blazer (seen here).

MINI SKIRT THREE WAYS

My second outfit is more street style, I wanted to play with opposites:  short skirt - long coat, however there is no reason that I can't wear it to the office.

MINI SKIRT THREE WAYS

MINI SKIRT THREE WAYS

And last but definitely not least - I swapped the shirt for a white t-shirt and top it up with my biker style leather jacket from Sandro (worn here) for a street style edgy look.

MINI SKIRT THREE WAYS

MINI SKIRT THREE WAYS

MINI SKIRT THREE WAYS

There are two reasons these images were taken indoors.  Number 1, the weather has been so awful, the rain has not stopped for days and going outside for a photo shoot rendering it impossible.  The other reason is I am still not 100% sure I am ready to show off this skirt in public.

What do you think?  Please leave your comments, I truly appreciate your opinion😍.

Until then,

Anna

xoxoxo

Sunday, 3 July 2022

ELVIS INSPIRED OUTFIT

Hello dear friends, hope you are well

There are many reasons why we look for new clothes.  Sometimes it is just a necessity to replace an old garment, other times it is for a special occasion such as a wedding, birthday or anniversary dinner and sometimes we do it just for fun .
Case in point, my today's outfit.  I was aimlessly wandering along the aisles of Zara waiting for my Pilates class to commence, when I stumbled upon these pants. Just looking at this fun print made me smile and I simply couldn't resist the urge to buy them.  As I was heading toward the cash register, I made a quick mental check of what could I wear them with and decided that I need something equally outrageous to go match their vibe.   
And just them my eyes caught an oversized blouse in extremely loud orange colour hanging on a nearby rack (it was very difficult to miss such a bright colour, wouldn't you agree?πŸ˜ƒ)  and I immediately knew that it would have to do.
I hastily paid for my new purchases and rushed to the gym but all I could think of during the class was how this outfit would turn out.
The moment I stepped inside my home, I went to my room to try it on.  I loved both pieces, the blouse looks a bit long but that this is the length de jour at the moment.  Besides, I can always tie it in around the waist if I want to make it look shorter.
When I looked at myself in a mirror, two images sprang to mind:  Elvis Presley (coincidentally, the Elvis movie had just been released throughout Australia, that's probably why I was thinking of him πŸ˜ƒ) and a famous poster of John Travolta in the Saturday Night Fever movie.
And it was then that I decided to have some fun.  I grabbed my husband's guitar, donned big brassy rings on all of my fingers and pretended that I am Elvis Presley.
Once I was done with him, I moved on to imitate Travolta's most recognisable stance which, I must say with all honesty, looks likes like an easy thing to do but turned out to be quite tricky, especially when I was trying to stay still while my husband was taking photos.  I was having great fun all through the photo-shoot and that's what fashion is about.
Have a great week.

Until then,

Anna
xoxox
 

Sunday, 26 June 2022

WINTER WHITES OR HOW TO LOOK STYLISH IN A PUFFER JACKET

Hello lovelies, how are you?
WINTER WHITES OR HOW TO LOOK STYLISH IN A PUFFER JACKET
Our winter has been quite cold from day one, which is quite unusual, especially in the mornings.  The chill factor makes things much worse, sometimes I feel that my face is about to freeze and fall off.  The puffer jackets are flying off the racks like hot cakes and given that most manufactures stick to the colour black, we all now look like universal soldiers πŸ˜„.
WINTER WHITES OR HOW TO LOOK STYLISH IN A PUFFER JACKET
As you can see from the previous post, I also wear a black thick jacket and it provides me with warmth  and comfort.  However, this winter I wanted to break away from the mainstream colours of winter such as your blacks and browns and explore other options such as shades of pale.  I started looking for a jacket that would not only be warm and cuddly but also helps me to retain a sartorial look.  I found my solution in a Uniqlo store when the jacket in a light tan colour caught my eye.  
WINTER WHITES OR HOW TO LOOK STYLISH IN A PUFFER JACKET
It became my starting point and I went from there.  There is some unspoken rule saying that you only wear your whites in warmer months but I wanted override this misconception.  I believe that there is nothing wrong in wearing light colours on a winters day if you follow a few quite simple rules such as:
WINTER WHITES OR HOW TO LOOK STYLISH IN A PUFFER JACKET
Avoid being dressed in white colour from head to toe.  If, for example, you choose to wear white denims, make sure that the other elements of your outfit are not.  Choose a soft neutral palette in tan, cream, nude or off white in soft warm fabrics and cosy styles.
WINTER WHITES OR HOW TO LOOK STYLISH IN A PUFFER JACKET
Layering your clothes is a good idea for keeping you warm and mixing up different tones and textures.
We tend to wear less accessories during the cold months, so don't hesitate to go bold on sunglasses, handbags, thick scarves in interesting patterns could always add a pop of colour and interest to your sartorial winter look.
WINTER WHITES OR HOW TO LOOK STYLISH IN A PUFFER JACKET
Have a great day, dear friends

Until then,

Anna
xoxoxo

Monday, 13 June 2022

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

 Good morning, dear friends.  Hope you are well.

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

It is winter here in OZ and we are freezing, not so much from the lower temperature but from the gusts of cold wind that brings you chills and there is nowhere you can hide from it.  Don't trust those Aussies who would tell you that there is no winter in Australia, they are in denial and can't be trusted.

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

Of course, it is not the winter we used to have back in Russia but we had a different approach to it, either.  For starters, we wore warm clothes, the dwellings had central heating and double glazed windows, etc.  Here, the temperature would not be higher then 12 degrees and you see people on the streets dressed in the same clothes they wore during the summer months, ie thongs, shorts and t-shirts.

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

I have been living here for over thirty years now and are as fascinated by this phenomenon as I was when I saw it for the first time.

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

The one thing I love about winter is watching how the trees and bushes have gradually changed their colours.  Some turned their leaves into a golden yellow, while others become coloured in deep reds and burgundy.  It is a perfect time to take a drive to the Blue Mountains, a rugged region West of Sydney known for its dramatic scenery, steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardensand take a walk through the gardens that are hugely popular among the locals and tourists alike.  Just make sure that you are appropriately dressed as the weather there is far cooler than by the coast.

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

Last Sunday the air was cool but calm, the sun was nice and warm so we decided to take a trip to Nooroo Gardens, one of many parks spread along the mountains to see the change of seasons before the leaves fall off completely. 

I didn't hesitate to bundle up into my all time faithful puffy jacket, scarf, gloves etc.  It was a minimum of five degrees cooler and I felt it in my bones, no matter how fast we walked.  After a pit stop at the local cafe for a bowl of pumpkin soup and a toasty which was exactly what the doctor ordered, it helped to keep the cold away and we thoroughly enjoyed the grounds.

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

The air was so clean, crisp and fresh that our lungs went into overdrive from the abundance of oxygen.  The colours of the foliage were magnificent, we couldn't stop admiring this wonder of nature.  The only flowers that were still in bloom were Hydrangeas, some of their colours I never seen before.

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

It was a lovely invigorating day and we returned home recharged and refreshed.

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

A WALK THROUGH NOOROO GARDENS

Have a great week ahead

Until then,

Anna

xoxo