Thursday, 2 April 2020

ME AND MY DUNGAREES

Hello everyone,

How are you keeping?  Are you well stocked with food and activities that will help to see you through this madness and come out on the other side unscathed?
ME AND MY DUNGAREES
Although you have seen me wearing these dungarees on Instagram, thank you for your "likes" and comments, but I didn't actually publicise them on my blog.  Then I thought that while the most of us are in a locked home without much to do, why not open a discussion to find your opinion about whether women of a certain vintage, like myself, should wear dungarees in public?
ME AND MY DUNGAREES
This past summer the dungarees were hugely popular in Australia among young and not so young women and I thought they look cute but I never contemplated the thought of going into a shop and buying a pair for myself.  Somewhere in my head I always associated them with Tom Sawyer's look, a cheeky little boy the adventures of whom were so hilariously written about by the great American writer, Mark Twain.
ME AND MY DUNGAREES
I did a little research about the origin of dungarees and here is an interesting fact:  the first mention of dungaree occurred in the 17th century and it was referred to a cheap, thick, coarse cloth, usually coloured blue or white and "worn by impoverished people in what was then a region of Bombay, India a dockside village called Dongri. Hindi name of this cloth was “dungri”. Dungri was exported to England and used for manufacturing of cheap, robust working clothes. English began to call “dungri” cloth a little differently, and it became “dungaree”. Everyone who needed clothes for hard work that would not tear after a short time, from workers to slaves, began to wear dungarees".
ME AND MY DUNGAREES
Who would've thought that 400 years later they would become a fashion statement?  I bought mine in Cape Town last year on a total whim.  My husband and I were in the CBD for business and on our way back to the car passed a nice looking shop called "Just Cruizin".  A quick look through the big store window confirmed my first impression about it and we pressed the buzzer, which is a common practice in South Africa, to let us in.  As it happened, a sales assistant, nice lady of a similar age to mine, was wearing a pair of dungarees in deep indigo. She was all smiles and very helpful and when I asked how she feels about them, she just smiled and said "Fantastic".  
ME AND MY DUNGAREES
It was then that I decided to give them a try.  I normally don't like baggy shapeless garments, even my casual clothes have to be well constructed but when I put the dungarees on, I felt liberated like I had not a care in the world.  Looking around the shop, I noticed that all the garments were made of high quality cotton but cost far less then the price that I would pay for it in Sydney so I continued shopping.  A blue wrap-around blouse, a pair of earrings and a cocktail ring and a pair of dungarees, of course, all found their way into my shopping bag.
ME AND MY DUNGAREES
The first occasion that I wore my new dungarees came the next day, when my husband and I took a drive to Stellenbosch, a picturesque small town just about 40 minutes drive from Cape Town surrounded by beautiful vineyards and the mountains nature reserved.  Our destination was Vergenoegd Wine Estate, well known not only for their wines but also for the daily parade of over 2,000 Indian Ducks that is well know all over South Africa and attracts a lot of visitors.  
ME AND MY DUNGAREES
They called Runner Ducks because they stand upright like penguins and instead of waddling, the ducks run.  The show takes place three times daily and it was a lot of fun watching those ducks, running along the path, aided by the vineyard's staff.  I was pleased that I was dressed for the occasion 😎
ME AND MY DUNGAREES
ME AND MY DUNGAREES

ME AND MY DUNGAREES
Back in Sydney, I grew to like my dungarees so much that they become my "go to" casual outfit.  I saw some girls wear them with just a small tank top underneath but you have to draw the line somewhere and that's where I drew mine.   My two most favourite ways to wear them is either with a plain white t-shirt or with white and dark navy stripes top and a pair of sneakers.
ME AND MY DUNGAREES
Here is my question to you my dear friends:  "Would you wear a pair of dungarees and if not, what would be the reason"?
ME AND MY DUNGAREES
Please share your thoughts

Until then

Anna
xoxo
























Sunday, 22 March 2020

HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKINNY CROP JEANS

Hi everyone,
HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKIN-TIGHT CROP PANTS
Hope you are in good spirits and are keeping well.  The last couple of weeks were hard for me, I lost my brother who had been battling Alzheimer's decease for the past 6 years.  It was a terrible loss for the family but probably a blessing for my poor brother.
HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKIN-TIGHT CROP PANTS
The news about the corona virus has been exacerbated by the fact that our regular grocery shopping has turned into a hunt for survival doesn't help to lift my mood.  I swear, I haven't seen supermarket shelves so empty since I left Russia 30+years ago.  First to go were the non-perishables, like toilet paper and paper towels and basic staples like rice, pasta and sugar.  Now people are buying and freezing perishables, like mincemeat, sausages and cold meat cuts.  
HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKIN-TIGHT CROP PANTS
And tough luck if you have a headache because all the non-prescription pain killers are gone from the shelves too.  Unbelievable.  I called my girlfriend in Odessa, my home town, and she offered to send me some toilet paper and whatever else I need.  If back then someone would've told me that one day our roles would be reversed, I would never believe it and yet here we are.
HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKIN-TIGHT CROP PANTS
But enough of that, let's talk about OOTD 😃.  I have been a devotee of JBrand jeans for a very long time, there is something about the cut that even when I wear the most tight ones like these high rise skinny crop jeans, I feel very comfortable.  Up until now all the jeans that I bought from them over the years have been in one solid colour so this busy print is new for me.  I bought them during the summer season but it was too hot to wear them until a couple of weeks ago when the temperature dropped and I moved my shorts to the back of the closet till next summer.
HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKIN-TIGHT CROP PANTS
I think that despite the fact that the print is quite busy, I can easily dress them up or down and wear them differently depending on the occasion.   Today's occasion supposed to be lunch in the upscale restaurant in the city where we were meant to meet my husband's friends from the USA.  Sadly, in light of the current state of affairs all around the world, this lunch as is their trip, went out of the window but "the show must go on".
HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKIN-TIGHT CROP PANTS
You have seen me wearing this linen blazer before here, I am so pleased with it, I wear it with everything from jeans to silk skirts.
HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKIN-TIGHT CROP PANTS
The top is quite new too, I couldn’t pass it for its sunny happy colour, it makes me smile just looking at it.
HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKIN-TIGHT CROP PANTS
The D&G shoes, on the contrary, are so old that they might fall under description  "vintage" but I love them so much, I will wear them till they fall apart.  I wear them a lot, last time seen here.
HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKIN-TIGHT CROP PANTS
HOW I STYLED MY NEW SKIN-TIGHT CROP PANTS
The last but not least, please take a closer look at my earrings.  They are custom made from seed beads by a friend of mine who is extremely talented and everything she makes looks stunning.  I also asked her to make me a bracelet which I will show you when it's done.

Outfit details:  Blazer:  Massimo Dutti, top - Witchery, jeans - JBrand, shoes - D&G, handbag - Bulgari

Stay healthy, active and keep in touch with your family and friends. ☎☻

Anna

xoxo
















Tuesday, 25 February 2020

KHAKI SILK SKIRT AND STRAPPY SANDALS

Hello dear friends, hope you are all well.

KHAKI SILK SKIRT AND STRAPPY SANDALS
Before I will tell you about the outfit of the day, I want to share with you a short story about it.  Quite some time ago, I received a regular monthly wedding anniversary gift from my husband in the form of a knitted jumper in richly saturated yellow colour that I didn't particularly like.  However, as the saying goes, you don't look a gift horse in the mouth, I thanked my husband for the gift.  As I was just about to try it on, when upon checking the composition of the fabric, I discovered that it contains mohair.  To say that I am allergic to mohair is to say nothing.  Just talking about it makes my skin itch and turn a scarlet red which was a "blessing in disquise" because now I had a legit reason to return the gift without upsetting my dear husband.  Turned out, it was that simple.  Unfortunately,  Bec and Bridge,the shop that he bought it from, does not give the money back  but the sale assistant was happy to do an exchange for something I like.  
KHAKI SILK SKIRT AND STRAPPY SANDALS
As I glanced around the racks, I came to realise that it wouldn't be easy to find a replacement.  Not that the clothes were bad but they were designed for far younger customers who are blessed with amazing figures and would not be ashamed to show off their midriff.  I chose a few items to try on but every time I put it on, I didn't like it on me at all.  
KHAKI SILK SKIRT AND STRAPPY SANDALS
Luckily for me, the shop is located in a massive shopping centre where I do my grocery shopping and which hosts my gym, so it became a part of my routine to make a detour there and look for a replacement. This practice went on and on for months.  I was feeling quite exhausted from this forced shopping experience but couldn't give up $250 and kept coming back.  Then, during the after-Christmas shopping, I went there on a whim and saw a skirt that I liked.  I wasn't particularly looking for another silk slip skirt, besides it was cheaper than the original purchase price but it was the best I could find so I took it to the register together with my credit note.  The shop assistant checked it on her computer and told me that today was a last day that I was able to use and as of tomorrow it would  expire!!!  I couldn't believe my luck.  She was very kind and even extended the date on the balance for another 6 months. 
KHAKI SILK SKIRT AND STRAPPY SANDALS
I like wearing it with the high neck sleeveless top in black which I bought last year from Victoria and Woods.  I always was attracted to this style but what also appealed to me that the print is quite delicate, the shape of the flamingo birds is lightly outlined so the print does not look too busy when worn with other prints. The collar is not solid and could be tied into an elegant bow which cascades down over the long key-hole opening at the back..
KHAKI SILK SKIRT AND STRAPPY SANDALS
This classic skirt is made from wash silk, cut on the bias for and has an elasticated waistband for a flattering fit. 
KHAKI SILK SKIRT AND STRAPPY SANDALS
The shoes are new too.  I couldn't walk past these elevated multi-strap slides from Country Road with quite an unusual geometric heel shape.  The heel is not overly high which makes the shoes very comfortable yet stylish enough to wear on a special occasion.
KHAKI SILK SKIRT AND STRAPPY SANDALS

I AM WEARING:
Shoes:  Country Road
Glasses:  Burbury (old)
Bag:  Chanel (old)

Sunday, 16 February 2020

A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP

Hello dear friends, hope you are all well.
A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
The first and the last time I visited Sydney's Chinese Garden was about thirty years ago when I had just arrived in Australia and slowly and steadily began exploring our new home.  Over the years the Garden underwent a massive transformation and as I was told by a friend of mine who recently took her overseas visitors there, looks very pretty and is definitely worth visiting.  
A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
Isn't it fascinating how people go to great lengths, spend thousands of dollars and an enormous amount of their time to travel across the globe to see a special place they read or heard about while something truly beautiful is a short car drive away?  So, one Sunday morning we found ourselves walking along the winding path running between the trees and flower bushes and admiring the big fat Koi fish lazily swimming in custom built ponds of the garden.   
A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
It sits on a heritage-listed site in Sydney CBD and is part of large recreational and pedestrian precinct called Darling Harbour and officially called the Chinese Garden of Friendship.  
A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
 A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
We went there during the Sydney Lunar Festival - the biggest Lunar New Year celebration outside Asia, which offers an amazing array of events from night food markets to art exhibitions and installations to concerts and workshops. There is truly something for everyone to participate in and enjoy and its always attracts a huge attendance from locals and visitors alike.  
 A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
One installation that caught our eyes was the so called lucky MoonGates, designed by a local artist in partnership with the Chinese Garden ofFriendship.  As I stepped through the Moon Gates, I was fascinated by the rainbow of bright colours and motifs depicting the Rat zodiac including lilies which are considered the luckiest flowers for the Year of the Rat.
 A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
Despite the very dry summer season, high temperatures and recent bushfires that were raging across Australia for the past 3 months, the exotic trees looked brightly green and luscious, the wide variety of blooming flower bushes were saturated with bright colours of the rainbow.  The ponds, filled with big fat white and red Koi fish were clean and looked tranquil.  According to the guidebook, the design of the garden follows the principles of 'Yin-Yang' – the balance of opposing yet complementary forces – the harmonious five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  
 A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
Even though there were other people here and there obviously enjoying the beauty of this inner-city oasis, we experienced a feeling of calm, serenity and we felt at a piece with the world.
A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
How do you like to spend yours?  Is walking in the park your cup of tea or you are an adrenaline junckie?

Anna
xoxo