Friday, 11 August 2017

I AM GIVING A COLD SHOULDER

Hi everyone,

For a reason unbeknownst to me, I was not going to just jump into the trend of cold shoulder tops except recently, while walking through the maze of shops of  the Westfield shopping centre, I spotted this bright red blouse with a floral detail hanging in the window of  a Witchery store.
Cold shoulder floral top, black skinny jeans, red shoes
If you are regular reader, you know how much I love bright colours and boldly patterned prints and I just couldn't walk past this top and not at least try it on.  The rest, as they say, is history.
Cold shoulder floral top, black skinny jeans, red shoes
Made of a smooth fabric with a white oriental flower motif print all over and with a ruffle detail around the cold shoulder, there was nothing that I didn't like about it.
Cold shoulder floral top, black skinny jeans, red shoes
Moreover, what is so great about this blouse is that, while being a major trend this season, it is still so versatile that it will look great paired with great basics from my capsule wardrobe collection (read about it here) for the evening as well as with a pair of skinny jeans for an every day look like today.
Cold shoulder floral top, black skinny jeans, red shoes
I am wearing it with my new black skinny jeans and quite an old pair of red shoes for the pure joy of the colour impact however, if I am pairing it with something more elegant, I would choose shoes in a less obvious colour, black or nude should look nice.
Cold shoulder floral top, black skinny jeans, red shoes

Cold shoulder floral top, black skinny jeans, red shoes

Until then,
Anna
xoxo

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

ADD A COLOUR PUNCH TO CLASSIC BLACK AND WHITE

Hi everyone,

I love shift dresses and this one is one of my favourites.  It has an easy feel about it, suits almost all body shapes and thanks to its strong monochromatic print does not require much accessorising.  Made out of thick cotton, it is perfect for Sydney's winter.  I usually wear it with thick black leggings under a warm winter coat.
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Today the temperature has climbed up a little and I was able to ditch my warm coat in favour of a much lighter version and take a nice stroll through the park with my husband.
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This coat is one of my favourites because of its print:  while its colour combo of black and white speaks of timeless elegance, its animal print carries a totally different message, telling the world that the women wearing this coat likes to have some fun with fashion.
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Last Saturday while sitting in the hairdresser's chair waiting for the hair colouring to take effect and flipping through a home styling magazine, I came across an image of a beautifully decorated living room with the comment underneath saying:
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START WITH THE TIMELESS BLACK AND WHITE, THEN ADD PUNCH AND PERSONALITY
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 and although that comment was referring to a room, I can't see why it could not equally be applied to fashion.
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Once I've read what I wrote, I  realised that this post is rather short but hey, sometimes a picture worth a thousand words, right?
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Until then
Anna
xo

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

MY CAPSULE WARDROBE

Hi everyone,

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would recall my telling you that my husband and I are great aficionados of classical music and quite often spend our Saturday evenings at the Sydney Opera House attending a concert, an opera or the ballet.   We always looking forward to these evenings when you can leave the real world behind and just relax and enjoy the music and let it work its magic.
Enjoying a pre-concert drink at Sydney Opera House forecourt
We have tremendous respect for art and in a tribute art and the people who make it possible for us to enjoy, we always make an effort to dress for the occasion to the point that, if during our travels, we plan to attend a concert, we pack appropriate attire just for that.  Call me a snob but I cringe when I see people wearing shorts and sandals inside the opera house or a concert hall.
Attending Macbeth at Zurich Opera House
You would not believe me but I spend far less time choosing what I will wear to the Opera than to the gym, I am kidding, of course.  On a serious note, I know exactly what I am going to wear on the night.  The secret to this phenomenon is the presence of what I call "A capsule wardrobe" consisting of pieces of clothing that are not subject to a current trend or fab and don't belong to any particular style or era but to quote Susie Faux who first coined this phrase: "A collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces".
Black midi-skirt-black-cashmere sweater-long-black-coat-high-heel-shoes
Think about a classic black tuxedo jacket, a white silk blouse or a simple but oh so chic LBD or simple black cashmere sweater.  As for accessories, a string of white natural or faux pearls is all you need.
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A CAPSULE WARDROBE IS A COLLECTION OF A FEW ESSENTIAL ITEMS OF CLOTHING THAT DON'T GO OUT OF FASHION
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It is worth investing in a pair of good quality black pants, preferably with a straight or slightly slim leg shape that you can wear time and time again without ever looking out of style.
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Add to the list, a classical jacket or blazer in black or navy.  Quite a while ago I bought myself a navy jacket with silk lapels from Zara which I have worn numerous times to all sorts of events and it always looks good.
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If you click on this link, you will see me wearing it to the Opera House few months ago paired with  a lace black top and the pair of black pants which I mentioned earlier.
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A black slim cut or pencil skirt is another great staple to have in your wardrobe.  Not only does it look very elegant but it can be worn with almost any kind of a shirt, blouse or cami, a pencil skirt tends to make us look a few inches slimmer and a few inches taller, more so when worn with heels, which is great, right?
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And that brings me to the last but definitely not least item on my list, shoes.  In fact, I should have made them item number one.  As I always say, never underestimate the power of shoes, they will either make your outfit or break it.
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If you only want to spend money on one good pair of shoes, I suggest a pair of black elegant shoes which will let you get away with almost anything you wear.   Sometimes, if I feel like wearing black from head to toe is too much I would wear shoes in some other colour.
Black midi-skirt-black-cashmere sweater-long-black-coat-high-heel-shoes
You don't have to have all of the above, invest in pieces that you would enjoy wearing time and time again and in which you look your best and feel comfortable.  It is so much easier to come up with a good outfit when you already have the key elements in your wardrobe.  Certainly, you don't have to have them all, choose the pieces that you suit you best and that you would feel comfortable wearing time and time again.

I am wearing:  skirt - Alexander Wang, sweater - Cos, shoes - Bali, coat - Beck&Bridge, jewellery - Georg Jensen

Do you own a capsule wardrobe and if yes, what it is consist of?

Anna
XO

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

WHO SAYS RED AND GREEN SHOULD NOT BE SEEN?

What I love about fashion blogging is the sharing of ideas, styles, fashion news and inspirations with other fashionable women that enriches and inspires me in so many ways, gives me confidence and brings a sense of feeling great about myself which brings me to the topic of today's blog.
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There was not one but two bloggers that inspired me to share this outfit with you.
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WHO SAYS RED AND GREEN SHOULD NOT BE SEEN?
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Let me tell you about inspiration number one. A while ago Jacqui from Mummabstylish  shared with us a post where she was wearing cargo pants that she paired with red shoes.  I left a comment saying that I love that look and that since I also have a pair of similar pants and a pair of red shoes and a matching handbag, I might copy her look and she gave me her blessing.
Green cargo pants-green sleeveless top-red shoes
There is a scientific explanation why we love this colour combination so much, just think Christmas decorations for example.
Green cargo pants-green sleeveless top-red shoes|red hadnbag
If you look at the colour wheel which is a visual representation of colours according to their chromatic relations, you will see that the red and green are sitting right opposite each other and therefore called complimentary colours.

Since red and green are both strong colours, I didn't want to add any more colours to my outfit and thus chose the colour of my top from the same family of green just with a slightly different shade.  Keeping my accessories simple (except the handbag), I selected a pendant in buffalo horn from Hermes, suspended on an adjustable leather cord.
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This pendant is very special to me, it was given to me by my older daughter on my 45th birthday.  She was a student back then, so I can imagine how difficult it must have been for her to afford such a beautiful gift.
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The second contributor that inspired me to wear this outfit was a comment made by Sheela from Sheela Writes about a floral long shirt dress from Marks & Spencer (you can read a full story about this collaboration here).  She wrote (no pun intended) that she would wear this dress as a light coat over skinny jeans and a simple top.
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It all happened a while ago and I  haven't had a chance to replicate Jacqui's look or implement Sheela's idea until last week I was asked if I can re-style one of the outfits of my recent collaboration between Marks & Spencer and Shopping Links and all of a sudden the light went on in my head and all the pieces suddenly came together and an outfit was born.
Green cargo pants-green sleeveless top-red shoes-floral-shirt-dress

Green cargo pants-green-red shoes

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