Monday, 16 July 2018

DOTS, DOTS AND MORE DOTS

Hello everyone, hope all is well with you.

It's still quite cold in Sydney and I am not in the mood for outdoor photos shoots, however last week the weather played nicely and blessed us with a couple of warm days.  Not wanting to miss such an opportunity, I put this outfit on and asked my husband to go to Bondi Beach to take some photos.
I spotted (no pun intended) this skirt during the end of financial year sale (in Australia it ends on the 30th of June) but they didn't have my size so I tried to order it on-line.  I generally avoid buying clothes and shoes via the internet.  I've tried a few times but every time I liked the item and paid for it, for various reasons I was disappointed when it arrived so I had to return it and pay for the postage.
At least, at Zara (their online store) the postage didn't cost me anything and I really liked the skirt so I took a gamble and ordered it.  To my great surprise and delight, it fitted perfectly and looked exactly how I imagined it would.
Although it is made of quite light fabric that is more suitable for warmer months , I am planning to wear it all year around, like on the day like today for example, paired with a jumper and ankle boots.
Although a black colour jumper seems like the most obvious choice, I decided to wear this particular jumper because its print resonates with the pattern of the skirt but on a different size scale thus creating a visual story with a sense of fun.
I wanted to keep the black &white colour scheme for the entire outfit including accessories and for this reason selected this black bag in a classic square shape with an elegant slim white strip along the edges.
I must mention the story behind the handbag I am carrying.  It belonged to my late mother-in-law who was an avid collector of handbags and gorgeous scarfs (that's why I am quite often seen wearing them).  After her passing, my father-in-law wanted to share them among the family members. It was his way of honouring the memory of his beloved wife.
The only thing that I was not mad about is the strap - it was too short and not very attractive.  So I decided to improvise.  I had a black and white woven belt hanging around so I thought to re-purpose it into a strap.  Using the existing fittings, I just replaced the old strap with my newly created one and voila, a totally new bag.

As I mentioned earlier, we took these images at Bondi Beach which, apart from being one of the most famous beaches in the world, has an amazing Graffiti Wall along the promenade.

The images keep changing quite often and even for us who live near by and take a walk along it quite frequently, it is hard to keep up.  The graffiti behind me is one of the recent additions and for a total dots effect I couldn't help but to pose in front of it.  It is created by the a contemporary Indigenous artist, Zachary Bennet-Brook, the owner of Saltwater Dreamtime, "who has a love for for the ocean and creating artoworks which represent his culture and passions."

Till the next post
Love
Anna
xoxo




Thursday, 5 July 2018

MY WINTER BASICS

Hello dear friends, hope you are all well
MY WINTER BASICS
Just wanted to share with you a couple of staples that I bought for myself for our Australian winter.  People often tease me about how cold the winters were back in Russia when I complain that I feel the  cold.  True, it was freezing cold, as it is in the most of Europe and the US in winter but we were wearing weather appropriate clothes and the houses were properly heated and insulated while here, the Australians are in total denial, they strongly believe in perpetual summer and that's why you can see people wearing shorts, t-shirts and thongs (flip-flops) all year round.   
MY WINTER BASICS
It is also true that on the coldest day in most of the country the temperature is always on the plus side and it never snows, but the weather still bites and you need a decent coat, a woollen jumper and a pair of boots to survive it. I love feeling warm and comfortable and always prefer to be dressed according to the season.
MY WINTER BASICS
It is all about layering as quite often a cold morning turns into a nice warm day and if I want to shed a layer or two so it is important to get the basics right starting with a skirt.  I bought this maxi skirt at the same shop at which I bought my black slip-on dress (worn here), Natalie Alamein.  As I mentioned previously, the bulk of her clientele are the millenials, however I managed to score quite a few pieces from her store that I feel quite comfortable wearing.
MY WINTER BASICS
I am all for colours and fun prints but when it comes to basics, my choice always falls on black and neutrals as they act as a blank canvas that allows you to express your taste in accessories, shoes and other embellishments of your choice.  
"WINTER CLOTHES IS ALL ABOUT LAYERING 
SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE THE BASICS RIGHT"
This maxi pencil skirt with a side split is another gem that I found on the rack marked "Sale".  It is made out of very soft and warm woven fabric and hugs my contours rather nicely and I am sure I will be wearing it a lot, to and after work.
MY WINTER BASICS
My other purchase was a neutral colour v-neck jumper. The main feature that attracted my attention was its long oval shaped back with a split detail that adds a contemporary twist and a sense of fun.  Although it looks thin, almost transparent and feels very light, its made of pure wool and is very  warm.  I bought it during the Christmas sale from Sass and Bide.
MY WINTER BASICS
My first look is how I dressed for a day in the office.  I was about to wrap a thick woollen scarf around my neck but changed my mind and instead settled for a lighter one in silk that I don't have to take off once inside, with black and orange print that added a colour punch to my neutrals and some urban panache to my look.
MY WINTER BASICS
A pair of tall black boots and a black handbag completed the look.
MY WINTER BASICS
Later that day I was about to meet a few friends for midweek drinks at one of our local wine bars.  I normally stay away from drinking during the week but our weekend already looked quite busy and we have not seen these people for a while and didn't want to postpone our get-together much further.
Besides, my teenage daughter was giving me hard time and I welcomed any excuse to get out of the house.
MY WINTER BASICS
Not wanting to look like I just stepped out of the office, I swapped the boots for a pair of shoes in bright red (previously seen here) and fishnet stockings (I just love the fishnets and wear them as often as possible).
MY WINTER BASICS
I left the scarf behind and instead put on a pair of long shiny earrings from Swarowski and a matching cocktail ring (no pun intended).
A red patent bag from Louis Vuitton (seen previously here and here) and a swipe of bright lipstick and off I went for a much needed drink.
MY WINTER BASICS

I look  much happier afterwards.

MY WINTER BASICS
Both pieces work very well together, don't you think?

Your comments are greatly appreicated

Anna
xoxo

Thursday, 21 June 2018

WHITE SHORTS - TWO LOOKS

Hi everyone, hope you are all well

These images were taken when it was still summer in Australia but I never was able to come around and blog about them until now.  The weather is so bad that taking photos outside is almost impossible so I dug deep into my archives and found these ones.
WHITE SHORTS  - TWO LOOKS
You have seen me wearing these shirts multiple times, primarily with a t-shirt or light summer top.  Today I am exploring the possibility of wearing them in cooler months with something more stylish than just a pair of sneakers.
WHITE SHORTS  - TWO LOOKS
In my first, daytime, look I am wearing my shirt with an extra long blue and white stripy buttonless blouse from Zara and white Converse sneakers with a pair of lacy navy socks underneath:  fun, casual just with a touch of sophistication.
WHITE SHORTS  - TWO LOOKS
THEN I ASKED MYSELF, IS IT POSSIBLE TO TRANSFORM THIS LOOK INTO SOMETHING RATHER MORE ELEGANT AND EVENING APPROPRIATE?
WHITE SHORTS  - TWO LOOKS
As a general rule of thumb, accessories play a pivotal role in the transformation and for me there is nothing more important than the right pair of shoes.  You can get away by being dressed in a t-shirt, jeans and killer shoes but no matter how glamorous your dress is - pair it with the wrong footwear and your outfit will be drab.
WHITE SHORTS  - TWO LOOKS
So first thing first, I kicked off my sneakers and reached for an open toe Miu Miu high heel shoes in a dusty blue.  The moment I put them on, the vibe of my look shifted a gear.
WHITE SHORTS  - TWO LOOKS
Next step - jewellery.  Since the shirt has pearl cuff links, it helped me to decided what accessories to choose for my upscale look.  After all, nothing speaks style like a string of pearls.  The ones that you see me wearing were bought in Havana at Almacenes San Jose Artisan's Market during our holiday last year. 
WHITE SHORTS  - TWO LOOKS
My last touch was an evening clutch from Ferragamo with gold trimmings and a chain which might be a tad too heavy for a daytime casual outfit but works perfectly for a night out.
WHITE SHORTS  - TWO LOOKS
And that is it.  To be totally honest, I don't think I would implement this look into real life, it was purely an "editorial" exercise, so to speak.  It's just proves once again how important it is for us to understand the power of accessories, even for something as casual as a pair of white shorts.
WHITE SHORTS  - TWO LOOKS
And that is it.  Happy Friday, my dear friends and enjoy your weekend

Anna
xoxo

















Wednesday, 13 June 2018

WHEN METALLIC AND SILK COME TOGETHER

Hi everyone, hope you are all well.

I so envy everyone who lives in the Northern hemisphere and enjoying the warmth of the summer sun while we here, in OZ, are freezing.
WHEN METALLIC AND SILK COME TOGETHER
Back in the days when I was working in a big corporate office, a rare day went by when I didn't wear high heels to work.  Even when I was dressed in pants, I wore heels.  
WHEN METALLIC AND SILK COME TOGETHER
My clothes were mentally sorted into different categories, labelled  "Office attire", "Outfits for going out" and "Casual" garb and I can't remember a single moment when I mixed them together.
WHEN METALLIC AND SILK COME TOGETHER
These days, working in a smaller office in a far more creative environment where jeans are the order of the day, my heels are taking much longer breaks and although I still slide into pumps from time to time, it is mostly for the opera, concerts or big outings with one small exception:  no flats while if I am wearing a skirt.  The heels don't necessary need to be stilettos, they could be a medium height blocked or kitten heels but not flats.
WHEN METALLIC AND SILK COME TOGETHER
I also have to rethink how to wear my clothes with more relaxed approach to what goes with what and doesn't and is not afraid to mix and match items that belong to different "labels".
WHEN METALLIC AND SILK COME TOGETHER
In the old days I would wear the silk skirt with something similarly soft and smooth leaving the metallic top with an oversized image of a love heart printed on its front to be worn with a pair of cargo pants or jeans.
WHEN METALLIC AND SILK COME TOGETHER
Today I am much more flexible and adventurous in my choices of clothing and enjoy the fact that being less rigid and more spontaneous in doing so has expanded my wardrobe and liberated my mind and the outfit I am wearing today is one of the examples of my new thinking.
WHEN METALLIC AND SILK COME TOGETHER
However, true to my beliefs, I still wear dress shoes with my skirts and these ones bought at a Burberry store many years ago which despite their high heels are extremely comfortable remained one of my favourite.
WHEN METALLIC AND SILK COME TOGETHER

Have a great week, my dear friends

Anna
xoxo