Thursday, 15 April 2021

BLACK LINEN PANTS WITH PEARL BUTTONS

 Hello dear friends, hope you are well.

I had quite a busy week.  My grandson just turned two months and I thought it was high time to introduce him to my extended family.  BC (before COVID) times, they would just roll up at the hospital the next day after his birth bearing gifts, flowers and best wishes and it would be all.  Now, with the restrictions limiting the number of visitors to just two at time and the time that the mother and a new born stay at the hospital is shortened to the necessary minimum, some of them didn't even have a chance to stop by.  Then my daughter didn't want to have anything till his first vaccination, then there was Pesach closely followed by Easter and at long last, the date was set.  

Traditionally, it's the young parents who would host such an occasion with the help of grandparents, of course, however, unluckily for me, my daughter wasn't interested in doing anything at all which I kind of understand, what with looking after two children under school age and all, so I took it upon myself to take charge and have it at my home.  

I prepped, chopped, sliced, marinated and cooked loads of food for twenty people (eighteen of mine +my two in-laws).  My husband took a rain over BBQ while I was playing a role of the hostess with the mostest ๐Ÿ˜‹. 

We both felt totally exhausted by the end of the big day but everyone seemed to be enjoying  themselves judging by the number of phone calls and messages I received from my guests afterwards thanking me for having a good time.  Mission accomplished๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. 

Although the Australian summer season is officially over,  the days are surprisingly warm and we can still wear our light clothes.  Speaking of light clothes, this summer season the most commonly worn fabric on the fashion scene was linen.  

I have never seen so many women dressed in linen smocks or men wearing linen shirts and shorts since my last trip to Italy.  I wasn't going to jump on this wagon until I saw these black cropped linen pants from Pingpong.  

The problem with having too many black pants is that quite often they look almost identical unless there is some distinctive feature that will tell them apart.  In the case of my new trousers, it was the presence of white pearl decorative buttons that set makes them look different that caught my eye.

This outfit is rather obvious, a never failed old time favourite black and white combo from head to toe.  The blouse is from Reiss that I previously modelled for you here, I like the striking contrast of these two colours:  white blouse against black pants punctuated by the big white pearl buttons all the way dawn to my black&white LV sneakers.  Even my off-white Furla handbag comes with a black trim around it ๐Ÿ˜€.

Hopefully the weather will hold a little longer so I can give my new purchase a whole run.

Till the next post, dear friends

Anna

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Sunday, 11 April 2021

POSTER OF FIGS BY PHOTOWALL

Hello everyone, how are you all

Today’s post is not much about clothes but more about home dรฉcor.  I don’t think I ever mentioned it but home styling and decorating is one of my passions and I am more than happy when my friends seek my advice on this subject.  I also run a small consultancy business where I advise my clients on colour schemes and accessories and help them in sourcing furniture, textiles and art which brings me to the subject of today’s post.

POSTER OF FIGS BY PHOTOWALL

Recently I was asked to collaborate by a company called Photowall where I was offered to have one of their works of my choice.   I was quite interested to find out what type of images are on offer in case one of my clients would ask me to help them to choose an artwork suitable for their home so as you can see this collaboration was right up my alley.

I wasn’t familiar with this company before.  As the name suggests, they specialise in printing artworks of your choice that could be framed (and you can choose from white, black or a natural appearance) or an unframed picture, with or without a border, you can have it printed on canvas or as a poster.  You can also select the size of your artwork.  Their library is enormous, there over twenty categories on offer, covering all sorts of tastes and interests:  nature, mystic, architecture, cities and places, children, food & drink, just to name a few, some of them contain more than thousand choices but if that cannot satisfy your demand,  you can ask them to customise and print an image of your own.  

POSTER OF FIGS BY PHOTOWALL

Some people like to scroll through the whole library just waiting until something catches their eye, others would know exactly what they are looking for.  Either way, once you decided on the image you would like to purchase, you will be asked to choose its appearance, i.e. would you like to have it printed on canvas or paper, framed or unframed etc.  All steps are pretty straight forward and each option can be clearly seen on the screen.  All the steps are pretty straight forward and once the invoice is paid, the final artwork can be at your door within the next 3 days, depending of what type of delivery you paid for.

In my case, I knew exactly what I wanted.  My daughter and her partner are renovating a kitchen/dining area of their home as we speak and this image of ripe figs that I chose for them would be perfect for this part of their house. 

POSTER OF FIGS BY PHOTOWALL

Meanwhile I am incorporating it into a small vignette above my antique wooden cabinet that my husband schlepped all the way from South Africa.  Do not you think this image is lovely? I am sure, my daughter would be happy to have it on her wall.

POSTER OF FIGS BY PHOTOWALL

You can view the Photowall work by clicking on the link.  Use this code lookingfabulousatfifty25 to receive 25% discount and have fun.

If you unsure of what image to hang on your wall, I will be more than happy to help you with your enquiry.  Just send your question to my email:  annamarcus@optusnet.com.au.

 

Until then,

Anna

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Monday, 29 March 2021

HOW I WORE MY NEW POLO RL BLAZER

Hi everyone, hope you are well.

As our summer is coming to an end, I decided to make a stocktake of my wardrobe to make sure that I am ready for autumn.  During this process it was revealed that I might need to buy myself a new jacket as the one I’ve been wearing last season has become slightly tight ๐Ÿ˜ก

HOW I WORE MY NEW  POLO RL BLAZER

I have been thinking of investing money into an iconic blazer for a while and looks like the time has come for me to do just that.  Paying a fair amount of money for a good quality, timeless pieces of clothing or accessories aka investment pieces is not a new concept to me and I can attest that if you do your research and spend your money wisely, it’s money well spent ๐Ÿ‘. 

 

Truth be told, I can’t remember ever spending a small fortune on my clothes or accessories, however over the years I did pay fair amount of money on high end leather goods like handbags, shoes and belts and never regret buying any of these items.  When you buy an expensive handbag, you are not just paying for the label, you are paying for high quality, excellent services and years of enjoyment.

 

Clothes is a slightly different matter, still a good quality item of closing should last you for a few good years without showing any signs of wear as well as always looking smart and in fashion.

Armed with this knowledge, I set myself out on a mission to buy a good quality smart looking blazer that will not break the bank.  Alas, after perusing the internet for a few hours, it appears to be a slight problem as every item that I liked costs much more that I was prepared to spend. 

 

Then one day I was shopping for a gift for my husband at a department store and stopped at Ralph Lauren’s concession stand to check what’s on offer.  Their blazers look sharp and smart but I dismissed the ones that bore the RL crest on a breast pocket but then a plain double-breasted black blazer in knitted fabric caught my eye.  The crest was nowhere to be seen, just the signature silver buttons that run along the front and four buttons on each cuff.  It looked good, so I decided to try it on.

 

I instantly liked its fit. I have quite narrow shoulders and often when I put a blazer or a coat on, it looks like the shoulder line of the garment extends well past my shoulder bone which makes the extra fabric sag around my upper arm which does not look good at all.  Luckily, this blazer was exactly what the doctor ordered ๐Ÿ˜‰.  I liked its length, not too long, not too short.  It looked sharp when buttoned-up and has a casual chic vibe when opened.  Long story short – I bought it.

 

I was keen to see how well it would look worn with my existing wardrobe, like I do with any new item of clothing that I buy before I make a final decision.  After a few different combos, the verdict was in, I am keeping it.

 

Here is just one outfit that I came with during the “trial period” as I call it.  It has been quite a few years since I wore a short skirt but I thought I would give it a go.  I wanted to maintain a smart look despite that my skirt was quite short and for that reason I chose to wear black from head to toe.  The only exception to it was a long string of white pearls which I wrapped around my neck. 

 

I have another outfit in mind that involves this jacket but I will save it for another post.

Until then,

Anna

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Sunday, 14 March 2021

WEEKENDS ARE PRECIOUS

Hello dear friends.  How are you all?

We in Sydney are so lucky with the weather despite the fact that our summer is officially over that we use every opportunity to spend time outdoors and last weekend was no exception.  The weather is exceptionally good, not as hot as it was in summer and definitely less humid, just a delight to be outside ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž.

Weekends are precious and you want to make the most of it.  You have two glorious days devoid of responsibilities and full of possibilities.   Last Sunday blessed with the glorious weather, we drove to the beach suburb of Bundeena, about a one hour drive from our home which runs first along the coast, then through the Royal National Park.  Truth be told, neither my husband nor myself nor my friends had heard about this beachside suburb before and yet it is a lovely place situated between the coast on one side and by the Park on the other, so they have the best of both worlds.  This attracts a lot of visitors from other suburbs, especially on weekends but somehow it didn’t feel overcrowded.

When we arrived in the late morning, the local market was in full swing and we walked around sampling local delicacies, checking out the wares and just watching the crowd having a good time to the soft tune of a local band.

The other reason we went there was to follow the so called Art Trail where the local artists open their studios and invite the public to come in, browse through their art works and even make a purchase or two.  One of the artists even kindly allowed me to be photographed in her garden.

We had lunch at a lovely cafรฉ and then took a stroll along the main drag and down to the water, then got in our car and went around for the drive.

My outfit for the day was a simple black spaghetti strap dress and espadrilles - comfortable, casual yet good enough to walk into a nice cafรฉ and didn’t look out of place.  Lately, I took to liking to tie a nice scarf around my shoulder when I am wearing a sleeveless dress partly to protect my shoulders from the harsh Australian sun but mainly, I’ve become hugely attracted to them after watching a French TV show called Dix Pour Cent or Call My Agent in English on Netflix (which I would definitely recommend) where I noticed how men and women alike always have a scarf wrapped around the neck with everything they wear.  

And they do it with such a panache or as French call it je ne sais quoi.  I was also influenced by watching French movies during the Alliance-Francaise French Film Festival which is, to my delight, is in Sydney at the moment.   Both, my husband and I๐Ÿ’– love European cinematography. Last year we only managed to watch one movie and then everything went into lockdown.  So far, we saw Appearances, a modern day drama, Delicious, a recipe for sensory overload and 1968 remake of Breathless with Jean Paul Belmondo (does anyone else remember him?) So far, three out of three, all were different but equally enjoyable ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.

Seeing J P Belmondo on the the screen brought back memories of my childhood. We grew up watching Italian and French movies back in Russia.  Sadly, they are not on the list of the most popular to watch here in Australia that’s why when the Italian or French film festival arrives, I become extremely excited and we try to watch as many movies as humanly possible.

And this is it for today’s post.  Hope you enjoy reading it, do leave a comment to let me know.

Until then,

Anna

xoxo