Wednesday, 16 January 2019

HOW TO TRANSFORM LINEN SLACKS FROM DAY TO NIGHT

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a wonderful time over the holidays season and ready to take 2019 by the horns, so to speak.  It is not easy to shift your mind back into the grind but I am slowly getting there.
It was one of those days when you planned to do one thing but then something else came up and you had to think quickly on how to make do.  Except for having pre-arranged dinner with friends of ours in the evening, our morning and afternoon were wide open and we were thinking of going to the beach during the day when my daughter called me early in the morning asking if I could babysit my granddaughter, Edie, for a couple of hours.  She promised to be back well before our dinner time and I agreed, of course.
As they live about 20 minutes away from us by car, I figured that the best way to do both without wasting too much time of driving backward and forward would be for me to get dressed at home for something that I can equally wear while playing with Edie and be comfortable and yet good enough to look nice for our dinner date later on.
As the day promised to be quite warm, I settled for a sleeveless top and light linen slacks that I recently purchased from Uniqlo, a gian Japanese designer, manufacture and retailer of the casual wear.  The beauty of wearing linen is not only that it is a natural fibre and is light and breezy but also no matter how wrinkled your clothes might have become, the better it looks.  That is the nature of linen.  Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't probably have chosen linen slacks for a dinner at a restaurant but I figured that if I wear nice shoes and carry a decent hand bag, I could kill two birds with one stone, figuratively speaking.
Edie and I had a wonderful time together and when the time came to say goodbye, I kicked off my sandals and put on high heel strappy sandals that I smartly brought with me together with my evening handbag and some jewellery and voila, I was ready to go.













Thursday, 20 December 2018

BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT

Hi everyone, hope you are fine and not stressed at all. It is not much to go, a couple of weeks and our lives will return to normal.
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT
Apart from typical Christmas shopping frenzy, I discovered yet another aspect that stresses me out every time I step inside the department store:  the abundance of amazing outfits all hanging waiting to be chosen to be worn during the festive season.  
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT
And although I already have a dress that I am going to wear on New Year Night, I still can't help myself  wandering into a store, having a look around and trying on a dress or two.  Surely,  we all know that window shopping, as therapeutic as it can be, can't last forever and eventually I ended up with a purchase.  I just couldn't resist the urge when I spotted this black and white polka dot jumpsuit (pun not intended).
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT
The last time I bought a jumpsuit was four years ago exactly to the day and believe it or not, it was also in polka dot print but in reverse, the background was white and the dots were black.  Moreover, I posted it in my blog on the 18 of December 2014.  
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT
You can read the whole post here.  Is it a coincidence or not???  Back then the jumpsuit was regarded as a new LBD.  Four years later and they are still going strong.
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT
Here is another interesting tidbit:  I don't mind jumpsuits, I quite like them but I don't actually wear them which proves the frequency with which I buy them and it was the print that attracted me to the garment in the first place back in 2014 and now and made me want to buy it.
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT
The other detail that appeal to me is the cut as I always like tops with a scooped neck and open shoulders and I was happy to find that this jumpsuit has side pockets.  
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT
It didn't require any alterations in terms of leg length, the only thing that I didn't care about was a thin soft belt made from the same fabric and was not doing much for my waist so I replaced it with a leather one. 
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT
I am wearing it with my new Alias Mae sandals and Villa sunglasses.
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT
This is my last post of 2018.  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT
So long everybody, see you all in 2019.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

WHITE COCOON HAND PRINTED H.S.J.P. DRESS

Hello everyone,  hope you are doing well and keeping the Christmas fever in check.
WHITE COCOON HAND PRINTED  H.S.J.P. DRESS
Although, according to the calendar we, in Australia,  are in the midst of summer, but the weather has been really jumped around so far that you don't know what to wear from one day to the next.
WHITE COCOON HAND PRINTED  H.S.J.P. DRESS
Luckily for us, the day these pictures were taken was very hot and I was able to wear my new over-sized cotton dress that kept me as cool as a cucumber during the photo shoot.  We were having lunch with friends at one of the hottest restaurants in the neighbourhood, Chiswick, and afterwards, on the way back to our car, we had a short stroll through the grounds of the restaurant where these photos were taken.
H.S.J. P. white cotton dress
As a rule, I am not a big fan of over-sized dresses, especially when it comes to on-line shopping.  Despite their promise that one size fits all, I quite often find that they don't fit as well as I would like hence I prefer to buy them at a real brick and mortar establishment where I can try before I buy.
H.S.J. P. white cotton dress
Having said that, I didn't buy this dress at the clothing store, I bought it at the Collective Market on our recent trip to Brisbane.  Walking from stall to stall, I spotted two young women dressed in quite attractive dresses who were busy unzipping big clothing bags and hanging out their stock on the racks.  We came over to have a closer look.  It was hard not to spot this dress due to its unique print.
H.S.J. P. white cotton dress
I asked if they have it in my size which is medium, the girl explained to me that this is an over-size style of dress where one size fits all.  They didn't have a proper fitting room just a big mirror propped against the wall so I slipped it over the clothes I was wearing that day which happened to be a pair of linen pants and a plain t-shirt to get at least a vague idea of what would I look like in it.
H.S.J. P. white cotton dress
My husband assured me that I looked nice, the price on the tag looked very reasonable and I thought, why not.  Even if the bad comes to worst I wouldn't like it on me, it is not going to be a big deal.
H.S.J. P. white cotton dress
Back in Sydney, I once again tried it on but this time properly and actually liked it.  It has a full cocoon silhouette through the lower body with side pockets and is made of pure cotton and is very light and breathable.  But I think its main feature is its unique print that is haphazardly placed all over the dress thus breaking the monochromatic monotone and thus drawing your eyes back to it wanting for more.
WHITE COCOON HAND PRINTED  H.S.J.P. DRESS
Since the print is quite delicate and my skin looks quite pale against the white colour of the dress, I decided to go for rather bold strong accessories like black onyx beads around my neck, a wide heavy bracelet around my wrist and a red painted handbag and matching lipstick for a dash of colour.
WHITE COCOON HAND PRINTED  H.S.J.P. DRESS

WHITE COCOON HAND PRINTED  H.S.J.P. DRESS
What I wore today:
Dress - H.S.J.P
Clogs - Gorman (old)
Handbag - Louis Vuitton (old)
and my brand new sunglasses from Valley
I am aiming for one more post in 2018, fingers crossed I will not fail

Love to you all

Anna
xoxo


Monday, 26 November 2018

AWAY WITH THE SCARVES

Hi everyone, hope are having a good week.
As for me, I am feeling better now and my joie de vivre is slowly coming back to me.  I like to be back in the blogosphere catching up on what my friends have been up to while I was away.
Since I haven't done any photo shots recently, I've decided to blog about something that I really like to wear a lot, an accessory that those who read my blog on a regular basis, might have been known for a while.  I am talking about my love of scarves.


Scrolling through my photo archive, I couldn't help but notice that in almost every post I have published, I was wearing some kind of scarf around my neck.

And when it was not around my neck, it would be wrapped around my wrist, threaded through a button hole of my coat or tied around the handle of my handbag.
The other scenario where a nice scarf could come very handy is when you want to refresh your old outfit without breaking a budget or ditch the old necklace that you keep wearing over and over and wear a scarf instead. 
I often reach for it if I want to add a punch of colour or introduce a new pattern to break up a monochromatic outfit; or it could be just a final touch that would unite the separate pieces of your outfit into a complete stylish look.


Some of my scarves are purely functional and are there to keep me warm and comfortable.  I can hardly remember myself leaving the house without grabbing one, mostly for warmth and comfort and not just in winter.
Sometimes, on a hot summer day, if I walk into an air-conditioned building straight from the street, I would quite often get a sore throat so I always have with me a light cotton or linen scarf that I could wrap around my neck if it feels too cold inside.

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....BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I JUST LOVE THEM...
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It was after my mother-in-law passed away and her husband wanted me to have her amazing collection of scarfs and although her taste in clothes was much more refined then mine, I too became fascinated by them and started wearing them as a statement accessory rather then just a piece of clothing that provides warmth to my neck.
Quite often when I am deciding what to wear, I look at them through her eyes, guessing which one would she chose and whether my choice would get her approval.
If you are not sure if a scarf is your thing, you can start small, buy a couple of inexpensive ones and become experimental.  There are no rules, it's all a trial and error but while you are on the selective side of a purchase, do try and think about what clothes you might wear it with in terms of colours and textures.
Once you get a hang of it and fall in love with the scarfs as I did, then it is time to step up and think about good scarves such as silk, cashmere, pure wool.  Yes, these scarves don't come cheap but think about them as a good investment:  they last a long time, could do wanders to an otherwise simple outfit and never go out of style.
It is amazing how versatile this relatively small piece of fabric is and what magic it could do to your clothes.  We all know that the little things go a long way.And if you, like me, love them, I would like to hear how do you wear yours.
And if you, like me, love them, I would like to hear how do you wear yours.

Anna
xoxo