Wednesday, 13 March 2019

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

While the weather is Sydney is still very hot for Autumn, we know that the cold days are just around the corner which means that it is time to give your summer wardrobe a review, pack away the clothes that you would like to wear next summer and get rid of the ones that you don't need.  
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
My review is based on a few rules that I try to abide as reasonably as possible.  Rule number one:  when a new purchase comes into my wardrobe, an old one in the same category should leave, otherwise you end up with an inflated wardrobe with far too many similar looking items.
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
Rule number two:  if there a piece of clothing in my wardrobe that I haven't worn during the current season, chances are I will be not wearing it when the next season comes around.  In this case, I pack it away and see what happens.  If I haven't thought about it for a while that means that I don't need it and it's time to donate it to charity.
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
Of course, as with every rule, there are exceptions.  I would never part with my designer shoes nor handbags, for example or the classic timeless pieces that never go out of style.
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
Case in point, this black cropped blazer.  It has been in my wardrobe for years, I bought it in Zara when we were holidaying in Paris.  I liked it then and I still do, except that the buttons that looked a bit cheap so I replaced them with the ones made out of mother of pearl which gave this blazer immediate lift.   Over the years I have tried to find a replacement but mostly the blazers that I tried on were rather long coming down to my hips and I never looked good in any of them.  So until I find the one that I will be 100% happy about, this one stays.
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
That said, I've notices that lately my taste in skirts has changed dramatically.  I used to love to wear pencil skirts and still have quite a few hanging in my closet but recently I've noticed that despite my vigorous fitness regime and healthy eating habits, my body has become the subject of inevitable changes that mostly affected my hips and although I still wear the same clothes size as ten years ago, some styles, like pencil skirts for example, are not for me anymore.  
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
The current size fits too tightly but when I try one size up, I look like I am dressed in a potato sack.  So it was time to try something different and after a few unsuccessful experiments, I think I have found my new style in skirts  - bias-cut with fluid-falling hem skirt.  
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
This bright sunny yellow silk skirt from Australian fashion brand Bec and Bridge is my first attempt to ease into new territory and I must say I am loving it.   I feel so much comfortable now, the fitting feels right but not tight and I don't need to worry whether I will be able to wear it right after a big meal.
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
Besides, I love its warm rich marigold colour a lot,  it's has this happy and uplifting vibe and matches well with many others.
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
At first, I tried this outfit with black court shoes but they looked heavy with the skirt so I swapped them for white coloured open-toe ones from Celine that together with a Georgio Armani handbag I bought on my first trip to Italy on our honeymoon in 2017!!!  Going back to what I said at the beginning of this post:
"I would never part with my designer shoes nor handbags"
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
The other reason I chose these shoes was that they kind of match the pearl buttons on the blazer and the top which I wore under it.
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
It was quite a windy day and I was struggling to find a quite spot, hence few different backgrounds.
Bec + Bridge Only in Paris Skirt
Have you ever come across similar problem and how do you tackle it?  Please share your experience in the comment section below.
Today I am wearing:
Blazer:  Zara (old)
Skirt:  Bec and Bridge 
Shoes:  Celine (old)
Handbag: Georgio Armani (old)

Love to you all,

Anna
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Sunday, 3 March 2019

MY LITTLE WOODS T DRESS

Hi everyone, hope you are well.
Victoria & Woods T Dress
I had a few quite busy days looking after my cute granddaughter while her other grand parents went away and it exhausted me to much that when her parents finally took her home, I felt that I needed a holiday. I don't know how do they do it day in and day out, it is very hard work as.  I strongly believe that Mother Nature had her reasons when she designed our bodies and made sure that the women of a "certain age" should not have kids.
Victoria & Woods T Dress
That said, it didn't stop me, a woman of the mentioned age, from trying on and then paying for this little black Woods T dress from Victoria and Woods clothing label.  I went to the shopping mall without any intention of looking for anything in particular, just let my mind wonder over the racks hoping that something would get my attention.  And this dress did.  It's simple T silhouette with a branded stand up collar caught my vision first and when I tried it on, turned out it has the perfect length, just to show enough skin above the knees.  Its a sport luxe look really appealed to me.
Victoria & Woods T Dress
The salesgirl suggested that it will look great with sport shoes which are so on trend this season but I knew that she was referring to a much younger crowd and that it would not suit me.  As my younger daughter put it, I would be trying too hard.
Victoria & Woods T Dress
So instead of going down this road, I've decided to give this dress a totally new look and feel and for that reason I kicked off the sneakers and put on low heel shoes, previously seen here
Victoria & Woods T Dress

Victoria & Woods T Dress
To elevate this look even further and keeping up with black and white colour scheme, I chose a vintage black envelope shaped bag with wide white trim and a black and white jacquard strap which replaced the boring original one.  Besides, it was rather short for me too.
Victoria & Woods T Dress
We are in the midst of finalising our annual holidays and I will definitely pack this dress with me.  It is made of very soft organic cotton jersey which requires minimum effort to look after and is crease free.   I will not wear it with sneakers as it will be too predictable, however I am sure it will look great paired with ballet flats.  We will see.
Victoria & Woods T Dress

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

MY RED VALENTINE'S DAY DRESS

Hi everyone, hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Today I would like to share you with something about me that I have never said on the blog before.  My husband and I don't believe in Valentine's Day. We don't buy each gifts, he doesn't bring me flowers nor do we go out for romantic dinner on that day.  
MY RED VALENTINE'S DAY DRESS
We both have quite strong feelings against the notion of being commercially forced to feel romantic towards each other.  We have other ways to express our feelings towards each other.  If you are my regular reader, you might recall my mentioning our tradition to celebrate our wedding anniversary every month by giving each other small gifts.  
MY RED VALENTINE'S DAY DRESS
Actually, it is my husband who buys me a gift every month without failing, I am more on the receiving side of it and my gifts are more sporadic.  I struggle to come up with an idea of what to buy for him.  And even though he is an avid reader, since I got him an E-book, buying a new book is not an option any more.  Anyway, he doesn't seem to mind taking pleasure in spoiling me, saving the special gift for actual date of our nuptials.
MY RED VALENTINE'S DAY DRESS
However, if we do decide to celebrate Valentine's Day and go out for a romantic dinner, this is the outfit I would be wearing, starting with this red vintage dress from Lanvin with deep drapes which create multiple folds softly cascading down the front.  I like the folds to be off centre and to one side so with the help of a brooch I gather the fabric around one shoulder thus making the dress looking slightly asymmetrical.
MY RED VALENTINE'S DAY DRESS
I wanted to clear away from the expected "red dress, black shoes and handbag combo" and put on white shoes but somehow it didn't work; besides, my black shoes have red soles which is the colour of the Day.  As for accessories, since the brooch is encrusted with tiny white pearls so were my ring and a pair of earrings.
MY RED VALENTINE'S DAY DRESS
A quilted purse size bag from Chanel completed my look.
MY RED VALENTINE'S DAY DRESS
I am wearing
A dress - Lanvin
Handbag - Chanel

Have a great week

Anna
xoxo

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Sunday, 10 February 2019

LACE MAXI DRESS

Hi everyone, hope you are all well.
LACE MAXI DRESS
I have been in such a good mood until yesterday when I learnt that Google + is introducing some changes and all the comments that have been posted on my blog over the years have been erased.  Gone forever, and will never be back.  What a disappointment.  The only consolation I can find in this grim situation is the rest of the blog is still there, at least for the time being, and from now on the comments will be powered directly by Blogger.  So please leave your comments on my posts in Blogger, below, if you can, your support will be greatly appreciated.  BTW, has anyone else has encountered a similar problem?  Please let me know how you are dealing with it.
LACE MAXI DRESS
But the show must go on, so back to the post at hand.  The Sydney summer is still on and the heat is quite intense with the more heat is yet to come in February.  It is not that I want the summer to end because then the winter will come and we will complaint about the cold,  I just wish that the weather will be slightly cooler with less humidity so that we don't need to use the air-conditioning that is the main cause of summer colds and flu.
LACE MAXI DRESS
I can't speak for the rest of Australia, but the two fabrics choice which totally dominate this summer fashion scene in Sydney are linen and lace.  In my last post I shared with you my linen pants outfit (read the whole story here) and now is the turn to talk about lace.  Two years ago while on holiday in Sorrento, Italy I bought myself, (not knowing that it will become a fashion fad) a very cute lace dress (seen here) which I casually wear during the day.   However, I have for some time been on the hunt for a new dress which would be suitable to wear to more glorious events, like a concert at the opera house or a gallery exhibition, for example.
LACE MAXI DRESS
I saw this lace maxi dress at Zara during their massive post-Christmas sale.  It looked simple but has a subdued elegance about it.   I like that the colour is off-white neutral colours which looks great against sun-kissed tanned skin and gives a sense of cool calm.  
"...BECAUSE A DRESS IS SUBDUED, 
IT CALLS FOR STRONG BOLD ACCESSORIES..."
The lace is rather subtle and it is semi sheer at the bottom due to the partial lining which is removable, by the way, which gives me the option to wear any colour slip underneath depending on my mood, the occasion or choice of accessories.  The A-silhouette with a V-cut neck is very flattering and the fringe around the hem adds some boho feel to it.  Did I mention that the price tag was heavily reduced?
LACE MAXI DRESS
This images were taken in the garden surrounding  the Art Gallery of NSW where we came to see exhibition of Modern Art from The Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg.  I was very excited to see it because the last time I visited The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg was more then forty years ago while I was still living in Russia.  It was a warm and sunny day, perfect for my new light lace dress.  I wanted to keep the neutral palette and carried a handbag in a similar neutral colour (it is my old Louis Vuitton which is now considered vintage, lol).

LACE MAXI DRESS
Because the dress is rather subdued, it calls for strong bold accessories like my oversized golden tribal earrings that  and multicultural beaded bracelet that I bought many years ago at the Green Market Square in Cape Town.  The black slides with gold trimming around the heel completed my outfit of the day.
LACE MAXI DRESS

LACE MAXI DRESS
We received an invitation to the opening night of 2019 season at Sydney Opera House and I am thinking of wearing this dress again but will probably accessorise it with pearls, take an evening handbag and maybe wear a different pair of shoes.  We will see.  I will keep you posted.

Until then,

Anna
xoxo