Sunday, 14 April 2019

MY NEW CHEETAH PRINT SILK MAXI SKIRT


Maxi silk skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi
I can't speak for the rest of the world, but maxi skirts in an animal print, leopard in particular, are so on trend in Sydney right now that sometimes it feels like we are living in the jungle.  As a rule, I try to stay away from micro trends and fads knowing too well that they disappear as quickly as they arrive on the fashion scene but the rules are made to be broken and I decided to break mine when one day while I was browsing the racks of skirts in Tuchuzi,  an upscale boutique in the heart of Bondi Beach, I spotted (pun not intended 😊 ) a skirt that caught my eye or its bright colour and unusual print (it was called Cheetah) and that style reminded me of the skirt that I modelled for you in an earlier post here.  Lately I came to like bias cut midi slip style skirts for their versatility, simplicity and understated chic and was quite happy to add another one to my wardrobe.   In the past, the garments made out of silk were indicators of  wealth and those who could afford the garments were placed on a high rung of the society ladder but these days the boundaries have been blurred and a mix of high and street fashion has become je ne sais quoi.  

I created these two looks for totally different occasions just to show you how adaptable this skirt could be.

For the formal look I wanted to upscale the skirt and thus chose this burnt orange colour wrap around silk blouse with a wide sash belt and patent sling backs in a similar hue.
Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi

Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi

Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi

Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi

Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi

Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi

Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi

Outfit details:
Skirt:  Tuchuzi
Blouse:  Carla Zampatti
Shoes:  Georgio Armani
Clutch:  Vintage
Cocktail Ring:  Uterque

We shot my second, casual look on Bondi Beach, the essence of relaxed easy going vibe and I wanted to test how my skirt would look down there.  Besides, you can't find a better background for your photo shoot then famous Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall . For this occasion, I paired it with casual button down cotton shirt that I tied in a knot around my waist and a pair of white sneakers that are hugely popular right now.  An oversized plastic earrings added another layer of casualness to my outfit.
Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi

Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi

Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi


Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi

Silk maxi skirt in Cheetah print from Tuchuzi
Outfit details:
Skirt:  same as above
Shirt:  Uniqlo
Shoes:  Converse All Stars
Earrings:  Gorman
Bracelet:  Tiffany 
Until then,
Anna
xoxo

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

MY NEW DUSTY PINK COAT

In the last couple of weeks the temperature in Sydney dropped so drastically that we finally got the message -  winter is just around the corner.  Time to pack away shirts, thongs and cossies and get out the coats, jumpers and boots.
MY NEW DUSTY PINK COAT
Winter is not my favourite time of the year but this season I have something to look forward to wear - my new Victoria and Woods coat.
MY NEW DUSTY PINK COAT
Since I left the corporate world, my wardrobe has become much more informal.  I still have a long woolen coat which I bought many years ago and wear it when we go to the Opera or to a posh dinner party.  My most go to winter overcoat is my black puffy jacket that I wear for a walk or to go to the gym.  During the last few years they have become hugely popular in Australia and people wear them everywhere.  
MY NEW DUSTY PINK COAT
I feel that I need something to wear in between the two - a mid-length coat that while looking smart to wear over a dress or a skirt, at the same time would be casual enough to be paired with jeans or slacks.  And preferably in a light fun colour.  
MY NEW DUSTY PINK COAT
Wondering through the racks of clothes during the End of the Year Sale at David Jones department store, I came across the Victoria and Woods counter where I spotted a coat that was exactly what I was looking for.  I must admit, due to its dusty pink colour, it was hard to miss☺.  Did I mention that it was on sale?  It was too hard to resist.
MY NEW DUSTY PINK COAT
It is not cold enough in Sydney to wear the coat yet so I am just modelling it for you.  The dress underneath is also from Victoria and Woods.  If you are a regular reader, you might recall my recent post about this sport luxe LBD and in case you missed it, here is the link.
MY NEW DUSTY PINK COAT
"I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING IN BETWEEN.....
PREFERABLY IN FUN COLOUR"
MY NEW DUSTY PINK COAT

MY NEW DUSTY PINK COAT
Coat and Dress - Victoria and Woods

Mules - Christian Dior

Glasses - Valley



Tuesday, 26 March 2019

BRIGHTS AND STRIPES


BRIGHTS AND STRIPES
There is a slight twist to the outfit that I am wearing today: each piece of it was bought without any consideration or thoughts about the other two.  You know, when you are in the store pondering over a piece of clothing thinking about how it will work with other items in your wardrobe and how you can organically incorporate and create a totally new fresh look with it?
BRIGHTS AND STRIPES
Well, it was none of it.  Moreover, only one out of these three items was meant to be for myself, the other two -  just randomly made their way into my wardrobe where I put them together into an outfit.
 BRIGHTS AND STRIPES
Two years ago when we were on holidays in Sorrento my husband mentioned that while we are in Italy, he would like to buy a pair of linen pants and a shirt.  It is well known fact that Europe is a cradle for linen clothing and nobody does it better then Italians.
BRIGHTS AND STRIPES
One evening, during our evening walk, we came across a shop which speciality was linen clothes for men and women.  As we stepped inside, my eyes went into overdrive from the amazing array of colours and prints.  Each range of clothing was represented in all colours of the rainbow in every possible hue and saturation.  I felt like a child in a candy store.  After what seemed like eternity my husband finally settled on a pair of pants in a taupe colour,  and a grey and blue striped shirt.  As it was towards the end of summer season, the shop offered a deal whereupon you pay for one shirt and get the other one in similar style for half price. 
BRIGHTS AND STRIPES
My husband didn't want another shirt so it was my turn to chose one.  Without thinking too much, I chose one in grey and yellow stripes and we left the store.  When later on I tried the shirt on I wasn't exactly smitten by it.  It was too long and bulky to wear as is, the only way I could wear it would be unbuttoned and thrown  over a top but no matter how many times I was doing a mental inventory of my wardrobe trying to figure out what can I wear it with, my mind drew a blank.  And so for the very long time the shirt remained unworn.
BRIGHTS AND STRIPES
My husband, on another hand, really enjoyed wearing light slightly crinkled pants topped up by the linen shirt, this laid back La Dolce Vita style until one day it was time to refresh them.  Not bothering to read the care instruction, it was in Italian anyway, I just threw them into the washing machine with the rest of the load and started the cycle.  When my husband wanted to wear them afterwards and put them on, I couldn't help but burst out laughing 😊.
BRIGHTS AND STRIPES
The pants had shrunk both in length and width to the point that my poor husband couldn't wear them anymore and wanted to throw them away. 
BRIGHTS AND STRIPES
I was having such a good fun at my poor husband's expense that in the spirit of the moment I decided to try them on myself.  To my unexpected delight, the pants fitted quite well around the waist and the short legs looked quite chic and so by mutual agreement I became their new owner.
BRIGHTS AND STRIPES
The first item I tried to pair with the pants was the linen shirt that I bought in Italy but somehow it didn't work, it needed a piece that would bring it all together.  The solution came in a hand me down from my older daughter sleeveless top, and with its colours of light beige and chartreuse became the missing link I was looking for.
BRIGHTS AND STRIPES
Both my earrings and the ring are from local market and the shoes are old Bruno Magli that I bought in Florence on our honeymoon all the way back in 2007.  Just as in my previous post I shared with you how I treasure classic clothes and excellently made shoes no matter how old they are (you can read it here).

Have you ever ruined your partner's clothes but managed to salvage it for yourself?  Would like to hear your story.
BRIGHTS AND STRIPES

PS This is not my bike, I am just using it as a fun colour prop for my photo shoot 😊.

Until then,

Anna
xoxo






































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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