Every December the same thought comes into my head that the
amount of parties I have to addend during the festive season is probably far greater
than the total of the parties I’ve been to in the previous eleven months, wouldn't you agree?
Office Christmas parties, drinks with
friends, lunches with clients and dinners with the family all keep us busier then ever. And let’s not forget the Christmas shopping,
of course. And it is not just the gifts
and presents that we are spending a fortune on every year, we also need an injection
of a few new dresses in our wardrobes, what with all those parties and all, and
you don’t want to show up wearing the same outfit over and over again.
I, like most women, was also caught in the whirlwind of the
festive season and did a bit of clothes shopping myself. However, rather buying yet another dress, I decided to go for separates this time. I figured that not only I can get many more
combos out of a skirt and a top then from a dress but even an old top will look
different paired with a new skirt and vice versa.
This season it is all about the revival of a lace. Don’t be alarmed, the new trend has nothing
to do with the wedding gown, it is modern, sexy, sleek and sheer. In other words, everything you need and nothing
you don’t. There is one thing, however,
that the wedding dress and current trend do have in common, it is colour. White
seems to be the dominant colour on a runaways and in stores everywhere. I like it because even though we are in the
midst of the Antipodean summer, it reminds me of the beautiful delicate
snowflakes softly falling from the dark winter skies.
After few trials and errors, I chose a stretch lace skirt from Bec & Bridge with an asymmetrical
hem and a raffle detail running down along one leg that gathers right above the
knee so when I turn my back, it innocently falls right below the knees, while
the front view, thanks to the ruffle, sits slightly higher, revealing just
enough of one leg for a sexy but not a slutty look.
Sometimes wearing clothes which shows too much skin can pose
quite a challenge if you don’t want to look cheap or slutty. This can be
avoided by making sure that the garment in question has a rather modest yet feminine
style and that what I like about this garment:
the high cut of the neck and the primness of the cup sleeves balance out the bare skin illusion of the fabric.
The other factor that won me over is that it is looks as gorgeous with a
pair of jeans as with an evening skirt.
The lace is such a richly textured fabric that it does not
require much of accessories. However, one of them should never be ignored, understated nor forgotten – a pair of fabulous shoes!!!
After living in our beautiful city for over
20 years, my husband and I haven’t stopped exploring this ever growing and evolving city
which we have both grown to love so much.
Whether it is a new art gallery or an interior design shop, a new quirky
coffee shop which everyone is talking about or a mouth watering dessert bar. Some days we just get in the car and drive to
a suburb or an area which we pick up at random to find out what this adventure will yield. There is hardly a time when we
were disappointed in our choice. We both treasure these so called "Field trips" and I always look forward to the next one.
a massive redevelopment project that started a few years ago and will take a
few more years to complete. Once completed,
it “will instill pride and inspire innovation for
generations. It will be a global reference point of design excellence and
sustainability. Barangaroo will raise Sydney’s
international acclaim and be a globally celebrated destination”.
Meanwhile, the Wulugul Walk allows
us a glimpse into the future so that we can appreciate the magnitude of the project and the transformation “of one of the
city’s oldest and ugliest industrial sites into a spectacular, six-hectare
headland open space for Sydneysiders and visitors to embrace and enjoy”.
That day we were blessed by the
weather. Mild temperature with a slight breath of wind and the sun that was
hidden by an overcast sky made our little adventure that much more enjoyable. We parked our car and went to look for the entrance. The minute we stepped onto the path, we were
amazed by the number of people engaged in various activities around us: joggers, bicycles, power walkers and yoga
classes. All along the path there were
benches occupied by employees from nearby offices on their lunch breaks,
tourists and locals – all admiring this newly created oasis of tranquillity
right in the midst of the city hubbub, enjoying the harmony of the open vistas, taking photographs of the Harbour Bridge and the distant views of the Anzac Bridge, the surrounding neighbourhoods and the bustling activities on the harbour.
After a long walk along the coast we
stopped at Belle’s Hot Chicken pop-up shop to feed our souls and rest our
feet. You have to come here, if not for walking and sightseeing, then to taste their food. It is unbelievably delicious.
In keeping with the surrounding
landscape, I chose to wear a pair of white linen Capri pants, an oversized
V-neck knitted top and white Converse sneakers that I wore previously here.
As for the choice of the accessories
for the day, I settled for a square Hermes scarf (a birthday gift from my
loving husband) which I casually draped across my shoulders and tied into a
Living in Sydney, near the beach, is such a blessing,
especially if the beach in question is the iconic Bondi Beach. It is so much easier to withstand the summer when the sea breeze delivers much sought after relief from the heat and the fresh
smell of the sea is so wonderful. My husband
and I thoroughly enjoy our brisk walks along the boardwalk in the mornings or a leisurely
after dinner stroll in the evening. It has become our "adult" time, where we can talk about things or just simply enjoy each others company.
Every day Bondi beach attracts hundreds and hundreds of visitors. The warm weather and the proximity of the beaches play such a
fundamental part in what is known as "Australian Beach Culture" which also
dictates the beach fashion or as I jokingly call it, "A Bondi Beach Dress Code", which for the young generation of beach goers comes down to two obligatory
parts of clothing: minuscule shorts and tiny crop tops.
And I could help but notice an fascinating change in the the national
Australian footwear that was dominating the beach market for over a decade, i.e. Hawaiian thongs. This season, for no foreseeable reason, they have been finally pushed away and replaced by white Converse shoes.
Being a woman of a certain age, as much as I used to love
wearing mini skirts, I have to accept that the days of mini skirts are gone. But I don't despair, all I need to do now is compromise a little and find the type of clothes that is playful and helps me to look young while still appropriate to my age.
And this white linen skirt from Country Road is the exact illustration of my thoughts. It sits right above the knees in a flattering
A-line shape and I like that the clean lines and the white crisp linen give it
a minimalistic look. For an ultimate
beach feel, I paired it with white Converse shoes and a singlet in nautical
Surely, this style of clothing is not for everyone,
especially if you, like me, are a woman of certain age, but don’t despair.
If you are not into tight fitting t-shirts, short skirts or high-cut
shorts, there are plenty of other options you can find in the department stores
and shops that are offering a beautiful range of summer clothing suitable for
all shapes, sizes and age groups and preferences such as Caftans, maxi shift dresses,
loose fit shorts or Capri pants. The variety
of colours, patterns and all sorts of beautiful embellishments of these
garments are astonishing and they look absolutely gorgeous on every woman I
I believe that having confidence in the way you look is one
of the perks of our age and we should use it to our full advantage. So, why don’t we all make it our motto: “Dress
the way you feel and look fabulous”?