Wednesday, 26 July 2017

MY CAPSULE WARDROBE

Hi everyone,

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would recall my telling you that my husband and I are great aficionados of classical music and quite often spend our Saturday evenings at the Sydney Opera House attending a concert, an opera or the ballet.   We always looking forward to these evenings when you can leave the real world behind and just relax and enjoy the music and let it work its magic.
Enjoying a pre-concert drink at Sydney Opera House forecourt
We have tremendous respect for art and in a tribute art and the people who make it possible for us to enjoy, we always make an effort to dress for the occasion to the point that, if during our travels, we plan to attend a concert, we pack appropriate attire just for that.  Call me a snob but I cringe when I see people wearing shorts and sandals inside the opera house or a concert hall.
Attending Macbeth at Zurich Opera House
You would not believe me but I spend far less time choosing what I will wear to the Opera than to the gym, I am kidding, of course.  On a serious note, I know exactly what I am going to wear on the night.  The secret to this phenomenon is the presence of what I call "A capsule wardrobe" consisting of pieces of clothing that are not subject to a current trend or fab and don't belong to any particular style or era but to quote Susie Faux who first coined this phrase: "A collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces".
Black midi-skirt-black-cashmere sweater-long-black-coat-high-heel-shoes
Think about a classic black tuxedo jacket, a white silk blouse or a simple but oh so chic LBD or simple black cashmere sweater.  As for accessories, a string of white natural or faux pearls is all you need.
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A CAPSULE WARDROBE IS A COLLECTION OF A FEW ESSENTIAL ITEMS OF CLOTHING THAT DON'T GO OUT OF FASHION
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It is worth investing in a pair of good quality black pants, preferably with a straight or slightly slim leg shape that you can wear time and time again without ever looking out of style.
Black midi-skirt-black-cashmere sweater-long-black-coat-high-heel-shoes
Add to the list, a classical jacket or blazer in black or navy.  Quite a while ago I bought myself a navy jacket with silk lapels from Zara which I have worn numerous times to all sorts of events and it always looks good.
Black midi-skirt-black-cashmere sweater-long-black-coat-high-heel-shoes
If you click on this link, you will see me wearing it to the Opera House few months ago paired with  a lace black top and the pair of black pants which I mentioned earlier.
Black midi-skirt-black-cashmere sweater-long-black-coat-high-heel-shoes
A black slim cut or pencil skirt is another great staple to have in your wardrobe.  Not only does it look very elegant but it can be worn with almost any kind of a shirt, blouse or cami, a pencil skirt tends to make us look a few inches slimmer and a few inches taller, more so when worn with heels, which is great, right?
Black midi-skirt-black-cashmere sweater-long-black-coat-high-heel-shoes
And that brings me to the last but definitely not least item on my list, shoes.  In fact, I should have made them item number one.  As I always say, never underestimate the power of shoes, they will either make your outfit or break it.
Black midi-skirt-black-cashmere sweater-long-black-coat-high-heel-shoes
If you only want to spend money on one good pair of shoes, I suggest a pair of black elegant shoes which will let you get away with almost anything you wear.   Sometimes, if I feel like wearing black from head to toe is too much I would wear shoes in some other colour.
Black midi-skirt-black-cashmere sweater-long-black-coat-high-heel-shoes
You don't have to have all of the above, invest in pieces that you would enjoy wearing time and time again and in which you look your best and feel comfortable.  It is so much easier to come up with a good outfit when you already have the key elements in your wardrobe.  Certainly, you don't have to have them all, choose the pieces that you suit you best and that you would feel comfortable wearing time and time again.

I am wearing:  skirt - Alexander Wang, sweater - Cos, shoes - Bali, coat - Beck&Bridge, jewellery - George Jensen

Do you own a capsule wardrobe and if yes, what it is consist of?

Anna
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

WHO SAYS RED AND GREEN SHOULD NOT BE SEEN?

What I love about fashion blogging is the sharing of ideas, styles, fashion news and inspirations with other fashionable women that enriches and inspires me in so many ways, gives me confidence and brings a sense of feeling great about myself which brings me to the topic of today's blog.
Green cargo pants-green sleeveless top-red shoes-floral-shirt-dress
There was not one but two bloggers that inspired me to share this outfit with you.
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WHO SAYS RED AND GREEN SHOULD NOT BE SEEN?
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Let me tell you about inspiration number one. A while ago Jacqui from Mummabstylish  shared with us a post where she was wearing cargo pants that she paired with red shoes.  I left a comment saying that I love that look and that since I also have a pair of similar pants and a pair of red shoes and a matching handbag, I might copy her look and she gave me her blessing.
Green cargo pants-green sleeveless top-red shoes
There is a scientific explanation why we love this colour combination so much, just think Christmas decorations for example.
Green cargo pants-green sleeveless top-red shoes|red hadnbag
If you look at the colour wheel which is a visual representation of colours according to their chromatic relations, you will see that the red and green are sitting right opposite each other and therefore called complimentary colours.

Since red and green are both strong colours, I didn't want to add any more colours to my outfit and thus chose the colour of my top from the same family of green just with a slightly different shade.  Keeping my accessories simple (except the handbag), I selected a pendant in buffalo horn from Hermes, suspended on an adjustable leather cord.
Green cargo pants-green sleeveless top-red shoes-floral-shirt-dress
This pendant is very special to me, it was given to me by my older daughter on my 45th birthday.  She was a student back then, so I can imagine how difficult it must have been for her to afford such a beautiful gift.
Green cargo pants-green sleeveless top-red shoes-floral-shirt-dress
The second contributor that inspired me to wear this outfit was a comment made by Sheela from Sheela Writes about a floral long shirt dress from Marks & Spencer (you can read a full story about this collaboration here).  She wrote (no pun intended) that she would wear this dress as a light coat over skinny jeans and a simple top.
Green cargo pants-green sleeveless top-red shoes-floral-shirt-dress
It all happened a while ago and I  haven't had a chance to replicate Jacqui's look or implement Sheela's idea until last week I was asked if I can re-style one of the outfits of my recent collaboration between Marks & Spencer and Shopping Links and all of a sudden the light went on in my head and all the pieces suddenly came together and an outfit was born.
Green cargo pants-green sleeveless top-red shoes-floral-shirt-dress

Green cargo pants-green-red shoes

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

RED, WHITE AND BLUE|WHAT I WORE FOR A LUNCH WITH THE LADIES

I was recently invited to attend a Women in Business lunch organised and hosted by a networking group.  I am generally cautious when it comes to accepting invitations as you might end up being so inundated by the number of invites to join different network groups or to attend yet another business lunch or dinner that you would have very little time left to attend to your own personal and business needs.
wide leg white pants&blue stripes|blue silk blouse|blue jacket & red stars
This time it was different because I met some of the women in the group previously and we hit it off so when I found the invitation in my Inbox, I was delighted.
wide leg white pants&blue stripes|blue silk blouse|blue jacket & red stars
The lunch venue was at a posh restaurant, popular among business people who like to see and be seen, so an elegant outfit was in order.
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I HUMOROUSLY CALL THIS OUTFIT A LA LADY DIANA LOOK
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Since it was lunch, I didn't want to wear anything in dark colours, so I opted for a blue and white colour scheme but with a modest injection of red for a bit of deliciousness.
wide leg white pants&blue stripes|blue silk blouse|blue jacket & red stars
All the individual pieces of my outfit you have seen before:  I wore the wide leg white pants here and here, the blue silk blouse and shoes here .  I even modelled the socks which I brought on my recent trip to Tokyo, here.

The only new addition to my wardrobe is this gorgeous blue jacket peppered with bright red stars all over that I saw hanging on the rack at the Sandro concession store at David Jones department store and couldn't leave without it.
wide leg white pants&blue stripes|blue silk blouse|blue jacket & red stars
For me nothing speaks of elegance more than a string of pearls and a silk blouse.  I was tossing with the idea of carrying a red handbag to match the red stars of the jacket but discarded it as it was too predictable and instead opted for a one in more neutral colour.

When I checked myself in the mirror, I humorously described my outfit as a la Lady Diana's look as she so often was seen wearing a silk blouse and a string of pearls.
wide leg white pants&blue stripes|blue silk blouse|blue jacket & red stars
That's probably why I decided to wear Ray-Ban Aviator glasses rather then something a bit more stylish.
wide leg white pants&blue stripes|blue silk blouse|blue jacket & red stars
To my utter delight, I received a great number of compliments about my outfit from my companions with my new jacket topping all the charts, so I will treat it as a good investment.
What was your latest indulgence?

OUTFIT DETAILS AND LINKS
Jacket - Sandro
Shoes - Salvatore Ferragamo
Handbag - Bulgari (Old)
























Tuesday, 4 July 2017

HOW I STYLED A CRUSHED VELVET CAMI

Hello friends,

If you are like me, a fan of Seinfeld, you will recall an episode where George Costanza shared with us his one particular sartorial preference:  "I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable".
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
Well, luckily for George the time has finally come.  In 2017 draping oneself in this smooth "velvety" fabric, pun intended, is not only socially acceptable but it's practically mandatory.
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THIS GORGEOUS RICH FABRIC WORKS EXTREMELY WELL 
WITH DIFFERENT FABRICS
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And it is not restricted to evening gowns and smoking jackets.  It is everywhere and is being used for tops, boots, overcoats and even jumpsuits. For fashion lovers like myself who lives in the Southern Hemisphere, we couldn't wait until winter arrived at our doors (June - August) so we too could see through the "velvet fog".
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
Velvet is very versatile and whether you are after a glam look or hippie chic, there is something for everyone.  If you are not too sure whether this is your game, pick up something small similar to the cami I am wearing and if it feels right, go from there, however as a rule of thumb, stick to one velvet item an outfit.
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
There is no need to hunt for a garment made out of velvet, any shop from high end to street style is stocking them in abundance.  Gone are the days when velvet garments were the attributes of the rich and were the colours of jewels, i.e. predominantly black, dark green or burgundy.  These days the colours are light and bright which combined with velvet's adaptability makes it possible for everyone to have fun with it.
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
This gorgeous rich fabric works extremely well with different textures, depending on what look you are after:  leather, silk or rough denim are just a few choices that will work well together.
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
Dressing up for a casual Sunday lunch with friends, followed by a nice walk along Bondi Beach promenade, I chose to wear my velvet top with white denim jeans (seen here and here) from JBrand  that I rolled up just above my ankles, a black denim jacket from Topshop and a pair of white Converse sneakers for a relaxed sporty look.  I thought that by wearing a vintage silk scarf would offset rather nicely the casualness of the outfit.
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
Quite often, when I am wearing denim, I like the juxtaposition of rough and smooth (similar combo worn here) rich fabrics so I added a vintage silk scarf to enhance the luxe feel of my velvet top and to offset the casualness of the outfit.  It would also give me some warmth once we were near the ocean
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Top - Sportsgirl
Jacket - Topshop
Jeans - JBrand
Sneakers - Converse
Glasses - Kenzo
Messenger Bag- Furla
Scarf - vintage Christian Dior








Monday, 26 June 2017

A TRIP TO TOKYO WITH MY DAUGHTER

Traditional Japanese umbrella
I just recently came back from our trip to Tokyo.  It was my second trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.  I was there in 2010 with my husband and we had marvellous time.  This time I went with my 16 year old daughter, Georgia and let me tell you it almost killed me.  The difference between travelling with another sensible adult and a teenage girls is like between day and night.  In addition that her energy level is much higher then mine and are points of interest generally are totally polar, she is a true blue vegan and I am not so as you can see we were different on almost every level.
Glitzy Ginza



Saturday shopping around Ginza
The main reason for this trip was to take her to DisneyLand which I promise I would do because I think that every child should visit this magic place but for us living in Australia, LA is too far to travel just to visit a amusement park so we decided to go locally, for us it is and settled for Tokyo.  Besides, they also have DisneySea which would be an icing on the cake.
Ginza by night
I must give her a credit, she did a good job researching the place and we did come up with the itinerary that looked quite innocent on paper but when the time came to put it into practise, I feared that I overestimated my level of patience and underestimated her determination to explore this mega city in under a week.
Designer shops of Ginza
We stayed at Daiichi Hotel that was 10 minutes of walking distance to glamorous and glitzy Ginza, most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, restaurants, galleries and a myriad of other seemingly expensive enterprises.  While I was admiring the window displays of Valentino, Gucci and the likes, my daughter spotted a Uniqlo store and rushed right in.  It occupied 12 levels and she was determined to check out all of them at once.  It took me half an hour to convince her that we will come back here later on.
Window display at one of myriads of Ginza fashion shops

Window display at one of myriads of Ginza fashion shops

Window display at one of myriads of Ginza fashion shops

Window display at Fendi, Ginza

Window display at Fendi, Ginza

Window display at Fendi, Ginza

Flagship Uniqlo shop in Ginza
The following day we went to an area call Shibuya or how they called them, city wards, centre for youth fashion and culture and obviously high on the radar for my 16 year old girl.  A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the pedestrian crossing called scramble outside Shibuya trains station which is on the list of 10 top things to do in Tokyo.  This area is always packed with hundreds and hundreds of people and when the lights turn red simultaneously, this multitude of people is on the move to make it to the other side.  You really have to be on your toes if you don't want to be left behind.  The best vantage point to watch this phenomenon is from the second floor of Starbucks.
Famous Shibuya crossing

Famous Shibuya crossing

Famous Shibuya crossing at night
And of course what teenager would miss a trip to Harajuki, the epicentre of teenage fashion culture and its focal point, Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens.  
Takeshita Street
We spend good couple of hours walking up and down this street, popping in and out of the stores that attracted our attention and where I bought socks that I fashioned on Instagram.  
This colourful character we found Takeshita Street

This colourful character we found Takeshita Street

Waling along Takeshita Street
I found Japanese fashion is very fast forward, people dressed very differently to our tastes but look very stylish and trendy.  They love their jeans very wide from the hips and frayed at the bottom.  They paired them either with Adidas sneakers or open tow shoes on a very thick platform and they like to wear the lace socks with them and that's where I picked up this trend.  In fact they wear socks with almost every kind of footwear and I saw young men doing it too.
Wearing lacy socks with my open tow sandals, Japanese style

Wearing lacy socks with my open tow sandals, Japanese style

Street fashion

Street fashion

Street fashion

Street fashion

Street fashion
One day, while Georgia went inside the shop to check out the latest fashion, I took a seat outside, got my camera out and started aimlessly taking photos of random people walking by.  When I looked at the roll lately, I was fascinated to see how fashionable most of them look.
Street fashion

Street fashion
We were curious to see the other side of Tokyo, its peaceful beautifully designed parks where you can find respite from the hustle and bustle of the city with the ponds fulled with red and white Koi and its graceful shrines and temples and where you can find inner piece and recharge your body and mind for the next adventure.
We found some respite inside this beautiful park

We found some respite inside this beautiful park
The one area that was on my daughter's list was Asakusa, one of Tokyo's district where you can feel the atmosphere of the old Tokyo and its main attraction, Sensoji, an ancient Buddhist temple known worldwide for the giant red paper lantern.  Its Tokyo's oldest temple and most significant.  The road to the temple is closed for traffic and both sides of it lined up with many shops selling souvenirs to tourists, traditional Japanese fans, jewellery and kimono and local sweets.  From my first trip I totally got hooked up on backed buns filled with red or black bean paste.  I must've eaten hundreds of them then and this time there was no exception.  
In Asakusa in front of of Sensoji Temple

Asakusa Shrine



In Asakusa in from of Sensoji Temple

Taking photo with traditionally dresses young women
However, let's not forget the main purpose of this trip, a visit to both DisneyLand and DisneySea.  We allocated one day for each and they were absolutely full on.  
In DisneySea along the Vinice canal

In DisneySea over the Venice canal

In DisneySea over the Venice canal
After two very busy days we both agreed that we preferred DisneySea over DisneyLand. It was less commercial, different sets where the action was taking place looked so natural that when I saw a gondola pushed along the canal by the sailor wearing black uniform with red and white striped bandana around his neck, for a split second I thought that I was back in Venice.  
Entrance to Tokyo DinseyLand
The were more exciting rides, less merchandises and the night light show was sublime.  Japanese people love Disney parks.  Almost every one of them that we saw, children and adults alike, were making an effort to get into the groove of the world of fantasy.  Some were wearing heats resembling a Disney character, some donned Micky Mouse ears on Minni's bows, some couple were wearing matching t-shirts depicting a Disney character or a theme or else.  
I too decided to get into the mood and tried on Micky Mouse inspired sunglasses while my daughter purchased Micky Mouse coned hat head gear.

Although it was the time for school holidays, the parks were very busy with students coming to the parks after school and we spent a lot of time queuing for every ride.  These two days spent in the parks were probably the most intense and tiresome of them all.


As I said earlier, travelling with a teenage girl was quite challenging and we had a couple of rough moments when I was ready to pack my bags and run to the taxi stand to be taken to the airport but in the end, once the dust had settled, we were left with lovely memories of our sweet time together which we will cherish forever.
A TRIP TO TOKYO WITH MY DAUGHTER