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















Thursday, 31 January 2019

A WRAP DRESS FOR A HOT SUMMER DAY

Hello, everyone.  Hope you are all well.

We are in the middle of the Australian summer and the days are extremely hot and awfully humid which is not good for my hair.  Regardless of  how much time have I spent blow drying it to add some volume, the moment I step outside, it becomes flat and lumpy.  
Anyhow, while we cannot control the weather, we are certainly able to choose the clothing that is most suitable for the season and, in my opinion, nothing works better during the hot summer days than a light and breezy wrap around dress.  Its V-shaped cut allows the wind to cool your neck and chest while the skirt freely floats around your legs.  And to fully embrace the summer spirit, it must be of bright and vibrant colours and prints.
Case in point, the dress I am wearing today which has been in my wardrobe for a couple of years but somehow I haven't grown tired of it.  The peacock print, of course, was the major drawcard when I saw it in a window of a small shop in Paddington in Sydney, that is.  Besides, I've always loved a wrap dress and every time I put one on, I always thank Diane von Furstenberg for reinventing its design and giving the wrap dress a second life.  
The other reason that I am wearing such a bright dress, apart from the weather, is that lately a few good things happened in my household that elevated my mood a lot:  this year my youngest daughter graduated from high school (hooray!!! no more school fees), and last week we celebrated her 18th birthday and she was admitted to one of Sydney's university's where she will obtain, upon completion, a degree of Bachelor of Science, majoring in math.  I can't tell you how relieved and happy I felt.  
Going back to my outfit, as for accessories, instead of trying to tone down the bright hues of the dress, I intentionally chose the most vibrant colours of all.  I guess I can partially blame my high spirits for it.  My bracelet is of sunny yellow, the hand bag is a deep aquamarine and my shoes are sky blue but somehow it works because that is what summer is about.

"...every time I put one on, I always thank Diane von Furstenberg for reinventing its design and giving the wrap dress a second life"



























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.