Tuesday, 18 June 2019

IT'S HOLIDAY TIME

This year I am taking my South African born husband back to my routs, ie the town called Odessa situated on the Black Sea in Ukraine, previously known as one of the 15 republic of USSR and now is an independent country.  The reason for this trip was an invite to a 50th birthday bash from one of the close friends of my youth, who like me left our beloved city but while I chose to live in Australia, she and her family settled in New York.  It was such a great opportunity to reunite with all my friends whom I have not seen for over 25 years and who now live in USA, Canada, Germany, Israel etc that we didn't take time to hesitate before we said "yes".
We are making a slight detour and first visiting St Petersburg and Moscow and after staying in Odessa for a week, will gravel to Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, another one of the former republics of the USSR famous for its food, wine and Caucasus mountains followed by a quick trip to Istanbul and then all the way back home to OZ (see the map).

So if everything goes according to plan, we will be back later in July.  I will try to keep you posted, so please follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Love to you all

Until then,
Anna
xoxo






Sunday, 9 June 2019

EVERYTHING GOES IN THE WORLD OF FASHION

EVERYTHING GOES IN THE WORLD OF FASHION
I would like to open this post by making a disclosure:  this post is purely editorial, I have not worn this outfit anywhere except for this photoshoot and frankly speaking I can't envisage an event where I would be wearing it in the near future.
EVERYTHING GOES IN THE WORLD OF FASHION
I just wanted to bend a few rules and canons of fashion, throw a lot of different elements into the mix and see what would come of it.  As a result I am wearing a casual over-sized slouchy top adorned by an over-sized necklace of big sparkling stones which I bought in Sorrento Italy with a pair of torn cropped jeans and underneath those jeans there are fishnet stockings.  The final touch is the high heel two-tone evening shoes made by none other than Manolo Blahnik.
EVERYTHING GOES IN THE WORLD OF FASHION
I can't say that I don't like the look.  On the contrary, I think it has attitude that shows that everything goes in the world of fashion and all the rules and boundaries have been smudged and ignored which appeals to me a lot.  Whether I succeeded to convey it to you, my dear friends, I let you be the judge.
EVERYTHING GOES IN THE WORLD OF FASHION
I don't offer wear this necklace, the last time I fashioned it for you here was quite a lot time ago so I thought it's time to get out again.
EVERYTHING GOES IN THE WORLD OF FASHION

EVERYTHING GOES IN THE WORLD OF FASHION

EVERYTHING GOES IN THE WORLD OF FASHION
I am wearing:
Jeans - Zara
Top - Sportsgirl
Shoes - Manolo Blahnik
Glasses - Valley

Love
Anna
xoxo



Wednesday, 29 May 2019

PUFFY SLEEVE SHIRT

PUFFY SLEEVE SHIRT
Puffy sleeves are the huge trend of the 2019 spring season as seen on fashion runways shows as well as on the Instagram accounts of biggest fashion influencers and although I have had this puffy sleeve shirt for quite some time, there is now even more reason to write a post about it.  
PUFFY SLEEVE SHIRT
The main features of my shirt include shoulder dropped puffy sleeves, with wide double sided cuffs and a high collar that can be folded over if needed.  I spotted it in the window of Natalie Alamain boutique on Bondi Beach and liked it for its original design, obviously, and a quirky botanical print.  
PUFFY SLEEVE SHIRT
When I tried it on, it put a smile on my face 😍 and those of you who, like me, are big Jerry Seinfeld fans, would know why - the infamous "Puffy Shirt" that Jerry was forced to wear on a talk show where the host made a comment that Jerry looked all "puffed up" and which was later sold at auction for a whopping amount of $45,000.  Another puffy shirt that was used on the show was donated to the Smithsonian museum by Jerry Seinfeld himself.
PUFFY SLEEVE SHIRT
But I digress.  It's obvious that over-sized sleeves make quite a strong style statement that could make some women feel rather hesitant about this trend and thus my advice to you is that you can start small by wearing a puffy sleeve blouse that would be the star of your outfit and then paired down by simple jeans or a skirt.  If wearing a dress is more your style, then a pair of classic white sneakers or a pair of minimal sandals would help you to tone down the volume.  
PUFFY SLEEVE SHIRT
Right proportions, depending on your height and body shape, should also be taken into consideration especially when buying a dress with a big billowing sleeve so if you have any concerns about your final look, opt for a dress with a straight or pencil silhouette skirt with a length that is most flattering to your legs and other personal characteristics such as height, body shape and size.
PUFFY SLEEVE SHIRT
As for me, the blouse is the best way to embrace this trend and I can assure you that I would get much more use of it than of a dress.  It is so much easier to make a blouse suitable for the occasion or the time of the day than a dress.  I personally prefer to wear my puffy sleeve shirt with black or white straight jeans and a pair of sneakers which is a perfect blend of looking fashionable yet relaxed and comfortable at the same time.
PUFFY SLEEVE SHIRT
I have been on a hunt for a new pair of white sneakers for some time now and was very happy when I cam across these ones from French label called Spring Court.  Instantly recognisable for their ventilated outsole and soft leather,  they are extremely comfortable and look equally great with jeans or a skirt.

Whatever path you are going to take, I urge you to give it a go.

I am wearing:
Blouse - Natalie Alamain
Jeans - NYDJ
Sneakers - Spring Court
Belt - Hermes
Handbag - Georgio Armani
Glasses - Valley

Cheers,
Anna
xoxo














Wednesday, 15 May 2019

SUNNY SIDE UP

White cropped jeans, yellow jumper
There are many factors which influence our sub-conscious mind and affect our decisions on what clothes would we wear on any particular day:  our mood, occasion, time of the day and of course the weather.  
White cropped jeans, yellow jumper
And when the sun shines and the skies are blue and it is not too hot nor cold and it is great to be outdoors, our mood shifts into a happy mode which directly reflects our choice of colours for an outfit, case in point, my white and yellow outfit of the day and I honestly think that these two colours are the best representation of happiness.  
White cropped jeans, yellow jumper
It was my intention that all the pieces, big and small, of my outfit are either of white or yellow colour except for a small black brooch.  
White cropped jeans, yellow jumper
This jumper, (seen previously here) that I bought during an occasional visit to Bondi Markets was one of those accidental finds that turned out to become a go to item.
White cropped jeans, yellow jumper
The white raw hemmed cropped flared jeans are from JBrand that I keep coming back to for their perfect fit and originality.  A pair of Tod's loafers in white and yellow is a perfect match to my outfit.
White cropped jeans, yellow jumper
Have a sunny week, everyone
Anna
xoxo
White cropped jeans, yellow jumper

















Thursday, 2 May 2019

GREY IS A NEW BLACK

I recently came to realise that I don't favour any particular colour but rather go through random phases where a chosen colour would take centre stage in my outfits only soon to become replaced by another one.  
There is no pattern or reason as to when and why I become attractive to any particular hue nor do I know what colour will be my next choice, it's all totally sub-conscious and absolutely random.  As you can see, this week it's all about grey.  
It does not mean that every time I have an itch for a new colour, I run to the shops and buy anything that fits my mood.  I might have some pieces in my closet already and have worn them separately but not together in one complete outfit.
They grey journey started with a Furla handbag that I got last year for my birthday which was a step away from traditional black.  Then a couple of months ago I saw this beautiful peony print silk blouse at Assembly Label that I simply had to have, followed by just recently bought a pair of slingback dark grey pumps by Boss.
We all know the power of black, it is the the ultimate colour to go to when we want to look chic and elegant and is extremely helpful when we want to appear slimmer than we actually are but I think that the grey colour that so far has been undermined by it, should be brought back into the limelight.  
Basically, the colour grey is a mix of white and black and by changing the ratio between them we can modify its hue and saturation from pale grey on the top of the scale all the way down to dark slate with the colours like ash, platinum, silver etc in between, which means that you can be dressed in grey from head to toe or, as French say it ton sur ton, and don't look dull and boring.  
The key to pulling off  this look is to make sure that every item of an outfit is in a different shade of grey thus adding an element of subdued elegance and depths to the look.  
And to support my view on the subject, here is the meaning of colour grey:  "...typically associated with dull and dirty...as well as formal and sophisticated..."


I wanted to have a grey colour in each element of my outlook including silver earrings and grey nail polish.
My outfit details:
Blouse - Assembly Label
Pants - Lee (old)
Shoes - Boss
Handbag - Furla







Wednesday, 24 April 2019

WHAT I WORE ON A WARM AUTUMN DAY

White outfit with bright accessories
According to the calendar it is the second month of autumn in Australia, but the weather is still incredibly warm and it's just a pleasure to be outdoors and feel the soft rays of the sun on your skin.  We were absolutely blessed with beautiful weather during the Easter break and took lots of walks around our favourite parts of the city still wearing our summer clothes, case in point my outfit today  was inspired by my memories of our trip to Italy two years ago.
White outfit with bright accessories
We arrived in Sorrento in the middle of September.  Typically for this part of Italy, it was very warm during the day but once the sun would set, you would feel the chill in the air and.  
White outfit with bright accessories
Walking along the promenade with my husband, I kept looking around trying to capture the sense of Italian fashion and couldn't help but notice how many Italians, both men and women, love to be dressed in white from head to toe and then added big bold and bright accessories, whether it was shoes, handbags, head or neck scarves etc.  
White outfit with bright accessories
I especially loved the way some men would wear a scarf effortlessly wrapped over a plain white t-shirt and still look very chic.
White outfit with bright accessories
And that is what I had in mind when getting dressed for lunch and a slow walk with our friends during the Easter break.  I started with a white pair of jeans and a t-shirt and layered with contrasting colour which I drew from my old Hermes scarf.
White outfit with bright accessories
I wanted to capture the image of our world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge behind me but it came a bit overexposed because the sun was right above us.
White outfit with bright accessories
Although all the pieces of my outfit have been in my closet for sometime now, today is the first time that I wear them all together.
White outfit with bright accessories
My outfit details:
Scarf - Hermes
T-shirt - Uniqlo
White jeans - J Brand
Jacket - Mark and Spencer
Shoes - Alpha 80
Handbag - Louis Vuitton
Belt - Hermes

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