Thursday, 2 July 2020

GREY COAT, PRINT PANTS, PATENT SHOES

Hello dear friends, hope you are keeping well.

GREY COAT, PRINT PANTS, PATENT SHOES

It is a known fact that that I love bright strong colours and wear them quite often, however today I went the other way and dressed myself from head to toe in a mix of black and grey colours, with the eye catching vermilion colour wall behind me is the only evidence to the contrary.

GREY COAT, PRINT PANTS, PATENT SHOES

I am wearing a coat that was a hand-me down from my older daughter, Michelle, who bought it during her European holidays few years ago from Cos well before this popular brand landed on our shores.  She really liked it then but has grown bored of it so she offered it to me and I gladly accepted.  I was thinking of buying a new coat anyway so in a sense she did me a favour saving my time and moneyπŸ‘.  The coat was in perfect condition ,  Michelle even dry-cleaned it before handing it to its new owner.

GREY COAT, PRINT PANTS, PATENT SHOES

I am wearing he pants from Maison Scotch .  They have been in my closet for quite some time and reason that you didn’t see me wearing them lately was because in the last year or two I gained some weight and, despite my strong dedication to fitness, wasn’t able to shake it off.  It was during the lock-down, believe or not, that I proposed to my husband to try and lose some weights.  

GREY COAT, PRINT PANTS, PATENT SHOES

Before COVID we used quite often to go for lunch or dinner and indulge ourselves in wines, desserts, cheeses, burgers with chips, etc – all these yummy foods that are responsible for extra kilos.  Now with the restaurants closed, we saw it as an opportunity to eat less and not drink at all.  And I must say, it wasn’t that hard.  We can see the result and I feel better, lighter and happier πŸ™‹. 

GREY COAT, PRINT PANTS, PATENT SHOES

GREY COAT, PRINT PANTS, PATENT SHOES

Every time I mention to someone that we haven’t touched wine or eaten anything unhealthy in the last couple of months, I get similar reactions from people like some call us mad, some said that they feel pity for us and only a handful of my closest friends and family who noticed the difference understood that for me that being able to get my body back is more satisfying than a piece of cake or a glass of wine. 

Anyway, it is our anniversary coming up a couple of weeks so we will celebrate it by rewarding ourselves by eating and drinking with gusto πŸ˜‹

GREY COAT, PRINT PANTS, PATENT SHOES

I am wearing:  coat from Cos, pants from Scotch and Soda, shoes from Neutralizer, handbag - Furla, sunglasses -  Valley

Until then,

Anna

xoxo


















































Wednesday, 24 June 2020

HOW I WORE A SILK SLIP SKIRT IN COOLER MONTHS

Hello dear friends,   

Things seems to be getting slightly better as the lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted, here in Australia, at least.  Although, it became perfectly clear that in 2020 we will not be travelling overseas πŸ˜ž.  Oh well, better to be safe than sorry.  

But life goes on and so does fashion.  I say, it’s time to give our athleisure outfits a break and start wearing proper clothes.  I, for one, never stopped working and was able to wear my regular office outfits over the last crazy months and that felt great.  One of my go-to outfits was an ivory colour cashmere jumper over a silk midi slip skirt with short kitten-heel boots. 

You probably don’t remember the story behind this Bec and Bridge skirt or have not read about it altogether, so you can refresh your memory here.  When I first got it, I attributed it to my spring/summer wardrobe but then I thought that it’s silly not to wear it all year around and the days grew colder, decided to give it go.  

I chose this V-neck jumper from Sass & Bide which looks like an ordinary jumper from the front but from the back it is not that simple:  first, it is much longer than the front and is split in half giving the impression of the back of a tuxedo.

I love V-neck tops, you can wear them as is, leaving your neck open and framed by long dangling earrings or accessorise it with a long or neckerchief scarf which not only look chic but keep you warm.

It is made of a very light cashmere yarn and you wold never guess how warm and comfortable it feels and because the skirt is also made of light delicate silk, they belong together.

I paired this combo with my new short kitten-heel boots from Bianca Buccheri.   The heels are far smaller than I used to wear but I am slowly weaning myself from the high heel shoes, they seem like the ghosts from the past πŸ‘», however I can’t see myself wearing sneakers to the office like so many young women around me do.  

They are cute and super comfortable, sneakers not womenπŸ˜‰, I totally get it, still when it comes to footwear, and I like to dress for the occasion.  I guess it is all depends on the working environment and whether you should or want to adapt to it.  

What is your office go-to “uniform”?  Do you wear what you like or do you mimic other people’s style?

Until then   

Anna

xoxo      

 
































Tuesday, 16 June 2020

MY RED PHASE

Hello friends hope you are coping well under the circumstances.
MY RED PHASE
Life in Australia is slowly becoming more energetic with more restrictions being loosened almost every week yet it's far from the life style we had pre-COVID and it seems that it will stay with us for quite a while.
MY RED PHASE
Anyhow, let's talk about fashion for a change.  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you might have noticed that I have been silent for a couple of weeks for no apparent reason whatsoever πŸ˜„.  You also might remember that I've written a series of posts that I called "MY COLOUR PHASE" and so far blogged about My Blue Phase, My Orange Phase and My Yellow Phase.  In today's post I would like to pay my dues to yet another favourite colour of mine, Red πŸ’–
MY RED PHASE
MY RED PHASE
I do love bright colours and wear them a lot, however when it comes to red, I tend to avoid its bright and vivid hues such as vermilion or scarlet, for example as they don't go very well with my skin tone but rather prefer to have my clothes in colours that, while still belonging to the red family, have far less intensity and saturation in the likes of pink, burgundy or plum hues.   
MY RED PHASE
In order to make these hues you need to alter the prime colour by adding a tint (white pigment) if you want your colour to be lighter tone or a shade (the black one) if you are after a  darker tone.  By adding different amounts of tints/shades, you will be able to create a long and extensive range of monochromatic colours that will span from rich deep burgundies and purples all the way to hot and baby pink and everything in between.  
MY RED PHASE
MY RED PHASE
MY RED PHASE
The greatest advantage of having such an abundant variety of one colour is that it makes it so much easier to wear something in red without worrying whether it is going to suit you or not.  All you need to do, is figure out which tone suits you best.  It might not necessarily be in red as we normally see it, strong and intense, but something from its extended range, something soft and gentle like baby pink or lavender.   
And if you really want something in hot throbbing red, you can always have it in your accessories.  
MY RED PHASE
MY RED PHASE
MY RED PHASE
MY RED PHASE
MY RED PHASE
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jul/09/italy.fashion
When my husband and I were in Rome for our wedding anniversary more than fifteen years ago, we were visiting Rome where the exhibition celebrating Valentino's 45th year love affair with glamour was held.  All the dresses that he had designed for half a century were there, divided into three major groups:  black dresses, white dresses and red dresses.  It was an amazing collection, and one which I will never forget.
MY RED PHASE
And this bright note concludes "MY COLOUR PHASE" series.  Please let me know what shade of red is your favourite? 

Until then,

Anna
xoxo 







































Sunday, 31 May 2020

MY YELLOW PHASE


Hello dear friends,

Hope you are coping well and that your spirits are high.  We, in Australia, are slowly moving forward: the students are back at school and from 1 May the restaurants will be allowed to seat up to 50 patrons, with social distancing in mind of, course.  Also we are now allowed to travel interstate, have picnics and invite people over.
MY YELLOW PHASE
The nail salons will be opened, so you can go and have your nails done but the gyms are not going to be open any time soon which is a shame as despite the fact that we are unable to eat and drink out anymore, I have managed to gain some weight that I can't shake off by myself, as hard as I try L.  
MY YELLOW PHASE
Funny but I have mixed feelings about the current situation, on the one hand it’s nice to get back to the life we lived pre-COVID, on the other hand I am petrified that the virus might come back with a vengeance.  So my husband and I have decided to wait for at least a month to see what happens, I still wear a mask and a pair of gloves when I do the grocery shopping, we will avoid places with large numbers of people gathering and have our coffee and food take-away only.  
MY YELLOW PHASE
But back to the topic of today's post.  It is the 3rd post in the series that I called "MY COLOUR PHASES" and it is about the colour Yellow.  The first two were about Orange (read here) and Blue (read here) ones.  A quick Google search revealed that the colour yellow is the brightest on the spectrum and hence is the most noticeable.  It means happiness and optimism, hope, energy and enthusiasm but most importantly it is the colour of the sun and of brightness.   
MY YELLOW PHASE
As I sit at my desk on this cold miserable grey day in Sydney writing this post and looking through the window all I can see is pelting rain, just writing about bright colours helps me to break up the bleakness of the day, fills me with positive energy and elevates my mood.  Just what the doctor ordered πŸ˜ƒ
MY YELLOW PHASE
I am sure it would not come to you as a surprise to know that I absolutely adore bright colours, I like to wear them and I like to have them in my home. 
MY YELLOW PHASE
It is a well known fact that the choice of colours reflects personality, and the strong bold bright hues are not everyone's cup of tea.  However, if you feel that a little injection of a bright colour would do no harm but are not sure where to start, the good way to tackle this challenge is to start with something small like a scarf or a pair of earrings, a handbag or a pair of shoes and go from there.  
MY YELLOW PHASE
As your confidence builds, you might like to wear a blouse or a jumper of a bright colour that suits your complexion and keep the bottom garment, skirt or pants, dark.  This is a perfect example of how the 60-30-10 rule works.  You can read more about it here.
MY YELLOW PHASE
Also, you can tone down the intensity and the volume of the colour a notch, instead of bright red, you can wear something in pastel pink or burgundy or rather than canary yellow, it could be pale yellow and instead of intense electric blue, you can find something in a more calming blue.  Just give it a go.
MY YELLOW PHASE
What is your feeling about bright strong colours and how do you incorporate them into your wardrobe?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Until then,

Anna

xoxo  






















Wednesday, 20 May 2020

MY BLUE PHASE

Hello darlings,

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you probably read my last post which was a first in a my new series called "MY COLOUR PHASE" where I talk about a period of time where one particular colour would subconsciously dominate my entire wardrobe popping up in every outfit and even spreading over to my home decor.  Reading your comments, I realised that I am not alone in it and quite a few of you have experienced similar "phases". If you missed that post, you can catch up on it here.
MY BLUE PHASE
Encouraged by the success of this new idea, I would like to continue the series and tell you about mine next BLUE PHASE.  The fact that is is have been chose as the colour of the year  2020 by Pantone is purely coincidental.
MY BLUE PHASE
There are a lot of good things mentioned about this colour:  it is the colour of the sky and the sea which has a peaceful effect on our minds and gives us a sense of normality and therefore is often used in bedrooms. It is often associated with depth and stability and it symbolises trust, loyalty and intelligence. 
MY BLUE PHASE
It is hugely versatile and when mixed with other colours, offers us a wide spectrum of beautiful hues that would suit people with different types of complexions.  Just think about a gorgeous turquoise blue, cobalt blue, sky or sea blue, Tiffany Blue and one of my favourite, teal just to name a few. and don’t forget denim to name just a few that are loved and worn by many.
MY BLUE PHASE
 And don’t forget denim that has been loved and worn by many for generations.
MY BLUE PHASE
MY BLUE PHASE
I am sure we all have something made out of blue in our closets.  They key in choosing the right hue is to know what type of complexion you are.  For example, if you like to wear something in cobalt blue, be aware that it has red undertones and if a red does not suit you then this particular hue might not be your best choice or if you after something in gorgeous turquoise, be aware that it has yellow undertones that might not be one of your favourites.
MY BLUE PHASE
Here are some images that illustrate my BLUE PHASE. Scrolling through the images for this post, I realised that I have much more things in blue than I imagined.   As with the colour orange, my BLUE PHASE has spread over accessories, shoes, handbags and spills into my home interiors in the form of artwork, home accessories and even crockery.  
MY BLUE PHASE
I am pleased I am over it, at least for now as I moved on to the next phase.  But that story is for the next post.  Please share your thoughts and pictures.
MY BLUE PHASE
Until then,