Saturday, 28 August 2021

BLACK KNITTED DRESS

BLACK KNITTED DRESS

This post was ready to go live couple of weeks ago but then something more urgent and quite stressful came up and the blog became a second priority.  Here is why.  A few years ago I noticed a small bubble had suddenly appeared right in the inner corner of my left eye.  It didn’t bother me in the slightest and I attributed its arrival to the signs of ageing.  At some point I checked it with my GP but he seemed no to be too worried about it and I let it be.

BLACK KNITTED DRESS

Then about two months ago my husband had to go to the skin cancer clinic to have couple of cancerous spots on his face removed and since I have never ever had a skin check before, I decided to have it done.  Guess what? The doctor found one pimple on my back that he identified as cancerous and should be removed immediately,  which he did.  When I pointed to him this little bubble in my eye, he honestly said that he doesn’t know what that is but he didn’t like it and took a biopsy.  A week later a verdict was in – cancer, remove immediately 🀯.

BLACK KNITTED DRESS

Because it was so close to the eye, the skin doctor couldn’t do it but referred me to a plastic surgeon.  After a telehealth consultation (because of COVID he didn’t want me to come to his office) during which he explained that once he removed all the damaged tissues, he then would have to do some grafting, which means taking skin from somewhere on my body and graft it over the wound.  In  my case, the skin came from behind my left ear.

BLACK KNITTED DRESS

The surgery was not too long and once I recovered from the anesthesia my husband took me home.  When I saw myself in the mirror, the sight was not a good one.  Apart from the bandage near my eye, I had another one behind my ear where they took the graft from and I looked like Vincent van Gogh after his attempt to cut off his ear.  The pain was manageable but when I wanted to read and put on my πŸ‘“ reading glasses, it became a bit tricky as I couldn't fit them properly behind my ears and on the bridge of my nose .  But my biggest issue was the pathology result which will tell us whether all the bad stuff was removed and if not, what the next steps have to be.

BLACK KNITTED DRESS

You can only imagine my relief when 7 days later I had an appointment with my surgeon to remove the bandages, I was told that everything that shouldn't be there was removed πŸ™‹and all I need to do know is to take good care of my grafted skin which would take up to two months for it to blend in but it doesn’t bother me much since we are in a lockdown and can’t go anywhere anyway, except for food shopping and walking.   My driver's licence was is up for renewal but I managed to have my photos taken in advance so no need to worry about that.  And as for my blog, I have a few pairs of sunglasses that I will wear in rotation😎😎😎.

BLACK KNITTED DRESS

But enough of that.  Back to the outfit.  In my previous post I talked about knit dresses having their moment on the fashion scene.  Because there is not much tailoring involved, technically there should be no problems in finding a knit dress that would suit anyone’s taste, shape and budget.  You can have them short or long, slick and streamlined in black classic hue or multi coloured with a full skirt, wide  sleeves and a daring neckline.  It’s truly whatever tickles your fancy.

BLACK KNITTED DRESS

I, for example, was tickled by this little black number from Cos.  It looks simple but on a closer look has its own interesting details that makes it stands out amongst others LBD:  simple scoop neck cut and tight fit top with a full knee-length skirt with asymmetric hem not to mention it's warm fabric made of 100% wool and that feels so soft on your skin.

BLACK KNITTED DRESS

As with most monochromatic outfits, the accessories is the key.  Since it was a casual walk around Art Gallery of NSW (it's closed due to COVID😞), I settled for a simple black/gold choker (a hand-me down from my daughter) and a matching gold brooch (one of my late mother-in-law's favourites) and a pair of comfortable black boots.

BLACK KNITTED DRESS  

As it was pleasantly warm winter day in Sydney, I wore my light zebra print coat and a black & white polka dot scarf just to add extra dimension.

BLACK KNITTED DRESS

If, for example, I would choose to wear this dress for dinner, I would accessorise it with a string of pearls or big statement earrings and more elegant footwear πŸ‘ 

And this is it,  Stay safe and keep smiling 😊😊😊

Until then

Anna




 

Monday, 26 July 2021

WHAT WOULD I WEAR FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY DINNER

Hello dear friends, how are you all?
Reiss Cecilia of-shoulder dress

It has been a while since I posted anything on my blog.  It seems that this latest lockdown punched the air out of me and left me feeling deflated and bored.  Last year the company I work for was not affected by the lockdown and we continued to work from our office.   This year, however, we were not so lucky.  In order to bring the case numbers down, more severe restrictions were imposed which led to a complete closing down of the construction industry and as a result our company was left without any work and all of us were stood down.  Originally it was for two weeks only but now it's extended to a further four!!!  😒😒😒

Reiss Cecilia of-shoulder dress

My gym, which has been my refuge for many years is closed too, as everything else except essential services.  At least we are still allowed to go outside but just to get some take-aways, do the grocery shopping, walking or exercising.  I have already cut my hair twice πŸ’‡but it will need a professional colour treatment pretty soon and if the lockdown continues, it's going to be a problem.  I am sure, this scenario is very familiar to all of you, so enough said.  

Reiss Cecilia of-shoulder dress

My husband and I are trying to stay fit and keep a positive attitude as much as possible😊.  We do a lot of walking, reading and TV watching.  We really enjoyed watching Atlantic Crossing.  Based on historical facts, it is a story about the romance that blossomed between FDR and the Royal Princess of Norway during WWII.

Reiss Cecilia of-shoulder dress

The other one of our favourites was a lovely Italian drama series Made in Italy about the birth of Italian fashion industry set in 70's Milan in the offices of a fashion magazine called Appeal.  Rumour has it that the show is based on the life of late famed Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia,  FrancaSozzani.  I couldn't take my eyes off the miniskirts, high boots, big sunglasses, head scarves that were so expertly curated to reflect that era.  And speaking of fashion, I would like to tell you about the dress I am wearing.

Reiss Cecilia of-shoulder dress

It is yet another dress from Reiss.  I love this label but only dare to buy their clothes when they go on sale, which offers quite a generous discount.  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you might remember me modelling a few Reiss items I acquired in a similar manner, otherwise I find that their price tags are rather high.  I was looking for a dress to wear to dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary and since it is in the middle of the Australian winter, I thought this knit dress would be perfect.  

Reiss Cecilia of-shoulder dress

The knitted dress is a big trend this winter season and there are so many options to suit everyone's taste, shape and budget.  From hugging rib dresses to luxurious cashmere turtlenecks, the knitted dress offers daylong comfort without compromising on style.

Reiss Cecilia of-shoulder dress

As on previous occasions, I found this dress on-line .  Its newly discounted price tag caught my initial attention.  I immediately liked its chic berry hue that reminds me of the colour of ripe figs.  The shape of the neck with a flattering off-the shoulder feature with a zip running along one shoulder, the draped silhouette and with yet another decorative zip running off-centre of the skirt - these appealing features confirmed my decision to buy it.

Reiss Cecilia of-shoulder dress

I was imagining wearing it to our anniversary dinner at one of our local faves called Brown Sugar with my LV classic black patent pumps and an oversized necklace which I bought in Sorrento a couple of years ago and only wear on special occasions, but it was not meant to be.  COVID has struck again and most of our state went into lockdown.  Nevertheless, we decided that since we can't go out, we will celebrate it at home and asked the restaurant to cook our celebratory dinner.

Reiss Cecilia of-shoulder dress

I covered our dining table with a linen tablecloth and used our finest glassware and crockery to make it look special.  When the food arrived, I lit up a candle, my husband poured our favourite wine, we made a toast and proceed to eat dinner.  My husband ordered their signature fish pie with leek and truffle oil with Paris mash while I enjoyed their squid ink pasta with spanner crab followed by a fruit crumble with vanilla ice cream which we shared.  The food was cooked to perfection, the dishes packed in special containers and were still hot when we unpacked them.  And the instruction on how to cook and assemble the crumble was dead simple.  It was not exactly how we planned it, but we made an effort to make this evening special and that is what counts.

How do you celebrate an occasion while on lockdown?  Please share your ideas in the comment section below.  I really appreciate your intake.

Reiss Cecilia of-shoulder dress

 Until then


Anna,
xoxo

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Monday, 12 July 2021

CARGO PANTS AND BOHO BLOUSE

Hello dear friends, how are you all?
CARGO PANTS AND BOHO BLOUSE
It has been quite a while since I touched my blog.  As you may or may not know we are now in a lockdown which originally started as a two weeks affair and now it has been extended by another two and it's not clear what might happen next 😟😟😟.
CARGO PANTS AND BOHO BLOUSE
On top of if, the weather is so bad, it's cold and raining all the time, so even though we are allowed to go outside to exercise or have a walk, it's not very pleasant to walk in the rain with a strong wind blowing into your face.
CARGO PANTS AND BOHO BLOUSE
Anyhow, it occurred to me that rather then dwelling on the negatives, I should try and find some positive aspects of the current situation.  And here is one example of how I did it.

I figured that now is the time to do the things that you were meant to do a long time ago but have been delaying doing them for a lot of good reasons πŸ˜‰.  One of those things that long has been on my agenda was cleaning up my closet, giving away the clothes that don't fit me anymore, mending lost buttons and torn hems, re-discovering some pieces that I forgot I bought and feel happy about it. 
CARGO PANTS AND BOHO BLOUSE
Case in point, today's outfit.   I was going through the shelf where I store all my jeans, slacks and other pants that don't need to be hanged and came across these cargo pants.  If my memory serves me right, I bought these pants in 2019 and wore them for the last time about 5 years ago.  When I got them out, I wasn't even sure that they would still fit but surprise, surprise they did.  That alone put a great smile on my face πŸ˜‚.
CARGO PANTS AND BOHO BLOUSE
I then checked out all my tops trying to figure out what can I wear with it that I haven't worn before and came across this white boho style top with tassels and intricate embroidery running along the deep V-cut of the blouse and along the slits of the sleeves.  It was a hand me down from my older daughter, she bought for herself while holidays in Brazil but grew tired of it very quickly.  I used to wear it with a white denim pencil skirt but since the skirt became too tight and went to the clothing bin, I was struggling to find a perfect fit for it.
CARGO PANTS AND BOHO BLOUSE
I decided to put the two together and actually liked the result.  The khaki, which belongs to the Green colour family, works well with the red elements of the blouse (Christmas decorations are the best example of this classic combo) and the loose fit of it goes well with the tight fitted cargos.
CARGO PANTS AND BOHO BLOUSE
I do apologise about the quality of the images, my husband is still learning how to use his phone when taking photos indoors 😏.

So all I need now is for spring to arrive and COVID to go so that I can wear my newly re-born outfit.

And that is all for now, do please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Until then,

Anna
xoxo

Monday, 14 June 2021

IT IS TIME TO BRING BACK A LITTLE GLAMOUR

Hello dear friends, hope you are doing well.

Now that the COVID restrictions in Australia have been eased dramatically, our lives are almost back to BC (before COVID), alas overseas travel is still wishful thinking πŸ˜ž, it’s time to bring back a little glamour.  

Speaking of which, have you by any chance happened to watch Halston miniseries on Netflix?  I am totally fascinated by his vision, the beauty of his creations, his enormous talent and driving ambition that helped him to rise to international fame during the 70's.  Pity about cocaine though, that initially was the starting point of his downfall😒.

I learned a few quite interesting aspects about Halston's life including the fact that his muse, Elsa Peretti, became a great jewellery designer for Tiffany's and when I looked her up on Google, it made me realise that a couple of pieces of jewellery that my husband has bought for me from the House of Tiffany were designed by her.  

Going back to today's outfit, it’s a funny fact, but it is only in recent years that I developed a taste for sparkles and other shiny fabrics (just check out the dress I wore for my last birthday party here) so it was no brainer that when I spotted this little black number twinkling under the bright spotlights of an H&M store, I grabbed it off the rack and went straight to the counter to pay for it. I was taken slightly by surprise that my husband liked it too so it became a keeper πŸ‘.  

Apart from the presence of sparkles all over this jacket, its cropped silhouette adds an urban edge to it and would look great paired with white or black jeans and a t-shirt and could be worn during the day as well.  The reason these photos are taken indoors is that the weather outside is not photo-shoot friendly and I really wanted to share this post with you hence you get a glimpse of my home.

The silk red pants that I am wearing are quite old, I was quite pleased if not somewhat surprised to see that they still fit.  I was expecting the worst. They are from Equipment, I love their colour and cut, unfortunately, they crease quite a lot but it comes with the territory, I guess.  Ditto my old Christian Louboutin open toe shoes that you have seen me wearing quite often in the past.  I think the last time it was in 2019.  

My handbag is a belated gift from my niece, it’s from Tory Burch and is more a wallet on a chain since it does not fit anything thicker than credit cards or a driver’s licence.

And that is it for today’s post.

Would you like wearing shiny sparkling clothes? Please do share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Until then

Anna

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Friday, 21 May 2021

PRINTED MIDI DRESS - TRIBUTE TO THE 70'S

 Hello dear friends,

PRINTED MIDI DRESS - TRIBUTE TO THE 70'S

This is another outfit of mine inspired by the 70's vibe but whereas in the previous post it was about  wide leg pants and oversized hoops (you can read about it here if you missed the post) today it is all about colours and the print.   

PRINTED MIDI DRESS - TRIBUTE TO THE 70'S

When it comes to colours and patterns of that era, the first image that comes to mind is shirts and dresses in bold bright colours and large prints and patterns sometimes inspired by psychedelic art and culture.   The trendy colours of the 70's were bright blue and turquoise, bright yellow, saturated orange and brown while the injection of white was used everywhere, to offset and highlight them.  

PRINTED MIDI DRESS - TRIBUTE TO THE 70'S

And that is exactly what I saw when I walked into Zara store the other day, i.e., a midi dress πŸ‘— in bright colours with an oversized print, hanging off the rack, I could not tear my eyes off it.  If you ask me to describe this dress in one word, this word would be FUN.  It has a happy uplifting vibe due to the presence of the yellow and orange colours, its style is quite simple with side splits without which the dress would be too narrow and difficult to walk in.

PRINTED MIDI DRESS - TRIBUTE TO THE 70'S

My husband was slightly hesitant at first but once I tried it on, he just smiled and strolled to the cash register to pay for it πŸ‘πŸ˜Š.

PRINTED MIDI DRESS - TRIBUTE TO THE 70'S

My initial thought was to wear it with a pair of sneakers but the dress kind of lost its high vibe, so I discarded the sneakers and instead put on a pair of high-heeled knee boots.  That instantly not only gave me a couple of centimetres in height but also a visually elongated and slimmed silhouette.  

PRINTED MIDI DRESS - TRIBUTE TO THE 70'S

Your thoughts are important to me so please do share them in the comment section.

PRINTED MIDI DRESS - TRIBUTE TO THE 70'S

Until then,

Have a colourful week 

Anna

Sunday, 9 May 2021

CHANNELING 70'S VIBE WITH WIDE LEG PANTS

Hello dear friends,
CHANNELING 70'S VIBE WITH WIDE LEG PANTS
I am so glad to hear the good news regarding the easing of COVID restrictions and rolling out the vaccinations πŸ‘.
CHANNELING 70'S VIBE WITH WIDE LEG PANTS
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you might have noticed that my last couple of posts were all about monochromatic, black and white outfits that were not exactly formal but leaning towards an office attire.  Today's outfit is completely the opposite, it has colour, it's fun and is totally casual.
CHANNELING 70'S VIBE WITH WIDE-LEGGED PANTS
The main feature of this look are my new wide leg trousers that are so on-trend right now.  If you think that they are not for you, let me assure you that they are super versatile and there are options to suite any height, shape and style πŸ‘.  
CHANNELING 70'S VIBE WITH WIDE-LEGGED PANTS
You can channel this sleek 70's style with beautifully tailored high-waisted wide-leg trousers made in expensive fabrics like wool or silk or go boho with slouchy wide-leg cropped trousers in a more durable fabric like thick cotton or denim.
CHANNELING 70'S VIBE WITH WIDE-LEGGED PANTS
CHANNELING 70'S VIBE WITH WIDE-LEGGED PANTS
I opted for the latter, tan coloured, cropped and rugged bottom trousers that I found in Zara.  I paired them with a similarly slouched jumper in light peach colour.  My shoes of the day, to keep with the casual vibe, were a pair of white sneakers by Spring Court.  
CHANNELING 70'S VIBE WITH WIDE-LEGGED PANTS
I have, however, paid a small tribute to glamour by wearing my new oversized hoop earrings that I've become addicted to lately, have bought 3 pairs so far πŸ˜‰ and my LV scarf, previously seen here.
CHANNELING 70'S VIBE WITH WIDE-LEGGED PANTS
And that is it. 
  
Until the next post
Anna


xoxoxo