Wednesday, 19 April 2017

HOW I WORE FLARED CROPPED PANTS

Hello my dear readers and fellow bloggers.  Hope you all had a good break over Easter.
Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals
I have fantastic news to share with you all – last Sunday I became a grandmother for the first time to an absolutely gorgeous baby girl, name yet to be determined.  I can’t begin to describe how happy I feel for myself and my daughter who desperately wanted to have a girl but was repeatedly told by everyone that it is going to be a boy.  So it was a double joy for all of us involved.
Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals
I think, under the circumstances, you will forgive me for this post being extremely short.   In anticipation of becoming a grandmother and knowing that I wouldn’t have much time left for blogging, I’ve had the photos taken earlier so all that was left was to write the blurb, so here it is.
Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals
As I mentioned in my previous post, last week my husband and I went to see the opera, Carmen on the Harbour, which was absolutely sublime. 
Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals 
I must’ve still been under its spell when I was at the department store passing through the Women’s Fashion section of David Jones department store on my way to buy a toy for my granddaughter that I spotted these cropped flare pants hanging off the rack at the concession shop of Beck and Bridge and felt an irresistible urge to buy them.
Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals
Flares have been on trend for quite a while and I’ve been thinking of buying myself a pair for the coming winter season so here was my chance to do just that.
Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals
I didn’t have much time to try them on so I just quickly paid and left.
Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals
By the time I reached my car in the parking lot, I new exactly what two items in my wardrobe would look perfect with these pants.
Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals
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I MUST HAVE STILL BEEN UNDER ITS SPELL WHEN I SAW THESE PANTS
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Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals
Firstly,  a silk blouse in a gorgeous burnt orange colour that when wrapped around the waist like a kimono style can be tied up in a big bow and secondly, two toned high heel strappy sandals.
Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals

Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals
I had about an hour at my disposal before going to the hospital to see my girls, so I quickly put all the three elements on and asked my husband to take photos.  And voila,  a Carmen inspired outfit was born.
Flared cropped pants|wrap-around silk blouse|strappy sandals

Monday, 10 April 2017

GOING PREPPY

Hi everyone, hope you all have had a great weekend
SILK SKIRT|SHOES&SOCKS|SCARF|PREPPY OUTFIT
My Saturday was fabulous.  My husband and I went to see Carmen on the Harbour.  It is an outdoor event set on the shores of Sydney Harbour and let me tell you It was spectacular – from the beautiful voices of the cast to the stage settings, costumes and a lot of lighting and pyrotechnic effects, not to mention having the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a backdrop made the night even more magical.  Luckily for us the weather was perfect too so all and all it was a night to remember.
CARMEN ON THE HARBOUR
We didn’t have any plans for Sunday as my older daughter was due to have a baby but nothing happened so I had time to have a couple of photos taken wearing two different outfits (one for this post and one for a future one)  and I did a bit of writing.  I knew only too well that once the baby arrives, there would be not much time left for blogging.
SILK SKIRT|SHOES&SOCKS|SCARF|PREPPY OUTFIT
I describe today’s look as “preppy” and I have no reason to explain why I chose this look.  All I know it’s all started after I saw a great number of images on Instagram and Bloglovin' of women wearing dressy shoes with socks so I wanted to give it a try too.  And it went from there.
SILK SKIRT|SHOES&SOCKS|SCARF|PREPPY OUTFIT
This is not the look that you can often see on the streets of Sydney unless you are around one of those highly expensive private schools and the reason for it is our warm climate and relaxed life style, so this outfit is an entirely my interpretation of the look.  A quick reference revealed that one of the main attributes of the preppy look is “a simply classic look with just few key accessories to tie it together” and armed with this piece of knowledge I embarked on the challenge.
SILK SKIRT|SHOES&SOCKS|SCARF|PREPPY OUTFIT
It is the first time ever that I have experimented with this look and because of that, I didn’t have any particular clothes or accessories in my wardrobe that contributed to a preppy look nor was I sure of what exactly this look involves so I had to rely on my instinct but I figured that socks worn over smart kitten heel nude colour shoes could be a good start. 
SILK SKIRT|SHOES&SOCKS|SCARF|PREPPY OUTFIT
Happy with that, I shopped my wardrobe and found a silk A-line skirt that looked right for the look.  The last piece of the puzzle came in a form of a plain round neck jumper in a dusty pink with side splits that I wore loose over the skirt.  My key accessories were a silk scarf that I wrapped around my neck and tied in a cute knot and white pearl earrings.
SILK SKIRT|SHOES&SOCKS|SCARF|PREPPY OUTFIT

ONE OF THE MAIN ATTRIBUTES OF THE PREPPY LOOK IS A SIMPLY CLASSIC LOOK WITH JUST A FEW KEY ACCESSORIES TO TIE IT TOGETHER
SILK SKIRT|SHOES&SOCKS|SCARF|PREPPY OUTFIT
I am sure that this is not the perfect preppy look and some might argue that it is not at all, but I felt comfortable and quite pleased of how it all came out.
SILK SKIRT|SHOES&SOCKS|SCARF|PREPPY OUTFIT
What do you think of my look?  How would you describe it?  I would like to know your thoughts.
SILK SKIRT|SHOES&SOCKS|SCARF|PREPPY OUTFIT
Until then,

Anna

XO

Linking up with Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Shelbee on the Edge

Monday, 3 April 2017

A PERFECT DRESS FOR A SUNNY AUTUMN DAY

Hello everyone, hope you are all well.
A PERFECT DRESS FOR A SUNNY AUTUMN DAY
For those of us who, like me, live in the Southern Hemisphere the weather seasons are always in reverse to the rest of the world which means that why people of Northern Hemisphere are looking forward to the upcoming summer, people who live below the equator are in the second month of autumn, aka fall which does not excite me in the slightest.  I just can’t stand that at four o’clock in the afternoon it is as dark outside as if it is midnight.   And although the temperature is definitely cooler than was a month ago, it is a perfect time of a year for wearing transitional clothes which is very similar to what I see a lot of my fellow blogers from Europe and North America wear once the winter is over but the summer is yet to come.
A PERFECT DRESS FOR A SUNNY AUTUMN DAY
It is around this time of a year, that I like to sort out my clothes, store away shorts and singlets, pack away sandals and thongs and get winter pants, jumpers and coats out of the storage room.  It is also a time when I take a stock of what I have for the upcoming season, throw away the old clothes that I know for sure I wouldn’t be wearing and decide whether I need to buy some new clothes that will last me through the months of winter.
A PERFECT DRESS FOR A SUNNY AUTUMN DAY
It is during this evaluation process that I realised that I need a new so called “transitional” dress, the one that I can wear without a coat and don’t feel cold and will be able to layer as the weather worsens.  I wanted a street dress, not too casual or too dressy, something I will be able to wear almost everywhere and I think this dress from Zara ticks all the boxes.
A PERFECT DRESS FOR A SUNNY AUTUMN DAY
It is made out of a light fabric and I like the fact that the patterned flowers are relatively small and don’t distract attention from the silhouette of the dress.  It has ballooning sleeves gathered by a wide cuff and while the front is rather simple, all the action is focused on its back which has multiple pleats loosely bunched together by the skinny belt.  If you look at it from behind, it falls mid-calf while the front is about 10 cm shorter and fleetingly comes right above the knee.
A PERFECT DRESS FOR A SUNNY AUTUMN DAY
As I said, it is autumn in Sydney and this dress is absolutely perfect for a cooler day no matter what season is outside, I will have plenty of opportunities to wear it.
A PERFECT DRESS FOR A SUNNY AUTUMN DAY
That is the kind of dress that when you are in it, you don’t take yourself too seriously and that was exactly what I wanted.  To keep the mood light and a bit naughty, I paired it with fishnet stockings and ankle boots but I am pretty sure that it will look equally good worn with smart shoes or high-heeled boots.
A PERFECT DRESS FOR A SUNNY AUTUMN DAY
NO MATTER WHAT SEASON IS OUTSIDE, I WILL HAVE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO WEAR IT.
A PERFECT DRESS FOR A SUNNY AUTUMN DAY
A simple necklace suspended from the rope and a bright red lipstick are my only accessories.

Linking up with Shelbee on the Edge, Fine Whatever Blog, Not Dressed as Lamb

Thursday, 23 March 2017

I AM WEARING WHITE DENIM SKIRT|DOVE GREY BLOUSE|CHOCKER

I AM WEARING WHITE DENIM SKIRT|DOVE GREY BLOUSE|CHOCKER
Hello my dear readers and fellow bloggers,

Hope you are all well and having a good week and have made some interesting plans for the coming weekend.
I AM WEARING WHITE DENIM SKIRT|DOVE GREY BLOUSE|CHOCKER
Today’s look is my second attempt to explore the possibility of the happy co-existence of rough street style denim and smooth luxurious silk that I started in the previous post (for those of you who, who have not read the previous post or would need a reminder, please read it here).  Hopefully, at the end of my experiment, I will end up with a couple of more fresh outfits. 
I AM WEARING WHITE DENIM SKIRT|DOVE GREY BLOUSE|CHOCKER
This outfit is full of challenges and experimentation and the elements involved are: a street style white denim skirt, an elegant evening dove grey silk blouse and a hand-made choker.
I AM WEARING WHITE DENIM SKIRT|DOVE GREY BLOUSE|CHOCKER
This is one of my most favourite blouses that I love to wear when we are going to the Opera House to see a ballet or to listen to a symphony concert. I like to pair it with a black maxi skirt or tuxedo pants and adorn it with a string of pearls. There are few details of it that I particularly like, the fact that it does not have buttons but rather wraps up around your hips and the overextended sleeves with French style cuffs that I prefer to wear down for an extra chic factor as opposed to a casual rolled-up cuff look.
I AM WEARING WHITE DENIM SKIRT|DOVE GREY BLOUSE|CHOCKER
Today, however, I am pairing it with a white denim skirt that is in a totally different league and really hoping that it would work. The combo does not look too bad but it needs some final touches and the key to success is to choose the right accessories: shoes, handbag, jewellery etc.

First and and probably most crucial of them all - the footwear.  I was debating between low and high heel shoes and I tried them both but after consulting the mirror, the high heels won hands down.

WE ALL KNOW THAT NOT ONLY DO HIGH HEELS HELP TO MAKE OUR LEGS SLIMMER AND LONGER BUT ALSO DELIVER A STRIKE OF ELEGANCE TO THE SIMPLEST OUTFIT TAKING IT TO A COMPLETELY NEW LEVEL.
I AM WEARING WHITE DENIM SKIRT|DOVE GREY BLOUSE|CHOCKER
 I added a small Chanel purse to keep it consistent with the elegantly chic style of the blouse and the shoes.
I AM WEARING WHITE DENIM SKIRT|DOVE GREY BLOUSE|CHOCKER
Also, I am experimenting with a choker. I have never ever worn nor owed a choker before but since I am pushing boundaries here, why not add another one, right? It is not a choker per se, it is, actually, is a bracelet that I wrapped around my neck and tied up at the back with a piece of string.  It was a classic case where the saying “Necessity is a mother of invention” can be applied.
I AM WEARING WHITE DENIM SKIRT|DOVE GREY BLOUSE|CHOCKER

I AM WEARING WHITE DENIM SKIRT|DOVE GREY BLOUSE|CHOCKER
I was having a lot of fun bringing all the elements together to create a stylish new outfit and I think I succeeded.

What do you think, my friends? Would really like to hear your thoughts.

Anna