Saturday, 16 September 2017

OUR HOLIDAYS 2017

Hi everyone,
Just letting you all know that I am taking time off blogging for a while.  My husband and I are off to all those places coloured in red, starting off with Morocco and ending with a short stop in Auckland, NZ to visit my husband's daughter and her family on our way back to Sydney.

I will be sharing the images on Instagram whenever I can find Wi-Fi.

Stay well and I will reconnect back with you in about a month time.

Anna
xoxo

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A GYPSY SKIRT FOR A PICNIC IN THE PARK

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all well.

Last Sunday was the first really hot day when you can shed off a couple of layers and start to believe that summer is just around the corner and a group of us decided to have a picnic in the park.  I was quite excited about it since the last time we attended an outdoor party was back in February (Australian summer time).
Despite the fact that everyone around has momentarily jumped into cut-off shorts, mini skirts and singlets, I wasn't ready to take off the layers and show off my pale legs, so I opted for a mid-calf gypsy skirt instead.  It was light and breezy, besides I wanted to wear something comfortable to be able to sit on the grass and still look decent.
I bought this skirt a while ago from the market in Green Market Square in Cape Town while paying our scheduled annual visit to my father in law.  I love this market and never miss an opportunity to visit it.  I very seldom leave this market empty handed as it attracts vendors from all over Africa and the variety of goods on offer is amazing and getting richer every time we are there.  I simply couldn't resist the temptation to buy something.
Not looking for anything in particular, I was aimlessly drifting from stall to stall when I spotted a rack full of these gypsy skirts bellowing in the wind.  At first, I couldn't understand the way they are constructed but on close inspection, I realised that they are all made out of two layers of silk fabric in totally different patterns that are not always colour-coordinated but sewn together to a soft belt that you can simply wrap around your waist and tie up on a side with a bow.
Both layers are reversible which means that technically you get two skirts for the price of one.    It took me good 10 minutes to choose one during which my poor husband almost jumped out of his skin.
I can't say that I get into the gypsy vibe often enough to wear this skirt but today was a perfect day for it.  I paired it with a sleeveless black lace top so my arms would get suntanned.  A leather saddle bag and tan sandals completed my "Wandering gypsy" look.
We had such a wonderful time in the park, the food was delicious, the wine cold and crisp and the company was a delight.
Do you like having picnics in the park or by the beach?

Anna
xoxo

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

MY TAKE ON PASTELS AND NEUTRALS

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all well.
If you are a regular reader, you know my love of bold prints and bright saturated hues.  Today, however, I have decided to steer away from my usual path and go in the opposite direction towards pastels and neutrals.
The reason behind the change of heart is quite simple.   This year we are going on holiday to, among other places, Southern Italy and I was reviewing my wardrobe to see if  I could blend in among the locals taking an evening stroll along the promenade in Sorrento.
Scrolling through my own Instagram feed, I’ve noticed that the majority of my outfits express quite an intense look due to my penchant for bright colours and bold prints that somehow may look a tad harsh under the soft September sun of the Amalfi Coast.
So I decided to break the pattern and discover a softer side of me and put together few looks that include soft pastels and neutrals which presented quite a challenge in itself since I knew that my wardrobe is quite limited in this department.  
Avoiding the impulse to run and buy any new clothes before the trip but determined to embrace the challenge, I decided to make do with whatever I could find in my closet and voila!

All the pieces of this outfit have been modeled on my blog before but usually paired with something of a more distinctive colour or print and not necessary all together.
The Pale Dogwood blouse, according to Pantone 2017 Colour Chart, was worn by me herethe Island Paradise block heel shoes from Max & Co - here and as I was throwing the dusty pink jumper (seen here) over my shoulders, I experienced a tinge of regret that I don't own one in pale yellow that would be perfect to make a full circle of a pastel palette.  However, since shopping while on holidays is part of the experience, I could buy it on the spot.  Meanwhile, the pink one will have to do.
As for my accessories, I chose a tan leather belt, my old off-white LV handbag and a scarf that I believe is expected to grace women's head or neck when they are in an open car driving along the  Amalfi Coast.  I settled for a scarf in a matching colour with my shoes.
I think it completed the outfit rather nicely.
As for my white denim jeans, you have seen me wearing them here, here and here just to name but a few.


When I checked myself in the mirror, I was genuinely surprised and pleased with the outcome.  Well, maybe technically not all the colours of my outfit can be described as pastels and neutrals but it was a start.
 Have you ever tried to wear something different to your usual style?

Until then,
Anna
xoxo

Linking up with Andrea from The Blended Blog, Nicole from High Latitude Style, Dawn Lucy from Fashion Should be Fun, Jacqueline from Styling in St Lois, Patty from Not Dead Yet Style and Rena from Fine Whatever Blog













Friday, 25 August 2017

MY FIRST CUSTOM MADE SKIRT

Hi everyone,

Hope you all have had a good week.
Pencil floral skirt-black top-Ted Baker hot pink patents shoes
For this post I've decided to change gears and, for a change, to write about clothes that I didn't buy off the peg but rather had sewn by a tailor just for me, hence the skirt I am wearing.  I had it made for me when we were on holiday in Bali last year.  I don't remember ever going to a tailor in Sydney to have my clothes made to measure as quite often it is more expensive than buying ready-to-wear but it is quite customary for Australians to have our clothes made while on holidays in the countries like Bali or Thailand since it is only going to cost us a fraction of what we would pay back home.
Pencil floral skirt-black top-Ted Baker hot pink patents shoes
My husband, for example, due to his non-conventional body build, always encounters difficulties when he is on the hunt for a new suit or a pair of dress trousers without having a serious and costly alterations and always looks forward to going to Bali, not just to have great time but also to have his wardrobe re-stocked with freshly made-to-measure suits, pants, dress shirts and sport jackets.  Many years ago on our first trip to Bali, we were taken by our driver to one of the many tailoring shops, Anika Taylor and have been going back to them ever since.  They provide  an excellent and highly professional service and their final product is always of top quality.
Pencil floral skirt-black top-Ted Baker hot pink patents shoes
What else is good about them is that they work very fast and by the time your holidays are over, your newly made clothes are pressed, packed in plastic bags and delivered to your hotel or villa by their driver.
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THIS SKIRT WILL GO PERFECTLY WITH A LOT OF COLOURS DEPENDING ON MY MOOD, TIME OF DAY AND THE OCCASION
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We stayed in Bali for 5 days and on the day we were leaving my husband was packing a brand new suit, a pair of trousers, a sport jacket and a couple of dress shirts.
Pencil floral skirt-black top-Ted Baker hot pink patents shoes
I on the other hand have no problems in buying clothes off -the-peg but when I spotted this fabric at the tailor's shop, I instantly became attracted to it and decided to ask them to make me a skirt out of it.  On a close inspection I discovered that this fabric is made of real silk that is smooth and very nice to the touch and  I liked that the multi coloured floral motif is printed on a dove grey coloured background that makes each hue stand out.
Pencil floral skirt-black top-Ted Baker hot pink patents shoes
This means that this skirt will go perfectly with a lot of colours depending on my mood, time of the day and the occasion.  If choose to wear something bright,  I would pick up one of the colours from the print and pair the outfit with a nude or dark solid coloured shoes.
Ted Baker Pink patent open toe shoes
Alternatively, If I want to have some fun and I will opt for a bright coloured shoe like today, and then my top would be of a more conservative colour such as black or dark grey.
Pencil floral skirt-black top-Ted Baker hot pink patents shoes
Not wanting to make things too complicated, I settled for a simple straight style skirt with not very high slits on both sides and let the print do the talking.

Linking up with Patti from Not Dead Yet Style, Cherie from Style Nudge, Jess from Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
Till next time,
Anna
xoxo