Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sunny sweater

       Originally I am from south part of Russia and I have noticed that people from warmer regions tend to wear brighter colors in their daily life, not only on vacations. I remember when I visited Moscow for the first time I was really surprised and even shocked that almost everybody wore something grey, black or dark navy. For a girl from a sunny place it looked so boring and plain. I came home after my visit and couldn't stop talking about it for weeks.

      After I moved to the US I have noticed that my palette of colors has actually changed for calmer colors. But sometimes I really miss the way I styled clothes before. When I saw this sweater in a store it reminded me how much I loved to wear yellow and decided to buy it. Why not? How said that I am not allowed to wear it unless I am in a resort region? Probably it is all only in my head.

      I am happy with this my purchase. It is a great color for spring plus it is 100% merino wool for only $37.50.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Birthday girl

       It's been rainy and cold for almost an entire week, and between my and Evgeny's work schedules we didn't get a chance to shoot a new outfit. However, today my daughter Olga came to Philadelphia from New York and we spent time together celebrating her birthday.

       I feel like I have nothing to show you with my outfit this time, that's why I would like to introduce another fashionista of the family. She wasn't born in New York, but I feel like she is a true New Yorker now. Regardless of the rain and cold weather outside, we spent a wonderful day in Philadelphia.

       Happy birthday, my girl! Love you to pieces!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Skirts vs pants

      I noticed that I don't have too many skirts in my wardrobe. It is not that I don't like them, I just feel more comfortable in pants or jeans. Pants and jeans give me more freedom of movement, my stride is wider and faster. And I  do not need to worry about strong wind which could lift them up and make me feel uncomfortable and embarrassed.

      Skirts are a different story. I think that skirts make me feel more feminine and elegant. I move slower and my movements are calmer and softer; my steps are narrower and more careful, especially in a pencil skirt. I don't want to rush and walk fast under any circumstances.

      Skirts for me are just for different state of my mind, and sometimes I really need to wear them. Especially when I want to stop constant running and just enjoy the moment.

Friday, May 11, 2018

New look with last year's items

       Here is another combination of items I already showed in my previous posts, which I am sure I will keep wearing for a long period of time in different ways. The older I get the more I understand that I don't want a big closet anymore, I want a smart one. The closet which contains well-made pieces with an interesting, unique design. The items which I can mix and match, and they would make every outfit look new, fresh and not outdated. It is my goal now...

       These printed pants I wore last year with a denim shirt here. They are 100% linen and I really like how they were made. Before I buy any item, I always turn it over and check how the seams were treated, how straight the lines are. Today, I don't mind paying extra money for the work done with great quality. Remember when I wrote that I was a seamstress?

      This sweater I also showed in my post last fall here. I wear it very often in different combinations and I always get compliments on it. It is snug and comfortable, and it has not lost its shape after so many washes. Of course, it is a hand wash item, but I don't mind giving it some extra care because it will always repay me with a magnificent appearance.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Philadelphia in bloom

      One of the most beautiful times of all seasons is when trees, bushes and flowers are finally waking up from a long winter sleep, and bringing unrepeatable colors and aromas to our lives. I am always amazed at how our Mother Nature mixes and matches all colors together in incredible way that she only knows, and how perfect they look together.

      Yesterday we had a great time in Philadelphia and I mixed and matched in my outfit items which have been in my closet for a long time.  Nothing new - just my "old trusted friends" in which I feel confident. One of them being my red shoes.

      I believe I bought my first red heels when I was twenty years old and since then they have been a permanent part of my wardrobe. Suede, patent, leather - I had them all at different stages of my life. I think that a pair of red shoes is always the answer when my outfit looks boring or not interesting enough.

      And every time before I say "Goodbye" to my current pair I am already in search of a new one. Do you have a pair of shoes in your wardrobe which you constantly replace?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

My day off

      On Monday, Evgeny and I both had a day off and we decided to take it easy. We had some errands to run in the morning, and the afternoon we spent at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. I love walking there. It always amazes me how creative some people are. They turned the Navy's war-making factories into a fresh, creative community.

      For my walk near the river I chose this bomber which I bought last year at H&M. When I got it I was sure that it will be a one season item. I paid only $10.00 and didn't have any high expectation about the quality and wearability of this piece. I thought it will lose its appearance very quickly.  I decided to buy it only because I wanted to add some trendy garments to my wardrobe. But surprisingly, it has survived through my trip to Russia last fall and even with wearing it pretty often on a daily basis, it still looks alive. Looks like I got a really good deal.

      It was a wonderful day - quiet and very peaceful. We walked very slow and had a deep, sincere conversation. Sometimes I really need days like that when I take a deep breath and calm down...

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Where is our spring?

      I understand that in the end of April it is not interesting anymore to look at somebody who still shows warm outfits, but I cannot put on anything lighter. It is impossible for me to pose with 59 degrees and the cold strong wind outside.That's why here I am... in boots and a warm knitted jacket which I usually wear in the office during the coldest winter days.

      Today I look at this jacket closer and realized that it is loosing its appearance. I will probably finally give up with this item, after three years of it being in my wardrobe. It has been one of my favorite pieces for cold seasons. However, nothing eternal and even though I like it very much - it is time for it to go. I think if I could count the cost-per-wear of this jacket it would cost 15-20 cents which means it served me well.

      Believe or not, but I am a little upset because when it comes to certain items, I become really attached to them and it is not easy to get rid of them... Are there any pieces in your wardrobe that you are especially attached to ?