Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Leather vs suede

     I have noticed that most of my shoes are suede. In my personal opinion, suede looks more expensive and more elegant than leather. But suede shoes need much more attention and care than leather. And, they are not that practical compared with the leather shoes. And yet I like them more...

     But in rainy days it is easy to ruin suede shoes because  they don't tolerate water, and after they get wet it is not easy to bring them back to normal look. That's way I always have a pair of black leather shoes for each season (boots, sandals, heels) in my closet, just in case, when it is rainy outside.

    Of course, leather shoes are more enduring and help me keep my outfits looking neat and clean even after walking through the puddles. After all the only care they need is just wiping them with a soft cloth and they look like brand new again. Maybe one day my shoe closet will look differently, but I am not there yet.

    What is your preference - leather or suede shoes?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

One of my favorites

      This long cardigan is one of the favorite items in my wardrobe. I think that this is one of those items that will always be in style. It looks very classic to me.  The only problem is that I can not wear it very often because of the length.

      We have very short period of time in spring and fall when it can be worn by itself. When the weather is changing to colder days it is chilly to wear it without any outwear, but at the same time, it is too long to put something on top. When our days are becoming warmer it is easy to get hot during the sunny afternoons.

       But today was the day which was just perfect for my long cardigan - cool, windless and gray, but at the same time, warm enough to feel very cozy in it.  Well..., maybe I can not wear it very often but definitely with great pleasure.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Printed denim

      I have never had printed denim items in my wardrobe. It was something I thought was not for me,  it just seemed too much.  I have always preferred bold colors of denim - black, gray, dark or light blue, or any other solid color, but not print.

      But when I saw this denim jacket at Zara in New York I decided to try it on, and, surprisingly, I liked how it looked on me. I found a turtleneck which matched pretty well with the jacket and bought both items as a set.

      This jacket has a slightly oversized style which gives me an opportunity to wear it with something heavier underneath. And it definitelly adds a little bit of brightness in gray fall days.

      Do you prefer solid or printed colors in denim?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fall in the air

       Finally it feels like fall came: cool and crisp air, shorter days and darker morning, and of course pumpkins and mums everywhere. I love this time of the year when we all start layering our outfits with jackets and cozy sweaters, when it is still warm enough to not wear heavy coat and down jackets.

       My outfit from today may not be warm enough for early morning or late evening anymore, but it is perfect for an afternoon stroll. I love wearing wool items in the fall season because this kind of fabric keeps me warm and comfortable even though the temperature might change a few degrees up or down during the day.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Recreating my wardrobe

       Today I am showing another not-a-fall outfit. I started to recreate my wardrobe after a big cleaning. Honestly, my closet has never looked so empty like now. This time I decided to buy only things which I really like and which truly belong to me - no more piles of clothes from sale; no more purchases of single items which I think that I could pair with something in my closet later. My motto now is - "Quality over the quantity".

      And the first purchase for my new wardrobe were a pair of pants, which I am showing today, and a black wool turtleneck which I will show later. I am sure you guessed where they are from.., of course Anthropologie.

      I fell in love with these pants as soon as I saw them in a store and I knew right away that they would fit me perfectly. I love everything about them - the fabric, the print, how they fit and look on me. It is truly my kind of garment.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Spring mood

      I know we are all talking about the fall colors and new trends for a current season, but it looks like I am not there yet. It is still very warm and sunny in our region and, if it wasn't for pumpkins and mums that can be seen everywhere, I would think it was still summer.

     On Sunday we went to Longwood Gardens and I was very happy with my choice. I decided not to wear any fall colors knowing that this place still would be full of summer plants and flowers, and I was 100% right. Of course, it was easy to predict with 82 degrees Fahrenheit outside.

     I chose a floral printed blouse and pink slip-on sneakers, which I usually wear in spring. Unusual decision in the beginning of October, but probably something inside of me was asking for more brightness before the big seasonal change...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A set from Zara

      On Saturday we had a birthday party to attend and a I decided to wear a set from Zara which I bought during my last visit to New York. I like this brand because it is always on top of all new trends, they have a very European style and, at the same time, it is affordable. The only complaint I have is their quality. I have to be very careful because despite of their interesting styles, the quality of fabric sometimes is very poor.

      It is exactly what happened with the set I am showing today. The blouse got all wrinkled in just an hour of sitting in a car and it did not matter how hard I tried to sit still and straighten out all the wrinkles of it. And the knees of the pants also lost their shape... I was disappointed by my choice.

      As soon as I got home I took the blouse off and put in the pile of unwanted items. In Russia we have a very good proverb: "I am not so rich to buy cheap things." And I have to remember about it when I make spontaneous purchases.