Thursday, February 22, 2018

Complementary Combination

      Today I went to my closet in search of something bright and colorful. Honestly, I am getting a little depressed with the winter, it happens with me every year. Maybe because I am from the warmest part of Russia and by the middle of March we already have first flowers on the ground  and fully blossomed trees, or may be the cold weather doesn't let me play more with my garments and wear something lighter then coats... I don't know.

      But this morning I decided that I am going to wear something that makes me feel vivid. I took a blouse and decided to play with the colors it has in its print. I like to include printed items in my outfits because they help me to tie all the details of my look together. I chose the blue and brown which had my blouse, put everything together and I was happy with my choice.

     When I looked at my photos later they reminded me about the Color Wheel . Honestly, I have never used it in my life, I always feel out the colors that go well with each other by heart. But I just wanted to check that color combination and found out that I chose a Complementary Combination - "complementary colors, as the name goes, work best when put together. These are exactly opposite to each other on the color wheel. They might seem bold to look at, but the outputs will be perfect."

       If you are not sure about color combinations I highly recommend to check the Color Wheel here. It is very easy to use, but very helpful when you are in doubt.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Inspirational moment

      On Thursday I participated in an event held by Ahtropologie in King of Prussia Mall.  As a part of the event,we were asked to create wall boards using pictures and fabrics from a magazine of their latest home collections. I had such a great time, and even though I didn't like my own wall board that much, I realized that there is definitelly room to develop my skills. I just need more practice.

      Walking through new arrivals in the store I noticed that there is a few wall decor with knitted work, like macrame. It reminded me that I have four shawls which my mother-in-low knitted for me, but I wore only two of them - one time each. "I have to find them and try them on as soon as I get home..." -  I thought. I was inspired by these wall decors.

     Today I want to share with you what I got. Honestly, I don't  like how it looks on top of my coat, but I will definitelly try it on a sweater when spring comes. I see potential here.

     There is something about getting older - I started valuing more qualitative hand-made pieces, which are very different from what we can get from the shelves and hangers of the stores. These pieces are all about uniqueness plus they always contain a little special piece of someone who made them for us. My mother-in-low passed away in February seven years ago and all I can say is she was a second mom for me... I always called her mom.... Wonderful women with "golden" hands and a very special heart...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Perfectly matched burgundy

      Finally it got me too..., feeling a little blue. I have read many posts from other blogs that it is getting harder to create interesting and fresh outfits with the weather being so cold and grey. All we want lately is just cozy sweaters and something super comfortable. Hasn't this winter season lasted a little too long already?

      Every time I open my closet and look through my piles of sweaters and pants, I cannot come up with anything interesting anymore. I am out of ideas... All I can say - I am so ready fro spring!

     But today, I accidentally noticed that I have a sweater and pants in exactly the same color despite the fact that I bought them two years apart from each other.

       At first, I wasn't sure if they were going to work well together, but then I realized that it is the same idea as with all-black outfits, which I use all the time in my style as a basic color. I immediately took a pair of burgundy boots and everything matched perfectly.

      I put all burgundy items on, diluted them with a grey coat, and we went to Media to run some errands. Unexpected combination, but I liked it!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rain in Philadelphia

      During  the week, we were planning to spend Saturday in Philadelphia. But it was disappointing when saw the weather report for the weekend because it was supposed to rain both days. At first, I thought we had to change our plans, but Evgeny said "No".

      Finally, we decided to go to The Barnes Foundation and then have dinner at Rose Tattoo Cafe since they are not far away from each other. And, of course, on our way to that exhibition we took a chance to shoot a few photographs for my blog.

      I was so happy that we stuck with our Saturday plans because even on a rainy day our Philadelphia looks so beautiful!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Different shades of grey

       We have very rare weekends when we don't need to go anywhere. Usually our weekends are packed with many different kinds of events: birthdays, holidays (Russian and American), trips, "girls get-togethers", etc.

      But last weekend Evgeny and I spent at home, not going anywhere, besides a Super Bowl party (of course) on Sunday night. Wasn't it a great game? And the most important thing - we won! Fly Eagles fly!

      And right before going to our friends' house to watch the game together, we stopped at Linvilla Orchards to buy some fruits for dessert. It was a very grey and rainy Sunday and my outfit reflected all grey colors of that day.  It was nothing special, just a casual winter look. All I wanted that day was to feel warm and cozy.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My way of shopping

        It has been really cold for over a month in our region which sometimes makes it hard to take good pictures outside. This photoshoot didn't go well - it was snowing the whole day, then when it stopped snowing it was getting dark and the low temperature didn't let me be outside for a long time.
Probably all of you who live in cold regions know how hard it is to take good pictures of outfits in winter time. I really shouldn't complain about it.

      Today I want to show you my new purchase from Anthropologie. I saw this jacket in a store a while ago but it was too pricey; that's why I decided to wait until it went on sale. Usually, I always have an idea about how much I am willing to pay for any item I see in a store or on online. I am not an original price buyer and I have my own philosophy about shopping. If I like something very much I will keep an eye on it until that item goes on sale. If they still have my size I will buy it, if not... - well, I will look for something else. My philosophy is - if something belongs to me, it will be mine one day! If it doesn't, it  means that I didn't need it in the first place. Very simple!

     This jacket was meant to be main one day. When I tried it on in a store a couple of months ago I fell in love with it immediately, but I would never pay $198.00 no matter how much I liked it. I waited until it went on sale and I was lucky enough to buy it for $65.00. I think it sounds much better.

    It is totally my style with a great quality and fit, well-made in Spain and most importantly - it will surely stay in my closet for a long time.

    Are you an original price buyer?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Red addition

     I think that red is the most powerful color in the whole color palette. It always serves as a statement piece in every outfit, even if it is just red lipstick. Red always stands out and makes the whole outfit look not just brighter but more confident.

     I love color red very much but I am always very careful with it because it is easy to overdo it. But when the outfit has just a little addition of red, it always looks very stylish and sharp in my opinion.

     Today's outfit also included a red brooch but I was not sure if I liked it or not.  On my way out, I thought about an advice my French friend would give me: "If you in doubt even for a second about any item in your look it is always better to take it off than leave it on. Less is always better than more!" Finally when I sat in a car I decided to take it off.

    Yes, sometimes the little broach can make the whole outfit look overloaded.