Alegria Flamenco Malta presents…. Promesas 💃

Hello everyone!

I did not post much these past couple of weeks as I was travelling on work and also fitting in rehearsals to a performance I will be participating in… Promesas a flamenco show.

This is a fashion blog, however flamenco is another passion of mine and I would like to invite all the readers of this blog to this flamenco production. The Director of the school Ingrid Sciberras, together with the choreographers, put their heart and soul to put up this production. All the students and company members work hard and dance with love and passion as we all respect this art form.

Flamenco is about the song, dance and rhythm, and it gives us dancers the opportunity to express our feelings and share them on stage with the audience. The show will also have live music and singing.

The story is based on a short story written in 1932 by Maltese author S. W. Agius entitled ‘Sivigliana’. It is a story of betrayal and love and most of all the passion for flamenco!

As I said this is indeed a fashion blog, and the show is also a feast for your eyes…. the costumes are beautiful…. colours, frills, flowers, fans and the beautiful Spanish shawls. Come and see for yourselves😊

My flamenco family 😊

There will be a total of three performances, two of which will be held at Salesian Theatre, Sliema on Saturday 23 November at 8pm and Sunday 24 November at 7.30 pm. There will be a third performance in Gozo on Saturday 7 December at 8pm at the Don Bosco Oratory Theatre, Rabat, Gozo. Both venues are provided with ample parking spaces.

For tickets email alegriamalta@gmail.com or call 9949 5187.

Hope to see you!

Lots of love and as we say in flamenco…. ole!

Yan

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What lies beneath…😉

Good morning ladies!

Today’s blog post will address a matter which I feel is essential to look good in any outfit….. wearing the right underwear! Ladies, a few pointers of what I believe is essential:

  • It is not for the world to see – they are called undergarments for a reason
  • Ensure you know your size
  • choose the right underwear for your body shape

Fabric

Clearly, cotton is the best fabric from a health perspective. It is breathable fabric and causes less allergies. It does not mean that we cannot wear silk, lace or satin underwear. Ensure you alternate between the various materials and wearing cotton more frequently. Today the variety in the market is vast.

Keep in mind that some fabrics will show and if you wear lacey underwear beneath a cotton t-shirt or linen trousers. Be mindful of this when choosing what outfit you are wearing.

Getting the size right

This is key! If it is a size too big, it ends up sagging or rolling. On the other hand wearing underwear in a smaller size looks absolutely horrendous with bulges under your clothes…. and we don’t want that! 😊

Measure yourself and go for your actual size, it needs to feel like you are not wearing anything. This applies also for your bra size. Today most lingerie shops offer to measure you and help you finding the right size. You will look good in your right size and also, having the wrong size can cause harm.

Too tight 🙊

Shape

We all have different body shapes and alas, we are not all Victoria Secret models..;-) But that’s ok….. today we are blessed with shops, both physical stores and online shops which offer a wide selection.

You know your bodies, so choose the underwear keeping this in mind. I personally never manage to get rid of the love handles at the side of my waistline…. so French cut underwear will amplify these so I avoid it. If you have a tummy and want to conceal it 😉 go for wide waist underwear and not low waisted. If you are curvier at the hips, avoid thin waist bands.

Personally I believe the best underwear is the seamless one. It does not show beneath the clothes which is exactly the point 🙂 if you think having lacey underwear showing beneath your outfit is sexy…. think again…. it’s tacky!

Colour

Make sure you have nude colour underwear in your wardrobes… it is a must! It is the safest colour as it won’t show under most outfits…. especially under white garments. There is the misconception that you wear a white bra and pants beneath white clothes…. they actually show…. go for nudes!

Having said all this…. we can have some fun playing around with colours too:) obviously be careful what to wear coloured underwear with…. remember it should not show 🙂 Most women get a feel good factor by wearing matching lingerie and experimenting with styles and colours … and why not?! Just be mindful of all the tips above 😊

There are a number of shops locally to purchase your underwear, and a lot also online…. Victoria secrets deliver to Malta…( and they do have sizes other than a size zero;) Bravissimo online is great for women with heavier busts…. a great selection to choose from. Next online also have underwear and provide a selection by size and shape, so it is actually of great help!

Have a good week ahead!

Take care

Yan

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The Trench Coat

Good morning!

Now that we had the first rainfall of the season, I thought I should put the spotlight on a staple item to have in one’s wardrobe…. the trench coat.This waterproof coat comes in very handy at this time of the year, and is also a fashion must have 🙂

The trench coat dates back to pre World War One used by army officers. The name actually caught on during World War One as it was used in the trenches. One of the first manufactures of the trench coat…. was Burberry – still one of their most popular items to this very day! And on my wish list to purchase…😉

This piece was also made famous and became popular in the fashion world thanks to its use in movies, worn mainly by detectives, gangsters and femme fatales. Humphrey Bogart wore a trench coat in the movie The Maltese Falcon and also in Casablanca. Warren Beatty wore it in the movie Dick Tracy. Leading ladies such as Marlene Dietrich and Audrey Hepburn wore the trench coat in some of the movies they starred in. One cannot forget Audrey Hepburn in the last scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s…. she most definitely helped to make the trench coat a timeless piece.

Today the trench coat is a must have in one’s wardrobe. It is not only convenient to have during the wet season, but also a fashion statement. The traditional beige double breasted trench coat is available for both males and females, however there are many different variants one finds today. The evolution of the trench coat made it a very versatile piece and one can choose to purchase this in different colours and styles.

The great thing about the trench coat is that it can be worn with smart or casual outfits. For the ladies, you can dress this with boots, heels, flats or trainers and it always looks great! In the case of the gents, it pairs up nicely with smart suits and also with a casual outfit together with a pair of Chelsea boots or trainers.

Today you can find so many different versions, not only in different colours and textures but also in different lengths and depending on the shape of your body you can adapt this to suit your figure! if you are tall you can afford to have a long trench coat, on the other hand if you are petite go for a shorter version, just under the hips. The colour and texture you choose will depend on whether you want a more serious/smart look or a fun one.

Is the trench coat an item you have in your wardrobe? Are you all for the traditional style, or do you prefer the modern variants? Let me know!

Wishing you all a positive and good week ahead!

Much love

Yan

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What’s up this Autumn..

Helloooo!

So really…. sun is shining and thinking about Autumn here on our little island….?! The answer is yes…:) I do start looking out for pieces from the Autumn/winter collection. A few shops have already started displaying their new collections and I get very excited to see what’s in store for next season 😀

Personally, I love neutral colours for the colder months: grey, camel, beige, tan…. you get the drift 🙂 I then like pairing outfits in neutral colours with striking coloured shoes, or a busy patterned bag. Have a look at this all grey outfit with a red bag.

Having said that, last week I went to one of my go to shops and the shop assistant who knows my taste came to me with an acquamarine/green dress from the new collection. I tried it on and fell in love with it, colour and all! Here is a pic, however I will post another one when I get to wear it 😉

Dress – Sandro Ferrone

Leather is very in this season, mixed with different material. Dresses with leather panels at the sides or the border of a dress in leather… I like this mix personally. I find leather jackets very versatile and I like having different styles in different colours in my wardrobe… A particular one caught my eye, a blazer style leather jacket…. smart yet edgy!

Outfit and picture – Sandro Ferrone

Similar to what we have seen for the Summer months, florals will be in even for Autumn/winter time, obviously with toned down colours. Long dresses and skirts in florals for that romantic feel… Have a look at some of these lovely pieces.

Photo and outfit. – Verve boutique, Naxxar
Photo and outfit – Verve boutique, Naxxar

Pleats are still very in also, thick woolen skirts in pleats which you can wear with long boots… so comfortable and stylish! Have a look at this skirt I bought from a lovely boutique in Naxxar, Verve. This skirt can be worn with long boots for a casual look or court shoes for a smarter look😉

If you are concerned about the waistline when it comes to pleats, make sure the elastic or waistband is wide at the waist..😉

For the autumn months you can also invest in jumpsuits, there are soooo many different styles you can opt for. You can then grab your leather jacket in the Winter and keep on wearing such outfits for the colder months.

Looking forward to the fresh weather to start wearing the new pieces.

Photo and outfit – Verve boutique, Naxxar

What is your must have for the colder months…. let me know?

Have a lovely Sunday!

Take care and lots of love

Yan

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Outfits by mood…?😊

Hello ladies!

I find that as much as I like preparing the outfit I will be wearing the following day, the ootd depends a lot on my mood. So as much as I like being organized and planning my outfits…. my mood may affect the outfit I decide to wear.

Adding some positive vibe

Some people tell me that if they are feeling a little upset or demotivated they tend to just grab what’s comfy and an easy to wear outfit and go with it. I actually do the opposite…. I put effort and time to plan my outfit when I feel a little negative or demotivated and go with an ensemble in which I will feel confident and gives me the positivity I need. It works with me…;) You may be asking, what kind of outfit gives me that vibe…? It could range from a tailored dress to a pair of trousers paired with a blazer, but the outfit will always include heels (of course!) and a smart bag 😁 I take the time to apply my make-up and ensure my hair looks tidy and neat. Then chin up and breathe in and I face the day ahead with a more positive vibe. Of course, to each his own… see what works for you. Sometimes you feel you want to add colour or do the actual opposite and wear your lbd… I believe the trick is to take the time and think, find out how the outfit you will wear can help you in changing your mood 🙂

Fun Outfits

There are times when my mood is a fun one and I decide to go for a more colourful outfit, especially when going out for the night. As much as I love classic jewellery I did buy some fun costume jewellery, like my desigual banana ear rings and a mouse brooch which I sometimes add to a serious outfit. Apart from adding colour and wearing quirky or fun jewellery, I sometimes also experiment with the hairstyle – half hanging style with a bun at the top or adding thin braids.

My banana ear rings 😁
Hanging mouse brooch

Rock chick

If I wake up to the sound of Metallica, then off I go with a mood for blacks, purples, ripped jeans and leather pants or jackets…;) I actually never go fully blown rock mode in my attire, however I do love mixing elements which are typically associated with rock and metal to my outfits… when I am in that mood. Ripped jeans paired up with a body suit, open booties and a leather jacket. Add some dark aubergine coloured lipstick and rock on for the day!

Romantic feel

I am told I am not a very romantic person….. boooo:/ In all honesty I don’t like being very soppy and having grand displays of affection in public….however I do have my own ways of being romantic… this sometimes is also reflected in my ootd 🙂 So what would qualify as a romantic outfit…? To me it’s florals, maxi dresses, ruffles, flowy dresses….. add beaded hairbands and flowers to your hair or pull your hair to the side in a long thick braid or let your curly hair down… and voila, c’est romantique 😍

These are just a few moods I find myself in and how I adjust my outfits depending on how I feel. So next time you meet me try guessing what mood I woke up in ..:-p Let me know how you decide what outfit you will be wearing for the day…. is it dependent on your mood or do you just plan in advance…?

Have a lovely day and a good week ahead!

Take care

Yan

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Office wear for the ladies and gents

Hello:)

I had a few requests to write about what to wear to the office… and I have been mulling over this blog post for quite a while. This is a tricky one 😉 Nowadays officewear is not necessarily formal as it used to be in the past so it can get a little bit complicated, however I believe there are certain principles which always apply. Read on and let me know whether you agree 🙂 By the way this post is for females and males …😊

First things first, read your office dress code. All offices typically have one, so read through it and follow the rules, that is a must. Some places require a more formal dress code whilst others, such as gaming companies allow for a more relaxed attire. Understand what image the company you work for wants to portray and go with it.

Let’s start off with some basic principles…. irrespective of whether the dress code is formal or not, in my view the following are no nos :

Ladies

    Low cut blouses
  • Transparent tops with underwear showing
  • Mini skirts
  • Midriff tops

Gents

  • Low cut loose trousers with underwear showing (rapper style;)
  • White socks with black shoes…🤦‍♀️
  • Socks and sandals
  • Tank tops

Formal office dress code

If the company/firm you work for goes for a more formal attire, here are a few tips to make your outfits more exciting and cool. I ll start off with the ladies 🙂

You do not have to wear suits… stiff suits are actually not that in anymore unless you go for a male type suit with either a waist coat or a tie and brogues with hair neatly pulled back and you have a cool and polished look!

Invest in basics, such as black and cream trousers, with which you can match different coloured shirts or blouses. Another must is having a couple of blazers, there are soooo many different styles. Go for a a navy or white for the summer and black and camel for the winter months. You can mix and match with shift dresses, skirts and pants… easy does it 😉

Make sure you own a pair of nude pumps, with heels or flats that’s up to you… but they always come in handy. If you want to jazz up your outfit buy a pair of bright coloured shoes and pair up with a back dress… cool!

Bag and shoes need not match…. I promise you this is passé. They need to blend together but not be “the set” piece 🙂 black shoes paired with a burgundy handbag which has black handles… and voila different, stylish and smart.

I love adding scarves or brooches to my outfits. You can wear these in so many different ways, but I will dedicate a separate blog post to that and how you can add some fun to your outfits.

Non-formal dress code

If you can go to work in jeans and t-shirts, go for it. Personally I prefer a t shirt neatly tucked in the jeans or a polo shirt paired to a denim skirt and smart trainers to go with them.

T-shirt dresses are also a good investment for the summer months, paired up with flat sandals and a big tote bag. You can find these dresses in different colours and if you have a pair of silver flat sandals, these are considered to be a neutral colour so go for it!

Gents

Formal wear

So they say men have it easy, no? Just wear a suit. Yes, however there are different accessories and ways of pairing suits so read on…:)

The man who brought THE SUIT back in fashion 😉

Find out whether you need to wear a tie at your place of work. If not, today you can wear the pocket square handkerchief… very in. If you must wear a tie, today there are so many different styles and colours that you can make these fun!

Waistcoats look cool and smart, however these do not suit everyone. Do get an honest opinion, from someone you trust. Also, you do not need a three piece suit, the waistcoat does not need to match your jacket and trousers, it can be of a different colour, clearly it needs to blend in however!

Shoes and belts need to match in formal attire, that is a rule I won’t budge on 😉 Personally I like brown shoes with blue suits, which is the more Italian style. Black is acceptable but not my favourite 😉

You want to go real smart, wear cuff links with your shirt… there are formal ones or some fun ones. Go by your mood and jazz up your suit 😉

During the summer months opt for light coloured suits, they still look very smart and provide you with a change to your everyday blues and greys which are very popular with suits.

Non-formal attire

Invest in casual pants in navy, cream and grey and mix and match with different t-shirts, polo shirts or shirts. Loose trousers are no longer in, so go for the straight leg type or if you are a little bit more adventurous you can opt for skinny trousers (again these don’t suit everyone…)

If wearing the polo shirt or t-shirt from the inside you can wear a thin belt and in this case if you are pairing it up with casual shoes such as deck shoes, moccasins or trainers – the belt and shoes need not be the same colour but clearly need to match 😉

In the winter months you can wear jeans and sweaters, together with Chelsea boots or trainers. If you are daring, go for some different colours for the sweaters, maybe a couple of bright ones to brighten up the damp and grey season…!

I hope you enjoyed this post, just a few ideas to make your office wear a little more exciting 🙂

Let me know what you think…!

Take care

Yan

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Summer Sales….

Hello ladies!

Are you up for a bargain…? Summer sales are in full swing… so what should we look out for? When I go shopping I enjoy walking into shops that are organized and mix clothes and shoes to showcase different outfits. During the sales everything is stacked by size or item clothing…. so it does get abit confusing. I do struggle abit to find items I like in that set up, however here are a few tips of how I go about it.

Prior to the sale season I go round the shops and my hands do get stuck to some items I like…😬 Then there are those items that yes I like but can wait. I keep tab of which shops I saw these in and revisit the outlets during the sale season and check whether that item in my size is still available – if it is the case, then it was meant to be and I buy it 😁 I was lucky to walk into one of my favourite boutiques and found a wrap-over skirt which I had spotted pre-sale…. last size available was in my size, I really could not leave it hanging at the shop could I?!😉

Check out your wardrobes and see what you could add to mix and match to what you already have. I typically look out for t-shirts and tops to match my palazzo pants or skirts. If something else catches my eye… I do ask myself do I realllly need this? If not then the next question is…. how much do I like it and is it a classic I can also wear next year?

Check out also costume jewellery from shops – I got some really cool pieces (thanks to a recommendation from a friend of mine) from Max Mara w -end. For someone like me who enjoys adding to my collection, these little treats make me smile 🙂

If you do online shopping, do go on your favourite web sites for online clothing and you will find bargains there too. I got myself some swimwear at reduced prices from this year’s collection… and receiving the parcel adds to the excitement of the day 🙂

Happy sales ladies… let me know what bargains you made this season!

Happy holidays

Yan

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A mix of vintage/retro style and modern… make it work ;)

Good evening!

The ladies who can pull off vintage or retro, look cool… but if you get vintage wrong… it may look odd or silly. If you are not one to typically go for vintage clothing (I personally don’t go for it), try an item or two and mix it with modern pieces and the result can be original, different and stylish!

So… how to go about this? Start off by understating the eras you personally like and go on Pinterest and search such styles…. the amount of outfits you will find are infinite! Personally I like the 1920s, 40s and 60s. But of course to each her own 🙂 Clearly you can choose any period you want and play with it… it’s so much fun ladies 😉

What I like doing is taking a style of that time and adapting it to today’s world. I love the 3/4 pencil skirts which were in during the 1940’s …. mix that with a shirt, wide belt and and hat…. and you have a vintage/modern outfit…. different, relevant today and stylish!

If you are into 1800s or real vintage periods, then try out shirts with collars of that era and dress it down with modern pants and stilettos. You can also just add some vintage jewellery to your outfit and it will definitely make an impact. I love wearing brooches on a shirt collar, it looks elegant and gives it a unique style… try it out!

Last Winter I bought vintage style shoes, and wore these with a long evening modern maxi dress and it worked. Check out what you’re comfortable in and see how best to add that edge to your outfit to make it look different yet relevant today:)

Remember you are your own style and you will only look good if you’re comfortable in an outfit….. this does not mean you should not experiment…. however always do it in moderation and ask for an opinion if unsure. Feel free to send me pics… I love it when you send me pics and tell me how you are experimenting with styles and creating new outfits 🙂

Let me know how it goes…. 😊

Ladies, have a lovely evening and dress to impress…. no one else but yourselves!

Have a good one

Yan

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Summer nights and Maxi dresses

Hello ladies 🙂

And here we are enjoying the Summer months. I don’t know about you, however it is the season in which social activities are almost on a daily basis, the only issue being…. what to wear!

I love Summer wear especially outfits for our Maltese summer nights. Clearly it depends on type of event you have, but summer does lend it myself to maxi dresses and palazzo pants paired up to coloured chunky jewellery…. and I can never have enough of these 😊

Maxi Dresses

I love wearing maxi dresses for summer, there are so many variants and they are so comfortable, that to me this is the “winner” outfit for the summer. I have a variety – pleated, floral, off the shoulder, button up…. and the list goes on!

The question is … do they suit everyone..? And I will tell you…. a big YES…. you just have to choose the right one for your figure… so read below and find out 😉

Curvy

If your body shape is curvy, do not go for a maxi dress which clings, however neither one which is too loose – find something in between, a dress which skims your body. Bold prints will look flattering, floral is very in this year… so go for big flowers and colours for your maxi dresses. If you are curvy and petite, add a belt to your waistline or go for A Shaped maixs.

Slender

You can opt for loose maxi dresses – pleats are in vogue and a maxi dress with pleats looks very elegant. Slender figures can also opt for strapless maxis and if your bust is small choose one with ruffles 😉

Which events are they suitable for…?

Maxi dresses are so versatile, you can dress them up or down for different occasions. It also depends on the accessories you add, and the type of shoes you wear with the dress. Stiletto heels will give the dress and elegant look, wedges are more casual yet give you the height for a casual smarty look. Flat sandals with maxi dresses look great… go for gold or silver flats, or beaded and colourful – have some fun with the outfit:)

One of my favourite buys this Summer was a maxi dress with a twist, it is off the shoulder, short from the front and long at the back. I wore wedges and pulled my hair up, to give it an edgy look.

Below are two friends of mine who wore different maxi dresses to summer weddings. Don’t they look absolutely lovely!

Ingrid in a Monsoon floral dress. Love the fan accessory 🙂
Maronna in local designer Carla Grima dress

Different, unique and beautiful

Hello ladies!

How are you spending your summer months..? As always, I jam pack my weeks and even although sometimes I might complain on how tired I would be feeling…. I wouldn’t want it any other way 😉

I was not sure what to write about this week… last week I gave the blog a miss as I spent the w-end in London for the P!nk concert 😬😬😬 she is a great performer and artist and I must say it was a fun concert! Also, her outfits were absolutely stunning!

This w-end I finished a book by Elena Ferrante, this is my fifth book of hers that I read, and on realising the book was about to end…. I ordered her other three books which I haven’t yet read 🙂 I love reading, and summer wends lend themselves to this:)

Probably you are now saying to yourselves, but what is she on about…. pink concert, reading Elena Ferrante… isn’t this a fashion blog..?!

Pink and Elena Ferrante have absolutely nothing in common, however Pink is all about empowering women and seeking equality between genders. During the concert a video clip around this is shown to the 70,000 people in the audience.

On the other hand Elena Ferrante speaks about feminism as a movement and gender equality, and she takes it to a level where it is not about the obvious, it is not solely about women’s rights… it goes beyond that.

Have I gone toooo deep… well, these two very different experiences made me want to write about women and appearance and the expectations, especially our own expectations. We sometimes find it hard to accept ourselves as we are, we don’t recognize our strengths and beauty and focus a lot on our weaknesses. Dress up to focus on your strengths, stop apologising to yourselves about your imperfections. Skinny girls, big girls, tall, short, blonde, brunette….. each and every one of us has her strengths and it is not just about the appearance…. so as I always say, chin up, shoulders back, walk with confidence …. you go girl!

We are all different, but this makes us unique and beautiful.

Yan

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