Shhh! Guys, please don't tell anybody, but I do wear skinnies sometimes.
Some might find it daring, to wear a bright colored skinnies for a 40 year old woman who, shall we call it, a little bit overweight. But I decided to give them a try last Summer, and I came back to wear them some more this Spring. Not to be daring exactly, but as I started paying attention to fashion and style again, it was like learning a new language. I remember this feeling when you start understanding something which mainly has existed as white noise in your world before. Modern lines, including skinny jeans, were this sort of white noise for me up till last Summer when I decided to learn and understand this "white noise". I have to say it pays off. I like the youthful, energized, modern vibe skinnies have. And sometimes, this is exactly how I want to feel - youthful, energized and modern.
But please don't tell anyone you saw me in skinnies, so they won't send a fashion police squad after me. Promise?
I have to say that when I combined the green skinnies with magenta flats and the nude lace jacket, I really liked the reflection in the mirror. But now when I look at photos, I realize that I like the idea of this jacket much more than reality. Does it happen to you? I always loved the idea of a lace blazer, but this one doesn't hang right on me, does it? Or that is exactly what it does - hangs on me in a baggy sort of way. I tried it a few times now, and even though I still love the idea, I am not sure it works for me. What do you think? (You can see my other styling of this lace jacket here and here.)
I can safely say that just like bright green skinnies (or any skinnies, really), I don't think I've ever owned a pair of pink shoes. (A lot of what I show you here is new to me - I am trying new ways practically every day for about a year now.) When I saw this pair of suede magenta flats at the Nordstrom Rack recently, I knew I would absolutely love wearing them this Spring. When I glance at them as I walk or drive, they make me instantly happy. Such a fun and energizing color!
This little friend always travels with us in the car wherever we go. His name is Krotik or Krot (Krtek in Czech, or Mole in English), and he is practically a family member. There was a time when little Anya watched the famous Czech cartoons endlessly, and I will admit I did too! (Just as most children of my age in Russia and many Central European countries, I grew up with these charming, funny, kind, helpful and super creative characters.) Even Justin used to say, "Everybody needs some Krotik time" while he would snuggle up with us on the couch.
Here are a couple of links to some of my favorite of these cutest, very artistically done cartoons. I know you love it when I share something from my part of the world, so here you are - enjoy! I bet you'll find yourself humming Krotik's tune sooner than you know it! No worries - you will not need any Russian or Czech language skills to understand. Only the very first cartoon of the series used words, the rest of them are wordless, therefore international. Notice the very talented music score and all sort of cute voice noises though. Have a quality Krotik time! :)
The next cartoon of the series will start automatically as you finish the one I've linked to. Much like my outfit today, the subjects of the cartoons sometimes are a bit daring, like Giving Birth or The Future. Apparently, the creator of Krotik, gifted Zdenek Miler, passed away just recently at 90 years old. A long and colorful life he had!
You probably guessed why I brought Krotik with me this time. Of course - look at both his and my outfits! We're practically identical twins!
And to conclude this post, here is a close up of my colorful necklace too. All photo, as always, by Justin.
Lace blazer and skinnies - Chico's. Sweater and camisole - Lane Bryant. Shoes - Me Too. Necklace- Talbots. Purse by Nicole Lee. Krtek - a famous cartoon character by the Czeck artist Zdenek Miler
A Note from Justin:
I just wanted to quickly apologize to Natasha and the readers for the quality of today's pictures. It has been many months since we shot outside in full overhead sun, and I am out of practice evaluating what the images look like on a view-screen that itself is in full sun. Additionally, Natasha's new computer won't run our old version of Photoshop, so we're having to learn a new photo-editing program, so bear with us while we get the hang of the new controls.
All the best!