A very Happy New Year to each and all of you!
It's my most favorite holiday of all. It's something about childhood - in my home country, it is THE holiday which is widely celebrated as the biggest event of the year. Most of our traditions have pretty much the same flair as Christmas here - no big surprise there, our New Year celebration takes roots from both ancient winter celebrations and Christmas. It's the connection with childhood, that's what makes it so special - brightly decorated tree, lights everywhere, special treats and beloved people by our side. And always, always a feeling of magic and dreaming big dreams. I'll probably spend tomorrow preparing a couple of traditional Russian salads - one with salty herring! sounds yucky doesn't it? ;) - nevertheless, it is one of my most favorite treats. I'll probably watch some favorite Russian winter movies. Then I'll dress up, say thanks to 2015 and welcome the New Year.
Earlier today, I went for a walk with Justin - it's sunny and cold here, but I wanted to dress up, so I did. On a whim, while walking, I recorded a video message to you. I want you to know how much your friendship and your kind comments mean to me. You've been helping me to be more creative and open, to be braver and even a little more eccentric in my sartorial choices. You encourage me to be more me, and that's the best gift anyone can ever give. Thank you for it!
I love this cropped sweater with exaggerated long sleeves and wild fringed collar. Isn't it fantastic? I'm not sure you can see it on these photos, but it also has a wonderful mix of hues and even sparkly golden thread in it.
I think it will look great with any high wasted pants or skirts, and maybe even over dresses. Don't worry about a round tummy if you've got one like I have - when you pair a cropped top with the right bottom, it will look flattering on you.
I went a little crazy with fringes and animal print - it feels great to be playful!
Sorry for the sound of wind in the video - well, it was windy out. :) I hope you'll be able to hear better this time.
Happy New Year!!!
Sweater, skirt, coat, purse, necklace - Lane Bryant
Hat - Charlotte Russe
Boots - Naturalizer
Earrings - wood with amber, hand made in Crimea
Photos and video by Justin