Monday, 12 March 2018

Metallic Hues

Searching for a change I decided to follow a long held desire to become a red head. If not now when was my rationale and I am rather pleased with the result.
I would be quite happy to embrace turning to silver but my genetic gene pool had other ideas, my late mother was only slightly grey at age 78.

I often read articles both in print and online criticizing women over a certain age for continuing to colour their hair.  Always a personal decision in my opinion , do whatever makes you feel your best.

Continuing the metallic theme I donned this new to me bronze leather short sleeve jacket, a recent purchase from my local recycle clothing store. I visited on a half price sale day so the jacket was quite a bargain . I will admit two skirts and a fancy rain coat also came home that day, they were half price , too good to leave behind.

The jacket is from the late 1980's and has the most amazing puffy sleeves. I do enjoy much of the 80s fashion.

My ever faithful Moyuru skirt  worked perfectly with the jacket . I added these bronze Robert Clergerie wedges , an embellished tee , short lace fingerless gloves ,  Karen Walker sunnies and a blingy belt, another recycle purchase.

Today was a public holiday here , so we took advantage and visited our towns legal area for today's photos. The doors above are the entrance to The Supreme Court where I served Jury Duty a few years ago.

This row of Victorian Terrace Houses is home to several law practices and many state government legal services.

Taking my Metallic Hues to join Patti at Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Catherine for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Fashion Friday Link Up.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Double Spots to Welcome Autumn

Autumn has arrived here and I do not mind one bit as it is always my favourite time of year bringing clear, sunny days and of course all those glorious warm tones as the trees turn.

Welcoming Autumn in double spots - my black and white Moyuru pants purchased earlier this Summer and an orange and white shirt - a 1980's Christian Lacroix vintage find bought for a song a few years ago. It is the finest cotton with wonderful full sleeves and finished with gold buttons.
Unfortunately I am unable to button the shirt but no matter ( I live in hope).

A headwrap using a bright blue , white, black and orange cotton scarf was the order of the day. I was pleased with the result( although it was far from perfect)  , more practice needed.
Accessories included a black and white fabric necklace, Preen cats eye sunnies and earrings.

Yesterday was a glorious day so we decided to drive along the Tamar River , which offers some great spots for photos. The bridge in the background is the Batman Bridge, named after John Batman , an early Tasmanian settler who helped establish the city of Melbourne.
The sports car in the first shot is a 1990 Mazda MX5 , John's retirement present to himself.

Taking my double spots to join Patti at Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Linkup.


Saturday, 24 February 2018

Red and Grey- Paris Revisted

 Over the last week or two our weather has taken a leap toward Autumn with a chill in the air in the mornings and evenings. Not that I mind one bit , I am more of a cooler weather girl, any excuse to rug up in layers, and our Winter compared to many in the Northern Hemisphere is relatively mild.

Red and grey is a combination I enjoy wearing as I don't really like grey on me , so this red and taupe spot cardigan from Alembika that I purchased earlier in the Summer was perfect with my Paula Ryan dress, that has seen many Summers. I added my Trippen sandals, red beads and earrings , bangles , Chanel sunnies and a grey hat. I purchased the little grey hat in Paris in 2016. I found it at a pop-up makers store that I stumbled across whilst exploring the covered passages - I must admit I can't remember which one but I have a very clear memory of the milliner and her glorious creations.
As I mentioned in a previous post we are planning a return visit to Europe later in the year and will end our travels in Paris , where I will celebrate my 65th. birthday.Maybe I will return home with another piece of the milliners art, you never know.

Yesterday , whilst browsing Instagram I came across a post by Sacramento (Mis Papelicos) where she posed the question - are blogs slowly dying . I was somewhat surprised by the response 79% answered yes. I certainly hope this isn't the case as I so enjoy reading blogs and learn so much from other bloggers. Just recently I have seen India through Vix"s eyes 
(Vintage Vixon) , learned about Russian traditions , including how to make blini's from Natalia (In the Writers Closet) as well as being continually inspired by Judith (Style Crone ) and her glorious millinery . I find I glean so much style inspiration from other bloggers , particularly those with individual style . We all have different taste and needs in our daily lives but can appreciate others even though it departs from our comfort zone and it is so good to broaden our horizons. 
I am on Instagram but post a little infrequently and I do follow many others for a variety of interests but I plan to continue to blog and enjoy other blogs and try to comment more- I have been somewhat lax on that front of late. 

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link-up.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Winery Visit In Black and White

 A couple of weeks ago we visited Goatey Hill Wines - one of several vineyards in the Tamar Valley Region not far from where we live. It was a clear, sunny day providing wonderful views from the terrace , where we enjoyed a tasting plate of local produce and of course a glass , maybe two , of their prize winning wines.

My outfit for the day centred around a black dress with white frills from Mist , worn over black pants, teamed with a my black straw boater , bangles , multi-coloured ceramic necklace, an old favourite and red espadrilles.

 This fellow is a goat ( imagine is required) and a nod to the jazz concerts that the vineyard hosts a few times every year. I have not attended one yet but is definately on the list.

I was rather taken with  this cockatoo sculpture spied as we were leaving .

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Friday Link Up.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

A Walk in the Park

 A walk in the park- not exactly - more a quick visit for photos and the park really is only a square- Princes Square in fact. Princes Square is only a few blocks from home and a place that holds many memories both from my childhood and my children's- mainly of me playing in the fountain and then me as the mother preventing the children from falling in.
A little bit of history- the fountain dates from the mid 1850's is from France and may well have come here by mistake - there is some conjecture on this - but some records indicate it should have gone to Launceston in England not Australia.

 Reflecting on the future - John and I have decided to travel to Europe later in the year to further explore France, Spain and Portugal- the fun of researching and planning now begins.

Making friends with William Russ Pugh, who was the first doctor to use ether for surgery in June 1847 at St.Johns Hospital in Launceston.

Today's outfit consists of a jacket and pants by Amy Rigg (old favourites ) , they make an appearance every Summer. I purchased these from a friend who lived in the U.S. in the early 90's . They are teamed with suede sling back shoes , also old favourites , and Victoria Spring gold and pearl heart necklace and earrings.( my nod to Valentines Day), vintage flower embossed gloves and a new to me flower adorned hat. I loved the shape of this hat when it crossed my path at Return to Splendour , although I must admit the overblown floral decoration is not really me, it will stay for now as I have promised the owner of Return to Splendour to at least keep it this way for this Summer.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday , Nancy for Friday Link Up and Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack.