Monday, 26 September 2016

Black and White Overload

Today was one of those days where nothing I chose to wear seemed to work for me , ( you know the days when half your wardrobe contents end up on the bed ), so as often happens in these times I reverted to my
old favourite black and white combination.

Our old railway yards provided today's backdrop. This area is home to our Museum and University Arts Faculty and in the future will be the full campus of our University as it relocates from its current site. I find
it so encouraging when once abandoned and unused sites are brought back to life for future generations to enjoy.

Wearing a black and white overload from the black and white fedora to the black and white pony print shoes. Everything , except for my black and white spot gloves, has been with me for many moons . The gloves are another find from the little glove shop that just happened to be around the corner from where we stayed in Paris.

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Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday

Monday, 19 September 2016

Spring is in the Air and New Friendships

Spring is in the air in my part of the world and my garden is clothed in all its Spring glory. One of the highlights is this glorious magnolia tree that I planted more than 25 years ago that bursts forth with its
bountiful blooms that fill the air with its subtle fragrance.
The joy of watching my garden come to life again after its Winter dormancy never fades.

The sun was shining and the temperatures were a little milder so I donned my coral shirt coat from Australian
label Ark over some black layers , added a necklace that was a gift from my children many moons ago , some over sized sunnies from Karen Walker and a grey hat that I purchased from a milliner in Paris and I was good to go and enjoy the delights of Spring.

 One of Spring's traditions for my sister and I is to enjoy the flower show , hosted by our local Horticultural Society. Our late mother was a life member of  the Society and we are both keen gardeners so this is a
tradition we plan to continue for many years to come.

These are just a small sample of some of the glorious blooms on show.

On my recent trip to Queensland for my wedding anniversary I was fortunate to meet up with Elizabeth,
who I had connected with through Instagram.Elizabeth lives in Brisbane and we spent a wonderful few
hours together getting to know one another through shared stories, common interests , food and a love of
art . Elizabeth introduced me to GOMA, (Gallery of Modern Art), where these photos were taken in front
of the huge and magnificent , Still Life Coconut and Other Things by Shirana Shahbazi and Sirous Shaghagi.
We also share the same birthday , some connections are just meant to be.
Elizabeth is not only extremely clever in her ability to create such visual joy with her outfits and accessories,
she is a talented seamstress and created the outfit she is wearing the day before our meeting.
Her Instagram is timeless_styling , well worth a visit , always so inspiring.
Thank you Elizabeth , I am sure will meet again .

 Linking with Patti for Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Tartan and a Dream Hat

Sometimes things are just meant to be, this red hat had to come home with me recently. I had spied this
hat at a local store way back in March before we headed overseas but as I was saving my pennies I
resisted temptation.To cut a long story short , I peeked inside the store recently and not only was the
hat still waiting for me , the owner offered it to me at a reduced price, I was one happy hat lover.

A short tartan jacket worn over a a fine black wool jumper and paired with black Moyuru pants seemed
the perfect foil for my hat. Black studded gloves and black patent leather brogues complete the outfit.

Later this week I am flying to Noosa in Queensland to join my husband, John, who is driving up , to
celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Where have all those years gone? Our marriage has celebrated
many joyous times together but also endured the sadness of the loss of our daughter, India , from a brain
tumour fifteen years ago. We learned to accept our different ways of grieving and this has made our
marriage stronger as the years have passed.
We share a love of travel and history , although I must admit I am more a fan of busy cities , art galleries,
museums and fashion , while John enjoys outdoor pursuits and is happier in the bush. Embracing our differences and sharing our common interests works for us, well most of the time.
We are planning some more travel in the future and will see where the next path leads.

I had to include this close up showing the details of my hat. It is made by Tasmanian milliner ,
Susan McArthur, who is based in Burnie on our state's Northwest Coast.

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Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
Judith , Style Crone
Hat Attack

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Wednesday Postcard- Museum Guggenheim Bilbao

The Museum Guggenheim in Bilbao in the Basque region in Northern Spain is a spectacular structure made
of titanium ,glass and limestone. Designed by American architect Frank Gehry , the museum opened in 1997
and is situated along the Nervion River in the old industrial heart of the city and has revitalised the city.

Tall Tree and The Eye by Anish Kapoor , consists of 73 spheres anchored around three axes and is made
of carbon and stainless steel.

Shadows by Andy Warhol was on display when we visited , these are just a small sample of the 102 silkscreened canvasses.

The wonderful architecture of the building is showcased on the inside with its curves and
flowing lines.

Maman by Louise Bourgeois is almost 9 metres tall, a most imposing spider.

Puppy by Jeff Koons stands proudly at the entrance to the Museum.

A view of the Museum Guggenheim Bilbao from the opposite river bank. Bilbao was a city full of surprises
and I hope to return again someday to explore it properly.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Winter Coats and Their Last Hurrah

My calendar tells me this is the final week of our Winter so time for my Winter Coats last hurrah by
the Tamar River on what turned out to be a day with a nod to the Spring weather to come.

This has been a very wet and somewhat mild Winter so wet weather gear, rather than my beloved
Winter wool coats,  has been the outer wear of choice. Also the fact that we were away for the first
six weeks of Winter meant I had not worn my coats as much as usual.

I teamed my old favourite black coat with its huge leopard print collar with this high crown black hat
with its black velvet bow that I purchased from a local hat shop, sadly no longer, in the early 90's.
I remember my children refering to this hat as Mum's witches hat.

 The river on a cool but fine sunny day is a wonderful place to spend some time.

My second coat is a vintage coat that I purchased from Vintage Rose in Hobart a few years ago.
I was told it is from the 1950's and the label is Blin and Blin , which I have read is a French Textile
Firm , it also has another label , Wasco. It is pure wool and very heavy to wear so extremely warm.
The collar and cuffs are not fur but must be an early type of faux fur, they remind me of chenile.

The style of the coat with its interesting back with the inverted pleat as well as the details on the sleeves
is what drew me to this coat initially but as much as I still like the style I am not really sure if this is really
the coat for me. I feel the colour on me is a bit nothing and that the bulk of the coat is a bit overwhelming.
I would appreciate your thoughts , do you agree or no.

I continued the leopard theme but this time with my gloves and my wool vintage beret.

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Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
Natalia at In The Writers Closet

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday Postcard - Monet's House and Garden at Giverney

As Spring approaches in the Southern Hemisphere my memories flood back to an April day and a visit
to Claude Monet's house and garden at Giverney. A visit to this garden had been on my wish list for many
years and when the chance to visit became a reality ,I was as excited as a schoolgirl.

Tulips just happen to be my favourite Spring flower and the variety of colours and shapes was just spectacular. I often think of creating a garden as painting with flowers instead of paints and the planting combinations were art itself.

The tulips were the stars of the show with underplantings of pansies , forget-me-nots , hyacinth and wallflowers. The shape and colour of this one really got my attention.

The famous water garden with its Japanese inspired green bridge.You can glimpse the water lily pads , though not the right season for flowers, but what a sight they must be in full bloom.

I am rather fond of blue and white china and these pots with their cheery blooms, wallflowers if my
memory serves me right, on the front verandah caught my eye. They contrast so well against the
pink and greens of the house.

This is the drawing room studio , recreated just as it was in Monet's time. The art works on display here
are reproductions of originals that now hang in the Musee Marmotton-Monet and the Musee d"orsay
and as well as galleries and museums throughout the world.

A feature of the kitchen is its blue and white ceramic tiles from Rouen.

I hope you have enjoyed my little tour of Monet's house and garden. I do wish I lived closer so I could
see the garden in Summer with the roses and irises in full blooms or maybe in Autumn colour. Oh well a
girl can dream can't she.But if you love tulips visit in Spring.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Black and Cream - Winter's Light and Shade

Black and cream have been a combination I have enjoyed wearing for many a Winter.I always think
of them as  providing the elements of light and shade , sometimes hard to find at this time of year.

Playing in my closet often uncovers little surprises , the fluffy scarf and beret , that have remained
hidden for a while.I had forgotten how much I loved wearing them both as they are warm and cosy.
I am a big fan of shopping my closet , you never know what will emerge from the depths. So often
something that had fallen out of favour can be restyled or worn differently and hey presto new again.

Both my Moyuru black dress and the cream ruffled jacket have appeared on the blog previously, although
not together. They both reflect my own philosophy on only buying what I love and will wear for many
seasons to come. These days I buy very little retail as I find so much of the quality poor and I am
troubled by the concept of fast fashion and the way these items are produced.
I keep my eye out at our two local recycling stores for any treasures, sometimes you can be lucky.

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Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Postcard Wednesday - Fascinating Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba in the Andalusia region of Southern Spain is a fascinating place to visit , full of charm and a surprise
around every corner. The city has a rich history dating back to Roman times.

This is the courtyard of our charming hotel, El Palacio del Corregidor, in the old Jewish quarter. Walking along the cobbled streets , too narrow for cars , you get the feeling of times gone by as you loose yourself in
the history of the area.

The Roman Bridge, spanning the Guadalquivir River was built in the early 1st. century and was quite a
sight in the evening light.


The Mezquita, Cordoba's Great Mosque , dating back 12 centuries, is regarded as one of the most
accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture.The site was originally a small temple of Christian
origin, The Catholic Basilica of Saint Vincent of Lerins. When Muslims conquered Spain in 711 the church
was first divided into Muslim and Christian halves. This sharing lasted until 784 when the Christian half was
purchased by Emir Abd-al-Rahman, who demolished the original structure and built the Grand Mosque.
Cordoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 and the building was converted to a Roman Catholic church.

The building is most notable for its large open area with 856 columns of jasper, onyx ,marble and onyx,
a sight to behold.

Cordoba was a fascinating city with a wealth of treasures and I hope one day to return.