Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The Wedding Skirt Visits Clarendon

Clarendon Estate , a short drive from where I live , is one of our grand colonial properties, consisting of
a three storey Georgian house , many outbuildings , all surrounded by hectares of parklands.

The Sarah Paccini olive green skirt that I wore in February to my son's wedding had been waiting in the wings for the perfect opportunity to make a reappearance.

 Today turned out to be a little cooler than was originally forecast , so the top I had planned to wear was
returned to the closet for another warmer day, and this long sleeved knit from Paule Ka from many seasons
ago filled the gap. I rather like the bow and peek-a-boo detail on the shoulder , it takes a rather plain knit
up a notch.I added my old favourite beads and dangley earrings,old Chanel sunnies and bronze wedges.

I knew when I bought this skirt it was perfect with the formal top I wore to the wedding but it would
also work with many more colours and styles. These days my clothing has to have many different guises
and be able to do double duty, formal or relaxed , day and night and stand the test of time .

Linking with Patti for Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb
Natalia at In the Writers Closet
for Midlife Fun

Monday, 17 October 2016

A Leather Skirt and Reflecting on Friendships

 Today was one of those days that give me so much joy. I met a dear friend that I hadn't seen in a while to
catch up over numerous cups of tea. Over the course of a couple of hours we shared life's ups and downs,
discussed fashion, art and politics and had many laughs along the way.
My friends , some I have known forever and others are relatively new, add so much to my life, I would be truly lost without them.

For my sharing of teapots I chose this new to me long leather skirt , that I had only recently discovered at
Return to Splendour, and as it was a coolish Spring day I added this little black cardigan over a light top.

 I had been on the lookout for a longish black skirt for some time and even though I had not really
thought about it being leather, the fit was perfect and I really loved the style and price wise it was
cheaper than a new skirt of inferior quality, so home it came.

Funny isn't it how things come around . I have worn this style of skirt over the years as it is the
perfect shape for me but had not found one for ages, some things are just meant to be.
Finding your own true style takes time and patience but is also so rewarding. That's not to say you
can't wander off the path from time to time and play with the new, experimenting can be fun too.

 After playing with different shorter hair styles and darker colours , I have also decided to grow my hair a
little longer and go back to my lighter colour until the silver takes control.

Teamed the skirt with a Paule Ka cardigan , suede slingbacks and a beige bag from Groom.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
and Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
and Catherine for #iwillwaerwhatIlike

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Tiger Print and Some Paris Inspiration

Tiger print in the garden, taken a couple of weeks ago on a much calmer Spring day. I have had this
shirt for many years but have only worn it a handful of times. This got me thinking as to why, it fits , is my
colours and works with so much I already own.Then the penny dropped, I purchased this shirt for something rather special, my daughter's Make-A-Wish trip to Melbourne for a shopping spree and a trip to the Melbourne Zoo. I have some wonderful memories of that time be they tinged with sadness.
I am glad I have kept this shirt and now know I am ready to wear it again.Special pieces of clothing have
always evoked strong memories , I guess this is why I tend to hold onto them.

My tiger print shirt with its pink edges on the sleeves is by Lisa Ho , my black Moyuru skirt and Paco
Herero slides .

 On a much lighter note , I offer some Spring inspiration (for us in the Southern Hemisphere) , some shots
of window displays I took in Paris at the end of April. The bags and those too good to be true sunnies were
at a vintage store in The Palais Royale.

I really loved both the skirt and the white top with the large bows making up the sleeve detail .

These graphic design purses really caught my attention and another pair of extravagant sunnies.Eagle eyed
readers may spot the photographer too.

Now don't we all lounge in our claw foot bath in a pretty blue silk dress or does it only happen at Lanvin.

Yellow happens to be one of my favourite colours , so it was no wonder at all that this sunny outfit
by (I think ) Moschino caught my attention.

Last but by no means least is this little black number , by Givenchy if my memory serves me correctly ,
with its soft pussy bow and pink rose and fabulous shoulder detail. The screens behind were also rather
spectacular, the pink echoing the bow and the little beret. I would wear this in a heartbeat, a girl can dream.

Taking Tiger to join Visible Monday
Turning Heads Tuesday with Jess

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Hat Box and a Feathery Chapeau

What's a hat loving girl to do when a hat box calls her name and more importantly is also on sale,
the only possible solution was to follow my heart and bring her home. She also has a smaller sister ,
I have just the right sized hat for her, so maybe she too will follow.

I must admit I fell for the elegant lady with her wonderful large bowed hat and that she is carrying a little
white dog ( like my Raffy , that is if he didn't dig in the garden and was perfectly groomed). I am guessing
these boxes were sold as decorator items rather than real hat boxes but for me a hat box it is.In fact this
one is now the home for a rather special new hat that will be unveiled when our weather is sunnier and warmer, soon I hope.

 To showcase my hat box, I have chosen a black frilled jacket from Harry Who, purchased from a
recycled clothing store earlier in the year and my favourite Moyuru pants .I have teamed these with
a pair of coffee and black mules from Paco Herero that have been with me since the last time this style
made an appearance and a vintage multi-coloured feather chapeau that I purchased in Daylesford , Victoria
at an antique store and a collection of bangles.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
Judith at Style Crone
for Hat Attack

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.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
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.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
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