Sunday, 28 December 2014

A Graduation and A Fashion Collection

The week before Christmas
my husband and I flew to
Melbourne for our son`s
Graduation .
This is one proud mother
with her clever, handsome son.

As someone from a small city,
the graduation ceremony was
quite the eyeopener.
RMIT University is one of
Australia`s largest and
on the  night there were
6000 graduates and
25,000 guests.
The ceremony was held
at the Etihad Sadium,
normally a football stadium.

The next day I was
fortunate to visit the
National Gallery of Victoria
for the Jean Paul Gaultier

The exhibition title of
The Fashion World of
Jean Paul Gaultier: From
the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
barely describes the vastness
of this collection.

Over 140 superbly crafted garments
were on show along with photographs,
sketches stage costumes, excerpts from
runway shows, film, television, concerts
and dance performances.
Needless to say my camera
was very busy and I have
included a few of my favourites.

The attention to detail
was stunning, I loved
the tule skirt with the 
leather and denim
and the ballet shoes.

Top Hat, The Surrealists Collection
Haute Couture 2006-2007
This ensenble, comprises a crocodile
and silk crepe tail jacket, wool crepe pants.

This evening gown was simply stunning,
a taffeta gown with leopard skin
created with about 32,000 beads
and rhinestone claws, it took 1600
hours to make.
You get a glimpse of some
of the magnificent headwear
on some of the models.

I will finish with this

Wishing everyone 
a Happy New Year.
Joining Patti at Visible Monday.


Monday, 22 December 2014

A Magical Christmas

The magic of Christmas is
always more joyous through
the eyes of children.
Their excitement and
anticipation of all that
Christmas brings is
beautiful to see. 

On last weeks trip
to Melbourne I was
fortunate enough to
witness this joy first hand.
The Myer Christmas windows
are a family tradition for many 
over several generations.

This years theme was
Santa Claus and the 
Three Bears.

The look on all
the childrens faces
surely bought a 
smile to mine.
Dressed for gift giving,
in black and white
this year.

Wishing a very magical
Christmas to everyone
a safe and
Happy New Year.
Joining Christmas Share in Style.
with Sacramento and Rosie.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Underneath the Arch

The rose arch at the entrance
to our house is in full bloom,
putting on quite a show
with its masses of pink
The rose is named
Cherub and was planted
some thirty years ago.

Our house dates from
the Victorian era
and we have
 lived in this
house since 1978,
 it has undergone 
one major restoration
and several minor
refurbishments in that

A lifetime of memories,
both happy and sad,
are a such a strong
connection to this house.
I guess this is what happens
when you spend most
of your adult life in the one
This is certainly
not how I envisaged my
life path as a young woman
but I have no regrets,
 there is no point I find.

Today I am wearing a top
and pants with a vintage
edge by Amy Rigg.
Amy Rigg was an American 
designer, based in Chicago,
who sadly died of cancer
in 2007.
I purchased this from
a local lady who spent
many years in the U.S.,
who was downsizing. 

The details of the jacket
and the wonderful vintage
buttons are what really 
appealed to me.
I added a cream fedora
from the 1960s  ,
a necklace given to me 
by my children many
Christmases ago and
two bangles from the 

Shiny, bronze wedges
are Robert Clergerie,
an investment several 
summers ago.

I enjoy the history
and memories of
my surroundings.

Joining Patti for
Visible Monday.


Monday, 8 December 2014

Blowing In The Wind

The first week of summer here,
as often is the case it was
cooler, wet and windy.

A break in the weather,
a chance for some quick
photos , taken at the
storage area where
John stores and works
on his cars.
It is also where both
his and our sons kayaks
are stored and as a 
trip was planned ,
loading them onto 
the car was the order 
of the day.
As he was photographer
how could I refuse to help,
minus the cream jacket,
a girl must be practicable.

Wearing a jacket by
Covers , sadly  
like so many ,
this  small business 
no longer exists.
Pairing the jacket
with wide leg cotton
pants by Nicola Waite
Pity about the crushing,
they are so great to
wear otherwise.
I can live with the creases.

Another jacket as
good going as coming,
I love the pleating detail.
I am now so pleased I
have collected several
unusual jackets over
many seasons.

Simply playing with
black and white.
Takes me back to
working for Kodak,
oh so many moons ago.
What do you think?

Good news for our
family this week,
our youngest son,
graduated uni finishing
with outstanding results.
Off to Melbourne next week
for his graduation ceremony.
A celebration and a city fix,
for me nothing better.

Joining the plaid clad Sacramento
for Share-in-Style.


Monday, 1 December 2014

A Garden and a Hat

Last weekend my sister
and I took a drive to
visit a fascinating private garden.
The garden at Kaydale Lodge
was created on rocky farm
land more than thirty years
ago .

The gardens are very
much a family affair,
with two daughters 
now working alongside
their parents
to weave their magic
with a landscape
of colour, their
artistic touches 

The pear walk
just one example
of the various
landscaping elements
throughout this stunning

Of particular interest
to us were these
stunning peonies,
with their large
vibrant flowers.
The multi-layered
petals always
remind me of
wonderous ball gowns.

To visit the garden 
I chose to wear
this tunic from OBI
from New Zealand,
with its floral print front.
To my eye the print has
an Oriental influence.
I teemed this with a
straight black skirt and 
leggings and a white
cotton jacket.
I also wore some
of my black and white

A handcrafted black
hat by milliner
Julie Neil adds
to my enjoyment of
the garden.

Joining Patti in
her Patti dress for
Visible Monday
Judith at
Style Crone
for this months
Hat Attack.


Monday, 24 November 2014

Black & White

A dinner date with
my husband, John,
to our favourite
special occasion
restaurant and
a sudden drop in
temperatures made
me rethink my
original choice of outfit.

After a quick wardrobe
check, I settled on
this black and white
jacket , bustier and
long flowing skirt.

The last time I wore this
outfit was to my
nephews wedding
some time ago.

Donning the same
outfit bought back
many happy memories
of a wonderful day.

To me this is the
joy of shopping
my own wardrobe.

The various details on
the jacket is what sold
it to me originally.
I love the cornelli work
on the front and the
lacing on the back.

I love to dress up
for a special occasion,
I really don`t care
if most people are
more casually dressed
than me as is often
the case.

I also wore this
lovely bracelet,
a birthday present
from my sister.
It is Murano glass,
purchased in Venice
on her recent trip.
Every time I wear it will
remind us both of
her travels.

Joining Patti for
Visible Monday


Sacramento for
Black and
White is the
order of the day.


Monday, 17 November 2014

That Time Again

It is that time of the
year again, tomorrow
marks another year
older for me.
I have no fear 
of ageing , I plan
to embrace the wisdom
that comes with the
passage of time.
Part of the wisdom
is to accept the 
passage that life takes
us on, even if the
road is never as smooth
as we hope.
I plan to embrace
new experiences
even if they are  out
of my comfort zone.

Enjoying my own
peaceful back yard
and never underestimating
the therapy of time spent

Another of the joys
of ageing is that
you care less
what others think,
I find this so freeing.

I plan to
continue to
explore my own 
style, changing and
tweaking along the 
way .
I take inspiration
from anywhere
it presents itself,
especially the many
bloggers I have had the
honour to discover.

I enjoy the
world of both
vintage and thrifting
and  hope to expand
my interest and uncover
more treasures, hopefully
more summer hats.

I am looking forward
to a new year filled
with the joy of family
and friends and not
forgetting new pets.
Our little pup, Raffy,
is growing like a mushroom
and is a little white bundle
of mischief  and fun.

Another Birthday, Another Outfit.



Monday, 10 November 2014

Roses and Shoes

Two very different passions,
a love of roses
also a love of shoes.

My roses are now
in full bloom
filling the air
with their
intoxicating scent.

Most of my roses
are heritage roses.
Not only do I love
their beauty and
perfume,  the
history behind
each one is for
me fascinating.

Taking in the fragrance of one 
of my favourite roses, 
Souvenir de La Malmaison, 
a bourban rose dating 
back to 1842.

Today to enjoy the
roses I am wearing
a watermelon print
jacket from Ark.

Worn over a white top
and wide leg cream 

Cream and white
resin bangles and
white earrings( circa 1960)
complete the outfit.

If you look carefully 
you can see our new
pup Raffy playing in the

Shoes, the other passion
of mine.
I have had these
little beauties for
many summers
I love their colour
and the little metal
touch at the heel.

Sadly, the high wedge
is now only a sometimes
Walking any distance
in these not an option.,
pity they always look
so good. 

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
Sacramento for Share-in-Style
where the theme is shoes.


Sunday, 2 November 2014

One Year On

This post for
me is a bit
of a milestone,
I have now been 
blogging for
one year.

The blog started
as a prelude to
my 60th. birthday.
A challenge for this
extremely technically
challenged soul, to
learn something new
and if I am honest
to prove to my
family that I could.

Sometimes , as on occasion
was evident , I was not
sure if I was coming or going.

But for me it
was never about the blog
looking perfect or
professional, it never will.

It was to open my eyes
to new things and the
joy of connecting with
like minded women
from all around the 

I truly value the
friendships I 
have made over
the last year.
The kindness and caring
of the blogging community
is surely the most
valuable aspect
for me.

For this weeks post
I am wearing a skort,
by a Japanese label,
This is very much
out of my comfort zone
but I love its volume
and flow.

I have teamed it with
a white voile top
worn over black mesh.

I am determined to
leave the safety of
the usual more often.

I have added a
collection of bangles,
an silver flower necklace
and a newly acquired bag
from a local consignment store.

The  vintage black pixie hat
is a rare online purchase
from Ruby Lane.

Taking my hat over
to join with Hat Attack
at Style Crone.