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.