Monday, 29 June 2015

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition

A highlight of my recent trip to Melbourne was a visit to the National Trust property , Rippon Lea , for the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition. For anyone familiar with the series , Rippon Lea is the home of Phyrne's Aunt Prudence. Rippon Lea is a magnificent house , surrounded by glorious , park like gardens including a lake and a lookout , fernery, conservatory and extensive lawns. Rippon Lea was created by business man , Frederick Thomas Sargood , it was built and developed between 1868 and 1903.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries are created by author Kerry Greenwood and set in Melbourne in the 1920's.Phryne Fisher is a lady detective , a smart, sassy woman of independent means who not only drives a
car, a Hispano Suiza, she also flies a plane and is always immaculately turned out.

 The costumes were designed by Marion Boyce modeled on clothing worn at the time. The attention to detail was superb , I love the outfit above , I would wear this in a heartbeat.

Cream in the conservatory, this stunning outfit with its yellow jacket and wonderful hat was worn for an episode set around a tennis tournament. The belt buckle is vintage bakelite.

Black and white oriental dressing gown in the original bathroom , set against the most amazing black and white screen.

Silk pyjamas in the dressing room , with an orange feather cape. The dressing table set with its brushes, combs and hand mirror are genuine antiques. Eagle eyed readers will spy the photographer (me) in the mirror.

The pool area was added to the house in the 1930'3 and was inspired be the Hollywood era of the time.

For my visit to Rippon Lea I wore my black skort from Moyuru , black wool jumper and a leopard print top from Marlene Berger and a hat by Helen Kaminski. My comfortable brogues are Robert Clergerie.

Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.


Monday, 22 June 2015

Black in the City

Last Thursday evening I, along with my husband , caught a flight to Melbourne to spend a few enjoyable days exploring, some shopping , seeing exhibitions , much dining out and spending time with our son.
We were originally due to fly at 12.00 am but that flight was cancelled , the disadvantage to flying with a budget airline and living on an island .

While the boys went off to an exhibition of Car Design in Australia I had a lovely time exploring and photographing some of Melbourne's wonderful buildings, both old and new. The first of these is the Exhibition Building, completed in 1880 for Melbourne's first International Exhibition.The very large, grand building and the surrounding gardens were built to showcase the grandeur and wealth of Melbourne and Victoria at the time , due to the Victorian Gold Rush.

This rather elaborate building built in the free Gothic style is now the ANZ Bank museum and was originally
the Stock Exchange. Elaborately ornamented ,each level of the facade differs from the others.Gargoyles and stained glass windows abound. Unfortunately as it was Saturday the museum was closed but on my to visit list for my next visit.

A close up of one of the gargoyles, an unexpected surprise on a bank building I thought.

This is a back view of some of the buildings making up Federation Square , that includes the Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, The Centre for Moving Images and several more. There are also many cafes and bars as well as the Melbourne Visitor Centre. It is always a bustling place with many cultural attractions and events, a great place to people watch.

A view of the skyline with the Yarra River in the foreground taken from an area known as Southbank , a busy restaurant hub.

One thing I enjoy doing is discovering a new area I haven't explored before and this time I found Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. It is filled with interesting small shops , many housing new, experimental Australian designers and a variety of trendy cafes. I find these areas so much more interesting than any large shopping centre filled with chain stores and clothing that somehow all looks the same.

I am wearing all black , a black Moyuru dress over a black wool top with a black wool jacket and art deco style pin and black hat purchased in Melbourne.

Joining Turning Heads Tuesday.


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Plum and Pink

I found this plum coloured skirt at my local recycled clothing store , Return to Splendour , the other day.
I loved its shape and fabric and even though the colour is out of my comfort zone , I rather like it. The fact that it was half price skirt day was a bonus. The brand is Kokomarina , a French brand so you can see why it had to come home.


I have topped the skirt with a wool jacket by Lisa Ho , that I have had for many Winters , a long sleeve black top , black long leather gloves and a dusty pink hat by Helen Kaminski.
A short post this week as we are off tomorrow to Melbourne for a flying visit with Callum, my youngest son
and I seem to have a hundred and one things yet to do.
 Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

On The Wild Side

Taking a walk on the wild side, both with my animal prints and today's wild and windy weather. Today is a public holiday to celebrate the Queens Birthday, never mind this is Australia and the queen is in England and today is not really her birthday. Confused, so are we , but we take the holiday anyway.

 Told you it was windy , trying my best not to loose my hat. Anyhow, we continued on and managed to
take several shots before the rain tumbled down.

Here I am breaking those fashion rules again, tsk.tsk., by wearing two animal prints together. I must admit this is something I once would have never done but I am quite pleased with the result.
Pairing my animal prints with my Moyuru pants , I am definately getting my moneys worth from these pants.

On the steps of Macquarie House, one of the buildings in the Civic Square, a mixture of both historic and modern buildings, including the Post Office , Library , Public Buildings and the Town Hall.

This interesting sculpture is a new addition to the area and will warrant more investigation on a calmer day.

Today I am wearing a coat from Lee Bird , that has kept me warm for many Winters, the top is from Marlene Berger , pants Moyuru , hat and gloves , Ted Baker and booties .

 Joining Patti at Visible Monday before she takes a well earned Summer break
and Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Winter Red

The first day of Winter , a good excuse to wear red a favourite of mine for bringing some cheer on those dreary days.This unusual vest has been in my closet for some time and has travelled several times to the
charity pile but always seems to get a reprive. Tell me what you think should it stay or go.

I always feel there is something beautiful about gardens in the Winter, their bare bones have a gentle flow after all the exuberance of colour over Spring and Summer. A good chance to make some changes and some much needed tidying up. Raffy just had to get into the act, a real scene stealer.

An exciting week in our house , my eldest son , Zac and his partner Sarah have announced their engagement
and my other son , Callum has secured a job with Ford after graduating as an engineer last year.

Pairing my red vest with black pants and wool jumper by Paula Ryan , black and white gloves and
a favourite black hat by Helen Kaminski.

Joining all the other hat wearing ladies and Judith , The Style Crone for Hat Attack
and Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.