Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A Hat Fit For A Queen Among The Wattles

Golden Wattle (Acacia Pycnantha) is native to South Eastern Australia . The flowering season is from late July into August when the tree is covered with bracts of golden blooms . I always eagerly anticipate the arrival of the flowering wattles , they herald the start of longer days in the final weeks of Winter.

The gold of the wattle seems to add a warm glow to everything around it , I never cease to be in awe of how clever Mother Nature is. The arrival of such vibrance at an otherwise dull time of year bears testament to this. I am adding my own touch of gold in the studs on my gloves and the buttons on my military style coat.

 The starkness of the surrounding bush a total contrast to the exuberance of the flowering wattles.

Today I am wearing a military style coat from Lisa Ho that has seen many Winters , worn over a lace trimmed black skirt by Jump, from many seasons ago , my studded gloves from Ted Baker , black suede boots and a bag from Spencer & Rutherford.

I found this navy blue velvet hat recently at my local recycled clothing store and knew it had to be mine even though navy and I are not really the best of friends. It is made by Frederick Fox in England , and the label inside says , "By appointment to Her Majesty The Queen , Milliner " .. It is the most sumptuous velvet and I really love the oversize bow , I think we have bonded. Ah, hat love, the best.

I had to finish, as I started with a floral theme , these are the first daffodils to flower in my garden , a definite harbinger of Spring.

Joining ( a little late ) Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Alice for Throwback Thursday and later in the
week I will share my new hat with the other hats at Style Crone for Hat Attack.


Monday, 20 July 2015

Black and Graffiti

On a cold and blustery morning we ventured to this area , the local skate park, situated at the back of the flood levee , now partially covered with graffiti or street art depending on your point of view. 

For many years the local council removed any artwork that appeared on this wall but in recent times their attitude has changed and the works continue to grow. I have no problem with this , an ugly concrete wall is slowly changing to become a vibrant reflection of youth culture.

Today was also a day for me that only my beloved black would do , a swing jacket with interesting detail at the neckline worn over a free fitting dress, both from Japanese label Moyuru , found recently in the Winter sales. A wool snow leopard print wrap was added for warmth , as well as black leather gloves and my black hat recently purchased on my Melbourne trip. I am also wearing black patent leather and suede boots .

 Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday , Sydney Fashion Hunter for Wednesday Pants Link up and Alice at Happiness at Midlife for Throwback Thursday.


Monday, 13 July 2015

A Jacket by the River Side

Today was one of those magical Winter days , perfect for a stroll by the Tamar River, stopping for a few shots along the way.

Wearing a Lisa Ho jacket , that appears almost cream in these shots , but is actually a light beige colour. I have had this jacket for many Winters now but it is still a favourite of mine. Jackets are one clothing item that I have collected for many years and I must admit I have amassed quite a collection. I think most of us are drawn to a favourite item , be it dresses, coats, pants or shirts. What is yours?

Today , I had fun shopping my closet and pairing my Moyuru pants with the jacket , simply adding thick tights for some warmth.  I must admit to finding little joy clothes shopping in our local shops these days as one by one the small interesting shops are being replaced with chain stores, with stock all much the same.

Topping off the outfit with other items from my closet , a fluffy Persian lamb scarf , sunnies from Chanel in black and beige and a black hat with jewel toned buttons from Helen Kaminski.

Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Sydney Fashion Hunter for Wednesday Pants Linkup,
Alice for Throwback Thursday.


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A Touch of Frost

A Touch of Frost, no I'm not referring to an English detective series but the white stuff on the ground , this morning is -2 Celsius . I am off to visit an auction rooms , looking for an old grate for a fireplace. After some time in a freezing barn of a place and nary a grate in sight , we gave up for today. Certainly today the "one man's trash is another man's treasure " applied .
Anyway as we were in the area we stopped by the old rail yards to take a few photos. This area now is home to The Museum and University of Tasmania Arts School and is continually growing and updating.

Warm clothing was the only option for this morning , I choose this well loved cream jacket with its flouncy hem and large buttons, teamed with black wide -legged slightly cropped pants from Nicola Waite. I topped this with a cream and black paisley print scarf , black suede wedge booties from Aquatalia , green wool gloves and a green felt hat , made in Switzerland , a purchase from a recycled clothing store.

A new wall with this clever hole , just right for sitting in , has recently been completed. You can glimpse some of the original rail buildings in the back ground.

I must admit to not really having any idea why this was taken , maybe it appealed to my husband's perverse sense of humour. Any ideas?

Finishing off with two perfect Winter blooms from the garden, I really love the simplicity of the strong little flowers that brave the Winter chill to bring joy on sometimes cold , bleak days .

Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday , Alison for the Wednesday Pants Link Up and Alice for Throwback Thursday.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

A Hat and Leopard By The River

I discovered this interesting hat the other day at a recycled clothing store and it turned out to be just perfect
for a Winter drive in the sunshine to a pretty little spot by the river known as Native Point.

Unfortunately the hat came without a label so I know nothing of its origins , it is a felt and comes with attached scarf that could be cashmere. If anyone has any ideas on its origin I would love to know.

 Walking along a path through the native bush wearing a black coat with a large plush leopard collar that
has seen many Winter days and is now older than my grown sons, I believe in getting my money's worth from my coats and jackets.

On another note I was deeply honoured to be interviewed by the very talented Natalia from In the Writers Closet . If you don't know Natalia she is a not only a wonderfully skilled writer , she has her own colourful style and is a master of accessories , always beautifully photographed.
One of Natalia's questions was "what does blogging bring to your life"?. Meeting and making friends with like minded souls and sharing a little of their lives for me is truly the best part of this whole blogging experience.

Taking my new hat to join Style Crone for Hat Attack 


Happiness at Mid Life for Throwback Thursday