Sunday, 29 November 2015

Fade to Grey

I came across an article in the weekend newspaper referencing the current trend of the head to toe grey outfit, apparently  this is known as a "groutfit' , a term I had never heard before. I must admit to never
really being a huge grey fan , I would much rather just wear black.
This all got me thinking about the phrase "fade to grey' and what that really means. According to the Urban
Dictionary , a most reliable source, it refers to someone who looses interest in something or someone and
has no motivation to try something new . It also was the title of a song by the British band Visage released
in 1980 .

Determined not to fade to grey I have chosen to wear this rather unusual shaped  dress from New Zealand designer Paula Ryan . Both the elephant grey and the shape of the dress would once have been out of my comfort zone but I now enjoy leaving the safety of the known to explore the new.

Tipping my hat to the confidence to try something new and explore a change of style.That to me is
one of the joys of enjoying our clothes and their ability to convey a message of change .

 A closeup of the side detail of the sides of the dress and a peek at my Trippen shoes, the most
comfortable shoes I have invested in for some time. I firmly believe it is the small details that
give the most value to any outfit.
I have added an off white jacket from Covers , an Australian label that is no longer, that I have
loved for many seasons.

 Joining Patti at Visible Monday
where no-one will ever Fade to Grey
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Back To My Roots

 After a visit to my hairdresser this week I have literally gone back to my roots. I must admit to colouring my
hair for so long I had forgotten the look of my light brown hair and I rather like it. The upkeep of the lighter colour was becoming a chore , to say nothing of the expense,  and with travel on the horizon I knew it was time. The other side benefit I hope is that my slowly greying hair can blend more naturally.

As often happens following a birthday I have been reflecting on both times past and the times still to come.
I feel my working life , due to changing circumstances , possibly coming to an end but I now am ready to
embrace the change that will bring and the new doors that will open.
I'd like to share a line of Nancy Mitford's that means a lot to me , it's in her biography of Voltaire.
" She was waiting ,unconsciously, for that revolution which often comes in the life of a woman no longer
young and directs the future course of her existence."
I feel that revolution quietly evolves in all of us and it fills and lifts my heart. At this indeterminate moment
in my life , poised in mid-air , the past and future extend limitlessly before me and I am ready to embrace
it all.

One important part of embracing the future for me is to continue enjoying the process of fine tuning my own
personal style.Part of this for me is to be open to change , be it shape , style or colour and to enjoy the process and never take it too seriously.

Embracing the changes in my new Moyuru grey and cream wide striped pants , teamed with a Paule Ka
beige knit jacket with a large black bow detail that has seen many seasons , a black Tshirt , pointy shoes
from Paco Herero that are old favourites .

Joining Patti for Visible Monday ( sorry I am late ) and Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.


Monday, 16 November 2015

A Garden Visit in Black and White

One of my favourite pastimes at this time of the year is to visit private gardens on their open days.Last weekend we visited Old Wesley Dale, a property dating back to 1836.

The beautiful gardens have been created over the last fifteen years by the very talented owners in a style
reminiscent of traditional English gardens full of roses , lupins , delphiniums and many other perennial plants.
I always think of gardening as painting with plants instead of paints.

These Light Sussex chooks are extremely lucky , not only can they roam at will but they have the fanciest
Chook House I have ever seen, named Chookingham Palace.

Wearing black and white for my garden visit , pants from Moyuru , black vest from Sarah Pacini, white shirt
purchased in Sydney in the Winter, black and white cow print shoes, black and white bangles and  white
milk glass beads, black and white fedora.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday


Sunday, 1 November 2015

Blooming All Over

A riot of colour has exploded in my garden over this last week with the first of my roses bursting into bloom and filling the air with their intoxicating fragrance.
I decided to add my own touch of colour in this Asian inspired floral print coat that I happened upon during
the week at Red Fox , a new to town vintage/ recycle store. Even though it is quite a change to what I often
choose it called my name and home it came.It is a mixture of linen lined with the hot pink .

The self sown red poppies in my courtyard reflect the poppies in the coat. On the other hand the white
dog in the foreground (named Raffy) just happened to be there and I like the way the shot turned out.
Although he is the same colour as my pants and silk top, they are both more cream than white but did
come out looking quite white.

This post celebrates Grown Up Glamour's second anniversary, my how time has flown.I have learnt such
a lot in those two years and discovered so many wonderful, talented women all over the world. I have made many new friends and really do hope that I can meet some of them in person.
The connection with like minded souls is for me what truly makes blogging such a joy.
This was bought home to me recently when Natalia from In the Writers Closet said goodbye to the blogging
world for now as for her it had run its course in her life, it really did feel like saying my goodbyes to an old friend. I wish her well in her new writing endeavours.
The technical side of blogging is still for me a bit hit and miss , something I really hope to work on in the future. Maybe soon I will learn how to use blogs photos on Instagram, this is something that eludes me at present. Also I hope to redesign my page but this will have to wait until I have a computer savy son home
for a visit at Christmas.

My floral coat was teamed with a silk top from Marlene Birger and pants from Lisa Ho , both of these
I have had for many years , vintage 1960's clip earrings , assorted resin and bakelite bangles.
My hat is from Marie Marcie , a French milliner , and was bought in Melbourne at Christines , a very
high end boutique, at a stock take sale for an extremely discounted price.

 Two of my favourite old fashioned roses , the striped one is Varigata de Bologna , the other Souvenier de
MalMaison, both bourban roses with stunning perfumes.

 Linking with Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack
Patti at NotDeadStyle for Visible Monday
Not Dressed as Lamb#iwillwearwhatIlike
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday