Sunday, 31 January 2016

Reflections on Times Past

Sitting on the steps of the John Hart Conservatory in our City Park is the perfect spot for reflections
on times past. The conservatory was built in 1932 and always has beautiful seasonal displays.
I have fond memories of coming here as a child with my mother to see the floral displays.

Playing among the flower beds resplendent in their full on Summer glory wearing an outfit from
Amy Rigg , an American designer, that I think is 1980's but has a much earlier vibe.I bought this
last year at a recycle sale , its previous owner had lived in the US for several years. So kind of her
to bring it back and then decide to sell.

Pairing the outfit with a necklace that echoes the detail of the wonderful button detail , some bangles,
a bag from Groom that reminds me of another era with its clasp and a vintage cream hat.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
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Monday, 25 January 2016

Orange and Dream Vintage

Today to view an antique and collectable auction I decided to this orange and white spot shirt
that I purchased last year at a local recycled clothing store. It is from Christian Lacroix and is
from the 1980's , with its puffy sleeves and oversize gold buttons. It is made from the softest
pure cotton and I really love this shirt even though the buttons don't quite meet.I put off wearing
this shirt for that reason but have now decided it really doesn't matter.

  A glimpse of some of the selection of antiques and collectibles on offer at tomorrows auction.

Forget the furniture , I made a bee line to these glorious feather and felt vintage hats from the 1930's and
1940's. Aren't they amazing , I really love the colourful one in the middle.

More amazing hats, I will keep my fingers crossed but have a feeling they will fetch prices way above
my budget. I don't really mind it was such a treat to view such exquisite millinery , a rare thing here.

A collection of vintage evening bags . I always wonder who owned them and where they were from.
you can only imagine the places and events they have attended.

The back detail on the shirt and a closet look at those full sleeves, aren't they wonderful.

 Teamed the shirt with black Moyuru pants/skirt , my orange bag and orange shoes and necklace.

Taking my orange overload to join Patti at Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.


Monday, 18 January 2016

Bronze Age

Bronze is one of those colours , you know it is OK on you but tricky to wear. I bought this top when I was
having a bit of meltdown on what to wear for my sons wedding in February. I already had half of my outfit sorted but my original top just wasn't right, so a shopping I did go, big mistake never buy for something
special in a hurry. Fortunately it was on sale at a much reduced price plus I had a birthday voucher from the store, so no real harm done and it may get outings on different occasions.

The problem is not so much the colour rather the shape, it is rather square and boxy and would benefit from
some shaping. Herein lies another dilemma as the fabric will not alter easily, the mesh strips are fragile and
will probably just become a series of holes if stitched.Here I have tried a soft sash , not quite right I feel,
so I am on the look out for a wider tie.

Without the tie, this is how I would prefer it to look. Anyhow, not the end of the world, mistakes happen
and I have now found another top that I am much happier with.

On the bonus side the bronze top gave me an excuse to show of this fine, woven metal cuff with its intricate
rosette that was a generous Christmas gift from the owner of the store where I am working .

Playing around with lighting this week , these shots were taken late in the evening just before sunset, I
rather like the soft effect as opposed to the harsh light of an Aussie Summer day.The only drawback
being we visited a parkland near home on the top of a hill and it was a bit windy, hence the windswept hair.

Wearing a bronze mesh top paired with my Moyuru pants happily billowing in the breeze , bronze cuff,
silvery neckpiece , dangly earrings and bronze Robert Clergerie wedges.

Joining all the fun with Patti for Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday

Sunday, 10 January 2016

A Lavender Delight

Amongst the lavender at Bridestowe Lavender Estate , the lavender in full bloom is a sight to behold,
to say nothing of the wonderful fragrance that permeates the air. Bridestowe Estate is the world's
largest privately owned lavender farm set on 260 acres in North East Tasmania.

 The farm was started in 1921 by the Denny Family with seeds of French Lavender that they bought with them from England.

 The fields of lavender stretching as far as the eye can see , are one of our State's most spectacular
vistas during the peak flowering months of December and January and attract visitors from all
over the world.

 The Lavender Oil produced here is exported worldwide and is known to be of the finest quality . The extraction process continues today using many of the same techniques and much of the same equipment
as was used in the farms early days.

To visit the lavender farm I wore a black and white mesh cardigan with a somewhat abstract bright print from Australian designer Nicola Waite that I have enjoyed for many years , teamed with my black pants/
skirt from Moyuru and red wedges and some bangles from my collection.

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Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.


Sunday, 3 January 2016

Spots for the New Year

A New Year has begun , my how time flies, what really happened to 2015 it seems like no time at all
since it started and now it is over.With this thought in mind I am determined to make the most of every
minute and enjoy whatever comes my way and live my life to the full in my own way.

I have always loved the playful nature of spots, I am convinced they bring the inner child to the surface again.
I have had this black and white spotty Summer coat for some time but this is its first Summer outing as our
weather has been rather hot, so with today's cool change it came out to play.Pairing the coat with my red
vintage cap, a mixture of red and black and white bangles and black pants.

Red shoes from Fly London , purchased locally, complete the look. I love the style of these sandals with their lacing at the back.If you look closely you can see a fly embossed on the left shoe.

Wishing everyone all the best for a wonderful 2016.

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