Monday, 29 February 2016

Black By The Riverside

Back in my old favourite black today by the river side on a drizzly grey day.As much as I enjoy wearing colour , black and I will always remain firm friends.

I enjoy wearing a mix of textures and nothing in my opinion showcases them better than black.
I came upon this quote by Coco Chanel that resounds strongly with me.
" Women think of all colours except the absence of colour. I have said that black has it all .White
too .Their beauty is absolute .It is the perfect harmony".

Today's black on black outfit consists of a black ruffled jacket by Harry Who , a now defunct Australian
company, purchased from a local recycled store paired with my black Moyuru skirt and black patent leather
wedges from Sonya Rykel that have been favourites for many Summers.

Today was even cool enough to bring out my studded black gloves , as much as I enjoy our Summers I
do miss my gloves.
I also wore a new hat from a local Tasmanian milliner Susan McArthur , who designs the most wonderful
creations, I feel this little hat may be the first of many.I simply adore its shape and the added touch of the
gem trim and the whimsy of the tassel.

Joining Patti at Visible Monday
Jess at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack


Monday, 22 February 2016

A Beach, A Wedding, New Beginnings

Last Saturday my eldest son , Zac married the love of his life , Sarah. The wedding was held by the beach at
Bicheno on the East coast of Tasmania, a place holding special meaning for them both.

The proud parents of the groom , enjoying a quiet moment together before the ceremony. As a mother you
can't help reflecting on the time that has passed to get to this moment in time and the joy of watching the small boy become the kind , caring , compassionate young man he is today.

We are so happy to welcome our beautiful and talented daughter-in-law into our family.

My outfit for the day was a Sarah Pacinni long skirt in an unusual almost olive green and a patterned sequined top from Joseph Ribkof , black patent wedges , a bronze mesh cuff and a pearl necklace.

 Callum , our other son, was over for the wedding and fulfilling the role as official photographer.
The wedding was a family affair with everyone involved in some way, Sarah's sister made and decorated the wedding cake , Sarah's brother was ring bearer and my husband John gave the speech.

I was honoured to be asked to make the bridal bouquet and to arrange the flowers for the reception. This was my first bridal bouquet and I was rather pleased how it turned out. Originally the bouquet was to be garden flowers but due to the hot, dry Summer garden flowers are in short supply , so I ordered some from
a local Rose grower. As if by a fluke of nature the week of the wedding a rose by the name of The Children's Rose flowered on cue , so some blooms came into play.

 A day of celebration shared with family and friends from all over Australia .

A wonderful day to celebrate the love between you as you embark on New Beginnings.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
and Jess for Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Matching The Landscape

On a recent trip to Hobart we stopped to take some photos, it wasn't until I viewed them later that
I realised I had dressed to match the landscape. This Summer has been very hot and dry and our
State is now considered to be in drought . We also have experienced many bush fires , that were
started after lightening strikes in mid January. Luckily no lives or property have been lost but
a great tract of land in our wilderness areas has been badly affected.

The scenes remind me of a poem that most Australians of my era learnt at school. The poem is called
My Country and was written in 1904 by Dorothea Mackellar, who at the time was living in England
and no doubt was homesick for the countryside of Australia.
This is a small extract.

I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains
Of rugged mountain ranges
Of droughts and flooding rains
I love her far horizons
I love her jewel-sea
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me.

Some days later we did experience soaking rains that helped the fire fighters in some areas.
My husband is a volunteer with Search and Rescue and spent one day helping relocating fire
engines and then the next filling sand bags to help with flooding. The trials of Mother Nature.

Wearing a cropped cream and black striped jacket from Anna Thomas , I love its little bows on the sleeves,
an olive green croppped top from Antipodium , purchased from Red Fox, a local recycle store, my black
pants from Moyuru, shoes from Paco Herero and my new bag from Estelio that my son gave me for Christmas.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
and Jess for Elegantly Dressed and Stylish