Monday, 26 September 2016

Black and White Overload

Today was one of those days where nothing I chose to wear seemed to work for me , ( you know the days when half your wardrobe contents end up on the bed ), so as often happens in these times I reverted to my
old favourite black and white combination.

Our old railway yards provided today's backdrop. This area is home to our Museum and University Arts Faculty and in the future will be the full campus of our University as it relocates from its current site. I find
it so encouraging when once abandoned and unused sites are brought back to life for future generations to enjoy.

Wearing a black and white overload from the black and white fedora to the black and white pony print shoes. Everything , except for my black and white spot gloves, has been with me for many moons . The gloves are another find from the little glove shop that just happened to be around the corner from where we stayed in Paris.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday

Monday, 19 September 2016

Spring is in the Air and New Friendships

Spring is in the air in my part of the world and my garden is clothed in all its Spring glory. One of the highlights is this glorious magnolia tree that I planted more than 25 years ago that bursts forth with its
bountiful blooms that fill the air with its subtle fragrance.
The joy of watching my garden come to life again after its Winter dormancy never fades.

The sun was shining and the temperatures were a little milder so I donned my coral shirt coat from Australian
label Ark over some black layers , added a necklace that was a gift from my children many moons ago , some over sized sunnies from Karen Walker and a grey hat that I purchased from a milliner in Paris and I was good to go and enjoy the delights of Spring.

 One of Spring's traditions for my sister and I is to enjoy the flower show , hosted by our local Horticultural Society. Our late mother was a life member of  the Society and we are both keen gardeners so this is a
tradition we plan to continue for many years to come.

These are just a small sample of some of the glorious blooms on show.

On my recent trip to Queensland for my wedding anniversary I was fortunate to meet up with Elizabeth,
who I had connected with through Instagram.Elizabeth lives in Brisbane and we spent a wonderful few
hours together getting to know one another through shared stories, common interests , food and a love of
art . Elizabeth introduced me to GOMA, (Gallery of Modern Art), where these photos were taken in front
of the huge and magnificent , Still Life Coconut and Other Things by Shirana Shahbazi and Sirous Shaghagi.
We also share the same birthday , some connections are just meant to be.
Elizabeth is not only extremely clever in her ability to create such visual joy with her outfits and accessories,
she is a talented seamstress and created the outfit she is wearing the day before our meeting.
Her Instagram is timeless_styling , well worth a visit , always so inspiring.
Thank you Elizabeth , I am sure will meet again .

 Linking with Patti for Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.


Monday, 5 September 2016

Tartan and a Dream Hat

Sometimes things are just meant to be, this red hat had to come home with me recently. I had spied this
hat at a local store way back in March before we headed overseas but as I was saving my pennies I
resisted temptation.To cut a long story short , I peeked inside the store recently and not only was the
hat still waiting for me , the owner offered it to me at a reduced price, I was one happy hat lover.

A short tartan jacket worn over a a fine black wool jumper and paired with black Moyuru pants seemed
the perfect foil for my hat. Black studded gloves and black patent leather brogues complete the outfit.

Later this week I am flying to Noosa in Queensland to join my husband, John, who is driving up , to
celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Where have all those years gone? Our marriage has celebrated
many joyous times together but also endured the sadness of the loss of our daughter, India , from a brain
tumour fifteen years ago. We learned to accept our different ways of grieving and this has made our
marriage stronger as the years have passed.
We share a love of travel and history , although I must admit I am more a fan of busy cities , art galleries,
museums and fashion , while John enjoys outdoor pursuits and is happier in the bush. Embracing our differences and sharing our common interests works for us, well most of the time.
We are planning some more travel in the future and will see where the next path leads.

I had to include this close up showing the details of my hat. It is made by Tasmanian milliner ,
Susan McArthur, who is based in Burnie on our state's Northwest Coast.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
Judith , Style Crone
Hat Attack

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Wednesday Postcard- Museum Guggenheim Bilbao

The Museum Guggenheim in Bilbao in the Basque region in Northern Spain is a spectacular structure made
of titanium ,glass and limestone. Designed by American architect Frank Gehry , the museum opened in 1997
and is situated along the Nervion River in the old industrial heart of the city and has revitalised the city.

Tall Tree and The Eye by Anish Kapoor , consists of 73 spheres anchored around three axes and is made
of carbon and stainless steel.

Shadows by Andy Warhol was on display when we visited , these are just a small sample of the 102 silkscreened canvasses.

The wonderful architecture of the building is showcased on the inside with its curves and
flowing lines.

Maman by Louise Bourgeois is almost 9 metres tall, a most imposing spider.

Puppy by Jeff Koons stands proudly at the entrance to the Museum.

A view of the Museum Guggenheim Bilbao from the opposite river bank. Bilbao was a city full of surprises
and I hope to return again someday to explore it properly.