Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Black Ruffles and Animal Print Accessories


Playing in the park in black ruffles and animal print accessories. My black wool ruffled jacket by
New Zealand designer Paula Ryan was purchased last year at a local consignment shop and is worn
over a black knit and paired with my favourite Moyuru pants.The animal prints consist of a vintage hat , a rare online purchase from Ruby Lane a couple of years ago when our Aussie dollar was
better against the US dollar , leopard print gloves purchased in Melbourne many Winters ago and Preen sunnies .


 The chance of me climbing in these boots from Estilo Emporio boots is rather unlikely but hey are made for walking. My vintage bag ,from The Vintage Red Fox, that has been featured on the blog previously, completed the outfit.

 I have been giving much thought lately to the joy of dressing for myself and what that really means in my day to day life. I have come to the conclusion that dressing in a way that pleases me is important for my well being on so many different levels.

 I was honoured to be included in a post by Natalia of In the Writers Closet titled "She-roes from around the Globe ". We are all very different in style but to quote Natalia "they share a love of colour,
good design, fun and thoughtful accessories, slow fashion and often vintage or secondhand clothes.
And another thing they have in common is that each of them has her own , unique,  truly individual and absolutely unrepeatable sense of style."'

Winter dressing is my favourite , all those layers , the hats, the gloves , the boots , they suit my own take on structured style. Spring is around the corner , as the first rhododendron suggests, so time to
play in my closet , I hope to add more colour this year.

 Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.
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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Mixing it up in Black



 Winter is slowly edging toward Spring in my part of the world . Time to play in my closet and mix
it up a bit with items that have not had an outing for quite some time.

My black Moyuru skirt once again the perfect starting point, I knew this skirt was an absolute gem and has surely earned its place in my wardrobe.Don't you just love it when your instincts are spot on. 

 This black leather jacket from Australian designers George Gross and Harry Ho has been lurking in
my closet for several years . It has a jewel like stud on each tiny square and at certain angles they catch the light and shine. On reflection I still am rather fond of this jacket so maybe it will come out
to play more frequently.

 My black suede ankle boots with their crystal studded zipper are from Fiordiluma and have been
with me for many years , so long they probably be considered vintage. They are now special occasion only, as sadly, the heel is a little high for me to wear yet alone walk in for too long but they are a bit special so they will stay.

To add to the sparkly theme I added this little purple veiled hat with its glitzy centre adornment.

Joining ( all be it a little late) Patti for Visible Monday , Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
and 
Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack


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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Wattle Time

 It's Wattle blooming time in Tasmania , not only are they are a joy to behold with their sunny yellow
flowers they herald in the last official month of Winter. It has become a bit of a ritual for us to visit
a relatively nearby State Recreational Park in Wattle time for a photoshoot.

 The vibrant yellow of the blooms make the perfect backdrop for my gloves with their colourful finger detail, these are the gloves I found in Lisbon, Portugal last year and bring happy memories of a magical week in Lisbon.

 New brogues found last week for half price at a small local show store, a miracle for me I rarely strike it lucky in end of year sales.

Enjoying my natural surroundings and embracing the changing seasons is certainly something I am more aware of now than in my younger years, I guess time plays a factor here. When we are young
and working and playing hard this is something taken for granted.
My recent Japan trip in Cherry Blossom season certainly opened my eyes to the appreciation of the
joys of nature to the Japanese people and the huge role it plays in the enjoyment of life.

For my Wattle viewing I wore a Marlene Birger leopard print wool top over a black knit, Moyuru pants, Ted Baker hat, sunnies Preen , gloves from Lisbon and Diego and Juliette brogues.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Winter Layers With a Nod to the Great Gadsby

Enjoying Winter sunshine in my Winter layers , with a nod to the era of the Great Gadsby.


The area that today's photos were taken is Royal Park by the Tamar River , originally the site of a
military barracks . The area was redeveloped as a parkland in the late 1800's . A boardwalk along the riverside was added at the turn of the century. I can see the ladies dressed in their finery strolling along that boardwalk.

My Winter layers consist of items from my closet that have been seen on the blog over several Winters. I have learnt over the years to only buy what I love and will continue to do so for many seasons to come. The slow fashion movement is alive and well in my closet.
I am wearing a wool jacket from Lisa Ho , an Australian designer sadly no longer in business, Moyuru skirt , Studded leather gloves, furry wrap, hat by Caterina Lucci that I have worn for about 25 years and ankle boots .


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Monday, 17 July 2017

Red for Christmas in July

 What to wear for a car club run in the country and a Christmas in July lunch at a country pub . The obvious choice for me was red with leopard touches - always a favourite of mine.

 Christmas in July is a bit of a local tradition , no doubt started by homesick English folk that felt the cool weather in July is much more suitable for eating heavier Christmas fare . Maybe it just is an excuse to dress your pub in as much Christmas kitsch as is possible. Whatever the reason it was a great drive in the country and an enjoyable lunch with friends.
 After lunch we ventured further afield to a Forest Reserve that was completely new to me but a special spot for John and his family . Fortunately I had sneakers in the car, red suede and bush tracks don't mix. A relatively short walk through the bush to a forest lookout revealed quite a stunning sight  known as the Alumn Cliffs Gorge.

Leaning against an enormous wooden sculpture installation- Soulevement-Triangulaire,pont de vue, that shows three physical reference points.
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Monday, 10 July 2017

A Velvet Capelet

I have always loved the luxury of velvet and had been searching for a capelet for what seems an eternity, so when I stumbled across this little number in a local vintage store I knew we were perfect
for each other.  The flocking on the velvet and its satin bow added to the allure for me.

I envisage the capelet worn with so many different colours but for its first outing I teamed it with my
black Moyuru skirt and a wool knit top. For some colour I added my orange leather gloves , from Paris last year , a vintage orange hat , black booties and a Spencer and Rutherford tulip bag.

 I  have a confession to make , my love of accessories seems to becoming an obsession .I simply can't
resist adding to my collection at every opportunity- fortunately usually from thrift or recycle stores.
The good thing about accessories , they don't date or wear out and they always fit. We all need a hobby don't we. I have recently turned my son's old bedroom into , as my husband refers to it," a whacking great walk in wardrobe." More collecting to come for sure-well I must use the space.

 A reminder of Spring - only three months to wait for tulip time- I have had this bag from Spencer and Rutherford for several years and it always makes me smile.

I love this orange velvet vintage hat , another purchase from the hat collection of a lady who owns a local bric-a-brac shop,even though it does remind you of a brain.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

A Trip Down Memory Lane

 Today's post is a trip down memory lane for me , a visit to the town of Evandale where I attended
Primary School so many moons ago. The town has embraced its history in recent times and now attracts many tourists . It is home to the National Penny Farthing Championships and attracts riders
from all around the world.

 Sitting outside the Ingleside Bakery , in my school days this was the local hall and the scene of many
Speech Nights and School Concerts ,no doubt complete with daggy costumes and off key singing .
 The main street with its beautifully restored buildings and homes on a peaceful Winter Monday morning.The shop above was the place to go for sweets and milkshakes and I was thrilled to see the inside lovingly restored.
 For my trip down memory lane I chose a new cream jacket from Moyuru which I teamed with a black skirt , also by Moyuru , black leather gloves and black patent leather shoes.
 This little black vintage hat is a new purchase from a local bric-a-brac store. The lady who owns the store is an avid collector and is now selling some of the hats she bought over many years simply because she loved them but never wore them. I am now the proud owner of a few hats from her collection and will most definitely love and wear them.
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Monday, 26 June 2017

Winter Solstice in Purple

  To celebrate the Winter Solstice I donned my Ted Baker purple wool peplum jacket and black leather skirt and headed to the skate park at Royal Park to check out the latest street art or graffiti , depending on your point of view.


Not quite sure about this one but the pink and black worked well against the purple and it is so much better than the dull grey concrete block wall than it is painted on.
Life is fairly quiet here at present , plenty of time to read , potter and plan future projects.

 
The jacket has a colourful, silky lining - I do like a garment that is as good on the inside as the outside.

 This feathery, velvet hat is one I purchased at a small village in Portugal on my travels last year. The
joy of wearable souvenirs, memories at every wear.

 Winter and boots the perfect match - I have had these suede and fur Aquatalia booties for several Winter's and they remain favourites.

 Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
and Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb .

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Wedding Skirt Does Winter

 When I purchased this Sarah Puccini skirt for my son's wedding in February last year I envisioned many ways to style the skirt so it would not be just sitting in my closet waiting for a formal occasion,a scarce occurrence in my world.This is the skirt's first Winter outing and I must admit to being rather pleased with how everything came together.

 The skirt was paired with a black fine wool jumper , long black leather gloves, black boots by Paco Herero several Winters old , I am so pleased this toe shape is back again and just proves you should never get rid of things as fashion is so fickle . My black hat has also been with me for many a Winter and was purchased at a sadly, long gone local hat shop.I topped the outfit with a black wool , furry edged shawl. The shawl was originally a much longer wrap,that I recently has shortened, as I never wore it in its original form it was way too long and heavy . I now have the shawl and a scarf , so much more practical to wear.


Apologies for being missing in action for the last two weeks. My first week was planned as I was attending to a long overdue matter that needed my full physical and emotional strength, the second not at all , these photos were taken last week but when the time came for my post I sat at my computer at the ready but could not enter text and what is a blog without text. So after a frustrating week that very much challenged my lack of tech expertise a trip to Hobart fortunately arose and with the help of my son the blog now uses a different browser and the problem was solved, still no idea why this happened , the joy of computers and me.

Joining , finally, Patti for Visible, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb
for #iwillwearwhatilike and Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack.

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Dream Another Dream


The title for today's post is taken from a poem by Patience Strong , an English poet and writer.
I uncovered a little book of her poems dating back to 1951 recently in a box of my mother's things
when sorting out the loft. The words of this particular poem resonated with me at this point in time.
" We do not always get the things we wanted most of all - but something else is given in its place.
We leave the road we started on ; we hear another call-and find there is another path to trace.
We think we know what's best for us, we plot and plan and scheme-to reach the shining goal we have in view-but oftentimes we find we have to dream another dream.



I must admit to being very unsettled since my trip to both Japan and then to Adelaide . I know this
will pass in time as I continue to search for a new purpose and direction.
Today's outfit is a mixture of items from my closet ,that have featured on the blog previously, just not together and on viewing the results possibly not again.Oh well , win some, loose some.


 I must admit to being rather pleased with my red Ara suede boots with the black and white spot tights, they are from several seasons ago and so very comfortable. Sadly the local shoe shop they are from will be closing shortly , no doubt to be replaced with another boring chain store.


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