Sunday, 29 January 2017

Coral in the City Park

Today's photo shoot took place in our City Park, an important part of our small city since it
was established in the 1820's. The cast iron fountain behind me was commissioned to celebrate
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

The building behind me houses Japanese Macaque monkeys a gift to our city from our Sister City,
Ikeda, Japan. The monkey's antics always enjoyed by both little and big people.

I have embarked on a personal styling challenge . My aim is wear a different outfit every day , I can
repeat items just not together. The reason for my challenge is that since not working on a regular basis I find myself just wearing the same things on rotation unless I am going out and about.
Time for a change of thinking and playing again with my clothes on a daily basis.
Today's outfit a reflection of my challenge , the coral coat was purchased a few years ago for my
nephew's wedding  but is now worn more casually with my grey and cream cotton Moyuru cotton pants , a white tank top and a black vest from Sarah Paccini.

Also time to play with shoes , these are by Fly London , made in Portugal that I purchased last May
in Lisbon , Portugal. Every wear brings happy memories of a wonderful few days in that glorious city. I so hope both the shoes and I can return someday. Cream and black necklace and bangles and sunnies complete the look.

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Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb


Monday, 23 January 2017

Re-purposing in Red

Re-purposing items I have owned for some time that tend to linger in my closet taking up space is always an ongoing project , albeit sometimes a challenge for a non-sewer like me.
Today I had some fun re-purposing this red cocktail dress into something more my style today.

I still loved the colour , my orange red so hard to find, but frankly it was too small these days and even if that weren't an issue it was too short with a scoopy neck and way too low at the front. So an
over dress or vest was born and I must admit to being pleased with the result.

My black and silver Moyuru skirt billows underneath , along with a plain black Paula Ryan top .
Red silk espadrilles from many Summers past , bangles and black and white necklace are today's
accessories. My little bejeweled and tasell hat is from Tasmanian milliner Susan McMahon who
creates some of the most beautiful millinery .

Another example of re-purposing discovered recently was this early stone building , built about 1820,
that was part of our states convict history. It is on an early property named Sommercotes , that now grows and sells the most beautiful cherries . This building is now a cafe and cherry shop , re-purposing at its delicious best.

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Catherine for #iwillwearwhatIlike
Jess at Turning Heads Tuesday

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Neutrals, Stripes and Tasmanian History

On a drive by the Tamar River , not far from where I live , we stopped by this lovely church, a part
of our Tasmanian history. Auld Kirk was built between 1843 and 1844 by both convict and free
labour and is still a big part of the community today.

 Timeless neutrals seemed perfect to take in some local history. I discovered this beige and white
Basler cotton jacket at a local recycle store a while ago and must admit to being rather pleased
with its shape and finishing touches, it has gorgeous shell like buttons. I know beige gets a rather
bad wrap as being bland and boring but for me it will always play a part in my wardrobe. Wear what
you like and what suits you I say.

The jacket was paired with Moyaru pants that are a darker blue with a black and tan stripe and
light brown suede slingbacks from many seasons ago that sadly get few outings these days due
to the heel height, oh how easy it is to get out of the way of wearing heels. My hat is another old
favourite from Crochetta , purchased in Sydney long ago .I also wore cream vintage clip on earrings,
a necklace and my usual sunnies.

On another note , more overseas travel in the pipeline, we are off to Japan in mid March , so much
planning to be done but to say I am a little excited would be an understatement.If anyone has travelled there any ideas would be most welcome.

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Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

#iwillwearwhatilike with Catherine
at Not Dressed as Lamb


Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year- No Resolutions

A New Year has begun and with it the usual thoughts on resolutions full of good intentions, that for
me anyway, last about a week if I'm lucky so this year no lists of New Year Resolutions . Instead I plan to be mindful and grateful for every day and appreciate the people in my life and the joys we share.

Apologies for my absence from blogging land over the last two weeks . My excuse , a combination of the usual Christmas madness and following my son as he ran in a series of Athletic Carnivals held over the Christmas /NewYear in various parts of our state. (He is in green).

Spreading my wings in this new top by Viktoria & Woods, a Christmas gift from my husband , it is
designed and made in Australia and a soft, pure cotton. The designers statement very much echoes many of my own sentiments , "' Our approach is to create effortless wardrobe staples with a contemporary feel and luxe vibe that are timeless.We embrace textiles that leave a lighter footprint
on the planet whenever possible and the integrity of how and where our product is made remains a passionate focus".

The bush background echoes the licorice black of my old faithful Moyuru pants that were perfect
with my new top. I also added a muti-strand pearly and black necklace that I have worn and loved for more years than I care to remember, sunnies from Karen Walker and bronze platform shoes by Robert Clergerie,

My little hat was a very generous Christmas gift from Pretty Woman Clothing Boutique , here in
Launceston. I do love how with its feathery adornment on the back , you look as good leaving as you do coming. One hope for 2017 is that my hat collection will continue to grow, this is a wonderful start, thank you Anna.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year

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Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb
Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack