Monday, 16 July 2018

Winter Browns- Oldies but Goodies

 Today's outfit started with this vintage chocolate brown Kangol beret, a recent purchase from a local recycled clothing store. The other items are all oldies but goodies from many Winters ago. The taupe wool jacket with its embroidery and covered buttons is from Lisa Ho , one of my favourite Aussie designer over the years but no longer in business and the spotted top is by Marlene Birger and the wool skirt is from Verge, a New Zealand company.

I wore this outfit to meet my sister-in-law at the airport on her return from Niger in West Africa, where she had been teaching for the last year. The flight was delayed so we decided to have coffee while we waited. No problem you would think but things had changed at our local airport and to enter the waiting area you pass through security. No real problem but the skirt has an attached belt with metal clasps thus setting off the metal alarms. Much to my husband's amusement I had to be fully searched , note to self never wear this skirt to travel.

A closeup of the beret reveals the reason I fell  for it, I can never resist a tassel yet alone two. 
You can also see a little more of the jacket details , the roses and leaves , and my button necklace.

 My Winter garden is now coming to life with some of my favourites . The pink japonica blooms faithfully every year and adds some much needed colour. This japonica and a white one attract the birds and we have the same species of small birds that I think may be a type of honey eater that I look forward to seeing each Winter.

The snowdrops are poking their heads through the fallen leaves, it is never cold enough for snow here.

Joining Patti at Visible Monday , Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.


Monday, 9 July 2018

Playing Tourist and an Animale Suit

Firstly , an apology for the absence of last weeks post due to a couple of things , a bout of the dreaded Winter lurgy and ten days of relief work in a local card and giftware shop. The timing of the Winter lurgy could not have been worse but I had a commitment to keep and I was working with a dear friend in a not too stressful environment with very understanding customers, particularly important as I lost my voice at one stage.
Anyway onto more pleasant happenings and a drive in a sports car on a beautiful Winter's day .

Campbell Town is one of those places we have driven through countless times , maybe stopping for coffee and a loo break , but never really taking the time to explore properly. It is situated on our states main highway halfway between my home town and Hobart , our capital city, so you are either in a hurry to get to Hobart or going home. After a car club run here about 6 weeks ago we decided an explore was long overdue.
The Foxhunters Return is a fine example of a Georgian coaching inn , built in 1840 , providing shelter and refreshments to many weary travellers in earlier times. It is now a private residence with an excellent bookshop housed in the cellars.

Now to the Animale suit , an unexpected find in what can only be described as a collectors paradise or a junk shop depending on your perspective , back in May. It was Mothers Day and my sister and I were returning home after our ritual of taking flowers to remember our mother and grandmother when we came across the store in what was the old hotel.  After a quick peek at the various books and general wares my eye was drawn to a couple of racks of clothing. I very soon discovered this gem , which fortunately happened to be my size and as it cost a whole $4.00 it just had to come home.

Animale is a French designed label , made in Indonesia, that I knew from when it was stocked by a local boutique (that sadly is no longer). I had always admired their designs and attention to detail.
The pockets and buttons on the jacket and the added detail on the skirt make the suit far from dull, although I am not really a suit girl I rather like this one and its Edwardian vibe.

Back to playing tourist , the Red Bridge was convict built in 1838 and is the oldest surviving brick arch bridge in Australia, as well as being the oldest bridge on the National Highway.

These tree carvings , done by a local craftsman , depict themes relating to the local area. It was good to finally seeing these closer after driving past them so many times.

Today's finishing touches include my favourite Helen Kaminski hat, black and white leather gloves purchased at a Paris glove shop last trip , a felt flower pin and Chanel sunnies.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Fashion Friday Linkup.


Monday, 25 June 2018

Dark Florals, A Yellow Bag and a River

 Dark florals , a yellow bag and a river , what do these have in common , well nothing really just a happy coincidence. I had chosen the dark floral velvet jacket and added the bright yellow bag for contrast and set off on a drive to take today's photos. We had arrived at the chosen spot only to discover that I had neglected to put the SD card in the camera , normally I do check but not today.After a short drive to the nearest store , SD card installed , a closer location was chosen by the Tamar River. Note to self ALWAYS check the camera in future.

The dark floral velvet by Kenzo was a special purchase last October in Melbourne , when I met up with several friends to visit the Dior Exhibition. I discovered it at Shag, a recycled clothing store , that was suggested by Suzi a Melbourne local who is also a stylist. I have been waiting patiently to wear the jacket since it came home . I am not really a floral girl but have always held a special spot for dark florals and it is velvet.

 Now to the yellow bag , it is made by an Italian artisan maker Desiree Lupi and I must admit I fell for the colour. The bag also comes with a story , I purchased it from Il Pavone , a store owned by a friend that I was also working at on a casual basis. Long story short after a few months the store sadly  was no more as the business took a new direction and I was once again retired.

Reflections on the river on a clear Winter day always take some beating. I am not a boating person but I certainly can see the attraction.

 Life has been fairly quiet here of late and I must admit to becoming rather lax but I have given myself a good talking to . It is just too easy in Winter to spend the day in my comfy workout gear with no makeup and not venturing out the door. My new mantra is to make an effort regardless , even just to spend time in the garden. Maybe I need to take daily outfit shots to encourage me , not necessarily to post. I will update on that outcome.

 Linking with Patti for Not Dead Style, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb , Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fashion Friday Linkup.

P.S. A big thank you for your advice re my commenting issue. Still mulling over changing to Wordpress.


Monday, 18 June 2018

Purple in the Winter Garden

Winter is in full force in my part of the world , it was a frosty , clear morning just perfect for a few quick shots in my garden in its Winter glory. My Ted Baker purple peplum jacket was just the thing to warm a chilly morning.I have had this jacket for several Winters now and love both its style and colour.Purple is not really a colour I wear often but every time I venture out in this jacket I receive kind compliments.

Wearing this outfit today made me reflect on an item I came across on Instagram recently about repeating the outfits you love and the impact this would have on our rampant consumerism and the need for something brand new for every occasion. I find I am buying very little retail these days , far preferring to find treasures at recycling stores and sometimes thrift shops or op shops as they are known here. Wearing the same outfits with different accessories to ring the changes has always been my way. I have never really been one that just has to have a new outfit for every occassion or season.
I have never felt the need for this to change since I began blogging either. Case in point the photo above was posted in June 2014, same jacket and skirt , different hat, shoes and necklace.

Once again repeated in Winter 2016 and Winter 2017 with different finishing touches and hair styles and colour. 

On quite a different note I am in need of advice . I have been made aware that commenting on my blog has been troublesome for some of late and I am considering changing from blogger to Wordpress. This is a little complicated as it would involve a slight name change for the blog from Grownupglamour (as one word) to Grownup-Glamour , not really sure if this is such a big deal.Also due to my total lack of any technical skills I would need to have this done for me. I guess I am weighing up the financial outlay too. Many thanks in advance for any advice.

 The outfit consists of the Ted Baker Jacket, Jump skirt, sparkly belt, Fillies hat and booties by Brenda Zaro.
Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.


Monday, 11 June 2018

Cream, Black and Animal Print In a Country Lane

 A public holiday Monday seemed just right for a drive in the country and maybe take some blog photos along the way. Setting out from home the sun was shining but this was not to last and soon the rain was falling. We changed our route to head toward home and then fortunately the rain cleared and we happened upon this stone wall and entrance lane to a property named Logan.

 The long drive was edged with the most magnificent oak trees , still shedding their Autumn leaves.
I am guessing the oak trees have stood there for many years as most of the rural properties in this area date from the early to mid 1800's.

John and I have had a couple of busy days traveling to Hobart to help our son, Zac and his wife, Sarah move into their new home near the beach.
It is a special time in our family as Zac and Sarah are expecting their first baby later in the year.

 I must admit to being rather excited about becoming a grandmother for the first time and the joy of meeting a new little person.

 Today's outfit for a drive in the country consists of a black Paula Ryan knit teamed with black Nicola Waite pants , topped with a vintage rabbit fur vest that I really bought for its lucite clasp but as it is so warm and snuggly   it will have many outings as Winter sets in.
The finishing touches are red, black and leopard brogues from Diego and Juliette , purchased on sale at the end of last Winter, favourite leopard print and black leather gloves, an animal print vintage beret purchased online through Ruby Lane , a while ago when our dollar had a more favourable exchange rate, clip on earrings from a thrift shop and Preen sunnies.

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


Monday, 4 June 2018

Native Point in Blacks and a Chartreuse Hat

 Native Point is a small nature reserve by the Tamar River and a spot I have used on previous occasions. The artistic side of me enjoys the play of more dressier clothing against the bush setting.
Today it was the perfect spot to wear some of my favourite black pieces and a charteuse hat.

I purchased this chartreuse hat from Tanith Rowan , an Australian milliner based in the Blue Mountains. Tanith has a love of vintage and this is reflected in her designs.The shape and style of this hat and the fact that it was in my favourite chartreuse colour convinced me that it had to be mine.
Nothing like a statement hat to raise the spirits during the Winter was also a thought that ran through my mind as I pressed the buy button to purchase the hat through Etsy. I am so glad I did, it is a most welcome addition to my Winter hat collection.

No secret that black is an all time favourite of mine , especially when I am playing with texture.
The basis of today's blacks is this full leather skirt , from a local recycled clothing store, that has made several blog appearances and a Paula Ryan knit that has kept me warm for many Winters.
Adding to the textural element was a Mongolian lamb wrap , that is so warm and the belt above ,both recycle purchases . I am so enjoying being able to find interesting pieces that otherwise would be beyond my budget.

Black ankle boots from Estilio Emporio that were from a local store named La Cigalle , that sadly is now closed. The owner , Katie , a colourful French woman, amassed an eclectic collection of stock from all around the world. The store stocked homewares , gift lines , jewellery and fashion and accessories.

Joining Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb for #iwillwearwhatilike, Jessica for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.


Sunday, 27 May 2018

Velvet Love

 I have recently re-kindled a past love- no not the extra marital kind- but my love of velvet. The luxury and plushness of the fabric has once again cast its spell on me.It all started last year firstly with a black velvet capelet followed with a vintage black jacket. The collection was added to firstly with this vintage burgundy men's smoking cap with its lush woven embroidery. I am not 100% sure of its age but suspect possibly Victorian. It must have been made for quite a small gent as its snug on me and I have quite a small head size.

 My second purchase was this 1950's wool jacket with the most glorious aubergine velvet shawl collar. The jacket carries a label that tells me it was made by Silvia Car and Kerloze - Melbourne and London. The jacket is not in perfectly pristine condition with a couple of small mends and few marks on the velvet but for me that only adds to its character and makes me wonder of the life its had.

 The back of the jacket with that glorious collar , the main reason the jacket came home.

 The full outfit , the hat and jacket paired with my old favourite skirt , black boots and bronze and tassel earrings , bought in Barcelona two years ago, long black Dents gloves.

 I stumbled across this green velvet coat quite a while ago and have been waiting for cooler weather for it to make its debut.I am not quite sure of its vintage , possibly late 1950's , but just loved the colour and style. It also has a magnificent large collar and is just so lush to wear. The coat is Australian made and the label tells me it is from Le Monde Modes and is made from Niedeck Brilliant Velvet , which claims to be crease resistant , water repellant, dirt resistant and washable and contains silicon. No doubt this was quite revolutionary for its time.
The quality of the velvet in these vintage pieces is so much better than the cheap modern alternatives.
I am so happy finding these pieces and re-kindling my love of velvet.

Today's photos were taken in my garden on a fine, cool morning . After the colourful,exuberance of Spring and Summer I enjoy the garden as it settles into its Winter dormant time.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Head Tuesday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb,Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.


Monday, 21 May 2018

Winter Layers and Painted Poles

 Winter is fast approaching here, the perfect opportunity to don my Winter layers and revisit Lilydale, a pretty little town that in recent times has attracted craftspeople and artists. The town has now become known as the 'Home of the Painted Poles' as many of the towns telegraph poles have been painted by 30 local volunteers and artists. The murals on the poles depict local scenes and people involved in the towns history.
 I know for many Winter is not a favourite but I quite enjoy our Winters and the chance to revisit my collection of coats, scarves, boots, gloves and hats. The fact that our Winter is relatively mild , with daytime temperatures rarely below 10C, most definately helps.
 I had noticed the poles above on my last drive through Lilydale. Which was in fact only yesterday on an MG Car Club run . We were passing through on our way to Bridport were we had a very enjoyable lunch . Back to the poles , they are in fact an ANZAC Memorial , recently unveiled in time for ANZAC Day on April 25th. On several of the poles are photographs and information about local soldiers who died in WW1. Imagine my surprise to find a photo and details of my great uncle Frank Barlow , who was killed in battle at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915.

 Continuing on the local artist theme is this ceramic wall plaque featuring Tasmanian flora and fauna.In fact peeking out from behind my shoulder is the Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger ,sadly now considered extinct.
Today's outfit is a mixture of pieces from my wardrobe and new to me vintage. The starting point was a black Moyuru dress and black knit , topped by a sort of coat by Style Butler with chain and fur edging, it is a wool mix with mottled colours in creams and black.Brown pointy toe boots by Lloyd , leopard print and leather gloves , a furry vintage scarf and a vintage hat are the finishing touches.I found this vintage hat in Melbourne last October and have been itching to wear it. It is a wonderful felt with bronze shiny bits and the label is Lit Bros, Philladelphia.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday,Nancy for Fancy Friday Linkup.