Sunday, 7 October 2018

New For Summer

  I have been a very naughty girl this past week, not only purchasing this new Moyuru check skirt but also this wonderful poets blouse and vest. The Moyuru skirt is the one I mentioned last week that I found in Hobart, that I fell for instantly. Much the same can be said for the M.Dainty blouse and vest.
I spied them in a local store that I was visiting with a dear friend, who insisted I try them on and as they say the rest is history.

How could I leave them, they are black and white , designed in Australia and of the finest fabrics, especially the shirt , it is a fine cotton and they will work with all my wardrobe so will become favourites for many years to come.

 The shirt also has the best sleeves and the vest an interesting cross over back.

 Experience has taught me not to leave things you love because you will miss out. In my small city the places I do shop retail only ever get one or two of each garment , unlike major chain stores with never ending supplies.

The skirt is a definite winner for me with its two tiered hemline, interesting shape and , not to mention it has pockets, what more could a girl want.
I also have a wide variety of black and white bangles to pair them with . The other finishing touches are vintage earrings , black sunnies and my Trippen sandals.

 Finishing this post with a couple of the early roses in my garden. I was rather pleased when they bloomed early for me as I will miss many of my roses this year as we are away in Europe.
I know I will be visiting many wonderful gardens , including Monet's garden at Giverney that I saw in its Spring glory last time so am looking forward to its Autumn colours.
I plan to post while I am away , as long as the internet and technical goblins don't have other ideas, so those posts may be more travel than style or maybe both.

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


Monday, 1 October 2018

Neutrals In The Botanical Gardens

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are the second oldest in Australia , established in 1818, and to celebrate their bi-centenary they are awash with Spring colour.
So as to not upstage Mother Nature I dressed in neutrals ( not really they just appealed that morning).

 Tulips have long been a Spring favourite of mine for their vibrant colours. I have a few in my garden that make an appearance each year but nothing compares to a mass planting of them in single colours.

 The gardens are in Hobart , our states capital city , and the city where my eldest son and daughter-in-law call home. We drove down to catch up with them both before we head off overseas next week.
After a lovely lunch with our son Zac at Dacci and Dacci , a French styled cafe , John and I headed into the city centre for a quick wander. John was on the lookout for new boots but came away empty handed. I, on the other hand , came home with a new Moyuru skirt. All will be revealed in a further post, suffice to say I am thrilled and know it will be on high rotation.

 Now back to the garden tour , this arch was built for the 150th. anniversary in 1968. The camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons were right at their peak flowering .

Looking out over this pond at the gardens brings back memories of times past with my children and watching the antics of the resident ducks. It really does seem like yesterday that I was there with little Zac, soon to become a father for the first time. My next visit here to visit the ducks will be with a new generation and more happy memories will be made, the circle continues.

Today's neutrals are old favourites, a Paule Ka cardigan, Moyuru skirt, Fly London shoes, Preen sunnies and black boater.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday,Nancy for Fancy Friday Linkup.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Going Japanese - Sort Of

Going Japanese- sort of- in this haori jacket and my old favourite Moyuru skort. A haori is a kimono jacket traditionally worn over over the kimono and obi sash. I have long admired kimonos on others but was never really sure how they would work for me , that is until I spied this one at a local recycle store late last Summer.

Not being tall and willowy the shorter version seemed a good choice for me and I know as Spring becomes Summer I will have some fun paring it with different things. I can see it with wide leg pants and longer skirts. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

 I must admit I fell for the wonderfully patterned fabric and these wonderful sleeves. Another bonus was the beautiful cream silk lining , don't you love a two in one.

 Spring has arrived in full force with some warm and sunny days , I have been spending quite a bit of time in my garden getting things in some sort of order before we leave for Europe in a couple of weeks. I also have been trying to work out my clothing for my six week trip, a bit tricky as it will be both warm and cold, so many layering items will be packed. Shoes are the perennial problem , comfort as well as stylish is the only way to go. How many always the question.

Wearing a genuine haori, Moyuru skort, Trippen sandals, Karen Walker sunnies, bangles and beads, recycled.
Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Fancy Friday Linkup.


Monday, 17 September 2018

Spring Blossoms In The Pink

The beauty of Spring Blossoms in all their pink glory is always a sight to behold. These pink beauties are the star of the show in the garden of my sister Lyn. We both inherited our love of creating gardens from our late mother.

Berry tones and grey were my colour choice for today's outfit. Starting with the grey silk trench style coat from Ginger and Smart worn over a grey knit from Lisa Ho, that is many moons old but I love its row of pearl grey buttons. I topped the coat with a berry velvet capelet , my first purchase from a small Melbourne designer Mickey in the Van. I must admit that maybe in hindsight as much as I love the colour it may have been a mistake as I really have very little in my wardrobe to pair this with.
My other berry element was my Kikomarina skirt , a recycle find some time ago.

My token pink item is the dusty pink Helen Kaminski hat, an old favourite that has been with me for many a Winter.

I always find that Spring is a time of renewal on so many levels and happily ponder the changes that a new season brings. I have a few things on my list that I hope to do, revisit my Spanish language classes that I did many years , take some photography classes to improve my skills and learn more editing , more travel is on the radar and some volunteering , where not quite sure yet .
On another note I have decided to stop colouring my hair and see where I it takes me , just as well I enjoy hats and head wraps , I see many in my future during the growing out process.

Halfway through taking the photos the rain arrived and out came my hot pink and black umbrella.
Spring rain is always welcome as it prepares the garden for the possibly warm, dry Summer.
We are lucky here in Tasmania as we have had Winter rain unlike many areas of Australia that are suffering drought conditions.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb for #iwillwearwhatilike
and Nancy for Fancy Friday Linkup.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Where Does The Time Go?

 Do you ever find yourself asking the question - where did that time go? . I know I certainly do and even more so as the years flash by. Tomorrow , September 11th., is my 42nd wedding anniversary and I have really no idea where those years have gone.

 It really does seem like yesterday that John and I were this young couple walking down the aisle about to begin our life together.
You can tell it was in the 70's , my gown was a magnolia coloured satin and John' s suit was brown velvet worn with a cream satin shirt with the pointiest collar. I still have no idea what possessed me
to have my hair permed- it was a shocker. My bridesmaids wore apricot satin and the men also wore brown velvet with apricot shirts and brown ties.
We were married in our local Uniting church(mainly to please my mother) and our reception was held at a nearby wedding reception centre.

 I met John at a twenty first birthday party for a girl I was working with at the time, he was the drummer in the band playing. We met in November 1973 , the photo above was taken at a dinner , not sure of the details now but it may have been a Kodak Christmas function.
John was a little older than me, drove an MGB sports car,  had a university degree and was so much more sophisticated than my former boyfriends. Needless to say I was smitten.

 Revisting the site of our first date, the Batman Bridge. John collected me in his MG and after a leisurely drive we stopped here for a picnic by the river. I still remember being very impressed when he produced a bottle of wine and wine glasses. I know how this sounds but I was a young, rather naive girl from a small town.

Our marriage , as all long marriages do, has had its share of joys and sadness . We have seen our sons grow into fine young men , had the joy of welcoming a beautiful daughter-in-law into our family and fairly soon we will have a little grandson to spoil.
We also endured the sadness of a brain tumour diagnosis for our little girl , India , followed by the heartache of her passing. We learned to accept that we all grieve in our own way and our memories hold a special place in our heart.

 John and I share a love of travel , discovering new places both in our state , mainland Australia and overseas. In fact this is one thing we bonded on from the start. At the time I was working two jobs to save for my first overseas trip, I waited a couple of years and we went together, touring Europe in a VW camper van, returning home overland via Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Our next overseas trip was to the U.S. , Mexico and Canada and back to the U.K. . I also went to South America , while John went skiing in both the U.S. and Canada and did an Outward Bound course in Colorado.
Maybe, this is the secret to our marriage's longevity , shared interests as well as time doing our own thing.

Today's outfit is a red leather Caroline Moore jacket over a bright print Nicola Waite top and a Moyuru skirt. Paired with red clipon earrings, red vintage cap, black and white Preen sunnies, navy patent leather and velvet shoes by Neo.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack , Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fashion Friday Link Up.


Sunday, 2 September 2018

Pattern Play To Start Spring

Spring has officially arrived and to start the new season I am determined to play a little with pattern mixing, I know graphic and spots is not wildly imaginative but we all have start somewhere.

Nothing like a playground to release the inner child, especially when it just happens to match your outfit. Sometimes , life gets a bit too serious and the simple pleasures of playing and exploring are overlooked. 

 Today's outfit consists of a graphic black and white top from Paula Ryan, Moyuru black and white spot pants from last Summer, a red wool long vest that I have had for so long I have no idea of its origins , mixed red, black and black and white bangles and Clomp brogues .(the pattern is actually black, white and red eyes).

Things here are fairly busy at present with quite a bit to be done in my garden, the finishing touches to our upcoming trip and of course I have to plan my travel wardrobe and I am doing a few hours a week at a local card and gift store. 

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


Monday, 27 August 2018

Late Winter and Off The Beaten Track

After a relatively mild Winter , Spring has arrived early in my garden. This bright pink Camellia Reticulata with its huge, ruffled blooms always puts on quite a show .

Each year I look forward to this pink Magnolia in full bloom , it is a magnificent sight and heralds the return of Spring and Summer.

This last week has been one of lessons learned, firstly don't go to the hairdresser when you are feeling not 100% in the hope it will cheer you up . You would think by now I really should know better by now. The hair is O K but darker than I like and a tad too short but it will grow and colour can be changed .
Secondly, when you are advised by your GP to take vitamin D as your levels are low do take them religiously not just hit and miss as is my want. After an Xray to determine the case of back and hip pain , the results came back as expected age related wear and tear but also early Osteopenia in my spine. Better late than never I am taking that vitamin D .

Enjoying the fragrance of the jonquils with Raffy , also wearing his Winter white.
My outfit is a mix of old favourites , the black and cream skirt from Verge , black Paula Ryan knit, cream Moyuru jacket , black and cream wool beret and a selection of black and cream bangles.

Finishing this post with a few shots taken in the Central Highlands , a rather remote area of our state, popular for bush walking and fishing. John is about to undertake a compass walk here with  SES and
was doing a "recce", I came along for the ride and a short walk around Pine Lake.

Yes, it was freezing cold and my walk was on duck board not through the bush, a girl has her limits.

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


Monday, 13 August 2018

A Few Of My Favourite Things

As I penned the title for this post I had that famous song by Julie Andrews from Sound of Music continually running through my brain (boy does that date me as it was way back in 1959).

As much as I do love "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens"( the first line from the song) , my favourite things involve spending time with friends and family and putting outfits together for the occasion . My black and white layers were my choice for an MG Car Club run in the country followed by an enjoyable lunch at a riverside restaurant. The day was cool with threatening rain so it was a tops up sports car day.

Black and white has always been one of my favourites and I know that will not change any time soon.The layers are a combination of items from my closet but for some reason I hadn't put together previously. The pants are old Moyuru favourites from many seasons ago , the white shirt is also Moyuru from last Summer worn with a thermal tee and a fine black knit underneath for warmth and topped with a Sarah Paccini top. I found this top in the city of Mulhouse, France on our trip in 2016.
We were in Mulhouse to fulfill one of John's must see's on his wish list- to visit the Cite de l'√Āutomobile Museum containing the Schlumpf collection of historical cars. Although this was interesting I must admit I was more excited to find a Sarah Paccini shop , not easy to find, where I purchased this top . Finding black and white accessories is another of my favourite things , the sunnies from Preen were found in Melbourne last year , the bangle was a local find and to be quite honest I'm not sure where I found the earrings. The black boots are stretchy fabric, made in Italy and have been with me for many Winters.

Animal print and leather are also two of my favorite things , so imagine my excitement when I found this jacket at a local recycle store a couple of years ago.
I wore the jacket to visit the Seaport Marina , always a good place for a stroll , although more pleasant on a sunny calm day, than this cool, blustery one , my hair tells the story.
Though named seaport it really is by the river, the area had always been a bit of an eyesore until redeveloped by a local businessman a few years ago.

Pairing with the jacket are more of my favourite things , my much worn and loved Moyuru skirt , Ted Baker studded leather gloves , Preen sunnies and Robert Clergerie patent leather brogues.

The building to the left , which is on the other side of the river, is a recently opened hotel , another project of the same business man. The hotel has been developed in and around old wheat silos that have remained unused for many years- now that is recycling at its best.

I couldn't possibly omit flowers from my favourite things and as I rarely wear florals these are a few blooms from my garden- it is an early season in the garden , many are several weeks early , maybe an early Spring and Summer will follow.

Sharing a few of my favourite things with Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.