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.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Casual Blacks and My Happy Place

 I am sure we all have somewhere that we call our happy place .For me it is the Cataract Gorge , a natural river gorge about 15 minutes from home. The natural beauty of this area and its many walks never seems to fail me but I do admit to enjoying it more at this time of year with its pretty Autumn tones and lack of visitors, selfish I know.
It is a great place for walking as there are many walking paths , some flat and easy , others steep and
tricky but providing stunning views. It was always popular as a family outing when the children were growing up, to either walk, picnic or swim in the pool during Summer.
I also found it a very healing place as I grieved following the loss of my daughter several years ago.

 Every vista evokes memories , I remember swimming, socialising and sunbaking on the rock pools under the suspension bridge as a teenager and I have the sun spots to show for my lack of sun smarts.

The resident peacocks always provide colour and delight the visitors.They were introduced here in the late 1800's as part of the parklands area that surrounds the gorge. 

 Today's outfit is rather casual and all has featured many times previously but this is real life not one that is picture perfect and my clothes are worn on repeat.My now slightly faded black Moyuru pants , black knit and leather Harry Who jacket were paired with multi-coloured beads and Clomp comfy lace-up shoes with white and red eyes, that doesn't really show.

Apologies not only for being absent from blogging but not visiting others, computer problems hopefully now sorted.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.