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.