Monday, 23 July 2018

Black and Nature's Gold

I always welcome the flowering of the Wattle trees in our part of the world, not only do they add much needed colour for a grey Winter landscape and a handy touch of colour for photos but they are a entree to the Spring colours to come.

Back to my favourite black was the order of the day . To be honest it was a lazy choice as I have had yet another Winter cold and really needed comfort without to much fuff factor. My Moyuru dress always fits the bill perfectly, even though I know the shapeless style is not the most flattering on me.
This is my alternative to gym pants or jeans.

These yellow spotted gloves have been with me for a few Winters and matched the Wattle perfectly.

To pair with the Moyuru dress I chose this Paula Ryan wool jacket , a recycle buy from a few years back. I love this jacket as it can be worn in different ways , today it was inside out.
This Winter has made me aware that I am in a bit of a rut and need to work to change this situation. Not quite sure at this stage where this path will lead me but I have often found those answers in unlikely places. At present I am doing a lot of reading and researching on a vast number of topics.
I also am finishing up the bookings for our Europe trip later in the year and of course starting to plan my travel wardrobe.
Today's photos were taken at Trevallyn Recreation Park, an area a favourite of ours for walking. It is popular for walkers, runners and mountain bikers and is also home to native animals and birds. The laughter from kookaburras filled the air, if you look closely you can spy one in the shot below.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.
P.S. Apologies for the quality of the photos , I have a technical problem with my editing software after updating Windows and need some technical help to sort it, hopefully a visit to my son will do the trick.

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.