Sunday, 12 November 2017

Spring Greens

On a warm and sunny  late Spring day I donned a mixture of Spring greens to visit the rhododendron gardens at the Punchbowl Reserve , a favourite local parkland and  picnic area.The rhododendrons were planted here many years ago and are a spectacular sight in full bloom.
 The freshness of all the new Spring growth is a sight I never tire of as I know in a very short time the green will turn to brown as the dry of Summer kicks in.
On the clothing front , green is one of those colours I always find rather tricky, finding just the right shade for me can be a challenge.I was delighted last year when I found this chartreuse green linen duster coat , I knew it would be a valuable asset to my wardrobe and would work back with so many of my old favourites.Two of those favourites are paired with the jacket today, the paler green cardigan with its lace inserts and edgeing is by Lisa Ho and has been with me for so long I no longer recall exactly when she came home and wide leg pants from a suit by Amy Rigg .

 Shoes from Sergio Rossi , that I still love but find a bit more tricky to wear these days paired with a pretty , silk embroidered bag that I found in a local charity shop.

 My glorious green hat with its floral fabric crown is by talented Tasmanian milliner Susan McArthur.
Today's finishing touches are a couple of bangles that I discovered at a little shop in an arcade in Paris last year , a white vintage necklace and a pair of white daisy clip on earrings.(these reminded me why I had my ears pierced way back when.)
My Spring Greens will be linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb,
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday linkup.

Monday, 6 November 2017

A Celebration And A Special Find

 A celebration was in order as today's post marks the fourth anniversary of Grownup Glamour.
What better way to celebrate than donning a rather special find , a Vivienne Westwood cardigan
that found its way home after I discovered it at a Vintage Red Fox last week.

 It seems hard to believe that four years have passed since I hit publish for the first time.Long time readers of the blog know that this started as a challenge to myself as I was turning 60. I had no idea of the connections I would make with like minded souls around the world. I have gleaned so much on a vast variety of interests from fellow bloggers.
The world of blogging has changed , with many bloggers opting for the relative ease of Instagram, that said I hope to continue along my own way. On my recent trip to Melbourne I was approached by a lady who read the blog and enjoyed my style - I must admit this made my day.

Now to my special find - the Vivienne Westwood cardigan , not something you usually would find in my small town but there it was in black and white and in my size - some things are just meant to be.
Today the cardigan was paired with my faithful Moyuru skirt , a white cami, my Trippen sandals and a straw boater.
The buttons on the cardigan display one of the symbols that feature in Vivienne Westwood's garments-this one is the Orb.It resembles the Sovereign Orb,which is one of the British Crown Jewels,that was created for the coronation of King Charles11. I have read conflicting ideas on why this is used as a symbol, one is that Vivienne is the Queen of British fashion , another a more rebellious notion. Either way, I just love the buttons.
Trippen Happy sandals , that I purchased last Summer were just perfect for today and no doubt will make many blog appearances over Summer.

Thank you to everyone who takes time to read my blog and leave a comment, you make my day.

 Joining Patti for Visible Monday
Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
Judith, Style Crone for Hat Attack
Natalia for Modish Matrons
Nancy for Friday Style Link Up


Monday, 30 October 2017

Black and White In The Garden

Today I am back in my old favourites, black and white , in an outfit I wore to breakfast at a newly opened local cafe with John and my sister-in-law, who is visiting from interstate  .
We only had time for a quick photo shoot in the garden as John ( my husband and trusty photographer) was off to another part of our state later in the morning. He is a SES (Search and Rescue) volunteer and as such was involved in providing support for firefighters fighting a bush fire on the East Coast. 
 The garden is starting to come into its own and will really put on a colourful show over the next few weeks as my roses come into full bloom filling the air with their wonderful scent.
My black and whites have all made past appearances and I make no apologies for this, after all I buy my clothes to last and continue to wear them season after season.
My outfit details are black leather crop jacket- Victoria Moore, black and white top Paula Ryan and black Moyuru pants. They are teamed with Preen black, white and red sunnies, bangle stack and silver shoes.
Joining Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Friday Link up.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Dior and I and My Friends

Sharing the exquisite beauty of Dior -70 years of Haute Couture exhibition with my friends Elizabeth and Silvana in Melbourne recently. This is at the entrance to the exhibition and showcases the Bar, afternoon ensemble from 1947.
The stunning floor in the foyer of the National Gallery of Victoria was painted by Michael Lin in collaboration with several local artists.
My outfit for the day included the Sarah Paccini skirt , a seqinned black cami and a vintage silk oriental embroidered jacket. I added black patent leather wedges , a vintage bag, black beads and a little hat from local milliner Susan Macarthur.
We also caught up with Elma, in purple ,who is a Melbourne based instagrammar , and these three gorgeous young ladies who graciously joined us for a photo.

The first Christian Dior haute couture collection was shown in Paris in 1947.The exhibition consists of more than 140 garments ranging from 1947 New Look to examples from the latest collection by Maria Grazia Churi.The House of Dior brings to life the rich history of the fashion house and its designers , Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano , Raf Simmons and Maria Graza Chiuri.  Below in no particular order is just a few of these truly magnificent garments and some exquisite millinery.

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


Sunday, 15 October 2017

An Instagrammers Meet Up In Melbourne

 Last weekend I flew to Melbourne to share a weekend of fun, fashion and conversation with these stylish women that I met through the joy of Instagram.
L-R Suzanne  @airofdistinction, Silvana@embellish_or_perish, me, Elizabeth@timeless_styling.
 Elizabeth is from Brisbane in Queensland  and we met last year when I was there on holiday. We have kept in touch online but it was so good to catch up in person again.
 After lunch and a spot of shopping , guided by Suzanne who is a Melbourne local and a fashion stylist and of course knows the best spots for something special, we headed to Hosier Lane , a popular photographic location with its street art.
 Instagrammers in action, I had to show the back of Silvana's Frida jacket by Suzi Click that she purchased on a recent trip to L.A.
 Elizabeth found her Italian linen dress at a local thrift shop and added the applique and embroidery.
A perfectly co-ordinated bangle stack , rings and necklaces in a variety of colours and shape the perfect finishing touches., as are those glorious metallic brogues.
 Silvana hails from the mid New South Wales coast and is a lover of colour and accessories and has the most glorious silver tresses .I also wish to thank Silvana for generously sharing her photos , I have included some here along with several of mine.
I went for my favourite all black - Moyuru skirt, Issey Miyake pleats please jacket ( purchased at a recycle store last year in Paris), teamed with black and white bangles , black and white diamond shape earrings that I found at a little shop in an arcade the day before , Preen black and white sunnies and silver shoes.

We topped off a memorable weekend with a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria for the 70 years of Dior exhibition. A post of the exhibition will follow as soon as I have finished sorting my many photographs.

Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine at Not dressed as Lamb#iwillwearwhatIlike and Nancy's Friday Linkup.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Bronze and Black Oriental Vibe

I discovered this black and bronze oriental inspired coat at a local recycled clothing store some time ago and had been biding my time until our weather warmed a little to bring it out to play.

 The day started out with promise but by the time we reached Corra Linn , a local picnic spot by the river, it was cool and as the photos show quite windy.

 I must admit it was the contrast with the bronze and black and the embroidery work that really drew my attention to this coat because if I am truthful I really do not need another coat .
I teamed this coat with my Moyuru pants , black vintage pixie hat, Robert Clergerie bronze wedges from many Summers ago , a few bangles and bronze Gucci sunnies , that I have kept for so many years they are now vintage and a brown and black necklace .
I am off to Melbourne at the end of the week , a rather social time planned including seeing my son, catching up with Melbourne friends and spending time with two girlfriends in Melbourne from other states , we are going to see the 70 years of Dior exhibition at the National Gallery. I am still in the throes of sorting my outfits , a challenge with carry on luggage .
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday , Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Black and White Amongst The Blooms

Back in my perennial  favourite combination of black and white to showcase the beauty of the Spring blooms in my garden.The magnolia with her pale pink blooms is a breathtaking sight.

 The flowering currant behind me with its bracts of pretty pink flowers reminds me of past times spent with cousins in my grandmother's garden in the countryside.
 This camellia reticulata with its large hot pink blooms is probably my favourite of all the camellias in the garden .
 Today's black and white outfit is a combination of elements from my closet. The starting point was my Sarah Paccini vest , paired with a white shirt and Moyuru pants.I added my little wool hat that I purchased earlier this Winter , a brooch, black and white gloves from Paris last year ( a souvenier that keeps on giving) and Fly London shoes ( a charity shop find for a whole $4.00).
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fashion Friday.