Monday, 18 September 2017

Cream and Red Play in the Park

 A sunny albeit windy Spring morning was the perfect opportunity to break out a lighter outfit for a visit to the City Park , which is looking quite a picture with all the Spring blooms.

 After my darker colours of Winter it was fun to don my old favourite cream and pair it with red. The asymetrical red spot and cream top by Alembika is a new seasons purchase and I know when our weather finally warms up will have many outings.
 The top is paired with drop crotch pants by Western Australian designer Megan Salmon and a jacket from Ted Baker , an old favourite of mine. I love a jacket and have amassed quite a collection over time, with our unpredictable weather they always come in handy.
 A taupe bag , cream tassel brogues , red circle earrings, Chanel sunnies in taupe and black and a bangle stack in cream and red complete todays outfit.
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Nancy for Funday Friday .
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Monday, 4 September 2017

A Berry Start To Spring


Spring has arrived in my part of the world heralding the arrival of the first magnolia blooms on my tree , an event that never ceases to amaze me as the bare branches become a confection of pink blooms.



To celebrate the arrival of Spring my colour of the day was berry or grape depending on your point of view. I am not one to embrace the supposed colours of the season as dictated by "experts", as far as colour goes I simply choose to wear what I like and what suits me.
Spring also comes with uncertain weather , today went from sunshine to rain to hail and then back to sunshine , thus a change of location mid photo session today from the garden to the industrial site.

 
Both of today's berry pieces are from Return to Splendour , a local consignment store. The skirt is from Kokomorino and the jacket from Bec and Bridge , Australian designers, I love the blanket stitch edging on this little jacket, takes me back to school sewing classes.
Finishing touches are a black knit beret , a double string necklace that I have had for many years, sunnies from Karen Walker , a multi- colour bangle and a wide belt from Crochetta . I am enjoying rediscovering my belt collection, goes to prove never part with anything , its time will come again.



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Monday, 28 August 2017

Tartan and a Dream Hat Revisited


Officially this is the last Winter post , Spring is literally just round the corner on Friday in fact , so it really was time to revisit my all time favourite Winter hat. I had been biding my time searching for the perfect coat or jacket to accompany this beauty but this was not the year for this to happen. I know it will , as it often does when you least expect it and from an unlikely source.



 Time to draw on old favourites , this little tartan jacket has made several appearances previously and my long black leather skirt - both sourced from a local recycled clothing store.Elbow length black leather gloves that I discovered at a charity shop in Adelaide at Easter make the perfect finishing touch.

Red suede ankle boots by Ara , another old favourite, complete today's outfit.

 I just had to include a close-up of the details on my hat , love the braiding detail . The hat is made by
a Tasmanian milliner , Susan McArthur . I am a great admirer of her millinery and am now the proud owner of three of her glorious creations.

Linking to Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Nancy for Fashion Friday and Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack.
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Monday, 21 August 2017

Classic Trench With A Twist


 This rather classic style trench has been a part of my wardrobe for many years. Yes, the style is classic as a trench should be but this one is a soft, buttery leather hence the twist.I love the oatmeal colour of the leather and the finishing details including the large buttons. The coat was made  and designed in New Zealand by the late Victoria Moore, a charming and very talented lady that I had the pleasure of meeting many years ago.

I know classic , yet alone beige, gets a bad rap for being boring but sometimes the classic road is one I like to venture on and just make it my own .

 My own touches included these yellow spot and black gloves from Violet Priscilla (isn't that a wonderful name for a glove company) and my bejewelled hat from Helen Kaminsky .
On another note please excuse my slightly battered looking nose , I had some sun damage attended to
after a visit to a skin specialist last week. The result of too much time in my younger years spent in the harsh Aussie sun. Everything was fine and I will be back to normal in a couple of weeks.



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Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
and Fancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Black Ruffles and Animal Print Accessories


Playing in the park in black ruffles and animal print accessories. My black wool ruffled jacket by
New Zealand designer Paula Ryan was purchased last year at a local consignment shop and is worn
over a black knit and paired with my favourite Moyuru pants.The animal prints consist of a vintage hat , a rare online purchase from Ruby Lane a couple of years ago when our Aussie dollar was
better against the US dollar , leopard print gloves purchased in Melbourne many Winters ago and Preen sunnies .


 The chance of me climbing in these boots from Estilo Emporio boots is rather unlikely but hey are made for walking. My vintage bag ,from The Vintage Red Fox, that has been featured on the blog previously, completed the outfit.

 I have been giving much thought lately to the joy of dressing for myself and what that really means in my day to day life. I have come to the conclusion that dressing in a way that pleases me is important for my well being on so many different levels.

 I was honoured to be included in a post by Natalia of In the Writers Closet titled "She-roes from around the Globe ". We are all very different in style but to quote Natalia "they share a love of colour,
good design, fun and thoughtful accessories, slow fashion and often vintage or secondhand clothes.
And another thing they have in common is that each of them has her own , unique,  truly individual and absolutely unrepeatable sense of style."'

Winter dressing is my favourite , all those layers , the hats, the gloves , the boots , they suit my own take on structured style. Spring is around the corner , as the first rhododendron suggests, so time to
play in my closet , I hope to add more colour this year.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Mixing it up in Black



 Winter is slowly edging toward Spring in my part of the world . Time to play in my closet and mix
it up a bit with items that have not had an outing for quite some time.

My black Moyuru skirt once again the perfect starting point, I knew this skirt was an absolute gem and has surely earned its place in my wardrobe.Don't you just love it when your instincts are spot on. 

 This black leather jacket from Australian designers George Gross and Harry Ho has been lurking in
my closet for several years . It has a jewel like stud on each tiny square and at certain angles they catch the light and shine. On reflection I still am rather fond of this jacket so maybe it will come out
to play more frequently.

 My black suede ankle boots with their crystal studded zipper are from Fiordiluma and have been
with me for many years , so long they probably be considered vintage. They are now special occasion only, as sadly, the heel is a little high for me to wear yet alone walk in for too long but they are a bit special so they will stay.

To add to the sparkly theme I added this little purple veiled hat with its glitzy centre adornment.

Joining ( all be it a little late) Patti for Visible Monday , Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
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Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack


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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Wattle Time

 It's Wattle blooming time in Tasmania , not only are they are a joy to behold with their sunny yellow
flowers they herald in the last official month of Winter. It has become a bit of a ritual for us to visit
a relatively nearby State Recreational Park in Wattle time for a photoshoot.

 The vibrant yellow of the blooms make the perfect backdrop for my gloves with their colourful finger detail, these are the gloves I found in Lisbon, Portugal last year and bring happy memories of a magical week in Lisbon.

 New brogues found last week for half price at a small local show store, a miracle for me I rarely strike it lucky in end of year sales.

Enjoying my natural surroundings and embracing the changing seasons is certainly something I am more aware of now than in my younger years, I guess time plays a factor here. When we are young
and working and playing hard this is something taken for granted.
My recent Japan trip in Cherry Blossom season certainly opened my eyes to the appreciation of the
joys of nature to the Japanese people and the huge role it plays in the enjoyment of life.

For my Wattle viewing I wore a Marlene Birger leopard print wool top over a black knit, Moyuru pants, Ted Baker hat, sunnies Preen , gloves from Lisbon and Diego and Juliette brogues.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Winter Layers With a Nod to the Great Gadsby

Enjoying Winter sunshine in my Winter layers , with a nod to the era of the Great Gadsby.


The area that today's photos were taken is Royal Park by the Tamar River , originally the site of a
military barracks . The area was redeveloped as a parkland in the late 1800's . A boardwalk along the riverside was added at the turn of the century. I can see the ladies dressed in their finery strolling along that boardwalk.

My Winter layers consist of items from my closet that have been seen on the blog over several Winters. I have learnt over the years to only buy what I love and will continue to do so for many seasons to come. The slow fashion movement is alive and well in my closet.
I am wearing a wool jacket from Lisa Ho , an Australian designer sadly no longer in business, Moyuru skirt , Studded leather gloves, furry wrap, hat by Caterina Lucci that I have worn for about 25 years and ankle boots .


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Monday, 17 July 2017

Red for Christmas in July

 What to wear for a car club run in the country and a Christmas in July lunch at a country pub . The obvious choice for me was red with leopard touches - always a favourite of mine.

 Christmas in July is a bit of a local tradition , no doubt started by homesick English folk that felt the cool weather in July is much more suitable for eating heavier Christmas fare . Maybe it just is an excuse to dress your pub in as much Christmas kitsch as is possible. Whatever the reason it was a great drive in the country and an enjoyable lunch with friends.
 After lunch we ventured further afield to a Forest Reserve that was completely new to me but a special spot for John and his family . Fortunately I had sneakers in the car, red suede and bush tracks don't mix. A relatively short walk through the bush to a forest lookout revealed quite a stunning sight  known as the Alumn Cliffs Gorge.

Leaning against an enormous wooden sculpture installation- Soulevement-Triangulaire,pont de vue, that shows three physical reference points.
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Monday, 10 July 2017

A Velvet Capelet

I have always loved the luxury of velvet and had been searching for a capelet for what seems an eternity, so when I stumbled across this little number in a local vintage store I knew we were perfect
for each other.  The flocking on the velvet and its satin bow added to the allure for me.

I envisage the capelet worn with so many different colours but for its first outing I teamed it with my
black Moyuru skirt and a wool knit top. For some colour I added my orange leather gloves , from Paris last year , a vintage orange hat , black booties and a Spencer and Rutherford tulip bag.

 I  have a confession to make , my love of accessories seems to becoming an obsession .I simply can't
resist adding to my collection at every opportunity- fortunately usually from thrift or recycle stores.
The good thing about accessories , they don't date or wear out and they always fit. We all need a hobby don't we. I have recently turned my son's old bedroom into , as my husband refers to it," a whacking great walk in wardrobe." More collecting to come for sure-well I must use the space.

 A reminder of Spring - only three months to wait for tulip time- I have had this bag from Spencer and Rutherford for several years and it always makes me smile.

I love this orange velvet vintage hat , another purchase from the hat collection of a lady who owns a local bric-a-brac shop,even though it does remind you of a brain.

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