Monday, 15 January 2018

Sometimes It Works , Sometimes Not So Much

 The title of today's post sums it up - an outfit that was OK but not quite hitting the mark and photos that also were a bit off. You know what I mean , the focus is off , the light shifts and the wind blows but this is life- minor annoyances in the scheme of things. I am not a perfectionist by nature otherwise I would have canned these and started over on another day but as we were just passing through the delightful, historic village of Richmond this was never going to happen.
The silver and black skirt is an old Moyuru favourite and is paired with a Sarah Paccini vest and jacket that also has a metallic sheen to the fabric, although you will have to take my word on that as it really didn't show at all in these photos.
 Richmond is in the south of Tasmania in the Coal River Valley ( now a popular fruit and wine growing area ) and an important part of our State's colonial history. The village has many beautifully restored Georgian buildings , many are now used as tourist accommodation, stores and cafes.

The Richmond Bridge was built by convicts in 1823 and is the oldest stone span bridge in Australia.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday 
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
and Nancy for Friday Link Up


Sunday, 7 January 2018

A New Year in Spots

Welcoming the New Year in spots , always a great way to start for me as they always make me smile.
Apologies for being missing in action lately , a combination of Christmas , family commitments , some unexpected work and an untimely chest infection meant blogging had to take a back seat for a short time.
 A New Year is always a time to re-assess your focus and there is nothing like a minor illness to bring health and fitness to the fore. I am not one for New Year resolutions as such , experience tells me mine are lucky to make it to the end of January, but rather focus on gradual long lasting improvements.
 Another focus for this year is to continue to play with style and only purchase items I truly love and know will be with me for many years to come.This unusual coloured spot linen jacket (it is neither grey or taupe, somewhere in between) from Australian designers Bec and Bridge and Aussie made too that I found at a local store just before Christmas fills all my criteria .
I also plan to continue to find recycled treasures whenever I can , unfortunately our small town is a bit limited on that score so my eyes are always open for a treasure when I travel.
 Black frilled wide leg silk pants from Maude Dainty, another Aussie small scale designer , a black cami from Paula Ryan , taupe and black Paco Herero mules that have had many Summers and a black boater complete today's outfit.
Joining Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack, Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fashion Friday.


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Scribbles and Blowing In The Wind

 Maybe its the child inside but as soon as I saw this white tunic with its black scribbles I knew it had to come home.The tunic is from Japanese designers Moyuru , a longtime favourite of mine, and is made from the finest cotton , a dream to wear on a warm Summer day.The simplicity of the design and the quirky scribble print really appealed to me , must be my inner arty side because quite frankly the scribble is as good as my drawing gets.

Wind is never a bloggers friend when it comes to taking photos, never more so than when you are wearing a voluminous dress and you really are just blowing in the wind.

 I teamed the dress with my wide leg cotton pants by Nicola Waite , Trippen Happy Sandals , black straw boater and black bangles.

 Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Friday Link Ups


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Touches of Pink and a Statement Hat

Today's outfit is a combination of old favourite pieces and a couple of special recycled finds.
The setting for the photos is a tucked away corner of our City Park , that has made several appearances over the years.

I spied this short sleeve linen jacket with its pink and white daisies at The Vintage Red Fox several months ago and knew it would be perfect come Summer. The label inside says Creation a la mode de Paris and includes a poodle- is it from Paris- no idea and it really doesn't matter- I love it. The jacket is a fully lined , has glorious edging and the workmanship speaks of another era- possibly 1950's.
I have paired the jacket with my faithful and so versatile Moyuru skirt- I so enjoy the pairing of vintage and newer pieces.

Pink is a colour I rarely wear although I love it on others , so when I found this cyclamen pink Charles Jourdan , made in France, bag many moons ago at a local recycle store I did question my decision to make it mine. I loved the shape, the quality and the colour and it pairs beautifully with black as these fingerless lace gloves show. The pearl edge sunnies complete the picture.
My love of collecting accessories continues to grow and I have found some wonderful pieces , some for just a few dollars , some a little more but as they add joy to my life this passion will continue, we all need a hobby don't we.

 My statement hat comes with a story - I found it in Paris in June 2016 at Chercheminippes, a Paris institution in the consignment clothing and accessories world. The hat is by renowned milliner Marie Mercie. I had visited her amazing hat shop at Rue St. Sulphice and admired so many hats but as this was the end of our travels I just couldn't afford to buy one so imagine my joy when I stumbled upon this that very afternoon for just a few Euros. We were leaving Paris in a couple of days to fly home to Australia so the search was on to find a hat box , not an easy task we found. On our last day of sightseeing tucked away in a covered passage in a shop selling mainly jewellery a suitable hat box was found to transport my treasure home .
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb , Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack, Natalia at Modish Matrons, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Friday Link Up.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

A Birthday Treat In Sydney

I have just returned home from a few days in Sydney, a birthday treat from my generous husband.
The breathtaking view over Sydney harbour on a glorious sunny day  is always the highlight for
any visitor.

 The Sydney Opera House with its white roof shell shaped sails was completed in 1973 and was designed by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect. As is often the case with outstanding architecture the project was one of great controversy with complex engineering problems and escalating costs causing great public debate at the time. Today the Sydney Opera House is a national cultural and performing arts centre , hosting performers from around the world.
If you ever find yourself in Sydney a guided tour is highly recommended.

 The other Sydney icon is the Sydney Harbour Bridge , also known locally as the coathanger for rather obvious reasons.

 Strolling through The Rocks , with its cobblestone streets and sandstone buildings takes you back
in time to the early days of Sydney town.

 One of the highlights of the trip was a chance discovery , stumbled upon while wandering the Botanical Gardens, we noticed that Government House and its gardens were open to the public.
Having peered through the gates at this magnificent building and gardens on many previous visits this was to good to miss and I was not disappointed.
 Government House , residence of the New South Wales Govenor, is built from local sandstone in the Gothic Revival Style and was completed in 1845 and is surrounded by colourful gardens and sandstone pavers.Unfortunately, we were too late for a tour of the house but it is on my list for my next trip to Sydney.

 I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the lavishly planted gardens with their colourful displays.

My casual outfit for a day of exploring consists of black and white spot harem pants from Moyuru paired with a black tee and Sarah Paccini knit , silver brogues, a collection of black and white bangles,black and white sunnies from Preen, black and white graphic earrings and a new black boater hat. Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Friday Linkup.