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.
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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.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Black and White Florals

Today's post , albeit a little late due to a computer hiccup, features many of the things that bring joy into my life. Starting with the joy of wearing black and white in Summer, today it is this loose floral shirt , an old favourite so cool and comfortable on a warm day.


This little guy named Raffy joined our family three years ago and is such a character and poses beautifully for the camera.

Shoes, of course, have to feature on my list. These embroidered mules from a local shoe store are a new addition to the collection this season.

Roses , mostly heritage, always perfumed are a passion of mine .Over the last 15 years my rose collection has grown to well over 100 and for a few glorious weeks in late Spring, early Summer they fill the air with their glorious scent. I enjoy nothing more than picking bunches of my roses to share with family and friends.

I have collected bangles in all colours, shapes and composition for many years, some are bakelite, some resin, some plastic. I have uncovered gems in thrift shops for a dollar or two , others bought retail often when I am travelling, the perfect souvenir.

 My garden always brings me much joy, there is always a surprise like these frilly orange Oriental poppies. Gardening for me is a creative process, I think of it as painting with flowers.

Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Linkup.
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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.
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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

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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.
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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.

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