By The River

By the river at a local picnic

spot called Corra Lynn on 

a clear, cool winter day.

This area is a very popular

swimming hole in the summer.

Today I am wearing

a Marlene Birger top,

(another animal print),

with my wide leg pants

by Nicola Waite.

I am a big fan of all manner

of animal print , for me it 

plays the part of a neutral


I have added my favourite

beads and cream bangles.

My brown velvet hat 

is by Crochetta and was

purchased from a local

hat shop in the 80s that

sadly is no more.

The lovely lady owner

passed away a few years ago

and I think of her every time

I wear one of her  hats.

Sadly now in our town the 

 small owner operated shops

are disappearing rapidly, to be

replaced by chain stores.

Boots by Aquatalia,so comfy

but suede and fur for dry days only.


Joining with Patti at Visible Monday



  1. Elsie Davies
    July 14, 2014 / 12:05 pm

    Am with you on the animal prints, I just love them. You look superb. Those boots are fabulous!

    • Jill James
      July 14, 2014 / 11:12 pm

      Animal is so right for our winter, thankyou for visiting Elsie. Enjoy your week.

  2. Patti
    July 14, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    Great boots and wonderful use of animal prints, Jill. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

    • Jill James
      July 14, 2014 / 11:13 pm

      Visible Monday always a joy, thank you so much for hosting Patti.

  3. Natalia Lialina
    July 14, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    I have a pair of Aquatalia bots – wore them all winter long, they definitely are very comfy! But yours are also quite whimsical. You are very creative in your outfits!

    • Jill James
      July 14, 2014 / 11:15 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments, Natalia. I hope we will have some more dry weather so I can wear the boots more often, so far winter has been wet.

  4. Laurie Duncan
    July 15, 2014 / 1:21 am

    Great outfit! I especially love that hat! Looks like a good day for a picnic! 🙂

    • Jill James
      July 16, 2014 / 6:55 am

      Thank you Laurie, it was a lovely clear day didn`t think of a picnic.

  5. Anonymous
    July 15, 2014 / 5:34 am

    I feel the same way about animal print. I love everything about it and wish I had it on my shoes. You really have great taste. Classy but not boring.

    • Jill James
      July 16, 2014 / 6:59 am

      I can see you in animal shoes Joni, thank you for visiting.

  6. Jan Graham-McMillen
    July 15, 2014 / 11:21 pm

    You know I'm not an animal print fan, but boy-oh-boy do you make it work like a charm. You look fab as usual, and I especially love your boots. Hope winter is treating you well, darling Jill!

  7. Jill James
    July 16, 2014 / 7:02 am

    Sometimes I feel I like animal print way too much specially in the winter. Raining again so the boots stay in the closet for now.Hope you have a good week, Jan.

  8. Northern mum down South
    July 16, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    You just have the best hats Jill and you wear them so well. That hat from an independent store is very special with its memories of the lovely lady who ran it. Great photo shoot location too

    • Jill James
      July 18, 2014 / 9:51 am

      Pleased you like seeing my hat collection, thank you so much for visiting.

  9. The Style Crone
    July 17, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    I'm with you! Animal print is a neutral, and you wear it with panache. Every piece which makes up your ensemble is gorgeous. Brava!

    • Jill James
      July 18, 2014 / 9:54 am

      Thank you so much Judith for your generous comments. I`m sure my animal print collection seems to grow constantly.

  10. Debbie Burns
    July 20, 2014 / 2:20 am

    Love the fur on the boots and the leopard print. Animal prints feel like neutrals to me, too. I shop at all kinds of different places, but local spots are always special. One of my favorite little shops closed recently. It's hard make a profit when you're paying overhead. I had a thrift store for about a year, and even with owning my own building, by the time I paid for electricity, heat, items to sell, store supplies, was hard. Debbie @

    • Jill James
      July 21, 2014 / 2:35 am

      Retail is a difficult business to be in , it seems no matter where you are. Interesting to hear of your thrift store, sorry you had to close, hope you are happy with your decision and life is moving along. Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments.

  11. Tamera Beardsley
    July 20, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    Lovely outfit my dear! I so enjoy your glamour … everyday! Couldn't agree more about animal prints being a neutral …and for me so are nautical stripes!Always enjoy visiting here .. love the fashion as well as the glimpses into your beautiful life!xoxoTamera

    • Jill James
      July 21, 2014 / 2:37 am

      I agree with you about the nautical stripes as a neutral, they are so usual in bringing looks together.Thank you my dear for your visit , enjoy your week.

  12. dan
    July 23, 2014 / 9:38 am

    Very nice place for a picnic! I can't wait to see it in summer…beautiful outfit in the colours of winter…wonderful necklace!

  13. Jill James
    July 24, 2014 / 12:11 am

    I must remember to go back when the weather finally warms up enough for a picnic.

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