Winter White and Snowdrops

Snowdrops in the garden,

one of the joys of winter.

I love the sheer simplicity

of form of these tiny little 


This winter white jacket

by Didier Parakin has been

a favourite part of my winter

dressing for many winters.

I love its shape , the rufflled edges

and the super sized buttons.

Pairing the jacket

with a straight black

skirt by VSSP.

black opaque tights,

worn with red Ara 

ankle boots.

A slate grey velvet hat

with a large black bow

by Crochetta is my

chapeau of the day.

This is another hat

from the early 80s

and wearing it evokes

memories of times passed.

Discovering a new hellebore,

 flowering for the first time,

this to me is the pleasure

of a garden.

The simplest things

are often what gives the 

greatest joy.

The last few weeks
have been challenging
after loosing my job,
much soul searching.

One day at time,
appreciate the small things,
they often give us the most joy.

Taking my shoes to
join Sheila for Shoe Shine
joining Mis Papelicos
for Share-in-Style
the theme is white.



  1. Elsie Davies
    July 21, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    What a fabulous coat. Love it, in fact I think you have impressive collection of coats Jill and you wear them well. xoxo

    • Jill James
      July 22, 2014 / 7:13 am

      My coats span many years, one of the pros of living in a cooler area, the con tonight expected temperature of minus 4. Enjoy your week Elsie.

  2. Marea Dotz
    July 21, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    I love your winter white coat. Keep forgetting seasons are opposite down under. Here we are in linen and shorts. I share your philosophy of life, though, 100%. It's the little things that matter. Lovely post.

    • Jill James
      July 22, 2014 / 7:14 am

      Thank you Marea for visiting and your kind comments. Enjoy your linen and shorts.

  3. Tiina L
    July 21, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    Gosh, I would love your winter… Now (when it's hot) AND in February, when I'll be knee-deep in snow… On another note, I hope you keep tour head up high and won't give in to sad thoughts over losing your job. I know from personal experience how something like that fan get to you, and you have to fight it.

    • Jill James
      July 22, 2014 / 7:20 am

      Thank you Tiina for your kind comments, I am accepting things much better as time passes, keeping positive with much self talk. Compared to many places our winters are mild, we have frosts but snow only on the mountains.

  4. Sheila
    July 22, 2014 / 2:53 am

    I love your gorgeous red shoes – thank you for linking up to Shoe Shine, Jill! That white coat is so gorgeous! It makes me long for the chillier months…but they will be here soon enough!

  5. Jill James
    July 22, 2014 / 7:22 am

    Thank you Sheila, a pleasure to join Shoe Shine. Enjoy your summer, as you say winter will always come sooner than you would like.

  6. Dana Jo
    July 22, 2014 / 11:09 am

    Your white jacket is gorgeous! A little treasure šŸ™‚ Love your red shoes, makes the outfit perfect. have a nice and sunny daygreetings from GermanyDana :)

    • Jill James
      July 22, 2014 / 11:56 pm

      Than you so much Dana, another cool but sunny day here.

  7. MIS PAPELICOS Sacramento
    July 22, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    Best jacket ever I love the boots too.Thank you sooooooo much for being part of the Share-in-Style family, do visit other friends in the link up.Do get ready for the next one 4th August- Flowers

    • Jill James
      July 22, 2014 / 11:58 pm

      Always enjoy being a part of the Share-in-Style family and linking up with others from all around the world.Must remember next time and flowers.

  8. Diana Cloudlet
    July 22, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    Dear, Iā€™d like to say that your blog is awesome! And everything is amazing! I like your design, your photos and your style! will be happy if you find a minute to visit my blog)

    • Jill James
      July 22, 2014 / 11:59 pm

      Thank you Diana for your kind words, I certainly will visit your blog.

  9. Jan Graham-McMillen
    July 23, 2014 / 1:48 am

    You demonstrate why I think I'm a winter-woman at heart. Coats and boots inspire most of my winter outfits, on one level or another, and they work hard for more years than other elements. You show why … gorgeous you in white and black. Charming and perfectly clean lined … love the little pin and your so pretty hat. And RED BOOTIES! How great are they? Lovely.Hope your employment situation resolves however you want it to. Hard when that is a change we don't want to make! My thoughts are with you!

    • Jill James
      July 23, 2014 / 9:33 am

      Jan, you are so right about the longevity of the winter clothing, mine continues to serve me well season after season. Like you I am a winter girl, somehow I always feel right in winter garb.As for the change, I am constantly reminding myself that things happen for a reason.Enjoy your week my dear.

  10. dan
    July 23, 2014 / 9:34 am

    Very beautiful and delicate flower… simplicity is so fashinating! Your white jacket suits you well and the huge buttons are very nice! I am sorry about your working situation and hope things will soon improve…P.s.You are a sensitive person and your hat is delightful!

    • Jill James
      July 24, 2014 / 12:05 am

      This little flower is so much a favourite winter flower in my garden because of its pure form. Thank oyu for your kind comments Dan, I am sure things will sort themselves out soon. X

  11. Anonymous
    July 23, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    It is such a beautifully made coat. The fit is perfect.I feel for you in your soul searching after losing a job. Our work tends to define us and fills so much time and space in our lives. It's hard to fill the gaps and wonder what's next. I wish you peace and contentment Jill.

  12. Jill James
    July 24, 2014 / 12:09 am

    Thank you Joni, for your kind and caring words. Work is a big part of our lives and when the situation changes a rethink is in order, much as when the children become independent adults and our role changes.Change is a good thing in our lives, it sometimes takes a while to sift through. Have a joyous week.

  13. Jessica Cangiano
    July 24, 2014 / 8:24 am

    Sweet Jill, you look magnificent. I love the ruffled edge of your coat. It's fun and sweet, and adds a distinct note of playfulness to this look. I often aim for similar touches myself, as I'm not usually a fan of wearing fashions that are too stuffy – life needs a bit of lightheartedness and whimsy via our wardrobe choices, if you ask me. Sending big, encouraging hugs your way,ā™„ Jessica

    • Jill James
      July 27, 2014 / 4:22 am

      Thank you Jessica, so right you are ,life can be serious enough so have a little fun with your clothes.

  14. Imogen
    July 26, 2014 / 9:53 am

    This is one of my favourite looks of yours. The coat is so gorgeous. The colour makes it classy and the ruffles are so pretty. I love the coloured shoes.

    • Jill James
      July 27, 2014 / 4:23 am

      Thank you for your kind words Imogen, hope all is travelling well with you.

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