Black & White

A dinner date with
my husband, John,
to our favourite
special occasion
restaurant and
a sudden drop in
temperatures made
me rethink my
original choice of outfit.

After a quick wardrobe
check, I settled on
this black and white
jacket , bustier and
long flowing skirt.

The last time I wore this
outfit was to my
nephews wedding
some time ago.
Donning the same
outfit bought back
many happy memories
of a wonderful day.

To me this is the
joy of shopping
my own wardrobe.

The various details on
the jacket is what sold
it to me originally.
I love the cornelli work
on the front and the
lacing on the back.

I love to dress up
for a special occasion,
I really don`t care
if most people are
more casually dressed
than me as is often
the case.

I also wore this
lovely bracelet,
a birthday present
from my sister.
It is Murano glass,
purchased in Venice
on her recent trip.
Every time I wear it will
remind us both of
her travels.

Joining Patti for
Visible Monday


Sacramento for
Black and
White is the
order of the day.



  1. Patti
    November 24, 2014 / 11:00 pm

    Oh the back of your jacket is fabulous! Love the whole black and white look. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

    • Jill James
      November 25, 2014 / 11:11 pm

      Thank you Patti, I am loving this jacket over again. Always enjoy catching up on Visible Monday, your hosting most appreciated.

  2. Natalia Lialina
    November 25, 2014 / 7:41 am

    Such fine details on your jacket, and the Murano glass bracelet is beautiful! I had a similar experience just recently – a dinner date with Justin, and I was dressed up a bit over the top for our special occasion, and even in a fancy restaurant people were dressed very casually… why is that? Sometimes, I imagine a restaurant full of gorgeous stylish people, such as you, Jill, and many other bloggers. Wouldn't it be fun? xxx

    • Jill James
      November 25, 2014 / 11:15 pm

      A group of stylishly dressed bloggers, what fun, such a pity you are so far away. Like you getting dressed up for a special restaurant is part of the occasion. I am sure this is something we will both continue to enjoy as it gives us pleasure.xx

  3. Tiina L
    November 25, 2014 / 8:43 am

    Wow, the lacing is fabulous! It is great that you make the effort to dress up, I think we should all do that more.

    • Jill James
      November 25, 2014 / 11:25 pm

      Thank you Tiina, I plan to wear this jacket so much more this year. Enjoy your week, hope it is not too cold for you.

  4. Vicky
    November 25, 2014 / 9:53 am

    Such an original jacket! You look pretty and elegant šŸ™‚

    • Jill James
      November 25, 2014 / 11:28 pm

      Thank you Vicky for your kind comments and for visiting, I am so pleased to meet you.

    November 25, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    Absolutely in love with the back of the GORGEOUS JACKET, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHThank you soooooooooooooo much for making the Share-in-Style family richer.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      November 25, 2014 / 11:29 pm

      Thank you so much Sacramento, I am always so pleased to join the Share-in-Style family and to see everyones intrepation of the theme.

  6. seƱora Allnut
    November 26, 2014 / 8:47 am

    such a fabulous jacket, love those ribbons con its back!and you look really elegant!besos

    • Jill James
      November 27, 2014 / 5:57 am

      Thankyou for your kind comments.

  7. Coco
    November 26, 2014 / 5:57 pm

    You left your husband speechless with your elegance, didn't you? I love your hairstyle, you look very beautiful!Baci,Coco et La vie en rose – Valeria Arizzi

    • Jill James
      November 27, 2014 / 5:57 am

      I hope so, thank you for your kindness.

    November 26, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    Hello again , please donĀ“t forget to vote tomorrow for your favourite look tomorrow ( Rosy and I are not included in the voting. This is all about you all)Tons of kissesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      November 27, 2014 / 5:58 am

      Thank you for the reminder, I will vote this time.

  9. diaryofapennypincher
    November 26, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    What an absolute stunning jacket, and so cheeky at the back. You look beautiful in that outfit, a million dollars!

    • Jill James
      November 27, 2014 / 6:03 am

      I am so glad I am revisiting this jacket, thank you for your kind comments.

  10. Jan Graham-McMillen
    November 27, 2014 / 4:24 am

    Not a bit short of spectacular … what a gorgeous piece on your trim little figure! Your husband must have been so thrilled to be out with his best girl! This is a special piece, and just right for a special occasion. Isn't it great to be able to reach in the closet and pick something you love? You have so many interesting pieces that you know how to style … that's the point of having a planned wardrobe. Mine's a little muddled still, but trying to only keep the pieces I love helps a lot. You always inspire.

    • Jill James
      November 27, 2014 / 6:06 am

      Oh Jan , you do know how to flatter a girl, the trim figure bit is on the top only, trust me. Its funny how we keep things and then rediscover them with possibly more vigour than first time round. I have always tended to buy a little differently, just as well all our interesting clothing shops have all but disappeared.

  11. Jasmine RabuƱal Barrientos
    November 27, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    You look so lovely in black and white. Than jacket is truly amazing. I love the pattern and its back. Have a wonderful day!Jasmine ā™„

  12. Jill James
    November 27, 2014 / 10:14 pm

    Thank you very much, black and white always a winner for me. Enjoy your weekend.

  13. Clairejustine oxox
    November 29, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    Oh wow this jacket is amazing, stunning back lace up šŸ™‚

  14. Jill James
    November 30, 2014 / 8:37 am

    Thank you ,for your kind comments.

  15. dan
    December 1, 2014 / 8:07 am

    I am sure it was a pleasant evening with your husband! Your jacket is really beautiful and perfect for the occasion…lovable Murano glass bracelet too! P.s.I start feeling very better now and thank you for your kind comment…it helped my mood!

    • Jill James
      December 1, 2014 / 8:09 am

      I am so pleased you are feeling better, you have been in my thoughts.Thank you my dear,

  16. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    December 2, 2014 / 2:47 am

    Beautiful; just beautiful! You are so adept at styling in black and white that the details stand out in the most elegant way! There's nothing camp or cheap about the corseted jacket; quite the opposite. I need to take notes!

  17. Jill James
    December 3, 2014 / 8:45 am

    Alicia, you are so kind and generous with your comments. As black and white has been a staple of mine for some time I guess the styling has just evolved. Thank you so much, I am so glad we have connected.

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