One Year On

This post for

me is a bit

of a milestone,

I have now been 

blogging for

one year.

The blog started

as a prelude to

my 60th. birthday.

A challenge for this

extremely technically

challenged soul, to

learn something new

and if I am honest

to prove to my

family that I could.

Sometimes , as on occasion

was evident , I was not

sure if I was coming or going.

But for me it

was never about the blog

looking perfect or

professional, it never will.

It was to open my eyes

to new things and the

joy of connecting with

like minded women

from all around the 


I truly value the

friendships I 

have made over

the last year.

The kindness and caring

of the blogging community

is surely the most

valuable aspect

for me.

For this weeks post

I am wearing a skort,

by a Japanese label,


This is very much

out of my comfort zone

but I love its volume

and flow.

I have teamed it with

a white voile top

worn over black mesh.

I am determined to

leave the safety of

the usual more often.

I have added a

collection of bangles,

an silver flower necklace

and a newly acquired bag

from a local consignment store.

The  vintage black pixie hat

is a rare online purchase

from Ruby Lane.

Taking my hat over

to join with Hat Attack

at Style Crone.



  1. The Style Crone
    November 3, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. I love the silhouette that you have created with this ensemble and the hat is very unique, which I appreciate. Thank you for sharing your headwear and your style with Hat Attack!

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2014 / 12:08 am

      Thank you Judith, your hat collection continues to inspire me to be a little more adventurous each time. Always a pleasure to join Hat Attack.

  2. Tamera Beardsley
    November 3, 2014 / 3:49 pm

    What a fabulous post dearest Jill! It truly brought tears of recognition … to the personal appreciation I also have for this fabulous and supportive blogging community we have here!I can't believe you have already been blogging for a year now … and doing a most wonderful job I might add! I remember when you emailed me requesting advice on where to start with blogging … it made my day to be sure … for I am such a big believer in the soulful gifts of connections to be made through this magical world of blogging.I also want to thank you for your gift of comments …connection … compassion and understanding. The wise words you leave on my blog … are always gifts to my heart!So huge congratulations to you my dear! I am ever so happy you are now part of our rich and supportive community! What a wonderful job you are doing! Your family must be quite proud of you!Much Love to You!TameraPS. You are looking fabulous as always my dear! I am entranced with the skort!

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2014 / 12:17 am

      Thank you so much for your always kind words, Tamera. I will always remember your generous encouragement at the beginning, it made all the difference to my very nervous start. I truly believe this community to be very unique in the support shared. I am so glad I am a small part.You continue to inspire me with your wise words and glorious images and of course your wonderful style.Once again , a very grateful thank you. xxx Jill

  3. Marea Dotz
    November 3, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    Dear Jill, where do I begin? First, to say Congratulations! So much of what you said, I understand. I turn 60 next year and I started my blog as a creative outlet and to get me out into the world. I'm a timid traveler and reclusive by nature so every step I take and every click of that "publish" button continues to be a growing experience. Love your blog. Hope you have many many more anniversaries.

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2014 / 12:22 am

      Thank you Marea, for your kind words and continued support. Writing the blog and pressing that publish button can be a very daubting process but well worth it for the connections made.I so much enjoy sharing your travels.May we travel this path together , learning about others and ourselves as we go. x

  4. Natalia Lialina
    November 3, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    Happy 1st Blogversary, Jill! I am so happy that you started your blog and continued with it. You sure do a great job – your blog space is warm, creative, beautiful and so unique! I started my blog when I just turned 40, and even though I was familiar with blogging (I used another platform though, so there were still things to learn about Blogger), my topics in previous blogs were very different. It takes courage to put yourself out there. I felt lost in terms of my style and doubtful, but just like you I jumped in and found myself (eventually) in a company of wonderful, kind, creative women like YOU! And it has been changing so many things in my life for the better ever since.I love coming to your blog because of your amazingly creative one-of-a-kind sense of style and more importantly your kind, open, warm personality. This outfit is amazing on you! So unexpected, great forms and silhouette, your favorite black and white color combo and whimsical jewelry, and the hat of course – wonderful, wonderful example of your style! And bravo for trying something outside of your comfort zone! Here is to many more happy and fun blogging years! xxxx

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2014 / 12:29 am

      Natalia, thank you for your so kind and encouraging words you really make my heart sing. I am so very glad I have made your acquaintance , your blog is always such a joy , not only your rapidly growing sense of self but your wonderfully written posts, always accompanied with such great images.I do so love a little glimpse into your world. Once again, Natalia, thank you so much for your wonderful words. I do indeed plan this blogging for many outfits and experiences to come. x Jill

  5. Celyn PS
    November 4, 2014 / 7:07 am

    you look great! I'm loving your purse!styleandchocolates

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2014 / 12:30 am

      Thank you so very much, Celyn, for visiting and for your kind comments.

  6. ArgentGal
    November 4, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    Congrats on the anniversary. The outfit is wonderful! Very chic.

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2014 / 12:31 am

      Thank you for your good wishes and generous comments.

  7. Jan Graham-McMillen
    November 5, 2014 / 2:56 am

    Congratulations! I'm so glad you started blogging … for the right reasons … and that it's made you so happy! You look fabulous, here … clean, minimal, very flattering and so bold!Mostly, I'm happy you started blogging 'cause I'm glad we met!Here's to the year ahead!

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2014 / 7:49 am

      Thank you Jan ,so glad you liked the outfit. I too am so very pleased we have met. Maybe one day it will be in person, it is on the bucket list to re visit the U.S. Thank you for your support over the past year.

  8. Anonymous
    November 5, 2014 / 3:15 am

    Happy blog anniversary! yes indeed a very chic and stylish outfit.

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2014 / 7:50 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

  9. Tiina L
    November 5, 2014 / 3:03 pm

    Happy blogiversary! All big milestones shpuld be celebrated… A big party?? Will we get to see the pictures? BTW, love the necklace, and the bag.

    • Jill James
      November 6, 2014 / 8:46 am

      No party I`m afraid just a little glass of bubbles. Many thanks for all your support over the last year, I am always touched by your kind and generous comments.

  10. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    November 5, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Congratulations on your one-year-blogiversary! I'm always so happy to see your comments on my blog. You and I have so much in common. It takes courage to step outside your comfort zone, but I'm so glad you did! I think this is by far my favorite outfit you've worn so far. It's so flattering and very fashion-forward! Brava my friend ;-)

    • Jill James
      November 6, 2014 / 8:50 am

      Thank you Alicia for your kind comments. Making friends such as yourself is the joy of blogging, the reason I am sure we all keep going. I always enjoy your visits, my dear.

  11. Aya in Couturgatory
    November 6, 2014 / 12:34 am

    Congratulation on your one year anniversary! It comes fast doesn't it? (I just had my one year blogiversary in May. :D) Thank you so much for visiting. I love the necklace, and the lines of that skort are AMAZING.

    • Jill James
      November 6, 2014 / 8:52 am

      Thank you Aya, for your kind comments, glad you liked the outfit. That first blogging year sure does fly.

  12. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    November 6, 2014 / 3:44 am

    Happy Blogiversary Jill! Your honorary post is touching. So much of what you have said resonates with me. This blogging thing is a fun, if unpredictable, journey! And YOU! Looking so lovely and chic all the while! I'm smitten with the artistic sensibility of your ensemble today! Translation: Lovin' your look, 🙂

    • Jill James
      November 6, 2014 / 8:54 am

      Thank you Sue for your wonderful words, expressed as only you can. You so right about the unpredictable blogging journey, a definate learning curve but a joy never the less.

  13. Dawn Lucy
    November 15, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    What a cool chic look! Found you through the lovely Jan at Fort Smith Stylista!OXOXDawn Lucy

  14. Jill James
    November 16, 2014 / 8:44 am

    Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments. I always enjoy Jan and her wise words.

  15. Crazy Ravens Studio
    April 5, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    I adore this look. Happy blog anniversary.

    • Jill James
      April 6, 2015 / 4:47 am

      Tank you so very much.

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