Roses and Shoes

Two very different passions,

a love of roses


also a love of shoes.

My roses are now

in full bloom

filling the air

with their

intoxicating scent.

Most of my roses

are heritage roses.

Not only do I love

their beauty and

perfume,  the

history behind

each one is for

me fascinating.

Taking in the fragrance of one 

of my favourite roses, 

Souvenir de La Malmaison, 

a bourban rose dating 

back to 1842.

Today to enjoy the

roses I am wearing

a watermelon print

jacket from Ark.

Worn over a white top

and wide leg cream 


Cream and white

resin bangles and

white earrings( circa 1960)

complete the outfit.

If you look carefully 

you can see our new

pup Raffy playing in the


Shoes, the other passion

of mine.

I have had these

little beauties for

many summers


I love their colour

and the little metal

touch at the heel.

Sadly, the high wedge

is now only a sometimes


Walking any distance

in these not an option.,

pity they always look

so good. 

Joining Patti for Visible Monday


Sacramento for Share-in-Style

where the theme is shoes.



  1. Patti
    November 10, 2014 / 1:33 pm

    So lovely in the garden, Jill. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday and have a wonderful day, xo.

    • Jill James
      November 11, 2014 / 6:39 am

      Thank you Patti , always enjoy joining others for Visible Monday, so good of you to play host.

  2. Tiina L
    November 10, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    Bright colour… So beautiful… I am a bit colour-starved today, the grey grim November is making me envious of sunny climates.

    • Jill James
      November 11, 2014 / 6:41 am

      Sorry about your grey, grim November. No doubt you have on your jewel colours to add a some bright to the the dull day.

  3. diaryofapennypincher
    November 10, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    I'm with you on roses and shoes, can't walk past a rose without having a sniff and want to try on every pair of shoes I see! Love that jacket, such a zing of colour and looks great with white and cream.

    • Jill James
      November 11, 2014 / 6:43 am

      Me too, I can never walk past a rose without a sniff and as for shoes that goes without saying.Thank you so much for dropping by.

  4. Olga Rani
    November 11, 2014 / 4:32 am

    Watermelon over cream looks wonderful! Love all the roses on the background, what a lovely place!

    • Jill James
      November 11, 2014 / 6:44 am

      Thank you Olga, so glad you liked the colours. I am a lover of roses in any shape or colour so long as they have a fragrance.

  5. Jan Graham-McMillen
    November 11, 2014 / 4:44 am

    That rosy jacket just knocks my socks off! You, the roses and that coat over pale neutrals are just knockouts! You look beautiful. We share a love of roses. I've given up on them here, but I have a big formal rose bed in my front yard. Couldn't bring them with us, and it made me so sad to leave them. I'll admire them in your yard!Don't you dare get rid of those great shoes! Wear little slippers until you can sneakily put them on and sit down, cross you legs and show those babies off! A puppy! Nothing like a doggie in a rose garden!

    • Jill James
      November 11, 2014 / 6:48 am

      I sure would have been so sad to leave the rose garden behind, pity your climate doesn`t allow you to grow them there. I will never give up on great shoes just wear them differently. Great tip about the slippers, must remember that one.The doggie is very much enjoying the garden.

  6. Coco
    November 11, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    Hi Jil! Just popped in to say hi from shareinstyle!!Baci,Coco et La vie en rose – Valeria Arizzi

    • Jill James
      November 12, 2014 / 3:13 am

      Thank you Coco, pleased to meet you.

  7. Marea Dotz
    November 11, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    Your roses are in full bloom and so are you, Jill. A gorgeous outfit and delightful post!

    • Jill James
      November 12, 2014 / 3:14 am

      Thank you so much Marea for your ever so kind comments.

  8. Ivana Split
    November 11, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    we have something in common! you see I also love roses and shoes! Today I found a white rose in my gardern- I was so happy!you look lovely dear!

    • Jill James
      November 12, 2014 / 3:16 am

      I always felt a girl could ever have too many shoes and roses are always special. I love a white rose, how exciting to find one unexpectedly.

  9. Lorna mai ltd
    November 12, 2014 / 12:56 am

    Apparently a woman is either a shoe girl or a handbag girl! I see you go for the shoes! You're wearing such a beautiful colour!

    • Jill James
      November 12, 2014 / 3:17 am

      Yes, I guess I am more of a shoe girl but I do love an interesting bag too.Thank you for visiting.

  10. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    November 12, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    Your roses look so lovely! My grandmother grew the most beautiful roses. I do envy a skilled gardener and miss the fragrance of flowers.Your style is so inviting and feminine! Like you I am a shoe fanatic and I have heel limitations, too. I love your wedges and I'm glad you wore them for us. Enjoy your roses and your shoes ;-)

    • Jill James
      November 12, 2014 / 10:33 pm

      Lovely that you have fond memories of your grandmothers roses, maybe one day when I am a grandmother my roses will evoke the same response. A love of shoes is a common thread for us girls, even if there are some shoes we can only admire. Thank you Alicia for visiting and your kind comments.

    November 12, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    I adore your sandals, ahhhhhhhhhh Well, to tell the truth I WANT them, lolThank you soooooooooooooo much for being part of Share-in-Style. Do forget to come back to vote on Thursday, please, it is all about the funXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      November 12, 2014 / 10:35 pm

      I can see these sandals with many of your outfits, pity you are in Spain. Always a pleasure to join Share-in-Style, thank you so much for hosting and reminding me to vote. xx

  12. Alice Warren
    November 13, 2014 / 2:21 am

    Love the great colors on your jacket – so bright & cheery!Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.comP.S. Hope you will stop by Thursday and join TBT Fashion link up.

    • Jill James
      November 14, 2014 / 9:01 am

      Thank you so much Alice, glad you like the colour. Will try to stop by.

  13. Jasmine Rabuñal Barrientos
    November 13, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    What a lovely post! It's amazing that a type of rose can be dated from the 18th century.Jasmine ♥

    • Jill James
      November 14, 2014 / 9:01 am

      Thank you Jasmine, the history of roses is a great interest to me.

  14. Coco
    November 14, 2014 / 10:14 pm

    Thank you so much for stopping by Jill. Amazing coat!Baci,Coco et La vie en rose – Valeria Arizzi

    • Jill James
      November 16, 2014 / 8:28 am

      Thank you , that was my pleasure.

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

    Beautiful lace coat!OXOXDawn Lucy

  16. Jill James
    November 16, 2014 / 8:29 am

    Thank you Dawn Lucy for your kind comments.

  17. Natalia Lialina
    November 19, 2014 / 4:08 am

    The watermelon jacket is such a beauty, and so are these shoes – amazing, I'd love to wear them too! Ruffy looks like another rose in your garden, I had to look twice to find him (it could become a game – "Find Ruffy" :)). You look so very elegant, and your roses are gorgeous, you are such a wonderful gardener, Jill! xxxxx

  18. Jill James
    November 20, 2014 / 8:53 am

    You are so right about the find the Ruffy game, he loves exploring and hiding in the garden. So glad you liked the jacket and shoes, I will definately wear them more often

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