Underneath the Arch

The rose arch at the entrance

to our house is in full bloom,

putting on quite a show

with its masses of pink


The rose is named

Cherub and was planted

some thirty years ago.

Our house dates from

the Victorian era

and we have

 lived in this

house since 1978,

 it has undergone 

one major restoration

and several minor

refurbishments in that


A lifetime of memories,

both happy and sad,

are a such a strong

connection to this house.

I guess this is what happens

when you spend most

of your adult life in the one


This is certainly

not how I envisaged my

life path as a young woman

but I have no regrets,

 there is no point I find.

Today I am wearing a top

and pants with a vintage

edge by Amy Rigg.

Amy Rigg was an American 

designer, based in Chicago,

who sadly died of cancer

in 2007.

I purchased this from

a local lady who spent

many years in the U.S.,

who was downsizing. 

The details of the jacket

and the wonderful vintage

buttons are what really 

appealed to me.

I added a cream fedora

from the 1960s  ,

a necklace given to me 

by my children many

Christmases ago and

two bangles from the 


Shiny, bronze wedges

are Robert Clergerie,

an investment several 

summers ago.

I enjoy the history

and memories of

my surroundings.

Joining Patti for

Visible Monday.



  1. Tiina L
    December 14, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    It must be wonderful to have such a connection to a place, feel like you belong there (I've moved a lot… ), and your garden is quite impressive, beautiful flowers. And the outfits looks so much fun, casually festive.

    • Jill James
      December 15, 2014 / 7:01 am

      Living in the one place has its advantages, planting a garden and then seeing it grow to maturity is one for me.Your moveable lifestyle also holds a lot of appeal.Thank you for your kind comments.

  2. Pam @ over50feeling40
    December 14, 2014 / 11:03 pm

    You do look like you belong there…loved your look and house!

    • Jill James
      December 15, 2014 / 7:02 am

      Thank you Pam, maybe thats the way things are meant to be.

  3. Patti
    December 14, 2014 / 11:17 pm

    Your house and flowers look delightful, as does your fine vintage suit. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

    • Jill James
      December 15, 2014 / 7:04 am

      Thank you Patti, always enjoy Visible Monday, a wonderful way to express yourself and catch up with others.

  4. Laurie Duncan
    December 14, 2014 / 11:44 pm

    Really love how your outfit looks vintage, especially when you are sitting on the porch! And those roses are just wonderful, wish I could smell them! 🙂

    • Jill James
      December 15, 2014 / 7:06 am

      Thank you Laurie, the vintage style is what drew me to this outfit, it had to be mine. The roses are so fragrant,I enjoy them every time I come home.

  5. Natalia Lialina
    December 15, 2014 / 5:55 am

    My dear Jill, I came to enjoy your unique sense of style, and then I saw this amazing rose bush, and then even more surprises – your gorgeous Victorian house! My husband and I really love Victorian era buildings, and your house is such a beauty! Thank you so much for sharing these photos. I would love to see more some day… I showed your blog to my Mom the other day, and she admired your garden and said you are lovely!This top and pants are one-of-a-kind and truly suit you. The jewelry are perfect for your look, and of course this lovely fedora hat! I am a big fan of your style. Not very often I see such uniqueness, you are rare! I would love to know your story. xxxxx

    • Jill James
      December 15, 2014 / 7:11 am

      Dear Natalia, such a shame you are so far away, you would be such a delightful house guest. We always loved the Victorian house long before we found this one. I am so pleased your mother enjoyed my blog, she saw the garden at its best. Glad you liked the outfit, its uniqueness spoke to me. Thank you for your visit and your kind words.

  6. Lisa
    December 15, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Jill, your outfit, home and flowers are so beautiful. I love your jewelry too.Your home is certainly a dream cottage. If were driving through your neighborhood I would surely stop to take a photo of this enchantment.

    • Jill James
      December 15, 2014 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you so much Lisa. Our house does look at its best this time of year, when the roses over the arch are flowering.

  7. Marea Dotz
    December 15, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    What a delight to see your beautiful home and gorgeous roses. Your post touched a strong chord with me. We are thinking of moving after 26 years in the same house, but, yes, memories are strong. Don't know if we will actually do it. Am now curious about Amy Rigg, as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jill James
      December 15, 2014 / 9:06 pm

      Good luck with your decision on moving house, we considered this some time ago but in the end we stayed put and revamped the kitchen instead. Hope you find some Amy Rigg I can see you in it.Thank you for your kind words.

  8. Tamera Beardsley
    December 15, 2014 / 5:53 pm

    Oh my dear … those roses are absolutely amazing … especially how they compliment the color and architecture of your home. Sheer perfection … as is the sweet name of your ever abundant roses.You are looking chic as always!Sending you big holiday hugs from here in SoCal!xoxoTamera

    • Jill James
      December 15, 2014 / 9:09 pm

      Tamera , my best wishes to you and your family for the holiday season.Thank you for your always kind and generous comments, I always enjoy this rose flowering , many memoriesinvolved there.

  9. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    December 15, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    Your home looks lovely! I've lived in 100+-year-old houses and know it can be difficult unless they're updated and renovated frequently. What a marvelous outfit! It has a very early '40's vibe and reminds me so much of Katherine Hepburn. You have such a great sense of what works for you. It inspires me :-)Aliciaspashionista.com

    • Jill James
      December 15, 2014 / 9:12 pm

      Alicia, you are so right about the continual upkeep of older houses, not sure if we can keep it up in our dotage but we will see.The vintage vibe is what sold me on this outfit, love the Katherine Hepburn connection, thank you so much .

  10. dan
    December 15, 2014 / 8:25 pm

    Really beautiful photos of you with the grey suit and lovable hat! The roses are gorgeous and have a delicate pink shade of colour! They are so perfect in front of your Victorian home…

    • Jill James
      December 15, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      So glad you liked the photos Dan, the house and the roses are naturally photogenic unlike myself.So glad youare fully recovered.

  11. Jan Graham-McMillen
    December 16, 2014 / 3:11 am

    Gorgeous creature … outrageously lovely and lush Old roses, but you are still the most beautiful thing in the yard. You certainly show us what a "curated" wardrobe is, and absolutely how to wear and appreciate one. When is your book coming out? If you're not detailing your love affair with clothes, you certainly should be!

    • Jill James
      December 19, 2014 / 7:15 am

      Jan, you know how to say the right thing to make a girl feel good., thank you. Not sure about curated , maybe just plain collected and never sorted . Enjoy the run down to Christmas, I guess its busy for you.

  12. Tina Bradley
    December 17, 2014 / 2:03 am

    Loving your elegant style! So envious that flowers are in bloom where you are. It's the dead of winter, here, right now. P.S. I adore Victorian houses! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

    • Jill James
      December 19, 2014 / 7:16 am

      Thank you , so glad you enjoyed the roses and they were able to add a little to your winter. Once again thank you for visiting.

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