Back in Black

After playing around with colour over the last few weeks ,I am back in my all black today and I must say it
does feel good.Black is my go to when nothing else seems right, somehow for me it always works.
The secret to wearing all black for me is to mix up different materials and shapes and to add accessories for
contrast and always a bright,usually red, lipstick.

A bright blue mural painted on a hoarding surrounding a building site provides a great contrast to
my blacks. Behind the hoarding, is the redevelopment of old silos that are to become part of a luxury
hotel complex. I am very much in favour of the reuse of old buildings for an entirely new purpose.

Personal redevelopment is an ongoing process , both inwardly and outwardly, and involves really getting to know all aspects of ourselves, both strengths and weaknesses. From my own perspective, the redevelopment is a long way from complete.

I am finding as time passes , and as this journey called life unfolds , ideas change and a renewal of
sorts starts to take place.I am enjoying the learning process and delight in experiencing the new.
The joy of family and friends (both old and new) is indeed very much a part of this journey.

Today’s black includes my skort from Japanese designers Moyuru, seen several times previously,
a black leather jacket from New Zealand by Caroline Moore, a black cami and my spotty yellow
and black gloves and not forgetting my hat by Ted Baker.

Taking my hat to

Hat Attack

with Style Crone







  1. Jazzy Jack
    March 2, 2015 / 7:10 am

    Thanks for the reminders! I love you in black. You really own it! That hat is adorable…as are the gloves. xo Jazzy Jack natural medley from IG 🙂

  2. Tiina L
    March 2, 2015 / 8:45 am

    Wow, that is a fierce outfit! You could be on the cover of Vogue! I know I must have said this before, but your collection of jackets is impressive, and this leather jacket is just fantastic (as are the gloves, too).

    • Jill James
      March 2, 2015 / 8:49 am

      Thank you Tiina for your very flattering comments.I know I have probably way too many jackets but they are a weakness of mine and collected over many years.

  3. Jill James
    March 2, 2015 / 8:46 am

    Thank you, Jazzy Jack, me and black always good companions.

  4. Elsie Davies
    March 2, 2015 / 9:43 am

    This outfit is a winner Jill. You've nailed this all black look and I think you can give any professional stylist a run for their money. Have a lovely week. xo

  5. Jill James
    March 2, 2015 / 10:38 am

    Thank you Elsie for your very kind comments.I hope all is well in your part of the country.

  6. Maggie Dallospedale
    March 2, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Hi sweet JillYou look stunningso stylish total blackkissesMaggie Dallospedale Fashion diary – Fashion blog

    • Jill James
      March 3, 2015 / 4:58 am

      Thank you Maggie for your kind comments,it is a pleasure to meet you.

  7. Olga Rani
    March 2, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Oh, in my latest post I too am wearing all black, well, almost all. You look very stylish in yours. Love the gloves, so pretty.

    • Jill James
      March 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

      I must come over and check out you in black, I am sure you will look wonderful, you always do.Thank you Olga, enjoy your week.

  8. Anonymous
    March 2, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Your wardrobe is so very artistic. Love that skort and seeing it styled differently. Good tips for wearing all black. I'm too shy to wear bright red lipstick, dumb isn't it? I need to work on that I think.

    • Jill James
      March 3, 2015 / 5:04 am

      Thank you Joni, I am enjoying playing with the skort and seeking different looks with it. I think you should definately try red lipstick, it is fun.

  9. Debbie Burns
    March 2, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Wise words about life. I, too, find we are always changing. Black, neutrals in general, always make me feel "right", too. I especially love those dotted gloves. Which reminds me, Spy Girl is doing a dots link-up this week. Debbie @

    • Jill James
      March 3, 2015 / 5:05 am

      So nice to hear from you Debbie.I read on Mis Papelicos that you are returning to blogging,I will look forward to it.Thank you for your kind words.

  10. The Style Crone
    March 2, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    A great portrait in black. I agree! You can't go wrong with varying the textures and creating a fabulous silhouette, which is what you've done with this ensemble. Thank you for sharing your chapeau and your beauty with Hat Attack!

    • Jill James
      March 3, 2015 / 5:06 am

      Thank you Judith for your kind words and for hosting Hat Attack,it always a pleasure to join in with the other hat wearers.

  11. Marea Dotz
    March 2, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    I share your sentiments about renewal. So many changes are just beyond the horizon for me and I feel young again because of it. Jill, you look extremely sophisticated and chic in this all black outfit. I just have to say: WOW!!!

    • Jill James
      March 3, 2015 / 5:10 am

      As confronting as change can be, embracing it is always a rewarding experience. I am sure yours will involve travel and will look forward to your travel photos.Thank you Marea.

  12. diaryofapennypincher
    March 2, 2015 / 4:47 pm

    Oh I agree with a previous comment, you could easily be on the cover of Vogue in this very chic outfit. You look stunning!

    • Jill James
      March 3, 2015 / 5:11 am

      Thank you so very much for those very generous comments.Hope all is well in the UK.

  13. Natalia Lialina
    March 2, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    Jill, you know how much I admire your life philosophy! I absolutely agree with you on everything you've said. You are a wise soul. I love how fierce, strong and artistic you look! You are the Queen of black ensembles – yours are always amazing! Love the gloves, sooooo adorable. xxx

  14. Jill James
    March 3, 2015 / 5:15 am

    Thank you Natalia for your always kind comments, I always seem to return to wearing black after dipping my toe in the colour pool. It was probably a little warm for the gloves but I couldn't resist. Enjoy your week my dear. XXX

    March 3, 2015 / 8:39 am

    Normally I don't like total black, but you are great. Kisses.

    • Jill James
      March 4, 2015 / 1:27 am

      Thank you Ana Maria for your kind comments.I know you are more of a colourful girl.

  16. Laurie Duncan
    March 3, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    I agree that some days, black just feels right, and it does simplify the process. Plus, you look great in it, so there you are! 🙂

    • Jill James
      March 4, 2015 / 1:29 am

      Thank you Laurie glad you liked the look.Hope some Spring weather comes your way soon.

  17. Jasmine Rabuñal Barrientos
    March 3, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    I truly agree with you. Btw, this is an amazing look. I love total black. Your gloves are to die for. Jasmine ♥

    • Jill James
      March 4, 2015 / 1:30 am

      Thank you Jasmine, sometimes it does just have to be black.

  18. Melanie
    March 5, 2015 / 7:55 am

    I love how you light up in this brilliant and dark outfit. You look part secret agent, part glam. You and Patti and Suzanne Carillo seem to be riding a similar vibe. Trying out the new is what keeps life interesting, I completely agree with you!

  19. Jill James
    March 5, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Thank you Melanie,part secret agent ,part glam must remember that.Must be the week for black.

  20. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    March 5, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    I truly love this outfit! Black is not an easy color to wear properly but you've kept it sharp and well-proportioned. I must say that those gloves are everything!

    • Jill James
      March 6, 2015 / 2:16 am

      Thank you Alicia for you always generous comments. I must admit to falling for the gloves at first sight.

  21. Glenda
    March 10, 2015 / 1:10 am

    Wow, Jill, this look is incredible. Dramatic, mysterious, sexy, alluring, artsy, etc. You nailed it!

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