Winter Red

The first day of Winter , a good excuse to wear red a favourite of mine for bringing some cheer on those dreary days.This unusual vest has been in my closet for some time and has travelled several times to the
charity pile but always seems to get a reprive. Tell me what you think should it stay or go.

I always feel there is something beautiful about gardens in the Winter, their bare bones have a gentle flow after all the exuberance of colour over Spring and Summer. A good chance to make some changes and some much needed tidying up. Raffy just had to get into the act, a real scene stealer.

An exciting week in our house , my eldest son , Zac and his partner Sarah have announced their engagement
and my other son , Callum has secured a job with Ford after graduating as an engineer last year.

Pairing my red vest with black pants and wool jumper by Paula Ryan , black and white gloves and
a favourite black hat by Helen Kaminski.

Joining all the other hat wearing ladies and Judith , The Style Crone for Hat Attack
and Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.



  1. diaryofapennypincher
    June 2, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Stunning vest, definitely a keeper! It is a lovely shade of red, more on the cherry side which I prefer. Love the brooch too, very stylish as usual Jill! I love the winter silhouettes of nature, the skeletal trees and cold icy blue/lilac shades of a winter sky.

    • Jill James
      June 3, 2015 / 5:22 am

      Thank you for your advice, I think the vest is a keeper, a touch of bright on a dull day. I agree about the contrasts of nature in Winter.

  2. Tiina L
    June 2, 2015 / 10:47 am

    A keeper, definitely! Your an wear that vest in so many ways, and it's the perfect layering piece. Congratulations on all the good news in the family, too.

    • Jill James
      June 3, 2015 / 5:24 am

      Thank you Tiina , I feel the vest will stay and have many more outings this year.

    June 2, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    You definitely have the best jacket and most stylish in the world, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      June 3, 2015 / 5:24 am

      Always so kind, Mis P.

  4. Natalia Lialina
    June 2, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Yes, do keep it! I know I would. I really love this vest and the way you styled it – sooo beautiful, Jill! Lovely! Congratulations to your dear sons, and here is to new beginnings! One of the most favorite poets of mine, Joseph Brodsky, considered winter the time when you see the essence of things… I love the photo of you laughing! xxxxxxx

    • Jill James
      June 3, 2015 / 5:29 am

      The vote is for keeping , so you will no doubt see it again. Thank you for your congratulations, you are so right about a time of new beginnings. I must investigate Joseph Brodsky further, I enjoy discovering new poets. Thank you , Natalie.xx

  5. Unknown
    June 2, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    Lovely lovely waistcoat. Keep it.

    • Jill James
      June 3, 2015 / 5:29 am

      Thankyou so much.

  6. Alice Warren
    June 3, 2015 / 5:39 am

    Gorgeous vest and love those gloves!Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.comHope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Jill James
      June 4, 2015 / 4:47 am

      Thank you so very much Alice.

  7. The Style Crone
    June 3, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    I think the red vest is a keeper. I love how it flows with your black background. As a lover of gloves, I adore your black and white pair. Thank you so much for sharing your beauty with Hat Attack!

    • Jill James
      June 4, 2015 / 4:49 am

      Thank you so much Judith for your kind comments, I definately will keep the red vest. I too enjoy the polish that gloves give. Thank you once again for hosting Hat Attack.

  8. Jessica Jannenga
    June 3, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    I think you should Keep! I love the vest and the shape of it, I am a fan of red and black!!Looking great!Thanks for linking up to Turning Heads Tuesday!jess

    • Jill James
      June 4, 2015 / 4:50 am

      Thank you Jess , the vest is a keeper. Thank you for hosting Turning Heads Tuesday.

  9. Kezzie
    June 3, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Hello there!! I am visiting from the Hat Attack link up, your beautiful hat caught my eye and I had to come over and say how beautiful you look in it! SUCH a lovely hat and congratulations to your son, what wonderful news!x

    • Jill James
      June 4, 2015 / 4:51 am

      Hello Kezzie, thank you so much for visiting and for your kind comments.

  10. Melanie
    June 4, 2015 / 5:50 am

    You look glam fierce in this red vest. KEEP IT. But only if you want to. Heh. I like the architecture of your outfit, always interesting. You certainly have a gift. And congratulations on raising your kids to be moving on in life so well. Well done. What to wear to the wedding now…?

  11. Jill James
    June 4, 2015 / 9:18 am

    Votes are in, it definately a keeper. Interesting comment about the architecture of the outfit, something I have recently become more aware of. A wedding some way off as they are travelling to your part of the world next month for a few weeks so early next year, it will be fun finding what to wear.

  12. Olga Rani
    June 5, 2015 / 11:38 am

    You should definitely keep this vest, such a beautiful thing: the colour and the unusual design that creates such interesting folds. Congratulations on all the news in your family, that's wonderful.

    • Jill James
      June 6, 2015 / 3:39 am

      Thank you Olga for your good wishes, it is so satisfying to see our children making their own way in the world.The red vest will definately stay and no doubt have a few more outings this Winter.

  13. dan
    June 7, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    I vote for keeping the vest! The colour and shape suit you and red is very nice with black ( a colour that I often see on you )…Congratulations for the news! It's nice when sons and parents share special moments of their lives …

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