A Hat and Leopard By The River

I discovered this interesting hat the other day at a recycled clothing store and it turned out to be just perfect
for a Winter drive in the sunshine to a pretty little spot by the river known as Native Point.

Unfortunately the hat came without a label so I know nothing of its origins , it is a felt and comes with attached scarf that could be cashmere. If anyone has any ideas on its origin I would love to know.

 Walking along a path through the native bush wearing a black coat with a large plush leopard collar that
has seen many Winter days and is now older than my grown sons, I believe in getting my money’s worth from my coats and jackets.

On another note I was deeply honoured to be interviewed by the very talented Natalia from In the Writers Closet . If you don’t know Natalia she is a not only a wonderfully skilled writer , she has her own colourful style and is a master of accessories , always beautifully photographed.
One of Natalia’s questions was “what does blogging bring to your life”?. Meeting and making friends with like minded souls and sharing a little of their lives for me is truly the best part of this whole blogging experience.

Taking my new hat to join Style Crone for Hat Attack 


Happiness at Mid Life for Throwback Thursday



  1. Jazzy Jack
    July 1, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Lovely interview Jill! You really are a glamourpuss.How I look forward to visiting Tasmania again one day. We lived in Hobart for a wonderful seven months many years ago.xo Jazzy Jack

    • Jill James
      July 2, 2015 / 5:38 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words . If you get over here again, we must try and catch up.

  2. diaryofapennypincher
    July 1, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    The simple lines of your new found hat go perfectly with your collared coat, just fab!

    • Jill James
      July 2, 2015 / 5:39 am

      Thank you , I knew when I saw the hat I would have so many ways to wear it.

  3. Natalia Lialina
    July 1, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    What a great find, Jill! Just perfect with the scarf and this gorgeous, rich coat. Beautiful photos too – such wonderfully blue clear sky! Thank you so very much for your kind words. It was so much fun and pleasure to work with you on the interview! Your answers are wise and grounded, which is exactly as you strike me! Truly inspiring! xxxxx

    • Jill James
      July 2, 2015 / 5:42 am

      It was my pleasure to work with you on this project Natalia , I so admire your writing ability.The one thing I like about our Winters is the clear crisp days with those blue skies. Once again many thanks for your kind words, Jill. XX

  4. Jessica Cangiano
    July 1, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Hats, plus leopard, plus an amazing coat…ooohhh, you so know that I'm there!!! 🙂 I've never had a leopard print (or trimmed) coat, come to think of it, but you are so making me daydream amount one now. It wouldn't be handy at the moment though, with summer just kicking up here – a leopard bathing suit would probably be a smarter choice for the next two – three months. 🙂 After that though, big time!!! Have a stellar July, my lovely friend!♥ Jessica

    • Jill James
      July 2, 2015 / 5:47 am

      I have always enjoyed wearing leopard print, it seems to warm up A cold Winter's day. Enjoy that Summer sunshine , maybe in a swimsuit, I know it does seem to be over in a flash. Thank you so much Jessica. xx

  5. Marea Dotz
    July 2, 2015 / 3:26 am

    You look so glamourous in your coat and hat. I always love connecting with you because it always shakes me up. Here we are in the U.S. boiling in the heat and you are wearing a winter coat! And just when we put on our coats, you'll be posing in a swimsuit. (ok . . . maybe not!)

    • Jill James
      July 2, 2015 / 5:49 am

      Thank you Marea for your always kind comments. I know the opposite seasons take a bit of getting used to , I enjoy all the Summer stories at present it warms a cold day.

  6. Porcelina
    July 2, 2015 / 8:28 am

    How fabulous do you look?! Like an old-school movie star x

  7. Jill James
    July 2, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Thank you so very much for your kind words.

  8. Olga Rani
    July 2, 2015 / 10:54 am

    So very glamorous, Jill! Looking like a Hollywood Diva. The leopard collar is "to die for" piece to have in one's wardrobe. The new hat matches the look perfectly as well as the sunglasses and those leopard gloves.

    • Jill James
      July 3, 2015 / 8:08 am

      Thanks Olga , I always am partial to a little leopard to brighten up the Winter, I guess this is why this coat has continued to be a favourite part of my Winter.

  9. dan
    July 2, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    That is a fantastic hat, Jill! The attached scarf is a very nice idea, and I would love to find a similar one for myself!I absolutely share your idea about blogging, you have express it wi really perfect words:making friends with like minded souls, and sharing a little of their lives!

    • Jill James
      July 3, 2015 / 8:10 am

      Thank you Dan , I was drawn to the style and practicality of this hat. Blogging does add something special to our lives.

  10. The Style Crone
    July 3, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    I'm a lover of leopard, and your coat is stunning. I love the contrast of glamour and nature. The hat is quite the find! Functional yet stylish, which is a great combination. Thank you for sharing your beauty with Hat Attack!

    • Jill James
      July 5, 2015 / 1:55 am

      I have always admired your leopard print collection Judith , especially those wonderful hats. I am very pleased with this hat and know I will enjoy it for many Winters to come. I always enjoy catching up with all the other hat lovers , thank you so much for hosting Hat Attack.

  11. Alice Warren
    July 3, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    What a stunning coat!! You look beautiful in your new hat/scarf combo.Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!Alicewww.happpinessatmidlife.com

    • Jill James
      July 5, 2015 / 1:56 am

      Thank you so much Alice , I enjoyed TBT and plan to continue.

  12. Melanie
    July 6, 2015 / 5:02 am

    I loved your interview! Which remind me that I have to go back to Natalia's and comment there… Oooh, a hat with an attached scarf reminds me of glamour Hollywood days, open Bugatti's and martinis. Your hat with the coat do a fine job at recreating the mystique.

    • Jill James
      July 8, 2015 / 7:15 am

      Thank you Melanie, I enjoyed the interview with Natalia, she is such a talented writer. Must remember to find a Bugatti and a martini for the hat's next outing.

  13. Elsie Davies
    July 7, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Beautiful outfit Jill. I love the coat and hat combo and the matching gloves. Enjoy the rest of your week. xo

    • Jill James
      July 8, 2015 / 7:16 am

      Thank you so very much, Elsie.

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