A Hat Fit For A Queen Among The Wattles

Golden Wattle (Acacia Pycnantha) is native to South Eastern Australia . The flowering season is from late July into August when the tree is covered with bracts of golden blooms . I always eagerly anticipate the arrival of the flowering wattles , they herald the start of longer days in the final weeks of Winter.

The gold of the wattle seems to add a warm glow to everything around it , I never cease to be in awe of how clever Mother Nature is. The arrival of such vibrance at an otherwise dull time of year bears testament to this. I am adding my own touch of gold in the studs on my gloves and the buttons on my military style coat.

 The starkness of the surrounding bush a total contrast to the exuberance of the flowering wattles.

Today I am wearing a military style coat from Lisa Ho that has seen many Winters , worn over a lace trimmed black skirt by Jump, from many seasons ago , my studded gloves from Ted Baker , black suede boots and a bag from Spencer & Rutherford.

I found this navy blue velvet hat recently at my local recycled clothing store and knew it had to be mine even though navy and I are not really the best of friends. It is made by Frederick Fox in England , and the label inside says , “By appointment to Her Majesty The Queen , Milliner ” .. It is the most sumptuous velvet and I really love the oversize bow , I think we have bonded. Ah, hat love, the best.

I had to finish, as I started with a floral theme , these are the first daffodils to flower in my garden , a definite harbinger of Spring.

Joining ( a little late ) Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Alice for Throwback Thursday and later in the
week I will share my new hat with the other hats at Style Crone for Hat Attack.



    July 29, 2015 / 7:37 am

    You have the most interesting pieces of the bloggosphere. Wonderful indeed every single time.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  2. Jill James
    July 29, 2015 / 9:31 am

    Thank you dear Sacramento, most of these I have had for many years , several are from Australian designers. It does pay to hold onto our favourites.

  3. Marea Dotz
    July 29, 2015 / 2:41 pm

    Stunning photographs. Love those gloves and your hat is a real find!

    • Jill James
      July 30, 2015 / 8:29 am

      Thank you Marea , I always love the colour of the wattles.

  4. diaryofapennypincher
    July 29, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Another stunning outfit! I had a poor imitation of that amazing hat and loved it, your coat and frilled skirt are gorgeous. You look thoroughly Edwardian today!

    • Jill James
      July 30, 2015 / 8:30 am

      Thank you so much , the plush velvets are a return to the Edwardian era.

  5. Tiina L
    July 29, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    Once again, I'm in awe of your fab coats… Yes, I agree, you should hold onto your favourites, even if you get tired of them for a while. You never know when they might be useful again.

    • Jill James
      July 30, 2015 / 8:32 am

      As you know I keep my coats and jackets for ever and I agree some years they are not worn and then come out again. Have a great week.

  6. Natalia Lialina
    July 29, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Oh Jill, this outfit is magnificent! You look like a Queen yourself! I would love a jacket like this one, and the hat is superb, of course. How beautiful the golden wattles are! They remind me of forsythia that flowers the first (or among the first bushes) and for a very, very long time. Mother Nature is sure wise and kind, providing us with so much needed sunshine, in the most unexpected ways. 🙂 Much love xxx

    • Jill James
      July 30, 2015 / 8:35 am

      I agree with you on Mother Nature adding some sunshine with the flowers that make late Winter shine. I must admit there is something regal about this hat, it is a joy to wear. Thank you dear Natalia. xx

  7. Olga Rani
    July 30, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Looking stunning, Jill! A very stylish coat and I love all the layers that are seen underneath. The hat is another beautiful piece into your collection! Beautiful photos of the blooming!

    • Jill James
      August 1, 2015 / 7:35 am

      Thank you so much Olga , even though I have had this coat for some time I never get sick of wearing it.

  8. dan
    July 31, 2015 / 10:43 am

    Great photos with those golden Wattles! And you are very cute! I especially love your bag…as I am very fond of bags, yours has immediately caught my attention!!End of winter for you means…end of summer for us!! 🙁

    • Jill James
      August 1, 2015 / 7:39 am

      Glad you like the bag Dan , an old favourite of mine for Winter. I do hope our arrival of Spring comes early and your Autumn late and mild.I know you are not a fan of Winter.

  9. Petite Silver Vixen
    July 31, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    I too look forward to the first signs of Spring and my heart always skips a beat when I see the early buds coming through, first the snowdrops, then the crocii, then the daffodils. How gladden your heart must've been seeing this wonderful show of colour from the wattles. A magnificent backdrop to the plush velvet and other textures of your outfit. Very regal indeed!http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

  10. Jill James
    August 1, 2015 / 7:40 am

    Those first Spring signs are such a joy to us flower lovers. Thank you for your always kind comments.

  11. Jessica Jannenga
    August 1, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    Love those flowers and I learn something new when I visit your site: whatles. Your hat is marvelous and i love the assymetric coat! Great jacket Jill!Thank you for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Jill James
      August 2, 2015 / 7:06 am

      Thankyou Jess for your kind comments and also for hosting Turning Heads Tuesday.

  12. Alice Warren
    August 2, 2015 / 5:50 am

    A very fun hat and that coat is just stunning with the great button details.Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Jill James
      August 2, 2015 / 7:07 am

      Many thanks for hosting TBT and for your kind words Alice.

  13. The Style Crone
    August 3, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Stunning photos and your ensemble is very regal next to the Golden Wattle. I love every detail. "Ah, hat love, the best." Thank you so much for sharing with Hat Attack!

  14. Jill James
    August 4, 2015 / 10:21 am

    Thank you Judith, I so enjoy joining in for Hat Attack and seeing all the different styles.

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