Burnt Orange and Spring Blooms

 Today’s Spring sunshine called for colour, so I chose to wear burnt orange , a colour more often
evoking Autumn (or Fall depending where you hail from) but who cares I am rather fond of this colour
and wear it regardless of season.

I was away for a few days and came home to my magnolia tree in full bloom . I planted this tree more than
twenty five years ago and every year it rewards me with its magnificent blooms that perfume the whole garden. Spring beauty is often short lived but so wonderful in all its exhuberance.

Raffy just had to make a guest appearance, anyway I have always thought orange and white make a
good combination.

Wearing a vintage 1950’s hat , that I purchased at an antique store in the small town of Daylesford. The hat
is made from wool felt and feathers in the most gorgeous red brown with touches of red, black, blue , white
and green. I must admit it was love at first sight and new it just had to come home with me.

I love how the change of seasons sparks a renewal of thought and actions , for me along with some other
ideas I have decided to inject some colour into my normal monochrome wardrobe. We will see how things evolve as time rolls on.
Today I am wearing a coat from Ark( seen on several different occasions) , black pants, a silk wrap ( from Paris , a kind gift from a friend ) , orange and mustard bangles and my new hat.

Joining Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb for I will wear what I like , this weeks theme is colour
and Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.



  1. diaryofapennypincher
    September 8, 2015 / 7:58 am

    I just love burnt orange, what a fab outfit and another gorgeous stylish hat!

    • Jill James
      September 8, 2015 / 8:50 am

      Burnt orange is a favourite of mine . I loved this hat the first moment I saw it.

  2. Tiina L
    September 8, 2015 / 8:10 am

    Orange is a great colour for you! And Raffy goes with anything, the best accessory ever!

    • Jill James
      September 8, 2015 / 8:51 am

      Thank you Tiina , I see more orange in my future. Raffy does enjoy getting in on the act.

  3. Samantha Blair
    September 8, 2015 / 8:28 am

    What a great autumnal palette of colour….I love the oranges, yellow and rust…My favourite season!XXXSamanthaFake Fabulous

    • Jill James
      September 8, 2015 / 8:53 am

      Autumn is also my favourite season , both the colours and the weather.Thank you for your kind comments.

  4. Olga Rani
    September 8, 2015 / 8:39 am

    I like to see you wearing colour Jill! I love this autumn shade of orange and it looks great on you. Especially in the company of the feather hat, such an amazing creation!

    • Jill James
      September 8, 2015 / 8:55 am

      Thank you Olga, I can see me in more colour. The hat is quite exceptional in its style and colour.

    September 8, 2015 / 11:53 am

    You are beautiful in colour, my dear Jill.Isn´t it amazing that you are nearly in Spring while we aproach AutumnYou are in full bloom lovelinessXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      September 9, 2015 / 11:48 am

      Maybe its the change of season but I have needed more colour in my life. Glad you liked it Sacramento , a great compliment as you are the Queen of colour.

  6. Laurie Duncan
    September 8, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    I think it looks fabulous, but then I'm in an autumn mood right now! And the feathered hat is so perfect 🙂

    • Jill James
      September 9, 2015 / 11:50 am

      This colour to me is perfect in either Autumn or Spring.Enjoy those wonderful Autumn colours, Laurie.

  7. Marea Dotz
    September 8, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    Very bold and beautiful, Jill. Absolutely adore that hat! I've been eyeing a few feathered beauties in some vintage stores, as well, but I'm just not sure I will wear them. You have given me courage! Think I'll go take a second look.

    • Jill James
      September 9, 2015 / 11:52 am

      Thank you so much Marea. I do hope one of those feathered beauties comes home with you, I can just picture you wearing them, they are a thing of beauty.

  8. Natalia Lialina
    September 8, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    Splendid look, Jill! I'm with you – burned orange is such a great color. And yes, orange with white is so beautiful (especially if your white is Raffy!). Your hat is a beauty! I find myself wanting and getting more hats, though nothing vintage yet. Happy new season, my dear!

    • Jill James
      September 9, 2015 / 11:55 am

      Thank you dear Natalia, we are both a fan of burnt orange. The hat was love at first sight , it just had to come home. Enjoy your Autumn.

  9. Petite Silver Vixen
    September 9, 2015 / 11:34 am

    I love your move into colour Jill, following on from Purple Haze and Burnt Orange is another winner! I love the delicate pattern on the scarf and that hat is just so wonderful. How lovely to come back to your magnolia in full bloom. I love it when the magnolias are out. It's all too brief but my, they do put on a fabulous show.

    • Jill James
      September 9, 2015 / 11:58 am

      Thank you so much, I am enjoying some colour right now. Magnolias are so beautiful , even though they are short lived.

  10. dan
    September 10, 2015 / 6:34 am

    I am not a fan of orange as it isn't nice on me but the burnt shade of your outfit is really beautiful!! And, yes, it does matches to white very well! Little Raffy can be proud of it … :-)Wonderful blooming around you …

  11. Jill James
    September 10, 2015 / 6:53 am

    Spring blooms are always so welcome after Winter. Orange is one of those tricky colours, it either works for you or not, for me it does. Thank you Dan , enjoy your week.

  12. Jessica Cangiano
    September 17, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Magnificent ensemble, dear Jill! Orange is such a passionate, fun, cheerful hue! Light and dark varieties of it suit me best and I'm totally stoaked that we're heading to fall here again Canada – the season that suits orange best – and that I'll get to don plenty of it in the coming wees.Big hugs,♥ Jessica

    • Jill James
      September 20, 2015 / 10:28 am

      Thankyou dear Jessica I agree with your take on orange , it definately is one of my favourites. Enjoy the coming of Fall in Canada and the beauty it brings.

  13. Jessica Jannenga
    September 20, 2015 / 11:44 pm

    JillI must take this photo for our interview post. The oufit is an absolute favorite. Perhpas it is because I love everything pumpkin in the fall, I also love burnt orange!! Gorgeous jacket, and the hat is so unique and beautiufl with the feathers. Your little pup looks so sweet!Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  14. Jill James
    September 21, 2015 / 4:12 am

    Please do Jess, burnt orange is a favourite colour of mine, I just wish it were easier to find all year round. Raffie is a sweetie even if somewhat mischievious, that is half the fun isn't it.Thank you for hosting Turning Heads Tuesday.

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