Casual Black and White

Spring blossoms are at their peak in my garden , making them the perfect backdrop for my more casual look
today. A quick photo shoot was the order of the day as my youngest son was visiting for the weekend and
we were heading off for a quick visit to Hobart ( our capital city ) and a catch up with my other son.

Wearing a black and white jacket from Australian label Jump , paired with black pants, some of my black and white bangle collection and a black and a white necklace (worn together) .

The only colour this week comes from Mother Nature in the form of blue Dutch Iris and a pretty striped
pink and white tulip.

After a visit to my new hairdresser this week I left with a different hair colour. Now you really would think
that I should know by now not to ask for my colour a little warmer but I did and came out with a more red
tone than the gold I had imagined. I really think there is a message here, time to stop the colour and see
what happens. My only problem is my sons wedding at the end of February, I am not sure about half and half hair for a special occasion, so defiantely after then.
Any clever solutions , most welcome .

Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday

#iwillwearwhatilike at Not Dressed as Lamb

Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday



  1. Patti
    October 5, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    I think your hair looks marvelous – and as one in the middle of transitioning to silver, I also say – go for it! Hats and scarves and fascinators will work on wedding day : >-patti

    • Jill James
      October 6, 2015 / 9:34 am

      Thank you Patti , this hair colour thing is quite the dilema isn't it. You are so right about just wearing headwear.

  2. Laurie Duncan
    October 5, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    You can't go wrong with black and white! And I love the hair color, reminds me of my mom. 🙂

    • Jill James
      October 6, 2015 / 9:36 am

      I agree Laurie black and white always seems right. Thank you for your input I am still sitting on the bench about the hair.

  3. Tiina L
    October 5, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Beautiful flowers, the perfect backdrop for your stylish black and white outfit. I can imagine the trouble with hair dye, keeping it up… I grew up in a salon (both my mother and aunt were hairdressers) and these days I can barely stand having a haircut once a month. But lately the grey hairs seem to multiply at an alarming rate and I've began thinking about maybe covering them up…

    • Jill James
      October 6, 2015 / 9:38 am

      Thank you Tiina the garden flowers are at their best at the moment.I don't blame you for being salon shy after spending so much time there growing up.

  4. Marea Dotz
    October 5, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    I, too, am debating with self whether to let my hair go natural (which is pretty white in my case) but I'm waiting for that moment when a little voice (Mimi?) tells me, "It's time." So wait for that little voice, Jill. You'll know when it's right. Your new golden color is a bit bolder and very flattering.

    • Jill James
      October 6, 2015 / 9:41 am

      Thank you for that sound advice Marea , I think we all know when its time for us to go au natural. I so admire it on others but know my hair is still just a dark steel grey. We will have to keep tabs on our journeys.

  5. Val S
    October 6, 2015 / 1:39 am

    Those flowers are stunning! But so is your black and white jacket. I love the almost-sculptural styling – it's truly one of a kind!

    • Jill James
      October 6, 2015 / 9:42 am

      Thank you Val for your kind comments , I know I will have lots of wear from this jacket.

  6. Melanie
    October 6, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    I love your new colour even though it's not what you envisioned. But usually we work with what we get and grow into it or out of it I suppose. For your son's wedding you could wear a stunning hat if you go natural. You have so many beautiful pieces.I love the black and white and the architecture of your piece in the garden.

    • Jill James
      October 7, 2015 / 8:29 am

      Wise words Melanie , we do usually work with what we end up with don't we. I do love the thought of a stunning hat.

  7. diaryofapennypincher
    October 6, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    I do like your new, more reddish hair colour, and you wear monochrome so well. Lovely to see pics of your garden and the Spring flowers now we are in Autumn here and everything is starting to hibernate! You could always start growing your hair colour out between now and your son's wedding, then if you don't like your natural colour you can have it dyed before the big day?

    • Jill James
      October 7, 2015 / 8:31 am

      Thank you so much, I am a big fan of black and white and wear a lot of it over Spring and Summer. Glad you liked the Spring blooms. Hope Autumn weather is being kind.

  8. Petite Silver Vixen
    October 6, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    I really like the shade on you! I know the dilemma. I gave up the bottle – ha, ha, – 2 years ago as it was becoming expensive and I was in the middle of a big training course and the budget was reined in. I'm letting my grey co-habitate with my natural brunette and so far, they're getting along. I've decided to embrace it. It is what it is and I'm free from worrying about roots showing through and endless trips to the hair dresser. Another great jacket on you Jill. And oh so lovely seeing all those Spring flowers. And the tulips – one of my favourites and not just because I'm married to a Dutchman!

    • Jill James
      October 7, 2015 / 8:35 am

      Hair can be quite a dilemma , to go natural or continue to colour. You are so right about the cost , I know sooner or later I will stop colouring. Tulips are also my favourite Spring flower. Thank you for your always kind comments.

  9. Connie
    October 7, 2015 / 12:40 am

    I love black and white in the Springtime. It looks so fresh. And I actually really like your hair. I know it's not what you wanted but maybe you will start to like it better as time goes on and the next thing you know it is your all-the-time hair color. Oh I can't wait to see what you've chosen to wear to the wedding. It'll be bangin'! I just know it.

    • Jill James
      October 7, 2015 / 8:39 am

      Thank you Connie , I enjoy wearing black and white any time but agree it does look so fresh in Spring.Still haven't decided on the hair . I am working on the wedding outfit at the moment.

  10. dan
    October 7, 2015 / 5:59 am

    Hair…what a big problem!! 🙂 I have had the same idea about my hair several times!! If I only think how many times I went out to hairdresser with something different from what I had thought…I like your hair colour! But for any decision…yes, probably it would be better to wait after the wedding …Wonderful jacket! And your garden looks like … a paradise!!

  11. Jill James
    October 7, 2015 / 8:40 am

    Thank you so much for your advice Dan, I probably will wait until after the wedding or just find as Melanie suggested a stunning hat. Glad you enjoyed the garden

  12. Jan Graham-McMillen
    October 16, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Hello, Beauty! You know I have to love these black and white sets. So cool, so bold, so JILLY! Don't you love a sleeveless vest? Excellent color shift for your hair. This was a treat … thanks for posting, as always!

    • Jill James
      October 17, 2015 / 6:42 am

      Thanks so much Jan, you know how I love black and white. I agree vests are not only practical and easy to wear but they are timeless as well.

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