Back To My Roots

 After a visit to my hairdresser this week I have literally gone back to my roots. I must admit to colouring my
hair for so long I had forgotten the look of my light brown hair and I rather like it. The upkeep of the lighter colour was becoming a chore , to say nothing of the expense,  and with travel on the horizon I knew it was time. The other side benefit I hope is that my slowly greying hair can blend more naturally.

As often happens following a birthday I have been reflecting on both times past and the times still to come.
I feel my working life , due to changing circumstances , possibly coming to an end but I now am ready to
embrace the change that will bring and the new doors that will open.
I’d like to share a line of Nancy Mitford’s that means a lot to me , it’s in her biography of Voltaire.
” She was waiting ,unconsciously, for that revolution which often comes in the life of a woman no longer
young and directs the future course of her existence.”
I feel that revolution quietly evolves in all of us and it fills and lifts my heart. At this indeterminate moment
in my life , poised in mid-air , the past and future extend limitlessly before me and I am ready to embrace
it all.

One important part of embracing the future for me is to continue enjoying the process of fine tuning my own
personal style.Part of this for me is to be open to change , be it shape , style or colour and to enjoy the process and never take it too seriously.

Embracing the changes in my new Moyuru grey and cream wide striped pants , teamed with a Paule Ka
beige knit jacket with a large black bow detail that has seen many seasons , a black Tshirt , pointy shoes
from Paco Herero that are old favourites .

Joining Patti for Visible Monday ( sorry I am late ) and Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.



  1. Patti
    November 25, 2015 / 12:58 am

    You're not late – you're just in time : >I love that quote and have recorded it in my diary. Aging is not always easy or welcome. I like the idea of evolution/revolution, it's forward looking.And your hair looks totally lovely. Thanks for linking,-Patti

    • Jill James
      November 26, 2015 / 5:30 am

      Thank you Patti, so glad I'm not to late for Visible Monday. I agree aging is not always easy , so I have decided to view it as moving forward. I too am pleased with my hair.

  2. Tiina L
    November 25, 2015 / 6:35 am

    Beautiful quote. And happy birthday, I suppose it was recently? Your new hair looks great, perfectly in harmony with your style.

    • Jill James
      November 26, 2015 / 5:32 am

      Thank you for the birthday wishes Tiina, it was last week. I felt the quote was just right .

  3. Olga Rani
    November 25, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    Happy belated birthday dear Jill! Lovely new hair! And such a pretty jacket with that bow. We all will have to go through that revolution stage in our lives and I just wish when in my time I will embrace it with so much positive energy as you do.

    • Jill James
      November 26, 2015 / 5:35 am

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, Olga. I am sure you will cope well with the change when it is your turn.I have had this jacket for some time , the ow detail is what drew me to it initially.

  4. diaryofapennypincher
    November 25, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Your natural hair colour is lovely! As is your outfit, the cardi looks so cosy yet smart and those striped trousers suit you, those shoes are so cute!

    • Jill James
      November 26, 2015 / 5:36 am

      It has been so long since I had seen this colour , I now wonder why I coloured all this time, silly me. Glad you liked the outfit, the pants are so comfy and cool to wear.

  5. Laurie Duncan
    November 25, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    You do look great in the darker hair! And I see you're wearing a bow too, aren't they fun! That's a wonderful quote by the way. 🙂

    • Jill James
      November 26, 2015 / 5:37 am

      Thank you Laurie, we do share a love of a large bow don't we, they are fun to wear. Glad you liked the quote.

  6. dan
    November 25, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jill!The passing of time makes us change inside and out but every season of life has good sides…the quote beautifully expresses the concept !Your special personality reflects in your unique style! Those pants suit you well and are very nicely paired to the pointed shoes…I am trying to find a new hairstyle and find yours very nice

    • Jill James
      November 29, 2015 / 8:49 am

      Thank you Dan for your kind birthday wishes and your thoughtful comments, I agree every season of our lives has its good sides.Hope you find your new hairstyle, it takes a lot of thought to find the right obe.

  7. Marea Dotz
    November 25, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Your post was very personal and very inspiring. My own retirement has brought many changes in my life and it continues to evolve. I am calling it "self-containment"–learning to be comfortable with who I now am. It's not always easy, but I think it's why I enjoy reading the blogs of older women. Those of us who embrace the change and continue to seek new adventures are those who will survive it!

    • Jill James
      November 29, 2015 / 8:56 am

      Retirement does come with its challenges as does every new chapter in our lives, I so agree that embracing these changes and finding new challenges is the way forward.

    • Jill James
      November 29, 2015 / 8:57 am

      thankyou so much, Raffy is always happy to pose for photos.

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