Blooming All Over

A riot of colour has exploded in my garden over this last week with the first of my roses bursting into bloom and filling the air with their intoxicating fragrance.
I decided to add my own touch of colour in this Asian inspired floral print coat that I happened upon during
the week at Red Fox , a new to town vintage/ recycle store. Even though it is quite a change to what I often
choose it called my name and home it came.It is a mixture of linen lined with the hot pink .

The self sown red poppies in my courtyard reflect the poppies in the coat. On the other hand the white
dog in the foreground (named Raffy) just happened to be there and I like the way the shot turned out.
Although he is the same colour as my pants and silk top, they are both more cream than white but did
come out looking quite white.

This post celebrates Grown Up Glamour’s second anniversary, my how time has flown.I have learnt such
a lot in those two years and discovered so many wonderful, talented women all over the world. I have made many new friends and really do hope that I can meet some of them in person.
The connection with like minded souls is for me what truly makes blogging such a joy.
This was bought home to me recently when Natalia from In the Writers Closet said goodbye to the blogging
world for now as for her it had run its course in her life, it really did feel like saying my goodbyes to an old friend. I wish her well in her new writing endeavours.
The technical side of blogging is still for me a bit hit and miss , something I really hope to work on in the future. Maybe soon I will learn how to use blogs photos on Instagram, this is something that eludes me at present. Also I hope to redesign my page but this will have to wait until I have a computer savy son home
for a visit at Christmas.

My floral coat was teamed with a silk top from Marlene Birger and pants from Lisa Ho , both of these
I have had for many years , vintage 1960’s clip earrings , assorted resin and bakelite bangles.
My hat is from Marie Marcie , a French milliner , and was bought in Melbourne at Christines , a very
high end boutique, at a stock take sale for an extremely discounted price.

 Two of my favourite old fashioned roses , the striped one is Varigata de Bologna , the other Souvenier de
MalMaison, both bourban roses with stunning perfumes.

 Linking with Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack

Patti at NotDeadStyle for Visible Monday

Not Dressed as Lamb#iwillwearwhatIlike

Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday



  1. Tiina L
    November 2, 2015 / 7:26 am

    Yes, I can se why this jacket wanted to go home with you, it's beautiful. And how clever of you to coordinate your outfit with the dog! As for blog photos and Instagram, that is possible but requires some work, and Photoshop (or any other photo editing program). Because you have to get the photos to your phone first, you have to make them smaller (as in kilobits) and you can do that with Photoshop Elements (or any other photo editing program), then upload them onto Dropbox (or another cloud storage), then download them onto your phone, and then they are just like any photos in your phone. It sounds more complicated than it is.

    • Petite Silver Vixen
      November 2, 2015 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you Tiina – that's really helpful as I wasn't sure how to do this either!

    • Jill James
      November 3, 2015 / 5:43 am

      Thank you Tiina not only for your kind comments but for your helpful advice on blog photos to Instagram.As you know I am very technically challenged so this is very much appreciated, will try it out soon.

  2. Patti
    November 2, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    that jacket is a gorgeous as your gardens! Love the sunny hat too.-Patti

    • Jill James
      November 3, 2015 / 5:44 am

      Thank you Patti for those kind words and for hosting Visible Monday.

  3. Laurie Duncan
    November 2, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    That coat is just gorgeous! And the hat goes perfectly with it, happy spring! I wish I could smell those flowers of yours. 🙂

    • Jill James
      November 3, 2015 / 5:45 am

      Thank you Laurie, shame you are so far away . The coat is a happy change for me but one I know I will enjoy.

  4. Marea Dotz
    November 2, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    I love checking in with you because you are in opposite seasons. Here it is rainy and gray but THERE–all sunshine and color and fragrance. I didn't recognize you at first in all that burst of color. Lovely! That coat is really really beautiful.

    • Jill James
      November 3, 2015 / 5:46 am

      Glad to add some sunshine and colour to your rainy, gray days. I know that much colour is such a change for me but sometimes it is so good to ring the changes.

  5. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    November 2, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    WOW! It's lovely to see this bright, floral burst of beauty and color – such a contrast to the grey, dreary day outside my window. That coat is very unusual, yet very you. What a great find, and I hope to see it again!

    • Jill James
      November 3, 2015 / 5:48 am

      Thank you Alicia , I knew the coat was right from first sight. Happy to share some of our beauty and colour with you my friend.

  6. Petite Silver Vixen
    November 2, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    Oh Jill, your coat makes me smile just as much as the beautiful roses and poppies in your garden. I think this is my favourite outfit of yours so far and what a stunning one to celebrate your second blog anniversary! I love the grey background, the beautiful flowers on it and the hot pink detailing. It's fabulous! And Raffy is adorable.Happy 2nd Anniversary to Grown Up Glamour. I miss Natalia too as I so enjoyed her blog.

    • Jill James
      November 3, 2015 / 5:50 am

      Thank you for your kind wishes , I can't believe it really is two years. I do like your description of the coat , it made me smile when I first saw it.

  7. Melanie
    November 2, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Whoa, that colour! The jacket is absolutely stunning on you, particularly with that vivid yellow hat. You must leave trails of smiles wherever you go in this outfit. LOVE.

    • Jill James
      November 3, 2015 / 5:52 am

      I know me and colour but somedays it just seems right. Glad you liked the yellow hat , a tricky colour to wear but I love it.

  8. Lisa M
    November 3, 2015 / 12:39 am

    Oooh, Jill…you look so lovely! Gorgeous jacket. I was just talking about my lack of ability to do bright colors properly. You have done it to perfection!

    • Jill James
      November 3, 2015 / 5:53 am

      Thank you Lisa , as you know I usually am much more neutral in my choice of colour but I really liked this combination , so maybe there is more colour on the way.

  9. dan
    November 3, 2015 / 8:10 am

    Fantamstic! The jacket is itself a wonderful floral garden!! Lovely hat and very beautiful colour of lipstick …Your garden with those stunning roses always is the most special background for your photos, and Raffu seems to be very interested in he shooting!

    • Jill James
      November 4, 2015 / 4:25 am

      Thank you Dan , late Spring is always the best time in my garden with the roses out. I will admit the jacket is quite a change for me but I am really happy with it.

  10. Olga Rani
    November 3, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    What a beautiful post Jill! All those flowers in your garden and on your coat! I really love this look! The coat is simply amazing, so pretty and colourful. And that yellow hat, what a sweet way to complete this look! Congratulations on two years of blogging!

    • Jill James
      November 4, 2015 / 4:26 am

      Thank you Olga , we could have been twins in our floral outfits this week. Time does fly it really doesn't seem like I have been blogging for two years.

  11. diaryofapennypincher
    November 3, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    The jacket is beautiful and looks lovely on you. I love how you match your garden! We are well into Autumn here and those floral shots are really making me yearn for Summer, even though I love Winter!

    • Jill James
      November 4, 2015 / 4:28 am

      Thank you so much , glad you like the Summery feel both in the garden and the floral jacket.I see Winter is approaching in your neck of the woods , enjoy.

  12. Merci Jowi
    November 4, 2015 / 7:12 am

    I love your style. You are beautiful. Thanks so much for visiting my blog too.Merci

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2015 / 5:20 am

      Thank you so very much Merci, I was so pleased to make your acquaintance.

  13. Elsie Davies
    November 4, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    The jacket is amazing. I love it Jill, and that hat. I always wish I lived in Tassie whenever I visit your blog as I'd love to go shopping with you. xo

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2015 / 5:21 am

      Yes it is a shame you are not closer we could have fun together. Thank you for your kind words Elsie.

  14. The Style Crone
    November 4, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    Love the pops of color in this absolutely stunning ensemble. Congratulations on your second blogging anniversary. Thank you so much for sharing your beauty and your amazing yellow hat with Hat Attack!

    • Jill James
      November 5, 2015 / 5:24 am

      Thank you Judith for your kind words, it is always my pleasure to join Hat Attack.

  15. Jessica Cangiano
    November 8, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Sensational outfit, Jill! This is one of those chic, beautiful, feel good looks that spreads joy wherever it is worn.Big hugs & many sincere thanks for your lovely comment on my 99 questions post this weekend,♥ Jessica

  16. Jazzy Jack
    November 9, 2015 / 7:13 am

    It's Spring!The hat is adorable and I just love linen. It would have walked home with me too!Congrats on your 2nd blogaversary :-)Xo Jazzy Jack

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