Black Ruffles and Rainbow Fingers

Black ruffles and rainbow finger gloves were the order of the day for a Brunch with friends last Sunday.

I am not always a fan of ruffles , finding them a bit fussy for my taste but when I spied this Paula Ryan

black wool jacket at a recycle clothing store I just knew it had to come home . It has become the perfect

addition to my wardrobe and by removing the tags inside I am able to wear it inside out, a two in one jacket.

The ruffles on the back , don’t you just love a jacket as good coming as going.
Please excuse the Raggedy Anne look of my hair at the back, I had been growing out a bad haircut and until
I looked at these photos I did not realise how uneven it was. Note to self study the back of your hair more
often. This is one of the side benefits of blogging , viewing photos of yourself.( or is it a negative).

My gloves are another of my trips special souvenirs , I .purchased them in Lisbon, Portugal from Luvaria Ulisses. A specialist glove store that has been selling the most beautiful gloves since 1925.

My velvet hat with its fluffy feather is also from Portugal. I found it in a corner of a shop selling the usual range of touristy things in a hilltop village named Monsaranz. I will have fond memories of my time there
at every wear.

Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday


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  1. Patti
    July 18, 2016 / 11:41 am

    Stunning, Jill! The velvet hat is a treasure. xo-Patti

    • Jill James
      July 18, 2016 / 11:34 pm

      Thank you so much Patti, I know I will treasure this hat and the gloves for many years to come.

  2. Tiina L
    July 18, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    Isn't it wonderful to find these independent shops still selling special items? That's a souvenir to cherish! I know what you mean ruffles being fussy. But that doesn't mean you couldn't find the one item that works for you, and you obviously did.

    • Jill James
      July 18, 2016 / 11:37 pm

      So true Tiina, the loss of these shops worldwide is such a shame and the loss of the craftmanship that they showcased is so sad. I think the fact that the ruffles are in black wool makes the difference.

  3. Marea Dotz
    July 18, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Shopping when traveling is always so much fun and I'm very impressed by your finds. Also, the back of that jacket is fantastic so good for you for being a bit daring!

    • Jill James
      July 18, 2016 / 11:39 pm

      I must agree Marea about shopping while travelling and buying some wearable memories.Thank you for stopping by, I have enjoyed following your recent travels.

  4. Nora Fab
    July 18, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Your outfit is very beautiful. I would have liked to see the other side of the jacket .

    • Jill James
      July 18, 2016 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you so much Nora, sorry I neglected to show the other side of the jacket, quite remiss of me.

  5. Laurie Duncan
    July 18, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    You always manage to find the coolest clothing and accessories! Those gloves are really the best! 🙂

    • Jill James
      July 18, 2016 / 11:42 pm

      You are too kind Laurie. I must admit to seeking out items with a point of difference. Shopping retail here has become much more difficult as all our smaller more interesting shops have disappeared.

  6. Connie
    July 19, 2016 / 4:37 am

    You are so much a woman of today but you have the spirit of an elegant well dressed woman of the 1920's and 30's. You did some excellent shopping.

    • Jill James
      July 19, 2016 / 9:27 am

      Funny you should say that Connie, some days I do feel I should have been born in a different era . I am enjoying the fruits of my shopping.

  7. Natural Medley
    July 19, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Not everyone would feel that jacket, but you obviously found a home for it. Yay!I adore your glamorous travel souveniers. It's such fun to inject some travel spirit into your wardrobe.Especially as fancy as these.I think you are too critical of your hair. It looks fine to me! Xo Jazzy Jack

    • Jill James
      July 19, 2016 / 9:30 am

      Thank you so much, I am so pleased the jacket came home as it will get much wear this Winter.Maybe I am a tad critical of my hair, we are always our own worst critics.

  8. Elsie Davies
    July 19, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    What a beautiful jacket. I love the ruffles on the back, so unique. Yes I agree with you, blogging can have its good and bad sides but it makes you improve. Have a lovely week

    • Jill James
      July 20, 2016 / 9:29 am

      Glad you liked the jacket Elsie, I also like the back. So true about blogging inspiring us to improve as needed.

  9. Natalia Lialina
    July 20, 2016 / 5:18 am

    You look beautiful and charming, my friend! I love this jacket – what an extravagant piece, and together with this gorgeous hat and gloves, ooh la la! 🙂 You find the best souvenirs, Jill! I must remember (writing down): "Shopping for clothes and accessories while traveling." 🙂

    • Jill James
      July 20, 2016 / 9:32 am

      Thankyou dear Natalia for your always kind comments. I do enjoy finding travel souvenirs that bring memories every time I wear them.

    July 20, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I adore your wonderfu ruffle jacket, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh My dearest Jill you have such an eyeMil besosXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      July 21, 2016 / 1:25 am

      Thank you so much Sacramento , you can see why it had to be

  11. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    July 21, 2016 / 7:42 am

    You look fabulous! I love the jacket, multi coloured gloves!! And the hat is just gorgeous. So pleased I have discovered your blog, Jill, and to find someone else wearing winter fashion while the rest of the blogging world seems to be floating around in summer cool!

    • Jill James
      July 22, 2016 / 5:34 am

      Thank you so much Elizabeth.I too am glad to discover your blog, Australian bloggers of our vintage seem to be thin on the ground.

  12. Olga Rani
    July 25, 2016 / 6:29 am

    What a great find this jacket is! I too am not a big fan of ruffles but here they look so natural and so interesting and so pretty! Looking gorgeous Jill…as always!

  13. Jill James
    July 25, 2016 / 10:52 am

    I always enjoy your feedback Olga, thank you so much.

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