Black and Cream – Winter’s Light and Shade

Black and cream have been a combination I have enjoyed wearing for many a Winter.I always think
of them as  providing the elements of light and shade , sometimes hard to find at this time of year.

Playing in my closet often uncovers little surprises , the fluffy scarf and beret , that have remained
hidden for a while.I had forgotten how much I loved wearing them both as they are warm and cosy.
I am a big fan of shopping my closet , you never know what will emerge from the depths. So often
something that had fallen out of favour can be restyled or worn differently and hey presto new again.

Both my Moyuru black dress and the cream ruffled jacket have appeared on the blog previously, although
not together. They both reflect my own philosophy on only buying what I love and will wear for many
seasons to come. These days I buy very little retail as I find so much of the quality poor and I am
troubled by the concept of fast fashion and the way these items are produced.
I keep my eye out at our two local recycling stores for any treasures, sometimes you can be lucky.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday


Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday



  1. Patti
    August 22, 2016 / 11:46 am

    I love this color combination too Jill. And you look marvelous, what a wonderful silhouette. xox-Patti

    • Jill James
      August 23, 2016 / 1:31 am

      Thankyou Patti for always taking the time to comment, it is always appreciated.

  2. Tiina L
    August 22, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    I totally agree with you on buying only what you love and wearing it for many seasons. I hate fast fashion, even though I have to admit I have way too many clothes that could be labeled as such. But I hope to improve in this respect…It's a lovely outfit, and totally in keeping with your principles and style.

    • Jill James
      August 23, 2016 / 1:33 am

      I thought you would probably be of a similar mind on this subject Tiina as your thoughtful choices reflect this.Thankyou.

  3. Natalia Lialina
    August 22, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Beautiful outfit, Jill! Elegant and cozy, and I also love cream in place of stark white – I love its softness. The scarf and hat are wonderful! I have a few pieces that can be described as fast fashion I suppose. But I treat them the way I treat my better quality pieces – I bought them because I fell in love with design, so I plan to wear them for years, unless I realize that they don't fit my style – or my size, because it continues to change.

    • Jill James
      August 23, 2016 / 1:37 am

      Thank you Natalia, I always feel the softness of cream works so much better in the coolness of Winter light.I guess for me it is the throw away nature of some fast fashion I struggle with .

  4. Laurie Duncan
    August 22, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    I love this combination, especially with those red lips! And the hat is adorable! 🙂

    • Jill James
      August 23, 2016 / 1:38 am

      Thanks so much Laurie , me and my red lips , it just makes me happy.

  5. Connie
    August 22, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    You look so beautiful and elegant as always. I just want you to know how much I look forward to your wonderful outfits. Your closet is definitely a nice place to go shopping!!!

  6. Jill James
    August 23, 2016 / 1:40 am

    Connie you are so sweet, thankyou. It is often just too easy to just buy something new and then realise you already have something similiar , a habit I am guilty of and have finally broken.

  7. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    August 24, 2016 / 7:50 am

    I so agree with you, Jill – only buy what you love and know you will love forever. I love your "shopping in your closet" – I'll look forward to surprises in mine. xx

    • Jill James
      August 25, 2016 / 7:07 am

      We do get smarter about not buying for the sake of it as time passes and finding things we love forever.I will look forward to seeing what your closet reveals.

  8. Jessica Cangiano
    August 24, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    Marvelous cold weather ensemble, dear Jill. I adore the tiers on your skirt and your plush, cozy scarf in particular. Many hugs & happy wishes for the final days of August,♥ Jessica

    • Jill James
      August 25, 2016 / 7:08 am

      Thank you so much Jessica , I always enjoy some cool weather dressing.

  9. Jessica Jannenga
    August 25, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    Love the combo of cream and black Jill, the frilly ruffles are sweet on your gorgeous jacket!Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesdayjess

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