Black , Some Touches of Red and a New Perspective

The outfit I had planned to wear for today’s post was very different to this one but as often happens ,to me at least, it didn’t feel right so here I am back in my always feels right black, with added touches of red.

A side benefit of blogging is scouting out new areas of my small city that make good backdrops for
photography.Today was one of those days when things didn’t quite go as planned , the wall behind
me that I have used on previous occasions was covered with some most imaginative street art
or graffiti (depending on your perspective) but in their wisdom our local council has painted over
or removed them and returned it to its dreary grey state.

These few shots were taken in area that used to house the Gas Works , I am rather fond of its
worn patina but that will soon disappear as the area is to be redeveloped in the near future.

A rusty wheel was a great place to show my red suede boots from Ara and a peek at my bangles.

 I would like to thank everyone for their kind and helpful comments on my last post about the
challenges of retirement, it has helped give me a new perspective on embracing the changes.
One thing I wish to explore is dressing as an art form and seeing where that path leads, it should
be fun,  maybe so much more colour in the future. I also plan to turn a no longer used bedroom
into my office/ playroom (dressingroom), one advantage of your children leaving home.
Blogging friends really are the best, thank you all.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday

Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday



  1. Tiina L
    August 8, 2016 / 8:04 am

    These red accessories really lift the whole outfit, upstaging your black pieces. Colour really suits you.

    • Jill James
      August 9, 2016 / 6:31 am

      Many thanks Tiina, I always like the pop a red gives. I see me wearing more colour in the future.

  2. Patti
    August 8, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Loving the red accents, and the unique little backdrops in your city. I love a city wall with character. Thanks for linking, xox-Patti

    • Jill James
      August 9, 2016 / 6:33 am

      Thank you Patti, sometimes it is good to see a new side to the place you live.A big thanks for hosting Patti.

  3. Laurie Duncan
    August 8, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    What a stunning outfit! I really love the red boots and hat! 🙂

    • Jill James
      August 9, 2016 / 6:33 am

      I always so appreciate your thoughts Laurie, thankyou.

  4. Olga Rani
    August 9, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Another fabulous look, Jill! Red and black – so classy, so elegant, so perfect on you.

    • Jill James
      August 10, 2016 / 2:55 am

      Thank you so much Olga , black and I really are the best of friends.

  5. Natalia Lialina
    August 9, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    I am excited to see you playing more and develop your art – yes, it is art! – of dressing! I love this outfit. The hat and booties are gorgeous! I also always (or nearly always) go by my feeling when I dress for a day. You just can't go wrong when you listen to yourself.I love patina and graffiti, and you always manage to find the most interesting backdrops for your photos. They probably won't get rid of all places like this, there always will be something else to discover.

    • Jill James
      August 10, 2016 / 2:58 am

      You are a wise girl, the voice inside is always right I have found too. I know I will enjoy playing more with style.I do hope this area is not modernised too much , the aged patina always adds to the the character of a place.

  6. Jessica Cangiano
    August 10, 2016 / 3:13 am

    What an awesome outfit – and location (love the fabulously rusty wheel!). We live in a fairly small town, too, and are constantly on the prowl for new/unique places to take outfit snaps. Sometimes all it takes is a different season to help a spot look almost like it's a separate location entirely, so returning to spots that we've shot in before is never off the table either (and of course, some locations get reused – especially the local beaches and parks). Many hugs & happy mid-August wishes,♥ Jessica

    • Jill James
      August 11, 2016 / 5:38 am

      Thank you Jessica for your kind response .I was rather pleased with how this location worked out , as you know in a smaller town possibilities can be limited. Enjoy your Summer.

  7. dan
    August 10, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    That is a good place for taking photos and a good backdrop for your outfit. The red accessories go very nicely with black and are the sign of your personality! I love your bangles …P.s.For sure fashion can be a form of Art!

    • Jill James
      August 11, 2016 / 5:40 am

      I agree fashion is most definately a form of art, depending on your take on it.I must admit to rather liking the red and black combination this Winter.

    • Jill James
      August 11, 2016 / 5:41 am

      Many thanks for your kind comments. I will endevour to link up .

  8. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    August 24, 2016 / 7:37 am

    Jill you look fabulous! I love this outfit, the interesting skirt – love it, and those boots! And the cap! The photo with the rusty wheel is great (your dressing as art form has begun!)Have fun with embracing change. xx

  9. Jill James
    August 25, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Thank you Elizabeth , glad you liked the outfit, the skirt is an alltime favourite of mine, you will see it again in many guises. Embracing change , although sometimes a challenge keeps life interesting.

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