Minimial – White Shirt and a Boater

Summer has finally arrived in my part of the world and as I often do I turned to a white shirt and
a broad brimmed hat. My white shirt is a new one purchased in Melbourne on my recent visit.
I was rather pleased when I found it as I have been on the search for the perfect white shirt for
quite some time. You really wouldn’t have thought it would be so tricky to find but it was or am I
just too fussy . I did have requirements , it must cotton , made in Australia and have a little pizazz.
This one is made in Melbourne by Tiffany Treleor and is pure cotton and I love its style.

To complete the look for my first Summer post I added a black Moyuru skirt and my new straw
boater, another item I had been on the lookout for and came across last week at Yeltour, a local

Round black sunglasses by Preen and some black earrings top off my minimal look.
Speaking of minimal , I have finally given my blog a makeover . After much deliberation
and playing with templates I choose this one , Minum, from Pigdig in the U.K. I felt it
reflected my own aesthetic perfectly.I had read nothing but good reports about Pigdig and I
too found them to be extremely helpful , they even installed it for me , a bonus for technically
challenged me. Thank you to Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb as it was on her blog that I
first read about this company.

My first pair of Trippen Happy sandals.Their name suits them perfectly , so comfortable and a delight to wear .I am indeed one happy girl.

Sometimes, I do take my lead from my garden, this gorgeous black and white oriental poppy was
in full bloom this week.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday

Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday

Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb


Judith at Style Crone

for Hat Attack



  1. Patti
    December 5, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Loving this new blog layout, Jill – as well as the fine white shirt (they are hard to find, agreed!). Thanks for linking, xo-Patti

    • Jill James
      December 6, 2016 / 9:45 am

      Thank you so much Patti , glad you like the new blog layout , it was long overdue and I am rather pleased with the way it turned. I am also pleased with this white shirt and know it will get many wears over Summer.

  2. Laurie Duncan
    December 5, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    The shirt and sandals are so fun, and you look so good in that boater! 🙂

    • Jill James
      December 6, 2016 / 9:47 am

      Laurie, I always appreciate your comments , thankyou so much.

  3. Tiina L
    December 5, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    You look so effortlessly stylish! And the new blog design is great, too.

    • Jill James
      December 6, 2016 / 9:51 am

      Many thanks Tiina , effortlessly stylish , sums up a good white shirt perfectly.I am pleased you like my new blog design.

  4. diaryofapennypincher
    December 5, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Love the new blog look, so fresh and clean, just like your outfit. That shirt is very you, and those sandals are so Geisha, it all looks so fab together, all topped off with a great boater!

    • Jill James
      December 6, 2016 / 9:59 am

      Thankyou so much that is just how I hoped the blog would be. I am pleased with this shirt and my boater. The sandals are very Geisha aren.t they.

  5. dan
    December 6, 2016 / 8:22 am

    Those sandals look very your style and have an inviting name! They complete so well the look … Very beautiful shirt with large sleeves. I understand you:find the perfect white shirt is a hard task!!

    • Jill James
      December 6, 2016 / 10:02 am

      Thank you dear Dan for your kind comments , you really wouldn,t think the right white shirt would be so difficult to find. I am pleased with the sandals , they do make me happy.

  6. Anna Parkes
    December 6, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    You carry black and white off very well indeed Jill. Every single piece is put together with such style, thoughtfully done and to a brilliant finish. I know what you mean about the perfect white shirt – I'm still on the lookout for mine!Lucky you to be basking in sunshine. I'm yearning for a bit of that at the moment.Wishing you a lovely week xAnna

    • Jill James
      December 8, 2016 / 12:35 am

      Many thanks Anna, I have been a lover of black and white for more years than I can remember.That perfect elusive white shirt will come , probably when you least expect to find one. Hopefully a bit of Winter sun will come your way.

  7. Anna Parkes
    December 6, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Just popped back to say how fitting you new blog design is – elegant and stylish just like

    • Jill James
      December 8, 2016 / 12:36 am

      That is good to hear Anna, thankyou, just as I'd hoped.

  8. Natalia Lialina
    December 6, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Beautiful new shirt and beautiful blog make-over! I really love the whole outfit, so in harmony with you. I admire your strong sense of yourself, Jill. Many happy days of Summer!!ps And that poppy is amazing!

    • Jill James
      December 8, 2016 / 12:40 am

      You are too kind dear Natalia , I am rather pleased with the simplicity and comfort of the shirt and the blog makeover also echoes my love of simple design.Glad you liked my rather unusual poppy.Enjoy those warm Winter coats.

  9. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    December 7, 2016 / 1:55 am

    You're looking very chic and summery, Jill, enjoy the warmer weather – and your beautiful garden. xx

    • Jill James
      December 8, 2016 / 12:42 am

      Thankyou Elizabeth , I did enjoy the warmer weather while it lasted, today is wet, cool and windy.( a Tassie Summer).

  10. Jessica Jannenga
    December 8, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Jill! I love the fun and funky sandals and they look so comfortable. I wanted to first say your blog looks fabulous! Love the new clean look. The crisp white shirt and round sunglasses add such style! Glad you are enjoying some nice weather!thanks for linking up with Turning heads tuesdayjess

    • Jill James
      December 9, 2016 / 6:19 am

      Many thanks for hosting Turning Heads Tuesday Jess . I appreciate your comments on my blog makeover , I am very pleased with the way it turned out. The sandals are as comfortable as I had hoped they would be, you just never know.

  11. The Style Crone
    December 9, 2016 / 12:13 am

    Boaters are such versatile hats and work as a compliment to so many outfits, especially your minimal look! Love your blog makeover! Thanks for participating in Hat Attack!

    • Jill James
      December 9, 2016 / 6:21 am

      I had been on the lookout for a boater for a while for just those reasons Judith and know as Summer continues it will get so much wear. Thank you for your comments and for hosting Hat Attack.

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