New Year- No Resolutions

A New Year has begun and with it the usual thoughts on resolutions full of good intentions, that for
me anyway, last about a week if I’m lucky so this year no lists of New Year Resolutions . Instead I plan to be mindful and grateful for every day and appreciate the people in my life and the joys we share.

Apologies for my absence from blogging land over the last two weeks . My excuse , a combination of the usual Christmas madness and following my son as he ran in a series of Athletic Carnivals held over the Christmas /NewYear in various parts of our state. (He is in green).

Spreading my wings in this new top by Viktoria & Woods, a Christmas gift from my husband , it is
designed and made in Australia and a soft, pure cotton. The designers statement very much echoes many of my own sentiments , “‘ Our approach is to create effortless wardrobe staples with a contemporary feel and luxe vibe that are timeless.We embrace textiles that leave a lighter footprint
on the planet whenever possible and the integrity of how and where our product is made remains a passionate focus”.

The bush background echoes the licorice black of my old faithful Moyuru pants that were perfect
with my new top. I also added a muti-strand pearly and black necklace that I have worn and loved for more years than I care to remember, sunnies from Karen Walker and bronze platform shoes by Robert Clergerie,

My little hat was a very generous Christmas gift from Pretty Woman Clothing Boutique , here in
Launceston. I do love how with its feathery adornment on the back , you look as good leaving as you do coming. One hope for 2017 is that my hat collection will continue to grow, this is a wonderful start, thank you Anna.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year

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
    January 2, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I do love your no-resolution/resolution to be grateful every day. And your new blouse is so lovely! Thanks for linking, happiest new year, xo-Patti

    • Jill James
      January 3, 2017 / 9:32 am

      Thankyou for hosting Visible Monday Patti, always my pleasure to join in.

  2. Tamera Beardsley
    January 2, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Looking ever so lovely darling!! xoxo

    • Jill James
      January 3, 2017 / 9:33 am

      Thank you dear Tamera, a compliment indeed.

  3. diaryofapennypincher
    January 2, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Stunning, love the new blouse and those amazing sunglasses, and there are no resolutions here either! Happy New Year!

    • Jill James
      January 3, 2017 / 9:35 am

      Thank you Claire glad you liked the blouse , I know I will wear it for many years to come.A good year for no resolutions.

  4. Olga Rani
    January 3, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Always so elegant, Jill! Even in the simplest casual outfits you never fail to look stylish, never fail to create something unique and interesting. Happy New Year, dear, and all the best in 2017!

    • Jill James
      January 4, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Happy New Year to you Olga , we will enjoy a stylish 2017 together.Thank you for your continued support my dear.

  5. Laurie Duncan
    January 3, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    I too never make resolutions, but instead try to always be thankful for what I have. Love your new top and that marvelous pearl necklace! 🙂

    • Jill James
      January 4, 2017 / 7:39 am

      After too many broken resolutions we do finally give up on this silly idea don't we. I am very pleased with this top and know I will wear it for many Summers to come.Enjoy your start to 2017.

  6. Tiina L
    January 3, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I hear you, no resolutions makes for a happier life. Why set yourself up for failure? Just take each day as it comes and do the best you can. And enjoy the ride.

    • Jill James
      January 4, 2017 / 7:40 am

      So very true Tiina , why make life more complicated than it need be.Enjoy your 2017.

  7. Anna Parkes
    January 3, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I too have given up making resolutions that I inevitably break. This year I echo your thoughts of gratitude, kindness and balance in all things. You look cool as a cucumber in this ensemble Jill and I do love the sentiments of the creators of your beautiful blouse. Every element of your outfit is unique and compliments the next – oh I do love your styling!Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year xAnna

    • Jill James
      January 4, 2017 / 7:43 am

      Thank you so much Anna for your kind words, they are greatly appreciated.We definately are not alone with our no resolution thinking, just enjoy each day a far better idea. Enjoy your start to 2017.

  8. Natalia Lialina
    January 6, 2017 / 1:59 am

    You are a wise one, Jill! Love this outfit, the blouse and the hat are gorgeous! Beautiful photography too! Happy New Year, my dear! You are always such an inspiration to me!

    • Jill James
      January 6, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Thankyou dear Natalia , all my best wishes to you and the family for a joyous 2017. I will pass on you generous comments to my photographer, the mostly patient John. You are such a sweetie , only too pleased to inspire you.

  9. jodie filogomo
    January 9, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Happy 2017!!I love the pearls with this top and that hat is magnificent!!

    • Jill James
      January 29, 2017 / 11:46 pm

      Thank you Jodie , may 2017 be a good year for you too.

  10. The Style Crone
    January 25, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Your hat is fantastic – fun, flirty, whimsical and elegant all at the same time. I believe growing your hat collection could be a worthy resolution for the year! Thank you for participating in Hat Attack!

    • Jill James
      January 29, 2017 / 11:45 pm

      Now that is a great idea Judith, growing my hat collection a very worthy resolution. Always my pleasure to join Hat Attack.

  11. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    January 29, 2017 / 3:52 am

    This is a beautiful post, Jill – you look gorgeous and I love your Christmas gift! xx

    • Jill James
      January 29, 2017 / 11:47 pm

      Many thanks Elizabeth , hope your 2017 is off to a great start.

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