The title for today’s post is taken from a poem by Patience Strong , an English poet and writer.
I uncovered a little book of her poems dating back to 1951 recently in a box of my mother’s things
when sorting out the loft. The words of this particular poem resonated with me at this point in time.
” We do not always get the things we wanted most of all – but something else is given in its place.
We leave the road we started on ; we hear another call-and find there is another path to trace.
We think we know what’s best for us, we plot and plan and scheme-to reach the shining goal we have in view-but oftentimes we find we have to dream another dream.

I must admit to being very unsettled since my trip to both Japan and then to Adelaide . I know this
will pass in time as I continue to search for a new purpose and direction.
Today’s outfit is a mixture of items from my closet ,that have featured on the blog previously, just not together and on viewing the results possibly not again.Oh well , win some, loose some.

 I must admit to being rather pleased with my red Ara suede boots with the black and white spot tights, they are from several seasons ago and so very comfortable. Sadly the local shoe shop they are from will be closing shortly , no doubt to be replaced with another boring chain store.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday and Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Catherine #iwillwearwhatilike.

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16 Comments

  1. Penny Kocher
    May 29, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    What amazing shoes – lovely colour co-ordination going on there! Hope you find your way soon x

    • Jill James
      May 31, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Thank you Penny, I do love a touch of red to brighten up our Winter days. I am sure I will find my out of this transition phase of my life and discover anew.

  2. Patti
    May 29, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    A wonderful poem with so much insight into our human journey. Love, love your splashes of red today, and the beach setting is glorious. xoxPattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Jill James
      May 31, 2017 / 9:40 am

      I felt the same way about the poem when I discovered it. I do enjoy mixed with my favourite blacks. It was a little cooler at the beach than your Florida shores.

  3. Laurie Duncan
    May 30, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I think it's a great outfit! Especially the red wrap around vest and boots! 🙂

    • Jill James
      May 31, 2017 / 9:41 am

      Thanks so very much Laurie – maybe I should rethink my negative thoughts.

  4. diaryofapennypincher
    June 1, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Your pieces individually are all gorgeous, those boots especially! If you aren't feeling the love for this particular outfit, the positive side is you get to play around with them in other combinations! You have such a great eye for textures and I can't wait to see your next outfit.

    • Jill James
      June 5, 2017 / 8:12 am

      Many thanks Claire for your positive feedback and so true I will have to play some more with the pieces and see what comes out.

  5. Jessica Jannenga
    June 2, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    What a lovely poem! I am going to have to remember that. I love the uniqueness of the boots, its too bad the store will close! Love the skirt and the combination of your fab accessories!Thanks for linking!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Jill James
      June 5, 2017 / 8:15 am

      Thank you Jessica, so pleased you enjoyed the poem , it really resonated with me.I have had the boots for quite a while and still love them and they are comfy , always a bonus.Thank you so much for hosting Jess.

  6. dan
    June 2, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Big truth in poets' words! They are able to express long ideas in few but perfect words…You can create many interesting outfits mixing and matching clothes and accessories in different ways:fashion is fun !( and a way to express your personality, of course )

    • Jill James
      June 5, 2017 / 8:17 am

      You have captured the joy of poetry perfectly . Fashion is fun , never to be taken too seriously, something we learn over time.

  7. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    June 3, 2017 / 4:36 am

    I love the way you've co-ordinated this outfit, Jill. So creative, looks great on you and the tights and fabulous little boots finish it off perfectly. Thanks for sharing the poem. Words to reflect upon… xx

    • Jill James
      June 5, 2017 / 8:20 am

      Thank you Elizabeth for your kind words , glad you liked the outfit. The poem even though it is from another era – it is still relevant.

  8. Natalia Lialina
    June 3, 2017 / 5:11 am

    This poem resonates with me as well… I think in times of uncertainty the best we can do is relax and explore! Just take it easy, Jill! It'll come together somehow!I know this outfit is rather unexpected for you, but I really like it! I love the folklore vibe I get from this striking combination of colors, embroidery and the vest (reminds me of Dutch folk costumes). I love this sort of thing!Sending you lots of love, my dear friend!

    • Jill James
      June 5, 2017 / 8:27 am

      Thank you dear Natalia for your kind and wise words – I know it will come together in time, I just need to follow your advice and relax and explore.I guess I also need to follow my own advice and leave my comfort zone and explore different styling. Thank you my friend.

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