Winter Solstice in Purple

  To celebrate the Winter Solstice I donned my Ted Baker purple wool peplum jacket and black leather skirt and headed to the skate park at Royal Park to check out the latest street art or graffiti , depending on your point of view.

Not quite sure about this one but the pink and black worked well against the purple and it is so much better than the dull grey concrete block wall than it is painted on.
Life is fairly quiet here at present , plenty of time to read , potter and plan future projects.

The jacket has a colourful, silky lining – I do like a garment that is as good on the inside as the outside.

 This feathery, velvet hat is one I purchased at a small village in Portugal on my travels last year. The
joy of wearable souvenirs, memories at every wear.

 Winter and boots the perfect match – I have had these suede and fur Aquatalia booties for several Winter’s and they remain favourites.

 Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday

and Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb .



  1. Blue Velvet Vintage
    June 26, 2017 / 11:03 am

    That graffiti wall is a great backdrop for this outfit. The purple peplum jacket is gorgeous. Love the hat too. Is it vintage? A very chic finishing touch to your stylish winter ensemble.Theresa

    • Jill James
      June 28, 2017 / 5:34 am

      The newly painted graffiti wall was a gift and paired so well with my purple peplum jacket. I found the hat last year in Portugal , it is new but does have a vintage vibe. Thank you so much for your kind comments.

  2. SusanG
    June 26, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    You look beautiful. That silhouette is so flattering — one of my favourites!

    • Jill James
      June 28, 2017 / 5:36 am

      Thank you so very much Susan , glad you liked this outfit. The peplum jacket is a favourite of mine.

  3. Marea Dotz
    June 26, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Beautifully cut jacket and great details. What an artist you have become!

    • Jill James
      June 28, 2017 / 5:37 am

      Thank you Marea , that is such a kind thing to say.

  4. Tiina L
    June 26, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Don't you just love it when the background matches the outfit?The purple jacket is a great pop of colour, and perfect with the black.

    • Jill James
      June 28, 2017 / 5:40 am

      Oh yes Tiina , doesn't it make photos easier that day.Purple is one of those colours I always like on others but rarely on me.

  5. Natalia Lialina
    June 26, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Gorgeous as always, Jill! My aunt (a skillful dressmaker) used to say that a garment has to be even more beautiful on the inside – and your jacket is definitely beautiful on both sides! I love a good graffiti, it really can be art! Gorgeous booties! I also have a couple of pairs by Aquatalia, they are very comfortable and great quality!Enjoy your quiet time!

    • Jill James
      June 28, 2017 / 5:45 am

      Totally agree with your aunt but sadly those sort of details are scarcely seen , I think that attention to detail drew me to this jacket.I wish our town council held the view about street art, they are forever painting it over a boring grey.Thank you dear Natalia , hope you are enjoying your Summer.

  6. Laurie Duncan
    June 27, 2017 / 2:42 am

    Gorgeous purple coat! The background art is a perfect foil! 🙂

    • Jill James
      June 28, 2017 / 5:47 am

      Thank you so much Laurie, the art was just perfect. I am missing your blog but enjoying your art on Instagram.

  7. Patti
    June 27, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Love, love the Ted Baker purple coat, and all the rest. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo-Patti

    • Jill James
      June 28, 2017 / 5:49 am

      Thanks so much Patti , always my pleasure to join Visible Monday.

  8. Anna Parkes
    June 27, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Black and purple are a wonderfully rich combination. And those boots, how lovely are they! You're so right about bringing home wearable mementos – they're my favourite holiday reminders too.Anna x

    • Jill James
      June 28, 2017 / 6:03 am

      Thanks so much Anna , even though purple isn't a colour I wear often it and black are a joy to brighten a Winter day. The boots are warm and comfy too .

  9. diaryofapennypincher
    June 28, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Absolutely adore black and purple! You are spot on with the street art background too, it really shows your outfit. Love all your little attention to detail bits as well, those boots with furry trim are gorgeous and the spotty tights!

  10. Jill James
    June 29, 2017 / 6:40 am

    Thank you so much Claire , the purple brightened up a cool Winter day. The street art is a new one and I was pleased with how it offset the purple.

  11. Jessica Jannenga
    June 29, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    I am a fan of Ted Baker! Love the rich purple on you as you always find such wonderful accessories- the gloves, box hat and boots are the perfect accompiament and so stylish. Great artwork behind you as well. thanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      July 2, 2017 / 7:21 am

      Thank you so much Jess , the artwork seems to work rather well to make the purple shine. Always my pleasure to join you .

  12. dan
    June 29, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Purple colour fits you nicely plus the jacket makes a very nice silhouette. The little black hat is a lovely touch of personality! Very nice how the purple graffiti celebrates the outfit…

    • Jill James
      July 2, 2017 / 7:23 am

      Thank you so much Dan , The shape of this jacket is what really drew me to it originally. I am rather fond of this little hat and it takes me back to Portugual every time I wear it.

  13. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    July 1, 2017 / 5:20 am

    Black is fabulous, isn't it? It can be "hung" many ways. It absolutely becomes full of life and colour with your vivid purple (I LOVE purple), Jill. Together with your excellent choice of background and accessories, this is a wonderful, warm winter post. xx

  14. Jill James
    July 2, 2017 / 7:27 am

    Thank you so much Elizabeth , this is the reason I love my blacks, they are a perfect background for so many colours. Winter is really upon us now so warm dressing is the only way .xx

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