Black Ruffles and Animal Print Accessories

Playing in the park in black ruffles and animal print accessories. My black wool ruffled jacket by
New Zealand designer Paula Ryan was purchased last year at a local consignment shop and is worn
over a black knit and paired with my favourite Moyuru pants.The animal prints consist of a vintage hat , a rare online purchase from Ruby Lane a couple of years ago when our Aussie dollar was
better against the US dollar , leopard print gloves purchased in Melbourne many Winters ago and Preen sunnies .

 The chance of me climbing in these boots from Estilo Emporio boots is rather unlikely but hey are made for walking. My vintage bag ,from The Vintage Red Fox, that has been featured on the blog previously, completed the outfit.

 I have been giving much thought lately to the joy of dressing for myself and what that really means in my day to day life. I have come to the conclusion that dressing in a way that pleases me is important for my well being on so many different levels.

 I was honoured to be included in a post by Natalia of In the Writers Closet titled “She-roes from around the Globe “. We are all very different in style but to quote Natalia “they share a love of colour,
good design, fun and thoughtful accessories, slow fashion and often vintage or secondhand clothes.
And another thing they have in common is that each of them has her own , unique,  truly individual and absolutely unrepeatable sense of style.”‘

Winter dressing is my favourite , all those layers , the hats, the gloves , the boots , they suit my own take on structured style. Spring is around the corner , as the first rhododendron suggests, so time to

play in my closet , I hope to add more colour this year.

 Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.



  1. dan
    August 15, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    I think that dressing up is a way to take care of yourself. Feeling confident is pleasant and invites to be positive…there is something joyful in fashion if you mix clothes in a personal way. I like your style and everyone of your outfits is unique like you. I also like your vintage bag!

    • Jill James
      August 17, 2017 / 7:39 am

      I totally agree Dan dressing up is taking care of yourself and can only make you feel more positive . Thank you for your kind and generous comments.

  2. Laurie Duncan
    August 15, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Definitely love the ruffled jacket! Pairs so well with the animal print! 🙂

    • Jill James
      August 17, 2017 / 7:41 am

      Thank you so much Laurie , I new this jacket had to be mine , I too loved its ruffles. I always enjoy a touch of animal print.

  3. Tiina L
    August 16, 2017 / 8:16 am

    I love the leopard print details. It's this type of attention to detail that is your trademark.

    • Jill James
      August 17, 2017 / 7:42 am

      Thank you so very much Tiina , I enjoy playing with those finishing touches.

  4. diaryofapennypincher
    August 16, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I do love black, and seeing your beautifully structured clothing in all those different textures, no-one could ever say black is dull again!

    • Jill James
      August 17, 2017 / 7:44 am

      Thank you so much Claire , I think the beauty of black is that it showcases the design and texture of the garments that sometimes is lost in colour and print.

  5. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    August 18, 2017 / 5:06 am

    Absolutely agree with you, Jill, re dressing to suit yourself – and you do it so very well too. Always with aplomb, panache, fun… and I love the way you are not afraid to wear favourites again and again (versus some notion that on a blog one has to wear different outfits every time). I love the way you co-ordinate these with favourite accessories and always seem to have a fresh look. xx

  6. Jill James
    August 18, 2017 / 7:33 am

    Thank you so much Elizabeth , I know you dress for you too rather than follow what is considered fashionable at the moment.So glad you appreciate my repeat my wearing of favourites , this is real life for me and I do not have a bottomless access to new things or want to I might add. xx

  7. Jessica Jannenga
    August 20, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Wow, where do I start? LOVE the animal print accessories, those sunnies are fabulous! If only I didn't have to have a prescription. I am with you on fall-winter dressing, I love all of the layering and mixing. thanks for linking!jess

  8. Jill James
    August 21, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Thank you Jess I always so enjoy linking to Turning Heads Tuesday and gleaning some inspiration for our upcoming Spring and Summer.As much as I am over the cool weather I do so enjoy that Winter layering.

  9. ly heng
    September 14, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I love the blog post, and you helped me make such a fun card with it! หนังผี

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