A Berry Start To Spring

Spring has arrived in my part of the world heralding the arrival of the first magnolia blooms on my tree , an event that never ceases to amaze me as the bare branches become a confection of pink blooms.

To celebrate the arrival of Spring my colour of the day was berry or grape depending on your point of view. I am not one to embrace the supposed colours of the season as dictated by “experts”, as far as colour goes I simply choose to wear what I like and what suits me.

Spring also comes with uncertain weather , today went from sunshine to rain to hail and then back to sunshine , thus a change of location mid photo session today from the garden to the industrial site.


Both of today’s berry pieces are from Return to Splendour , a local consignment store. The skirt is from Kokomorino and the jacket from Bec and Bridge , Australian designers, I love the blanket stitch edging on this little jacket, takes me back to school sewing classes.
Finishing touches are a black knit beret , a double string necklace that I have had for many years, sunnies from Karen Walker , a multi- colour bangle and a wide belt from Crochetta . I am enjoying rediscovering my belt collection, goes to prove never part with anything , its time will come again.

Joining Patti for Visible, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Friday Link Up.



  1. Patti
    September 4, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    This color is completely gorgeous on you, Jill. And I am so happy to hear the buds are starting to bloom! Thanks for linking up, XO.-Pattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Jill James
      September 5, 2017 / 5:29 am

      Thank you so much Patti , a bit of a change for me but I rather like it.I am always happy to see the first of the Spring blooms. My pleasure to join Visible Monday.

  2. Natalia Lialina
    September 5, 2017 / 2:41 am

    I will say it again, Jill- WOWOWOW!!! I love everything here! Your glasses are spectacular! The beads, the belt… how interesting, I also started using my belts which I bought years ago and almost never used. You're saying, never part with anything, hehe, I am following this philosophy, it's getting a bit crowdy over here! :))But the queen of this outfit is this glorious color, call it berry or grape, I just call it purple (sorry!). You look divine in it! The jacket is so lovely with the stitches! Proportions are perfect!PS I tried to open your post from Patti's link up, but it seems your link was broken. Check it out, you might want to re-join again, so others can reach your site.HAPPY SPRING!!!

    • Jill James
      September 5, 2017 / 7:02 am

      Thank you so much dear Natalia , so glad you liked this outfit.It came together after much playing in my closet- the reason I tend to keep things , they always seem to come full circle. The colour is a little unusual for me but I do rather like it.Thank you for the heads up on the problems with my link, think it came about due to some computer issues.Enjoy your march into Fall. xx

  3. Nancy's Fashion Style
    September 5, 2017 / 6:12 am

    You look so fantastic! What a beautiful color and the accesories are very nice!

    • Jill James
      September 5, 2017 / 7:03 am

      Thank you so much Nancy for your kind comments and for hosting your link up.

  4. diaryofapennypincher
    September 6, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    I just adore your colour choices! Your gorgeous jacket with blanket stitch edging is divine and that fabulous bangle looks like the work of Sobral. Can't believe you are heading into Spring, the weather has suddenly turned colder here and Winter appears to be looming.

    • Jill James
      September 10, 2017 / 8:40 am

      Thank you so much Claire , an unusual colour for me but I rather like it . I loved the blanket stitch edge on the jacket too. I do hope Winter weather does not come way too early for you.

  5. ly heng
    September 14, 2017 / 1:43 pm

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