Black and White Amongst The Blooms

Back in my perennial  favourite combination of black and white to showcase the beauty of the Spring blooms in my garden.The magnolia with her pale pink blooms is a breathtaking sight.

 The flowering currant behind me with its bracts of pretty pink flowers reminds me of past times spent with cousins in my grandmother’s garden in the countryside.

 This camellia reticulata with its large hot pink blooms is probably my favourite of all the camellias in the garden .

 Today’s black and white outfit is a combination of elements from my closet. The starting point was my Sarah Paccini vest , paired with a white shirt and Moyuru pants.I added my little wool hat that I purchased earlier this Winter , a brooch, black and white gloves from Paris last year ( a souvenier that keeps on giving) and Fly London shoes ( a charity shop find for a whole $4.00).

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fashion Friday.



  1. Tiina L
    September 26, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Beautiful flowers! And you always look so stylish in black and white.

    • Jill James
      September 27, 2017 / 9:53 am

      Thank you Tiina , the garden is at its best in its Spring glory. Black and white always one of my favourites.

  2. Tina von Tinaspinkfriday
    September 26, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I love how you create the waistline. You look amazing.

    • Jill James
      September 27, 2017 / 9:54 am

      Thank you Tina that is so nice of you , glad you liked my outfit.

  3. Elle
    September 27, 2017 / 1:43 am

    I adore this look! The drape of the blouse and skirt is very attractive. I also love the black hat, and your setting, amongst these blooms is divine. The sunglasses and gloves are a very special touch. I also like the back frames to your photos, it looks very beautiful.🌸❤️🌸❤️ Ellle

    • Jill James
      September 27, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Thank you so much Elle for your kind comments they are most appreciated.

  4. Tine Jensen
    September 27, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    I think you outshine the flowers! The vest and shirt combo works so well. Adding the flower brooch is just perfect. Fantastic gloves too! Poor magnolias!

    • Jill James
      October 1, 2017 / 5:33 am

      That is such a lovely thing to say Tine, thank you so much. I always enjoy playing with my accessories to add interest to my black and white.

  5. Anna Parkes
    September 28, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Black and white in the hands of an expert are quite stunning! I love all of the fancy features that stop this being far from a simple rendition. The vest and trousers have to be my favourites, so unusual Jill!Have a lovely week!Anna x

    • Jill James
      October 1, 2017 / 5:36 am

      Many thanks Anna , as a long time lover of black and white I have many years of practice at putting combinations together. Enjoy your new week, Anna.

  6. diaryofapennypincher
    September 30, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous as usual! I love all the different textures you get into each outfit and the asymmetric collared blouse fits so well with your folded Moyuru pants. Cute shoes too! Your garden looks lovely, so nice to see vibrant colours as we descend into Winter here in the Northern hemisphere!

    • Jill James
      October 1, 2017 / 5:38 am

      Thank you so much Claire, happy to add some garden colour as you head into Winter.

  7. Natalia Lialina
    October 2, 2017 / 7:37 am

    Jill, you look STUNNING! In this gorgeously blooming garden, you really are the most gorgeous bloom! Love all the elements, but especially how you combined them together. I've never seen such a large camellia – what a glorious beauty!!Warmest hugs, my dear!

  8. Jill James
    October 3, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Thank you dear Natalia , you are such a sweetie. The garden is looking its best with all the early Spring blooms, including that Camellia Reticulata.

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