Red and Grey- Paris Revisted

 Over the last week or two our weather has taken a leap toward Autumn with a chill in the air in the mornings and evenings. Not that I mind one bit , I am more of a cooler weather girl, any excuse to rug up in layers, and our Winter compared to many in the Northern Hemisphere is relatively mild.

Red and grey is a combination I enjoy wearing as I don’t really like grey on me , so this red and taupe spot cardigan from Alembika that I purchased earlier in the Summer was perfect with my Paula Ryan dress, that has seen many Summers. I added my Trippen sandals, red beads and earrings , bangles , Chanel sunnies and a grey hat. I purchased the little grey hat in Paris in 2016. I found it at a pop-up makers store that I stumbled across whilst exploring the covered passages – I must admit I can’t remember which one but I have a very clear memory of the milliner and her glorious creations.

As I mentioned in a previous post we are planning a return visit to Europe later in the year and will end our travels in Paris , where I will celebrate my 65th. birthday.Maybe I will return home with another piece of the milliners art, you never know.

Yesterday , whilst browsing Instagram I came across a post by Sacramento (Mis Papelicos) where she posed the question – are blogs slowly dying . I was somewhat surprised by the response 79% answered yes. I certainly hope this isn’t the case as I so enjoy reading blogs and learn so much from other bloggers. Just recently I have seen India through Vix”s eyes 
(Vintage Vixon) , learned about Russian traditions , including how to make blini’s from Natalia (In the Writers Closet) as well as being continually inspired by Judith (Style Crone ) and her glorious millinery . I find I glean so much style inspiration from other bloggers , particularly those with individual style . We all have different taste and needs in our daily lives but can appreciate others even though it departs from our comfort zone and it is so good to broaden our horizons. 
I am on Instagram but post a little infrequently and I do follow many others for a variety of interests but I plan to continue to blog and enjoy other blogs and try to comment more- I have been somewhat lax on that front of late. 

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link-up.



  1. Penny Kocher
    February 25, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    How interesting Jill. This is not the first time I've heard that blogging is going to die out and Instagram will take over. 79%, hmmm. Well, yes, people do love taking and posting, and looking at pics. But I love writing. So for me my two blogs are absolutely what I want to do. I couldn't not write. So my blogs will continue. But on a note of caution, I do understand that everything changes including blogging. I'm always looking for ways to refresh. And anyway, there are such lovely blogs out there. Including yours, Jill. I so admire your take on clothes – your hemlines for instance are always so quirky. So do continue. I look forward to seeing what you're wearing every week. And they're great photos, btw.

    • Jill James
      February 26, 2018 / 8:32 am

      Thank you so much Penny for your kind and supportive words. I too have heard that blogging is going to die out but it was those numbers that surprised me. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoy your writing and that your blogs will continue.

  2. Nancy's Fashion Style
    February 25, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    I always love to see how you style your fantastic accesories! Great look!

    • Jill James
      February 26, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Thank you so much Nancy , I always enjoy adding accessories to change my look.

  3. Patti
    February 25, 2018 / 11:08 pm

    Great look, Jill – the red suits you so well. i too hope the end isn't near for blogging; it's how I stay in touch with so many fascinating women. thanks for linking up, xo-Patti

    • Jill James
      February 26, 2018 / 8:35 am

      Thank you Patti , I do enjoy red even though I don't wear it a lot. I agree Patti that blogging is the best for staying in touch with a community of fascinating women.

  4. Vix
    February 26, 2018 / 11:45 am

    Wow, thanks for your kind words, Jill. I only joined Instagram to stay in touch with some of the wonderful women I'd met through blogging who've now abandoned their blogs. I much prefer blogging to IG – much as I like great outfits, I want the whole story. Blogging is a good meal as opposed to junk food – far more satisfying.I love how the angle of your uber cool cap echoes the asymmetric lines of your outfit. You really do look wonderful in red. Did the French women comment on your incredible style when you last visited? I find French women dress very conservatively. xxx

    • Jill James
      February 28, 2018 / 8:29 am

      Thanks so much Vix, I do like your food anology , a good way to compere the two mediums.I must admit I tend to agree with you on French women , their style in general is classic and conservative. I do remember getting a lovely compliment from a guard at the Musee de Decorative Arts.

  5. Tiina L
    February 27, 2018 / 11:04 am

    I think blogs and Instagram serve completely different purposes. Or maybe it's just that I use them for different purposes… I love reading blogs, although I'm not good at commenting (and reading blogs on my iphone on the train while commuting isn't helping: writing comments on the iphone is tedious). But I also love Instagram, for very different reasons. Sure, I follow a few style bloggers on Instagram, too. Mainly those whose blogs I don't read (usually because they're in a language I'm not fluent in). but mostly I follow people who post architecture, design or landscape photography. And kittens. I follow a lot of kittens.Anyway, for me, Instagram is a way to engage the more creative part of my brain, focusing on the visual impression. Wheres blogs also engage my intellect because i like to read the story that goes with the photos.Now, Twitter on the other hand… that seems to be the place where all the loonies and fanatics and raving maniacs gather these days. It just makes me depressed.I love your outfit, by the way. that skirt in particular.

    • Jill James
      February 28, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Thank you so much Tiina , your take on Instagram and blogging is so true and helps me put a different perspective on the two. I follow a much broader range of interests on IG too.

  6. Emma Peach
    February 28, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    I love the asymmetric hem of the cardigan, it looks fabulous with the red jewellery and that gorgeous hat!Emma

    • Jill James
      March 1, 2018 / 11:07 am

      Thank you so much Emma for your kind comments.

  7. Jessica Jannenga
    March 4, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    I love design of the cardigan and how your red earrings duplicate the red pattern in your pretty top! Great look!thanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      March 6, 2018 / 9:36 am

      Thank you Jess it was the design that attracted me to this cardigan and the red was a nice change. I always enjoy linking to Turning Heads Tuesday.

  8. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    March 6, 2018 / 9:13 am

    This would be great for the streets of Paris!! Love the bold look x

    • Jill James
      March 6, 2018 / 9:38 am

      Thank you so much for your kind comments , maybe this will be in my suitcase.

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