Black and Cream, A National Trust House and Garden and an Auction

Black and cream was my choice for today’s outfit for a visit to Franklin House , a National trust property , on Launceston’s outskirts.

We made a small detour to a local auction house to view the items on offer for this week’s auction on Thursday. Among the usual antique furniture, paintings and china my eye was drawn to several items not usually seen at our general auctions, these include Chanel handbags, a Chanel belt and a Hermes scarf in its original box.

I must admit to being most taken with this wonderful top hat and original box from Harrods in London. I always wonder about the previous owner and the events and places this hat has seen.

Hidden among the furniture I spied these Victorian garments, I do hope they find a good home.

The gardens at Franklin House are beautiful at any time of year and are quite popular for weddings.
They are tended by a group of volunteers.

Franklin House was built in 1838 for local businessman Britton Jones and later went on to become a private school. In 1960 it became the birthplace of the National Trust in Tasmania , which was formed to save it from demolition.

I was honoured this week to be featured on Inside Out Style for their series Stylish Thoughts. I am in some very stylish company. The link is

My black and white outfit consists of old favourites – skirt by verge, a black top from Paula Ryan,
Black velvet cape from Howard Showers , hat by Max Alexander , black suede booties, black gloves and Chanel sunnies, black and cream art deco earring found at a local thrift shop.

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



  1. Vix
    April 23, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    I'm National Trust member! I remember a few of the properties being featured on the BBC when The Antiques Roadshow visited Australia.I love your outfit, the skirt is gorgeous and the cape is wonderful. You look right at home in Franklin House.How gorgeous is that Harrod's hat box? The Victorian cape is glorious. xxx

  2. Jill James
    April 24, 2018 / 6:22 am

    I really aren't surprised that you are a National Trust member.I have seen a few National Trust properties years ago in the UK but one day would love to see more.I do love a cape , so handy for in between seasons. Many thanks Vix. xx

  3. Nancy's Fashion Style
    April 24, 2018 / 10:00 am

    We love that when we are in the UK! So much history, its intriging! Your hair color is wonderfull!

    • Jill James
      April 25, 2018 / 9:09 am

      Thank you Nancy , I am pleased with my new hair colour. The National Trust properties in the U K are always so interesting .

  4. notdeadyetstyle
    April 24, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    The National Trust is a brilliant idea, to preserve and honor the past. You look so elegant, and yes to that Chanel purse! xo-Patti

    • Jill James
      April 25, 2018 / 9:13 am

      Thanks so much Patti . I have a feeling the Chanel purse will be out of my league price wise. The National Trust does good work in preserving many of our early buildings that would have been lost.

  5. Tiina L
    April 25, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    The auction looks interesting! Although I think the designer items might still be quite pricey…You look so elegant.

    • Jill James
      April 28, 2018 / 8:56 am

      The auction was an interesting mix , as expected the designer items did bring a high price. Many thanks Tiina.

  6. dan
    April 26, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    You look very nice and elegant and the garden is so beautiful! A perfect place for taking photos… taking part in an auction is fun! Did you buy the hat?( there must be something wrong with my blog as I couldn't reply to your comment…sorry! )

    • Jill James
      April 28, 2018 / 8:59 am

      Thank you Dan, it is good to see you blogging again. The garden with its Autumn blooms was a lovely spot. Unfortunately the hat went for a higher price than I anticipated. Not sure why you couldnt reply – no matter.

  7. Penny Kocher
    April 27, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    Your eye for skirts is second to none, Jill. You look amazing as usual. Love that hat and hat box from Harrods. Yes, actually did you buy the hat?

    • Jill James
      April 28, 2018 / 9:01 am

      Thank you Penny I do enjoy wearing my skirts – this one has been with me for many years.Unfortunately the Harrods hat fetched more than my budget.

  8. Jessica Jannenga
    April 27, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    Hi Jill!I always like to hear some of the history of the places you have been. i never have been to an auction, but imagine it to be interesting, and I too, would wonder about the stories of the owner's clothing, hat etc.Beautiful ensemble, you always have such fab texture in your outfitsthanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      April 28, 2018 / 9:04 am

      Thank you Jess, I am pleased to hear that you enjoy the history of my locations. Auctions are always interesting , as much for watching what others buy as buying yourself.

  9. Natalia Lialina
    April 27, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    I really love your elegant outfit, dear Jill! Congratulations on the feature! You know I love your style, and I think that you deserve the recognition as much as your style icons do! Enjoy the auction!

    • Jill James
      April 28, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Thank you so much Natalia , your kind words mean so much to me. I was pleased how this outfit worked together, combining items worn many times but not together.Best wishes. xx

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