Black and Nature’s Gold

I always welcome the flowering of the Wattle trees in our part of the world, not only do they add much needed colour for a grey Winter landscape and a handy touch of colour for photos but they are a entree to the Spring colours to come.

Back to my favourite black was the order of the day . To be honest it was a lazy choice as I have had yet another Winter cold and really needed comfort without to much fuff factor. My Moyuru dress always fits the bill perfectly, even though I know the shapeless style is not the most flattering on me.
This is my alternative to gym pants or jeans.

These yellow spotted gloves have been with me for a few Winters and matched the Wattle perfectly.

To pair with the Moyuru dress I chose this Paula Ryan wool jacket , a recycle buy from a few years back. I love this jacket as it can be worn in different ways , today it was inside out.

This Winter has made me aware that I am in a bit of a rut and need to work to change this situation. Not quite sure at this stage where this path will lead me but I have often found those answers in unlikely places. At present I am doing a lot of reading and researching on a vast number of topics.
I also am finishing up the bookings for our Europe trip later in the year and of course starting to plan my travel wardrobe.

Today’s photos were taken at Trevallyn Recreation Park, an area a favourite of ours for walking. It is popular for walkers, runners and mountain bikers and is also home to native animals and birds. The laughter from kookaburras filled the air, if you look closely you can spy one in the shot below.

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

P.S. Apologies for the quality of the photos , I have a technical problem with my editing software after updating Windows and need some technical help to sort it, hopefully a visit to my son will do the trick.



  1. Patti Gibbons
    July 24, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    The photos are marvelous, no worries there, Jill. Sorry you've been feeling sick; you do look terrific in this all black look (my favorite go-to as well). Feel better soon, xo-Patti

    • Jill James
      July 25, 2018 / 6:18 am

      Thank you so much Patti for your good wishes, its been one of those Winters. We do both enjoy our black as our go to.

  2. Nancy's Fashion Style
    July 24, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    You must have a huge glove selection! I always are drawn to your fabulous gloves!

    • Jill James
      July 25, 2018 / 6:20 am

      Many thanks Nancy, I love gloves and have managed to collect a few pairs. I am always on the look out when I travel for interesting ones as they don't take much space in my luggage.

  3. Natalia Lialina
    July 24, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    The photos are gorgeous, Jill! Black and nature's gold are amazing together (the color combination I really love – I wore it recently in a form of a Russian platok that I have). Your outfits are always highly sculptural, architectural and individualistic! Love this jacket!I think your strategy to read and research various topics is brilliant – when it isn't a creative time, it is time to observe, I think it's an important step in the whole creative process. I am positive that you will find answers when it is time. And you have so much to look forward to – a trip to Europe, wow, how exciting!Much love!

    • Jill James
      July 25, 2018 / 6:25 am

      Thank you dear Natalia , I agree that black and nature's gold are so good together. I do remember your lovely platok. I do appreciate your encouragement and am sure I will find the answer in good time.

  4. Suzanne Carillo
    July 25, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Your title reminded me of one of my favourite poems of all time, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost.Those polka dot gloves are so fab! Your outfits always have so much visual interest because of your layering skills. Suzanne

    • Jill James
      July 29, 2018 / 7:09 am

      The poem is indeed very apt for the short lived wattle bloom. Thank you Suzanne , I have always enjoyed wearing gloves and am amassing a small collection. Layers always work well for me in Winter.

  5. Tiina L
    July 25, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    I hope you're feeling better. Your outfit certainly looks fabulous, as always. And the yellow polka dots, precious!

    • Jill James
      July 29, 2018 / 7:11 am

      Thank you Tiina recovering well. You know me always love polka dots.

  6. Vix
    July 26, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    I hope you feel better soon.I absolutely love these photos, the sharp contrast between the yellow flowers and your sharp black attire are wonderful. xxx

    • Jill James
      July 29, 2018 / 7:14 am

      Thanks so much Vix. Glad you liked the photos, the colour of the wattle is always a good foil for my blacks.

  7. Jessica Jannenga
    July 30, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Hi Jill! I love seeing your outfit 'creations" each week! Black looks wonderful on you, and you always pay great attention to detail with your accessories. Love the gloves. I also learn something new when I pop by- Wattles! how pretty. thanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      August 6, 2018 / 9:56 am

      Thank you Jess , glad you enjoy my creations . As you know I do like my black , it is a great canvas for my accessories. Always my pleasure to link up Jess.

  8. Penny Kocher
    July 31, 2018 / 8:39 am

    That is one gorgeous outfit – you look just wonderful and I agree with Nancy – the gloves are lovely. I do hope all goes well and you find your path – you will you know. These little dips will lead to the higher ground I'm sure.

    • Jill James
      August 6, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Thank you Penny , sometimes black is just right. I do love my gloves and find them in different places. I am sure you are right and the path will be clear soon.

  9. dan
    August 1, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Wattle tree is called Mimosa in Italy. Men give the flowers as a present to women on the 8th of March…Their bright yellow colour announces the incoming Spring . It matches nicely to your black outfit and those lovely gloves…P.s. I was searching "kookaburras".Not sure about what they are …

    • Jill James
      August 6, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Oh Dan , thank you for reminding me that our Australian flora and birds are unique and not known outside. A kookaburra is a bird with a call that sounds just like they are laughing. Interested to hear that wattle is also mimosa and welcomes Spring.

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