Playing Tourist and an Animale Suit

Firstly , an apology for the absence of last weeks post due to a couple of things , a bout of the dreaded Winter lurgy and ten days of relief work in a local card and giftware shop. The timing of the Winter lurgy could not have been worse but I had a commitment to keep and I was working with a dear friend in a not too stressful environment with very understanding customers, particularly important as I lost my voice at one stage.
Anyway onto more pleasant happenings and a drive in a sports car on a beautiful Winter’s day .

Campbell Town is one of those places we have driven through countless times , maybe stopping for coffee and a loo break , but never really taking the time to explore properly. It is situated on our states main highway halfway between my home town and Hobart , our capital city, so you are either in a hurry to get to Hobart or going home. After a car club run here about 6 weeks ago we decided an explore was long overdue.
The Foxhunters Return is a fine example of a Georgian coaching inn , built in 1840 , providing shelter and refreshments to many weary travellers in earlier times. It is now a private residence with an excellent bookshop housed in the cellars.

Now to the Animale suit , an unexpected find in what can only be described as a collectors paradise or a junk shop depending on your perspective , back in May. It was Mothers Day and my sister and I were returning home after our ritual of taking flowers to remember our mother and grandmother when we came across the store in what was the old hotel.  After a quick peek at the various books and general wares my eye was drawn to a couple of racks of clothing. I very soon discovered this gem , which fortunately happened to be my size and as it cost a whole $4.00 it just had to come home.

Animale is a French designed label , made in Indonesia, that I knew from when it was stocked by a local boutique (that sadly is no longer). I had always admired their designs and attention to detail.
The pockets and buttons on the jacket and the added detail on the skirt make the suit far from dull, although I am not really a suit girl I rather like this one and its Edwardian vibe.

Back to playing tourist , the Red Bridge was convict built in 1838 and is the oldest surviving brick arch bridge in Australia, as well as being the oldest bridge on the National Highway.

These tree carvings , done by a local craftsman , depict themes relating to the local area. It was good to finally seeing these closer after driving past them so many times.

Today’s finishing touches include my favourite Helen Kaminski hat, black and white leather gloves purchased at a Paris glove shop last trip , a felt flower pin and Chanel sunnies.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Fashion Friday Linkup.



  1. Vix
    July 10, 2018 / 6:55 am

    That suit is spectacular, what an amazing find! You look every inch the star that you are with that gorgeous motor beside you.Stunning setting, The Fohunter's Return looks so English sitting there. The tree carvings are wonderful.Hope you're feeling 100% better now. xxx

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

      Thanks so much Vix, I am rather pleased with the suit it was one of those lucky finds. So true , The Foxhunters Return was definately built with Mother Ebgland in mind. Yes fully recovered now. Cheers Vix. xxx

  2. Penny Kocher
    July 10, 2018 / 7:29 am

    That's one amazing suit, actually my kind of suit, with excellent detailing. You look stunning as usual in it. Also it was interestign to see some of the countryside. And it's really hard to think of winter lurgies when it's blazing sun here! Glad to hear you're better as I did notice your abscence. Take care x

    • Jill James
      July 11, 2018 / 9:32 am

      Thank you Penny , the suit was one of those meant to be finds, I had always liked Animale for their attention to detail. Glad you found the countryside of interest. I had noticed your warm weather – we are still in Winter but it has been rather mild so far. xx

  3. Patti Gibbons
    July 10, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Oh this Edwardian style suit! It's so you, and so excellent. Great find. Hope you're feeling much better, xox-Patti

    • Jill James
      July 11, 2018 / 9:36 am

      Many thanks Patti, I have always loved the Edwardian style so was very excited to find the suit. Feeling much better , thank you.

  4. Nancy's Fashion Style
    July 10, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    You mean that the hole suit was that cheap? Wow! Impressive! And again I love your gloves!

    • Jill James
      July 11, 2018 / 9:38 am

      Yes it was Nancy , not usually my luck I will tell you. You know me I love my gloves. Many thanks Nancy.

  5. Tiina L
    July 11, 2018 / 9:35 am

    What a fab suit! Retro and modern at the same time.So sorry to hear you lost your voice, than can be really annoying when working with people.

    • Jill James
      July 11, 2018 / 9:40 am

      Thank you Tiina , now you mention it that is a great description of the suit.The timing of the laryngitis wasn,t great but is all fine now.

  6. dan
    July 12, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Sometimes real life takes all the time and it's not possible blogging so don't worry if you are posting late. I am glad to see you elegantly dressed and smiling!The suit has modern details that make il special. Needless to say that it's very nice on you!

    • Jill James
      July 25, 2018 / 5:42 am

      Thank you so much Dan for your kind words, so true sometimes real life has to take precedent. Those details are what really drew me to the suit initially and make it a little more special.

  7. Jessica Jannenga
    July 12, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    Oh my! First, what a find on the suit Jill! Stunning detail, love the style with the flounce at the skirt and the pocket detail. It all looks amazing with your gloves and flower brooch detail… must have been meant to be at the shop. Thank you for the bit of the tour of this area, those wood carvings are beautiful!Hope you are well now too. thanks for linking!jess xx

    • Jill James
      July 25, 2018 / 5:45 am

      Thank you so much Jess , so true sometimes things find us rather than the other way round. Glad you enjoyed my little tour of Campbell Town.

  8. Natalia Lialina
    July 24, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    This Animale suit was made for you!!! You look absolutely stunning in it, and such lovely sculptural details – it just really hits all the right spots for your style, doesn't it?The photos are wonderful! Such beautiful soft light. The Red Bridge and sculptures were patiently waiting for you to explore them, how rewarding!Lots of love!

    • Jill James
      July 25, 2018 / 6:04 am

      Thank you dear Natalia , I must admit to being very thrilled with the suit and its Edwardian vibe.I do find the softness of Winter light , on a clear day, to be just perfect.

  9. Radostin
    September 27, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    That suit is absolutely spectacular! What a great find xx – @jessiejessyg

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