As I penned the title for this post I had that famous song by Julie Andrews from Sound of Music continually running through my brain (boy does that date me as it was way back in 1959).

As much as I do love “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens”( the first line from the song) , my favourite things involve spending time with friends and family and putting outfits together for the occasion . My black and white layers were my choice for an MG Car Club run in the country followed by an enjoyable lunch at a riverside restaurant. The day was cool with threatening rain so it was a tops up sports car day.

Black and white has always been one of my favourites and I know that will not change any time soon.The layers are a combination of items from my closet but for some reason I hadn’t put together previously. The pants are old Moyuru favourites from many seasons ago , the white shirt is also Moyuru from last Summer worn with a thermal tee and a fine black knit underneath for warmth and topped with a Sarah Paccini top. I found this top in the city of Mulhouse, France on our trip in 2016.
We were in Mulhouse to fulfill one of John’s must see’s on his wish list- to visit the Cite de l’√Āutomobile Museum containing the Schlumpf collection of historical cars. Although this was interesting I must admit I was more excited to find a Sarah Paccini shop , not easy to find, where I purchased this top . Finding black and white accessories is another of my favourite things , the sunnies from Preen were found in Melbourne last year , the bangle was a local find and to be quite honest I’m not sure where I found the earrings. The black boots are stretchy fabric, made in Italy and have been with me for many Winters.

Animal print and leather are also two of my favorite things , so imagine my excitement when I found this jacket at a local recycle store a couple of years ago.
I wore the jacket to visit the Seaport Marina , always a good place for a stroll , although more pleasant on a sunny calm day, than this cool, blustery one , my hair tells the story.
Though named seaport it really is by the river, the area had always been a bit of an eyesore until redeveloped by a local businessman a few years ago.

Pairing with the jacket are more of my favourite things , my much worn and loved Moyuru skirt , Ted Baker studded leather gloves , Preen sunnies and Robert Clergerie patent leather brogues.

The building to the left , which is on the other side of the river, is a recently opened hotel , another project of the same business man. The hotel has been developed in and around old wheat silos that have remained unused for many years- now that is recycling at its best.

I couldn’t possibly omit flowers from my favourite things and as I rarely wear florals these are a few blooms from my garden- it is an early season in the garden , many are several weeks early , maybe an early Spring and Summer will follow.

Sharing a few of my favourite things with Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.

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11 Comments

  1. Theresa
    August 14, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    Wow! I can see why you've included these outfit pieces as part of your favorite things. Great choices! The jewelry and sunnies in the first pic remind me of 60s Carneby Street Mod, which I adore. That faux fur lined leather jacket is amazing, as are those studded gloves. You've got such a great creative sense of style.Theresa

    • Jill James
      August 15, 2018 / 9:28 am

      Thank you so much Theresa, you are not the first to mention 60's Carnaby Street as one of the car club friends mentioned the same . I was rather pleased with the jacket too.

  2. Patti Gibbons
    August 14, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    Beautiful combination of your favorite pieces! The gloves and sunglasses top it all off perfectly. Thanks for sharing, xoxPattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Jill James
      August 15, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Many thanks Patti, you know me and my gloves and sunnies obsession. Always my pleasure to join Visible Monday.

  3. Nancy Baten
    August 14, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    I'll bet you were the most fashionable woman at the run!

    • Jill James
      August 15, 2018 / 9:30 am

      Thank you Nancy , I must admit I always stand out .

  4. Vix
    August 15, 2018 / 7:06 am

    I absolutely love the drama of this outfit, Jill! Those glasses are utterly wonderful.Mulhouse is twinned with my home town, Walsall. When I was training to be a chef the college restaurant was even called Mulhouse. I'm woefully ill-travelled when it comes to France having only visited Paris a couple of times. Beautiful blooms – Spring must be on its way. xxx

    • Jill James
      August 15, 2018 / 9:34 am

      Thanks so much Vix , always love the drama of black and white. Fancy Walsall being twinned with Mulhouse , it is a lovely city with its more Germanic buildings. Maybe Spring will come early but today was back to Winter. xxx

  5. Suzanne Carillo
    August 15, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    I think the way you create layers of interest with your choices of only black and white is wonderful. It takes a creative mind to do that. The leopard print and bold gloves are the cherries on the cake. I spotted a black skirt recently while thrifting that reminded me of you. I bought it and will be interested to see what it looks like on me and if I can sell such a piece.Suzannehttp://www.suzannecarillo.com

  6. Jill James
    August 22, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Many thanks Suzanne I do like my layers and find they do work so well with my black and white. The skirt does sound interesting , I shall take a peek at your shop.

  7. Natalia Lialina
    September 3, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Black and white is my favorite as well! I adore this outfit on you, dear Jill! It is sophisticated and artistic, and it looks truly harmonious. Love the chunky architectural details and textures – you are very skillful in your creativity!I was thinking just recently how differently we see things from one another, what tickle us and leaves us indifferent is quite fascinating.Love the leopard and leather jacket – it fits you to a T!

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