Pattern Play To Start Spring

Spring has officially arrived and to start the new season I am determined to play a little with pattern mixing, I know graphic and spots is not wildly imaginative but we all have start somewhere.

Nothing like a playground to release the inner child, especially when it just happens to match your outfit. Sometimes , life gets a bit too serious and the simple pleasures of playing and exploring are overlooked. 

 Today’s outfit consists of a graphic black and white top from Paula Ryan, Moyuru black and white spot pants from last Summer, a red wool long vest that I have had for so long I have no idea of its origins , mixed red, black and black and white bangles and Clomp brogues .(the pattern is actually black, white and red eyes).

Things here are fairly busy at present with quite a bit to be done in my garden, the finishing touches to our upcoming trip and of course I have to plan my travel wardrobe and I am doing a few hours a week at a local card and gift store. 

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



  1. Tiina L
    September 3, 2018 / 11:47 am

    I really love seeing you wear colour! It's amazing how the red vest becomes the centre of attention, making your fabulous black and white fabulous pattern mixing a very harmonious background.

    • Jill James
      September 5, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Thank you Tiina , I have promised myself I will try to add more colour into my wardrobe . Red and black and white are always favourites.

  2. Penny Kocher
    September 3, 2018 / 11:48 am

    That's so stylish Jill. I love the spotty pants. Ah Spring, hmm, it's quite Autumnal here with cool nights and mornings. Enjoy the Australian Spring 🙂

    • Jill James
      September 5, 2018 / 10:26 am

      Many thanks Penny , the spotty pants are from last Summer and I'm trying them with leggings underneath as its still a little cool. I do love the colours of Spring even though our weather is always quite fickle .

  3. Patti Gibbons
    September 3, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    You look fab in true red, Jill! Love this pattern mix and your sassy shoes/socks. Thanks for linking up, xox-Patti

    • Jill James
      September 5, 2018 / 10:27 am

      Thank you Patti I do like this red and playing with pattern mixing. Always my pleasure to link up.

  4. Nancy Baten
    September 3, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    It's so weird to know that it's spring at your part of the world! Funny isn't it. I am wearing a graphic printed dress tomorrow on the blog, I love graphic prints! And how you wear it, with the red and the accessories, is perfection for me!

    • Jill James
      September 5, 2018 / 10:29 am

      I know it is a little weird the reverse seasons. I agree I always enjoy graphic prints too. Will check out your dress on your blog Nancy.

  5. Anna Parkes
    September 3, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    So if you're acknowledging spring then does that mean I have to do likewise to autumn? Oh how loath I am to pack my summer finery away!Anyway my dear, you look rather lovely in your patternfest of black, red and white. I can't believe that you're a novice at this as it all looks fabulous.Anna x

    • Jill James
      September 5, 2018 / 10:32 am

      Sorry Anna , yes it does mean Autumn is on the way but maybe you will enjoy a long Indian Summer.Thank you for your kind compliments on my feeble attempt at pattern mixing , I always admire your skills on this score.

  6. Natalia Lialina
    September 3, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    What a joy to see you playing in this gorgeous and lighthearted pattern mix and beautiful red, dear Jill! You look fantastic and unique, my dear! Happy Spring!!!

    • Jill James
      September 5, 2018 / 10:38 am

      Thank you so much Natalia I enjoyed a little play in the park and wearing some lighter clothing to welcome Spring.

  7. Vix
    September 7, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    You look wonderful in red, it only heightens the drama of your already incredible wardrobe. xxx

    • Jill James
      September 9, 2018 / 7:53 am

      Many thanks Vix I have always enjoyed wearing red and it always works so well with my black and whites.

  8. Jessica Jannenga
    September 8, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Love the rounded hem of your vest Jill, a great piece in red! Love the black and white mix of patterns with this vest.. playful and fun! Perfect for the playground 🙂 I bet you are a bit excited for a new season. I'll try and be patient for Fall! thanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      September 9, 2018 / 7:56 am

      Thank you Jess , this vest works so well with so many of my pieces. It was a fun out for a little play. I am rather pleased to welcome Spring this year even though the weather is fickle. Always my pleasure to join your link up.

  9. dan
    September 8, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    The red vest looks so nice on the grafic outfit! The arrive of Spring always fills the heart with joy and now…it's your turn!!Holidays are approaching( hurray! ).Have you already decided where to spend them?

    • Jill James
      September 9, 2018 / 7:59 am

      Thanks so much Dan I was pleased with the red and graphic . So true the arrival of Spring is always a joyous occasion.We are travelling to France, spain and Portugal in mid October.

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