Relaxed Summer Holiday Style


 Relaxed Summer holiday style was in order for today . The weather is pleasantly warm and sunny, just perfect in fact to end 2018 and usher in 2019.

I do hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. We certainly enjoyed our small and relaxed family gathering. 

The weather gods were kind this year and we enjoyed Christmas lunch outside in the garden. John and I were joined by our sons Zac and Callum , our daughter-in-law Sarah ,my sister Lyn and of course baby Harry, who slept soundly for a good part of the day.


I had to include this shot I took of Harry and his proud parents under the rose arch on Christmas Day.

Now that Christmas is done and dusted it is time to focus on the coming year, not that I do New Year Resolutions, always a waste of time in my book. Merely a time to reflect on what is important to me and what areas may need a rethink .

One of these areas is to brush up on my easy casual style – not one of my strong suits. I am one to overdress rather than underdress. Summer here in Australia is always a casual affair , mostly shorts , tee shirts and rubber thongs, not me at all. Today’s outfit is my version based on items I have had and worn for a few Summers just not together- the top and pants are Moyuru , so light and comfy , a black Paula Ryan tee shirt under the top , beads and bangle stack, charity shop finds and silver Ara sandals, bought retail locally at a bargain price as they have a flaw.

So excited , this book arrived today, the newly released  Advanced Love by Ari Seth  Cohen . So far I have really only had a quick peek but the photographs and stories are just wonderful. This was a Christmas present from John – quite apt as we have been together for 45 years. I never ceased to be amazed at the speed of things , the book was released on Christmas Eve in the U.S. and arrived here today, now that’s quicker than I can get a book from elsewhere in Australia.

Wishing all my kind readers a healthy and happy New Year. 

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fashion Friday Linkup.



  1. Vix
    December 31, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Xmas Dinner in the garden – how absolutely wonderful! I love your family photos, baby Harry is gorgeous. I can see by your sister's groovy glasses that there's a strong sense of style in your genes.John did well with that book – Tova K, one of my favourite IG friend's, parents are in there!Like you, I'm not great at casual style but your metallic sandals, statement jewellery, oversized sunnies and straw trilby add some effortless glam to your comfortable (and flattering) clothing. I must take note!Happy New Year to you and your lovely family, Jill!

    • Jill James
      January 3, 2019 / 2:34 am

      Thank you Vix and a Happy New Year to you and Jon. We certainly were lucky with the weather this year and we did make the most of it enjoying our Xmas meal outside.The book is great , I do know Tova from IG , must check out her parents.Glad I,m not alone in my struggle with casual style. We do make it our own.Best wishes for 2019 Vix.

  2. Nancy's Fashion
    January 1, 2019 / 8:04 am

    Happy New Year Jill!

    • Jill James
      January 3, 2019 / 2:36 am

      Thank you so much Nancy. Best wishes to you for a happy and healthy 2019.

  3. Jessica Jannenga
    January 5, 2019 / 3:19 pm

    Jill, love your style of clothes. Tees and flip flops aren't my style either for summer:-) Darling picture of family! I love those glasses and the mix of print is lovely! The book sounds great, wonderful gift! Happy New YEar!thanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      January 14, 2019 / 10:38 pm

      Many thanks Jess , glad you like my version of casual Summer style , it is one I struggle with. The book is so beautifully done with its stories and wonderful photos.

  4. Natalia Lialina
    January 20, 2019 / 5:57 am

    Happy New Year, dear Jill, to you and all your wonderful growing family!! What beautiful pictures, and my favorite ones are of the family together and of you reading the book. Many more years of happy life to you and your husband! My parents are married for 52 years now, and it is really so precious to share life with someone you love.

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