Black and White Florals to Welcome 2019

Happy New Year everyone, may 2019 be filled with wonder and joy. My first post of 2019 celebrates my love of wearing black and white and visiting local gardens.The garden is at a National Trust property, Franklin House, on the outskirts of Launceston. I visited here  in Autumn a couple of years ago and promised to come back to see the Summer garden.

There are several of these scarecrows around the garden , someone had a lot of fun making and dressing these guys.

I am not sure what joys a new year will bring but I am open and ready to embrace whatever comes my way. One of the challenges I have set for myself is to explore my creative side and see where this leads me. I have always enjoyed photography and plan to expand my skills further.
Another thing I plan to do this year is to write a journal on a daily basis , so far I have bought the journal but not written a thing, time to start.
As far as my blog goes I plan to finally change to WordPress and update my layout, keep posted this hopefully will happen soon.
Starting this week I will re-introduce Postcard Wednesday , to show some of my favourites from our travels. My first post will be the Loire Valley in France and the magnificent chateau we visited.

The hair colour is slowly growing out and as much as I find this frustrating I plan to continue as I rather like the touches of silver coming through.
On the clothing front I have committed to buy little, either new or recycled, and then only if it is something I truly love and will wear for many years to come.
I came across this quote recently , ” Always dress like it’s the best day of your life”. This resonated with me and I plan to practice on a daily basis.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday

Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday

Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack

Catherine At Not Dressed as Lamb

Nancy at Fashion Friday Linkup



  1. Vix
    January 7, 2019 / 10:02 am

    Happy New Year to you and yours, Jill!I'm a strong believer in dressing like it's the best day of your life and I can see that you are too, you always dress in such a stylish and interesting day.Franklin House looks beautiful, I've got a feeling that the BBC's The Antiques Roadshow came from there a few years ago. Love the bold floral print on your shirt and those stylish wide legged trousers. Your series of postcards sounds right up my street. I'll enjoy catching up with those when I get back. xxx

    • Jill James
      January 10, 2019 / 9:43 am

      Thanks so much Vix, life is so much more enjoyable when you feel your best.You could well be right about Franklin House and The Antiques Road Show , I have a vague memory .Hope you do enjoy the postcards, I am looking forward to seeing your India travels.

  2. Nancy's Fashion
    January 8, 2019 / 8:18 pm

    Happy New year Jill! I'm looking forward to Postcard Wednesday! You look wonderful in black and white!

    • Jill James
      January 10, 2019 / 9:44 am

      Happy New Year to you too Nancy. Thank you Nancy I always enjoy wearing black and white.

  3. Penny Kocher
    January 10, 2019 / 9:51 am

    Happy New Year, Jill. Am commenting on Firefox as Safari hasn't worked, as in it didn't show comments, then it did, so I returned, then just recently it hasn't! I think Firefox might work. Oh the technological challenges we face as bloggers!!!! Love that shirt btw, so sheer and beautiful.

    • Jill James
      January 10, 2019 / 10:19 am

      Happy New Year to you Penny. I know , those technological challenges only too well. I am in the process of changing to WordPress , so hope that may make it easier.The shirt is an oldie but a goodie and so cool as our days have been rather warm.

  4. Jessica Jannenga
    January 13, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    Beautiful blouse! I love the sheer white and the black pattern. Love the wide leg style on you too, very chic! thanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      January 14, 2019 / 10:36 pm

      Thank you so much Jess , this shirt is an old favourite of mine. I do love a wide leg pant in Summer so cool to wear. Always enjoy linking up.

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