Recycled Gems

I have been patiently waiting for some cooler weather so I could wear some new to me recycled items that I found at Return to Splendour , a local recycle store, some time ago.

The black hat is Italian and made from the finest wool felt with a plush trim. I know this little number will have many outings over many Winters to come.

My second find was the black leather jacket from Australian designers George Gross and Harry Who.

The jacket is the finest quality leather and has a Chanel style quilted front and silver chain edgeing.

I was absolutely thrilled to find this jacket as the designers have retired and the label is no more.

The glitzy belt was another purchase a couple of years ago. Unfortunately the owner of the store has decided to close the store later in the year. I will certainly miss my visits there searching for hidden treasures.

These photos were taken at Royal Park, an area by the Tamar River, bounded by a flood levy , that serves as a canvas for some of our local street artists .

I will admit that the Clockwork Orange piece was certainly the creme of the crop today. There is an ongoing discussion with the powers that be at the local council as to whether they are street art or just graffiti that has to be removed as quickly as possible.

I would like to end today’s post with a beautiful poem by Mario de Andrade, a poet, novelist, essayist and musicologist from Brazil.

My Soul Has A Hat

I counted my years and realised that I have

Less time to live by,

Than I have lived so far.

I feel like a child who won a pack of candies,

at first he ate them with pleasure

But when he realised that there was little left,

he began to taste them intensely.

I have no time for endless meetings

where the statutes, rules, procedures & internal regulations are discussed,

knowing that nothing will be done.

My time is too short

I want the essence ,

my spirit is in a hurry.

I do not have much candy

in the package any more.

I want to live next to humans,

very realistic people

how know how to laugh at their mistakes,

Who are not inflated by their own triumphs and who take responsibility for their actions.

In this way human dignity is defended and we live in truth and honesty.

It is the essentials that make life useful .

I want to surround myself with people who know how to touch the hearts of those whom

hard strokes of life have learned to grow with sweet touches of the soul.

Yes I’m in a hurry

I’m in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.

I do not intend to waste any of the remaining desserts.

I am sure they will be exquisite ,

much more than those eaten so far.

My goal is to reach the end satisfied

and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.

We have two lives and the second begins

when you realise you only have one.

These words certainly resonated with me and were a reminder to cherish every day .

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






  1. June 3, 2019 / 3:15 pm

    That’s a very powerful poem. those words certainly resonate with me.
    I love this outfit and the Pop Art inspired backdrop is fabulous, thank goodness it was saved. xxx

    • grownupglamour
      June 4, 2019 / 1:05 am

      I am hoping our rather narrow minded council leaves this art piece alone as it is one of the best for a while.
      The poem is indeed rather powerful and relates to us all. Have a good week Vix. xx

  2. June 3, 2019 / 5:13 pm

    What a brilliant, inspiring poem! I often quote that line, “We have two lives and the second begins

    when you realise you only have one.” I didn’t realise it was from a poem.

    The silver on the badass belt buckle and that jacket make really make this look IMHO.

    It’s sad when secondhand stores can’t make it.


    • grownupglamour
      June 4, 2019 / 1:02 am

      Thank you so much Suzanne, I agree the blingy belt and jacket do make this other wise bland black outfit. I know I will miss the secondhand store as good ones are in short supply here.
      I found that the poem certainly resonated with me and hoped it would with others too, seems you knew some of it all along. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. June 4, 2019 / 11:01 am

    This is how I got to know your blog and you! Black, cool, fabulous and always wearing amazing gloves! Love this!

    • grownupglamour
      June 4, 2019 / 11:44 pm

      Thanks so much Nancy for your kind comments. I do always love wearing wearing, somehow it just feels like me. I am also pleased to be wearing my gloves again.

  4. June 6, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    Wow, what have I been missing?! You look strikingly fabulous. I luv everything you have put together. What an inspiration you are. And that poem. I copied it to keep. Thanks.

    • grownupglamour
      June 7, 2019 / 9:14 am

      Thank you so very much , your kind words are much appreciated. I am so glad you found the poem as thought provoking as I did.

  5. June 9, 2019 / 11:47 am

    What a stunning monochrome outfit! i really like that leather jacket, along with the belt they add a fun touch to your outfit. Great poem too! 🙂

    Thank you for joining the link up!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend! We had our son’s birthday party yesterday, it was loud but fun 🙂

    • grownupglamour
      June 10, 2019 / 7:55 am

      Thank you Mica , always quite like a monochrome outfit , especially black. Always my pleasure to join the link up. I do remember many a noisy little boys party.

  6. June 14, 2019 / 9:26 am

    That is one inspiring poem – thank you for that. And your outfit is exactly how I would like to look. As ever great skirt. You are also an inspiring role model 🙂

    • grownupglamour
      June 15, 2019 / 12:07 am

      Many thanks Penny, so glad you liked the poem , it certainly resonated with me too. We certainly share a similar style.

    • grownupglamour
      June 15, 2019 / 12:05 am

      Thank you so much Shelbee, I was rather pleased with these recycled pieces. I have always enjoyed wearing my blacks. Many thanks for visiting my blog.

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