Hello friends, apologies for being missing in action , sometimes life gets in the way of my blogging.
Since my last post I have celebrated a birthday and so has the blog , its seventh . I started the blog as a challenge for myself as I turned 60 to prove that with my limited computer skills I could do this blogging thing. I didn’t really start with any grandiose ideas and decided to simply write about life, fashion , gardens and travel , all the things that bring joy to my life. I so enjoy the connections I have made with like minded women across the globe.
To celebrate I donned an outfit combining many of my favourite things, spots , black and white, a bangle stack, a statement necklace , earrings, sunnies and a hat.
I have always enjoyed wearing hats and have been collecting them for many years . Some such as this black straw boater are both stylish and practical , while many are just plain fun and a bit of fantasy.
The statement black and white necklace is from Jianhui London , purchased online a couple of months ago. I fell for its design as well as the fact that all his designs are made from recycled , sustainable materials.
The black and white earrings were a purchase in Havana, Cuba on our trip back in March. Every time I wear the earrings I think of the people we met and wonder how they are coping in these troubled times.
I always enjoy wearing playful spots. I have had the black with white spots jacket for many years but this is the first time I have paired it with the Alembika white with oversize black spots pants .
I also added an arm load of black and white bangles . I have been collecting bangles for what seems forever , many are thrift shop finds bought for next to nothing while others are found in local stores or during my travels.
I think my love of bangles can be traced back to this image of Nancy Cunard , the writer , heiress and political activist with her arms laden with bangles from wrist to elbow.
I have also been inspired by many of the women shown in Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style books , website and film of the same name. This fabulous lady is Jean , who along with Valerie are known as the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas from New York. I am a tad bit envious of her bakelite bangles , they are quite scarce here and now fetch big money
Finishing this post with a photo taken in Sydney , where I celebrated my 60th. birthday , making this one of the first photos on the blog.
Joining Mica for Weekday Wear, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Gail for This is Mutton , Jacqui at Mummabstylish for Chic and Stylish and Nancy for Fancy Friday.