Category Archives: Outfit Posts

Changing Seasons

Hello my friends and followers, we have completed one month of winter here in the southern hemisphere and although Mother Nature isn’t changing seasons, change is still in the air.

The time has come for final post.

I have not come to this decision easily because there are many of you that I genuinely like and feel that I have been blessed by having you all in my life for this season. However, I just don’t feel that I have the drive to continue giving at the level I have to date and it’s not my style to just mess around with an occasional post.

There hasn’t been time for me to enjoy a good fashion mag for a couple of months and I haven’t read a proper book for ages.

Writing this blog has helped me learn a great deal about myself and shown me that even at darn close to 50 I can still embrace my individual style.

So to close out my time and as time goes…bye!

Closing Night

Closing Night

If you want to stay in touch please feel free to email me at

You will all spend many more seasons in my heart.




How to Wear Rose Prints – Casual

Another in the ongoing series of How to Wear. Today it is How to Wear Rose Prints – Casual. Of course, it also works with our Rose Month Theme!

This is actually what I wore for the weekend outing to Clunes with the Fashion Mister. The outfit yesterday was after a quick change…in the car…behind a building! Decided to try to take advantage of the sun and get a couple looks photographed. Which meant really pretending I was a model and changing very slyly while trying not to freeze to death because of the cold! The Fashion Mister was good enough to go play look-out for me. Not that I think we had a plan of what to do should anyone actually come our way.

The Look: Pretty sure you have seen all of these pieces before, just never all together. Hopefully this is a little more proof that my wardrobe is NOT that huge and that I do a fair amount of mixing and matching. You’ll remember that the skirt was an op-shop buy and I love that not only is it a blue rose print but that it is a white denim skirt…classic! The shirt is a short-sleeved denim shirt that I DIY beaded the placket to give it some personality last year, and the jacket is the one I purchased from H & M a couple of years ago that I honestly wear ALL the time. So none of the core pieces are new.

The Accessories: It’s autumn and it’s cold but I have 20 something pairs of open-toe shoes so my go to trick, wear them with tights! In this case I really played up the contrast by having the grey ribbed tights with the electric blue cork-heeled wedges. The big white shell earrings and a mix of blue, silver and white jewelry keep everything working together. Then the old stand-by handbag – the classic black quilted bag.

By the way, it’s just over two months until I head to Hong Kong for my birthday and splurge on a Chanel quilted handbag! But who’s counting!!



Autumn Rose…Sweater

Well, that’s the colour of the sweater, autumn rose.

A little bit of sunshine means it’s mandatory to gt outside and get some photos. So the Fashion Mister and I drove out to Clunes to take advantage of some of the lovely old historic buildings as a back-drop for this photo-shoot before stopping at a cafe for lunch.

It’s a little modern, a little retro and all about the autumnal colours.

The Look: This look not only has layers but it also has layers of pieces from or inspired by different decades! At the core, 80s bronze coloured skinny pants – just a little disco. On top a vintage argyle sweater. It looks like it could be from any number of decades but the beading really made me think 40s. It’s probably far more recent than that but because I purchased it from my favourite op-shop, I’ll pretend it has been around a lot longer.

The Accessories: Continuing with the many decades theme, I have my red/burgundy 20s-40s style cloche hat. My 50s alligator skin handbag (my first Australian Vintage purchase from years ago), and my 50s inspired Diane Ferrari leopard print kitten-heel pumps.

With the shine and sparkle of the pants and the beading on the sweater, I really didn’t need a lot of jewelry so a few bangles and classic charm bracelet finish off the look.

I’m dying to know what you all think? Is it too much for a winter weekend? Has this autumn rose bloomed and faded?


Everything’s Coming Up Roses

If only everything WERE coming up roses! Unfortunately, it’s just too cold for that. It may not be officially winter here in the Southern Hemisphere, but it sure feels like it is!

Which is why, I am bundled up and trying to stay warm in today’s look. The Fashion Mister and I didn’t even venture far from home. I was trying to think of somewhere we could get a few pics and it seemed the white wall of Sunny Crust Bakery was as good as any on this chilly day. And as it’s only a kilometer from our house we were able to get back inside next to the fire pretty quickly.

The Look: Ballarat has a bad rap in Australia for being cold. But it is deserved to some degree. It can be very cold in the winter, however we rarely get snow and I have never seen it stick for more than an hour so it certainly could be worse. However, because the wind can from the cold south, it is important to wear layers. In fact, moving to Ballarat is part of the reason I have two drawers full of scarves!

This is one of my classic weekend looks. Jeans (from Just Jeans purchased at the op-shop for $6), white long-sleeved thermal shirt (purchased a few years ago from Wal-Mart, while in the US, cost $3 on sale). A BIG, and most importantly, WARM tribal rug inspired cardigan, (purchased last year from Sussan).

The Accessories: I’m wearing my black ankle boots with the silver studs at the back. One of about three black winter scarves I own. A really cool big silver bracelet that I purchased from a little gift shop in Beaufort for like $15. My white watch and big white shell earrings. Besides using a scarf to keep my neck warm in the winter it is a great way to finish an outfit if you don’t have the right necklace. Which is why I also own so many light scarves that I can wear in the warmer months.

Even though everything’s NOT coming up roses. I still had a nice relaxing day.

What are some of your go to items for the weekend?

Second-Hand Rose

Drum roll please! As promised, today I am reveling in my status as Second Hand Rose and sharing with you the cool second boots I purchased over the weekend.

As luck would have it, the dress I chose to wear to the antique and vintage fair was not only a perfect match for the boots but also second-hand from an op-shop so the Fashion Mister and I took the opportunity for a little impromptu photo-shoot.

The Look: Well, it actually started with one of my op-shop finds – the Willow wrap dress in turquoise and brown. I had added some brown tights and was originally wearing my brown suede boots. And just for fun, I wore my hair the way I used to before I started letting the curl do its own thing. Predominately straight with bit of curl on the ends. Which meant blow drying my hair straight and curling the ends. I used to do that every day. However, I can’t be bothered with messing with it that much anymore so only occasionally do I fuss over it.

The Accessories: The star of this show is the pair of boots I found at the Antique and Vintage Fair. Not just a perfect match for the dress but a perfect match for me! Love that they are knee-high and have the very retro swirl pattern to the suede. My necklace is a vintage deco piece that I purchased on my last trip to the US but the rest of the accessories are newer items. Newer in the sense that I bought them new. I have had the Coach handbag for  about 4 years now and the bangles are just a mix of a great number that I own.

The whole point of the day was to keep everything in the brown and turquoise ranges. Luckily, the new/second-hand boots worked with that! They cost $85 and had absolutely minimal scuffing to the soles which either means they had been resoled or likely only worn once.

Did you notice they have a very disco silver/mirrored heel?!

I really do love being Second Hand Rose in my second-hand clothes.

Do you like? Or too retro for you?

No Yellow Rose of Texas Here!

No, not in any way is there a yellow rose of Texas here.

In fact, I don’t like to wear yellow. Mustard, yes. Butter, lemon or sunshine yellow…not for me! However, I did use the thought of the yellow rose of Texas to inspire today’s look. AND I did select a scarf with a small tiny hint of yellow for the connection. However, that is pretty well where the yellow rose stops.

The reference to Texas on the other hand…that is a little more prevalent.

The Look: You may remember this skirt from my posts last year about the gypsy look or my ever-growing collection of maxi-skirts. Well now that the cold has rolled in, this skirt will be back on high rotation. I love the colours, red, orange and a watermelon blend of sixties print magnificence. Someone took the time to make it at home (I can tell from the seams and lack of tag – plus I did work in clothing manufacturing long enough to tell a factory garment). I love that this long skirt gives me a longer look. Cause you know in my mind, the longer (taller) I look then the easier it is to trick your eye into thinking I am leaner! With the sun out and a hint of blue sky today, I opted to wear one of my many cardigans, this one in a watermelon shade, as a shirt to go with the skirt.

The Accessories: I’m pretty sure you have seen all these accessories before. If not, then you are new, because I L-O-V-E each of these items and find MANY opportunities to wear them. My well-worn red cowboy boots. Definitely a staple of the winter months. My red Furla handbag, purchased while shopping in Spain. A little orange, double-wrap watch, purple “gator” bangle, one of my vintage scarves tied a-la-country around my neck, large rose-gold drop earrings and a thin orange belt at the waist.

I have pulled my hair to a low side pony-tail to finish off the tribute to Texas and the country theme.

If you are wondering about the setting, it’s the old cattle yards on the edge of town. Well, not quite the edge of town anymore which is why they have moved.

Even though my look is country inspired, I hope there is enough chic in it to keep it from being too much Country Girl. No yellow rose of Texas here please!

What do you think? Too many rose colours? Or just too girl from the sticks?

How to Dress For Work to Drinks

It’s that time again. Yes, a helpful how to!

Even though I know June is Rose Month, there are no roses in this post. It really is about how to dress for work to drinks occasions. It can be tricky. You have to be at work all day but you are heading out for drinks after work. How do you balance the “day-time professional” with the “give the girl a drink”?

It could so easily go wrong.

Here’s one way to go about it.

The Look: I have to thank Tricia from my favourite op shop. She sold me this skirt and shirt, and she was also the lady that sold me my fantastic Louis Vuitton wallet. The skirt is by “Wish” and is a classic pencil skirt with a twist. Classic in that it is dark grey pin-striped flannel and a twist in the ruffle that runs down the length of it. You know I describe myself as “classic with a twist” which made this skirt a perfect match for me. I have purchased a couple of silvery-grey shirts from the op shop over the past year but neither of them have been quite right and have found their way on to a friends wardrobe or back to the op shop. This one will have a long-standing spot in my wardrobe! It’s got just the right amount of sparkle and bling going on and is a classic t-shirt cut which makes it crazy comfortable and versatile. The black shrug is from Target and was very reasonably priced. So much so that I am sure after two years it has cost me less than 5 cents per wear.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Accessories: I have continued with the black and silver/grey theme with the accessories. After purchasing a couple of fantastic pairs of tights while in Spain, I have become quite hooked on tights for the cooler weather. So first priority with a skirt…tights! I like the kind of crochet effect of this grey pair. They are both vintage inspired and modern at the same time. To really amp up the modern I have paired them with my favourite black open-toe wedges. If you remember from this post, it really is okay to wear socks/tights with open-toe shoes…if you do it properly!

Working our way up…the classic black handbag, black and silver bracelets, a necklace with pearls and chains interwoven, tri-colour pearl earrings.

All fairly simple and straight forward. However when worn together I think it makes for a great look that will transition from work appropriate to after-work drinks and look just as fantastic in either place.

What do you think? Is this a good option for how to dress for work to drinks? Or am I just dreaming?


Paris: People, Places and Bling

Theadora's Field Guide to Shopping in Paris

brown paper belle

food + entertaining + garden + travel


Adventures in Bikeable Fashion


learning to be creative in everyday life

Veloria in Velvet

The street is my runway...

Pierotucci Leather Factory Blog

Italian leather bags and more

Being Zhenya

Style and Beauty Blog by Zhenya Hutson

Purse Full of Pennies

Second-hand gems, charity shop finds and venerable vintage

Travel Treks and Quests

Travel, Quests, and Adventures off the Beaten Path

Buttons and Birdcages

A vintage style and world travel blog

The Modern Mother's Holy Grail

How to fake a perfect life


Luxury Life, Travel & Style

the hearty serving

local. (mostly) organic. delicious.

We Heart Vintage

Everything fabulous in fashion and photography from the 20s through to the 70s and beyond


“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” ― Yves Saint-Laurent

%d bloggers like this: