CINDY AND I ARE DOING AGELESS STYLE A BIT EARLY THIS MONTH……..
IAM DELIGHTED TO INTRODUCE YOU TO Jill James OF TASMANIA!
TASMANIA is a LARGE ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF AUSTRALIA; IF YOU WERE WONDERING!
JILL WRITES A BLOG CALLED GROWN UP GLAMOUR TAP HERE!
JILL HAS A GORGEOUS GARDEN AS WELL……..I will give you a little PEEK!
I WILL FEATURE HER GARDEN in A GARDEN FLOOZY POST COME THE NEW YEAR!
ENJOY JILL AND HER WONDERFUL SENSE OF STYLE.
She is a VISION.
Please POP over to CINDY’s “VICTIM” this month as we do this in TANDEM for YOUR ENJOYMENT and OURS!!!
I AM ALWAYS LEARNING SOMETHING NEW from THESE WOMEN WE FEATURE!
CINDY’s BLOG is a TAP AWAY RIGHT HERE!
Jill, give us little bio of who you are PLEASE!
I live in the small city of Launceston in Tasmania (Australia’s island state). I have been married to John for 44 years and I am the proud mother of two wonderful young men, Zac and Callum. My daughter India sadly died of a brain tumour at age 8 in 2001. I am also Mimi to little Harry (2). I have been employed in a variety of fields, working for Kodak in sales and admin for many years, also banking and in latter years when I returned to the workforce, in retail fashion. I currently work two days a week at a local card and gift store. I enjoy travelling and gaining an insight into different cultures and have visited 40 countries in many parts of the world.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING
WHAT MADE YOU THINK “I CAN WRITE A BLOG?”
I have been blogging for seven years.
In truth I started as a challenge for myself as I turned 60 to prove that (with my limited computer skills) I could do this blogging thing.
I recall contacting Tamara Beardsley and her advice was to write whatever brings you joy, which is what I still do today.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
As many women find, I feel my style has evolved over time.
I find as I age I am more willing to experiment with styles the younger me would never have considered.
Today my style is a mix of arty, avante-garde and quirky with a splash of the classics and vintage thrown in.
I finally know my body shape and what really suits me best and I dress to please me.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACCESSORY?
This is a hard one as I love and wear them all – beads, bracelets, statement ear-rings, scarves, belts and gloves. I adore hats and have quite a collection.
A selection of sunglasses is also a must, as I have found as I age that my eyes are now more sensitive to bright light.
I am a great believer in the power of well chosen accessories to take the most basic of outfits to the next level.
HOW ABOUT COLOR COMBINATIONS?
Black and white is always high on my list.
I also love the romance of dark florals.
Chartreuse is my favourite colour, often combined with white.
I also wear quite a lot of black, adding interest with textures and shapes.
WHO INSPIRED YOU AS A CHILD?
I really can’t recall any specific inspiration as a child, although my mother always loved clothes, so maybe my interest started there.
Today, I have several muses,
Lou Lou de la Falaise,
Valerie Von Sobel,
to name but a few.
DO YOU FOLLOW FASHION TRENDS?
No, not any more, these trends are so fickle, far better to find your own style.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR SKINCARE REGIME,HAS IT CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?
My skin care routine is quite a simple one. I use Cetaphil to remove my make-up with a re-usable pad, as well as LÓreal, eye make-up remover, followed with a micellar water, then a moisturiser and eye cream. My products vary from Clarins to LÓreal, sometimes others. My most important item is sunblock, something I wish I had started as a teenager. At this time I am not using a serum, I know I probably should, any suggestions would be most welcome.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LIPSTICK?
My all time favourite lipstick is Rodin – my colour is Tough Tomato, an orange red, as it lasts and lasts. I always use a lip pencil to both outline my lips and colour them in before adding the lipstick using a lip brush.
I am lucky as I rarely have a problem with lip bleed.
YOU RECENTLY THIS PAST YEAR WENT TO CUBA.
WHAT STOOD OUT THE MOST TO YOU ABOUT CUBAN WOMEN?
I was fortunate to visit Cuba, in March 2020. The one thing that stood out for me was the resilience of the Cuban women. The lives of many of the women I met were difficult, due to shortages of so many of the things we take for granted. One of the first things I noticed was the absence of shops selling clothing and other everyday items. I asked our lovely guide where women found their clothes, on the black market I was told.
HOW MUCH JOY DOES YOUR CLOTHING BRING TO YOU?
I do enjoy my clothing, Not just as a way of covering my body but as a means of self expression.
This became more pertinent to me as the dark clouds of grief (following the loss of my daughter) lifted and I re-discovered the absolute pleasure of creative dressing again.
DO YOU PONDER OUTFITS OR JUST GET DRESSED?
Most days I definately ponder.
If I have a special event, I can play for hours composing the outfit until it simply sings.
I FEEL YOU ARE AN ARTIST WITH YOUR CLOTHING.
HAS ANYONE MENTIONED THIS TO YOU?I KNOW YOU LOVE YOUR GARDEN.
WHAT FLOWER BEST DESCRIBES WHO YOU ARE AND WHY?
Thank you Elizabeth, yes I have been told that before. I have no skill with a paint brush, so clothing is my medium. I do love my garden and grow a variety of blooms. Of all the flowers in my garden, the one that describes me is the Oriental Poppy (I even have one in black and white). I feel it describes me as it likes to make a statement, is quite individual, sometimes is clad in bright flamboyant colours, but only for a short time.
WHAT PART OF THIS AGING PROCESS SHOCKED YOU THE MOST?
HAVE YOU COME TO TERMS WITH IT?
DOES IT HELP TALKING TO OTHERS?
The aging process as such really doesn’t bother me too much, it is an inevitable part of life. I still colour my hair as nature has not provided the gorgeous silver and soft grey I so admire on others. The one thing that annoys me the most is the heavy hooded eyes – a family trait that seems to get worse over time. Surgery is an option – not ready to go there yet, but will if it affects my eye sight. I do find it helpful to talk with friends and hear others’ stories, most of us have the same issues.
ON A SCALE OF ONE TO TEN
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE IMPORTANCE OF GIRLFRIENDS IN YOUR LIFE?
I would rank my girlfriends right near the top as they are very important in my life.
Nothing like our girlfriends to share the joys and sorrows of our lives.
ANY GOALS FOR 2021?
Due to the uncertainty of these times I don’t have any particular big goals for 2021. I hope to travel overseas again (not sure about 2021), possibly to Japan for the Autumn colours and to Europe again. I also plan to explore more of Australia. I really would like to improve my photography and editing skills.
How can we find you on social media?
Instagram: GROWNUPGLAMOUR INSTAGRAM FEED
Thank you for the honour of inviting me to participate in Ageless Style, it has been an absolute pleasure.
TIME TO POP OVER TO CINDY HATTERSLEY’S TO READ ABOUT HER AGELESS STYLE PICK FOR DECEMBER.
PLEASE BE SO KIND AS TO LEAVE COMMENTS FOR THESE TWO LADIES WHO HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS AND BE PUT ON OUR BLOGS FOR ALL TO SEE!
IT IS LOVELY OF THEM TO SHARE!
ONE LAST TIDBIT IS THE PASSING OF MY CARDIGAN CORGI Sir Winston ON DECEMBER 3,2020.
HE was MY FIRST CORGI and THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!HE was constantly underfoot and at my side.
HE WAS MY COMPANION 24/7 from feeding the chickens to working in the GARDEN or in my way in the KITCHEN.
His LIVER had enlarged and his kidneys had become smaller and the LOSS of BONE DENSITY in his BACK was VERY evident in his XRAYS.
He could barley walk.
I AM AT A LOSS WITHOUT HIM.
READY for a NEW YEAR!
HANG IN THERE EVERYONE!