Black and white stripes

Black and white stripes...I have a love affair with them. I think it appeals to my pattern entuned brain.
Venetian blinds, shutters, corrugations, ribbing, piano keys, shadows on fences and stairs are some of my black and white loves. Here I have photos of a humble metal sided garage, but seen in black and white produces these wonderfully striped shadows.

Another place where black and white stripes occur is on a zebra. Zebra stripes are fingerprints unique to each animal. Nature loves to make each individual a one-off.

Just as a fingerprint makes its unique mark, its unique stripes on the environment, so we need to have courage to make our own unique beauty known.
Black and white spark against each other. In my mind, like complementary colours, they make each other shine more brightly (yes, black can shine!)
By being uniquely ourselves we can provide a foil for others to shine. If we all look the same, we lose ourselves in the common uniformity. This is not a new message, here in the blogging world. But out there in daylight, I am constantly finding those who try to find any excuse not the stand out.
I'm starting to feel this is my other blogging message, alongside "be creative". 

People say to me I somehow can "get away with" my clothes, like I have some super power or something. I have puzzled over this, and now feel that they are noticing my confidence. But others can do this too!
Mind you, the messages "be creative" and "be unique" are probably two sides of the same coin.
Setting ourselves up as unique individuals provides strong contrast in this world for others to reflect against.

We need to stop putting ourselves down, both internally and externally. Don't be afraid to take a risk and let others see who you are. Be bold.  

Of course there is another zebra allusion...zebra crossings/pedestrian crossings.
These allow those on the road who are slower than us, a place to safely cross in the traffic, allowing them to cross ahead of us. We who are the enlightened can now turn and give a helping hand to those who are frightened to shine their light, for fear of being singled out and shot down.
Let's spend our lives celebrating difference in whatever, ability/disability, sexuality, culture, religion, skin tone. If we stand up to stand out we will encourage others to join in.

This post was inspired by a zebra scarf I have. Here it is in conjunction with a soft as butter thrifted leather jacket, lined linen bias cut dress, thrifted boots (seen here) and my new Sportscraft bag ( soft, thick leather which holds soo much and was $5!!! thrifted...over $200 new). 

 Also worn with a thrifted soft cotton shirt from Country 
Road, and some dance-worthy argyle socks!

 To show off the scarf some more, two ways to wear it on the head!

Here at last are the zebras who spawned this post. I bought this 8 years ago retail. It called to me across the store! I always feel sorry for them as they are difficult to tie and still be seen (as is the case for most scarves...grr!) So now they have had their moment in the sun :-)
Aren't they beautiful?!

Taking my zebras over to cavort with the Style Crone and give her a Hat Attack. Come on over and cavort (wonderful word) with us!

'Til next time, keep creating, and showing your beauty!

Jazzy Jack

Angelic Autumn

I have here for your Autumn perusal, an Autumn/Fall coloured outfit but as I live in Australia, 
I just happened to wear in Spring!
The basis to the outfit is a long skirt, worn with an olive green jacket and a silk scarf...all thrifted.
(I love the twisted knot I achieved)

I also wore a thrifted silk wrap jacket in multi prints!

The skirt was a long strapless dress, but as I have no verandah to keep it up, I removed the top section and attached men's braces. Real vintage ones, still going strong.

Also see the socks and thrifted shoes! 
I love the print on the skirt, which confuses the eye.
Interesting colours too.

Because it is pseudo-Autumn, I added some leaves 
hanging on our kitchen wall.

And made myself into an angel!

Angel Angela
has come down to earth
with her autumn leaf inspired wings
because she loooves jumping in leaf piles
crunching crisp crackly detritus
from nature's bounty
twirling and whirling
faster and faster
she stomps and swirls
whipping up the leaves
into eddies of colour
dancing in reds, oranges, and yellows
she is on fire!

Thanks to Sacremento of Mis Papelicos for the inspiration...
I did this just for youuuuu!
Come over to Share-in-style and see the Autumnal feast.
As always, keep creating!

Jazzy Jack

BeautyScope 158: Life unfurling

it's the little details
that speak of life to me
outline furriness
catching the light
tiny baby petals
unfurling bright
stain glassed flowers
fragile, upright
held up by water
and roots in the night
it's the little details
that speak of life to me

Colourful crime spree

Ooh! These shoes stink! I really need some new ones!

What's that I spy? A rainbowdash bird on its nest?
What treasure is it guarding?

BeautyScope 155: Hammock hummock

almost summer
hammock in the sun
with closed umbrella
still peace
to me

My home yesterday as I coped with not coping.
I have some heart racing which will take a while to sort out, so I can't do much lately.
Here is my beautiful hammock in the sun 
to lull my heart to slowness :-)

Hopefully usual broadcasts will commence shortly.
Until then, keep creating!
Love you all!!!
Jazzy Jack

Deliciously furry times

Take a beautiful gifted red (!) hat

add a generously gifted vintage fur 
(anyone know the breed?)

with some jools

and a silk scarf skirt

and we have the recipe for a story!! 

Stand back, Lady Jemima Pennyweather coming through!

 "So good to be here my dear"

 "A cup of necklace tea? I don't mind if I do"

"What have we here then, a new variety I see"

"Oh gosh! It's garter tea!"

"I haven't seen this since University days. 
Oh we had some fun times then..."

"Ooh it still fits!"

"Hee hee, now we're talking!"

"Ha, ha, ha! You are a riot, my deeply delicious dear, hic!"

"zzz...wha's tha? Hic...zzz" 
(Garter tea does tend to make Lady Jemima comatose. Let's tiptoe away and leave her to sleep it off. Shhh!)

Oh Nan, I hope you won't mind if you're watching. 
I really do value your gifts.
Here they are being sensible :-)


'Til next time, keep creating!
Jazzy Jack

Sharing with MisPapelicos Share-in-style: Skirts or Pants taking my scarf skirt to visit. 
I'm also visiting Patti and the visibles at Not Dead Yet Style
and Judith at The Style Crone with Hat Attack
Come on...!
red felt hat - gift, red glass earrings - old, gold and crystal bracelet - gift, engagement ring - retail, wedding ring - designed by us, bead ring - made by a friend, red glass necklace - old, red satin asian style jacket - op shop, vintage fur - gift, 
red silk scarf - op shop

BeautyScope 153: Portaloo

a pink loo
a barbecue
some plant stands 
what more do you need?

BeautyScope 152: déjà vu

craving the light
blossom branches stretch 
toward the sun
once again

BeautyScope 151: Chiaroscuro

jumping in and out of the light
shapes mass and blur
blinded by shadows

BeautyScope 150: Interchange

lines drawn
crosshatched and watercoloured 
intersections and interludes

Tree posing

I was looking through the archives and came across these.
Tree posing, or tree portraiture.
My fingernails are holding on for dear life...I'm only just balanced!

Bushy in his element! 

Thought you might like to see my wool kimono from 
Architectural Clothing in a different setting.
It has been so good this Winter as a layer to throw on over anything.

Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback on my Red post. You made my week!
Here's to a fabulous weekend for all! Oops! Too excited! Oh no! I'm falling off the tree...heeeeeeelp!

'Til next time, keep creating!
Jazzy Jack

BeautyScope 149: Kangaroo mob

fat tailed kangaroos
feed on late Winter grass
...soon it will be Spring!


I hope you like red, because this post is full of it!

Read any good books lately?

Paisley dress, red corduroy dress, jacket, scarf, hat - op shop
Shoes a great deal - Alegria maryjanes for $3!

Are you ready?

 I know you are, I read your mind!

Black wool dress, white Country Road shirt, red knitted coat, leather jacket, red silk scarf - op shop
Hamlet tragic leggings - retail Black Milk
Merino gloves with fantails - retail NZ Jill Main
Shoes - retail Converse

I need to take off my jacket, it's sweltering in here, I am roseate of hue!

Vest - Country Road op shop

I am sharing my readiness with Patti's Visible Monday
And also with Sheila's Shoe Shine to share my Allegrias.
'Til next time, keep creating! 
Jazzy Jack