Mint and Mustard - a Floral Delight

25 Apr 2014 Sturt Street, Ballarat VIC, Australia

I am an advocate for wearing and rewearing clothes. Let people see you in the same outfit more than once. If the outfit is that great it's worth wearing again. I wore this skirt to a Sunday brunch on the first cold day in Autumn. To keep warm I partnered the outfit with this purple jacket from Chitra's Closet.

Jacket: sold out - Chitra's Closet
Skirt: Ikebana for All skirt - Modcloth
Blouse: Gelato Love sold out - Modcloth (pity, such a good quality shirt)
Shoes: sold out - Sandler

I've said it before; this skirt is amazing quality. The shirt is also fantastic quality but is sadly sold out.

These photos were taken in front of the statue of Albert Coates on Sturt St in Ballarat. Here is a little information about Albert, from the scholarship in his memory that is available through Federation University Australia (FedUni),

Albert Ernest Coates was born in 1895 at Mt Pleasant, Ballarat, attending school to the age of eleven. 
Beginning as a butcher’s apprentice and a bookbinder, he aspired to a career in medicine. He sailed to Gallipoli as a medical orderly serving throughout World War I with distinction.
After the War, he put himself through medical school by working at night in the postal service. Within a year of graduating, Coates was appointed acting Professor of Anatomy at the University of Melbourne.
Aged 46, he volunteered for duty during World War II. After the fall of Singapore, Coates stayed to care for the wounded in Sumatra, becoming a prisoner of war on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway.

Hundreds of lives were saved by his surgical work. He later became Senior Surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Stewart Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Melbourne, which was equivalent to the subsequent role of Professor of Surgery which he championed.
He was active in Rotary International and community service. Despite his achievements, one of Coates’ responses to praise was: “Any mug could have done it”.

For a biography of Sir Albert Coates, published by the Coates Trust, refer to Against the Odds: Albert Coates – A Heroic Life by Walter Gherardin.

You may have seen this outfit combination before. I wore it on the day I went to see the Bond Exhibition with my best friend Tessa, and we ate all the dumpling. Here are the pictures from Instagram.

- L

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