Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Yes, I know everyone was expecting to see rubies, but I found that working with rubies was a lot like working with the emeralds back in May - very expensive, or else very traditional and staid.

So I did a bit of research and found that almost every month of the year has more than one birthstone - we love having choices!

Carnelian is particularly cool to have as a birthstone because it's very affordable and it comes in a range of colors from a pale, almost blush shade, to really deep, dark red.

And please note, I don't think you'd wear ALL SIX of these accessories at one time; but I could easily see 3 or 4 of them...

necklace – Kenneth Jay Lane; ring – Ying; sandals – MICHAEL Michael Kors; dress – Uniqlo; earrings – Ying; bracelet – Marianela Vargas; bag – Elle & Jae Gypset

necklace – Adriana de Gadea; carnelian and moonstone ring – Ying; sandals - Børn; dress – Uniqlo; earrings – Sundance; bracelet – Kenneth Jay Lane; bag – Madewell

necklace– Jose & Maria Barrera; ring – Pasquale Bruni; sandals – Ugg; dress – Uniqlo; earrings –; bracelet –; bag – A.P.C.

necklace - Rituu Agarwal; ring – Sundance; sandals – Topshop; dress – Uniqlo; earrings – Mine Finds by Jay King; bracelet – Narayani; tote - Shiraleah

necklace– My Bohemia Jewelry; ring – Kenneth Jay Lane; sandals – UGG; dress – Uniqlo; earrings – Jaimie Nicole; bracelet – Isabella Tropea; bag - MICHAEL Michael Kors

necklace – Mine Finds by Jay King; ring - David Yurman; sandals – Sam Edelman; dress – Uniqlo; earrings - Wayan Asmana; bracelet – Neeru Goel; clutch – Rebecca Minkoff

You know, if you like red or orange but don't feel like it suits you well enough to wear an entire garment, something away from your face like a ring or bracelet might be just the ticket!


More from the Birthstone Series:

July Babies - Did you know that Carnelian is ALSO your birthstone?
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Some things don't change much through time - over the weekend, we saw lots of women accenting solid black outfits with well-chosen metallic accessories. These kinds of outfits always catch my eye!

sleeveless blouse - DKNY (similar here), gold belt - J. Crew, shorts - Marc Jacobs (similar here), sandals - J. Crew (similar here), dress- Karen Millen (similar here), flower earrings and bracelet - Karen Millen (similar here), sandals - Lola Cruz (similar here)

The clothes from this post are absolutely ageless and timeless; if you keep your eyes open for metallic accessories (or an accent color?) that you love, you'll instantly have an outfit that can wear forever, or until it falls apart! And that should be our goal - to use things fully and well, and retire them when they've been worn as much as possible. Anything less doesn't do justice to our time, nor or budget, nor to the planet.


Timeless Chic Sightings: Black with Metallic Accessories
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Denim and khaki go with everything - I'm convinced! - but some of you wanted to see a capsule wardrobe with a very different feel than the relatively soft and cool pastel version that used mauve pink and dark pastel blue...

How about this for colors?

wardrobe color wheel in denim, khaki, teal and brown

I don't have any really exotic travel vision for this heroine - she's more someone who wears a uniform most of the time, and only needs a relatively small wardrobe to accommodate her "not work" activities outside of her home.

So I'm starting with the six neutral pieces that were in last Monday's wardrobe, and I finally grabbed a pair of dark navy loafers for her. (although with brown in a wardrobe, don't discount the gorgeousness of beautiful brown leather goods...)

6-piece neutral starter wardrobe in khaki and denim
cardigan – L.L.Bean; denim jacket – L.L.Bean; watch – Rebecca Minkoff; denim skirt – J.Crew; beige cropped pants – L.L.Bean; heritage stone pants - L.L.Bean; jeans – L.L.Bean; loafers – Ugg; sandals - Børn; loafers - Vaneli

I'm NOT going to get into a debate about what color "teal" really is - I know that it is named for the duck that has highlights that are the color of the sweater in the lower right. But in the fashion world, it seems to be almost any color from aqua to the "real" teal. Working with a range of shades of a color gives you some variety in your wardrobe, as well as making your shopping a little bit less like the search for the lost city of Atlantis...

How fun are madly mismatched earrings?

teal and aqua additions to a capsule wardrobe

tee – L.L.Bean; earrings – Melissa Joy Manning; scarf – Carte Blanche; feather tee – M&S Collection; sunglasses – Nike; bracelet – Bourbon and Boweties; sweater – Velvet; sneakers - Converse

Here's where it becomes really difficult to find things! Camel is so beautiful - if I was a designer I'd make camel things ALL THE TIME...

camel additions to a khaki and denim capsule wardrobe

tee – Uniqlo; earrings – Dinosaur Designs; shirt – Patagonia; scarf – Leonard; bag – GiGi New York; sweater – L.L.Bean

Here's where the fun really starts - finding things that include 2 or more colors from your palette. I can spend a really LONG time looking at scarves, and bracelets... sigh...

multicolored additions to a capsule wardrobe in denim and khaki

bracelet– Treasure & Bond; bracelet - Chan Luu; scarf – Image Diary; tee - Ojai

I know that when this heroine opens her closet door it's not going to look like she has a giant assortment of pieces (and I know that she'll have more than just this!), but I like to think that she doesn't have to worry a lot about getting dressed, and that she's happy with her choices.

13-piece travel capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

As always, the accessories really bring these pieces to life, and provide a lot of personalization for clothes that are mostly timeless classics.

travel capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

She's got possibilities ranging from getting dressed for very casual errands like groceries, to somewhat nice evenings out, wearing trousers and a cashmere sweater. (and a scarf!)

2 ways to style khaki capris from a capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

2 ways to style a denim skirt from a capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

2 ways to style khaki pants from a capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

2 ways to style blue jeans from a capsule wardrobe in denim, khaki, teal and camel

As well as the "Whatever's Clean 13" works for travel, I'm becoming more and more convinced that it can work well as the main wardrobe for a lot of women who wear uniforms, spend a lot of time in workout gear (that would be me...), or who would just prefer to have a very small wardrobe. I'm going to think about this...


What are Good Accent Colors for Denim and Khaki? How about Teal and Camel?
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Friday, June 23, 2017

My great-niece is a big fan of pink and purple, so this flashback is for her... I was delighted to note that a few of these pieces are still available!

Look closely at the scarf - do you see the horses with the riders on them? You might want to do some enlarging...

Hermes Cheval Surprise Remix
Hermes Cheval Surprise Remix

This was a pretty great wardrobe - chock full of cheerful bright colors and a few really bold prints! It requires a certain woman, but she would certainly stand out in any crowd!

three wardrobe additions chosen to compliment an Hermes scarf

Blouse – MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar here); rainbow bracelet - Astley Clarke; trousers – J. Crew (similar here); white shirt – J. Crew (similar here); scarf - Hermes Cheval Surprise Remix

Sorry to spring 2 "flash backs" on you on 2 consecutive days, but when I was reminded of Kiki's birthday, I could NOT avoid pink and purple. It's a little girl imperative!


A Birthday Surprise for a Special Girl...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

This is a really old post - from back in 2012! The nice thing is that none of the garments have dated, and you could easily pull this outfit on and head off for a 2nd honeymoon looking beautiful...

camel cardigan – Organic by John Patrick (similar here), gold heart earrings – Alex and Chloe (similar here), white tee – Michael Stars, Scarf – Brooks Brothers (similar here), Denim coat – Derek Lam (similar here), camel pants – L.K. Bennett (similar here), penny loafers – J. Crew (similar here), camel bag – Vince Camuto (similar here)

In the early days of The Vivienne Files I spent a lot of time looking at camel as a neutral, because a lot of people asked me questions about where to find things, what colors to use as accents, etc. It was good fun, and I'm so happy to see that the posts haven't dated at all!

You can find this lovely flashback here; I hope that you enjoy it.


Can you Pack with Camel as your Neutral?
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