Wednesday, January 17, 2018

She Doesn't Mean to Attract Attention...


Dame au Chapeau by Natalia S. Gontcharova
Dame au Chapeau by Natalia S. Gontcharova

But she always seems to... So she takes advantage of her conspicuousness...

Dame au Chapeau by Natalia S. Gontcharova with style guidelines and color palette

She's always trying to encourage her students to think of things differently...

travel outfit in cocoa brown with bright yellow accents
Earrings – Sorrelli; cardigan – Topshop; scarf - Hermes Guepard; tee shirt – Eva & Claudi; handbag – Coach; suede pants – Brunello Cucinelli; watch – Michael Kors; flats - Børn; suitcase - Victorinox

In the same way, she encourages everybody who sees her to think of colors in different ways, by wearing distinctive and unique combinations that give her great pleasure...

Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe in brown, yellow and bright pink
feather earrings – Lauren Ralph Lauren; pajamas - Cosabella; shirt – Uniqlo; bracelet – Alex and Ani; pendant - Passiana; print top– Ojai; bag – Theory; pants – L.L.Bean; scarf - Faliero Sarti; cardigan – Uniqlo; loafers – Cole Haan

She can be spotted far across campus, which is a mixed blessing...

Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe in brown, yellow and bright pink

Her appearance exudes energy and cheer, which is always welcome in the dead of winter!

2 ways to wear a cocoa brown tee shirt from a Tote Bag Travel Capsule Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a floral top from a Tote Bag Travel Capsule Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a bright yellow shirt from a Tote Bag Travel Capsule Wardrobe

She would LOVE to get a hat, but it's going to have to be just perfect.... Maybe in the spring?

love,
Janice

Dame au Chapeau by Natalia S. Gontcharova Inspiring a Tote Bag Travel Capsule Wardrobe
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Quiet....


It's just the way she is...

Passion Flower with Hummingbirds by Martin Johnson Heade
Passion Flower with Hummingbirds by Martin Johnson Heade

She appreciates peace. Tranquility. Simple pleasures that don't involve amplification...

Passion Flower with Hummingbirds by Martin Johnson Heade with style guidelines and color palette

Which is not to say that she's boring - just that if you're going to see the interesting things, you might have to look a little while!

travel outfit in olive, gold and white
Cardigan – J.Crew; scarf – Etro; earrings – Kate Spade New York; tee shirt – Ralph Lauren; watch – Fossil; bag – Frances Valentine; shoes – Cloud; white pants - L.L.Bean; suitcase – Bric’s

Her color palette is mostly muted, with a single bright accent of geranium pink... She shops with incredible patience to stay true to her long-standing preferences!

Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe in olive, gold, pink and white
Tee shirt – L.L.Bean; earrings – Lonna & Lilly; bracelet – M.Cohen; floral tee – Le Fate; nail lacquer – Butter London “Flusher Blusher”; necklace –Treasure & Bond; scarf – Sole Society; cardigan – BB Dakota; loafers - Aerosoles; pants – Nordstrom Signature; nightshirt – Lauren Ralph Lauren

When she travels, she doesn't need much. Because everything she owns suits her to a "T," she can be contented with just the necessities and a few lovely accessories...

Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe in olive, gold, pink and white

2 ways to wear a gold tee shirt from a Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe

2 ways to wear a floral tee shirt from a Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe

2 ways to wear a pink tee shirt from a Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe

A long time ago she heard a phrase - maybe in an advertisement? - that said that "if you want to capture someone's attention, whisper." She's never forgotten that advice...

love,
Janice

Passion Flower with Hummingbirds by Martin Johnson Heade - Inspiring a Tote Bag Travel Capsule Wardrobe
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Monday, January 15, 2018

They Keep Telling Her That She's an Iconoclast...


But she likes to think that she just knows what she likes!

Fonds Marins by Lee Ungno
Fonds Marins by Lee Ungno

She likes black and white, and she likes pastels...

Fonds Marins by Lee Ungno with style guidelines and color palette

She likes linen shirts, untucked!

travel outfit in black, white and blue with blush accessories
Cardigan – Uniqlo; earrings – Kendra Scott; white shirt – Uniqlo; scarf - Mosaique; tote – Design Lab; watch – Fossil; pants – L.L.Bean; sneakers – Paul Green; suitcase – Herschel Supply Co.

She loves scarves, and bracelets...

Tote Bag Travel wardrobe in black and white with pastels
Yellow shirt – Uniqlo; blue earrings - Lafonn; yellow scarf – Pucci; prasiolite earrings - Tacori; blue shirt – Uniqlo; black cardigan – L.L.Bean; nail enamel – Chanel Coquillage; bracelet – Kendra Scott; skirt – Patagonia; pearl bracelet – Carolee; blue scarf - Etro; pajamas - Cosabella; pumps - Aquatalia

She likes to travel light...

Tote Bag Travel wardrobe in black and white with pastel accents

She likes to carry a handbag in an unexpected color!

2 ways to wear a white linen shirt from a Tote Bag Travel wardrobe in black, white and pastels

She's comfortable mixing pastel colors...

2 ways to wear a yellow linen shirt from a Tote Bag Travel wardrobe in black, white and pastels

She's comfortable wearing multiple shades of blue...

2 ways to wear a blue linen shirt from a Tote Bag Travel wardrobe in black, white and pastels

But she would NEVER break an icon - they're works of art!

love,
Janice

Fonds Marins by Lee Ungno - Inspiring a Start with Art Tote Bag Travel Wardrobe
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Friday, January 12, 2018

She Never Knows...


Study in Verticals (The Cathedral) by Frantisek Kupka
Study in Verticals (The Cathedral) by Frantisek Kupka

They send her out for as the mediator for meetings - sometimes between really big, powerful clients - and she never knows what the experience will be...

Study in Verticals (The Cathedral) by Frantisek Kupka with style guidelines and color palette

She tries, when she arrives, to be a forceful but feminine presence, striking a balance between pushing toward a decision and encouraging compromise. It's a narrow line to walk...

Business travel outfit in navy and red
trench – Burberry; scarf – Gucci; earrings – Robert Lee Morris; red dress – Lands’ End; watch - Shinola; briefcase – Hermes; pumps – Calvin Klein; suitcase – Briggs & Riley

So, even though she's going to be there for only 2 or 3 days, she tries to be prepared for any sort of "personality" that she needs to bring to the table...

Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe of 3 dress and 1 cardigan in navy, blue and ivory
floral earrings – Lands’ End; striped bracelet – Talbots; navy dress – Lands’ End; dotted scarf –Talbots; cardigan – Lands’ End; navy & ivory scarf – Max Mara; handbag - Delpozo; hoop earrings – Macy’s; striped dress – Banana Republic; agate necklace – Nakomol Design; geo-print scarf – Talbots; cornflower blue dress – Banana Republic; tan pumps – Jimmy Choo; striped pumps - Talbots

She tries to travel light, but offer herself a lot of options!

Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe of 4 dresses and a cardigan

2 ways to accessorize a red dress for business

2 ways to accessorize a navy dress for business

2 ways to accessorize a cornflower blue dress for business

2 ways to accessorize a navy and tan striped dress for business

Happily, she finds these adjustments pretty easy, because she's a woman of many facets...

love,
Janice

Study in Verticals (The Cathedral) by Frantisek Kupka - Start with Art for a Tote Bag Business Travel Capsule
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Could you fit your entire wardrobe for the current season in this armoire?

DWR Armoire
Armoire - Design Within Reach

I could fit things in terms of physical volume, but I'd struggle with how to hang my dresses - how DO women who only have armoires hang long garments?

A couple of years ago I wrote a lengthy post with an equation to help calculate an actual number of garments that would be in your ideal wardrobe - you had to answer a few questions, and then do a calculation (or you can buy the Excel document I built that does the math for you!). It's a question that doesn't grow old... Unless you have a terribly limited wardrobe, it's something that merits repeated analysis, so that we don't wander into old patterns of over-consumption. Wasting money is almost as bad as wasting natural resources, right?

This is the link to buy the worksheet that helps you calculate your idea wardrobe number. It's cool because you can keep changing the various parameters about how often you change clothes, or how many garments are in your typical outfit, and the results change automatically...

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If you're pretty happy with the size of your wardrobe but would like a worksheet to help you figure out your "cost per wear" and the age of your garments, I've got a worksheet for that too!

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Yes, I'm in Florida right now with my hands full of family activities, so my response to comments can be limited by my Internet access. But if you have ideas for other worksheets that would be useful to you, I'd be happy to try to create them - I love planning, and structures, and organization...

And efficiency!

love,
Janice

PS - for more planning documents and color planners, check out the Planning Documents section of the website.

How Many Pieces of Clothing Do You Need? A New Year's Thought...
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