Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This was one of the most popular posts I've ever written on The Vivienne Files - well worth a re-visit, I hope!


Edith and the Kingpin by Jack Vettriano
love,
Janice
 A Favorite Story...
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Monday, August 14, 2017


This wardrobe was constructed over 5 years ago, but you could still pack every piece of this and wear it today... that's my primary goal. Timeless. Elegant. Classic.

travel outfit in camel and white with coral and gold accents
camel cardigan – Organic by John Patrick (similar here); gold heart earrings – Alex and Chloe (similar here); white tee – Michael Stars; Scarf – Hermes Rocaille; coral jacket – H and M (similar here); camel pants – L.K. Bennett (similar here); penny loafers – J. Crew (similar here); camel bag – Vince Camuto (similar here)

When you know that you can wear something for years, you can feel quite a bit better about buying the very best items you can... It's only logical to make sure that your beautiful things will last, right?

love,
Janice
An Early, But Timeless Travel Capsule Wardrobe in Camel and Coral
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Friday, August 11, 2017

While I'm still hanging out in Ireland, I'm sharing with you some of my favorite blog posts from the past. Today I think it's worth making certain that, before the season changes, you have in hand a really good, high-quality pair of shoes for the months to come. If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, this might certainly be a pair of sandals, but for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, I strongly suggest a beautiful pair of loafers. Look for beautiful quality, and exquisite construction...

This was Step 2 back in the original Starting From Scratch Wardrobe Building Exercise, 3 years ago, and I still believe it to be a great idea...

six pairs of classic black shoes
Black penny loafers - Cole Haan, pointed toe loafers - Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn, tasseled flats - Trotters, croc embossed loafers – Aravon (similar here), metal-trimmed loafers – Ferragamo (similar here), oxfords – KG Kurt Geiger (similar here)

six pairs of classic brown shoes
Ballet flats – Frye (similar here), tassel loafers – The Flexx (similar here), penny loafers - Cole Haan, microfiber loafer – David Tate (similar here), croc-embossed loafers – Clarks (similar here), oxfords – Tod’s (similar here)

These are the sort of purchase that will last you forever - choose wisely!

love,
Janice

Starting a New Season From Scratch - a Gorgeous Pair of Loafers
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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

As mentally we move toward a new season - warm or cool, depending on your location - it's appropriate and practical to make certain that we're not just shopping willy-nilly for pretty things without building a solid wardrobe base.

So I was reminded of my series from 3 years ago - How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe from Scratch! We started with trousers... a step that I still consider the most helpful for making certain that you're prepared for upcoming weather and events.

three pairs of classic trousers in cool colors
Navy trousers – Viyella (similar here), black linen trousers – Viyella (similar here), silver grey trousers – Viyella (similar here)

Maybe adding nothing more than a really GOOD pair of pants to your existing wardrobe will be enough, for the upcoming season...

love,
Janice
Starting a New Season From Scratch - New Trousers (pants, slacks, etc...)
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Monday, August 07, 2017

If you've got a dress that you dearly love, but you're wondering if you're going to be able to wear it when the weather cools down (in the Northern Hemisphere), let me suggest that you look at an earlier post of mine, where I show a navy dress with a whole BUNCH of very muted, autumn-ish accessories....

This is a pretty good time of year to find a great navy dress - Neiman Marcus currently has (on sale!) an Eileen Fisher dress with a matching cardigan... that wouldn't be the silliest investment you ever made.

2 ways to wear a navy dress with olive green accessories
Dress – Lands’ End (similar here);earrings – New York & Co. (similar here); field jacket – L.L.Bean (similar here); scarf – Idea Plus (similar here); pumps – Calvin Klein; cardigan – Uniqlo (similar here); earrings – Majorica;scarf – Image Diary; flats – L.K.Bennett

The power of a simple dress is easy to under-estimate, until you get one in your closet and really put it to work!

love,
Janice

Easing a Neutral Dress into Cooler Weather with Accessories
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