Friday, January 19, 2018

A true story - requested by, and written by, a reader! How much fun is this?

This was the color palette she requested:

travel wardrobe color palette of navy, beige, cognac, pink and aqua

She is finally getting to travel with her ADULT children. She doesn't have to worry about packing for them, or making their plane reservations, or making sure they've taken Dramamine, or keeping them occupied at the airport...

navy travel outfit
Earrings – Sarah & Sebastian; cardigan - J.Crew; scarf – Rebecca Minkoff; striped top – Rag & Bone; tote – Longchamp; loafers – Taryn Rose; pants – L.L.Bean; watch – Fossil; suitcase - Rimowa

She can concentrate on packing for herself!!!

dressy outfit in navy, for warm weather
Earrings – Lily Flo Jewellery; cardigan – Banana Republic; bracelet - Vitae Ascendere; dress – Eileen Fisher; clutch – Nina; sandals - Söfft

Her children will magically show up in Italy for a cousin's wedding, and then they will travel together afterwards - Florence and the Amalfi Coast!

4 by 4 Wardrobe Template after travel outfit and special occasion outfit are included

2 navy garments to add to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Tank top – L.L.Bean; skirt – L.L.Bean; sandals - Bionica

3 beige garments to add to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Cardigan – Halogen; shorts – L.L.Bean; cropped pants – L.L.Bean

She will probably stop in Switzerland en route to see a childhood friend.

4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe after Stage 2

She won't have to wake her children up for breakfast every day!

adding accent tops and leather goods to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Bag – Frye; pink tee – Lands’ End; aqua tee – Lands’ End; aqua striped top – L.L.Bean; navy tee - Uniqlo; sandals – Kork-Ease

Stage 3 of a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

They will simply appear in the morning while she is drinking her coffee!

Adding some neutral fill-in pieces to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Cardigan – Uniqlo; dress –Christopher Esber; sleeveless linen top - Uniqlo

a final 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe in navy and beige with aqua and pink accents

2 ways to wear a navy marled cardigan from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a beige cardigan from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a navy skirt from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear beige shorts from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear navy pants from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear beige capris from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a beige dress from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

This could be heaven!

Thanks for the wardrobe idea, and for the idyllic story...

love,
Janice

p.s. Accessories for this 4x4 wardrobe will be the subject of Monday's post!

A 4 by 4 Wardrobe for a vacation to Tuscany, Florence and the Amalfi Coast
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Square Peg...


Instruments de Musique sur un Gueridon by Pablo Picasso
Instruments de Musique sur un Gueridon by Pablo Picasso

She knows it - she doesn't fit in the way most other staff at her firm does... She works the difference to her advantage.

Instruments de Musique sur un Gueridon by Pablo Picasso with style guidelines and color palette

Many of their clients are as different from her co-workers as chalk is from cheese. She's MUCH more like the clients... and that helps!

Business travel outfit in grey and black
Sweater – Banana Republic; square earrings – Zales; concrete necklace – Studio Corbelle; skirt – Banana Republic; watch – Gomelsky; blazer - Frenken; briefcase – Coach; pumps – Taryn Rose; suitcase – American Tourister

Often she can get insights and answers that elude much more senior staff... They marvel at how she does it...

Tote Bag Travel wardrobe in grey with pastel accents
Pink necklace – Talbots; gold square earrings– Roberto Coin; green earrings – Kate Spade New York; scarf –Olympia Le-Tan; pink tee – Lands’ End; cardigan – L.L.Bean; green tee – Lands’ End; pants – Uniqlo; pendant - Zales; pajamas – L.L.Bean; handbag - Valextra; loafers – Stuart Weitzman

She fits in with her co-workers, superficially, but if someone was paying close attention they would see that she's got her very own approach to things!

Tote Bag Travel business capsule wardrobe in black and grey with pastel accents

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

2 ways to wear a green tee shirt in a Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe

2 ways to wear a grey grid knit top in a Tote Bag Travel capsule wardrobe

One would think that the orange suitcase might be their first hint? Or maybe the concrete necklace...

love,
Janice

p.s. Now that I've built wardrobes for all 12 of the "12 Paintings of Christmas" works of art, I plan to re-visit each of these paintings quarterly. It might be interesting to see how things evolve; I hope you agree!

Instruments de Musique by Pablo Picasso - Inspiring an Unusual Business Tote Bag Travel Wardrobe
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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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