Monday, January 26, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

available here

Just one quote, which I thought was worth the price of the book (emphasis mine):

"When you come across something that's hard to discard, consider carefully why you have that specific item in the first place. When did you get it and what meaning did it have for you then? Reassess the role it plays in your life. If, for example, you have some clothes that you bought but never wear, examine them one at a time. Where dd you buy that particular outfit and why? If you bought it because you thought it looked cool in the shop, it has fulfilled the function of giving you a thrill when you bought it. Then why did you never wear it? Was it because you realized that it didn't suit you when you tried it on at home? If so, and if you no longer buy clothes of the same style or color, it has fulfilled another important function - it has taught you what doesn't suit you. In fact, that particular article of clothing has already completed its role in your life, and you are free to say, "Thank you for giving me joy when I bought you," or "Thank you for teaching me what doesn't suit me," and let it go."

love,
Janice
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

White Outfits with Grey, Turquoise, or Celadon Green Accessories

For now, I'm finishing up this idea of monochromatic outfits and "accessory families" with some summery white linen items. (yes, they look sort of beige or ivory on the page, because white on white would be an incomprehensible blizzard...)

Since the available linen white shoes are limited in January, I decided to grab some shoes that match or tone with the accessories - always a fun option! And for the elusive celadon, I chose some gold sandals; metallic are always worth remembering when you're struggling with a shoe color choices.

Cord and jewel necklace – John and Pearl, grey moonstone earrings – Vivien Frank Designs,  ribbed 
scarf – Haider Ackermann, graduated pearl necklace – Majorica, grey floral earrings – hring eftir hring
lace scarf – Faliero Sarti,  rectangular gray agate druzy earrings – Dara Ettinger, leather bracelet – 
Gag and Lou, infinity scarf – Missoni, square Lucite ring – Alexis Bittarflat sandals – Juli, loafers – 
Nicholas Kirkwood



Turquoise and citrine pendant – Neeru Goel, 3 strand bracelet – Oscar Figueroa, ring – Kenari
abstract landscape scarf – Kathkath,  oval stud earrings – Lagos , flower drop earrings – Chen 
Fuchs Jewelry, floral scarf – Valentino, mixed print scarf – Etro, lily and turquoise earrings – 
Maria Belen Nilson, six strand necklace – Matta, flat sandals – Bernardo, kitten heel sandals – 
Manolo Blahnik



Striped scarf – Armani Collezioni, station chain aventurine necklace – toosis, sliver earrings – Alexis Bittar
stud earrings – Alexis Bittar, floral brooch – Alexis Bittar, round drop earrings – YooLa, horn bracelet – LeJu
fringed scarf – futabaya(sold out), pleated scarf – Cathayana,  pendant – Alexis Bittarflat sandals – Ipanema, wedge sandals – Jimmy Choo



shirt – Vinceskirt – Michael Kors, tee shirt – Hoss Intropia,  sweater – Maison Ullens, pants – Forte Forte, dress – Bagutta

I'm starting to work on some more "Start With Art" wardrobes - anybody have some suggestions? I put together a hundred colors schemes drawn from art works in the file "Images and Color Schemes: 100 Works of Art", which is available under the tab at the top marked "Vivienne Files Documents". If you're struggling for inspiration, you might find it there!

love,
Janice
Farfetch

Friday, January 23, 2015

Brown Outfits with Accessories in Light Blue, Brights, and Brown

Brown can be so beautiful, and surprisingly versatile...

And speaking of versatile, I find that I keep using and using the bright accessories. When I assembled that family of items, I didn't honestly expect that I would get so very much mileage from them!





drop earrings – Judith Ripka, ring – Kohl’s, blue pearl necklace – DaVonna, oval chalcedony earrings
 – Tia Collections, blue quartz 2-strand bracelet – Joias do Riorecycled glass necklace – 
Rita Addo Zakoursolid blue modal scarf – Nordstromchaldecony and diamond earrings – 
Miadora, salt and pepper scarf – Hallhuber, lace print cashmere scarf – Franco Ferrari



Paisley scarf – Etro, gold and agate bracelet – Caipora Jewellery, blue earrings – Chen Fuchs Jewelry
orange “Chinese lantern” earrings – Vlum, green onyx earrings – Khun Boomorange brooch
 – Kenneth Jay Lane, purple stone necklace – shanny alonSpanish print scarf – Dolce and Gabbana,
 “We All Love Macarons” scarf – Julia Coccored enamel bracelet – Laurana




smoky quartz earrings – toosis, rough cut smoky quart ring – Kasturjewels, multi-stone necklace – Alexis Bittar, fringed scarf – Yuh Okano, two 
strand necklace – Open Sky, mixed print scarf – Mila Schon, square faceted earrings – Stephen Dweck, medallion print scarf – Nordstrom, braided 
leather bracelet – Givenchy, oval earrings – Alexis Bittar


Tee shirt – Zadig and Voltaire, alpaca sweater – La Garconne Moderne, cotton trousers
 – Sophie D’Hoore, cotton shirt – Sophie D’Hoore, skirt – Celine Vintage, dress – Lauren Ralph Lauren,
 driving loafers – Tod’s , kitten heel pumps – Jimmy Choo

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Denim Blue Outfits with Floral, Bright and Silver/White Accessories

Denim blue is a great, versatile and flattering color, even when the fabric isn't denim! Imagine these six garments, along with a pair of real jeans, a white shirt, and a couple of tee shirts - the perfect simple travel capsule wardrobe. I'm ready to go on vacation ANY TIME NOW... 



Black silk scarf – Kathkath, rose stud earrings – LeiVanKash, pear stud earrings – Blue Nile,  
red and pink necklace – Kenneth Jay Lanehand painted porcelain earrings – Materia Prima
 cotton scarf – Givenchy, carved pink jade earrings – toosis, oxidized silver ring – LeiVanKash
silver and pearl floral necklace – Rosalia Tarigan, antique rose print scarf – Feather and Stone



Paisley scarf – Etro, gold and agate bracelet – Caipora Jewellery, blue earrings – Chen Fuchs Jewelry
orange “Chinese lantern” earrings – Vlum, green onyx earrings – Khun Boomorange brooch
 – Kenneth Jay Lane, purple stone necklace – shanny alonSpanish print scarf – Dolce and Gabbana,
 “We All Love Macarons” scarf – Julia Coccored enamel bracelet – Laurana



Two pearl ring –Majorica, square silk scarf – Hermes, watch – Peugeot - sold out. Similar here, 
pearl waterfall earrings – Priscila Canales, striped scarf – Jeager, basket weave scarf – Jaeger
square crystal earrings – Judith Ripka, Mother-of-pearl pendant – Stephen Webster, pearl stud 
earrings – Alon Diller, mother-of-pearl bracelet – Ippolita

Elbow-sleeved shirt – MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela, sweater – Oasis, tee shirt – Mango, trousers – 
Etro, pleated skirt – Halston Heritage, dress – White Stuff, ballet flats – French Sole, pumps – Trotters

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Olive Outfits with Accessories in Brown, Lacy Gold and Turquoise with Coral

Today, I've found some olive items - not the easiest of projects! But as elusive as olive is, it's well worth the effort because nothing looks quite as subtle, warm yet relaxed as olive. I put together six outfits - three for warmer weather, and three for cooler temperatures. From there, a few accessories are all that's needed...

Sleeveless dress – Uniqlo, short-sleeved sweater – Marc by Marc Jacobs, olive cardigan – AnineBing
pants – Uniqlo, tee – Alexa Chung, skirt – Golden Goose Deluxe,  ballet flats – London Sole, ankle 
boots – Acne Studios

smoky quartz earrings – toosis, rough cut smoky quart ring – Kasturjewels, multi-stone necklace – Alexis Bittar, fringed scarf – Yuh Okano, two 
strand necklace – Open Sky, mixed print scarf – Mila Schon, square faceted earrings – Stephen Dweck, medallion print scarf – Nordstrom, braided 
leather bracelet – Givenchy, oval earrings – Alexis Bittar



Gold hoop earrings – Eina Ahluwalia, pearl stud earrings – Majorica, ivory lace scarf – Angelina Folies
three petal necklace – Mija, pearl drop earrings – Mizuki, square flower earrings – Nordstrom
black and white “hair ribbon” scarf – Brooks Brothers, gold brooch – Brooks Brothers
seven pearl necklace – Yochi, black and white lace scarf – Brooks Brothers



Coral flowers necklace – Lamprini, coral bobby pins – L. Erickson, square drop earrings – Eina Ahluwalia,
 star turquoise brooch – Kenneth Jay Lane, coral and turquoise earrings – toosis
double row necklace – Panacea, coral colored scroll earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane
silk sweet pea scarf – Yuh Okano, square silk scarf – Hermes, linen wrap – Halogen



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