Monday, January 16, 2017


This swatch is VERY similar to the one that I used Friday, but there are subtle color differences that I really wanted to explore. The subtle details can make all of the difference!


velvet fabric - Mathevon & Bouvard
velvet fabric - Mathevon & Bouvard

If You're SURE You Want Me To Go Too...


A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette
earrings - Wild Lilies; scarf - Echo;  
sweater - L.L.Bean; bracelet - Kendra Scott; watch - Kate Spade
 trench – Etoile Isabel Marant; pants – Alexander Wang;  
duffel - Fjällräven; loafers - Hush Puppies

Every year, after the new year, when all the kids are back at school and the house quiets down, her spouse wants to go golfing...

A long weekend at the most talked-about golf resort of the current season. 

A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette

She hates golf.
 
A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette

But she likes to sit in the garden and read. The staff keeps her well-supplied with drinks and tasty snacks...

A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette
She likes to walk around the neighborhood and take in all of the flowers, and the trees that still have leaves. It's a nice break from winter...
 
A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette

And she likes to take a nap every day!

A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette

"You're such a good sport about these trips..."

Being a golf window isn't so bad.... 

love,
Janice
A travel capsule wardrobe in an olive, gold, and purple color palette inspired by a swatch of velvet fabric
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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Art Institute of Chicago currently has an exhibit of velvet fabric, tucked away in the basement rooms that seem to be reserved exclusively for fabrics. It's a small exhibit, but SUCH beauty...


Velvet Fabric by Matheon & Bouvard
Velvet Fabric - Matheon & Bouvard

Mental Health Break


Velvet Fabric by Matheon & Bouvard with style guidelines and color palette

It sounds terribly dramatic, but she really just wants to see her toes... with polish, if possible!

travel outfit in olive and ivory with coral accents

So a long weekend away, at a very un-chic beach. Renting a very un-chic suite with a kitchenette...

She wants to wear something on her lips that isn't Carmex or ChapStick...

warm weather travel capsule wardrobe in ivory, olive, coral, blue and gold

She doesn't want to "dine." She wants to walk, on sand, maybe in her bare feet!

warm weather travel capsule wardrobe in ivory, olive, coral, blue and gold

She wants to carry a tote bag with a snack, something upon which to sit, and maybe a book.

four travel capsule wardrobe outfits including an olive green skort

She wants to sleep with the window open. She wants to take a nap - maybe outdoors!

four travel capsule wardrobe outfits including ivory cropped pants

Evenings might be quite cool. She'll stay in, eat take-out, and read. She'll make her own coffee and toast in the mornings, and watch the sun rise...

four travel capsule wardrobe outfits including olive pants

She's almost excited to shave her legs - she hasn't done so since Thanksgiving!

love,
Janice
How to build a summer travel capsule wardrobe for warm weather in ivory, olive, coral, blue and gold
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monday, we pulled together a wonderful wardrobe for the reader with a new job, but let's get her some accessories too!


A 4 by 4 Wardrobe based on a navy suit, with accents of white, emerald and amethyst

Obviously, she had shoes on when she interviewed, but let's add a beautiful pair of black pumps, with comfortably low heels, to her wardrobe first:


How to add black kitten heel pumps to a business capsule wardrobe

And I always want earrings, sooner than later. I know women who never wear them and who look just fine, but I always feel more... complete? finished? when I get my earrings on...

How to add amethyst earrings to a business capsule wardrobe

While it's entirely possible to carry everything you need in your pockets when you're just banging around town, for work, a nice bag is essential. I didn't try to get navy leather goods for this wardrobe, because they are much harder to find than black, and because virtually all of the men in any workplace will wear black (or brown) shoes with a navy suit. Why should women make it harder for themselves?

 
How to add a black tote bag to a business capsule wardrobe


I love bracelets, and I thought that a cuff that didn't jangle around and make a lot of noise could be a big addition to this wardrobe. For someone who works on a keyboard constantly, this is going to depend on how to rest your arms/hands to type. If you hang off the edge of the desk, as I do, you can wear bracelets any time, but if you're using a "wrist rest" kind of gizmo, a bracelet might be uncomfortable...

How to add a gold cuff bracelet to a business capsule wardrobe

One of the joys of a relatively dressy job is that you can wear beautiful scarves without any fear of damaging them - no splashing foodstuffs, no messy hands, no constant exposure to damaging chemicals. So let's pick something truly special:

How to add a silk scarf to a business capsule wardrobe

The pants have belt loops? That means a belt is required! You don't need a million belts; I suspect most men only own/wear 1 or 2...

How to add a black leather belt to a business capsule wardrobe

Everyone needs more than 1 pair of shoes for work, and when I saw these purple pumps, I knew that an accent shoe might be a fun idea! If you don't like to wear bright shoes, you can try to scare up a great pair of dark navy pumps (like the ones in the middle). But always try to have 2 pairs; shoes last MUCH longer if they're given a rest (with shoe trees in them, of course) between wearings.

How to add accent shoes to a business capsule wardrobe

For days when a scarf just isn't in the cards, a fun necklace is a great alternative. This simple silk top just cries out for something lovely hanging on it...

How to add a green pendant to a business capsule wardrobe

For a second pair of earrings, you might want to make more of a statement, in a small way. I love the mix of colors in the middle pair of earrings:

How to add creative earrings to a business capsule wardrobe

One does NOT need to carry a tote bag or briefcase every day; if you're not literally carrying "briefs" (as in documents, NOT undergarments...) you don't need a big bag. There are so many lovely handbags in the world... sigh...

How to add a black handbag to a business capsule wardrobe

Since you're going to be working and won't be hanging on your phone, a watch might be a good idea. For people who aren't parked in front of a computer all day, knowing what time it is (and being able to tell others, when they ask you) can be pretty important!

How to add a feminine watch to a business capsule wardrobe

More scarves! In this case, I was looking for something that had lots of navy...

How to add a silk scarf to a business capsule wardrobe

Yes, this outfit in no way supports the wearing of a scarf, but I really wanted to bring another scarf into this wardrobe in order to brighten up the large amounts of navy and white. Choosing from among these 3 scarves was really difficult...

How to add a silk scarf to a business capsule wardrobe

And after you've become really familiar with the overall feel of your workplace, you might find that a good-quality pair of ballet flats will be appropriate. I'm assuming that nobody will notice that you're not wearing high heels, if everything else about you is dignified and appropriate. Somehow, someday, we've got to completely eliminate the requirement of pumps from dress codes - it's terribly unfair to those among us who can't wear them comfortably, nor walk in them gracefully!

How to add black ballet flats to a business capsule wardrobe


I don't wear navy at all, but I could grow to love this wardrobe:

a 4 by 4 Wardrobe in navy, with accents of white, emerald and amethyst

In addition to the outfits that we saw yesterday and today, there are lots of lovely ways to wear these pieces. If you want to emphasize the emerald accent, you can:

Three outfits from a business capsule wardrobe, emphasizing the accent color emerald

If you are in an amethyst mood, you have lots of choices:

Three outfits from a business capsule wardrobe, emphasizing the accent color amethyst

And for those times when simple navy and white is quite enough, you'll still look professional and beautiful:

Three navy and white outfits from a business capsule wardrobe

Were you surprised to hear that this dress code prohibited skirts above the knee, sleeveless tops, and any sort of cleavage? I wasn't, but I think some people might consider this very old-fashioned...

love,
Janice
How to Choose Business Accessories for a work capsule wardrobe in a navy, green, and purple color palette
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