Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Heartfelt thanks, and a humble offer...

I was overwhelmed by the kind and supportive comments I received yesterday after I told you all about my recent work debacle.  You have reminded me yet again of how truly kind and generous people can be, and I am humbled by the reassurances you so readily gave me.  I will never forget.

It's a sorry effort to repay you, but many people have indicated an interest in seeing a prototype French Chic wardrobe in different colors, so I'm making a blanket offer:  post a comment with your request regarding a preferred wardrobe, and I will build it and post it here.

Your request can be around just one color, two colors or even three.  You can ask me to use the colors from a favorite painting (I think a Marie Laurencin wardrobe would be gorgeous...).  You can basically set any specifications you'd like and I will do my best to fulfill your desires.

Posting what you want to see is the VERY least I can do, after yesterday's gifts from you all.


  1. How fun!

    I finally caved earlier this year and bought my very first Hermes scarf from a friend. It has lots of warm gold colors on a burgundy background and black accents. I have been told, with my dark eyes and hair and light olive complexion, that burgundy suits me. I would love to see a wardrobe - casual, as I do not work outside the home, but chic.
    I could send you some photos of the scarf is you like.

    Does this sound like something you would be interested in?

    I'm suddenly very excited!!!
    xo, A

  2. What I meant to say is, "I would love to see a wardrobe that would incorporate the scarf in whatever way you envision."
    (I really need to slow down and be more mindful when writing).

  3. I think each of us have made a horrible job mistake; I've accepted two positions in my career that had me in tears by Week 3. You were smart to leave after a week, while I was dumb enough to suffer for four months on both occassions. So, first, congratulations on getting out!

    I'm interested to see what you are going to do with Adrienne's scarf colors! Have you considered doing wardrobe planning professionally as a personal stylist for women of a certain age? You seem to have a knack for it...

  4. My wardrobe is all black (if you don't count all the navy striped tops, that is) and gives me no trouble, but isn't Rebekah's stylist suggestion a great one?!

  5. I'd love to hear your thoughts on a travel wardrobe suggestion for this autumn, where a black suit and a gray suit can expand to accommodate four days working at a conference, through: educational sessions, miles of walking and schlepping stuff, and the occasional networking reception. The caveat is that I can't wear any cotton career shirts!

  6. I recently found your blog through someone's link and am quite happy I did. You are very talented. I sincerely hope that getting out of your recent "mistake" makes the way to finding a fulfilling and satisfying occupation. Congratulations for exiting a bad situation before it got worse.

    Abalone shell jewelry is an obsession of mine. I would be very interested to see what you would come up with from the colors in a shell. I know every shell is different, but all have silvers, greys, teal, turquoises, ivory, greens, and purples.

  7. I agree with Rebekah, you have a talent for selecting and putting together capsule clothing and accessories.

    My French Chic wish would be a capsule using the following criteria. My colouring is "Summer"; style "Full Classic"; bodyline "Straight". A little more info on colour - My 100% Neutral is Dark Blue Grey; 100% Basics - Deep Sea Green, and Plum, and I suit the deep and smokey colours of my pallet.

    I can't wait to see what you make of the above, and appreciate the time that you will spend creating these vignettes.

    Best Wishes
    Mme UK

  8. Fantastic blog. Its very generous of you to look at different colour combinations.
    Have you read the book by David Zyla on colour? Its a fascinating way to develop an eye for colours that suit your personal skin, eye and hair colour.
    I would love to see your creative French style on a wardrobe capsule which uses:
    Navy, Chocolate Brown and Soft White ( base colours) with
    Soft blue, Soft pink and Lavender as accents.

    Re the job experience - I think we have all had a couple of these, truly in time we look back and see that they helped us come closer to understanding our best selves. I do hope you find your niche to blossom in soon.

    Kind Regards

  9. I absolutely adore your blog; I've been saving the posts offline in case blogspot goes down!
    I would have a request: I am a winter person, curvy, hourglass (more or less), big bossom, and I would love a wardrobe for summer. Winter is more or less sorted out, but summer is a pain. I live in a very hot climate in that period. I love white, black, navy, and brigh colours (reds, for instance)
    Thanks! and keep up the good work! (the self-published book is a good idea).

  10. Ah, I forgot: I'am a teacher at university, so my wardrobe should be a bit creative (no restrictions here).

  11. what a lovely, generous offer! If you think it might appeal to other readers too, I'd love to see a black/white casual wardrobe with accents of grey and blue.

  12. You are so talented! A book would be great. How about warm fall tones of brown and green for a fall "teacher" wardrobe? Professional, mature but not dowdy, and comfortable.

  13. Hi, loving the wardrobes! I would adore a wardrobe suitable for business, casual and the odd date/social event. I'm a clear spring in colouring and love strong prints, red, turquoise, bitter chocolate and ivory as well as statement costume jewellery. I border on plus size and am pearshaped.... may I have magic too? Ruthie xxxx

  14. Dear Ruthie - you're on the list. It may take me a couple of weeks to get to your request, as I have a number of wardrobes pending, but I won't forget you! thanks for stopping by, Vivienne

  15. I'd love to see a capsule wardrobe that uses black for trousers and skirts and color on top, yet somehow still maintains the flattering look of a column of color. Can it be done? Could it be black and navy or black and burgundy? I've read black does not work well with color, what do you think?
    Just stumbled across your blog and am finding it so useful and informative. Thank you for sharing.

  16. I'm actually working on a column dressing post that uses black as the base, so you'll be seeing it soon!

    And the idea that black doesn't go with colors? Nonsense. All colors can be worn together if done judiciously, and black (and other neutrals) are great bases to use with color. Too much black with red, or black with electric blue, does tend to look sort of 80's, but that doesn't meant you throw out the black&color baby with the bathwater!

    thanks so much for being here,