Come visit today at A Femme d'un Certain Age, where I finish off my series of April in Paris, using lots of beige and a bit of blue for zing! ... View the Post
Archives for April 2012
Some amazing color combinations, on some VERY nice, and lovely women... ... View the Post
Years ago, after I turned 30, I decided that absolutely nothing was more important to me than to travel. It became, for me, the primary criteria by which every purchasing decision was made: "Does this get me closer to an airplane?" If the answer was no, then I at least paused before proceeding.
The upshot of this discipline is that I was able to go to Europe twice a year, spending about 3 weeks there in total each year. My co-workers exhibited a constant combination of annoyance, jealousy, and just plain incomprehension as to how this could be done.
As soon as I got a cell phone, I disconnected my land line. Packed lunches. Coffee from the free office coffee maker, rather than the expensive cafe ... View the Post
We've been chatting a lot about camel and grey together, and this scarf was the perfect opportunity to introduce a couple of outfits with those colors. Toss in a bit of soft blue, a little bit of yellow, and a dash of coral... What a great scarf upon which to build some looks! ... View the Post
Someone asked me to suggest a few outfits to go with the lovely Les Parisiens scarf. This particular coloring is a perfect opportunity to mix warm beiges or browns with black, so I took that as my motif.
Please note that I'd be more than happy to suggest outfits to go with any scarf - it certainly doesn't have to be Hermes. Just post a comment with a link to a picture of your scarf, or email me a picture at email@example.com, and I'll take a look! ... View the Post
These are the eight winter garments that I've chosen to keep, which I wear in order to leverage the all-black core items already chosen to survive the wardrobe purge (you didn't really think that I wear unrelieved black every day, did you?)
First I show my additions to my edited wardrobe, and then below, I show all of the items that have been specifically chosen (so far) to stay, through the first four stages of the curating and distilling process.
Yes, I really love argyle... ... View the Post
Come see me today at Tish's, where I explore April in Paris in neutral colors with a bit of pattern and texture. I would SO love to be sitting in a Paris cafe right now, watching it rain... ... View the Post
I received a question about what could be worn with a specific Hermes scarf - one with a lot of brown, beige and camel tones in the center, and a bright green border. My suggestions include all of the shades of brown, gold, white, and navy, which is always so nice with bright green...
And a lot of these clothes come from J. Crew. I've been spending a LOT of time lately in the local J. Crew store, gift shopping, and I've found that they stock a large number of nice-quality basic garments. Maybe not to your taste, or your budget, but certainly they are good "thought-starters".
Have a lovely weekend! ... View the Post
This very lovely young lady works in the building where I live. While the jeans and sweater were very simple, the shoes demonstrated that she had put some thought into what she was wearing, and didn't just throw something together. At her age, and with her level of natural beauty, she could have been wearing a sack and looked striking. But with this level of style self-awareness, she's going to be just as elegant in 40 years as she is right now...
As the seasons finally seem to be moving toward warmer weather, I'm starting to go through that semi-annual wardrobe "switch out" that I find so distressing. Vivienne repeatedly points out that this is not something that men do, and that women don't need to own that much ... View the Post
My last springtime adventure in imaginary shopping is the "how to experiment with a fashion color" question. I'm totally smitten with this striped top, and my desire for it would be sufficient to convince me to introduce pink into my wardrobe for six months or a year - however long the top lasts.
Here is a case in which I would NOT spend a lot of money on jewelry, and I would buy a decent pair of shoes or sandals, but not a long-term investment pair. This small shopping spree is designed to brighten up my wardrobe for spring, indulge in a garment which I love, and participate in the "brightly colored pants" trend, without breaking the bank.
These are the basic spring and summer garments that I'm going to use to ... View the Post
Today, I've scaled back my purchases a little bit, and chosen to "buy" a more trendy color - cobalt blue. I loved cobalt when we all wore it back in the 80's, and am happy to see it back again. But I'm not willing to make quite such a major investment in blue as I was willing to consider yesterday in my imaginary red extravaganza...
So I would look to purchase the following:
Based on the idea that I want to leverage these core wardrobe items:
And this is how I would wear my new purchases!
While I wouldn't expect the garments to last more than 5 or 6 years, (and considerably less than that, in the case of a tee shirt) a I would be counting on keeping the jewelry and the scarf pretty much forever. ... View the Post
I'm not shopping these days, but I do LOOK at lots of things (as you well know!). So I decided to do some imaginary shopping; sort of walking through the process of what I would do IF I were in a shopping phase of my life.
First up: What basics do I already have in my wardrobe that I wear a lot, and want to use as a basis for leveraging my purchases?
Now, what do I want? I've chosen to splurge on red this shopping spree. It's an on-trend bright color, but it's dead classic, and never goes out of style. It's a color I wear well, I already have a couple of beautiful scarves with a lot of red in them, and it mixes brilliantly with black.
So... a cardigan and a tee shirt (sort of a twinset), ... View the Post