Sunday, July 29, 2012

because it's an amazing video about tying scarves.  (alas, Eileen Fisher does not address tying the square Hermes silk twill scarf).  This is SO well worth the six minutes you'll spend watching it.  Thanks Pam, at Over 50 Feeling 40, for introducing us to this video.

Now, I want cold weather, and lots of scarves!

love to all - I don't say that often enough - Janice

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Coin purse - Anat Safran

Just a quick reminder - when you need a new accessory, don't forget to check the websites of art galleries.  The above brilliant little idea is available from the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. My favorite tiny handbag is from there...

Designer unknown - about six inches on the longest side, and the most odd shape ever.  Plus, it's just one LOOOOONG zipper...

And you get to support smaller designers, you don't sport big gaudy logos, and you don't see yourself coming and going on the street...

Friday, July 27, 2012

This lovely painting made me crave soft textures and subtle colors, with a decided femininity - even if it's a sweatshirt, it's a SOOO soft sweatshirt!  Menswear details just accent the delicious color of the suede shoes...

Sweater – Topshop, Pants – The Row, Brogues – John Lewis, hoody – Patagonia, cropped jeans – Acne, boots - Bogs

Dress – Vanessa Bruno, scarf – All Saints, flats – Carvela, blouse – Givenchy, skirt – J. Crew, pumps - rsvp

Blue cardigan – Romwe, scarf – Malene Birger, woven flats – Mia, dress – Go Green M by M, cotton shirt – Organic by John Patrick, skirt – Cacharel, pumps – Salvatore Ferragamo

Aquamarine earrings – Ponponella, silk dress – Issa, nude pumps – Rupert Sanderson, scarf – Faliero Sarti, green coat – Sonia Rykiel, boots – KG by Kurt Geiger

Thursday, July 26, 2012

After I slipped off my scarf last night, I threw it down on the bed and photographed it.  This is the way I wear a scarf about 90% of the time...

Very simple:

  1. bias fold
  2. tie a knot about 8 inches up from one of the ends of the scarf.  You can move the knot up or down depending on how you'd like to wear the scarf
  3. pull the loose end of the scarf through the knot
  4. look at the scarf and decide which side looks better to the front
  5. slip over your head, and go
Just toss it on and wear it.  This isn't rocket science, nor origami - it's just a lovely piece of silk you're using as a surrogate piece of jewelry.  Don't over-analyze the tying process.

Feux d'Artifice - 35 inch square

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

One of my dear readers asked me for suggestions about accessorizing this very lovely Talbot's dress. Since the dress is uncomplicated and classic, a variety of ensembles is easy to envision!

And the dress is no longer available from Talbot's, but that does NOT matter; the lessons here apply to any dress that is simple enough to provide a background for the accessories.

Dress – Talbots, cardigan – Valentino, pumpsBottega Veneta, bag – Christian Louboutin, pink jacket – River Island, hand-painted bag – Les Envers, & black flats – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Dress – Talbots, gold bracelet – BijouxBar by Vivien Frank, clutch bag – Uroco, sandals – Wallis Fashion, earrings – Jennifer Loiselle, black bag – Kaleido, pumps - Lauren 
Dress – Talbots, silver hoop earrings – YooLa, clutch – Dareen Hakim, sandals – Onex, bracelet – Lee Angel, backpack – Studio Harlen, sandals – Matt Bernson

Dress – Talbots, yellow cardigan – Awear, yellow belt – J. Crew, flats – Madewell, turquoise cardigan – Maxmara, multi belt – Tillys, turquoise sandals - Carvela

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Way back when, the original French Chic book listed seven garments, and then a dozen ways to combine them and accessorize them.  I've chosen to visualize this potential in a non-black color (and in some "not quite solid" pieces), and in some younger and less conservative iterations...

And please note that your clothes don't have to all be out of the identical dye lot; a bit of blending is quite alright.
Jacket – Paul & Joe, leopard cardigan – J. Crew, lace knit cardigan – Paul Smith, dress –DKNY,  skirt – Marc Jacobs, capris – 3.1 Phillip Lim, trousers – Marc Jacobs

Earrings – Alexis Bittar, Tank top – Chinti & Parker, pumps – Unűtzer, sleeveless top – Brunello Cucinelli, bracelet – Debenhams, taupe flats – Isabel Marant

gray tank – Splendid, silver feather bracelet – LeiVan Kash, Taupe loafers – Tod’s, silver balls necklace – Chen Fuchs Jewelry, silver & grey bag – Torula, cap toe shoes – French Sole

Lace tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, bracelets – aid through trade, sandals – Sam Edelman, earrings – Chen Fuchs Jewelry, taupe tank – Vince, belt – Nanni, woven flats - Blowfish

Turtleneck – Gucci, scarf – Allude, boots – Jeffrey Campbell, earrings – Max & Chloe, clutch – Calypso St. Barth, pumps – Peter Kaiser

Tee shirt – Debenhams, oxfords – Alberto Fermani, earrings – Etro, black top – La Garconne, sandals – Kelsi Dagger

Earrings – Majorica, blouse – Malene Birger, ballet flats – Giuseppe Zanotti, snake print scarf – Cole Haan, tote bag – Zambos & Siega, pumps – Diane von Furstenberg

Monday, July 23, 2012

White shirt – Theory, navy pants – Jil Sander, belt – Vince Camuto, loafers – Ferragamo, Handbag – Mulberry, sweatshirt – American Vintage, jeans – Rag & Bone, shoes - Converse

Dress – Diane von Furstenberg, Handbag – Mulberry, pumps – Simply Soles, sweater – J. Crew, tan pants – The Corner, loafers – Lucky Brand

White jacket – Theyskens’, pants – M Missoni, tee shirt – Witchery, pumps – Kate Spade, wool dress – M Missoni, racelet – Sidney Garber, slingbacks – Salvatore Ferragamo

Blue tee – Dorothy Perkins, white capris – Alexander McQueen, ballet flats – Repetto, handbag – Mulberry, coat – Stella McCartney, jeans – Steven for all Mankind, boots - Acne


Friday, July 20, 2012

You KNEW I was going to do this in black, right?

Sunglasses – Monki, bracelets – Asos, black sandals – Valentino, Black tee – Splendid, pants – Chloe, earrings – 1928, tote – Rag & Bone, espadrilles - Soludos

Black tee – Splendid, pants – Chloe, ivory cotton cardigan – Jack Wills, scarf – Marc Jacobs, ballet flats – Toms, red cardigan – Milly, red clutch – Miller and Jeeves, black loafers - Debenhams

chambray brazer – Paul Smith, scarf – Barneys CO-OP, shoes – Fred Perry, Black tee – Splendid, pants – Chloe, leather & knit jacket – Rag & Bone, bracelet – Zelia Horsley, boots – Maison Martin Margiela

Jacket – Barbour, Scarf – Dominique Mosley, boots – Acne, Black tee – Splendid, pants – Chloe, jacquard coat – Vionnet, pearls – Kenneth Jay Lane, pumps – Ralph Lauren

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sunglasses – Cutler & Gross, bracelet – LK Designs, sandals – Michael Antonio, tee – Awear, 
brown pants – Maxmara, earrings – Simply Soles, canvas bag – Awear, espadrilles - Soludos

Brown tee – Awear, brown pants – Maxmara, pink cotton cardigan – J. Crew, pink scarf – Marc Jacobs,
 ballet flats – Bloch, cardigan – Weekend by Maxmara, striped scarf – Paul Smith, penny loafers – Church’s

denim jacket – Isabel Marant, scarf – House of Fraser, boots – Nina Ricci, Brown tee – Awear, 
 brown pants – Maxmara, blazer – Gucci, scarf – Hermès, suede pumps – Donald J. Pliner

Jacket – Barbour, Scarf – Futabaya, loafers – Robert Zur, Brown tee – Awear, 
brown pants – Maxmara, coat – Stella McCartney, gloves – John Rochas, shoes – Florsheim by Duckie Brown


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SunglassesPersol, bracelet – Fantasy Jewelry Box, sandals – Eddie Bauer, tee – Toast, tan pants – Jil Sander, earrings – Nina Bukvic, organic canvas tote – Muji, espadrilles – Urban Outfitters

Tan tee – Toast, tan pants – Jil Sander, blue cotton cardigan – Romwe, blue scarf – Liberty London, ballet flats – Toms, merino cardigan – J. Crew, rose scarf – Etro, penny loafers – Kurt Geiger

Tan tee – Toast, tan pants – Jil Sander, orange denim jacket – Current/Elliott, scarf – Missoni, boots – Marc Jacobs, blazer – Stella McCartney, scarf – Hermès, pumps – Stuart Weitzman

Leather jacket – Miss Selfridge, scarf – HanaKasa, boots – Acne,  tee – Toast, tan pants – Jil Sander, coat – Jil Sander, scarf – Chan Luu, boots – Enzo Angiolini

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

another quick trip to London, over at A Femme d'un Certain Age.  Grey and light blue...

Sunglasses – Cole Haan, bracelet – Tova Jewelry, navy sandals – Mel by Melissa, Navy tee – Awear, Navy pants – Windsmoor, earrings – Barse, canvas tote – Dorothy Perkins, espadrilles - Soludos

Navy tee – Awear, Navy pants – Windsmoor, striped cotton cardigan – Organic by John Patrick, scarf – Debenhams, ballet flats – John Lewis, gold cardigan – Marc Jacobs, clutch – Miller and Jeeves, navy loafers – Robert Zur

denim blazer – Etro, bracelet – Jung ee eun, navy loafers – Rupert Sanderson, Navy tee – Awear, Navy pants – Windsmoor, purple blazer, scarf – Hermes, pumps - Fluevog

Denim jacket – Current/Elliott, scarf – Diane von furstenberg, suede brogues – Esquivel, Navy tee – Awear, Navy pants – Windsmoor, Scarf – Marc Andersen, boots - Acne

Monday, July 16, 2012

I'm committed to wearing a solid column of garments as an easy and flattering base for a million accessory variations.  This week, I'm going to explore the variations possible with a column, using a different neutral each day.

Sunglasses – Ray-Ban, bracelets – Charlotte Russe, Tee shirt – Old Navy, pants – L.K.Bennett, silver sandals – Giuseppe Zanotti, earrings – Miriam Salat, canvas tote – Marimekko, espadrilles - Soludos

Tee shirt – Old pants – L.K.Bennett, linen cardigan –J. Crew, scarf – Debenhams, flats – Debenhams, earrings – Chen Fuchs, cabled cardigan – Superdry, driving shoes - Tods

Tee shirt – Old Navy, pants – L.K.Bennett, denim jacket – Dorothy Perkins, bracelet – Phillippe Audibert, loafers – Lanvin, necklace – Lamprini, tweed jacket – Theory, pumps – Salvatore Ferragamo

Leather jacket – All Saints, Scarf – Futabaya, ankle bootsDebenhams,Tee shirt – Old Navy,  pants – L.K.Bennett, coat – Love Moschino, scarf – Acne, boots - Joie

Saturday, July 14, 2012

How to find vintage brooches?  All of these are currently available on Etsy, and all are of the brand Coro...


  • search for both "brooch" and "pin", and even "broach", if you can bear to
  • decide up front what your tolerance is for wear and tear: scratched enamel, yellowed rhinestones etc.
  • check the description carefully - some pieces are sold JUST for dismantling and using parts for repair - the are NOT wearable "as is"
  • Make sure that you're choosing brooches of a similar size, if you plan to group them.  Unless you want a variety of sizes, in which case - go for it!
  • If you see a design or pattern that you love, be patient, and check all over the internet.  Most of these designs were made in a variety of colors, and you just have to wait for them to become available.
Some ideas:

Apologies for the photo quality - I just DIDN'T have the energy today to blow up each of these to 800% and scrub every last little background detail (which is my usual procedure!).  This post would have take three days if I had done that...