Saturday, September 29, 2012

Her grandmother told her that wearing chalcedony was a sure-fire way to improve your insight into people's thoughts and feelings.  So she became a market research executive...


Jewelry – Alexis Bittar, square scarf – Liberty London, belt – Menichetti, linen scarf – EPICE S.A.R.L., ballet flats – 
Debenhams, satchel – Hayden Harnett,suede oxfords – Labor of Love

all clothes - J. Crew




NOVICA

Friday, September 28, 2012

My "non-liquids" and their container.

This is ALWAYS packed, and usually lives in the bottom of my briefcase.  

  • Prescription drugs are "refreshed" every month when I get my refills; I always make sure to have 2 weeks worth of each prescription packed, so that I can hit the road in a hurry if an emergency arises. 
  • I also always carry about 12 doses of Tylenol, and of Tylenol PM - which is the answer to that jet-lag question of waking up at 2 a.m. and being awake 'til 5.
  • The weird gizmo on my toothbrush has suction cups on the back of it, so that I can hang it from a mirror or tiled wall.
  • Small roll of duct tape - you'll never know you need it 'til the hinges on your suitcase blow out.  Or the hinges of the suitcase of a total stranger - you suddenly become the airport heroine.
  • Nail buffer - no toxic chemicals get packed if I can avoid it.
  • Birthday candles - I've lived through hotel power outages - these wee babies will at least get your teeth brushed, face washed, and into bed without mishap.
  • Super Glue.  You just never know...
  • Adhesive bandages, spot remover wipes, hand-warmers - all are flat, all can be invaluable.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

winter white wardrobe additions: scarf, sweater, loafers and a ring
Sweater – Isabel Marant, scarf – Levi’s Made & Crafted, loafers – Cole Haan, ring – Jamie Joseph

twelve-piece black, white, denim and khaki basic wardrobe, 12 piece basic neutral capsule wardrobe, Minimalist Wardrobe, common wardrobe, basic wardrobe, 12-piece wardrobe

2 outfits using winter white with a basic neutral wardrobe

2 outfits using winter white with a basic neutral wardrobe

Not so crazy eights eight piece black core wardrobe

2 outfits from a core black wardrobe accented with winter white

2 outfits from a core black wardrobe accented with winter white
There will be blog posts six days a week while I'm in Paris - everything's all scheduled and ready to go!  (no, I am NOT going to be writing while I'm on vacation...)  You will know everything about my packing approach by the time I'm back in Chicago - at which time I will tell you every detail of our trip...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's not a warm color, nor a cool color.  Perfectly balanced between yellow and blue, emerald is a color that many of us could at least consider...

Scarf – Reed Krakoff, cardigan - Allude, earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane,  loafers – Ralph Lauren







Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Earrings – Scully & Scully, brogues – Marni, necklace – Yves Saint Laurent, skirt – Proenza Schouler






Those gold wingtips call my name...

Monday, September 24, 2012

There are, in fact, FOUR colors being promoted as "the must-have" colors... I'm going to look at all four of them in the next few days.


Silk top – Max Mara, cardigan – Trine Vestergaard, ballet flats – French Sole, earrings – Tarina Tarantino
I'll try these items with the Common Wardrobe. 




 And let's see what I could do with my core of black winter clothes.


None of this makes me want to race out and shop, but then I'm leaving for Paris in 3 days...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Her first name means "cherry", in English.  Nobody forgets her name. 

Rectangle scarf – Sonia Rykiel, watch – Burberry, square scarf – Hermès, cherry drop earrings – Betsey Johnson, 
red leather bracelet – Leighelena, ikat scarf – Monsoon, necklace – Luisa Viaroma, red quartz earrings – Lola Rose, quartz 
bead bracelet  - Sisco & Berluti, ballet flats – Modcloth, bag – Debenhams, belt – Elliot Rhodes, T-strap shoes – BC Shoes

12 piece basic neutral capsule wardrobe, Minimalist Wardrobe, common wardrobe, basic wardrobe, 12-piece wardrobe
All clothes - J. Crew




NOVICA

Friday, September 21, 2012

I've been thinking a lot about the idea of having a target number of garments to pack.  The clarity and focus that this lends to the packing process is interesting, and can be useful if you're the kind of person who wants to toss their entire closet into the suitcase...  Today, I'm over at Tish's, exploring the possibilities.


Travel outfit in denim and camel with Hermes scarf
Cardigan – Vanessa Bruno, earrings – Temple St. Clair, square scarf – Hermès
chambray shirt – J. Crew, tweed coat - Missoni, cross-body bag – Aquascutum,
 jeans – Levi’s, carry-on bag - Tumi, loafers – French Sole

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blouse – Equipment, ring – Kenneth Jay Lane, corduroy jeans – Current/Elliott, loafers – Murlo, turquoise earrings – Gurhan, brown dress – Kaufman Franco, pumps – Donald J. Pliner

Dress – Zenggi, pumps – Gianvito Rossi, bracelet – Carolee, brown sweater – A.P.C., cropped jeans – Current/Elliott, bracelet – M. Pearl, ballet flats - Alaia

Cashmere crewneck – N. Peal, white jeans – Acne, necklace - Fantasy Jewelry Box, loafers – Sam Edelman, bracelet – Chan Luu, wool pants – Miu Miu, oxfords – Stuart Weitzman

Dress – Lela Rose, earrings – Scully & Scully, cardigan – Windsmoor, pumps – LifeStride, coral & turquoise earrings – Gay Boyer, cardigan – Woolrich, white tweed skirt – Romwe, boots – Stuart Weitzman

Wednesday, September 19, 2012



I'm over at A Femme d'un Certain Age today, where I explore the packing possibilities of brown and green, with an eye toward slightly cooler weather.  Given that I actually woke up this morning UNDER the covers (for the first time in months), it seems very timely!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Words are difficult... but something to do with nature, and clarity, and an organic feeling...

Water Dreaming – Mick Namarara Tjapaltjarri, white shirt – Acne, pants – Haider Ackermann, scarf – futabaya, monk-strap boots – Jil Sander, scarf – Oolmoo, sweater – Organic by John Patrick, skirt – J. Crew, boots s- See by Chloe

Water Dreaming – Mick Namarara Tjapaltjarri, striped pullover – T by Alexander Wang, skirt – Christophe Lemaire,  ankle boots – Rag & Bone, turtleneck – Dsquared2, cords – Isabel Marant Etoile, suede sneakers – Isabel Marant

Water Dreaming – Mick Namarara Tjapaltjarri, sweatshirt dress – Carven, leather bracelet – Miller & Jeeves, black pumps – Elizabeth and James, sweater – Organic by John Patrick, tweed skirt – Joseph, pumps – Calvin Klein

Water Dreaming – Mick Namarara Tjapaltjarri, tunic – Wallis Fashion, pants – Schumacher, loafers – Yves Saint Laurent, earrings – YooLa, cardigan – A Detacher, jeans – Current Elliott, oxfords – Sperry Topsider