Thursday, May 30, 2013

Accessories for multiple European Cities

paisley scarf - Brooks Brothers, red earrings - Blue Nile, knot earrings - Brooks Brothers, navy sunglasses - Paul Smith, square scarf - Etro, gold chain necklace - Brooks Brothers, red & white scarf - Monsoon, turquoise earrings - Michael Kors, navy & gold bracelet - C. Wonder, watch - Nixon

You could survive without three scarves - you can live with no scarves at all!  The gold jewelry all shares a chain/link sensibility, and two simple pairs of earrings in your accent colors can get a lot of mileage.  Sunglasses in one of your core neutrals, and you're ready to travel...







Navy short-sleeved tee - J. Crew, navy long-sleeved tee - J. Crew, navy pants - J. Crew, navy linen capris - J. Crew, navy oxfords - Hotter, navy flats - Gabor, Dress - Patrizia Pepe, ballet flats - Hotter, pants - L.L.Bean, skirt - Mango, Cardigan - J. Crew, floral tee shirt - Paul Smith, draped top - Alexon, turquoise tee shirt - Burberry, turquoise cardigan - Jardin des Orangers, striped tee shirt - Uniforms for the Dedicated

14 comments:

  1. I'm dreaming of Paris on this dreary spring day in the US. Thank you, Janice.

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  2. Fun pairings...I could see me in the print skirt and either tee for teaching summer school!!

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  3. Janice, what a beautiful ensemble! You have made my packing woes much lighter. I have many similar pieces already, so incorporating these looks should be easier than I thought. Thank you so much for putting together a casual but smart capsule.

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  4. VERY easy to live with, travel with and go to work with - thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Wonderful with the accessories!

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  6. Love this set - particularly pertinent for me as my regular color combo for travel is turquoise, red, black, and khaki - and I sort of have most of these pieces, but apparently I need a skirt combining red & turquoise. I'm on the hunt! :-) (though I love that madras dress from earlier in the week.....If I could find THAT in red & turquoise colors, that would be ideal!)

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    1. If you look on the LL Bean website that dress does come in another shade.
      Looks to me like it is close to a turquoise and red. They call it cornflower.

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    2. The cornflower one is the one that Janice used to illustrate the pink/navy wardrobe - and I've seen it in person and it is pink & blue, not a turquoise & red. I love it (I love both colors of the LLBean madras) but I have to admit they don't quite match the red/turq/black/khaki color combo. So the search continues. Or I change my preferred color combo? :-)

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    3. I beg to differ. Janice showed the madras dress called Shade Blue. It is pink & blue.
      The other one with red in it is called Cornflower.

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    4. Sorry, you are right - Janice showed the Shade Blue in her wardrobe photo here. I have seen both dresses in person, however, and still maintain that neither are a red/turquoise that will match the rest of the red & turquoise in my wardrobe - they're too pastel-y.

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  7. Adore these combos, so lighthearted, and they avoid the 'practical tourist look'. Janice, may I add one thing? Walking around a strange city in big gold chain and watch (even if not real) is not the best option. You will be more of a target, especially if alone.

    I rely on chunky resin bracelets and funky keshi or baroque pearls. Nothing protects you 100% from a purse snatching or mugging but looking rich is adding risk. Sorry to say this- it's happened to me.

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  8. Never mind traveling, I would be thrilled with this set for my everyday life.
    Good point Duchesse, no sense attracted potential crime, who needs the worry?

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    1. I have to admit, I never thought about crime! Of course, going from Chicago to almost anyplace else in the world means I'm going to be safer on my vacation than I am at home... sigh...

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    2. Yes, I have to say that in a former office where I worked, when we had some very wealthy limited partners, the wife of one had been living in Saudi Arabia and amassed a collection of gorgeous gold jewelry back in the day. She was shopping in New York City and had a gold necklace literally yanked from her neck, causing her injury to both neck and pocketbook. I became very wary after that, not just when traveling. It's a shame we have to fear when maybe we'd like to show a little flash; I think you just have to be careful where to do it. On a sad but related note, there was a married couple in a neighborhood a few miles from me, and this was probably ten years ago when the neighborhood was excellent although not gated...and we're not a town with a lot of high crime...when they were viciously bludgeoned/murdered in their home by a monster who killed them simply for their sports car, which they displayed proudly and used frequently. It can make you want to stay under the radar...but, again, it's also damaging to let the bad guys win and live in fear.

      When I was a younger and less-wise traveler, I also tended to take too much jewelry and lost a very good (and sentimental) ring in beach sand, never to be found again. One time I was traveling in the British Virgin Islands on a 46-ft sailboat for about a month and, every time we left the "yacht" (which is what they call them down there) to go ashore...and sometimes we were indeed exploring uninhabited islands and more remote locations...no matter how much we secured our belongings, we always risked "pirates" raiding us when we were out of reach; it was one of the first things we were warned about, right alongside hurricane watch, albeit this was years ago and maybe it's safer now.

      Janice, I love this collection of outfits. I'm not a knaki girl...doesn't go with my coloring...but how you've mixed it especially with the turquoises, I feel it's a very do-able, classy, clean look, for traveling or anywhere. Great job!

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