Saturday, May 31, 2014

Some of us aren't going to be wearing white all summer long, nor will pastel accessories work really well for everybody.  So I'm going to revisit the idea of buying a summer scarf, but this time working with a base of navy linen clothes...  The idea of picking up a couple of bright accessories to update my summer wardrobe is very tempting!

These are the scarves:

Red Cayenne linen blend scarf – Halogen, Blue Blithe linen blend scarf – Halogen, turquoise gem linen scarf – Halogen, gold shine linen blend scarf – Halogen,  pink cyclamen linen blend scarf – Halogen, blue royal linen blend scarf - Halogen

And the simple navy garments:

Top – Hobbs, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, dress – Jaeger

Never discount the merits of a cool pair of sunglasses, or a snazzy summer bag...

Earrings – Khun Boom, bracelet – Kai Kittima, bag – Elizabeth and JamesBlue Blithe linen blend scarf – Halogensunglasses – Ray-Ban, sandals – Vince Camutodress – Jaeger

Cotton bracelet – Alienina, earrings – ToosisRed Cayenne linen blend scarf – Halogen BagGeorgina Skalidi, sunglasses – Jil Sander, sandals – Via SpigaTop – Hobbs, shorts – Dorothy Perkins

Dyed pearl earrings – Alok Jain, bracelet – Vipinblue royal linen blend scarf - Halogen bag – Poupee Couture, sunglasses – Italia Independent, sandals – DV by Dolce Vitadress – Jaeger

Sunglasses – Italia Independent, floral brooch – Danai, bag – Topshopginko leaf earrings – Aurelie Bidermannpink cyclamen linen blend scarf – Halogensandals – MatisseTop – Hobbs, shorts – Dorothy Perkins

Earrings – Simon Sebbag, bracelet – Juh Viera and Fernando Magriffigold shine linen blend scarf – Halogen sunglasses – Michael Michael Kors, wavy striped clutch – Kao Pao Shu, sandals – Sofftdress – Jaeger

Earrings – Kasturjewels, necklace – Anne Kleinturquoise gem linen scarf – Halogen, Tote bag – Kao Pao Shu, sunglasses – SO, sandals – Circus by Sam EdelmanTop – Hobbs, shorts – Dorothy Perkins Limited

Looking Back:

2011 - To establish the historic background I take us Back to the Roots of The Vivienne Files, Part 4.

2012 - Bright blue and summery - let's investigate What to Wear with An Hermes Scarf: Reves d'Escargots.

2013 - I keep having to remind myself that I am NOT a movie character; hard, but necessary, wardrobe decisions.

Friday, May 30, 2014

I completely missed the backpacking around Europe experience - I never took a year off of school, and I never even WENT to Europe until I was 35... But I'm still fascinated by the whole experience of being THAT light on your feet - that self-contained.  So when a really nice Patagonia backpack made it into our home, I decided that I was going to give it a try.  At least once, just to know what it's like, I'm going to be a backpacker...

I loved it.  The incredible lightness of putting all of your luggage under the seat in front of you, and being able to walk for miles without wheels, was memorable.  I don't know that I'll ever do it again, but it was wonderful.

There were a few factors that made this possible.  First and foremost, I was travelling for only five nights in the hottest of hot weather, to a casual environment.  Secondly, I was able to do laundry where I was.  And third, I was visiting relatives, so there wasn't any worry that I might forget something and be stuck somehow - there's always something that I can borrow in these situations.

black Patagonia backpack
The excellent Patagonia bag - highly recommended...

I traveled in my usual black ensemble; the Tumi handbag that I'm carrying these days holds all of my odds and ends, making it possible to limit my backpack to just clothing and accessories.

black white and turquoise hot weather travel outfit
Draped cotton cardigan – Velvet, ballet flats – Gabor, white tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins,  cropped pants – Dorothy Perkins, earrings – YooLa,  scarf – Halogen, crossbody bag – Tumi

My wardrobe wasn't quite the colorful, but I couldn't find images of most of my clothes!  But this is exactly the number and choice of items that I took - three lightweight linen dresses, a pair of white capris, and two tops.  One pair of shoes, as well as the ballet flat I wore on the plane, were sufficient for footwear.  I did have two necklaces in my handbag - I wear necklaces most of the time.

bright linen six piece summer travel wardrobe
Yellow dress – East, blue dress – Jaeger, red dress – East, capris – Dorothy Perkins, aqua tank – Not Shy, orange tank – Stefanel

And with short pajamas and some lingerie, I was ready to go...

lingerie, shorty pajamas and a pair of flat white sandals
Shorty pajamas – Donna Karan, sandals – L.K.Bennett, lingerie – Lepel

Looking back:

2011 - Remembering when I bought my most excellent pearl earring: Cool Jewels, Charlotte Santa Fe.

2012 - Fighting with my curly hair was an exercise in Futility, Time Wasting and Fraying the edges of my self-esteem.

2013 - After I built a great navy, red and beige travel wardrobe, I added on Accessories for Multiple European Cities.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Even in the warmest weather, a lightweight scarf can be useful - last weekend, in the heat of Florida, I used my simple gauze scarf to keep the frigid breezes off of my neck and shoulders more than once!

But what color to choose?  You know you want to wear your new scarf with your white summer clothes, but there are so many options...

(I'm giving you six links to the six scarves, so you can see which colors I chose - there are 13 more colors available in this scarf!)
six pastel woven summer scarves
blue chambray scarf - Nordstrom, orange tangerine scarf - Nordstrom, green splash scarf - Nordstrom, tan Indochine scarf - Nordstrom, yellow zest scarf - Nordstrom, pink polish scarf - Nordstrom

These white clothes have been digitally "tarnished" a bit so that we can actually see them on the screen. In real life, they would be sparkling, crispy white.

three simple white summer pieces of clothing
Tee shirt – Zadig and Voltaire, shorts – Closed, dress – East

When you're tempted by a variety of colors, it might help to think about what ELSE you have (or might want to purchase) in that color that would help give your outfit a "planned" look when you wear the scarf.  I'm not suggesting that you're going to want to wear all of these things together (might be a bit over the top, eh?), but knowing that you'd love a beautiful blue bag, or some delightful peach sunglasses, might make your chose of scarf much more obvious.

And it's well worth considering the renewed vitality that 2 or three well coordinated accessories might bring to a wardrobe that needs a spark...

white linen tee shirt and shorts with soft denim blue accessoires
blue chambray scarf - Nordstrommesh necklace – Michal Lando Design, ring – Caine, sunglasses – Roberto Cavalli, sandals – Trotters, bag – Meckela, tee shirt – Zadig and Voltaire, shorts – Closed

simple white summer dress with soft peach accessories
orange tangerine scarf - Nordstromearrings – Withaya Cheunjit, bracelet – Mahavir, sunglasses – RAEN, bag – Proenza Schouler,  sandals – Isoladress – East

white linen tee shirt and shorts with soft mint green accessories
green splash scarf - NordstromEarrings – Claudia Baldazzi,  crocheted necklaceHeather Orr, bag – Alexander Wang, sunglasses – New Look, sandals – BP,  tee shirt – Zadig and Voltaire, shorts – Closed

simple white summer dress with rose pink accessories
Silver and rhodonite earrings – Carmen Anocibar, bracelet – Vivien Frank Designs, sandals – DV8 by Dolce Vita,  bag – TheCambridge Satchel Co. , sunglasses – Kate Spade New Yorkpink polish scarf - Nordstrom,  dress – East

white linen tee shirt and shorts with soft yellow accessories
Earrings – Kate Spade New York, 3 bracelets – Joias do Rio, bag – Roque Bags, sunglasses – Illesteva,  sandals – BCBG Generationyellow zest scarf - Nordstrom,  Tee shirt – Zadig and Voltaire, shorts – Closed

simple white summer dress with soft terra cotta accessories
Necklace – Cynthia Danquah, earrings – Vince Camuto, bag – Hobo, sunglasses – Oliver Peoples,  sandals – Hinge,tan Indochine scarf - Nordstrom,  dress – East