Monday, May 18, 2015

A 4-Piece Travel Capsule Wardrobe in Pink, Blue, and Purple

You've seen scarves from Kathkath on The Vivienne Files a LOT in the past: I used a beautiful pink scarf here, a rose printed one here, an amazing blue landscape scarf here, and one of my favorites - a marble printed scarf - here. So you can fully appreciate how happy I was to hear from one of the Kath's (Kathy and Kathryn), offering us all a discount on their site, and a free scarf for one reader of The Vivienne Files!

First off, get thee to their site: kathkath.com.  For an entire month (until June 18th, I would say), we can all get 40% off of regular priced merchandise there. FORTY PERCENT!  That's no small discount. And the scarves are so gorgeous...When you've filled up your shopping cart, use the discount code VIV40 to get your discount. And then leave a comment to share your indulgence.

AND!!! If you leave me a comment below, telling me what you found on kathkath.com that you loved the most (or telling us anything else kind and loving), you will be entered to win this little (90cm square) beauty:


silk scarf - kathkath

Yep, this is a 90 centimeter square scarf - same size as Hermes scarves. It's a glorious design - they have a close-up photograph of the pattern, and it's delectable...



BIG BIG BIG update! I'm going to pick the winner when I get up on Monday morning. So if you want to win this gorgeous thing, get you comment in before dawn on Monday morning the 25th of May...

So of course, I'm using this as the centerpiece of another "no-effort" weekend travel capsule wardrobe. How to pack light? Pick some colors, grab just a FEW things, and GO!!!

These are my colors - I tossed the touch of gold in there because it's in the scarf, and it inspired me to include gold accessories:


silk scarf - kathkath

When you're only going away for a weekend, I assume that you're driving, taking a train, or the Jitney, so I'm willing to risk a white skirt. If this makes you too nervous, a blue skirt would work just as well.

And I'll admit, this tee shirt might not fall into everybody's range of desired garments, but I think summer is a good time to wear something that has some charm or whimsy. Not silly, mind you, nor embarrassingly juvenile, but lighthearted. Smiles are not just for the young...



Cardigan – Uniqlo, watch – Nixon, sandals – Sam Edelman, earrings – EABurns
denim skirt - Vanessa Bruno, tee shirt – Dickins and Jones
tote bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs

And this is all you're packing! A couple of tops, shorts, and a pair of capris. Weekend are SHORT - unless you know you've got a busy agenda that requires clothing changes, or if you're utterly uncertain about the weather, don't pack more than you can fit into a tote bag. It just complicates things. A couple of pieces of white jewelry, a clutch bag and a 2nd pair of sandals (as well as your gorgeous scarf) and you're all set.

(the pink Valentino top is a little bit... over the top?... but you MUST look at the back of it. Such beauty... sigh... Those among you who can sew might want to make note of this simple but very lovely idea.)



Lavender tunic – Wes Gordon, gold sandals – Sam Edelman, white earrings – 
Noemiah, tennis bracelet – Vivien Frank Designs, white shorts – 3.1 Phillip Lim,
pink lace-back top – Valentino, white crop trousers – Dorothy Perkins, scarf – 
kathkath, gold clutch – Michael Kors

You can already see that you've got a world of possibilities. I don't show the cardigan as a part of any outfit, but if you have your scarf and sweater with you, everything will go together. Absolutely everything. How easy is that?



Cardigan – Uniqlotennis bracelet – Vivien Frank Designswatch – Nixon 
long earrings – EABurns, tee shirt – Dickins and Joneswhite stud 
earrings – Noemiahpink lace-back top – Valentino,white shorts – 
3.1 Phillip Lim, lavender tunic – Wes Gordongold clutch – Michael Kors
blue sandals – Sam Edelmangold sandals – Sam Edelmandenim skirt -  
Vanessa Brunowhite crop trousers – Dorothy Perkins, scarf – kathkath 
tote bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Every top goes with every bottom. Literally, a "Whatever's Clean" weekend...





We're attending a massive family picnic next Sunday (not our family, but we're included!). And I think Memorial Day might be spent recovering...

Do you have a delight filled weekend coming up soon?

love,
Janice

Looking Back:

2013: The Navy and Pink Common Wardrobe - with Navy and Pink accessories!

2012: Four by Four: teal and navy


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84 comments:

  1. Beautiful beautiful scarves! So many to love, but if I had to choose one it would be the silver chain print. It's edgy and soft at the same time.

    Christine S.

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    1. Yep - I have to agree that the chain scarf is my favorite too! But I could find a home for any of them...
      hugs,
      Janice

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  2. Janice,
    Thank you for sharing TVF discount. I would be on cloud 9 to own the Cloud 9 scarf!
    Wishing you a very happy Memorial Day weekend, Ann

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  3. The Cloud 9 pattern appeals to me. Upon reading "the design is created from our watercolour painting of the brilliant heat, light and colour of an Australian Sunset." Yes, that's home. :-)

    Marilyn

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  4. Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful site! I'm in love with the Topographic scarf. Gorgeous colors, looks super on the model. YUM!

    Kate in Belgium

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  5. The Vintage Rose scarf stole my heart!

    I like the touch of whimsy in that top for warm weather, myself =)

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  6. I just visited the beautiful KathKath site and, while I loved their Winter Forest Blue scarf, I think my favorite is their Riad Square, the scarf you're giving away today. Hmmm..... Janice, I don't tell you enough how much pleasure your blog brings me every day. I'll be moving into a 100-year old apartment in a few months, with all of FORTY-FOUR inches of vintage space in which to hang up all my clothing. Following your recommendations over the past months is the only way I have a PRAYER of making this work. Many thanks!

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    1. Oh yes, when we lived in Ireland, we had one closet, for the two of us, which was about that size! You quickly figure out what's important in life when you have to choose between getting rid of your spouse and getting rid of clothes!
      big hug,
      J

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  7. Such beauty, to many wants !
    As Father's Day is approaching, the Topographic Square Pocket Scarf is just perfect for my dad who's a city slicker with an outdoorsman's soul.

    Thalie F

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  8. I fell for the Looking Blue scarf, with its memories of Morocco, and which also reminds me of Andalusian tiles. If I'm lucky enough to win the gorgeous scarf you've shown here, I'll be feeling anything but blue!

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  9. I'm nervous I am commenting twice, but I'll say it again: that is a gorgeous scarf!

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  10. Beautiful scarf and lovely weekend wardrobe. The scarf pattern reminds me of a kaleidoscope - of infinite possibilities. I am a long scarf wearer rather than squares so I like the green budgie scarf best. Thank you and KathKath. Carol S

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  11. Beautiful scarves. Blue and pink is a favourite colour combination but I love the delicate pattern even more.

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  12. What have you done to me?! Now that I know about those scarves, I know I need, not just want, but need one. Looking Blue is so pretty it made me gasp. But I could also perfectly happy with Riad in my collection.

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  13. What beautiful, chic scarves. I think I could give many of them a good home. Especially the flower burst large scarf and the luxury rose neck scarf

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  14. I hope you can run this special again in the Fall--I am heading out soon on vacation--and am in a no-pay period-- and can't make any purchases. till the end of summer As above, I love the flowerburst and the roses.

    Request (perhaps not the right place): we keep hearing how black and navy are chic together and I agree, but...in practice, not easy. Could you show how one could put together an outfit or two with this combo?

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  15. My favorite is the Topographic Square Neck Scarf -- perfect colors for my wardrobe. They've got some lovely things!

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  17. What a FABULOUS site. I have a serious scarf addiction and haven't come across KathKath before. Love the blue scarf you are giving away but as I have a big scary birthday coming up I am going to treat myselfvto the green budgies square just because it made me smile, its such fun!

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  18. I read and enjoy your blog all the time, but rarely comment - today I simply must: I purchased the Looking Pink KathKath scarf after seeing their work on your blog. When I clicked it up full size it took my breath away, Janice. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and immediately started saving up clothing budget to own it. It was so worth it!

    I purchased it in an oblong by contacting the designers through Boticca and they were helpful and wonderful to deal with. I cannot recommend KathKath highly enough.

    Their pieces have the most delightful ethereal quality, and the colourways are extraordinary - complex and subtle at the same time. Breathtaking, really.

    Next on my wish list is the Riad for spring and summer, which you show beautifully here, and then the silver chain print - but I do like them all. What talent.

    Truly, Janice, I have never regretted a purchase or a style direction that I was drawn to through your blog. Your eye for colour and your sensible yet chic concepts of wardrobe planning have changed the way I shop, the the way I accessorize, and the way I pack. Not only am I spending less, and taking care of fewer items, but I look more put together and feel more comfortable very. single. day.

    Thanks, as always, for that
    Sue G

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  19. My first love is the Vintage Rose. What a wonderful discount and giveaway! Thank you.

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  20. My favourite is the Flower Burst! Such gorgeous colours. But I always get great inspiration from your blog and can't thank you enough for the insights you provide. Many, many thanks. Lyn

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  21. I have been admiring the Looking Blue scarf for some time now. I've even gone so far as to mock it up in my wardrobe. I'm amazed by how the scarf changes depending on the backdrop. It a truly delightful scarf. The discount puts it within the realm of possibilities. Off to run my budget numbers to see if this will fit after the necessaries are purchased!

    Love your blog and the inspiration it provides. My wardrobe is increasingly focused as I read and learn from your blog. I now routinely receive complements on my clothes. Thank you.
    Liz

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  22. Oh, these scarves are amazing! I appreciate the comment from the reader who already bought a scarf about how lovely the fabric and colors are. It will be hard to decide, but I like the Midnight Rose and the Looking Blue best! I will hunt through your posts about deciding on scarves and try to map out a color plan. 40% off is totally grabbing me as I have been coveting one these Kathkath scarves for a long time. Carol

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  23. Hi Janice,

    I've been away for a week and so have missed TVF for that long. I'm happy to be back and looking at such lovely things again. I am in love with the pink lace back blouse. I will search for the right fabrics to make it in my colors / wardrobe plan. Truly, you DO know where all the pretty things are.

    Off to the Kathkath site to see what everyone else commented about.

    Louise P

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  24. Really, really like the Vintage Rose Scarf on KathKath - pink, white and black. So lovely and classic.

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  25. Hi, thank you for sharing another great site with us and a 40% discount. Looking Blue really appeals to me and Riad. Morocco is on my bucket list and these have that essence.

    Deb from Vancouver

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  26. Riad would be my first choice (it is soooo my colors!) and then either Looking Blue or Looking Pink. These are gorgeous scarves. Right now I am trying to resist that Dickins and Jones tee-shirt; it is such a fun little top and so reasonably priced but international clothing purchases and returns tend to stress me out!

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  27. The Flower Burst square really caught my eye!

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  28. Hi, Thank you for your great blog. Always look forward to reading it. I wonder if you could tackle how to wear solid colored scarves. Just recently bought 2 from Eileen Fisher, both solid - one in nectar and one in honeydew. Any suggestions on how they can best be incorporated would be great. I tend to wear a lot of neutrals and no prints. Thanks.

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  29. Thank you for such a nice discount. The Topographic appeals to my eye. It has all the colors I love to wear in the summer: teals and turquoise and blues.

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  30. Thnaks for the discount. I love the 'grey chains luxury" scarf.

    http://kathkath.com/product/grey-chains-luxury-square-scarf/

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  31. I am crushing on a women's long silk scarf called Silver Chains! My black and white wardrobe would welcome it!

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  32. Thanks for your beautiful blog entries Janice. The scarves are unique and beautiful!

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  33. some of those scarves are so beautiful. The one I would love in the bigger version is the golden chains or the blue riad. great site.

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  34. wow...lost my comment 2x now :/

    To sum up... I love this scarf!! I really liked the timeless quality of the gold chain scarf, but this scarf really speaks to my need for color while still being fairly conservative. I also recently started using navy as a neutral and this is a perfect addition to the wardrobe I am building. Thank you so much Janice for sharing such a wonderful company!

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  35. What beautiful scarves & accessories!! I love the punk vibe of the silver chains scarf.

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  36. What a gorgeous scarf! And in "my colors", too! :) I liked the Looking Blue and Looking Pink scarves on their site, too; beautiful! There's nothing like a beautiful silk scarf for pulling an outfit together.
    Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

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  37. I love all the prints, but my favorite prints are Riad blue and Cloud9 because they would be great additions to my “50 shades of blue” wardrobe :-). BTW, I love your blog! I have learned a lot about wardrobe management and color. Thank you!
    D.P, from Normandy.

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  38. Hi, Janice, thank you & the kathkath company for the generosity. 'Midnight Rose' captivated me! The converter is genius as well as very helpful. Have a fun weekend...southern B-B-Q will be served here (with bath towels over my white chairs & washcloths for napkins.)
    Love to y'all

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  39. Looove the Riad pattern shown on this post... So many possibilities for a core of navy and black! Thank you for bringing us such beauty- Janice, Kathy and Kathryn!

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  40. I have just bought the long silver chain scarf, with the discount how could I resist? It will fit into my wardrobe perfectly. Thanks Janice and KathKath. Maryann

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  41. So pretty! I just love the marbleized scarf!

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  42. The Riad pattern is the most beautiful of the scarves! Thank you for introducing the kathkath designs.
    Lesley

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  43. These are so lovely, it's hard to pick a favorite. I'm going back and forth between the Marble square scarf and the Riad square shown above. (Honorable mention to the smaller square with stars.) Maybe I can save up a little extra this month and buy one next month, while the discount is still active. Thanks so much for the offer.

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  44. I am instantly drawn to the Cloud 9 scarf. I also like the Topographic scarf and BOTH of the chain scarves! LOL! Very pretty!

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  45. What lovely scarves My choice would be looking blue and the riad would be next Your blog is a must read Thanks for your efforts
    linda m

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  46. I loved the Vintage Rose scarf on KathKath. Thank you for the V Files: I start my workday with coffee and your blog. Anna-Marie South Africa

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  47. Hello Janice,

    thanks for all your work and activity that goes in your blog. I´m reading everything you publish and am learning a lot. At the moment i´m in the process of slowly rebuilding my wardrobe around the colours blue, white and brown with pink as an accent colour. the scarf would blend in beautifully, so I´d love to win it!

    Good luck with everything
    Anja, Germany

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  48. I love the long Riad scarf which is a long rectangular version of the one you have pictured on your blog. I also love the vintage roses large square scarf which is a photo print of roses and the colors are just lovely, but contemporary also. I was also interested to see they have men's pocket squares---excellent holiday gifts! Thanks for your blog--I am planning a vacation wardrobe and it has been so helpful! Take care and have a wonderful week. Susan

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  49. I love the Flower Burst Luxury Square Scarf...what beautiful, rich colors!

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  50. What a wonderful find. Thank you for sharing it with us. My favourite, by a long shot, has to be the Midnight rose square scarf, followed by the Looking Pink Spiral Spot Classic Silk Scarf, both of which would work wonderfully with the new wardrobe I created based on your advice!

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  51. Beautiful goods and a very generous giveaway and coupon. My favorite product is the Flower Burst luxury square scarf.

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  52. When I saw the beautiful Riad scarf you have as a giveaway, it immediately triggered for me good memories of places I've visited with gorgeous floor mosaics. In fact, if I were to design a scarf, I'd probably have it based partly off an ancient Middle Eastern mosaic with a bird pattern. Which leads me to my favorite scarf in KathKath- the blue budgie. My dear little blue budgie is away for a year visiting family with its companion budgie and so I have been missing my bird a lot and have many more months until I see it and hear its chirping. Thank you as always, Janice for all your lovely style ideas.

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  53. Yes, all the scarves are gorgeous - hard to pick a favorite! But I'll choose Marble Square - luscious!

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  54. Mmm. I like Looking Blue. Others too, of course. I still haven't mastered the art of wearing a scarf, though. It doesn't feel right and so probably doesn't look right.

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  55. To be honest, there aren't a ton of options for us warm-tone lovers. The closest I could find is the Marble Square - with the deep, rich greens. Love that color!

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  56. Beautiful - I love the Flower Burst scarf so many beautiful colors!

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  57. I love this scarf! And, if I win, it will be a birthday present! ;)

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  58. My favorite is actually the one you've chosen, but I also liked the Looking Pink pattern.....they are lovely, for sure!

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  59. Beautiful scarves! I loved the Flower Burst, Looking Pink, and Midnight Rose.

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  60. So many beautiful scarves! I love the colors in the Looking Blue scarf! I also like the colors in the Riad in today's post. In a smaller scarf, I love the Morrocco blue! But the Silver Chains would work well with in my wardrobe too! So many beautiful choices!

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  61. Gorgeous scarves! My favorite is the Riad, the one you featured. But the Winter Forest Blue is next.

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  62. Wow! Introducing me to this amazing store could be very dangerous...I love Looking Blue, and Vintage Rose, both perfect for my wardrobe as we head into winter

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  63. Will dream over the Topographic Scarf- I love the colours and can see where it would fit in my life. Though most of my scarves are long, rather than square. But they are all glorious..

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  64. janis--thanks for the link! my absolute favorite was the marble square scarf, but they're all lovely--anne

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  65. janis--thanks for the link! my absolute favorite was the marble square scarf, but they're all lovely--anne

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  66. dreamy colors - like overlooking the ocean

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  67. I like the Riad and Looking Blue the best. Lovely scraves and accessories on that site

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  68. What a beautiful site! Thank you for sharing your great finds! I love the Riad that you show in this post, turquoise being one of my favorite colors! Mary

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  70. I loved the Marble Square scarf though they are all delightful in their own way. Thanks for all you do Janis, such a great help.

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  71. The green budgies square is very cute and put a smile on my face. :-)

    Francesca

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  72. Hi Janice,
    I've become far more interested in scarves and accessories since I found your blog last summer! I appreciate the work you put into it. I absolutely love the midnight rose scarf - something about bold, graphic, wild roses just makes my heart beat faster; but as a one time potter/ceramist I also cherish Moroccan tiles - the intricate geometric pattern and colours speak to me and suit my short stature.
    Darlene

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  73. hi Janice,
    I think you've chosen well - but then they are all beautiful! Thanks for all you do - it's the highlight of my morning to reach your posts and see what surprises you have provided for the day...
    All the best.
    Catherine

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  74. hi Janice,
    I think you've chosen well - but then they are all beautiful! Thanks for all you do - it's the highlight of my morning to reach your posts and see what surprises you have provided for the day...
    All the best.
    Catherine

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  75. It is a beautiful scarf and you have chosen a beautiful capsule to go with it.

    Ling from California

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  76. Wow! That is beautiful!

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  77. My favorite would be the Cloud 9 scarf, but it is so hard to choose one as a favorite; they are all soooo lovely!

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  78. My favorite would be the Cloud 9 scarf, but it is so hard to choose one as a favorite; they are all soooo lovely!

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  79. Hi Janice. Your blog is my daily inspiration. Thank you for all the time you put into it. Both riad and Looking Pink look amazing.
    Tania T

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  80. I'm giddy over the Winter Forest Blue pattern; such beautiful colors! Thank you for the giveaway...

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  81. Oh' no I bet I'm too late. I adore, no I'm craving that beautiful scarf. It is covered in my colors. And the outfits you mixed and matched are gorgeous. I now want someone like you to fill my closet with coordinating pieces like this. Thanks for the chance to win Vivienne.

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  82. Thank you for the discount code! I received my beautiful scarf today and it is exquisite. I chose the design with the elephants on it and I just love it!

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