Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Understanding by Parscha Mirghawameddin

What a striking painting - a juxtaposition of colors not often found together. And they work so well... thus, the title is Understanding - these colors have found a way to live together with joy and beauty.



Understanding by Parscha Mirghawameddin

This is a great, uncommon color scheme - and it could easily be flipped to use a lot of the beige from the upper left areas as a neutral too! 



Eyes the Color of Pond Scum

 

 Well yes, her family had always been a little bit... harsh when they teased her about her coloring. Green eyes and red hair were uncommon - unseen for generations, to tell the truth...

But for decades, she's believed that her eyes held depth of beauty, and that the soft, pale blush of her skin was beautiful - no tans for her! And now that her hair is a soft mix of grey and off-white, she sees her coloring as more appealing and distinctive than ever. 

Her inner independence is certainly showing now - she's heading off for a long weekend in a European city she's never before visited. She feels quite confident that men (and women) there will see her as the lovely woman that she is... 

Her sisters tell her that she's FAR too old to wear frog earrings. If your eyes are always being compared to small bodies of water, you are going to develop a fondness for the wildlife found in that environment...

Frog peridot earrings – Guillermo Arregui; ivory top – Raey; scarf – Hermes
  Manufacture de Boucleries;  watch – Shinola; down jacket – Uniqlo;
 trousers – Transit; loafers –  Manolo Blahnik; tote - Furla



Oh yes, she's also too old to wear dangling earrings... Frankly, she does lots of things wrong, in their opinion!

Blush scarfRoffe Accessories; labradorite earrings – Khun Boom; pearl 
and silver earrings – Khun Boom; grey shirtdress – Steven Alan; star brooch –
 Lanvin;  grey/green print scarf – Alternative; grey cardigan – NLST; blush
 cardigan – J. Crew; sweater – Brunello Cucinelli; labradorite necklace –  
Alexis Bittar; pearl bracelet – Khun Boom; trousers – 3.1 Phillip Lim
blouse – Velvet; ballet flats – Sperry


 She already has so many plans: places to visit, streets to browse, restaurants to sample. She's not afraid, and not really nervous - her energy and the spring in her step are called EXCITEMENT, not fear.

Wouldn't they just have FITS if they knew what she'd paid for that Hermes scarf? They're afraid to even walk in the door of the store... So silly - they're missing one of the great shopping experiences of a lifetime!



Yes, they don't think she's packing nearly enough!

But she has plenty of options; she's only going to be there 3 days.



 

She hasn't mentioned to anyone that the man she met online is going to be there too...

love,
Janice

 NOVICA

21 comments:

  1. I love your stories! And I do not like her family! How could anyone be too old for frog earrings?
    - Kaci

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  2. This one stops my heart. So beautiful!

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  3. Love the green in this. Could it be a neutral too?

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    1. It sure could! Search for army green, it's hard to find, but some of the items are beautiful.

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  4. Love the conclusion of her story. I have decided that she is going to Brussels with a day trip to Bruges and Ghent. Those green suede shoes are fabulous as are the Lim pants. This is colour scheme that is new to me but would be great for the woman you are describing. I, too, have decided she has narrow mean sisters. Wait until she brings this new man home !! But maybe, she won't. It will be one of those once a year rendezvous.
    Deb from Vancouver

    Deb from Vancouver

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  5. And this is how you wear cute or whimsical! A finishing touch, a little surprise. Not full on, head to toe, all over cutesy.

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    1. Yep! Just a wee touch, to show your less serious side. But it has to be something that really is part of you - that has some qualities that are meaningful or resonant. Cute for cute's sake is fine, if you're 5 years old...
      hugs,
      Janice

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  6. I really like this heroine - both her quiet determination, and her pride in her salt and pepper hair!
    Alice

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  7. :-) This is a color combination I'd pack immediately.
    But I don't wear beige.
    I like the concept of olive and pink/coral and grey. Any suggestestions for substituting the grey? Blue jeans perhaps?
    I don't always comment, but I do love to look at your styling ideas.
    And the concept with a piece of art is excellent!
    Thank you and have a very HAPPY day! :-)

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    1. These are pretty flexible colors - make the grey a little bit more grey, the blush could be made more pink, and denim would work beautifully with all of these colors!

      Thanks for commenting - I'm so happy to know that you're here!
      big hug,
      Janice

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  8. Lovely wardrobe, but I love this story. Sounds like something I would do (have even done perhaps!). Hopefully she's told a trusted, non-judgemental friend the specifics of where she will be and whom she will be meeting. Safety first:-)

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  9. your snippets of humor in peeking into these imaginary lives makes me laugh right out loud. these colors are beautifully serene and the combinations--unexpectedly lovely~

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  10. Too old to wear dangle earrings? Is that a thing? Well, tough luck, I've got so little lobe that dangles are the only kind that work, and I like them.

    Love all the olive!

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  11. Janice, thank you for including some lovely greens in recent posts, the olives, dusty greeny-blues, soft sage, gentle khaki ... They can be hard to find and don't suit every complexion but for those of us with green eyes they can be the perfect accent colour. Worth looking out for. Blowing a kiss across the Pacific, Robyn

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  12. Much as I love the wardrobe collections, the stories that go with are great!

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  13. How i love your stories with my morning coffee and what a great combination of clothes!

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  14. I love the story!! Such a great combination of textures and colors!

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  15. thought I was done looking for Fall clothing - but previous commenters are dead-right! those olive loafers and trousers are gorgeous! and this post is such a great story.

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  16. I had to laugh out loud - my eyes are the color of pond scum! That has been my private/personal description of my eye color since middle school!! Although I an not as old as our heroine, I can definitely relate and I love her spunk! I know we would be great friends ;) I hope I get my chance for a Hermes shopping experience before to long as well. I would love to have this wardrobe when I am more grey!

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