Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with a Scarf: Cvetaeva by wrq.e.d.

Another beautiful scarf...

This one, entitled Cvetaeva, is from the amazingly talented and creative team at wrq.e.d. The images include collages, ball point pen illustrations, florals, and a poem, by Marina Cvetaeva.  It's written around the border:


the dear art of oblivion
the soul has mastered all the way.
some overwhelmingly big feeling
melted within my soul today.

This is the wondrous object:



Cvetaeva scarf -  wrq.e.d.

The first time I looked at the scarf, these were the colors that I saw. I was always envisioning this with burnished brown accessories, to reflect the beauty of the border of the scarf:


She's a Poet


Yes, she earns her daily bread as an office manager for a real estate company. But if you ask her (that horrible American question that you hear EVERY time you meet someone) "What do you do?", she tells you that she's a poet...


Hooded cardigan – Splendid; loafers – Robert Zur; pendant – Bhavesh
tee shirt – L.L.Bean; chino trousers – Lands’ End;
scarf – wrq.e.d.; tote – Longchamp

And for her vacation this autumn, she's flying to Manchester, New Hampshire.  There's a place in Franconia that she wants to see, and she's going to stop by Middlebury College in Ripton, Vermont.

But her destination? Robert Frost's grave, in Bennington, Vermont.



white shirt – J.Crew; boots – Naturalizer; earrings – Carmen Anocibar; pink 
sweater – Vincemidi skirt – Max Mara; tiger eye bracelet – Ana Cristina Llapa;
 ring – Claudia Llaury; crossbody bag – Vince Camuto; grey jeans – Madewell
blue cardigan – Uniqlo; tee – IDLF for Uniqlo


She's only going for 6 days, so she's packing light, but she's quite sure that she'll have everything that she needs.








The place in Franconia is The Frost Place, a museum and poetry conference site. And Ripton Vermont is the site of Middlebury College, where Frost taught for 42 years...

She's told everyone that she's going "leaf peeping", but her true friends know what's up. It's a pilgrimage, in the truest sense. 

Inspiration is priceless.

love,
Janice

p.s.: Did I mention that wrq.e.d. GAVE me one of these scarves? Leave a comment, and you will be entered to win it... Such a nice bunch of people they are!

p.p.s.: I found a photograph of this scarf that makes it look much more maroon... should I revisit this one?


Annoushka

83 comments:

  1. I really enjoy how you make these lovely scarves seem so accessible to cowardly scarf wearers like myself. Your suggestions about how to use scarves has made me much more bold about wearing my own small collection. Thank you!

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  2. Really, this is one of the most beautiful scarves I've seen. A poem in the scarf, who would have thought!
    I'm not really convinced by the yellow + pink combo. Am I alone on this?
    Arte

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    1. Pink & yellow isn't for everyone, but having similar tones/shades/values makes it easier. The little bit of yellow showing at the collar of the pink sweater could be covered even more by the scarf if it's tied the right way. Then you would still be warm.

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    2. I'm not a yellow fan either but in this case I would go for it!

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  3. Oh, what a beautiful scarf!

    I never ever win anything and I probably don't even qualify since I'm out of the US, but my clour scheme revolves around grey and navy with liberal doses of soft pink, yellow and blue, so this called to me.

    On top of that, I'm a poet... I even met my husband through my poetry!

    Coincidence does not exist!

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  4. This is a unique scarf and lovely as well. I have been looking at a lot of scarves on this trip and even at Liberty did not find one that made my heart sing. So, no scarves from this trip. Your blog has really helped my with discipline and discernment. The only changes I would make in the packing of this wardrobe is to wear the boots on the plane and pack the shoes plus add a trench coat and umbrella.
    Deb from Vancouver in London

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  5. I'm finding your blog extremely helpful, as I seem to be transitioning from one style to another. This scarf is adorable- the grey and soft pink are beautiful.

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  6. From Margie in Toronto - just love the way you do this - you have such a wonderful "eye" to see all these colours and come up with all these clothing options. I love also learning about all these wonderful companies and artists - so interesting. Scarves are now on my radar like never before.

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  7. Hello Janice, and thank you for another wonderful post. The scarf is lovely, and I appreciate the softer choices you found to accompany it. I also love your back-stories, which add so much to my enjoyment of your blog. I read every word and look forward to each new profile and accompanying wardrobe.
    Best, Ann

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  8. Such a beautiful wardrobe for that lovely scarf.

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  9. You are so right- this scarf portrays a real touch of whimsy- a person with a passion for poetry portrays that nicely. Another beautiful capsule. Jazz

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  10. I'd LOVE to see maroon variations on this theme. BTW, I love the way your scenarios sometimes will portray a woman travelling on her own--my family looks at me as through I have three heads every time I tell them I'm going to do something similar... Thanks!

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    1. Roz, you're not alone in solo travel. In fact I'm going to Chicago alone next weekend and will get to meet our dear Janice.

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  11. The clothes are nice, the stories are great :-)

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  12. Love the clothes--and the poetry pilgrimage. (The scarf poem owes a nod, I think, to Elizabeth Bishop's "The Art of Losing.").

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    1. ...."the art of losing" in Bishop's "One Art" I meant to say...

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  13. Beautiful scarf! I also enjoy the effort of the stories you write to go with the capsules. You have my favorite blog.

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  14. My memory is all over the place today!
    The article I mentioned was not at the Guardian, but here: http://theconversation.com/a-scarf-can-mean-many-things-but-above-all-prestige-39763

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  15. That's strange: my first comment didn't get published. :-(
    In a nutshell: Great article about scarves. And that I'd love to see this scarf in the maroon version. And if it has a touch of navy, then so much the better!

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  16. Wow I never knew I could combine gorgeous brown accessories with grey clothing. This is why I need to visit your blog every day!
    I am still learning. Whenever I get a compliment on my outfit I let everyone know my little style secret, the Vivienne Files.

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  17. I would love to see it with some maroon, maybe deeper blues or greens, but still anchored with the soft grayed brown and the cognac brown of the boots for fall. The comfortable garments you chose are perfect! Love your site, you've inspired me to see clothing in ways I never did before! -Anne C

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  18. Such a lovely ensemble for a sojourn and pilgrimage to pay tribute. The browns colors embody fall and the pale hues honor the name 'Frost'. Here is Robert Frost - recorded at Bread Loaf in Middlebury 1953 - reading that one poem that says so much to so many: ^^https://youtu.be/ie2Mspukx14?t=44s**

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  19. I would like to see the darker version of this scarf, but even this light version is beautiful.

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  20. I love your stories and this is a beautiful scarf. You've put together a lovely capsule for leaf peeping.

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  21. Your story for this scarf is nearly as poetic as the piece itself. Lovely!

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  22. The scarf is such wonderful inspiration! I would love to see a travel wardrobe in the deeper coolers. The collage elements and the poetry are really speaking to me. I especially love when you've paired it with the grays. And what a wonderful story!

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  23. Janice,
    In addition to your color selections and the storytelling approach for the functions of the selections, I am clapping for joy at this illustrated format ! I am always stealthily picking your brain to obtain how your selections actually work to create outfits. In this instance, I see blocks of nine, using one same bottom as the base for each of the nine blocks. The vertical blocks show the core bottom and one of the outer layers all the same, with the top being the varied element. The horizontal blocks use the same bottom and top but vary the outer layers . It's rather like a "Clothing Sudoku " !! I love how your brain thinks ---and then shares !
    This is fantastic for how to pack minimally, and yet have loads of outfits ! I also love the 4x4's for longer trips.You are clearly my packing mentor par excellence !!!
    On another note, could you please define the phrase I see and hear so often with regard to packing tips, where we are informed to use one "color story ". What exactly is that approach ? Thanks !

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    1. The "Whatever's Clean" with 3 outer layers, 6 tops, and 4 bottoms is also terrific for packing planning. I travel frequently for pleasure, and these formats just make my packing a joy, like a game figuring it all out, like cut out dolls with outfits when I was a kid ! Thank you, thank you !

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  24. I've been struggling to call myself an artist and a writer. Maybe it's time. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  25. Janice, what a lovely scarf! To my eye it's peaceful and feminine. And as usual I love your "story" around the wearer of the scarf.

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  26. Love the brown shoes and bag...I would have expected black! Lovely post!

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  27. I just looked at the wrq.e.d. site. It's inspiring to see the artistic hand behind the scarves. Yes, a maroon version would be nice also, thanks.

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  28. I look forward to your posts every day!! I am learning so much about color and style - I still need to figure out how to choose a pair of boots, though. You feature them often and I just am not sure what goes with what. Help?? The scarf is lovely - as is the wardrobe. I'd like to see it with the maroon also! ~ Tricia

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  29. Maroon, please! And would love to win a scarf!

    Thanks for the enchanting story.

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  30. Beautiful scarf, and you did an amazing job with the colors in it - as usual. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  31. I love the idea of walking through the world with secret poetry around my neck. Thank you so much for providing more than beautiful clothes to look at - your beautiful slice of life stories are the first thing I look for in the morning.

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  32. Please do revisit this scarf emphasizing maroon or some of the other deeper tones -- this lovely piece balances strong and gentle tones in a way that looks like it would be so useful for either 'shoring up' outfits that are too ethereal OR for softening outfits that are too gutsy for one's mood or colouring.

    Sue G

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  33. Lovely scarf. I really like the boots and bag. They will be perfect for my fall wardrobe.

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  34. This wardrobe is right up my pastel alley and she is visiting my neck of the woods!! My one recommendation would be the inclusion of something or two somethings with short sleeves and the ability to layer with the sweaters - Indian summer is a common occurrence in New England (this week the temps will be in the 80's during the days) and the autumn sun can be very warm in the late afternoon, while our evenings and early mornings can be downright chilly! What a beautiful scarf - it would be a wonderful addition to anyone's wardrobe!

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  35. I adore this scarf. It doesn't have any red in it, which makes me love it! Great post...reminds me of the silent dreamers among us all. celestial in minnesota

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  36. Love the scarf--and the story. Every women should have a secret life that she escapes to. It adds mystery to a great wardrobe.

    Kandace

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  37. Janice, this is a wonderful post. Her trip is to my favorite part of the world - grew up & lived half my adult life in New England. It's a beautiful scarf. The gray and pastels are lovely with it. Would also like to see it with the darker colors. Diane

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  38. Just got a couple of pieces in Merlot that I think this scarf would really compliment!! I would love to see the combinations for maroon.

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  39. The scarf looks incredible. I love all of the grey pieces.

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  40. Thank you for this lovely post. Your story is intriguing, the scarf is gorgeous, and your wardrobe choices are both classic and unique. Your post is a "must see" with my coffee every morning. Please do a version of this emphasizing the maroon. Mary

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  41. What a lovely scarf Love the idea of writing on the edge of it Like the back story
    Your blog is a daily visit for me Learning so much Thanks
    Linda m

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  42. Now I need to lay out my fall wardrobe into one or more of your templates and figure out what things can work together.
    Since my neutrals are navy and gray, I have no doubt that scarf would work very well! Thank you for all your beautiful ideas and combinations. Gail

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  43. Love this wardrobe. It's an invitation to let my inner poet out and see what emerges.
    Thalie F

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  44. oh, yes.. please do the maroon..

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  45. Love the 9-piece slot wardrobes, and these colors are exceptionally lovely. Thanks for the work you do for us, Janice!
    Joyce in Wi? No! Now in OR!!

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  46. Love the 9-piece slot wardrobes, and these colors are exceptionally lovely. Thanks for the work you do for us, Janice!
    Joyce in Wi? No! Now in OR!!

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  47. Yes, if the maroon is a replacement for the brown accessories, that would be beautiful. The color scheme is gorgeous, and as the very warm brown accessories are added it's like the whole thing goes a little sour, to my eye. Perhaps a more neutral, cool, or ashy brown? But I think a maroon with the greys and pastels would bring it all together. I would like to see it.

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  48. I love this scarf and love even more the story -- we are all something other than "what we do."

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  49. I would love to see a version with the maroon picture of the scarf as maroon is one of my accent colors.

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  50. Would love to see this with burgundy accents. One of my favorite colors. I am fairly new to this, but enjoying the journey so far! looking forward to where it will take me

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  51. Oh so soft and gentle, with the brown to earth it. just a pleasure to look at. thanks

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  52. No coward soul is yours...thanks so much for a (nother) beautiful scarf, capsule, and back story!

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  53. No coward soul is yours...thanks so much for a (nother) beautiful scarf, capsule, and back story!

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  54. I love this color combo, and the scarf that inspired it. My colors now happen to be navy and grey with pastels - blue, yellow and pink. Not exactly fall colors, but it's what I wanted after a summer of red, white, blue and green. So I felt as if you wrote this for me when I saw it this morning. Thanks so much, Janice, for all you do. You're such an inspiration! Since you feature square scarves so often, hos about a blog on how to tie them?

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  55. Thanks Janice for another great demo. Can you please, please do a scarf wearing/tying session for us "scarf novices". Thank you!

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  56. This scarf is lovely and the story charming.

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  57. So romantic - the lovely scarf, inspiring the charming story, behind the beautiful capsule. Thank you, Janice, you give our dreams pictures. Yes please to the maroon - and that beautiful teal is calling too ...

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  58. Oh, the love I would give this scrumptious scarf.

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  59. Every wardrobe needs a storyline. It gives us a core to live up to and into. I do so appreciate the stylish narrative lines you give us.

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  60. My old stomping grounds! I especially love the cognac (? What color would you call that?) leather accessories. Thanks for all you do!

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  61. I already have some of these colors in my closet...my latest acquisition a buttery yellow tee, like new, purchased for $2.00 at a local resale store.

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  62. These scarves are so unique. I would love to have one!

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  63. I rarely comment on your giveaway posts, but this scarf just the sort of soft colors that work with my wardrobe. While I am not a poet but an artist, your stories here would fill a book, they are like little poems themselves...

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  64. Beautiful work once again... casual but smart!

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  65. Always so much information, thank you so much. You have been a great help with getting my wardrobe in tip top shape!

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  66. What a beautiful scarf - almost needs to be framed to appreciate the totality of it.. Would love to incorporate it into my wardrobe.
    Thank you Janice..

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  67. I love these posts - the scarves, the stories and the capsules. This one is very nice, and although the sugared-almond-pink is just about the worst possible colour fr me, it really doesn't matter, because when I look at that scarf (which of course I would love to win/ I see cappuccino/mink, aqua and a lightish green alongside the buttery yellow, which works perfectly for me. Wish I could find the yellow somewhere, though, instead of all the very harsh and neon yellows. Managing my own clothes and combinations is still a long way from ideal, though!

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    1. Have you tried LL Bean? Their pima cotton tees are very nice and the yellow is soft, not neon or harsh! Good luck!

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  68. Amazing scarf. I agree with Anon above that it seems to corrdinate with a large range of colors, but I love how your choices register its delicacy.

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  69. I love this scarf and the collection you put with it- it speaks peace and harmony to me.

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  70. Beautiful, and a beautiful scarf. Is there lilac in it? I love light blue, lilac, and yellow with gray and white. Ann

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  71. The scarf is lovely and so is the poem. I love the quietness of it. Mary Lou

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    2. pretty and subtle, thank you

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