Monday, November 02, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Dantis Amor by Rossetti - THE FINALE

I think this is going to be my last post about Dantis Amor; as much as I love the painting, I'm going to find us another piece of art when I explore the ideas of mysticism in a wardrobe. Today, we're dressier, we're completely out of control shopping, and we're going to travel along with one of our friends....

Just a few reminders of our Style Reference Point:


Dantis Amor by Rossetti with a color scheme inspired by the painting

Dantis Amor painting by Rossetti with phrases and ideas taken from the painting


Thanksgiving is Canceled...


Yes, her grandchildren have 2 sets of grandparents. Somehow, this year, they're ALL going to the "other side" for Thanksgiving. And she is going to be home alone....

Or not...

A luxurious, expensive camel travel outfit for cold weather
camel coat – Stella McCartney; quartz earrings – Lafonn; lambskin dress
 – Jitroisshoulder bag – 3.1 Phillip Lim; cashmere gloves – Portolano; pumps
 Sesto Meucci;  cashmere/silk wrap – Etro; rolling carry-on bag – Bric’s

She always wanted to see the Thanksgiving Parade in New York. She always wanted to eat that restaurant. She always wanted.... lots of things.

This is the year!

navy, camel, red and white capsule wardrobe for cold weather city travel
camel tee – 6397; white silk and wool tee – Chloe; camel cardigan – Jardin
  des Orangers; red silk top – P.A.R.O.S.H.; red dress – M Missoni; navy down
 jacket – Uniqlo; bright blue turtleneck – Diane von Furstenberg; navy velvet
 blazer – Polo Ralph Lauren; navy dress – Diane von Furstenberg; navy silk pants
 – Nina Ricci; camel wool pants – Rag & Bone; jeans – Frame Denim

She got onto her computer, and cashed out every flyer mile and every hotel point she had ever accumulated. And THEN.... she went shopping! (do NOT add up the total prices here - fantasy has its place in our lives!)


navy, camel, red and gold accessories for cold weather
Sapphire star earrings – Arman Sarkisyan; pearl and gold earrings – Oscar de la
 Renta; red earrings – Edouard Rambaud; cashmere beanie – Barneys New York;
  Faure Lettree pocket square – Hermes;  floral crystal necklace – Oscar de 
la Renta; navy and red foulard scarf – Brooks Brothers; cashmere gloves –
 Portolano; gold clutch – Zac Posen; navy boots – Tory Burch; red pumps –
 Trotters; star pendant – Tiffany & Co; navy flats –  Charles David; navy 
pumps – Jimmy Choo; camel loafers – Coach; navy clutch – Mercules

Multiple bags. Checking luggage - check!  Private car into the city - check!


extravagant, expensive travel capsule wardrobe for a cold weather city vacation

No holds barred. For once in her life, it's going to be all about her, for three solid days...

navy and camel casual outfit, red sweater dress with dressy accessories

royal blue turtleneck and camel pants, navy womens tuxedo

camel pants and cardigan with a red tee, navy dress with star accessories

Three solid days, assuming she flies back Sunday, as she's scheduled to do. 

They do laundry at the hotel...

love,
Janice


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27 comments:

  1. From Margie in Toronto - Love it! The perfect fantasy Get-Away! So smart and dressy but still somehow comfortable and NOT fussy. And so nice to meet someone who still makes the effort to dress up for things like the opera and ballet - love my jeans but they are NOT always appropriate.

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  2. Since we are in the land of wishful thinking .... I want those three days for myself. :)) Love the clothing ensembles; every single one of them.

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  3. Now you are going to have me looking for a great navy blue dress like that last one! Hope you will stop by my new series, Janice. We are calling it HIT YOUR STYLE SWEET SPOT! Have a wonderful day!!

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    1. May I suggest the 3/4 sleeve sheath ponte version at Lands' End? Similar shape, wildly comfortable, cheap as chips and HAS POCKETS! :-) I've enjoyed your blog as well as this one and hope that helps! I'll attempt a link here: http://www.landsend.com/products/womens-34-sleeve-ponte-sheath-dress/id_289900?sku_0=::F24

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  4. Gosh......if only...... Love every single thing about this post!xx

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  5. I'll have to live vicariously through your heroine while she's traipsing around the city on her holiday. Our Thanksgiving will be in varying shades of denim since the family will rendezvous at our get-away home in the mountains. No parade but trips to the woodpile to retrieve firewood. I plan on turning this into a mini experiment though and plan my outfits before I pack rather than just grabbing whatever comes to hand. And by following your advice I think I'll pair my Instructions du Roy (the one I bought from you earlier this year) with a pale pink cashmere sweater, dark jeans and boots - add a touch of jewelry - and pray that the turkey comes out moist.

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  6. Those camel Sesto Meucii block-heeled pumps are gorgeous. AND they're on sale. I'm VERY tempted.

    Gwendolynn

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  7. This post is stunning in every way and as divinely out of reach as starry aspirations should be to those who spend their Thanksgiving days in aprons and sensible shoes. Your post made me remember the year that I cooked a Thanksgiving dinner lunch for my husband and daughter-- then got up from the table and went straight to the airport to fly to Chicago to cook Thanksgiving dinner for my son who was too busy in graduate school to come home for Thanksgiving. Fortunately, there was an hour time difference, but still....

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  8. Gorgeous. When I hit the jackpot, can I call you to help me shop?? ;)

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  9. Another thought on this wardrobe: What Rossetti creates here is less mysticism, despite its subject, than a strong (faux-medieval) heraldic image, I think. And those strong colors and luxe richness are brilliantly invoked here.

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    1. Heraldic! Yes, I couldn't put my finger on it, but you are quite correct. That's why the bold shapes work so well!
      Alice

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  10. I'm definitely not going to click on the links in case I can't resist temptation! However when I look at wardrobes like this, I tick off items that I already have (albeit cheaper versions): camel cardigan, camel trousers, tan bag, a woollen wrap from Liberty that looks similar to the one shown, slim navy M&S jeans. The Uniglo down jacket is obviously a good price, however I have a similar one from Lands' End. I may just add a camel tee, red silk top and red dress to my wish list! As always, you are an inspiration to me Janice.

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    1. I find myself doing that, too, Janice. Often I have similar clothing in my closet already, but what I am missing is the right accessories or a smashing way to style the outfits by combining pieces in new ways. That's where Janice's brilliance comes in. What an inspiration!

      I have found some of my very favorite and most worn pieces through TVF links, at every price level...and as much as I enjoyed this collection, I will have to do some heavy thinking about the ROI (return on investment AKA 'number of wears') before succumbing to the temptation of any of this gorgeous jewelry. So beautiful. : )

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  11. oh dear lord that lambskin dress!! no, not a sophisticated articulate comment. just, that dress!

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  12. You found the Tiffany star pendant! I saw one years ago & fell in love. It will always be on my "when I win the lottery" list. I thought of it immediately the first time you posted this painting. Your story is as much fun as the wardrobe. Thank you! Mary

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    1. I have a Star of Bethlehem diamond necklace that I bought in Bethlehem that would go perfectly with these ensembles.

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  13. Janice, I know you said you were done with this lovely painting and collection...but it would be wonderful to see more outfits made with this collection. I'd love to see what our heroine would wear were she to give in to her whim, reschedule her flight, send out the laundry, and stay another week. What a fabulous dream.

    Sue G

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  14. Wow, now we are cooking and not turkey. Love, Love love. I think it is very helpful to start with the very best of items to refine and define our goals. Then seek affordable substitutes. If we start with the lowest common denominator, we will never know how good it could have been. Your heroines are all role models too! Strong women who know how to take care of themselves.

    Deb from Vancouver

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  15. I think it would be much more fun to always pass on Thanksgiving with family in favor of glamorous travel - especially if you've got a price-is-no-object wardrobe to play with! Love this wardrobe - so sophisticated.

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    1. Um, not me. I want nothing so much as to spend the day at home with my daughter, cooking the same dishes we eat every. Single. Year. I need a wardrobe that will handle turkey grease and waistline expansion, followed by being jumped all over by a usually muddy dog. Then the next day, one that can handle being mashed and sweating in line for some Black Friday shopping we swore we wouldn't do, followed by something which will withstand movie theater seats when we try to see The Martian. And a scarf or something I can use to dry my face when I have to bring her back to the airport. A different wardrobe I guess. But then camel's not my color anyway.

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    2. Your daughter is worth it! I can vouch for that...
      hugs,
      Janice

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    3. To each their own, I suppose. Me, I prefer glamour over grease and sweat any day. Have a lovely Thanksgiving with your daughter!

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  16. amazing! we should all get to do just this at least once in our lives!

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  17. I have to agree with Isabel
    Chris from Australia

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  18. What a great fantasy!! Let's all go!!

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  19. Heavenly -- the wardrobe and the idea of a solo trip to NYC. Thank you for this posting, it made my heart sing.

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