Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with a Scarf - Hydrangea Haze by Ted Baker London

I love it when one of you falls into mad infatuation with something... This time, it's a lovely scarf!


Hydrangea Haze scarf - Ted Baker London

It's easy for me to be sympathetic to those who fall for something from Ted Baker - the floral prints are SO GORGEOUS... I actually own both a scarf AND a cardigan in the same fabric (no, I would never wear them at the same time, but I would pack them in the same suitcase in a heartbeat!).

You didn't hear it from me, but there's a tee shirt in this fabric here. And bags...

The ground of this scarf is deep navy, and for today I'm using the soft grey flowers, and shades of pink, as the accent colors. There's definitely potential to use blue and purple as accents, if that's your preference. 


Hydrangea Haze scarf - Ted Baker London

Trailing spouse, my comfortably shod foot...


She hates the term. Absolutely hates it. It makes her feel like some sort of an appendage, attached to the "important" member of their household.

Let's be serious, their relocation couldn't happen without her efforts!

So while the "real" member of their family is working all day, she's hunting a place to live. And a bank. And a dry cleaner. And a grocery story. And a hardware store....

Linen shirt – Uniqlo; earrings – Komang Wijayana; pants – L.L.Bean
watch – Kate Spade; linen cardigan – L.L.Bean; scarf – Ted Baker London
flats – Trotters; bag – Longchamp

She only has a couple of days to get things done, and then, at the end of the day, she has a frazzled and nervous partner to calm down; starting a new position is always difficult. So she's channeling pretty flowers, in small, subtle doses. A little romance might do wonders to put things into perspective!

Even the face of her watch is in a floral design... and the pattern of her pumps...

drop earrings – Kendra Scott; marcasite stud earrings – Narinee; silver ring
 – Kenari; mother of pearl earrings – Ippolita; tee shirt – Uniqlo; navy sleeveless
 top – Odeeh; pink sweater – Equipment; grey rayon blouse – Uniqlo; navy lace
 skirt – J. Crew; jeans – L.L.Bean; rectangle scarf – Franco Ferrari
driving loafers – Robert Zur; slingbacksTrotters

The plan is that she's going back to their old home in just a couple of days, so she only needed to pack a few things - some for house-hunting, others for private dinners in the hotel room...






Everything's going to be fine; they both know what's important. They love each other, they want this move to work out well, and they're partners forever...

love,
Janice

NOVICA

15 comments:

  1. This entire ensemble is breathtaking. Everything is perfect.
    So I have to ask a question. I adore the scarfs you feature, but I don't know how to make them work. They seem contrived when I wear them. Is there a secret to learning how to wear scarfs with aplomb?

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  2. Beautiful once again!!! I'd love to see your ideas for the blue and purple, in casual clothes. Imagine this - your feminine lady has found a home close to the elementary school where her grandchildren go, and wants to spend time with all those young minds and energy. She'll be watching them at recess, or reading with a little one snuggled close. And by the end of the school year, she's got a new identity - the Sunshine Award recipient for volunteering! Can you work your magic again, Janice? Thanks!!

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    1. would like to the casual take too!

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    2. You did a perfect job with version 2!!

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  3. From Margie in Toronto - these clothes are so me! The style, pieces and colours - love them all!

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  4. Tks, Janice - love the colours but actually prefer the Franco Ferrari scarf - pink and cashmere (not polyester) - wow!

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    1. That is an amazing scarf, and it comes in both square and rectangle (that Franco Ferrari doesn't miss a trick!). And despite appearances, the Ted Baker is indeed silk - I always thought that "shadow striped" scarves were polyester, but this is an exception.

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  5. Ted Baker's florals take my breath away! Don't own any, but am still inspired -- already see new possibilities in my wardrobe as it stands. Thank you, as always.

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    1. bomm, have you seen the bejewelled floral and snake one? Sounds hideous but looks amazingly calm! I stumbled across it on the linked site to the hydrangea haze scarf
      Chris from Australia

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  6. Love this! Thank you for pulling it all together!

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  7. I'm usually a plain Jane woman when it comes to scarves--I like solid colors with some texture. So I just ignore scarves like the Hermes scarves you use. But this scarf is beautiful and I love it :)

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  8. This is just lovely! I would like to see some of the darker pink shades incorporated in the look.

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  9. I love this. While I am a fan of red, it doesn't go with my skin tone. I can't complement with a red lip. Pink works better.
    BTW, I usually read (and save) your posts in my email inbox, so I only now realize that you've added a Pin button. I love it--I find Pinterest so useful for organizing ideas. It has been a lifesaver in my big renovation of a 17th century apartment. I can just show the contractors what I mean.

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  10. This particular whole outfit is actually spectacular. Every thing is ideal. Additionally loveable. Thanks with regard to tugging everything collectively! Virtually just about all.

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