Monday, March 28, 2016

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Autumn Trees - The Maples by Georgia O'Keeffe

You have sent me SO MANY beautiful art ideas - I'm going to dedicate a few days to addressing some of them. Fear not, the "1 at a Time" wardrobes will be back....


Autumn Trees - The Maple by Georgia O'Keeffe

A travel wardrobe not for the faint of heart - but what beautiful, subtle colors:




She Has 24 Hours


Well, she could take longer, but her plan is to spend her entire 1st day in town walking around, looking, listening, feeling her responses. By the time she goes to bed the first night, she's going to decide - yes or no - if she's moving there.


tee – Uniqlo; scarf – Arte Cashmere; garnet earrings –  
Alok Jain; pants – Dosa; jacket – Vero Moda; watch – Fossil
espadrilles – Steven by Steve Madden; tote - Advantage

If she decides that she won't move there, she has the rest of the long weekend to enjoy her time off. But if she decides yes, she has the rest of the long weekend to find an apartment!


Necklace – Chan Luu; dress – Dosa;  red tee – Vince; scarf – Kaskol;  
pants – The Row; clutch – Hobo; sweater – Eleventy;  bracelet –  
Komang Suastra; earrings – Josie Natori; floral top – Madewell
cardigan – H&M; sandals - Vionic

Happily, she's whittled her possessions down to the absolute necessary minimum, and she can move with everything in the back seat and the trunk of her compact car.



So she's going to do a lot of walking...



And some dining out...



And if things work out, she'll be signing some paperwork too!



After all, it's just a rental - she can move again in a year. And she JUST MIGHT...

love,
Janice


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24 comments:

  1. I love that jacket. And the dress. Do you think they could be worn together, or would the horizontal divide in the dress not work with a jacket?
    I love this palette--it's neutral without being colorless or boring. But Don't you find it frustrating to match grays? Some read a little brown, some a little blue. It's hard enough to find a style I like that also fits. If I have to throw color into it, I'm sunk, which is why I default to black. It always matches. But BORING!

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    1. I don't think they'll work together - the dress is so straight-cut that I don't think anything except maybe the red cardigan would go over it. A dress cut a bit narrower would be wearable under the jacket, but I couldn't find one that I really loved...
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. I can relate, Taste of France. For me, mood and purpose first, then style and fit, then deal with proportion of the pieces when intermixed, and then texture... to also deal with the subtlety in variety of tones in some neutrals like greys and taupes, I just give up and default to other more easily-mixed neutrals like black, too.

      Grey and taupe blends are to my eyes the most beautiful and subtle of the neutrals, but oh my are they frustrating to match! That is probably why they always look so wonderful when well done, as in this group. It is an art that requires much patience, I imagine.
      : /

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  2. I agree the jacket is lovely. It's interesting to see how much more soft and subtle this red is when mixed with these grays rather than black.

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  3. Janice,
    I hope that you and B had a blessed Easter ! I appreciated in this post how you paired the darker wine red print top with the lighter red cardigan. My 92 year old mother is very fashion forward, not quite as over the top as Iris Apfel, but quite fashionable nonetheless, and that is something she would do and look great !

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    1. I'm going to see Iris Apfel speak, at the end of April!!!!! Prepare to read a full report on what she has to say. You're very fortunate to have a mother who still pushes the boundaries of the accepted ways of dressing - I think that's a sign of a very vibrant mind at work.
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. Iris Apfel is an icon. Many people may think she overdoes it but all her outfits have harmony and elegance in their totality. She is also a very strong woman. I am really looking forward to reading about your report.

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  4. I absolutely adore this color palette! And cannot wait to hear your report from listening to Iris! Have a great week, Janice!

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  5. Here is some wonderful collection of outfit. these are just awesome.
    African Fabrics, African Wax Print

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  6. Beautiful colors! FYI since I know you'll want to correct this next time - there's also 2 "f" in Georgia's last name, O'Keeffe. Odd I know.

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    1. Carol - you're a goddess! Thanks so much for correcting me - I think I've fixed it everywhere....
      big hug,
      Janice

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  7. This is lovely and in keeping with my color preferences, which I consider it demure!

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  8. Oops, wasn't done... I love how you could add a bit of the blue from the painting and get a whole different mood or look.

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  9. I am surprised at how much I like this combination. Also, Janice, I am wondering if yo have ever looked at the clothes at Urban Zen, Sarah Pacini and Oska.

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    1. I've looked quite a bit at Urban Zen, but when clothes are so expensive that they make Eileen Fisher look like the cheap stuff, they're too expensive for me! Sarah Pacini I've only seen online - she doesn't have a presence near here, and doesn't have a boutique in Paris (where we're going on Friday!). I would like to see her things though...

      But Oska I LOVE. Their Chicago store is close to here, and is absolutely lovely; they use beautiful fabrics, in some of the most subtle and nuanced colors I've seen in a long time...

      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. Sarah Pacini's clothes are lovely, unusual shapes and colours, great fabrics. It is quite popular in Vancouver where several stores have brought it in. We are getting a whole SP store soon very close to where I live...(happy hopping). Have a wonderful time in Paris.

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    3. I should add the new SP store will be next door to Oska.

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  10. Paris on Friday, you say? (1) Hope that you have a wonderful time. (2) Hope that you will share your packing list! Thanks.

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  11. Love the garnet + grey scheme! btw, I couldn't find that Madewell top thru the link you posted or on Madewell's site... - nancyo

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  12. Absolutely love the deep red with the gray. Well, did the character decide to stay and find an apartment???

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  13. Very beautiful combination. Classy!

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  14. Your latest heroine is my newest heroine!

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  15. So lovely! and elegant - without being the least bit stuffy! Makes me wish these were my colors! The textures and cut of the garments...really inspirational! and I especially love that there are widely different price points.

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