Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Branch of the Seine by Claude Monet

It's hard not to love something this beautiful:




The Last Laugh


She's been saying for ages that the photographs of the structure don't look right, and that there are integrity issues. But did they listen to her?  (you know the answer to this, right?)





Earrings – Michael Kors; cardigan –Simply Be; scarf – Mangrove
watch – Olivia Burton; handbag – Zac Posten;
sandals – Andre Assous; nail polish – Dolce & Gabbana in Lilac
blouse - H&M; pants – L.L.Bean; suitcase – Hartmann

So she's flying in to do an in-person inspection, and recommend what needs to be done in order to make the entire rig safe for workers.

Scarf – Art Institute of Chicago; lilac blouse – L’Agence
3-strand necklace – Panacea; earrings – Anne Klein; bracelet – Kri Mariano;
 mother of pearl necklace – Kendra Scott; clutch – Marni; linen tunic – Uniqlo
green blouse – Chloé; ballet flats – Aerosoles; sweater – L.L.Bean
silk skirt – Fendi; lace pants - Zimmermann


They won't be thrilled to see her, but she will only need to be there a couple of hours...




There are some amazing restaurants on the mainland. and she's flying a really LONG way. So she plans to stay for at least 3 days. Nobody's going to question her, after all. 






Not only does she find the structural weaknesses, but SHE'S also the person who will do the welding repairs. It's hard to argue with a woman carrying an acetylene torch...

love,

Janice




15 comments:

  1. I love how all the women in your stories are so Hard Core! Just brilliant :)

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  2. Fierce! Love the contrast of the tough heroine with the soft colors. Though the clothes are no-nonsense. Pretty, but not fussy.

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  3. And I love that you incorporated Monet, just visited the garden in Giverny a month ago, still stunning. Love your work so enormously inspiring!

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  4. I hope she has some "field clothes" to wear while she's doing the welding! Would be a shame to have those pretty things get soot/grease/whatever all over them! (Says the field ecologist ;-)
    - Kaci

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    1. She has an industrial jumpsuit... It's all imaginary, so we can make it work so that's best for her, right?
      hugs,
      Janice

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  5. I assume she has a welding outfit too, ha ha! What lovely colors. They would not suit me at all but it's inspirational. What is that weird scarf thing? Is it a normal scarf just tied in a way I've never seen before, or some kind of scarf-dicky contraption? Lovely colors but... strange and impractical. Especially if one is welding :-)

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    1. I was assuming a welding costume of some ilk - I'm not sure what one would wear while welding? And it's really just a regular scarf, photographed in some stupid way to make it hard to see. Why can we not just get plain, straightforward, simple photographs of clothing and accessories? My work day would be cut by hours, sometimes, if that were uniformly the standard.
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. Agree with the lack of simple photos. I create my own digital lookbook when trying to imagine a new capsule wardrobe for the season and the outfits that can be made from it. It is so hard when most of the images have models :(

      And would it kill them to put basic garment measurements in the item descriptions? Being petite, I NEED to know how long a top is. It's either endless calls to customer service or many trips to make returns. What a waste of time and resources!

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  6. I love this heroine! Tough but feminine! Perfect! Monet, so wonderful at capturing the light! Some beautiful pieces in this wardrobe.

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  7. I do love the wardrobe, but even assuming a jumpsuit for welding, I wouldn't want to do an engineering site visit in light colors. I can barely drive to work and drink coffee in light colors :-) Just asking for trouble in my life :-) I hate to critique, because I love the backgrounds you give your wardrobes, but the disconnect is so strong for me on this one....

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  8. The painting and the clothing colours are gorgeous. Thank-you.

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  9. Lovely wardrobe, soft pretty colours and fabrics but also practical for travel and different activities. And we can just imagine there's some Rosie the Riveter gear in there somewhere. Like Skaapie and Taste of France, I really enjoy your heroines Janice - I just wish we had more fiction featuring women like these ...
    Robyn in Tasmania

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  10. This is all just so pretty, but not frilly. A lovely riff on Monet's painting. And a perfect counterpoint for your tough-as-nails heroine! - nancyo

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    1. and p.s. the link for the Mangrove scarf is not working.

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  11. Janice,
    The clothing is delicious, the story is brilliant! Thanks.
    Kay

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