Friday, January 13, 2017

Build a "Six-Pack" Travel Capsule Wardrobe by Starting With... Art? Fabric?

The Art Institute of Chicago currently has an exhibit of velvet fabric, tucked away in the basement rooms that seem to be reserved exclusively for fabrics. It's a small exhibit, but SUCH beauty...

Velvet Fabric by Matheon & Bouvard
Velvet Fabric - Matheon & Bouvard

Mental Health Break


Velvet Fabric by Matheon & Bouvard with style guidelines and color palette

It sounds terribly dramatic, but she really just wants to see her toes... with polish, if possible!

travel outfit in olive and ivory with coral accents

So a long weekend away, at a very un-chic beach. Renting a very un-chic suite with a kitchenette...

She wants to wear something on her lips that isn't Carmex or ChapStick...

warm weather travel capsule wardrobe in ivory, olive, coral, blue and gold

She doesn't want to "dine." She wants to walk, on sand, maybe in her bare feet!

warm weather travel capsule wardrobe in ivory, olive, coral, blue and gold

She wants to carry a tote bag with a snack, something upon which to sit, and maybe a book.

four travel capsule wardrobe outfits including an olive green skort

She wants to sleep with the window open. She wants to take a nap - maybe outdoors!

four travel capsule wardrobe outfits including ivory cropped pants

Evenings might be quite cool. She'll stay in, eat take-out, and read. She'll make her own coffee and toast in the mornings, and watch the sun rise...

four travel capsule wardrobe outfits including olive pants

She's almost excited to shave her legs - she hasn't done so since Thanksgiving!

love,
Janice
How to build a summer travel capsule wardrobe for warm weather in ivory, olive, coral, blue and gold
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21 comments:

  1. What an excellent idea including the RV values. I wish every online retailer included them as I like to know exactly what shade of a colour I am purchasing. It was a slow news day here in New Zealand and one of the major newspapers published an article about a woman's frustration at being unable to get a refund when the two items of white clothing she purchased were very different shades that didn't play well together.

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    1. I heartily agree! This would make shopping online so much easier

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  2. What a refreshing combination of shades!

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  3. Sooooo pretty. I crave pink at this time of year.

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  4. The colors shown are the ones taken from the velvet swatch;there's never a guarantee that clothes will match. It's probably the hardest part of writing The Vivienne Files!
    Hugs,
    Janice

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  5. That is my kind of mental health break lol. I have two monitors sitting side by side and it always amazes me how different the colors show up on the two screens. I'm thinking I don't see olive, I see brown and then I look at the smaller screen and there is the olive lol. :)

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  6. "RV values" What? Where? Please explain. Gail

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    1. Gail, I am not sure about the term "RV Values," but in the picture you may see above that has the caption "Like the article? Save it to Pinterest!" there are numbers (one is cb5a70) in the colored circles that show the colors Janice used in creating this wardrobe. The "cb5a70" and the other two numbers are called hexadecimal numbers and are used to specify colors on websites. It is a way of indicating precisely what the color is supposed to be. Hope this helps.

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    2. Thank you, Kathy. Now I see where the numbers are! Gail

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  7. Love the last line about leg-shaving!!! :)

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  8. Yes, that velvet exhibit at the Art Institute is fabulous, isn't it? Love the colors for this wardrobe, because the pink is rich, not babyish. The trench reminds me of a much-loved trench I owned in the 80's, in a similar shade of green.

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  9. It would be fascinating to see how this same luxurious velvet fabric could be the inspiration for a dazzling and dining winter travel wardrobe...

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  10. She have room to take a friend? I'm available. I need mental health.

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  11. This is me! I love this palette and am going to have to plan a week-end around this post.

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  12. That fabric is fabulous and I would love to be able to see it up close and toudh it!! Wouldn't it make the best dramatic hooded cape? I have that LL bean skort and find it very comfortable and "decent" for an older woman. Love the Marant trenchcoat too!!!

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  14. Love this post! Ivory and olive are my two main neutrals. This gives me a lot of ideas. Thanks!

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  15. An alternative to LL Bean would be welcome these days.

    Christine

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  16. This is my idea of a mental health break!

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