Friday, June 30, 2017

Can You Build a Travel Capsule Wardrobe Around a Bracelet?

Of course you can! And our heroine here on "Financially Reckless Friday" is going to do just that. (really, I am going to settle on these posts on Wednesdays, I promise...)

It WAS Illegal...


And they owe her a LOT of money. Now she has to fly back to the Federal Court Offices to sign the paperwork and pick up the check!

She decided to spend the weekend there, in order to take in a concert of a favorite violinist, so she felt that a bit of shopping might be in order; she certainly wants to be appropriately dressed for her legal encounter, and her other activities...

So she starts at Alexis Bittar, where she falls under the spell of a bracelet:

Alexis Bittar bracelet in black with muted pastels and gold studs

bracelet – Alexis Bittar

She can immediately see the possibilities - serious black so that she looks like a worthy legal adversary, but muted pastel accents to soften, and to amuse.

Alexis Bittar bracelet in black with muted pastels and gold studs with style guidelines and color palette

bracelet – Alexis Bittar

She doesn't have to fly far, and she's going straight to the offices, so she's flying in her "soft power" outfit - cashmere and pink soften the strong black silhouette. And while she could have easily packed in a smaller tote, she doesn't want to have to be hauling it around and get sweaty. This is her moment of triumph; she wants to be composed and elegantly smug. (but in a nice way. maybe. maybe not...)

business travel outfit in black and pink

belted cardigan – Helmut Lang; earrings - Alexis Bittar; lipstick – Dior Couture Color in Classic Matte; bracelet – Alexis Bittar; handbag – Thacker New York; dress – Lands’ End; scarf – Dior; watch – Movado; shoes – Cole Haan; suitcase – Tumi

She went shopping before she left...

travel capsule wardrobe in black with muted pastels

makeup bag – Ted Baker London; green earrings - Alexis Bittar; blue cashmere tee – Akris; sapphire slice earrings – Annette Ferdinandsen; sunglasses – Perverse; necklace - Alexis Bittar; multicolored top – M Missoni; green bracelet – Alexis Bittar; pink silk blouse – Haider Ackermann; black silk pajama top – Fleur du Mal; blue & white scarf - Chan Luu; black silk pajama shorts – Fleur du Mal; black silk pants – Vince; print pants – Stella McCartney; pleated skirt – Marc Jacobs; evening bag - Oscar de la Renta; green scarf - Mattabisch; jewelry case – Wolf; nail lacquer - Space.NK.Apothecary; green flats – Marni; blue sandals - Robert Clergerie; sneakers – Balenciaga; pink flats - Michael Kors

Really serious shopping...

travel capsule wardrobe in black with muted pastels

She packed a pair of gym shoes, in case she decides to do some walking...

And luscious silk pajamas, for breakfast in bed from room service!

two outfits from a black and muted pastel travel capsule wardrobe

two outfits from a black and muted pastel travel capsule wardrobe

Normally, she wouldn't be so extravagant. But after a hard fight, and a well-deserved victory, she's going to go just a little bit nuts, just for a few days...

Well should all celebrate our hard-fought triumphs, in our own ways!

love,
Janice

p.s. If you've been looking for wine and teal pieces, JJill's July collection is chock full of those shades!

Can You Build a Travel Capsule Wardrobe Around a Bracelet?
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15 comments:

  1. I love the pieces you chose here. Very elegant.

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  2. I like Financially Reckless Friday. Though my budget doesn't allow for a wardrobe like this, it's a fun way to become familiar with designers of higher end clothing and accessories. And clicking the links shows fabric content and often styling ideas too. As I save for future wardrobe updates (belted cardigan!), this information will make it easier to incorporate quality investment pieces. I also like the way you styled the cardigan with the Lands End dress. Please do more of these high end posts as well as posts that show how to mix high and low for elegant results.

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  3. Janice,
    I love that Missoni top and the de la Renta bag, wow ! I concur with the above two commenters ! For some reason , I am more aware of the colored shoes on this post and how they really make the outfit more fun ! Tres chic !

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous - subtle, refined and VERY LUXE! (At least we can afford to dream . . .)!!!

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    1. This is definitely for dreaming - there's no reason that we can't admire and enjoy beautiful things that we don't own! Remember, we can't buy the Eiffel Tower either, but that doesn't keep us from looking at it...
      hugs,
      Janice

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  5. Sometimes (often) the stories are even nicer than the clothes! (I used your device for my final exam in a design course recently, and loved how it inspired my design and just made the whole thing work.)

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  6. I love this story and all of the pieces in it! Great selections.

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  7. I especially love your selection of jewelry here. Sheer refined perfection! Yes one can dream! And the colors! If the neutral were navy, this would be my colors totally. I didn't know these accent colors could be so sophisticated and elegant. Now I see they are - in the hands of a genius, that is. What an inspiration! This now is my 2nd most favorite post. Janice Collins, Washington DC

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  8. yes, yes, yes, please keep financially reckless. You find the most beautiful things and still are able to match them with lower end and make it into an eminently wearable and practical capsule. A real skill. The sapphire earrings are amazing, boho, elegant and even restrained in a way.

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  9. Dreams are made to savor and make us happy and that bracelet is to dream for. Wonderful post, Janice.

    xoxo, M-T

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  10. As a person who doesn't do well with whites near my face, I love the way you use pastels as the light element in this collection.

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  11. Love the capsule. And the story. Love especially the Lands' End dress, and such a snip right now. So, I need to quickly justify to self a good reason for yet another LBW before it's sold out ...

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  12. :-) What a lovely idea to do a "how to" around a bracelet.
    I too, could pack around one of my favorite bangles or Twillys.
    Have a very HAPPY Sunday :-)

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  13. I love this post. Good story thanks for sharing

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