Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Build a Travel Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Demoiselle Cranes and Lotus by Jessie Arms Botke

I could use paintings from this artist for WEEKS! She had an amazing career, and her body of work is beautiful - graceful, colorful, yet true to nature. Genius...

Please be aware, when looking at paintings online, that a LOT of work has been "touched-up" by people gone mad with Photoshop. If something seems wildly out of the normal style for an artist, look for multiple versions of the image. Especially once something gets to Pinterest, it is widely circulated, even though it might NOT be authentic. This is also true if you see a photograph of a bird that seems unlike anything found in nature - some of those pictures have been really altered... sigh...

Same Lake House, Different Weekend...


"You know that there are frost warnings up there this weekend?"

Yes, I'm going to look for some particular migratory birds that are likely to be there now that the weather is cooler...



"Well, none of US are going up there this weekend. There's no way we could keep the kids out of the lake, and they'd catch their DEATH..."

I don't plan to swim - just walk a bit, and mostly sit quietly and watch for birds...





(well, watch for birds, and for the man who works for the Audubon Society... If there aren't crowds around, he will have more free time...)


rain jacket – L.L.Bean; bird earrings – Be Bhagavati; scarf – Burberry; sunglasses – Ray-Ban; tunic – Patagonia; watch – Larsson & Jennings; trail pants – L.L.Bean; waterproof booties – Teva; duffel bag – Herschel Supply Co.

"Well OKAY, if you're dead set on going. I know that the kids carried in a ton of firewood the last time we were up, so you should be okay. Just make sure you pack warm clothes..."

I'm over 50; I think I can figure it out, but thanks for thinking of me...


garnet earrings – Bloomingdale’s; fleece vest – L.L.Bean; white tee – M&S Collection; labradorite earrings – Carousel Jewels; green scarf – Irene Paris; bra– Agent Provacateur; thong - Agent Provacateur; kimono robe – Roses Are Red; swallow necklace – Origami Jewellery; beige sweater – Dorothy Perkins; taupe scarf – Baltica Foulards; red sweater – L.L.Bean; taupe pants – L.L.Bean; bracelet - Azuni London; ballet flats – Lucky Brand; bag – Ina Kent; skirt – Marks and Spencer; boots – Mountain Sole

I don't know if the farm stand will even be OPEN. What will you eat?

I might be going out for a meal. Or two. Or staying in... I'll take coffee and croissants with me...









I'm pretty well prepared, no matter what I might find to... amuse... myself.

love,
Janice

Build a Travel Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Demoiselle Cranes and Lotus by Jessie Arms Botke
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23 comments:

  1. Wow, lovely colors and a travel wardrobe to covet--especially those incredible teal booties!

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  2. Love what you have done with this. Left you a couple of messages on the FB post too! I have been extolling your blog on mine for ages and hope I have driven some traffic your way as I am a huge admirer. Your influence has changed the way I plan my wardrobe. I only have to open the doors to see a row of clothes which go together beautifully :)

    Anny

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  3. Beautiful collection of clothes (yay taupe!!! And teal!!) BTW, You spin a yarn very nicely - love it!! Chris from Indy

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  4. Absolutely perfect, Janice! I want this wardrobe and this vacation. An off-season trip to the lake is just the sort of trip I would take, as I prefer walking to swimming, and cool/cold weather to hot. And what a joy to watch birds in a peaceful setting wearing such lovely apparel. I've pinned this one - it's a keeper!

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  5. Janice,
    I have threee things to say--- love it, love it, love it !

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  6. Off season travel is my preference - I'm not big on crowds. I've got a trip to the shore planned this fall and am looking forward to enjoying leisurely walks along the deserted beach shoreline with my pants rolled up and a cozy cardigan to keep me warm. The water and the air may be cool, but it's my favorite time of year to visit the ocean. I always end up walking in the water!

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  7. What lovely mental vacations you offer us. <3

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  8. Love the subtle wink wink!! I hope she has a lovely time.

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  9. Your vignettes are as enjoyable as your wardrobes. I also really appreciate when you include intimate garments. It's good to be reminded that all of our clothes can be beautiful and thoughtfully chosen, whomever might get to see them. ;-)

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  10. Love the capsule but love the subtle mystery/romance of your story even more - thanks for showing that we can be practical outside with a little hidden inside.

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    1. PS Thanks so much for introducing another fabulous artist - my world expands so much with your art selections

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  11. I would say the lovely colours and choices you've given your heroine should keep her amused a while. And hopefully you've popped in her suitcase a copy of the superbly crafted painting to inspire her to maybe brace the cold air to do a bit of twitching too.

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  12. LOVE this wardrobe and the nature trip. I would wear those teal booties exclusively! Janice Collins, Washington DC

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  13. I am so impressed by all your posts, Janice, even those in colors that aren't mine. We'll be taking a Panama Canal cruise in February or March, and what I need most help in is the evening wear, specifically the "Formal Nights."
    On a two-week cruise there will be three or four formal nights. I have some beautiful refined jewelry sets (pink and white sapphires, blue topaz--both with silver, and pearls/emeralds, amethyst, and rubies--all with gold.) I look best in bright, cool jewel tones, and my husband says I wear too much black on cruises. How can I change a black cocktail dress to actually look different? The jewelry is so small that from a distance the dress will look the same. I'm at the age where heels any higher than a low wedge and shoes without a back or ankle strap just don't work for me. Cruise ships are very cool in dining rooms and evening theaters. Will pashmina-like wraps in different colors change the look? How do I wear them without looking like a matron with a shawl? Do you have any other ideas for giving a cocktail dress a new look without packing several jackets? Thanks for tackling this puzzle for me. Jan

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    1. I should have added that shrugs are not very flattering to me. I am short-waisted and heavy in the bustline and "apple" above my waist.

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    2. I abhor shrugs - they always look like they're about to fall off...

      Maybe a tank dress with a tunic over it? Or a skirt and tunics or blouses?

      Ballet flats or really low heels are the only things I would wear; I will start wearing high heels the same day my husband does...

      hugs,
      Janice

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    3. How about long (not wide) scarves? Silk belts or ties in jewel tones? Several pairs of shoes in bold colors or with sparkle? Something in your hair (jeweled clip, ribbon, comb, hair sticks, whatever works for you)? Probably not all at once.

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    4. I think shawls - solid and even patterned - would add a good deal of variety to your black dress. Or what about one of those cashmere ponchos? - nancyo

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  14. Love this
    Do you do any personal shopping for people?

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    1. I don't - I have enough trouble keeping myself adequately clothed! I just try to encourage people to trust themselves and their own desires and instincts, and to turn away from all of the "stuff" that's pitched at us from magazines, television and retail. We know best, if we just remember that...
      hugs,
      Janice

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  15. Every now and again it occurs to me that you should stop writing a wardrobe blog and start writing an art one! I don't like all the art you've posted, but I like a lot of it, and much of it is stuff I've not seen/heard of before. Thank you. (I did a year of art in secondary school, but I know very little about it apart from random reading, so I enjoy your 'start with art' posts a lot).

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  16. This wardrobe overlaps with my colors, and the ones that I cannot wear (i.e., beiges and creams near my face) I wish that I could! A cabin in cool weather sounds pretty good to me right about now... - nancyo

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