July 20, 2018
Oh, the lucky lady with the inheritance from her great-aunt! She first found out about this back in January, and by April she was traveling to Mexico to look into maybe buying a home there…
Even though she has more than enough money now, she still sticks closely to her favorite photograph of the moon as her style guideline:
It turns out that, in addition to leaving our heroine a tidy nest egg, her great-aunt also left her quite a few letters! Many of the letters are full of advice, and suggestions about how to spend her windfall. So how she’s off to look at the possibility of living in Paris for a year or two!
She’s going to stay in a couple of different short-term rental apartments, so she can get a feel for neighborhoods. So even though she could hire someone to carry tons of luggage for her, she’s sticking with her carry-on bag and a modest travel capsule wardrobe:
One thing she’s noticed since she got all of the legalities out of the way – she’s got a lot more confidence that she used to! She’s beginning to feel absolutely comfortable in bold colors…
The first night in Paris, she unpacks everything, changes into her jammies, and settles in. She has just enough with her to feel ready for any reasonable activity that might present itself:
As she falls asleep, she ponders how many different outfits she has with her… She’s OUT before she arrives at a number!
The next morning, she checks the weather (in FRENCH!!!) and gets dressed. She might be the happiest that she’s ever been in her life, and who could blame her!
This is a lovely wardrobe, all in the soft muted colours that suit me. As there are no dark neutrals, I’ll be interested to see what she wears in winter, or, now she’s rich, will she just avoid winter? Or maybe make use of the possible light navy at bottom left, or the vaguely olive green at top right?
Yes, I just looked back at the previous adventures for this lady, and both had a few items which have lived on in my memory. She is me, no doubt about it. I’m just now waiting for the legacy.
Cee Pluse says
I love these colors – they are perfect for summer. I think I may use this wardrobe’s hues as inspiration for my upcoming trip to New Mexico, in a slightly more casual style. You are always a great source for ideas, Janice!
While I am bottom heavy and would not wear the russet color as a bottom piece, but rather some of the blues in the painting, I love the concept of this post !
Love this (even the orange), and wish I were in Paris right now. Or Rome. Or anywhere, really. Briefly coveted the rolling dufffel; fortunately it is sold out, which means the airlines won’t have a chance to destroy it. (Am I the only one that gets caught in the tarmac-check-your-carryon thing every single time I fly?)
Book Goddess says
What a marvelous fantasy! I love the cool blue combined with warmer colors. I’m thinking that blue might be a wonderful neutral for my sub tropical life if I could find several pieces in it.
Pretending that I could wear these colors, I would add a pair of blue jeans and be very happy. – nancyo
A delightful story, and I am curious where a she will wear a wool and cashmere cardigan (the Vince piece) in 86F plus temperatures, which is what it is in Paris this coming week, and is normal for this time of year. Maybe she is in blasting AC? Or perhaps she is so blissed out she can’t feel the sticky heat that is so common in Paris in late July?
In Paris this time of year I once had to abandon my “summer” wardrobe and buy some sleeveless linen dresses. I’ll lend them.
I am visiting Los Angeles this weekend, and I packed a skirt that I had to purchase in Paris during a 98 degree heat wave in June one year. And my biggest question in Paris: why does Berthillon ice cream close for the month of August? – nancyo
Vancouver Barbara says
You’re a wizard. I love this collection, particularly the cardigan. I’m a seamstress so will make one in boiled wool for my autumn/winter wardrobe. Thank you always.
Beautiful wardrobe, as always. I have that LL Bean madras shirt and I love it. It’s so well made.