August 21, 2019
What rich, luscious colors; there’s NOTHING Halloween-ish about this beauty!
“Can You Come For a Month?”
She’s wanted to volunteer for them for YEARS! Finally, their needs and her computer skills overlap perfectly! And she’s taking a sabbatical from her real job to go there…
“You can stay in the dorm with the other volunteers; there’s laundry there, and we manage to cobble together meals that we share…”
“There’s very little storage here, so don’t bring your entire wardrobe! If you’re going to be in a public-facing position in the office, you need to look presentable, but nobody needs to bring a tuxedo nor a ballgown… But do be advised that the offices get pretty chilly after the beginning of September…”
She’s happy to hand-wash her “smalls… And even her sweaters, when they get to that point…
She’s building her travel capsule wardrobe around her bracelet. It makes her feel brave and organized, and READY to be useful…
She loves the subtle variations in her accent color; she’s not at all concerned that she will get bored…
Of course, she will almost certainly pack more shoes than this, and she might even treat herself to a new scarf while she’s there!
She’s much more concerned with packing her computer equipment, as well as all of the necessary chargers and adapters… She’s thrilled to have her wardrobe all settled:
Even though her travel wardrobe is small, she’s not worried that she will be able to get dressed, no matter what garments are clean!
Imagine what a world it could be if we could each take a month to volunteer for our favorite cause? sigh…
p.s. 2 years ago, I was reminiscing about a recent trip to Dublin!
Love these colors. Here’s hoping she will be bringing her bracelet and wearing it with some of the outfits.
A dream alignment of skills, time and ideals … It’s good to be reminded how versatile a “Whatever’s clean” wardrobe can be. I love these bracelets. If it weren’t for my “nothing unnecessary” rule and the air miles involved, I’d have eight by now. Perhaps an end-of-year treat?
Susanne Chandler says
Love the cowl neck sweater! Nordstrom isn’t showing it available in that color at the moment. ):
Keep checking – things come and go on their site. It’s maddening…
Love these colors combined! Great palette. Pinned! Lise
Your packing posts with illustrated outfits , adapted for my colors, always my very favorite posts that you do !
This is about the old post you linked to, not the one above. :-)
Just letting you know that Lemon on Dawson Street is closed. Aaagh!! There is another much smaller location on one of those side streets off of Grafton Street, but it really is tiny.
And I agree, best crepes anywhere. We usually make several pilgrimages there every time we’re in Dublin.
FWIW and pulling back the above wardrobe – I really tried to trim back what I packed this year. I still over-packed, with 4 garments I never wore. I started with 17 so based on what I wore – 13 would have been just right – and configured exactly as above (3 bottoms, 7 tops, 3 outer layers). Should’ve just followed your plan. :-)
I love the colors above, they’re not too far from the core of my winter wardrobe.
The last time I was in Dublin I saw that Lemon was closed – they were tearing down that entire block of buildings, I think! Maybe they will reopen after the construction is over? (ha, but I can dream…)
They hope so, but not that block though. We asked and they said they are looking for a new location.
What a beautiful wardrobe! And I love the story, too. Any chance this lady has a twin volunteering on a tropical island? (We’re moving to one soon and I’m trying to figure out where the intersection of comfort and presentability might be.)
Volunteering in a warm climate would be a great post, but this time of year finding warm weather clothes is difficult. Remind me after the first of the year…
I love this beautiful casual, yet sophisticated collection. A white sweater or t shirt would be a fine addition..if she has room!
Even after reading The Vivienne Files for years, I am still amazed at how inspiring your Whatever’s Clean 13 template posts can be! This one, with 30 different outfit options (and a great storyline), is a real winner in my book!
Gail Finke says
I could not wear the same three bottom pieces for a month. Just not my thing… but this is a great collection and, with slightly different color choices, I would be good to go with three extra bottom pieces. That’s just my comfort zone. Looking at my own clothes, though, I buy WAY too many bottom pieces and need more tops! I just can’t find enough tops for most of the year — except sweaters, I love them.
I love this wardrobe colour combo! I also like that you veered away from all black and went with some grey. There is not much black in my wardrobe since I find it harsh, so a lovely charcoal is a nice option.
Mary Katherine says
A lovely collection, with endless possibilities. I love imagining myself in your scenarios each week – women of adventure and mystery! The outfit photos remind me of paper dolls that you’d put different outfits on. So enjoyable, and so USEFUL!
I love these bracelet stories and the clothes that go with them!
This is a beautiful & unusual pairing of charcoal grey (a favourite) and a warm tobacco amber shade. That Longchamps purse is one I own and love. The tobacco amber tone in the leather accents and the gold are very evident on that bag.
I could see this heroine reaching for some amber earrings or a carved amber pendant on a gold chain. Maybe a silk chiffon scarf in that shade called bittersweet.