September 16, 2020
Yes, I’m supposed to have that great accessories post here, to add some pretty goodies to that Ophelia Among the Flower by Odilon Redon wardrobe….
But when I woke up this morning, my arms – from my elbows to my shoulders – are amazingly sore. Like someone took my triceps and set them on fire. Delightful.
So I will get the accessories ready for us for tomorrow, and in the meantime I’ll leave you to ponder this gorgeous thing:
I suspect that we might have to have quite a bit of wardrobe and accessory fun with this painting, eh?
P.S. YOU MUST VISIT THIS BLOG!!!! This lovely reader of The Vivienne Files occasionally pulls together her own wardrobes into her version of what’s shown here. Today, she included a really good story too….
Get well soon! You deserve to feel really great!
I hope your arms heal quickly. We use our arms so much without even realizing that we using them. The painting is beautiful, especially that great swath of flowers in one of my favorite colors.
Take care and speedy recovery! I’m loving all the blues and greens.
Hope your arms recover soon, Janice. I’m picturing in my mind a mild-weather, winter white wardrobe with accents of those pretty purples and greens in the lower left corner.
Beth T says
This is such a beautiful and inspirational picture. When I came back from my holiday at the weekend, my daughter revealed the transformation of the small bedroom (aka dumping ground) into an office and reading room for me in all my favourite colours. This picture would fit right into my relaxing haven where I can relax undisturbed. ??
For a wardrobe, I’m envisioning various floral purple/blue/teal tops and jumpers with teal or navy bottoms or a dress topped with a ‘winter white’ coat. Jewellery would include pearls, amethysts and blue opals set in gold with a floral watch. My bag would be teal or purple and my footwear navy (I’m not bothered about being matchy-matchy). A paisley scarf in these colours or an ivory fur stole.
Thanks for the link to the other blog. She certainly has some great ideas and loves finding things in charity shops, like I do.
Hope you feel better soon. I sympathise.
I thought of you right away when I saw the colors in the art work !
Sally in St Paul says
So did I!
Hélène G. says
Marvellous picture !
I didn’t know this artist – from Chicago !
I do hope you’ll recover soon, Janice.
Glad you have enough sense to rest a bit. Reading the story and wardrobe by your reader was such fun. She does well in copying your style of words as well as garments and accessories.
My mother wore many beautiful garments in winter white, especially wools. I look forward to your interpretation of the peacock picture because I am so partial to blues, teals, greens and blue-purples.
This summer I added pops of pink and yellow in my shirts. Just needed that lift.
Oh, wow! I really love this new blog. So glad you linked to her.
Sorry about your arms. Fibro does such weird and unpredictable things, doesn’t it? Three days ago I had to cancel grocery shopping because I couldn’t walk. But then yesterday I spent several hours cleaning out the goat barn. Ya just never know. Makes planning hard. Hope you’re back to feeling great soon!
In the meantime…I gasped when I saw the painting for today. I’m thinking I’m going to love what you do with it.
I hope you feel better soon, for your own sake, and us readers! Oh, what a gorgeous painting…loving the idea of something dreamy and soft, with those beautiful purpley-blues, bluey-greens and winter white and charcoal neutrals, florals and feathers and curlicues….be still my heart. And truly sending wishes for pain-free, vigorous days ahead.
Dear Janice. So sorry to hear about the pain. Rest and RELAX! The pic you left for us is stunning and already sparking all sorts of ideas – for summer here in the southern hemisphere.
Just want to say thanx for your blog. I now have less clothes, they are much better quality and I love each item. Getting dressed takes no thought or effort. Yay!
I too hope your arms are well and free from pain in due time. Thank you for linking up that other blog. It was fun to see. Sending you sunshine.
OUCH ! Hope the pain is in the process of leaving !
Such a spectacular dreamy painting ! So elegant and refined ! Lots of great colors here, blues, purples, lime green , grass green, peach, orange, pale yellow, off white , teal aqua, black or dark brown (can’t tell on my monitor) . I would hang this piece in my closet so that I could view it every day early on for both the visual joy of it, and color inspirations !
Be better, my friend ! Big cyber hugs !
Sally in St Paul says
What a stunning painting! I was so struck by it that I looked up the artist and this work…to find that the painting had spent time in the Hill family estate here in St Paul. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
I’m very sorry to hear about your arm pain. Wishing you the best of rest and recovery. We will be waiting for you when you return.
What a nice bonus it was to have a link to a reader blog post. I enjoyed her take on the wardrobe and her heroine’s story!
Rhonda in Seattle says
Dear Janice, I hope you feel better soon! I wish someone would have told me at 25 that the back and knees aren’t the only thing that takes a beating and needs TLC. In fact, the joint women tend to have the most problems with aren’t the aforementioned areas, but your shoulders! It’s the most unstable joint and takes a lot of wear & tear. On second thought, makes that age 35. At 25 I probably would have ignored it!
With the beautiful albino peacocks, I’m looking forward to seeing some opals, which always strike me as the most ladylike of the gems. And some eyelash knits, to mimic the white textures as well. I find mimicking the textures to be the real and most rewarding part of the challenge. Be well soon!
I wish someone had warned me that ballet + human knees = destruction!
Beth T says
Backs, ankles and knees get the most wear and tear in dancing. Conversely dancing is very good at keeping you mobile, helping with balance and co-ordination as you get older. In the UK, there are ballet classes for over 60’s called Silver Swans. Ballroom dancing also helps.
Thanks so much for the link! I had fun putting it together. Take care of yourself.
Feel better soon! Thank you for the link. That post was great fun, and it’s wonderful to see someone applying your technique IRL!
I am concerned that unless this is a side effect already known to you, the burning sensation might also be related to Shingles. I am hoping it is not. I just want you to take care of yourself. :-)
Thanks so much for thinking of this, but I’ve had my shingles vaccinations so I’m pretty sure it’s just the same stupid fibromyalgia that causes all of the other bizarre pains I get.
Which reminds me – EVERYBODY should get the shingles vaccination! Absolutely every person! I know someone who had the most severe shingles, and she has never fully recovered. It was life-changing, in the worst possible way…
Lagatta de Montréal says
I hope it is free (upon use, obviously our taxes pay for such treatments) here in Québec. I can’t afford to pay for it right now.
Get well soon dear Janice! and thanks for the inspirational picture. It shows how sometimes you can beautifully pull out outfits in a reverse way, like the light colour as an outerwear. Amazingly teal and purple are my favourites, too.
I hope the pain will go away real soon dear!
I came across this fascinating article on fast fashion. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-sept-16-2020-1.5725952/the-pandemic-has-made-it-clear-just-how-broken-the-fashion-industry-is-says-expert-1.5725987 . I feel that one of the things I love about Janice’s work is that it encourages us to re-think the items we have in our closets and imagine new ways to wear them. Also – quality!
Thanks for all the inspiration!
Hope you are back to 100% very soon! My oldest daughter learned that four years of marching band in high school and a couple of years in university didn’t do her knees any favors. I pulled up the blog you mentioned and subscribed. What a fun post!
Thank you Janice for introducing us to this wonderful painter. I checked out some of Jessie’s other works and they are as gorgeous. Yes! North america does have some equally talented women artists – lets see more.
Linda P says
Hi Janice and all: In my stain-free fashion fantasy I see a winter white matching blazer and pants with a beautiful teal or purple blouse or shell.
Lagatta de Montréal says
I’d have to have a white cat rather than a black one, and I prefer my mini-panther. Thanks for the CBC article. I’m listening to L’heure du monde, an hour of world news (including countries and regions most news media don’t cover) on Radio-Canada, the French-language counterpart of CBC. Will listen to the fashion story afterwards. L’heure du monde often reminds us of the dire working conditions endured by the workers (mostly women in the Global South) who make our clothing. :( The Guardian has also had quite a bit of coverage on this topic.
Just to be a bit frivolous, I love the deep red hue of this Simons t-shirt. Do wonder why it is called “rose moyen” though… https://www.simons.ca/fr/vetements-femme/t-shirts/bases/le-t-shirt-col-bateau-coton-supima–6736-239941?colourId=68#zoom