September 18, 2020
Cool Weather = Clear Skies!
“Hey – what are you doing this weekend? You know the temperature is supposed to drop a ton, and the skies are supposed to be crystal clear…”
well, she was going to do laundry, and read, and nap…
“I’m going to drive up to the observatory Friday evening – if you come with, you can watch for meteor showers while I’m photographing that dying star I found…”
i.e. you can sit out where it’s cold, and keep your head on a swivel watching for something – anything – happening in the skies…
“I want to publish anything that we can find about this “stray” meteor shower that we thought we saw; you are going to co-author this with me, aren’t you?”
they’ve been published before, for odd little things that they’ve found in the night sky; it’s surprising that 2 relatively poorly-equipped sky-watchers have such good luck!
“Once I’m through photographing – you can go inside and warm up, and I’ll holler if anything happens!”
which means sleeping on the sofa, dressed to dash out the door in literally seconds…
it all seems like such effort right now – packing with very few clean clothes, driving to meet up for the ride to the mountains, staying awake for hours and hours and HOURS…
but she knows that the first second she sees even ONE shooting star, it will all be worth it. Her heart ALWAYS soars!
Sara K says
What a charming color scheme! And how fun would it be to see more people wearing pretty gems with their casual outfits? Especially during this sheltering at home- year, I fear that too many gems lie forgotten in jewelry boxes because their owners hesitate to pair them with casual clothes…
And now, I think, I must go shop some beads as I have just realized that my jewelry collection needs an addition or two…
What a lovely bracelet; I was anticipating a colour palette similar to a bright, clear sapphire night sky laden with twinkly white stars with swirls of grey, taupe and ruby red. Unfortunately, on this occasion I am uninspired by dark navy and burgundy – apologies for being negative.
Beth T says
I’m seeing this as the basis for a seasonal wardrobe and would certainly add in silver grey and sparkly materials for the stars and soft ivory tops and accessories for the moon!
i love navy and either burgundy or a berry wine color together.
and i’m glad you’re feeling better
Wendy from sunny south Africa says
One of my favourite colour schemes. Even though we are entering our mid spring and hot summer season, I still love imagining wearing these lovely winter outfits.
I hope that you are feeling a lot better.
Pamela H says
These are my kind of colors! I even have a few of these pieces already. Even though I never wear bracelets (skinny wrists plus frequent hand crafts aren’t a good combo for bracelet wearing) I love how you are able to create an entire wardrobe from one simple item of jewelry!
Pamela, I have small wrists too, so I was very pleased to find out that Fierce Lynx can make the bracelets smaller if you ask. Doesn’t help with the crafting, but I thought you might like to know anyway.
Beth T says
Well I’m well set up with this colour scheme and have most items, though most of my reds veer towards wine/berry colours. I would use ivory, instead of white for a poloneck, hat and scarf. To expand this into winter, I would add silver grey and sparkly materials as I did last year.
I’ve been stargazing, looking for that Comet Neowise earlier in the summer. Even on a summer night, it was chilly, so I was well wrapped up. Sadly on both occasions that we can usually see meteor showers, it was too cloudy. We did see the Elon Musk satellite sky train though which was a bit weird.
I’m not averse to wearing gems with casual clothes as long as the design is casual and simple. So with this I would wear a garnet and pearl or sapphire and pearl bead necklace, a simple set sapphire, garnet or pearl ring and a dark blue or dark red and pearl bead bracelet. Pearls with dark stones lift them.
I realised when I was reviewing my wardrobe earlier this year, that a lot of my autumn/winter tops were in plain colours, so I’ve bought a few floral and patterned tops to add into the mix.
Recently, I bought a similar floral polo from Lands End UK though mine is plum with ivory and orchid pink flowers that look like polka dots from afar. I also bought a burgundy paisley floral top from Lands End too which you might have featured in an earlier post, though that has a lot of teal green and mid-blue florals so will probably look better with dark teal or dark denim.
However, my overall feeling with Lands End clothes is that they favour women with thin arms and legs but needing room around the waist – apple or rectangular shapes, perhaps? I often find the sleeves tight but too loose everywhere else. I ordered a dark blue chenille jumper which would look lovely in this wardrobe. I couldn’t get my arms into it! My daughter who is very slim and two sizes smaller than me tried it on and said that the arms felt tight on her and she probably wouldnt be able to put a long sleeve top underneath. What she said about the grey trousers on me – tight legs, loose round the tummy – included “saggy baggy elephants” and had us in hysterics!
I love the fleece lined slippers but a wool or faux fur blanket would be necessary to keep her warm.
I’m so happy to see this “outdoors” wardrobe. It speaks to the lifestyle I have now. I may be slogging about in the cold woods but I still want to look put together. These classic colours look wonderful. The burgundy hoodie and coordinating burgundy slippers are the definition of cozy and classic. I especially love the garnet earring studs mixed in to this look. There is one thing that is missing for sure though. Long underwear. Don’t leave home without it :)
This is a beautiful cozy collection…I could wear every garment every day!
This was my wardrobe last year – this year I’m veering into more teal and purple…. For some reason the navy and burgundy no longer appeal – although I still have a barn vest in both colors, plaid flannel shirts, and a couple of layering tees! I love the berry colors. I guess I’ve gone into colors that are a little brighter, though navy continues as a good neutral. I almost always wear bracelets. Because I frequently wear short sleeve/sleeveless tops, in my head the addition of a bracelet keeps focus on my wrists, and not on my spindly, not muscular (or even toned) upper arms…. :) Rings don’t work right now with the constant hand washing/sanitizing. I don’t know how you pick one item and build a wardrobe around it. Never ceases to amaze me. Thanks Janice, have a great weekend.
Sally in St Paul says
I love navy and white, so that’s always a promising start. Adding burgundy to the mix is perfect. Like the makers of that scarf, I tend to put burgundy with grey, but I’m now inspired to put this navy/white/burgundy palette through its paces in my own closet!
And I am impressed that you have achieved what I never have working piecemeal…a set of burgundy items that match/blend so very well together. I somehow have jeans and pants that are both berry-burgundy and a pullover sweater and poncho that are both maroon-burgundy…which is NOT helpful. Oh wouldn’t it be nice to have at least one top and bottom that work together. Of course the secret is to buy the top and bottom from the same store at the same time, as we see here. Even in this capsule, looking at the images in a small size, the maroon-burgundy J Crew sweater stands out against the berry-burgundy Lands End pieces. It still works beautifully in the capsule, but when I consider wearing it with the burgundy pants, I’m definitely iffy…and when I zoom in on the images, I’m more iffy still. But since the sweatshirt makes such a nice set with the pants, our heroine is covered if she decides she’s in the mood to wear a lot of burgundy.
I am also completely smitten by the practical yet luxurious comfort of a capsule wardrobe mixing sweats and cashmere and fuzzy slippers and gorgeous jewelry! Though few of us are probably going to be doing intense mountain star-gazing like our astronomical protagonist, this wardrobe really resonates with the state of the world right now…living in a pandemic while Winter Is Coming. And wouldn’t so many of these outfits suit those of us in work from home mode so very well? I would be 100% on board with a video conference outfit built from the white shirt, burgundy sweater, navy sweats, and burgundy slippers. This wardrobe just hit the nail on the head like no other I have seen in the last 6 months.
I would LOVE to see more variations on this theme.
This wardrobe is a perfect winter preview for me. I dress casually all the time and love this bracelet! The navy, white, and burgundy are three of my main winter colors. I find them too dark for fall but love them in the winter. I live in a warm climate and like to wear bracelets as an alternative to a scarf or a necklace, which can seem too hot on many days. They are great with the rolled up sleeves of a chambray or flannel shirt.
Erin Roy says
I’ve got a story for you!
Our heroine’s senior year of high school was anything but average. Her concurrent classes at the local community college had to switch to fully virtual sessions, her senior prom was cancelled and her high school graduation was postponed until the end of July (and only Mom and Dad could attend in person).
So she was really looking forward to heading off to college for her freshman year. Close enough to home for a needed respite with the fam but far enough away to feel independent.
Even if it meant half of the time she was in-person for classes and half of the time she was Virtual, she still couldn’t wait to experience whatever college looked like this year: mandatory masks and all!
4 weeks into the new normal and “it” happens. Her suite mate tested positive for the virus and even though they tried to stay away from each other they all 3 must move into the quarantine dorm for the next 14 days. The campus medical team will be by in an hour to pick her up and take her to her home-away-from-home-away-from-home for two weeks. Thankfully she doesn’t have to worry about meals but what does this lovable, procrastinating, art major pack up for the seclusion?
Computer and phone are a given, but, essentially, what Would this travel capsule include? BTW her school colors are purple and silver/gray, and she won’t be seeing many people in person but will have to put on something for virtual classes.
Oh the world we live in. I told my daughter that she will find out what she really needs to survive during this time.
I’m glad you are feeling better, and I love the red, white and blue wardrobe today. It would all fit perfectly into MY COVID quarantine capsule!
Have a blessed day!
Might I steal this idea? I’ve been asked about wardrobes for younger students, which is NOT a strength of mine, but I’m happy to give it a try!
Erin Roy says
Absolutely! I look forward to it!
I’m definitely looking forwards to see this too! Wishing all the best for all of you :)
Thank you for this. I love these colors. They mix and match so well. I have many similar items but I may have to order that bracelet.
This is a beautiful post….gives us down here in hurricane ridden Florida something to dream of! I love sweaters and jackets and scarves!
This is the basis my cold months wardrobe. I add some winter white and teal, as well. Thanks Janice for the perfect ideas!
OH, drop by on Monday. A winter white fest awaits!
Very cozy! So glad you are feeling better Janice, and looking forward to winter white!
Linda P says
Dear Janice! Well! As it turns out our long awaited living room furniture upgrade is in burgundy and navy blue (not sooo dark it looks black). A white carpet is out of the question in my universe, but I could see some nice decorative pillows and a cozy throw. I am still on the hunt for an accent chair and ottoman. I wonder if cream or beige fits in this mix…
Please, not cream or beige for the ottoman. It would send out pheromones attractive to juveniles with muddy shoes.
Beth T says
We have dark blue and dark red seating in our lounge too. We ‘tie’ it together using a red and navy floral Persian carpet to continue the warm feeling. I have also seen contemporary navy/red carpets that blend the colours as well as more geometric designs on Kelim and Afghan rugs. Ours is laid on a pale wood block floor. My cushions are a mix of cream crochet, red, blue and pale gold. You could follow the Arts and Crafts idea of mixing patterns for cushions etc that tie in the theme. Last year we bought a blanket throw from a woollen mill in dark blue, red and soft dark grey checks. Previously we had dark blue and dark red tartan blankets.
Soft lighting from lamps and wall lights make it a cosy place in the evening.
Beth T says
Hi Linda P
I also agree with Carol. My choice for a standalone piece would be a textured or patterned fabric to match or blend like velvet, chenille, tapestry or damask. Take a black and white photograph of your room and choose tonal colours or neutrals that blend.
Oh my, I love everything in this wardrobe! Casual yet put together, it has my name on it!
Thanks for the inspiration as usual Janice.
I can check off quite a few items on the list from my own wardrobe, and may add a few of the others.