November 24, 2021
Remember this heroine? Nobody seemed to think that she was beautiful, except her! And possibly someone that she met while traveling….
“Did You HEAR What She Told Her Great-Nieces?!?!”
“You mean the part about moving to the city?”
“NO!!!! The part where that silly frog ring is her engagement ring!”
silly is in the eyes of the beholder – this ring is legitimately very fine jewelry…
“Well, I knew that she met someone while she was there, but I assumed that it was just a platonic thing; what’s someone her age doing getting involved romantically?”
What’s someone her age doing? Feeling beautiful, feeling loved, having buckets of fun, and treating herself to all sorts of frog ornaments!
Why wouldn’t she?
p.s. Nine years ago (!) we started with with the “original” Impressionist painting, to build a wardrobe…
I love this quietly self-confident heroine! I could have seen a warmer toned pink here, too.
… but that sweater is definitely too perfect to pass up!
Beth T says
I was taken by the jumper too, Alice.
I noticed that M&S in the US has low stock.in this jumper. On the UK website, the jumper is readily available in all sizes!
Morag Wishart says
I can’t wait to tell my daughter Beth, that HER sweater features on the only blog I follow! Will need to buy it soon as will definitely sell out soon after this.
Beth T says
M&S clothes aim to classic and ageless. Some might say that’s boring but that is the appeal. Whilst youngsters might not shop in store, the website presents the clothes in a fashionable and arty way that appeals to them. Each item comes with “Wear with” suggestions to put together an outfit.
Sadly, that’s not the experience in the UK stores. They could do with rethinking the layout of clothes, shoes and accessories into curated colour co-ordinated collections instead of lumping all the jumpers together, the denim section, coats, trousers, tops, shoes, accessories etc. Even the concessions of Per Una, Autograph and Jaeger are not defined areas but parallel rows of clothes racks squashed together.
I went into my local branch recently, first time in two years. If is a biggish store but I did not enjoy the experience. Very few mirrors. To put together an outfit, if I’d wanted to, would have taken a long time hunting through the different categories. The flow through felt wrong too. I’ve seen better layouts and curation in supermarkets.
Beth T says
Soft pink and grey is one of my favourite colourways. I can’t wear olive but some shades of soft sage work.
Another great story, Janice. An engagement ring is a meaningful token between two people in love. It reflects their story and doesn’t have to be an expensive rock. If I had to choose an animal emblem for jewellery, it would be a four spot purple butterfly.
Chris in Indy says
Ok the ring is adorable –
Heidi from Germany says
I really like the mistletoe pin. So christmassy. ?
Soft and classy, with just the right sprinkle of quirkiness!
Nice wardrobe. I was hunting for the lands end link, then I remembered the support Vivienne Files list of companies. So easy. Thanks. Happy thanksgiving to those who partake. And Happy Thursday to all.
M. M. says
You have given me such inspiration for mixing and matching. I needed your blog to help me decide what to pack for a family visit in Connecticut.
Classy understatement on this selection! I love the colours & the styles. Thanks for putting this out there for us!
Cora Neumayer says
I love this! Colors good for fall and winter, but not dark! I would be thrilled to have every item!
Susan McL says
These three colors go together amazingly well! I have been trying to decide on a second neutral to go with charcoal. In a perfect clothing world, taupe would be readily available, as it was in my early work days (70’s & 80’s). After seeing this post, I will strongly consider olive as a second neutral. Wasn’t sure if olive and charcoal could be worn together, but this post combines them beautifully–pulled together by the grey and olive scarf.
Teri M says
Thank you for these color combinations, Janice, and thank you for letting us know how the Quince cashmere sweater is working out so far. Would it be appropriate to ask for a link to the one you ended up with? And I still am not solid as to what happens if I follow a link of yours and it leads me to something and then onto something else from the same website….do you get a commission on each of those purchases?
Ah Teri, Quince doesn’t pay me a commission, so it doesn’t matter HOW you get to them!
But thanks for asking!
Teri M says
I am still learning the difference between sage and olive. I am starting to think that, at times,it might be a subtle difference….
Susan McL says
Teri, I agree that sometimes there is only a subtle difference between sage and olive: A darker sage and lighter olive look similar.
I have newly white/gray hair, fair skin and blue eyes. I have a sage tunic that makes me look sickly. This post makes me want to revisit olive; when I had brown hair (pre-Covid), olive made my eyes pop and I got a lot of compliments when wearing.
Since retiring a couple years ago and letting my hair go white, I need to figure out new flattering colors. Land’s End has both sage and olive tops–buying tee shirts has been–for me–a good and inexpensive way to see what flatters now.
I am curious how other commenters have made the transition to having white/gray hair. Did you have to change many of your colors? While working, 90% of my wardrobe was black, so I rarely considered other colors. Charcoal has been a good substitute for black, but I need at least a couple accent colors, so any advice would be appreciated!
Teri M says
Thank you Susan, for Ietting me know about the sage and olive T- shirts from Land’s End. Getting both would be an interesting experiment!
No hats. I can’t live without hats in my wardrobe. More hats than shoes.