May 16, 2020
They found a scarf that appealed to all four of them:
Each of them managed to see something quite different in the same scarf…
Celeste is a personal trainer. She can’t conceive of leaving home for 48 hours without both a sweatshirt and a pair of athletic shoes! But she always looks lovely, in her own way…
Her friends convinced her that scarves are MADE for her, because she loves to have her hair tied back when she’s working…
And she’s proof that you can pack a beautiful travel capsule wardrobe in a backpack:
Talbots called this color blue curacao – they have a lot of things available!
As much as Celeste loves denim, she agrees with her friends that this subtle “vintage indigo” has a lot of appeal…
She’s not too worried about variety in her wardrobe; since she works in gym clothes, any chance to wear “nice” pants – or a dress – is variety enough for her!
But still, she double-checks; anybody who travels should stop for a few moments to make this last review…
someone among us once went on a trip with just 1 pair of socks; it can happen…
Which of the 3 heroines are you? I’m probably a combination of Sunny’s style, with Celeste’s color palette… But we have not yet met Cerise!
p.s. Three years ago, I talked about the importance of having a good wardrobe inventory, and what we might learn from creating such a thing!
p.p.s. A quote from Martha Graham, when speaking to Agnes DeMille:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.”
Beth T says
🥰 This is my gym kit – blue or grey joggers, turquoise sports tee and turquoise hoodie! This heroine is the most like me, I could wear the same colours just swapping the joggers for jersey or linen trousers, the sports tee for a cotton tee or floral blouse, the hoodie for a turqouise or white knitted lacy, crochet or pointelle cardigan/jumper or a floral cardigan with turqouise and purple flowers and butterflies. My dress is denim lyocell with floaty sleeves.
Thanks for the quote it’s very relevant to me in many ways at the moment.
Love the quote. Thank you! Love the wardrobe also. This style is perfect for me, but probably w/different colors. Although I believe turquoise looks good on almost everyone – I just don’t happen to have any! Still like Sunny’s wardrobe as well. I understand we are looking at the coolest spring/summer in 50 years. Thank you La Nina. NOT putting away sweaters any time soon!
This wardrobe is definitely me as I like to keep it simple and casual. Even with a wardrobe like this, being that it is put together well makes up for the casualness of it. Maybe it’s the accessories…
Woah, that’s one hell of a quote, even for those of us who don’t think we are in an artistic endeavour, still we can put something unique out into the world.
Julie in Melbourne
Carolyn Watson says
Thank you so much for the quote. I needed it!
Clay and Celeste are my two choices thus far, though my turquoise accent color would have to go in a more greenish direction . Sunny was lovely, but too bright for me .
Have you ever considered being a personal shoppper ? This series triggered the thought !
Martha Graham’s quotation — powerful stuff and personally timely !
Make that first name Clary, not Clay .
I’m probably a mix of Celeste and Sunny. Certainly Celeste’s color palette and a mix of both their styles. On a morning like this that vintage indigo sweatshirt and pants looks really comfy.
Sally in St Paul says
Celeste is definitely the closest heroine to me in both color and style, though I’m not as much of a relaxed style/hoodie + sweatpants person as she is.
I’m loving this indigo color in the wardrobes…it’s like if chambray had more of the depth of dark denim, which feels perfect for those of us who love navy as our base neutral but want to light it up for summer when we wear paler colors and/or linen (which tends to de-saturate colors).
I’ve always loved this quote and was happy to see it this morning. This part always resonates with me: “It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.” The reflexive instinct to scrutinize, analyze, evaluate, and judge is strong in me, and it’s a process that has its place, but it can be stifling to creativity if given free rein!
I see colours in all 3 so far that appeal. Styles…maybe a few. I love the gold/yellow still, but would happily add today’s turquoise/aqua to it. Maybe the soft green too. I love the colours most in Janice’s posts…oops, sorry for the rhyme. The styles I try to semi ignore because they’re just examples…though when looking at a certain personality type, it does make sense to ask if the example works… Anyway, I’m far from today’s athletic heroine, but these all work beautifully for her.
Erin Roy says
I’m definitely Celeste- in color and style. I love blue: so calming and peaceful. And the smart-casual style is what I like. No need to look sloppy with all of the options in clothing these days, but I am. SAHM that “gets out” one day a week so I don’t need to invest in the office wardrobe from my earlier years.
Love these colors! This is me, but without the white. Thanks Janice!
I’m really enjoying this series!
My closet is a blend of Clary (green) and Celeste. Clary’s more dressy style is more in my wheelhouse but I love aquas and any intensity of blue/greens.
I’m looking forward to Friend #4. (Cerise?)
Love love love this!
Very different and athletic but also genuine and can dress it up too — reminds me of college at my all women’s school!
The brightness of the blue makes it feminine too — different from the teen boys who pull the drawstring of their gray hoodies around their face (why yes I do have a son)
Is it too self serving to say I like Celeste’s colors the best?
Linda P says
Hi Janice and Everyone! My daily work life is Celeste’s, though I’d probably wear a sweater in place of a hoodie. I would sneak in some of those sage/pistachio outfits when the blue curacao ones are in the wash.