December 19, 2022
It Was – Literally – Decades Ago…
It was her debut novel, and it was a blockbuster. She really never needed to write another book…
Of course, she keeps writing. And winning awards. (oh, she wins awards…)
And appearing at book conferences, and signings, and literary conventions and all that sort of thing!
She tries to keep a pretty low profile. She dresses in her usual “writer who lives in a little house on the edge of a little town near a big city” style, in subtle, neutral colors…
She rather likes her chosen style! Comfortable styles in slightly dressy fabrics…
But she’s not kidding anybody – her fans will find her!
She has to admit, in her deepest heart, that she loves it! She writes for her readers, and she is delighted when they enjoy what she does…
I understand her completely!
p.s. Six years ago, we started with one of my favorite Marc Chagall paintings…
How fun to find this on a Saturday! I love that combination of elegant fabric, comfortable styles! So pretty.
You weren’t supposed to find it – the scheduled time on Monday morning somehow disappeared! But you got a preview…
Chris in Indy says
This is the best!! So beautiful! The navy(!!) satin pants are unusual and beautiful – (all the exclamation points are well deserved!!)
There’s something about the simplicity of a very tight color palette that is inspiring and elegant. Thank you!!
I think I’m beginning to understand what taupe looks like… better late than never. Not sure I’ve ever had any taupe. Love the wardrobe though. As usual. I too enjoy the simplicity of a tight color palette. Thank you Janice
This has always been my desired palette, unfortunately for me, taupe is draining and the darker blue doesn’t work as well as it previously did. That said there is so much to learn from your choices, with sweaters and pants from dressy to casual. It really covers almost all situations. I love the wide leg pant with the tie shoe. Thank you for the inspiration.
I am having the same issue as I age —the very dark blue no longer works, it overpowers me, and the taupe is a smidge too cool for my warm coloring, but if I could translate this wardrobe into the right colors for me , it would be absolutely perfect ! I love how versatile the two color combinations can be with the additions of print and texture !
This brown!!!! Didn’t the color taupe have some pink in the 90s? This is much better. It reminds me of a color called mushroom from the 80s (I think).
I admire this heroine for staying true to herself and her style after she hit “the big time”. It looks like she simply chooses better quality versions of what she’s always enjoyed. The handle on her clutch purse is so pretty and unique and I love her long winter coat.
I would be interested to see how her wardrobe transitions through the various seasons. Does she wear more navy and white in the warmer months? What does she wear to an award dinner or does she eschew such things?
This reminded me of that Scottish mystery writer who lost her laptop in the snow last week! I can see a writer wearing this wardrobe, holed up in a little house tapping away at a good mystery novel. Maybe it’s the Fair Isle sweater that cued me to think Scotland?
I would title this post “ subtle classic elegance with complete comfort” ! Love it !
Do you ever wish for a certain fictional character to come to life? I would enjoy knowing this heroine. These “story” posts are my favorite. The clothing collection in this one is appealing on so many levels. It’s chic and yet cozy. It’s given me inspiration for direction with my own wardrobe.
Janice, you really are a genius!
Happy Monday Everybody!
I am swooning over the accessories! The pine cone brooch, the taupe clutch and navy oxfords stand out for me. They are all like the perfect touch on a holiday cookie.
The entire capsule is beautiful and elegant- easy to imagine myself in pieces like this.
Vancouver Barbara says
I always love your scenarios. I also love the taupe oval earrings but they come up as the bag when the link is clicked.
Book Goddess says
I assume your heroines are fictional, but I could not help thinking of Louise Penny. The pinecone earrings evoke the site of her mystery novels, the magical little town near Montreal called Three Pines.
I have a few of the Fierce Lynx bracelets and they are well made. The colors and the findings are very nice. I hope you keep featuring them.
I have several of them as well. I was disappointed in the first one, but once I wrapped my head around the difference between the photos and what they look like “in real life” I love my Fierce Lynx bracelets. I have some sort of yellow stone (jade?) with labradorite that I’m particularly fond of.
How are they different in real life?
I find the colors may not be quite as vibrant as shown in the photos. It’s all in the lighting. I didn’t mean to say they are substantially different.
Lynette Vivian says
This one is lovely Janice! I love the colours and just the right level of elegance. Perfect. I would echo the request from another commenter that it would be good to see more of this heroine. What would she wear in different seasons and that award night outfit?
Amanda Hudson says
Maybe my favorite. I do adore taupe and it goes well with my coloring. When I see it I snap it up. Been looking for shorts for several years. Just beautiful!
Wow I love the navy with the taupe…the perfect cool neutral and the only member of the ‘beige’ family I can wear well. Navy and taupe is not necessarily classic like red and navy but unexpected yet refined. For myself I would have a navy coat and perhaps a good navy satchel type bag….and donate that cardigan back to the ‘80’s;)
Just donate it to me! I would love it! :)
Vicki G says
The Fair Isle cardi? Yes, me too. And I like the teddy bear coat, also.
Sally in St Paul says
The navy + taupe color combination is wonderful. I’m still on the lookout for taupe items that will work for me (for example, not topping out at size large) but you have found some lovely options here!