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The Vivienne Files - Page 236 of 250 - Capsule wardrobes inspired by art and nature
December 6, 2011 I'm always intrigued by lists - the perfect wardrobe, the necessary objects etc. So when one of my favorite authors tackled this idea, I had the book in hand pronto. (available here from FNAC - ordering books from France is great fun!)
Dominique Loreau is a French woman who has lived in Japan for many years, and has written a handful of books which merge her innate French love of beauty and elegance with her acquired Japanese aesthetic of simplicity and clarity. The books are written in relatively simple French which I find quite clear - this isn't like tackling Balzac in the original...
So my interpretations of what Dominique lists as HER essentials will follow, over a few day's time. Please note that these are MY ... View the Post
December 5, 2011
On my always-interesting walk to work this morning, I passed one of the "cheap and cheerful" clothing stores (which I really dislike) and saw something quite horrendous.
An ENTIRE rack of blazers.
Orange DOUBLE-BREASTED blazers.
For $9.99 EACH.
And they appear to have been constructed by pre-school aged children. Who were blindfolded at the time. And maybe drunk. Not a straight lapel, nor an even hem among any of the more than 60 or 70 blazers I could see.
AND, the material was of an appallingly bad quality.
So: difficult color, difficult cut, horrid workmanship, and terrible materials. The full-house of failure.
Please note: I think there is a place in the world for a ... View the Post
December 4, 2011
If your coat has a back vent (an opening either in the middle of the back hem of your coat, or maybe two openings, one on each side of a back "flap"), and that vent is sewn shut with a cool little "X" stitch, REMOVE THE STITCHING. A vent is supposed to be open, and was sewn shut just to hold it in place in transit. Nothing accents a bubble butt more than a closed vent. Fabric content labels on your sleeve are ALSO supposed to be removed. I'm impressed that your coat is 100% cashmere, now take that label off and throw it away! Hems that drag the ground are unsanitary. And unflattering. If your arms are hanging at your sides and we can see only the tips of your fingers (or nothing at all of your hands), ... View the Post
This has in many ways been the easiest month so far. Day to day, I'm only wearing a variety of gray or black tee shirts, jeans, and my work shoes. (and of course, my apron, which is NOT pictured here...) If anything, December might prove to be even more dull fashion-wise than November!
Working in retail is a great way to condition yourself away from constant shopping; the endless glut of unnecessary stuff that we have to handle every day makes the idea of actually buying something and taking it home absolutely repulsive. What an insane frenzy of over-consumption the holidays are in the United States...
And I must give a warm, grateful shout out to my work shoes - Camper Pelotas. They are durable, ... View the Post
Zebras – Old Navy, stripes – Wetseal, dots – Kate Spade, stripes – Armor Lux, crocheted – Pacsun, 2 Fair Isle – Peopletree.co.uk, argyle – Kate Spade
Ah, for us workers bees, the holiday season wardrobe is boring, boring, BORING. Black tee shirt, jeans, work shoes. Gray tee shirt, jeans, work shoes. Rinse and repeat ad nauseum. And oh yes, don't forget my apron, which all employees wear...
A sock with a bit of color, pattern, or texture doesn't make a lot of difference in how I appear; very few people get much of a look at my socks. But at least my laundry basket has a bit of zing to it!
And although I know I won't win a Nobel Prize for this, I have not lost a sock in decades. When ... View the Post
I don't see very many pea coats, which is a shame, because they can be quite attractive. Just in the last week I've seen two, both of which were accessorized with colors relatively near to navy on the color wheel. Clearly, my eye is drawn to the strongly monochromatic vertical line, with striking accessory accents!
Pea coat - Burberry, beret & gloves – Portolano, scarf – Bindya, navy turtleneck – Splendid, navy pants – Theyskens, black boots – Rochas, plaid shirt – J. Crew, jeans – Levi’s, green beanie – Topshop, green shawl – Black.co.uk, navy gloves – Bottega Veneta, green boots - Hunter ... View the Post
In this sort of "middling" weather we're having right now (40's to 50's Fahrenheit), a trench coat is a great outerwear choice. I've seen some lovely ensembles based on them in the last few days...
Trench coat – A.P.C., beret – Liberty.co.uk, leopard scarf – Fendi, gloves – Banana Republic, black turtleneck – Jil Sander, black pants – Etro, black boots – Rochas, striped tee – Dorothy Perkins, jeans – Levi’s, red boots – Frye, red cashmere scarf & gloves – N. Peal ... View the Post
Black turtleneck - Dear
Brown turtleneck – Chloe, Gray turtleneck – Barney’s, navy turtleneck - Woolrich
crew – Diane von Furstenberg, cowl – Oasis, v-neck – Vanessa Bruno
Silk – Barney’s, Linen– Kain Frances, Cotton – Kelly Hoppen
Tweed skirt – Lanvin, Camel jeans – Moto, Brown silk pants – 3.1 Phillip Lim ... View the Post
The beginnings of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere bring with it the inevitable fashion disasters of beautiful coats, worn with beautiful accessories, all of which were chosen blindly, without plan or purpose.
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I work in retail, and I'm quite grateful to have any job at all, right now. But many of my fellow workers are being mistreated, and you can change that.
The day after Thanksgiving is, in the US, a big shopping day - one of the biggest of the year. In a bizarre effort to increase the amount of shopping done on that day, retailers are opening their stores earlier and earlier each year. Now, the final straw, Target stores are opening AT MIDNIGHT on Thanksgiving evening!
If you're an employee, do the math. "I have to be in the store at 11 p.m., so I have to leave for work at 10:30 p.m... I'm going to work at least 9 hours, so I'll have to sleep before I go to work, so I realistically need to be in bed by... 2:00 ... View the Post