Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Packing: black, white and grey for a week in a city


Cardigan – Lands’ End, gray tee shirt – Topshop, gray sweater – J. Crew, black dress – Topshop, white tee shirt – Topshop, striped tee shirt – Topshop, black skirt – Topshop, black trousers – Oasis, scarf - Hermes

Black cardigan – Debenhams, black top – Malo, black sequined top – DKNY, short trench – Galeries Lafayette,  gray dress – Tomas Maier,  gray pants – J. Crew, tweed skirt – Lanvin, wool tweed sweater - Acne

Pearls – Ice.com, Black & white scarf – Fendi, Sequined scarf – John Lewis, Paisley scarf – Pretty Green, Shoulder bag – Sonia Rykiel, gray pearl brooch – Fantasy jewelry box.com, Drop earrings – Alexis Bittar, Pearl stud earrings – Mikimoto, Onyx & marcasite stud earrings – Fantasy jewelry box.com, 3-strand necklace – Lord & Taylor, Black clutch – Tiffany, Black with stars bracelet – Blu Bijoux, Black cameo ring – Bottega Veneta, Penny loafers – Cole Haan, T-strap flats – Chloe, Short boots – Clarks, Black pumps – Cole Haan

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wardrobe: for Marys, a week in northern California

Important note - read the comments below!  A very generous comment from a reader who lives in Napa gives us  some essential information about what to expect for weather this time of year.  Thanks for sharing!

Cardigan – United Bamboo, beige tee shirt – weekday.com, brown tee - Vince, dress – Givenchy, tee shirt trio - Swell, olive twill pants – Donna Karan, brown cords - Vince, scarf - Hermes

Light olive cardigan – Jigsaw, olive sweater – Cruciani, silk tunic - SuperTrash,  skirt - Marni, khakis – Weekend by Maxmara, sweater – Joseph,  jacket - Barbour

Brown stud earrings – Topshop, gold ball earrings – Nordstrom, stripes scarf – Kelly Wearstler, brown cross-body bag – Oasis, Beaded bracelet – Emri, multi-strand pearl necklace – Andara, olive tote – Valentino, green onyx necklace – Isharya, wool color blocked muffler – Diane De Clercq, chandelier earrings – Miquel Ases, brown agate earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane, sunglasses – Linda Farrow, Brown boots – Coconuts, woven oxfords – Opening Ceremony, brown suede moccasins – Tod’s, brown pumps – Bandolino

Monday, August 29, 2011

Transitioning from one color palette to another - part 2




brown tee – Debenhams,  brown jeans – InWear, snake print tote – Jimmy Choo, safari scarf – Generalpants.com.au,  loafers – Dolce Vita

All earrings – Ylang23

Camel jacket – Nordstrom, orange coat – Burberry Prorsum, gold jacket – Sonia Rykiel, yellow peacoat – Old Navy, tan peacoat – Victoria’s Secret, faux leopard trim coat – Miss Selfridge, orange hoodieJil Sander, olive coat – Rag & Bone
Green dress – Alice and Olivia, rust dress – Viktor & Rolf, orange dress – 3.1 Phillip Lim, camel dress – Dorothy Perkins, brown sandals – Tod’s, cognac sandals – Pied a Terre, gold sandals – Prada,  tan sandals – Sam Edelman

Sunday, August 28, 2011

All is well...

I'm back, and my mother is fine.


thank you all, for everything.  It means more than you will ever know.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

We interrupt your regularly scheduled wardrobe planning...

I have had to travel due to a family illness.  I won't be back before Monday...

I would appreciate your positive thoughts, in whatever form they may take, for my mother.

and thank you all for being here

Transitioning from one color palette to another - some ideas




Coral blouse – Oasis, blue tee shirt – Galeries Lafayette, green tee shirt – Topshop, plum tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, black pants – Theyskens’ Theory,  leather skirt – Dolce & Gabbana, black jeans – Current/Elliott, gray pleated skirt – John Lewis
Camel pleated skirt – Oasis,  tan jeans – CLOSED, brown skirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, ivory skirt - Mulberry

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Customizing the Classics: black skirt

Black skirt – Maison Martin Margiela

Black pleated skirt – Junya Watenabe, Navy flaired skirt – Miu Miu, Wrap skirt - Carven
Gray skirt – Gucci, Navy skirt – Reiss Lime, Brown skirt – Kosher Casual  
Navy tweed skirt – Debenham’s, brown velvet skirt – Alberta Ferretti, gray suede skirt – Z Spoke by Zac Posen
Navy pleated skirt – Theory, camel linen skirt – Selina, white cotton skirt – Jigsaw online
Velvet blazer – Miu Miu, striped sweater – Old Navy, navy sweater – Ry, navy pumps – Isola, navy flats – Oasis, navy rain boots - Hunter

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Building a job interview / work wardrobe from scratch


Shirt – Oasis, Pants – Warehouse.co.uk

Tan Cardigan – J. Crew, Bone cardigan – Tillys, Green cardigan – Woolrich, Navy double-breasted blazer – Old Navy, Taupe jacket – warehouse.co.uk, Navy blazer – H&M

tote bag – Nine West, Quilted tote – Tillys, Two-toned bag - Asos, desert boots – Old Navy, Black Oxfords – Guess, Penny loafers – MICHAEL by Michael Kors

Square studs – Urban Outfitters, Distressed studs – Erin Wasson, flower studs – Betsey Johnson, black enamel flower earrings – Kate Spade, pearl studs – Kenneth Jay Lane, Gold mesh ball studs – Dorothy Perkins

Teal stone necklace – Coldwater Creek, bronze choker – Oasis, station chain necklace – Banana Republic, teal floral scarf – Miss Selfridge, border print scarf – Topshop, floral oblong scarf - Pacsun
Black sweater – Coldwater Creek, black pencil skirt – Miss Selfridge, pumps – Modcloth, taupe top – Dorothy Perkins, Pants – H&M
Yes, Stephanie's wardrobe jumped the queue, but I felt that it was important to get information to those in their last year of school so they can get a head-start on the wardrobe-building.  Education is stressful enough (as is job hunting!) without having to do it all at the last minute.  I know you understand...

More Hermes scarves for sale!

It's about time I practice what I preach!  I don't have a job, and I have WAAAY more Hermes scarves than I need.  Once upon a time, when eBay was a warm and friendly place, I would have sold them there and it would have been simple.  But now, selling on eBay is a terrifying risk of money and property, and I'd rather avoid it.


Thus, each of these scarves is $250 US, shipped within the US for free.  Outside the US, purchaser will pay the EXACT freight charges - no markup.  Email me at theviviennefiles@gmail.com if you wish to see more pictures, or to arrange payment details.
Plumes et Grelots (feathers & sleigh bells) black border, with jacquard pattern of holly leaves

Romantique - soft green with jacquard pattern of crossed guitars


Ciels Byzantins - jacquard with black border

Napoleon - very pale pink - with jacquard of bees

Napoleon - bright green - with jacquard of bees

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wardrobe built around 6 neutral colors - no accents!


Gray cardigan – Dolce & Gabbana, Grey tee – topshop, Grey sweater – The Row, gray trousers – Burberry Brit, Black blazer – Rag & Bone, black tee shirt – Derek Lam, black pants – Rag & Bone, black draped skirt – Vivienne Westwood

Brown cardigan – Hope, tee shirt – Michael Stars, brown sweater – Vanessa Bruno, brown pants – Edun, cream blouse – Theory, cream sweater – Topshop, cream corduroy pants – Twenty8Twelve,  cream skirt – Maxmara Studio

Chambray shirts – J. Crew, chambray skirt – A. P.C., Pants – Levi’s Made & Crafted, camel jacket – Forte forte, camel shirt – Equipment, camel pants – Sportmax, camel pleated skirt - Oasis

Leather bracelet – Frith, Brown stone ring – Max and Chloe, gray suede sneakers – Fratelli Rossetti, Leopard print pump – Manolo Blahnik, Square silk scarf – Hermès, bead necklace – Antik Batik, squares bracelet – Monet, Brown & black ballet flats – Attilio Giusti

Onyx earrings – Fantasy Jewelry Box.com, labradorite earrings – Ylang23, Saddle shoes – J. D. Fisk, square scarves – Hermès, copper, pearl and gold bracelets – Fantasy Jewelry Box.com, checked scarf – Mulberry, Striped scarf – Paul Smith, Camel low boots – Oasis, Brown riding boot - Halogen

Pearl flower earrings – Miss Selfridge, Black and pearl earrings – Swarovski, paisley scarf – Etro, black & white tote – Diane von Furstenberg, Square scarf – Hermès, amber topaz earrings – 1928, amber bracelet – Hannah Zakari, Cream brogues – Minimarket, Black & white brogues – Topshop, brown tote – Givenchy, brown loafers – Cole Haan

Square scarves – Hermès, Butterfly brooch – Alexis Bittar, gray pearl earrings – J.C. Penney, gray bag – Stella McCartney, gold ball earrings – J. C. Penney, brown beads – Kenneth Jay Lane, watch – Michael Kors, Short boots – Acne, Camel & black bag – Gucci, gray loafers – Repetto,  brown sandals - Gucci

silver & amber earrings – John Lewis, onyx earrings – Monica Vinader, Silver & wood bracelet – Carole Wood, Brown bag – Hinge, Brown loafers – Munro, blue quilted bag – Marc Jacobs, Gray blue necklace – Miriam Salat, ikat scarf – All Saints, black slingbacksSambag Tahnee, Denim leather oxfords – Alberto Fermani