Monday, March 10, 2014
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Maybe this is the living room of your dreams:
|image source unknown - please let me know if you can identify it|
But your core wardrobe is our usual:
|clothes - L.L.Bean|
So let's try the same exercise we did before - find three garments that reflect the warmth, the rosiness, the ornate and filigreed nature of the room...
You have to keep, somewhere in the back of your mind, the reminder that you need to work with neutrals of black, white and khaki. Otherwise, let your heart go wild... and you will have lots of ways to wear them.
If this feels comfortable for you, you can branch out and add a few accessories that also share you sensibility...
These will work beautifully with what you already own...
and you can always find wonderful jewelry... even your watch can have a touch of sparkle and warm golden beauty...
Friday, March 07, 2014
Anticipation is a lot of the fun, but it's possible to reach a point in preparation where you drive yourself slightly nuts; I have reached that point with preparing for Paris next week. For a while, I would just wear something that I really loved, and then (after laundering) hang it onto the rack designated for Paris packing.
Okay, so now about 50% of my closet is ready to pack. Clearly not going to work out, eh?
And then I get panicky - what should I take? What if I forget something I really love? Will it all fit in my suitcase? You would think that I'd never done this before, or that what I pack will be the most important thing about the entire vacation.
So first off, I must remind myself repeatedly that nobody has EVER been kicked out of Paris for repeatedly wearing the same outfits.
And I can always shop when I'm there.
And MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, as long as I'm dressed appropriately, it's more important for me to be paying attention to what's around me - the people, the food, the art, the architecture - than to be obsessing about my own appearance. To some extent, if I simplify my wardrobe and my overall appearance, I will free part of my aesthetic sensibility to be open to take in Paris, rather than worry about what Paris will be thinking of me.
So let's say I travel like this:
And I decide, first pass through my suitcase, that this is ALL that I can pack. I've got an iffy left shoulder, and maybe I just want to carry a tote bag...
Beaded bracelet – Black Dakini, tee shirt – Majestic Filatures, infinity scarf – Tildon, rectangular scarf – Theodora and Callum, pearl necklace – Majorica, lingerie - La Perla, silver necklace – YooLa, black pearl earrings – Lee Renee, fleur de lis cosmetic bag – Lolo, toiletries – Flight001, ballet flats – Geox, dress- True Decadence
This gives me very little in the clothing department - I'm going to be very dependent upon the laundry at the hotel. But realistically, I have a decent variety of outfits from which to choose:
So I should be able to console myself with the knowledge that a clean tee shirt, a dress, and a pair of ballet flats are all that I need. Panic attack should be over...
Now I theoretically feel mentally and physically strong enough to pack a few more things - my next additions are going to be the clothes that I specifically would like to have with me for the rugby match I'm attending:
While jeans and a sweatshirt aren't the usual things that one packs for Paris, I will find these quite useful. I'm a very sweatshirty kind of girl, and I'm comfortable wearing a sweatshirt over a silk dress...
Maybe now that I've talked myself down from a complete frenzy of worry, I can consider one last round of things to include in my bag:
Yes, I wear a weird combination of dresses and sweatshirts... but this additional dress, sweater, and silk blouse will give me so many options that even in my most panicky moments, I should be comfortable knowing that I will be well and appropriately dressed...
This should easily fit into my carry-on bag. What in the world am I so worried about?
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I think many of us wrestle with this - we really adore an aesthetic and style that just does NOT translate into our day-to-day life. For example, say this is your idea of a great room - Diana Vreeland certainly thought so:
|image - Architectural Digest|
But this is your typical wardrobe - simple, high-quality neutrals that really don't reflect that colorful exuberance above:
|all clothes - L.L.Bean|
For starters, a red tee shirt seems like the easiest thing to slide into this closet. But consider a richly patterned cardigan and/or skirt. Remember when making your choice that you want to work with your neutral core, so you should look for elements of black and white, if possible. And more importantly, these items should satisfy that longing for ornate opulence that sings in your heart.
Suddenly, your simple garments clearly reflect the colorful brilliance of your aesthetic of choice.
If this feels comfortable for you, then you can branch out and feel assured that you're on the right track. A very few accessories will continue this theme in your wardrobe without going overboard.
Now, you can really dress up some of these combinations!
And if you find that this is truly where you heart lies, then gradually, carefully find some jewelry that includes both the rich reds and the sense of ornamentation and detail that you relish.
Thanks for this question - it was an interesting exercise that I enjoyed!