Sunday, December 17, 2017

From Day to Night

During the holiday season there are always occasions when you want to be casually dressed during the day and sparkle up in the evening or for a lovely lunch. I thought it would be fun to take a few standard wardrobe staples such as a black suit, a LBD, jeans and a sweater etc, and explore how to dress them up or down simply with a change of accessories.

Transforming a wardrobe item from a casual daytime outfit into a 'ready to go out' look is also a perfect solution for busy days when a wardrobe change is out of the question. You can always go out with what you've been wearing and create a fabulous look by throwing on some different accessories.

For the capsule pieces I've chosen mainly dark neutrals, simply because these are the easiest to adapt from day to night. But if you prefer color, then rich jewel tones such as emerald, sapphire or ruby all work, as well as light neutrals such as silver, cream, champagne etc (except that my skin tone is too pale for these in the winter).



Black suit - day time

Capsule pieces: leopard print shirt and black suit
Accessories: Hermes Carré en Carré (tied in a reverse basic bias fold with an Anneau Infinity scarf ring in rouge noir), Grand Apparat printed enamel bracelet and an Evelyne 33 in Etoupe.



Black suit - for a night out

Wearing the scarf as a sash and replacing the Evelyne with a Kelly Pochette. Add a little bit of sparkle with a Crystal Waterfall necklace in Or (available here)





Jeans and blazer - daytime look

Capsule pieces: Jeans, cream shirt and navy blazer
Accessories: Hermes Evelyne 33 in Etoupe, Kelly Dog bracelet in black croc and belt (Muse buckle with gris-t strap). MaiTai Collection wool/silk stole in taupe and Double Anneau necklace in Noir/Argent


Jeans and blazer - for the evening

As above, but replacing the Evelyne with a studded clutch (Zara) and exchanging the Double Anneau necklace for a Crystal Waterfall necklace in gunmetal



Variation - with a Crystal Cluster necklace in lavender grey (available here)







Little Black Dress - daytime

To style a LBD from day to night is mainly a question of how to make it look casual for day time wear. Here it is teamed with a cropped cardigan, a Tigre Royal giant silk, Birkin 35 in Gris-T and Clic-Clac H bracelet in Bleu Indiens. MaiTai Collection accessories:  Mink bag charms in sapphire/dark grey and a Double Anneau necklace in noir/argent





Little Black Dress - evening

You don't need much to style a LBD for the evening, a fabulous necklace and a clutch will give your dress an instant sparkling and festive touch (Hermes Kelly Pochette in black croc and MaiTai Collection Long Crystal Flower necklace)







I bought this long-sleeved black dress when in Amsterdam last summer and have worn it quite a lot in a casual tunic style and with long necklaces. Dressing it up for the festive season with cool and warm sparkling accents.



as worn in the summer



Cool accessories: Hermes Chaine d'Ancre enamel bracelet, MaiTai Collection Crystal waterfall necklace in gun metal and studded clutch by Zara
Warm accessories: Hermes Caleche enamel bracelet, a La Réale 90 carré and a Kelly Pochette in black croc. MaiTai Collection Crystal waterfall necklace in or





Jeans and sweater - casual

Parures des Samourais in a cowboy knot with a Clic-Clac H bracelet in Bleu Indiens and a Picotin 18 in Bleu Sapphire





Jeans and sweater - dressed up

As above, but with the scarf in the basic bias fold and with the additon of a Crystal Collar necklace in Azur





Variation with a La Reale 90 scarf and a Crystal waterfall necklace in Or





Variation of the above with a black sweater instead of the navy.

Left: Hermes Courbettes et Cabrioles 90 carré tied with a MTC Grande Classique MoP scarf ring in a cowboy knot. Clic H bracelet in black and Kelly 32 in Ebene. MaiTai Collection bag charms in Pastel/Sauvage. 
Right: Hermes Collier de Chien bracelet in black croc and MaiTai Collection Crystal Flower necklace. Clutch by Zara.




Winter dress - daytime

I bought this dress a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. It is soft and cosy which makes it perfect for winter ('Loretta' by Max Mara, available here). Styled here it in a casual way with a Cavalleria d'Etriers CSGM in a looped basic bias fold, Hermes Picotin 22 in Etoupe and Chaine d'Ancre printed enamel bracelet. Other accents: MaiTai Collection mink bag charms in navy/sauvage and Double Anneau necklace in noir/argent





Winter dress - dressed up

With a MaiTai Collection Crystal Flower necklace in black (new) and an Hermes Kelly Dog bracelet in black croc. Clutch by Zara.





Variations - cool tones

Left: Mythiques Phoenix in an asymmetrical knot, Clic H bracelet in black and Kelly 32 in ebene. MaiTai Collecton mink pom bagcharm in pastel/sauvage (available here)
Right: Crystal flower necklace (available here), Clic H bracelet in black and Kelly Pochette in black croc.




Variations - warm tones

Left: MaiTai Collection cashmere silk stole in taupe and Double Anneau necklace in Or.  Hermes Charniere bracelet in black lizard and Kelly 32 in Ebene.
Right: Crystal waterfall necklace in miel/champagne (available here), Hermes Charniere bracelet in black lizard. Studded clutch by Zara





Wishing everyone blissful and happy holidays, a merry Christmas, and a wonderful and fabulous New Year!

xxx



Saturday, November 25, 2017

MaiTai Collection collage #21

As promised, here's the second part of the MaiTai Collection autumn collage!

Thank you so very much for the beautiful and fabulous contributions, dearest Ann-Charlotte, Babsy, Cecilia, Desert Mermaid, Faux Fuchsia, Golden Isis, Hanton, Happyface313, Johanna, Katja, La Contessa, Macs, Manuela, Margit, Marla in the OC, Monika, Naomi, Sydney Shop Girl, Terese, Trudye, Veronika and Yuka. You and your pictures rock, and I am so proud and happy to share them. Mille merci and have a wonderful festive season ahead!


Links in alphabetical order to everyone who has their own blog or IG site:

Ann-Charlotte: www.instagram.com/anncharlottefleurdelys
Cecilia: www.instagram.com/cecilialamb
La Contessa: www.thevintagecontessa.net
Faux Fuchsia: www.fauxfuchsiastyle.blogspot.com
Golden Isis: www.instagram.com/golden.isis
happyface313:www.happyface313.com 
Katja: www.instagram.com/chinglish2015
La Contessa: www.thevintagecontessa.net
Macs in the City: www.instagram.com/macsinthecity
Manuela: www.instagram.com/goldenbox29
Margit: www.instagram.com/margithiie
Marla in the OC: www.instagram.com/marla_in_the_oc
Sydney Shop Girl: www.instagram.com/ssgblogger
Terese: www.instagram.com/terese.dj
Trudye: www.instagram.com/justmetbg


Todays contributions are from: Arizona, Australia, Austria, California, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Nevada, New Jersey, Japan, Philadelphia, Philippines, Sweden and Texas.



La Contessa with a Crystal Flower necklace (available here)



Happyface with purple accessories. Lacquered Grande Classique and shawl ring (available here and here)



Veronika with a Mythes et Métamorphoses 90 scarf tied in a rectangular pleated fold, ends tied with a lacquered shawl ring in light taupe (available here)in a vertical basic slide. 



Desert Mermaid with a 90 carré tied into a cross-slide with a lacquered Anneau Infinity scarf ring in ivoire (available here)



Still-life by Monika - Jardin à Sintra 90 carré with a Crystal waterfall necklace in Duck Blue (available here)



Ann-Charlotte with Sparkling Chandelier earrings in crystal/mocca (available here)



Still life by Cecilia - Kelly 28 in black box with Mink Poms Duo in Blush/Sakura (available here)



Still-life by Margit with a long gemstone necklace in burgundy/smokey quartz/prehnite (similar here)



Desert Mermaid with a pearl statment necklace in blanc/ivoire (available here)



Still-life by Terese with an Arbre de Vie CSGM and a Pebble necklace in argent (available here)



Still life by Yuka - Birkin 30 in gold with a B30 insert in Taupe and a Birkin 25 with a B25 insert in gris (available here)



Macs Vie with a 'Peuple du Vent' cashmere shawl, tied in a cowboy knot with ends secured in the basic slide with a shawl ring in dark sunshine honey horn.



Faux Fuchsia with a Les Tambours 90 carré tied in looped basic slide with a Moyenne Classique scarf ring in honey (available here)



Still-life by Cecilia - Shawl Travel Pochettes in peacock, fuchsia, Toile de Jouy and lilac (available here)



Katja with a Parures de Maharaja 90 scarf in the basic bias fold worn as a belt, ends secured with a Grande Classique scarf ring in the basic slide (available here)



Still-life by Golden Isis - Evelyne 29 with Evelyne29 insert in gris (available here)


Manuela with a Promenade de Longchamps Gavroche tied in a simple loop knot with a Petite Classique scarf ring (available here)



Still-life by Cecilia - Petit H cat bag charm playing with MaiTai Collection Mink Poms in Rose Pêche/Taupe (available here)



Naomi with a Colliers au Chien 90 carré in a cowboy knot with a MTC long gemstone necklace (similar here)



Still-life by Terese with an Echec au Roi 90 carré, 22 Picotin in Etain a lacquered Anneau Infinity scarf ring in bleu canard (similar here)



Cecilia with a La Danse du Cheval Marvari CSGM tied into a cowboy knot with a lacquered Anneau Infinity scarf ring in bronze/copper (available here)



Johanna with a pearl statement necklace in blanc/ivoire (available here)



Faux Fuchsia with a Circus 70 carré, tied with a lacquered shawl ring in Vieux Rose (available here) into a pleated rectangular fold



Sydney Shop Girl with a 90 carré tied int a slip knot with a black horn Anneau Infinity scarf ring (available here)



Hanton with a 70 carré tied into a looped basic slide with a lacquered Moyenne Classique scarf ring in light taupe (available here)



Babsy with a Les Clés Maxi Twilly and a lacquered Anneau Infinity scarf ring in Or (available here)


Naomi with an Appaloosa de Steppes 90 scarf in a cowboy knot and a Fer à Cheval necklace in argent (available here)



Marla in the OC with Lily and a Paridaiza 90 carré in a pleated vertical fold, secured with a shawl ring in horn (available here)



Still-life by Cecilia with Mink Duo bag charm in Rose Pêche/Taupe (available here)

https://maitaicollection.com/collections/bag-charms


Still-life by Trudye with a 29 Evelyne in Bleu Nuit, Mink Poms in Dark Brown/Sauvage (available here) and bag insert in gris (available here)