Sunday, February 17, 2019

10 years MaiTai's Picture Book

So let's pop the champagne cork! Here's to you my dearest readers, customers and friends, I am so very grateful to you all for your wonderful support over the years!

For this special 10th anniversary I thought I'd choose ten scarves and assemble a collage for each one, showing how they have appeared on the blog over the years. Each collage is followed by a current 2019 picture.

Whilst editing and choosing the images, it struck me what a great investment these accessories have been, they've truly passed the test of time. There isn't a bag, scarf, necklace or bracelet that I am not using to this day. The same is true for many capsule wardrobe pieces (if you've been reading this blog for a while you'll probably recognise quite a few of them time and time again).

The next decade will be interesting, I'll be moving from my mid-fifties towards sixty and beyond, and we shall find out how the accessoires and capsule wardrobe pieces evolve and fare! I hope that you will continue to join me on the journey. For anyone who has been a supporter in the past, whether by reading the blog, following me on social media or shopping at MaiTai Collection, thank you all so very much.

Carré en Carré - 90 scarf
2009/2014/2014/2017/2018



2019
In a cowbow knot (ends secured behind the neck with a Petite Classique scarf ring in the basic slide. Accessorizing with a NEW long gemstone necklace in corail/tiger eye/smokey quarz (available here), Multistrand bracelet in gold (here) and a La Marche de Savana Hermes printed enamel bracelet.



Variation - as above, only with black trousers instead of jeans



Very happy and excited to announce the new Jean-Paul Gaultier Collector's Edition inserts



The changeant embroidery is engraved onto luxurious satin, which gives the insert a luminescent touch. The design features dragons and roses, waves, fishes and swirls, as well as a partial or full Jean-Paul Gaultier signature.

In Laque with grey interior

In Gold with taupe interior



De Madras à Zakynthos - 90 scarf
2009/2009/2015/2012/2018



Jean-Paul Gaultier Skin fabric in Bengale



Birkin 30 insert in Bengale



2019
De Madras à Zakynthos in an Asymmetrical Wrap, ends secured with a Moyenne Classique scarf ring in a criss-cross knot. Also wearing a MaiTai Collection Cascading Pearl necklace in Blanc/Ivoire (available here), a Hermes Clic H bracelet in Marron Glacé, printed Elephant enamel bracelet and a Kelly 32 in Ebene.



Bengale with Cuivre interior



Monsieur et Madame - 90 scarf
2009/2012/2015/2015/2018



2019
Tied into a Criss-Cross Bow knot with a Grande Classique reversible scarf ring in Black/Ivoire/Gold (available here). Also wearing a Kelly Double Tour bracelet in Ebene with GHW.



As above, but with the scarf in the Basic Bias Fold and with a Crystal Collar necklace in mocca (available here)



La Femme aux Semelles de Vent - 90 scarf
2009/2009/2013/2012/2016



2019
Folded in the Basic Bias and tied through belt loops of jeans. Also wearing a Crystal RockChic Collier in black (available here) and a Hermes Charnière bracelet and Birkin 35 in black.


Fantaisies Indiennes - Mousseline GM
2008/2008/2009/2012/2014



2019
In a rectangular fold with a NEW long gemstone necklace in corail/tiger eye/smokey quarz (available here) and a Multistrand bracelet in gold (here). Hermes a La Marche de Savana  printed enamel bracelet and Birkin 35 in black.



Variation with the scarf in a cowbow knot, without the jacket and bag



Aux Pays des Epices - 90 scarf
2008/2010/2011/2016/2018



2019
In a Pleated Rectangular Fold with ends secured with a Grande Classique scarf ring in a criss-cross knot. Also wearing a MaiTai Collection Cascading Pearl necklace in Blanc/Ivoire (available here) and a Multistrand bracelet in silver (here).  Hermes Elephant printed enamel bracelet and a Picotin 22 in Etoupe.



Coupons Indiens - 90 scarf
2011/2011/2012/2013/2017



2019
Folded in the Basic Bias and tied through jeans belt loops. Accessorizing with with a NEW long gemstone necklace in corail/tiger eye/smokey quarz (available here), a Multistrand bracelet in silver (here) and a Hermes Kelly Dog bracelet and Birkin 35 in black.



with a NEW long gemstone necklace in corail/tiger eye/smokey quarz (available here)



As above, but scarf worn around neck



Jean-Paul Gaultier Collector's Edition Birkin insert in size 35, 30 and 25



Coaching - 70 scarf
2009/2010/2010/2012/2019



In a vertical basic slide with a Grande Classique dark Mother of Pearl scarf ring (reverse side). Hermes Chaine d'Ancre printed enemal bracelet and Kelly 32 in Ebene



Courbettes et Cabrioles - 90 scarf
2008/2009/2014/2017/2018



2019
In a cowbow knot, ends secured with a black horn Anneau Infinity scarf ring (here) in a cross-slide. Also wearing a Multistrand bracelet in silver (here) Hermes Chaine d'Ancre printed enemal bracelet and Picotin 18 in Bleu Sapphir.



La Presentation de Chevaux - 90 scarf
2009/2016/2017/2018/2018



2019
In a reverse basic bias fold with a black horn Anneau Infinity as centre balance. MaiTai Collection Multistrand bracelet in gold (available here) and Mini George summer bag (here). Hermes Charniere bracelet in black.



Variation - scarf in Looped Cross-slide knot



And a few extra collages..

Cents Plis de Miao - 90 scarf
2010/2010/2010/2012/2018



Au Coeur de la Vie - 90 mousseline scarf
2009/2010/2014/2018/2018



Quadrige - 90 scarf
2009/2009/2009/2010/2012



La Réale - 90 scarf
2009/2009/2012/2018/2018



Chaînes et Gourmettes - 70 scarf
2008/2008/2009/2010/2016



La Presentation de Chevaux - 90 scarf
2009/2009/2013/2014/2016/2017



Belles du Mexique - 90 Mousseline
2009/2009/2009/2013/2015




Thursday, January 17, 2019

One outfit - six looks

Putting an outfit together has just as much to do with the mood we're in as with the season, the kind of day ahead and our surroundings. We might feel adventurous or romantic, or want to be organized and disciplined. We might have been inspired by something new, or prefer the familar comfort of trusted wardrobe staples. There are so many different reasons that make us reach for our clothes, whether it's  through rational focus, or a subconscious state of mind.

In the past few days, nothing else was as alluring and comfortable to me as the uniform I kept slipping back into: a pair of jeans, a black or blue fine-knitted wool sweater (Tippi from J.Crew is a favorite) and a cosy, block-coloured gilet which gives the perfect amount of warmth for winter days. Not sure what this says about my current state of mind, maybe it is the wish to simplify things for the early beginning of the New Year. Wearing the same clothes every day however, doesn't mean you have to look the same all the time. With a few accessories and minimal effort you can create many different looks, and perhaps it is because of this challenge that I'm in 'uniform mood' in the first place!




Adding brown and white to the mix with a Hermes Quadrige 90 carré and a Kelly 32 in ebene. The scarf is tied into a Criss-Cross knot with a Grande Classique reversible scarf ring (ivory/black/silver). Also wearing a MaiTai Collection Multistrand bracelet in silver (here)



Hermes Kelly Dog bracelet and Quadrige scarf with a MaiTai Collection reversible Classique scarf ring in ivory/black/silver (available here)







With bright blue and splashes of yellow, turquoise and red for a fresh and casual touch: Hermes Evelyne 29 in Bleu Agate and a Cuirs de Desert 90 carré tied into a cowboy knot with a Moyenne Classique reversible scarf ring in bleu canard/navy/silver (here)



Cuirs de Desert detail, Clic-clac H bracelet in Bleu Indiens and MaiTai Collection reversible Classique scarf ring in bleu canard/navy/silver (available here)






Winter pastels and pearls for a softer and more elegant version  - Hermes Coaching 70 carré in a basic bias fold and Clic H bracelet in marron glacé. MaiTai Collection Cascading pearl necklace in champagne (available here)



Coaching scarf and MaiTai Collection Cascading Pearl necklace in champagne (available here)





Light and breezy with a Pocket Square scarf and small bag - Hermes Picotin 18 in Bleu Sapphire and Vif Argent Gavroche and Kelly Dog bracelet in black croc. The scarf is tied into a basic slide with a MaiTai Collection Petite Classique scarf ring in silver (available here). Also wearing an MTC Multistrand bracelet in silver (here).



Petite Classique scarf ring in silver (here) with Hermes Kelly Dog bracelet and Vif Argent Gavroche





Cosy with a cashmere/silk shawl - Hermes Ceintures et Liens CSGM, Picotin 22 in rubis and Clic Clac H bracelet in Bleu Indiens. Shawl tied into a cowboy knot, ends secured in a vertical slide with an Anneau Infinity scarf ring in teal (available here)



Inside my Picotin... a Picotin insert in Bagatelle corail (available here)!





With midnight blue and a touch of burnt orange and turquoise - Rendez-vous à Rive Gauche 70 scarf, tied into a Waterfall knot with a Moyenne Classique reversible scarf ring in bleu canard/navy/gold (available here)



Classique reversible scarf ring in bleu canard/navy/gold, available here (also comes in silver and bleu canard/hot pink)



I'd love to know which your favorite look is..

a) Quadrige 90 carré
b) Cuirs de Desert 90 carré
c) Coaching 70 carré with pearls
d) Vif Argent Gavroche/Pocket square
e) Ceintures et Liens cashmere shawl
f) Rendez-vous à Rive Gauche 70 carré

Please post your vote in the comment box below (Blogger seems to have fixed the issue with the comments).


Edited to add:

As requested by many, here some shoe ideas and wardrobe info!

Gilet: Max Mara (AW2017)
Sweater: Etro (love J Crew Tippi sweaters equally)
 Jeans: Levis 711



Left column: Black ankle boots by Saint Laurent, moccasins by Max Mara.
Centre colomn: Moccasins by Max Mara, laced ankle boots by Kooples and taupe ankleboots by JK Bennet
Right column: Belle Vivier grey patent flats by Roger Vivier. Ankle boot by Max Mara


Left column: silver sneakers by Pierre Hardy, Marlene pumps by Roger Vivier and black ankle boots by Saint Laurent
Centre column: Ankle boots by Max Mara, two tone moccasins by MellowYellow, Marlene Pumps as before
Right colomn: Moccasins by Max Mara, Marlene pumps as before, sneakers by Gucci


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