Wednesday, February 21, 2018

9th blog anniversary - capsule wardrobe pieces then and now

When I started this blog in 2009 I would not have imagined that I'd be carrying it on for nine years .. after all, in how many different ways can show how you wear your scarves? But things change as one goes along and the blog has evolved in so many different ways that I never get bored with it. If anything, I enjoy working on a new post now even more than I did at the beginning. Back then the posts were short and frequent, and consisted of two or three pictures showing the outfit and scarf of the day. Gradually they've become longer and more involved, allowing me to explore a topic in more depth, or to think of a theme or story. I hope you enjoy the monthly updates (I always aim for three weeks but seldom succeed) as much as I enjoy posting them.

It has been interesting to put this anniversary post together, as it made me reflect on the changes in my personal style over the past decade. I think most of the 2008 outfits have passed the test of time very well, proving how timeless the classic capsule wardrobe pieces are. I still own many of them and continue to wear them to this day. With age however, I find that I've moved away from the crisp white shirts and structured black tops that I loved to wear ten years ago; they just feel a little bit too formal and corporate these days. Instead, I prefer softer colors and silhouettes and wear much more grey and cream rather than black or white for example. With a few accessories however, the less preferred capsule pieces of the 2009 wardrobe can easily be worn in a way that reflects my lifestyle and preferences today. A scarf can soften a structured neckline or the harsh contrast of black or white, and casual drapes can replace more formal knots. Necklaces have become an important additional style element, and I feel so fortunate that the Collection allows me to make my necklace dreams come true... they compliment scarves beautifully and add a playful, modern and refined touch to a classic outfit.

For this post I picked six outfits from 2009 and re-arranged them into 2018 looks:

The most challenging part of this post was to re-unite with some of the old wardrobe staples that l don't wear much these days. To counter balance the crispness of the white shirt,  I'm teaming it with a casually folded, vibrant Tigre Royal silk GM, a Picotin bag and Double Anneau necklace,  all of which contribute to a more relaxed look.

back in 2008

Spring 2018 variation with a Fleurs Indiennes 90 carré in a reverse basic bias fold

Capsule wardrobe pieces: jeans and white shirt

2009: Les Clés Pointu in a double knot. Hermes Grand Apparat printed enamel bracelet and Muse belt with a black strap.

2018:  Tigre Royal  silk GM in a rectangular fold.  Hermes Picotin 22 in Etoupe and clic H enamel bracelet in marron glacé. MaiTai Collection Double Anneau necklace in Noir/Argent (available here)

2018 Variation: Fleurs d'Indiennes 90 carre in a reverse basic bias fold (click here for a how-to). Hermes Clic Clac bracelet in bleu indiens and Picotin 18 in Bleu Sapphire.

almond tree blossoms - the promise of spring

This simple grey dress is a perfect example of a piece that never goes permanently out of style. I wore it quite a lot around 2009, but in recent years it has spent a rather quiet life in the back of my closet. Having re-discovered it a few months ago I very much enjoy wearing it again, particularly with La Femme aux Semelles de Vent, a favorite in my scarf collection.

Capsule piece: grey dress

2009:  La Femme aux Semelles de Vent  90 carre looped through a MaiTai Collection fox fur collar in black (available here). Hermes Clic H enamel bracelet in black
2018:  La Femme aux Semelles de Vent  90 carre in an Asymmetrical Wrap (click here for a how-to). Hermes Kelly Pochette in black croc and Chaine d'Ancre printed enamel bracelet. MaiTai Collection Crystal Waterfall necklace in gun metal (available here)

Shoes: black or grey patent pumps (Roger Vivier)

Like it's white cousins, the black shirt has not had many outings in the last few years, although it was a much loved staple in 2009, which made it a perfect candidate for this post of course! The black and grey graded background of the Les Folies du Ciel 90 carre and it's soft splashes of color tie the outfit perfectly together while adding freshness. I love how the gold Double Anneau necklace picks up on the swirling cords in the corner design.

Capsule wardrobe pieces: Grey trousers and black shirt

2009: Capitales Twilly in a Tie knot. Hermes Chaine d'Ancre printed enamel bracelet and a Birkin 35 in black Togo.

2018:  Les Folies du Ciel  90 carre in the basic bias fold (click here for a how-to), Hermes Picotin 22 in Sanguine and La Marche de Savane printed enamel bracelet. MaiTai Collection Double Anneau necklace in Noir/Or (available here)

About the scarf: Ciel means sky and Folie expresses something that is extraordinary or extravagant in a slightly crazy way, like the fanciful and whimsical flying machines depicted in the scarf:

Les Folies du Ciel was of course the perfect scarf to wear while witnessing via webcast an amazing event that took place at Cape Canaveral earlier this month; the launch of the most powerful rocket ever made. The most extraordinary thing to see was the safe return of the rockets to Earth in perfect synch, after they had catapulted the dummy payload into deep space. This payload consisted of an astronaut mannequin driving a Tesla roadster (Elon Musk's own) in space, while David Bowie's Space Oddity played on the radio. Les Folies d' Espace! Of course this Folie was not the main part of the mission, but it certainly was an eye-catching way to simulate a rocket test flight pay-load. Incredible pictures of the car in space followed. The easiest way to appreciate this amazing and inspiring achievement is to watch the animation SpaceX posted a day before the successful Falcon Heavy launch (click here or on the image below):

(to watch the actual Falcon Heavy test launch click here and fast forward to 17min30sec).

 The following day the navigation screen of my Tesla showed the surface of Mars. Folie en voiture!

Variation with a casual grey sweater instead of the black shirt. It never ceases to amaze me how different a look can become with just one accessory or wardrobe item change. Exploring these changes is probably what I love the most about fashion and blogging.

These checked trousers have been part of my wardrobe forever and I still love wearing them. Teaming them with the same scarf as in 2009, only with a camel sweater instead of the black.

Capsule pieces: checked wool trousers, black sweater (2009) and oatmeal sweater (2018).

2009:  Monsieur et Madame 90 carre a cowboy knot (click here for a how-to). Hermes Grand Apparat extra large printed enamel bracelet.
2018:  Monsieur et Madame 90 carre in the basic bias fold (click here for a how-to). Hermes Charniere bracelet in or rose/black lizard. MaiTai Collection long gemstone necklace in Noir/Citrine/Smokey Quartz (available here)

Same dress as above, but with my latest scarf.. the fabulous Space Shopping au Faubourg

Capsule pieces: grey dress
Shoes: Grey (2008) and navy blue (2018) patent pumps (Roger Vivier)

2009:  Carre Kantha  90 carre in a Slip Knot variation  - tie your scarf in a simple knot around your neck first, then follow the Slip knot tutorial (click here). Vintage silver bracelet and Hermes Farandole necklace.
2018:  Space Shopping au Faubourg  90 carre in the basic bias fold (click here for a how-to), Hermes Picotin 18 in Bleu Sapphire and Chaine d'Ancre printed enamel bracelet. MaiTai Collection Crystal Waterfall necklace in charcoal blue (available here)

Les Folies du Space!

These last two pictures probably mark most poignantly the passage of time for me.. the 2008 version was taken the day DS went back to school after the long summer holiday. He was seven years old and had only started school a couple of years before. By summer this year he will have finished school and then he'll be off to university in the autumn. I can't believe that I've had these clothes below for his entire school career. I'll be wearing them in an autumn version when he goes abroad for his studies later this year!

For the 2018 version above I'm giving the outfit a spring twist by replacing the darker, early autumn colors of the shirt and scarf below, with a cream tank top and a soft colored Parures des Samourais scarf.

Capsule pieces: khaki sleeveless cardigan and cotton trousers. Black jersey shirt (2009) and cream tank top (2018)

2009:  Chaînes et Gourmettes 70 carre in a rectangular pleated knot (click here) with ends secured in a slip knot. Hermes Kelly 32 in ebene and Torana printed narrow enamel bracelet.
2018:  Parures de Samourais  90 carre in a cowboy knot with ends secured behind the neck in the basic slide with a Petite Classique scarf ring (available here). Hermes Picotin 22 in Etoupe and Clic H bracelet in marron glacé.  MaiTai Collection Double Anneau necklace in Noir/Or (available here)

A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who reads, shares or follows my posts and to those who leave comments, it means so much to me. Wihout your wonderful support there would be no anniversary to celebrate today! 
Mille merci

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Space shopping and electric cars

It’s been such a long time since the last post that I struggled to find the words to introduce this one. So let me just wish you all the best for 2018, hope it will be happy and healthy, and filled with joy, laughter and many beautiful moments!

January in the South of France came with overcast skies and finally (!) rain. Many of the smaller riverbeds that were completely dried out since the summer are carrying water again. It was so wonderful to hear the sound of moving water after the first rainfall.

A new dress, scarf, solar panels and car have arrived in my life in the meantime, more below

A Space Shopping au Faubourg 90 carré came as an unexpected and most wonderful pre-Christmas surprise gift.. Opening the parcel it came in made me feel like the little figure in the bottom left picture below, it blew my hat off! What an amazing coincidence that it happened to be my favourite scarf from the AW collection.. the design is whimsical, fresh and fun and has a lot of energy! CW03 (marine/orange/violet) goes perfectly with any shade of blue, it is a fabulous mélange of midnight blue, indigo, blue jean, ciel and turquoise.

Scarf reference : H003136S CW 03 (Dimitri Rybaltchenko)

Space Shopping au Faubourg in an Ascot knot (looped through a MaiTai Collection fox fur collar in midnight blue) Hermes Evelyne 29 in Bleu Agate and Chaîne d'Ancre printed enamel bracelet

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have probably seen that I've switched my car to electric. I received quite a few emails since, asking me how I feel about the change and if it works well. The answer is that I could not be happier, or feel better about the decision! If anything, I wish I'd done it sooner, but I simply wasn’t aware of the huge strides in the development of electric cars that have been made in the last couple of years. All this changed when a friend showed me a video of Tesla’s Model 3 presentation from the year before. I found the presentation compelling and fascinating, and well before the 20 minute video ended, I knew that I'd be wanting to switch to electric (if you too find yourself ‘electrified’ by Elon Musk’s vision, you can find many interesting interviews and presentations on Tesla, Space X, Solar City, AI and the 'Boring Company' on YouTube. A few links at the bottom of this post).

My Model S arrived less than 3 months later (deliveries of the Model 3 were forecast for the end of this year, and I didn't want to wait that long) and I could not be more thrilled with it. Apart from the obvious benefits, I love the smooth silent ride and the amazing technology it is packed with.

For anyone thinking about purchasing a Model S or X, here's a referral code (valid until 31/01/2018) which gives you unlimited Supercharging :

We've been meaning to install solar panels for the longest time, and now there was even more reason to do it.

To me, the window panes on my beautiful new scarf look like solar panels! Space Shopping au Faubourg in the basic bias fold with a Tassel necklace in Noir/Argent. Hermes Picotin 18 in Bleu Sapphire and Chaîne d'Ancre printed enamel bracelet.

This pretty floral pleated dress was a sales find at Hugo Boss (currently available on sale I was so happy to discover one of my other special friendship scarves works so perfectly with the dress that it looks as if it was made for it. Wearing the Rendez vous Rive Gauche 70 scarf looped through a MaiTai Collection fox fur collar in mocca with a Double Anneau necklace in Or. Hermes Picotin 18 in Bleu Sapphire and Clic-Clac H bracelet in Bleu Indiens.

Coming back to the Tesla after a walk with The Wiener Boys.. such beautiful reflections of light

Same as before, but with the scarf in a criss-cross knot (looped once around the neck beforehand) and ends secured with a Petite Classique scarf ring in Mother of Pearl. Picotin 22 in sanguine.

Capsule pieces: printed dress
Hermes Picotin 18 and 22 in Bleu Sapphire and Sanguine. Clic-Clac H bracelet in Bleu Indiens. 
Shoes: Suede ankle boots and dark navy patent pumps (Roger Vivier)

Wearing the new dress with the new scarf. The basic bias fold brings out the horse in masquerade. A reverse basic bias fold turns it the right way round! Scarf ring: Anneau Infinity in black horn Also by MaiTai Collection: Crystal Waterfall necklace in charcoal blue
Bracelet, dress and scarf as before

Scarf: Space Shopping au Faubourg
Dress by Hugo Boss:

On Tesla and Elon Musk:
Tesla Model S by
Tesla model 3 presentation:
Elon Musk Ted Talk (2013) :
Elon Musk Ted Talk (2017) :
Tesla solar roof (presentation):
Elon Musk biography by Ashlee Vince:

MaiTai Collection featured accessoires:
Anneau Infinity scarf ring: here
Fox fur collar: here
Double Anneau necklace: here

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