Saturday, March 16, 2019

MaiTai Collection - Collage #23

In a way, today's post is like a part two of the blog anniversary post from last month, since the Collection was born in the same year as the blog. What better way to celebrate the 10th year of the Collection than with a new collage!

The Collection is a dream come true for me. At heart it consists of items I always wished would exist, basically to enhance the pleasure we have from the wonderful things that come in orange boxes! As a scarf lover I longed for scarf rings in different sizes so that they would work with all scarf formats. I found it painful to have to store my scarves in plastic bags when traveling, and thought how wonderful a range of perfectly sized travel and storage pouches would be. Watching the interior of my beloved Hermes bags showing marks and scratches over time, made me think about a beautiful organizer that would protect my bags and more (the bag inserts line holds a special place in my heart, I've been wanting one from the day I owned my first Hermes bag). I am so grateful that through my blog there has been a chance to develop these lines, and to add other accessories too. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the support from all of you, my dear customers, friends and readers, thank you all so very much.

A very special thank you goes to the fabulous ladies who contributed to this collage. It makes me tremendously happy and proud to see the Collection's items worn beautifully and with style all over the world, and I love everyone's ideas and inspirational looks. Mille merci, dear Anna, Cathy, Cecilia, Célia Jaunat, Csilla, Desert Mermaid, Faux Fuchsia, hanton, Izumi, Jana, Jennifer, Julia, Katja, La Contessa, life.is.fabulous, Malgosia, Manuela, Marla in the OC, Sarah, Terese and Très Chics Boston.


Today's contributions are from:
Arizona, Australia, Austria, California, Canada, Denmark, France, Florida, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore and Sweden. Below (in alphabetical order) the links of everyone with social media pages:

Anna: instagram.com/dmitrievna2503
Cecilia: instagram.com/cecilialamb
Célia Jaunat: instagram.com/celiajaunat
Csilla: instagram.com/csillakolcsar
Faux Fuchsia: instagram.com/fauxfuchsia
hanton: instagram.com/hanton73
Jennifer: instagram.com/jennifer_m
Julia: https: instagram.com/momwithatwist
Katja: instagram.com/chinglish2015
La Contessa: instagram.com/antiquegoddess
life.is.fabulous: instagram.com/life.is.fabulous
Malgosia: instagram.com/aroma_adwena
Manuela: instagram.com/goldenbox29
Marla in the OC: instagram.com/marla_in_the_oc
Terese: instagram.com/terese.dj
Très Chics Boston: instagram.com/treschicsboston


Anna with a Jardin à Sintra 90 carré, tied in a criss-cross knot with a Grande Classique scarf ring in dark Mother of Pearl (available here)



Still-life by Cecilia - Collector's Edition Birkin insert: Jean-Paul Gaultier in Skin Gold (available here)



Sohfi the giraffe with a reversible Grande Classique scarf ring in black/ivory/gold (collage by Jana), available here.



Still-life by life.is.fabulous: Kelly 28 with a Collector's Edition insert: Bagatelle Corail by Manuel Canovaz (available here)



Marla in the OC with a 'Le Jardin de la Maharani' 90 carré tied with a dark Mother of Pearl Grande Classique scarf ring (available here) in a snowball knot



Desert Mermaid with a Crytal Waterfall necklace in duck blue (available here) and a Parures des Samourais 90 carré in an Asymmetrical Wrap.



Still-life by Célia Jaunat with Collector's Editions Bagatelle Birkin 30 inserts in chartreuse and corail, available here



Julia with a Brides de Gala en Finesse 90 carre tied with a shawl ring in black horn (available here) into a rectangular fold



Still-life by Katja: reversible Grande Classique scarf ring in Bleu Canard/Navy/Gold (available here) and Provençal Orange Blossom soap with (clock-wise from top left): Jardin à Sintra, Chasse en Inde and Appaloosa des Steppes)



Still-life by Cecilia - detail of a Birkin 30 Collector's Edition insert: Jean-Paul Gaultier in Skin Bengale (available here)



Très Chics Boston with a Flowers of South Africa 90 carré tied into a rectangular pleated knot with a shawl ring in black horn (available here)



Still-life by Terese with Provençal Orange blossom soap



Malgosia with a square silk scarf tied into a vertical basic slide with a Grande Classique scarf ring in rosewood (available here)



Still-life by Sarah: Appaloosa des Steppes 90 carré with a Reversible Moyenne Classicque scarf ring in Orange/Taupe/Gold (available here)



Still-life by hanton - Mini Evelyne with a Mink Pom bag charm in blush (available here)



Desert Mermaid with a Mini Caba summer bag (navy/stripe, available here) and Tour de Clès 90 carré, tied with a lacquered shawl ring in Vermeil (similar here) into a rectangular pleated fold.



Coolage by Cathy W: Reversible Petite Classique scarf ring in pale pink/gris with a Collier du Chien Twilly in a vertical basic bias slide (available here)



Terese with a Pearl Collar necklace in blanc/ivoire (available here)



Still-life by Izumi (clock-wise form top left): La Danse du Cheval Marvari, Chaque Rencontre Est Unique, Jardin à Sintra, Carré en Carrés, Neige d'Antan with reversible Classique scarf rings in Pale Pink/Silver and Bleu Canard/Navy/Silver. The reversible scarf rings are available here



Still-life by Cecilia with a  Double Sens bag and Birkin 30 Collector's Edition insert in Bagatelle corail (available here)



Desert Mermaid with a 'Per Astra Ad Astra' 70 carré tied into a Collier knot with two Petite Classique scarf rings (available here)



Csilla with a Parures des Samourais 90 carré, worn as belt in the basic slide with a Grande Classique scarf ring in gold (available here)



hanton with a Cannes et Pommeaux 70 carré tied in a basic slide with a Moyenne Classique laquered scarf ring (similar here)



Still-life by Sarah: reversible Classique scarf ring in Orange/Taupe/Gold (available here) with a Kilim scarf



Faux Fuchsia with a 'Ecuries' 70 carré tied into a snowball knot with a Grande Classique scarf ring in honey horn (available here)



Manuela with a 90 carré tied in a vertical basic slide with a shawl ring in sunshine honey (available here)



La Contessa with a Pearl statement necklace in copper/bronze (available here)



Cecilia with a Crystal Collar necklace in champagne (available here)


Manuela with a Tassel necklace in mocca/or (available here)



Still-life collage by Izumi:

Scarves (clock-wise from top left): Ex-Libris en Kimono, Parures des Maharajas, Au Coeur de la Vie and Nouvelle Angleterre  and similar

Scarf rings:
Lacquered Grande Classique in Bleu Marine
Reversible Moyenne Classique in Bleu Canard/Bleu Marine here
Reversible Grande Classique in Bleu Canard/Bleu Marine here
Lacquered Grande Classique in Bleu Canard (similar here)



Jennifer with a Springs 90 carré tied into a Cascade knot with an Anneau Inifinity scarf ring in black horn (available here)



You can find tutorials for all featured knots here

If you'd like to participate in future collages, please email your picture(s) to: maitaicollection@orange.fr  Please include which name/ID/nickname you'd like to be credited with, as well as your website/Instagram/social media URL in case you'd like me to link to your page. Looking forward to hopefully many contributions!




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