Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring shopping ~ Neutrals: part one

Over most of Europe the temperatures do not indicate spring yet, but in my wardrobe, it has already started.. I recently added a couple of new capsule pieces and shoes, which bring a fresh breeze, and are also easy to mix and match with my existing staples. I already tried a few new combinations, and look forward to exploring further.. providing there will be some sunshine to match! And since I am often asked where my capsule pieces come from, I'm so pleased to have found online references and shopping links for all of them.



Love at first sight ~ Crocodile print silk shirt by Gerard Darel Ref. US/ Ref. France /Ref. UK


with Birkin in Ebene and clic H bracelet in marron glacé


The steal ~ cardigan for 39 EUR by Monoprix


Beautiful, summery and comfortable ~  Espadrille slingback wedges by Castañer




The souvenir I brought back from the last trip to Paris ~ Oran sandals in bronze





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35 comments:

  1. All what I like and some of them of corse!! Warml. Monica

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  2. Thanks for the lovely post MaiTai. I'm sure there will be many happy readers with the details on the capsule pieces. You have great style, thanks for sharing with us. Those sandals are an excellent souvenir.

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    1. Thank you, K! So many of my capsule pieces were bought a long time ago, or from places without online references/shopping. I was so happy to find the details for all the pieces this time!

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  3. Thanks for this post! I just went online to order the Castañer espadrilles. The doctors tell me I should be able to walk by July,(starting the dreaded physical therapy regime next week) and they look so comfortable, yet chic.
    It was 82 degrees here in Philadelphia. 20 degrees above the norm. Tomorrow is predicted to be 85 degrees...so this post has me dreaming of summer!
    Barbara A

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    1. Oh Barbara, what a long haul the healing process has been (and still is)! So nice to be twins with you on the espadrilles :-) Hope you've seen Manuela's comment below.. she thinks they are wonderfully comfortable too. And, they are very flattering! Wishing you all the best for the physio!

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  4. Oh my goodness; there is not one thing featured here that I would not love to own. Gorgeous and elegant. I'm going to be dreaming of these beautiful pieces.

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    1. So happy you like the new additions, thank you Lisa!

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  5. Dear Maitai,
    Gosh, you really know how to utilize wardrobe items! I do so like your oatmeal colour cardigan... Hope we may see this classic cardigan in other capsules. I have been avidly researching your winter weather sheets, but with my unseasonably hot weather can make do with your neautral style sheets. Thanks !
    best wishes, Mandy.
    P.S (Shock!) But where is your scarf ?! ;-)

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    1. Love the cardie too, and could not resist getting it in the rust color as well. The cut is perfect, and it will definitely be part of future capsule wardrobe posts (it also works beautifully with many of my scarves). Enjoy a cosy winter ahead!

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  6. Dear Mai Tai,

    I like all the colours of these items particularly the sandals in bronze going with all. It's the colours Iusually also wear the most often (with blac and browm)
    I thing that you reveiceg wrong my comments, I really have problems with I Pad Iphone.
    So I am obliged to be at home to answer to your so nice blog that I love. Sorrygfor the inconvenients. I try to adjust that with special guys but nobody arrives!!!
    Warmly

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    1. Oh Monica, so sorry about the troubles you are having with the new iPad, hope you'll get it all sorted out soon. Happy you like the new additions, and yes, they are just fabulous with black and brown (and white jeans, for whenever spring arrives)!

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  7. Liebe MaiTai! Wieder der perfekt Mix aus Highclass und durchaus Preiswertem. Gratulation dazu, die Kombinationen sehen so schön aus, dass man gleich nachshoppen möchte. Sie sind ein ganz großes Stilvorbild, weil Sie so wunderbar charmant zeigen, dass es nicht auf eine Unzahl von Stücken ankommt, sondern auf durchdachte Planung und geschicktes Kombinieren, um immer wieder "neu" auzusehen. Herzlichen Grüße - S.

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    1. Liebe Sanne, ein ganz herzliches Dankeschön für die lieben Komplimente, es freut mich sehr, dass Ihnen die Beiträge Freude machen! Ein übervoller Kleiderschrank erstickt bei mir jede Lust ein schönes Outfit zusammenzustellen. Es ist jedoch immer eine Freude, wenn Neuzugänge die älteren Teile in einem neuem Licht erstrahlen lassen! Mit herzlichen Grüssen, MT

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  8. Trés beaux achats ma chére !
    J aime tous vos sandales oran iront vraiment avec toutes les couleurs de votre garde robe .Peut etre que dimanche vous pourrez sortir vos nouvelles tenues car la météo annonce plus de 25 degrés dans notre provence .Ouf il etais temps.
    Trés amicalement
    MYRIAM

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    1. Ouais, enfin le printemps va arriver! On partira en Aquitaine pour le week-end... heureusement ils sont annoncé 27 degrés pour là-bas aussi! Je peut pas attendre pour sortir me nouvelles achats.. Un très bon week-end à vous, chère Myriam!

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  9. Very nice and "chic" neutrals. The crocodile print is really fun!
    Wishing your feet a comfortable time with your new souvenir...
    xxCatherine

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    1. Isnt' the croc a great take on animal prints! Many thanks also for the good wishes <3 Now if only the feet would become a little bit 'bronzé' too!

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  10. Looking forward to the modelling pictures :-)

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  11. Yum, I love these additions to your wardrobe! xx

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    1. I thought you might enjoy them! ;-) x

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  12. Beautiful post, my dear MaiTai, proving that style doesn't necessarily mean that you must spend a lot of money in buying clothes every time but rather be good at combining what you already have with new pieces.

    Needless to say that you have so much style that even with cheap and insignificant clothes you would still shine on:)

    I love your oran sandals in bronze!!! Wishing you a great remaining week and blowing a gros bisou to you <3, Mxx


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    1. Thanks so much for the kind and sweet words, my dearest Manuela! Bringing old and new (or precious and less expensive) together gives me so much pleasure, and never results in a 'head to toe' look. Hugs and bisous right back, and a have a most wonderful weekend ahead! xx

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  13. P.S. Congrats on all the other new items! They are all lovely and I can confirm thar Castañer wedges are very comfortable:) warm hug, Manuela

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    1. Oh how nice to know that we have the same shoes! They felt wonderfully comfortable in the shop, many thanks for confirming <3 (I have yet to wear mine, but the weekend will be warm and sunny... can't wait)!

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  14. Dear MaiTai,

    All lovely new netural additions to your wardrobe,
    look forward to seeing how you combine wearing them in your pics, love your orans.
    Have a great rest of week,

    Best Jane x

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    1. Many thanks, my dear Jane! Hope you'll enjoy the upcoming combinations, and wishing you a wonderful remaining week too x

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  15. Dearest MaiTai, I love all of these colors. They are all beautiful pieces, but your croc print shirt, especially is drool worthy! What an incredibly great purchase. Love your new Oran sandals, too. Bronze is such a great neutral.

    Warm orange hugs, dear.
    CS

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    1. Oh thank you, my dear CS! So glad you like my new additions. The croc shirt is da bomb indeed! Have a happy weekend <3

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  16. Dear MT today i try to resrve the bronze sandals in my 40 size but to my opinion it's already too late! With an Eres bathsuit and pareo for lunch at pool side hum so chic! For the clothes obliged to wear ballerines with a form for feet....difficult to have nice shoes but Chanel are large enough! Or even more simple ones. With H shoes leather too hard such a good quality! Spent a womderful week end to Aquitaine, all my best and warmest regard. monica

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    1. Awh, so sorry about your size being out of stock! Hope they'll get it back in. You could always ask your SA to do a search for you. Wishing you the best of luck! Have you tried Bloch ballet flats? They have a cushioned heel. Dreaming of summer and lunch by the pool side.... Bon week-end x

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  17. absolutely love this look! such a fresh way to wear the raincoat & scarf and i think if it was chilly one could always wear boots too. I am only 5.4 and was wondering if you honestly think I could try a similar raincoat or if it would overwhelm me. thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Happy you like the look! If you are generally comfortable wearing a knee length coat, then a similar coat would probably work well with your frame. The best way to find out, is to try a few in a store. Good luck!

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  18. How timely!
    I am planning a trip to Paris in late June-early July (from Australia) and have been thinking of buy these very espadrilles for a sandal option. Whould you recommend them as comfortable and appropriate?
    Any other suggestions would be welcomed!
    Great post as alwaays,
    Regards
    Meg

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