Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas came early - Les Plaisirs du Froid

A few days ago, a most wonderful and special surprise was waiting for me in the postbox... a breathtakingly beautiful 90 carré called 'Les Plaisirs du Froid', in ice blue, grey, ecru and gold...I literally gasped when I opened the envelope! The timing could not have been better.. the name translates into 'Pleasures of the cold', and with winter being finally here, there will be many opportunities to honor the theme of the scarf. Thank you so very much for this beautiful gift, my dearest darling Jerrine, I will treasure it forever, and think of you every time I wear it (which will be often!)



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Capsule wardrobe pieces: jacquard trousers and black turtleneck sweater
Accessories: Hermès 'Les Plaisirs du Froid' 90 carré, Collier de Chien bracelet in black matte croc and a Birkin 35 in black.
Shoes: Black ankle boots
Scarf tying method: Cowboy knot, (worn off center) with ends secured in a criss-cross knot with a Moyenne MaiTai Collection Classique horn scarf ring in black. Instead of using a scarf ring, you can tie the ends into a double knot.



Variation.. replacing the jacquard trousers with jeans creates an instant casual look

           
This year's Christmas pudding has been waiting since October...only six more days to go (for the recipe click here)



Some soft color options...





... and some gold





Hope everyone is enjoying a most beautiful and joyous holiday season. 

Looking forward to seeing you again in the New Year, and wishing you a very merry Christmas, happy holidays, and all the best for a fabulous, fun, healthy and happy 2015!




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65 comments:

  1. What a wonderful video to go with a beautiful scarf worn by a beautiful woman! It is indeed an early holiday gift. Happy holidays to you bad your family and an even better new year.

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  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

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  3. Congratulations, dear MaiTai! It's such a beautiful carre and the icy blue is perfect on you.

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you too!

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  4. Such a wonderful gift! The scarf is perfect on you and such a treasure. May you have a wonderful Christmas and a magical 2015 filled with love and hapiness! Orange hugs Johanna

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  5. LOVE IT! The colors are so spectacular and you wear it so well...Merry early Christmas!

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  6. Dear MaiTai,

    What a beautiful scarf and such a kind gift. Very lovely outfits as well.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Season dear MaiTai! Wishing you love and peace, Simone

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    1. Wishing all you lovely ladies a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

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  7. Dear MaiTai,

    What a wonderful gift, the colours and design is beautiful on you. I love how you have paired it with your different outfits as usual perfection.

    Wishing you and the family a very
    Happy Christmas
    Best Wishes for 2015

    also wishing all the lovely ladies here a Happy Christmas Best Wishes for 2015

    Jane xx

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  8. This is really a beautiful carré. Jerrine, let me give you my address ;-)
    Catherine

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    1. I'll get yours in the mail right after the holidays, Catherine:<)!

      Merry Christmas,
      Jerrine

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    2. Yoo hoo...add me to the mailing list;-)
      Hope you have had a safe and uneventful travel day, J!
      Wishing all a holly, jolly Xmas!
      T xx

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    3. Hey Trudye. Well, the trip was far from uneventful with a four hour delay out of Atlanta and then just as luck would have it, a very unwelcome Christmas cold.

      But, I'm still managing to enjoy myself while "honking" like a goose!

      Best,
      Jerrine

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    4. Oh, girl, hate it that you have a cold:-( But, no wonder given the air travel and temp changes you have been thru lately! Have a hot toddy or two and your "honking" should disappear soon...hope so!
      Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year filled with good health and cheer!
      To all members of Le Salon,Happy New Year! I look forward to another year of sharing and laughter in this gracious space that darling Mai Tai has provided for us!
      So, a heartfelt toast to all here and Mai Tai style, of course!
      Chin chin,
      Trudye

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    5. Geese are very elegant creatures when they want to be . . . or is that swans? No, wait, geese hang upside down in a cocoon and then they emerge as swans, brilliant! Here's hoping the cold is of short duration, Jerrine! A very happy 2015 to you and Trudye and all the beautiful swans of Le Salon. This is going to be a fabulous year, I can feel it!
      Warm aloha,
      Fifi

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    6. Thank you, Trudye and Fifi. I'm happy to report that I think the cold has finally thrown in the towel. Let's hope so anyway. I'm tired of sounding like one of your geese, Fifi!

      And yes, a wonderful and joyful year to MT and all her lovely swans. A fabulous year? I love that idea. I want that for all of us. We deserve it!

      All good things,
      Jerrine

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  9. what a gorgeous present! Well played Jerrine. Looks adorable with the gold jacket.

    Thank you for your card Maitai, and wishing you a wonderful Christmas.

    It is boiling hot and humid here. I kind of wish I could have a cold cold cold icy Christmas.

    Have really loved your blog this year, and enjoyed all the comments of those who post too.

    Warm wishes FF xxxx

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    1. Well, FF, I thought it was the perfect scarf for MT, and I certainly didn't do it justice. I have to admit that it was a good decision - it looks wonderful on her.

      Sorry to hear about the boiling heat and humidity. That's bound to take a bit of the spirit out of things. As soon as I get to Philadelphia today, I'll try and send some chilly breezes south - REALLY south.

      Here's hoping that everyone here has a marvelous holiday.

      Love to all,
      Jerrine

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  10. Dearest Mai Tai

    What a wonderful present! You wear it so well! All the outfits are perfect and your fantastic video shows the beauty of the scarf so well!
    A Merry, merry Christmas to you and your Family and a very Happy new Year! Much love, Manuela

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  11. Very pretty scarf, I love the versatility you pull out from each one in your collection.
    Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  12. Absolutely breathtaking scarf. May it always evoke warm memories for you both of friendship and shared delights. A very Merry Christmas to all the ladies of MaiTai's Salon, and may 2015 be good to us all!
    With warm aloha,
    Fifi

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    1. Merry, merry, Fifi. Now, I'm running to close up my suitcase and head to the airport.

      See you in 2015,
      Jerrine

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  13. Jerrine you've made the perfect choice for our MT! Such a versatile scarf ( I happen to love it in the gold variation) I wish that you were MY Secret Santa!! :)
    All of the ladies of the Salon are so generous in everyway. I read your comments and they give me such joy, not to mention that I make an audible sound when MT's post pops up in my email. I don't have lots of time to read many blogs, but I always have time to read this one!
    I wish all of our ladies a most wonderful holiday, filled with cheer and love AND HERMES!!

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    1. It was very much a no-brainer, haverfordgal. I think the scarf chose MT! It certainly never looked like that on me!

      Hope you're having a lovely holiday. What is it with this weather in Philadelphia, though? I've never experienced such a warm Christmas - thought I was back in Atlanta. It does seem more seasonal today, though, which I'm very happy about.

      Wish I could be your Secret Santa and everyone's for that matter, as I've never met such a lovely group as I have here. And, yes, I make that same little "oh boy, a new post" sound, too. Those posts certainly make the day a whole lot better, don't they.

      Cheers,
      Jerrine

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    2. Jerrine, so sorry for the delayed response, but I have had this miserable flu since the day before Christmas!

      We had a weirdly warm holiday. I threw open the windows because we had lots of guests and it was stifling. (or else we all blow a lot of hot air)

      Jerrine, are you from Philadelphia??!! I had no idea! I lived in Haverford (on the Main Line) for most of my life and now I live in the city. It's a love/hate relationship. ;)

      I hope that 2015 proves to be the best ever....for all of the very chic cohorts here at Le Salon!


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    3. So sorry to hear that you were ill. I guess I'm lucky I escaped with just a miserable cold.

      I know what you mean by having to open the windows. We did too - it was ridiculously hot, and I know that our guests blew a lot of hot air, especially after a few glasses of champagne! It was so warm that we had to crank up the back-up refrigerator in the basement to chill the silly Buche de Noel. (I usually keep it cold on my sisters screened porch. Not this year. It would have been soup!)

      I was born and raised in the Finger Lakes area of New York, and my sister lives close to Kennett Square, Chadds Ford, etc. Philadelphia just happens to be the closest airport to fly into, and it's still a 45-minute drive. I do love trekking into Philadelphia to visit the museum, the wonderful restaurants, the Italian Market, etc., but the traffic is always horrendous, and I can definitely see hating that part of Philadelphia life. It's the same here in Atlanta, I'm afraid, and you have to take the good with the bad, I guess.

      Take care of that flu - it's a nasty beast.

      Here's to a good 2015 for you,
      Jerrine

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    4. It's snowing!! Whoo hoo!! Winter is my fave time of the year, so I'm in heaven~

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  14. What a lovely surprise to find in the mail, dear MT! Such a beautiful gift from your darling friend, Jerrine! Love the way you have styled it to the max in every which way, especially with the black turtleneck and jeans!
    Wishing you and yours and all here a joyous, festive holidays surrounded by loved ones!
    Peace and Joy,
    T xx

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  15. What a so kind and beautiful gift to our dear MT, Jerrine and it suits her so beautifully with her blue eyes.
    I also wish to all lovely ladies, wonderful holidays.
    Et santé with one or two... glasses of champaign.

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    1. It seemed a shame to let it languish in the scarf drawer, unworn, when I knew it would look stunning on MT. Sometimes you just have to let a beauty go and pass it along to someone who will truly do it justice, and MT certainly does. I'm betting that the scarf is very happy in its new home.

      All the best, Monica,
      Jerrine

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  16. May you enjoy the "pleasures of the cold" while staying toasty-warm indoors with your favorite libations and yummy food, surrounded by those who are dear to you. All best to you in this holiday season, and fondest wishes for a delightful 2015, dear MaiTai!

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  17. Très beau cadeau qui vas si bien avec vos beaux yeux
    Avec la veste or vous êtes magnifique
    Bises et bonnes fêtes de fin d'année nous partons a paris demain
    A l'année prochaine
    MYRIAM

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  18. This is such a gorgeous scarf--thank you for such an up close look at all of its details! I always appreciate your suggestions on how to put outfits together--it's so helpful.

    Enjoy wearing your new scarf and Merry Christmas!

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  19. Mai Tai, I wish you a very happy holiday! I've so enjoyed your blog. You bring beauty and joy and we can always use more of that in this world! And Jerrine, that is the most perfect gift ever- it looks beautiful on Mai Tai! Looking forward to reading all your wonderful, thoughtful and supportive comments in 2015- Annie

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    1. Annie, I'm glad that you think so. I thought it was perfect for her, too. And, of course, I'm always right, lol!

      Best to you,
      Jerrine

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  20. Nous nous croisons souvent dans les commentaires de maitai très bonnes fetes de fin d'année et joyeux noel
    A l'année prochaine fifi
    Merci pour vos vœux
    MYRIAM

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  21. What a beautiful gift! The scarf looks perfect with your colouring. The casual jeans and jumper with it... so very French, so very chic. How do you do it!!

    Wishing you a happy healthy and warming Christmas.

    Ax

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  22. Stunning! You are a very classy lady. Btw, I've been playing around with my new maitai fur scarf and loving it. Emailed you a picture earlier to show how am trying to dress up like you are haha! Of course, can't be as classy as you are. No one else wears scarf as great as you do.

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  23. I love the scarf with the blue jeans. Happy Christmas from down under dear Mai Tai🎄

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  24. Dear MaiTai, dear Ladies dans Le Salon, I just want to thank you all for the wonderful year we spent together! I really enjoyed the wonderful pictures, great ideas and the laughter we had in private! I wish you all and your families a very Merry Christmas, most wonderfuil holiday and all the best for a great 2015!!! Love to all - Claudia

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    1. Dear Claudia,

      Thank you. A Merry Christmas to you and your family too and a very Happy New Year! Christmas hugs, Msnuela xx

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    2. Dear Claudia, thank you for the lovely post and good wishes. I look forward to getting to know you a little better in 2015.
      Warm aloha,
      Fifi

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    3. Dear Manuela, dear Fifi, thank you so much for your kind answers! I'm so glad to meet you here in Le Salon! I'm also looking forward to enjoy a wonderful 2015 with you all! <3 Claudia

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    4. Claudia, I certainly agree with you. It's such a wonderful group, and we certainly have fun, don't we.

      Here's to another year filled with happiness, beauty and wonderful tips from our favorite girl.

      A very happy new year to you and everyone here,
      Jerrine

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  25. My dearest MaiTai,
    Such a very beautiful gift! Dear Jerrine, the scarf is such a wonderful treasure and is absolutely stunning on dear MaiTai! Thank you, dearest MaiTai, for sharing this special joy and so much throughout the year!
    Wishing you and your loved ones and all the wonderful friends gathered here a very Merry Christmas and most joyous holidays! Sending you all my love and big Christmas hugs, xoxo

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    1. Dear Scarf Enthusiast
      Merry Christmas to you and your Family too! Look forward to your beautiful words in 2015 and wish you a very happy new year. Warm hugs to you, Manuela xx

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    2. Scarfie, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with a bit of orange under the tree.

      I'm happy that you like the scarf I chose for MT. It does look beautiful on her, and I'm sure that even Hugo approves!

      All the best,
      Jerrine

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  26. That scarf looks so wonderful on you MaiTai, exquisite. Happy Christmas MaiTai and thank you for sharing your scarf expertise and magic xxx

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  27. Merry Christmas Mai Tai!

    Wishing you and your family good health and happiness in 2015. Looking forward to your new posts and Keep Inspiring!

    With lots of love from sunny Singapore

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  28. This is one of my favorite scarves! I enjoy wearing it every winter. Merry Christmas MaiTai!

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  29. Dearest MaiTai,

    What a holiday treat to stop by your blog and behold the beauty of your world, and Plaisirs du Froid never looked warmer and more alive than on you!

    What a reflection of taste and elegance by Jerrine to have selected it for you. Jerrine, your wit and taste are on par, and that says alot!

    Wishing you all a very warm holiday and new year!

    much love,
    sammie

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    1. Sammie, you are too kind - thank you for the compliments. I'll try and live up to them in the coming year.

      And you said it so well - MT does make that scarf come alive.

      A very bright new year to you,
      Jerrine

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    2. Jerrine,

      That beautiful treasure does indeed seem to be made for our lovely MT, but you, my dear, had the insight and keen eye to select it for her--so the beauty is on both side dear soul.

      Wishing you a warm and prosperous 2015!
      sammie

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    3. You are most kind, dear Sammie - thank you. I sometimes have "emotional responses" to certain designs, and all reason goes out the window even if I know it won't work with my wardrobe. I just have to have it anyway. I really should go back and re-read MT's section on how to select a scarf, as she seems to never make a mistake in her selections!

      But, in this case, I think it all worked out for the best, and Les Plaisirs has truly found a most wonderful home.

      All the best to you,
      Jerrine

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  30. Sparkling MaiTai,

    I'm catching up on the blog, and just wanted to say WoW & Congratulations on the most glowing soft MaiTai Collection Statement Necklace!

    I love how it 'creates' and elegant 'collar' on every outfit you've shown. What a simple sparkling way to dress up any outfit, with a MaiTai whisper, of course!!!

    Thank you dearest, for continuing to show us what is possible!

    love,
    sammie

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    1. Perfectly said, Sammie!

      I hope you're a writer - you should be.

      Best,
      Jerrine

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    2. OMG, the ultimate compliment, from the ultimate writer (you, Jerrine)!

      Thank you, you made my year!!!
      sammie

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    3. I meant it sincerely, Sammie. You do have a way with words. To describe MaiTai as "sparkling" is right on. She truly does seem to sparkle in everything she does.

      Best,
      Jerrine

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  31. Lovely post as always Maitai! Wishing you a very Happy Holiday and all the best for the New Year! : ))

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  32. Dear Mai Tai, a very Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Jerrine, you should start your own blog to show us your Hermes scarf collection! :-) Emily

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    1. Emily,
      I'd read Jerrine's blog just to read her clever witty writing...oh yes, and the scarves are a very close 2nd. The pen is indeed mightier than even the scarf, when Jerrine's wielding it!

      Happy 2015 to you!
      sammie

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    2. Awww, Emily, you're too sweet. I have a rather modest scarf collection when compared to others who are true collectors, but I'm happy with it.

      However, as I told Sammie, I do get in trouble when I become emotionally involved with a certain design, and then all reason goes out the window. I'm betting that I have a few partners in crime here, though! Of course, Hermès, I'm sure is very happy that I make the occasional blunder.

      And, sammie, you'd better watch out or I'm going to have to come over and give you a big hug . . . and rumple your H. scarf. Thank you again, sweetie.

      Best,
      Jerrine


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  33. Dearest MaiTai,

    Wishing you warm and happiness this new year!

    much love,
    sammie

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  34. Dear Mai Tai & Le Salon ladies,

    wishing you a nice new year, hoping we will all enjoy in our Le Salon together and keep this beautiful "party" rolling (referring hereby to all positive meanings of the word "party") !

    Lea

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  35. My, such a lovely gift. And you look stunning in the gold and blue tones MaiTai, especially with the tassel necklace.

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  36. My dearest darling ladies... hope you had a most wonderful Christmas, and wishing you all a fabulous New Year 2015, filled with happiness, laughter, joy and good health! Thank you so much for the above comments and sweet good wishes, you are the kindest and sweetest <3 Le Salon has become such a lively and fun place in recent months..it is one of the most wonderful things that happened in 2014. Here's to you, my darling friends, and to a fabulous New Year filled with fun and friendship xxx

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