Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wardrobe additions - playtime part I

As the days are beginning to get longer, and with the marks on the thermometer occasionally rising to spring temperatures, the deepest and darkest part of winter seems to be slowly becoming a thing of the past! The two-part playtime series with the new wardrobe additions starts with end of winter/mid-season looks, and in case of a cold spell, you can always add a warm and cosy winter coat, sweater or shawl for warmth.











Capsule wardrobe pieces: burnt orange linen sweater with checked wool trousers (warm tones) and grey cardigan an flannel trousers (cool tones).
Accessories (warm tones): Hermès 'Mr et Mme' 90 carré, 'Elephant' printed enamel bracelet and 32 Kelly in ebene. MaiTai Collection scarf fur collar in mocca. Scarf worn in five-loop method.
Accessories (cool tones): Hermès 'La Presentation de Chevaux' 90 carré, 'Caleche' printed enamel bracelet and 35 Birkin in black. MaiTai Collection shawl ring in black horn, scarf worn in a basic slide.








Capsule wardrobe pieces: black coat with beige cotton trousers and leopard print shirt (warm tones). Jeans and cream tank top (cool tones)
Accessories (warm tones): Kelly Dog bracelet in black croc and Lift pendant in black.
Accessories (cool tones): Hermès 'Mythiques Phoenix' 90 carré, 'Chaîne d'ancre' printed enamel bracelet and 18 Picotin in bleu sapphire. Scarf worn in a Cowboy knot with a MaiTai Collection Moyenne scarf ring in black horn (ends tied in a criss-cross knot)



We left yesterday for our annual skiing holidays, and I'm looking forward to catch up with you in a couple of weeks. Part #2 of the wardrobe additions features early spring looks, and will be posted remotely in a weeks time.

Have a wonderful Sunday and rest of the month xx


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55 comments:

  1. Dearest MaiTai,

    Your new additions are beautiful, classic, and versatile -- just like you dear MaiTai! I especially love your burnt orange linen sweater, such a warm cozy color.

    Love how you paired the new with your existing pieces, all so pretty.

    Warm hugs from freezing NC, Simone xx






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    1. Thank you, dearest Simone! Love the burnt orange sweater too, it adds such a fresh and joyouns touch to the capsule wardrobe, and is great fun to play with. Stay warm, and have a lovely Sunday! xx

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    2. I hope you have a wonderful ski holiday as well! Simone

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  2. Love the burnt orange, so elegant and a touch of leopards is always such a beautiful touch. Enjoy your creeping up temps..wish I could say the same!

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    1. Thanks so much, dear Enchanted! For the moment no more spring for us either... yesterday we drove past blossoming almond trees, but when approaching the Alps a few hours later, were caught up in a huge snow storm...brrrr!

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  3. You always look wonderful!!! It is always a joy to see your fashion.

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  4. J'ai un faible pour le pull en lin orangé de chez Darel je me réjouis de voir les associations printannières.Bonnes vacances à la neige.Véronique

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    1. Merci pour votre gentil commentaire, chère Véronique. Le pull orangé est un vrai coup de coeur, et au même temps un veritable multitalent. Bonne semaine!

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  5. Dearest Mai Tai,

    I love this post! Your new burnt orange sweater is so beautiful! As Simone said, like you are! I have tried to order it from GD's homepage but apparently they do not send to Denmark. I might call them tomorrow.
    Enjoy your time skiing!
    Hopefully you will have great weather!

    Stay warm and cozy, my Dear! Manuela xx

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    1. Fingers crossed for you,dear Manuela, in being able to score that linen sweater! Let us know if you have any luck; although, all of us in the U.S. are out of luck on all these great pieces:-(
      Have a great week,
      T xx

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    2. Dearest Manuela, I just checked the list of countries GD ships to, and one of them is Portugal! I very much hope that it might work out this route, fingers crossed!! Have a wonderful week xx

      Trudye Dearest, I am so very sorry. I feel like a terrible tease, although of course I didn't intend too! If only we could persuade GD to expand their shipping territory.. Hopefully burnt orange will be more widely available in spring/summer throughout the world, I very much hope so xx

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    3. Awwh, darling MT, no tease taken! You have provided us a great springboard with which to launch our very own capsule pieces! The burnt orange sweater seems to have caught everyone's eye as a shot of color is so appealing at this time of year!
      Perhaps we will see a burnt orange tassel necklace in the future??? Me thinks it would sell out in a flash...so, please put my name down for the buy;-)
      Enjoy your snow storm and get ready to tackle that powder pack soon!
      Mwahs, xx

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    4. You are so right about the longing for a shot of color at this time of year! And given our affinity for orange, it is now wonder really we all love GD's spring offering ;-) The snow storms are still raging.. so lovely to come to Le Salon to warm up, and to chat with friends! xx

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    5. Thank you for letting me know that Gerard Darel sends to Portugal, dearest Mai Tai! So happy to know that! <3 Hope you´re having a great time in the Alps! Mwahs, Manuela xx

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    6. Dear Trudye, thanks for your good wishes. I called Gerard Darel in Paris and was told that Place des Tendances and Monnierfrères send their items to other countries. I don´t know if the U.S. is one of them but you could always try. Bonne chance! Happy hugs, Manuela

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    7. Trudye, doesn't it kill you that we can't get these lovely things here? I checked their websites, too, and one of them ships to Latvia of all places. Yes, I know they wear clothes in Latvia and probably appreciate warm, lovely cashmere pieces, but heck, if they can ship there, wouldn't you think they could ship to us in the US? Hello, FedEx was born here!

      I would think that they'd be opening stores here like crazy, too. Maybe they're afraid of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein!

      But, Manuela, it's certainly good news for you, and you would look lovely in the orange sweater. I hope you can snag one.

      Hugs to all from a sleet-soaked South,
      Jerrine

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    8. Just wanted to let you know that Bloomingdales in Chicago has a GD section that's wonderful! They don't put the merchandise online but will accept calls!

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    9. Annie, that's great news and thanks for the tip. I might pop by the B'dales here in Atlanta and see if they, too, carry a selection from the line.

      Isn't it funny that we'll all spend much time and effort in tracking down things we can't readily have? Tell me I can't have something, and that makes me want it all the more!

      Stay warm,
      Jerrine

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    10. Thanks, dear Jerrine. It looks there's hope for you girls in Chicago! Keeping my fingers crossed! Manuela xx

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    11. Oooh, Annie, good news about Bloomie's in Chicago - thanks for the tip! Dear Jerrine, hope you are staying warm and dry. Lovely Manuela, I hope to see the orange GD on you in a future MT collage! Dearest Trudye, you are so right about longing for beautiful colors this time of year. There is a clutch of bright yellow daffodils on my credenza at home, all massed together so they are pretty much screaming "YELLOW!" at me when I walk in the door. Loving it!
      Warm aloha and hugs,
      Fifi

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    12. Darling Friends,
      Jerrine, it is a tad frustrating I agree! Think this darn weather has us all ready for a little brightness! Be it an ever elusive sweater or fresh flowers that you darling Fifi have in the entry, I know my eyes are seeking color! I picked up a bunch of bright orange tulips at Whole Foods today and love that pop of orange!
      Annie, thank you so much for the Bloomie's intel! We do not have one here so I will wait to hear what Jerrine can find out!
      Really, Latvia? LOL!
      Manuela, I join all in looking forward to seeing you in that sweater and hope one finds it's way to you...somehow;-)

      We are just shy of sleet in Houston,but cold and drizzly enough! To think it was 78F here on Sunday...crazy!

      Everyone stay warm and safe and keep dreaming those Orange dreams!
      Big hugs,
      T xx

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    13. Lovely girls,

      Thanks for your sweet words! I have ordered the sweater but, after having a closer look at my scarves and wardrobe pieces, I chose it in the oatmeal colour (first). Sorry to disappoint you! :-)
      A great remaining week to you all! Manuela xx

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    14. Yeah, Manuela, oatmeal will be lovely on you! In my pretend wardrobe, I even like the navy one they have up!
      Look forward to modeling pics!
      Hugs,
      T xx

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  6. Très chère Maitai
    De très jolis exemple de tenues a recycler pour le futur printemps .Ici il fait froid est le mistral est a 100 kms heure ,donc le col est le bienvenue
    J'adore ton pull Darel la couleur est vraiment superbe.
    Je vous souhaite de bonnes vacances en espérant que tu n 'as pas étais bloquée sur la route .
    Bises Myriam

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    1. Je suis ravi que ton col continue de te faire plaisir, chère Myriam! J'espère le Mistral va se calmer, et les beaux temps viennent bientôt! Ici on a beaucoup de neige, et demain, il tombera encore plus. J'espère on va avoir un peu du soleil au fin de la semaine! Bises

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  7. Playtime it is, darling friend! I love the pairings posted here! I think we all would love the orange linen GD sweater! Truly a fab find! Love how you posted the warm/cool tones side by side. It makes it fun to imagine mixing and matching across the lines!
    Wishing you and yours lots of fresh powder as you hit the slopes! Have fun<3
    Mwahs, T xx

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    1. Aww my darling T, hope your good wishes will come true! At the moment, one powder layer decends on top of another, with not enough time between them to get the skies out! Trying to bake orange sweaters as we speak, but for the moment, without much success! Have a wonderful week, mwahs xx

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  8. Dear MaiTai, Love your pairing with your fab new buy I loved them all from your last posts especially the orange top gorg , also love the way you have showed us how to pair with the warm/cool tones side by side so easy to see.
    Enjoy your winter holiday hope the snow is perfect for you.
    Best Jane x

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    1. Thank you, dear Jane! So nice to know you enjoyed the post, hope you'll like the spring pairings too! Have a wonderful week ahead x

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  9. Dear MaiTai, it was such a treat to discover not one but 3 posts from you which I had somehow overlooked! Love your new clothing additions. And I have been deeply in love with your Presentation des Chevaux in those beautiful colours for a long time, you always choose the best colourways in the scarves. Enjoy your ski holiday, Boy 1 has just come back from his school ski trip, they had great conditions, so hope you do too.xxx

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    1. Glad Boy 1 had a great time on the slopes! Snowstorm today here, so I stayed cosily in the hotel all day long. DS doesn't mind, he's been out all day with a group of teenages ( probably all of them happy to have escaped the company of their parents!). Have a great week xx

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  10. Dear Mai Tai ,
    Love the new purchases ,well chosen as usual.
    I particularly like the cool tones being fair skinned and blonde myself.
    But I think you can wear both tones so well.
    Enjoy your ski holiday. N. J.

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    1. Thank you, N.J. Adding new wardrobe pieces is always such fun, happy you like them!

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  11. Mai Tai, you've become my fashion guru! Now I can see how a few changes in an outfit make it warm or cool. And add me to the list of salon ladies who love that orange GD sweater! Enjoy your holiday!

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    1. Thanks so much, dearest Annie.How I wish I could just pull enough orange sweater for all Salon ladies out of magic hat.. working on a spell as we speak!

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  12. I love how you work new items into your existing wardrobe--it gives me such inspiration! And I'm looking for that as these long, cold days of winter drag on--I'm ready for the lightness and brightness of spring! Enjoy your holiday! xx

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    1. It's always so satisfying when new pieces and trusted staples join into fresh new looks, happy you enjoyed the post. Have a wonderful spring ahead!

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  13. Dearest MaiTai, that new coat is so versatile! And are those hazelnuts all netted up so beautifully in the basket? They are my favorite nut. Have a wonderful time skiing and enjoying your family!
    Warm aloha,
    Fifi

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    1. Thank you, dearest Fifi! The coat has a perfect cut too, I was so happy when I discovered that it came with a 50% discount! Those netted beauties are chestnuts. The basket was enormous, and makes them look the size of hazlenuts! Have a fabulous week x

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  14. While, I'd like to say that our temperatures are rising and the dark days of winter are nearing a close, I can't. It's sleeting here, and we may get snow tomorrow. All the poor mothers are going crazy, as they were housebound with their kiddies all of last week, and it looks like much of the same this week.

    Anyway, enough about the weather woes. MT, you look especially radiant in that burnt orange linen sweater, but it's that black, leather trimmed coat that I truly covet. So wish we could get these things here.

    I may have to move to Latvia, and I'm not even sure where Latvia is, only that those lucky people can get these lovely pieces.

    Enjoy your trip. I hope the weather has cleared, and you're schussing happily down the slopes.

    Hugs,
    Jerrine

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    1. Ok,girl, stop by and pick me up on your way to Latvia! Not exactly sure about where it is either...kind of sort of know the vicinity! We would be the cutest girls there decked out in GD with a little H thrown in!
      Besides the linen sweater, I am loving that coat, too! Such great finds,all, by our fearless leader!
      You stay warm and keep me posted on the Bloomie's intel!
      Fingers crossed that we all have enough firewood to make it to Winter's end!
      Warm hugs,
      T xx

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    2. I found the sweater,ta da....on Pinterest ;-))

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    3. Make an offer. Maybe you could buy it from that Pinterest poster, Trudye!

      It's turning very dire in terms of weather here today. We have a major ice and snow storm bearing down on us, and they want us off the roads no later than 2 p.m. They've closed down all the schools and anything they can and will probably ban large trucks on the interstates, considering the problems they had with them last year.

      It's supposed to snow through tonight, and then everything will freeze on tomorrow night, making driving impossible even Friday morning, as well as my trip to the airport. Will probably need to cancel flight, darn it.

      Salon Swans, I live in the South. This is not supposed to be happening here at the end of February. Trudye, can I come live with you? Maybe we can go to Latvia. The weather is probably better.

      Boo hoo,
      Jerrine

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    4. Now listen to the authorities,Jerrine, and stay off of those roads! No, those of us in the South are not used to this weather nor do our cites, states have the proper road equipment to deal with it! Be safe!
      My guest bedroom is ready and waiting anytime!
      I think Latvia may be even colder than Atlanta,so head on over to H town...if you can get to the airport!
      Cannot bid on Pinterest...only a lovely collection of pics;-)
      Something very similar, but not as long, on RL website on sale. They have a cardigan and coat version.
      Make sure those furbies are safe,too!
      Warm hugs,
      T xx

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    5. Well. Trudye, the storm has passed, and although I drove home (early) in a blinding sleet storm yesterday afternoon, no snow developed here in the city. I guess I'll be getting on that plane tomorrow morning after all. Just hope I can avoid the patches of black ice on the way to the train! (Cars should be equipped with black ice warning devices. Heck, they have everything else on them now!)

      A safe and warmer weekend to all and good snow and visibility for our leader.

      Best,
      Jerrine

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    6. Dear Jerrine,
      Have a safe journey tomorrow! Take care! Bon weekend to all the lalies of Le Salon and our Dearest Mai Tai! Manuela xx

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    7. My goodness, Jerrine -- this is not how I picture the South! Hope you are heeding dear Trudye's very good advice and staying off the roads. You're welcome to come to Seattle if Latvia becomes a non-option. But you'll have to grow webbed feet and I don't think Roger Vivier sizes include "webbed." Dear Manuela, I love oatmeal colors and feel they are very versatile, although the orange would also have looked fabulous on you! Why not get both? :-)
      Warm aloha to all!
      Fifi

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    8. Oh Jerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

      I know that rhymes w/ Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, but how 'bout pronouncing "Jerr" w/ more "e" than "er"?!?

      I've been watching the weather reports in the news, OMG, it's the South. It's supposed to be warm.

      Please please, don't drive, as many friends here have urged. Southerners are not 'seasoned' snow/sleet/ice storm drivers, well, and they really shouldn't be, bcuz it's the friggin South!!! Circular argument here. Suffice it to say, that I care, and I wish you to be safe. We need your sparkling commentary to brighten our days. Be safe dearie.

      Jerr, what do you think about our MaiTai's style sheets? I'm thinking they are D-Y-N-A-M-A-I-T-A-I !!! Forget about dynamite; it falls short.

      After seeing how she selects/curates each piece, I'm going to take a year or two off of work to go through my wardrobe to cull out all the excess and keep the gems. OMG, my department stores will not love me anymore, but I will love me more for spending less!!!

      Praying for some better weather for y'all.

      much love,
      sammie

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    9. Hey, sammie, if you can get anyone to pronounce my name correctly, I'll give you a Birkin! It's actually a French name, but boy, it doesn't ever sound elegant and French the way it's pronounced. Oh, well . . . what can you do.

      Our storm didn't materialize in Metro Atlanta, so other than a sleet shower, my car and I were spared, but you're right, Southerners do not know how to drive in the snow. Heck, they can barely manage rain. I know how to do it, as I grew up on the frozen tundra of upstate New York, but I always had the aid of snow tires in the winter. They don't know what those are down here.

      Yes, I think MT's styling is wonderful, and I must try and ignore the occasional style blunder, e.g. trend, and get with the program completely.

      And fun little fact - I was reading the Delta magazine on a flight on Friday and came upon the meaning of Mai Tai. In Polynesian, it means very good. They were talking about the drink, but it certainly carries over to our style guru, as well, don't you think.

      A happy week to you and all the swans,
      Jerrine

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  15. Are the Anneau Infinity Rings still selling in sets of threes?

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  16. Dearest MaiTai
    I hope your weather in the Alps is improving and that you are able to enjoy the slopes. I love your style sheets. Thank you. My color palette has changed over time from warm to cool as my natural hair color is greying. I am becoming a Norwegian blond, one hair at a time. So thoughtful of you to post while you are on holiday.
    Much love and many blessings,
    Terese

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  17. Dearest, most painterly, artistic, practical, genius MaiTai...

    TKO us w/ a feather, my dear!

    Your inspirations of the sunset and sea belong in an art museum -- the colors, the composition, the everything. What a treat for the eyes/soul. Thank you for sharing w/ us!

    Now, onto the most fantabulous, genius style sheets/wardrobe organization...

    Thank you for showing us how to 'curate' our wardrobe pieces, without a speck of excess or repetition, so that each and every piece remains special, rather than diluted. That is not easy to do. Much easier by far to simply OD on one's favorite color/style. But you've shown us "how", with your genius style sheets; warm/cool dichotomy, winter/spring too, and likely many more to come. I can hardly wait!

    Annnnnnnnnnnd, if I may gush a little about one of my favorites in your scarf collection: Storm Blue "La Presentation." I have etched in my mind's eye, your wearing it, looking like royalty, with pearls and a simple storm blue/gray chemise. Just like a real princess. But here, you transform it into a smashingly sporty look. The genius of Ledoux's design + the genius of MaiTai styling = d-y-n-a-m-a-i-t-a-i !!!

    Dearest DynaMaiTai, I wish you a most fabulous rest of the ski vacation with your family, storm or not, treasure every moment.

    much love,
    sammie

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  18. Dearest MaiTai,

    Is there any color that does NOT suit you? That burnt orange top is a treasure, and a wonderful new addition to your wardrobe. But I have also seen you in blue, green, navy, red, yellow, and of course all the neutrals... and you always look simply outstanding. Most of us are limited to only one part of the color wheel, but you somehow manage to conquer the entire spectrum!

    Your capsule wardrobes are a real inspiration. They have pushed me to give my closet a massive "clean-out," keeping only those items that truly suit me, and are versatile enough to wear in many ways. (And, of course, that serve as backdrops for my ever-increasing collection of Hermès 90cm scarves!)

    Kisses from California, Elaine

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  19. I like your approach! it is so much easier to admire and follow than those "capsule wardrobe" blogs. a picture really is worth 1000 words! thank you!

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