Sunday, April 12, 2015

New necklaces and summer additions

The arrival of the first warm and summery days coincided with the arrival of the new necklaces I was so excited to discover when in Paris last January. They have clean and contemporary lines, which gives an easy, chic and stylish finishing touch to casual as well as dressy looks. I previously  tried them with wintery wardrobe items, and they were fabulous in combination with sweaters, dresses and cardigans. It's been great fun to pair them with spring and summer looks for this post, they are truly wonderful for all year round.

The bright and sunny days have also inspired a couple of summer wardrobe purchases. The patterned silk top with abstract red flowers was simply love at first sight. It can be worn as a blouse or jacket, and dressed up and down with ease. The flowers have a lovely variety of shades of red, which makes it easy to combine with other items. I bought it at Max Mara, but couldn't find an online link (according to the label the model number is 1111085200).  The trousers (also by Max Mara) are a much needed replacement for a pair of light cotton trousers which came to the end of their life. The b&w printed tunic top is from www.comptoirdescotonniers.com, and gives a fresh touch to black and white summer outfits. It can be worn as a dress, tunic or even a shirt, as it tucks easily into a pair of trousers.




Capsule pieces: red patterned top and off white trousers
Accessories: Pendant necklace in or. Hermès Picotin 22 in sanguine, Kelly Dog bracelet in black croc, or clic H in marron glacé and Clic clac H in bourgogne.
Shoes: Superga sneakers or Oran sandals in bronze





Capsule pieces: black and white patterned tunique shirt and black trousers, or white jeans with short sleeved cardigan in black
Accessories: Tassel necklace in noir/argent. Hermès Kelly Dog bracelet in black croc or 'Quadrige' enamel printed bracelet.
Shoes: black patent pumps (Belle Vivier 45 by Roger Vivier)





Capsule pieces: Off white cotton trousers and burnt orange linen sweater.
Accessories: Tassel necklace in noir/argent. Hermès Picotin MM in etoupe, Clic H bracelet in marron glacé or 'Quadrige' enamel printed bracelet.
Scarf: ExLibris cashmere GM worn in the basic bias fold, and wound once around the neck
Shoes: Superga sneakers





 

Capsule pieces: cream silk shirt and dark blue jeans
Accessories: Tassel necklace in mocca/or (above) and Pendant necklace in or (below). Hermès Kelly in ebene,  'Quadrige' enamel printed bracelet (above) and Kelly Double Tour bracelet in ebene (below).
Scarf: 'Kachinas' Maxi Twilly (above)

 



Capsule pieces: lavender silk top and off white cotton trousers (I've had the top for more than fifteen years, but haven't worn it for a very long time since the cut and shape looked dated. But with the return of looser fitting clothing and fluid cuts, I am so glad I kept it all that time. It's perfect again!)
Accessories: Pendant necklace in or and Hermès 'Elephant' enamel printed bracelet







Capsule pieces: animal print top, beige cardigan and off white trousers
Accessories: Tassel necklace in mocca/or. Hermès Picotin 22 in taupe and 'Caleche' printed enamel bracelet
Shoes: Superga sneakers or Oran sandals in bronze



Pendant necklace: cotton cord in light mocca, metal parts 22 carat gold gilded
Tassel necklace mocca/or: cotton cord in taupe, silk tassel in mocca, metal parts 22 carat gold gilded
Tassel necklace noir/argent: cotton cord in light mocca, silk tassel in black, metal parts rhodium gilded
Weight: under 75 gr (2.6 oz)

The necklaces are nickel free and made by hand.

Price: 132 EUR plus shipping, available through here

Available in two sizes: 90 cm (35") and 84 cm (33")


Care instructions:
To preserve the beauty of the gilded gold or rhodium finish, please don’t let the metal parts come into contact with perfume, and avoid having  the surface scratched by friction, or sticky or sharp objects.

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46 comments:

  1. Oh, my friend, these are so very elegant ànd versatile! Love the richness of these tassel colors and ITA that all three are year round!
    Also, loving how you mixed the silver and gold as you prepared your style sheets!
    Love your styling options,too! Fresh and fun variations mixing new and old finds! It was kind of you to choose options that are available worldwide;-)
    Love, love it all❤️
    Happy shopping to all of the swans in Le Salon! No pushing or shoving allowed;-)
    Congrats on another runaway hit! Your talent knows no bounds...yeah!
    Big mwahs and a celebration toast,
    T xx

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  2. Those tassel necklaces are so pretty- I love tassels too. You look so crisp and summery in theses photos.

    Enjoy your week, x

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  3. Beautiful additions again my dear friend! You look lovely :)

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  4. Wow!!!! These are smoking hot!!
    My dear MaiTai you must admit that it was GSL who coerced you to revisit winter white/off-white over your stubborn insistence that it "washed you out"...
    This scintillating montage vindicates GSL in ways that exceed even his high expectations.

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    1. ...and please let;s keep our focus on smoking hot and scintillating over those terms of surrender: 'crisp and summery'

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  5. Dearest Mai Tai,

    I totally agree with dear Trudye, "your talent knows no bounds"! These new pieces are so beautiful! So elegant and chic! Congratulations, my dear friend! I love them all very, very much <3!
    This post is a beauty! You always choose the most amazing photographs to mix with the new items and outfits. You create beauty around you. Thank you for sharing it with us <3.

    Have a wonderful week ahead. Sunshine hugs, Manuela xx

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    1. Agree with Manuela, 100%! What a beautifully composed post. And the new necklaces! So simple yet classy. Absolutely my idea of French chic <3 <3

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    2. I forgot to mention your new Summer acquisitions. I like them both very much but your new Max Mara top is really lovely! Congratulations, dearest Mai Tai! Hugs and kisses, Manuela

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  6. Très chère Maita
    Tu est somptueuse. Toutes ces associations sont merveilleuses .
    Tes nouveaux colliers sont sublimes
    J''adore l'association de noir et blanc et du chemisier avec le jean .
    Très belle semaine qui devait êtres chaude
    Bises Myriam
    Comme toujours c'est un sans faute Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Dear MaiTai, what a lovely post, a real feast for the eyes. I love your new wardrobe additions, particularly your MaxMara trousers which are fab with the side pockets, and the black and white top, so pretty and fresh. I also love your new necklaces but am going to be very strong and resist, as I am gearing up for a further scarf ring purchase: my mother noticed my MaiTai MOP scarf ring the other day and has asked me to get her one, and of course, while I am at it, I will take the opportunity to pop a lacquered ring (or two) into my shopping basket...

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  8. Break out the bubbly! Tassles are always festive, and you give us so much to celebrate! Myriam is absolutely right: these ensembles are sumptuous.

    Raising a grateful glass --

    Chin chin,


    Azalie

    PS: I watch with fascination the rising tide of gold in your wardrobe!

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  9. Dear MaiTai, what a beautiful post to kick-off new MT collection additions! After seemingly never-ending winter here in southern Ontario my eyes crave colour, especially lush green and sumptous blooms. Thanks to your pictures we are so fortunate to be able to see what spring should look like! Thank you!
    Aneta

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  10. Hi MT, thank you for this useful post, helping me to gather ideas ready for our Spring here in the UK, a little behind you. I do admire your style, and have searched your old posts for any tips on make-up. You and I are the same age, same colouring, and I'm wondering if you might be able to offer any make-up ideas. Your make-up always looks lovely, subtle and glowing. I guess my goals is to look happy and healthy! But make-up can lend a hand. Or, are you able to point me in the direction of useful advice on this? Thanks in anticipation. s :)

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    1. Beautiful Life,

      If I may bug-in here and say, it's all in your lovely name: beautiful life; the make-up is just frosting on what's inside--good living, good soul and lots of love.

      that's what makes our MaiTai so beautiful.

      cheers to you, beautiful life, it comes from the inside,

      xoxo
      sammie

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  11. Nothing I like better than a great tassel! And, these new necklaces are wonderful for summer when just the thought of putting 90 cm. of silk around your neck is nauseating. I've got my order in and can't wait to get it. You are such a clever girl!

    And, you look lovely in both your new wardrobe additions and the ones we've been treated to before. Of course, with new pairings, they look brand new, as well. May your old light cotton pants rest in peace.

    How gorgeous you look in that pale lavender top.

    Happy Spring,
    Jerrine

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    1. ITA, Jerrine, as the thought of a scarf around my neck has me in a sweat!
      I just love these and so happy to have my order placed! I know they will see year round wear!
      Happy days,
      T xx

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    2. Probably no one understands the heat/humidity/silk equation quite like we do, Trudye. Texas and Georgia; summer and silk just do not work!

      I so look forward to receiving my order.

      Hugs,
      Jerrine

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    3. It's usually about 35 degrees and 100% humidity here but the other day it dropped to a freezing and icy cold 27 degrees celsius so I whipped those scarves out pronto. I think you can make a scarf work in the heat in you work in an air-conditioned office or if you do a tricky necklace tie. Just my 2 cents worth. x

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    4. Yes, the necklace tie is my solution, if I can wear it over a collar, but if the silk actually touches skin, I go a little nuts! Fortunately, AC is everywhere, but it's just getting from one air conditioned spot to another that's miserable. And, God forbid if you have to get into a car that's been sitting in the sun all day - maybe about 120 F. in there. Scarf is immediately whipped off!

      FF, I forgot that you battle the same heat and humidity we do - only worse. At least you're headed into your fall and winter now, right? I know we've got a long, hot summer ahead of us - ugh.

      Best,
      Jerrine

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    5. Thanks FF...what would we do without the air conditioning? You are right, you can make it work in a chilly building. I even use my shawls in the summer to ward off a chill...especially at the movies where I am sure they keep the temp right at freezing or just above! If I wear a scarf at all in summer I prefer the 70cm...less to mess with and easier to take on and off! MT scarf rings do help,no?
      Best,
      Trudye

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    6. I always need a scarf or shawl at the movies! In summer 70cm is perfect!

      We have so much humidity here. So difficult for the hair and frizz…

      Yes we are heading into autumn but my autumn is like 24 degrees! So not really very cold! xx

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    7. Yes, the humidity does play havoc on the hair! Jerrine has the frizzies and I have the dead straight flat head! Yet, your hair always seems to look fab FF! What is your secret?
      At least the humidity is good for the skin...yay!
      Happy ramp up to Autumn,
      T xx

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    8. Mine isn't either, FF, and I doubt Trudye's is either. And, I battle hair frizz all the time - I hate it. You can't look totally chic with frizzy hair!

      Commiserating,
      Jerrine

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    9. Nope,Jerrine see above comment! My hair just goes flat in this humidity!
      Waiting to see what FF has to say as her hair always looks good!
      Sympathy hugs,
      Trudye

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    10. LOL, Trudye, I was commenting that I doubt your autumns are too cool either! Our posts passed like ships in the night, I guess.

      But, I'll trade flat for frizz any day you're up for it.

      Ciao,
      Jerrine

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    11. Too funny...we seem to be passing in cyberspace a lot lately;-)
      Our seasons here are so darned mixed up,I am not sure what to call them!
      Would you believe I have always longed for a little frizz to give my hair some oomph?
      Happy Thursday hug,
      T xx

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    12. Sigh . . . and, I'm always trying to calm down the "oomph."

      Happy weekend to you and all the Swans,
      Jerrine

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    13. Dearest Jerrine--

      You speak reality (for me) when it comes to 90cm silks + summer = icky sticky.

      MT's pendant necklaces on cotton chord are really just the ticket!

      and for what it's worth, I think frizzy hair is just so kool and interesting. alot of people perm their hair for more volume, so think of it as instant, Nature-given volume that doesn't require chemicals!

      mwahs!
      sammie

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    14. Dearest Jerrine...

      the name escaped me earlier...but I just Googled and found it:

      Esperanza Spaulding

      she is the uber of uberest kool w/ superfrizz hair and all!

      xoxo
      sammie

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    15. Just Googled Esperanza Spaulding: now that is SOME HAIR. Jerrine, I can see that you might not want to go all the way down the pike, but I'm with sammie on liking some of that summer humidity volume, at least on me. I just call it "beach hair." Bring on the sarong and the rum-based drinks!

      Cheers!

      Azalie

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  12. Love the new necklaces! And the pairings are inspiring, as usual! I quickly ordered the pendant necklace and look forward to wearing it very soon.

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  13. Hello Dear MaiTai! Love tassels, your new additions are so lovely...the perfect accessory for the warmer weather, or anytime of course.
    How pretty you look in your new Max Mara top, love the pattern. Isn't it fun to bring back an oldie but a goodie and enjoy it again...love you in lavender ! Simone xx

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  14. How pretty you are with your new acquisitions and new neclaces. I also love the MM pattern but also this old one light blue blouse.
    I personally think that your thin body, class and taste together are a "régal pour les yeux". And put something more in the way of the all accessories you wear.
    As usual with my approximative English it's a bit confuse... But you understand I hope my dear Mai Tai.
    Amities

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  15. How lovely the new necklaces are!

    Suitable for both warm and cold weather - I can (roughly) imagine how you would combine them with both summer and winter wardrobe ("roughly" for the reason your imagination and style are unpredictably beautiful and you can always surprise by the new stylish idea and never get tired).

    In my world of style (much upgraded by your site), the new necklaces work for sure fantastically in the coming warm days, although you are my only style teacher and I am not a fantastic pupil.

    Thank you for the new fantastic contribution in your inspirational cute stylish boutique teaching us how fantastic journey is evolving the personal style, if the creator is skilled.

    Hugs, Lea

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  16. Superbes idées pour ce printemps j'adore la veste Max Mara! Comme Belle Vie quelques conseils maquillage seraient les bienvenus.Votre rouge à lèvres a une très jolie couleur....

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  17. Dearest MaiTai,

    Wow, knock us out w/ a feather!!!

    Your new modern necklaces on a soft cotton chord are so uber cool, literally and figuratively, and another point: matte/brushed gold finish, rather than shiny shiny--that's a MaiTai detail that, IMO, makes these pendant/necklaces special + subtle.

    MaiTai, your photos belong in a museum, truly. The field of red flowers (poppies?) remind me of Monet's painting showing a landscape, dotted in Vermillion red poppies.

    Thank you for sharing w/ us your newest creation, no doubt designed and refined w/ much love and devotion.

    Bravo dearest!

    you make this world more beautiful in every way.

    xoxo
    sammie

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    1. Sammie, may I say "thank you" for expressing my thoughts in right words?
      That's true - the necklaces are special for their special and thoroughly studied details.
      It makes them different and special.

      All the things which are not "complicated" but are perfect in details and craftmanship are so special. Like these necklaces.

      Thanks, MaiTai for creating them and Sammie for describing them so well.
      Hugs to both of you, Lea

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    2. Oh dearest most kind Lea,

      Thanks for your generous thoughts and kind words. Means alot to me...but I must say, the words come naturally from MaiTai's work.

      You are so spot-on about the simplicity speaking for itself. Sort of the 'zen' of good design, bcuz simple lines/shapes cannot hide flaws of any kind. Simplicity is "all exposed" for what it is, and that is not easy to accomplish in any walk of life or product.

      Also, another point that I adore about this necklace--the smooth curves all around. No sharp corners or edges.

      It just *looks* so soft and pleasant to touch, even in the photos.

      Gaaaaaa...

      and dear Lea, I'm sorry the green shoe search came up 'extinct species' !!! I think there's a reason manufacturers don't make shoes in this color...but our MaiTai has shown us how to style them w/ her GENIUS style sheets.

      if you happen to come upon something green/aqua/blue or the like, or heck, forget the shoes, if you are still open to joining our kooky green shoe capades, pls reconsider, sans shoes, but w/ everything else in mind/heart. We're not picky about the inclusion of each and every piece; we just want everyone to have fun and enjoy what our wonderful, genius leader Tai has presented to us. That's really the point - enjoy and have fun.

      I'm still trying to rope Jerrine into this too, so if you get to 'talk' w/ her, please nudge her into our green style sheet challenge too !

      (hear that Jerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! you're in the GreenShoeHouse!!!)

      xoxo
      sammie

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    3. Oh yes! Dear Lea (and dear Jerrine!), sammie has been working miracles. Do consider coming and taking a peek. Sammie is doing a fabulous job of putting together something that we can "give back"! We'd love to have you in on the fun -- and the bouquet of thanks!

      Many hugs, and hopes that one of these gorgeous necklaces finds its way to your house!

      Azalie

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    4. Azalie,

      u r such a dear--thanks! I think #8 is still "open" so that could be our collective finale for the series...

      speaking of which...how about a series on this fab pendant necklace? It's so practical for summer, as temps heat up, as I don't like a silk twill sticking to my neck when it's 90 degrees outside.

      xoxo
      sammie

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    5. Hi, Azalie,

      I did send a rather weak contribution to sammie a few days ago, but I'm afraid that's about all I can contribute at this point even though I'd love to come play with you stylish green girls!

      I can't wait to see what you and sammie and Kendal have put together. Don't keep us in suspense too much longer, okay?

      Thinking green
      Jerrine (at least my name rhymes with green!)

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    6. Jerrine, my dear, your contribution was priceless -- more wit & wow per square inch than I've seen in a long time!

      sammie is an amazing dynamo, and has been accomplishing miracles. I think we're getting close to the point for a pass-off to Swan-in-Chief MaiTai -- the suspense is building for us, too!

      Hoping for a green light soon!!!

      xoxoxo, Azalie

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  18. Dearest MaiTai,
    I noticed less silks than usual incorporated in the posted outfits, I hope it is not a departure but rather a way to highlight new additions, both the capsule pieces and the MT collection treasures. I cannot wait to see the new pieces joining your (and our) favourite silks to create the masterpieces of stylish outfits!
    Yours truly,
    Aneta

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  19. Dearest MaiTai,

    I just had to come back and admire your new pendant necklaces.

    The weather in my part of the world is starting to warm up, and to be honest, I rarely wear my fine shiny silk twills around my neck as the temps heat up. It's just too sticky, icky and the lusterous silk twill fabric doesn't go well w/ my lightweight madras cottons and linens.

    But!

    Ohhhh, your pendant is on a cotton chord--comfortable in summer. Genius MaiTai, I tell ya, pure genius!

    btw, if it matters, my "vote" is for just stay the same as you are and thank you for showing us what is possible (i.e., I'm perfectly happy camper w/ as few or as many silks you choose to model for us...but honestly, for summer, I prefer the cotton chord pendants and cooler-around-the-neck items)

    xoxo
    sammie

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  20. I'm with you here, sammie. Silk scarves and humidity are not a good match at all, and also, I think they can just plain look too hot. The necklace tie works pretty well, but for the most part my scarves go on sabbatical until late October. I hate it but, that's life, and I love pulling them out and wearing them again come fall.

    The new pendant on cord will probably be worn every day until the scarves can come out and play again. I'm just so glad that MT designed it for us! Thank you, MT.

    A happy week to all (we actually have sun here today. I'd almost forgotten what it looked like),
    Jerrine

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  21. Thank you so much everyone for the warm, fun, kind and lovely comments, they brought tons of rays of sunshine into an otherwise demanding week. I loved reading every post and every exchange, and will do my best to come back in more detail over the next few days. xx

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