Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wardrobe Steps

Waiting on the electrician.  What shall we do?

For those of you still interested, I shall continue The Vivienne Files Starting from Scratch steps.

I have started to lug my fall/winter clothing out so I can at least see what I have.


For those that may not know, all of my jewelry was stolen last year.  Although I did get some money from the insurance company, most went to installing a gate on our very long driveway and cameras too.  Hunter has done a great job replacing pieces but I still have a hard time with the whole thing.  Just kind of makes me sad.  Then mad.

Anyway, these are the items I have picked for my accessories:


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Simple Diamond Studs, Hermes Bracelet, Mixed Metal Watch, MZ Wallace Bag, Scarf

I do have a navy bag but honestly, I favor this bag.

That was pretty easy!


Step 6:  Accent Color Tops and Scarf

Hmmm.  Can I do sweaters or do they have to be tops I can layer under the cardigan?  I am NOT a layering kind of gal.  Most of the time I wear pants and a sweater.  Maybe sweaters come later.   I don't know what to do!!!!

I'll stick with sweaters and a scarf:


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Hermes Scarf, Blue J Crew Sweater, Green Pure Collection Sweater

Yep, I can do this.


Step 7:  A Base in the Second Neutral

Pants, a Cardigan, and another pair of Shoes

 Hunter has five pairs of shoes.  He wears khaki khakis and one of about six shirts.  Oh, he also has a belt that desperately needs to be replaced.  He makes it look so easy.

My second neutral is GREY.

What shall I pick?  I have 6 grey cardigans (not including my sweater/coat.  Shhh.), 2 grey pants, and 0 grey shoes.  I know which pants I will choose.  I've whittled the sweaters in half.  And yet another shoe on my "To Buy" list.  What is the deal with the shoes? Ugh!  I won't do ballerina but maybe some lovely monk strap shoes?   We'll put them in just to see.


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Maybe.  They are from Cole Haan and they look lovely.  Not sure.  I'll need to enlist my shoe guru (Hunter) to help me with this.



Step 8:  Two Tops and a Necklace

These can be anyone of my four colors.  I know what I definitely want to put in for the tops.  I know I stated button downs suck for big boobs but these work wonderfully for me and my gals.  The necklace...I'll stick with a diamond pendant but I did get one with color this summer.


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J Crew Thomas Mason Tuxedo Shirt - it is wonderful on all accounts
Pure Collection Navy Silk Revere Blouse - their current silk blouses are not the same
Sundance Tati Necklace

The blues aren't really the same are they.  I have only one lonely green top.  Should I have included just regular tee shirts?   Those I wear a lot.

That's enough for now.  About half way.  My weeds are calling me.  Time to do something easy.

12 comments:

  1. I'm sorry about your loss. I didn't know. I lost some priceless sentimental jewelry, altho years ago when I had something to lose. I emphasize. On wardrobe, I wear mostly pants and black is my go to color and if
    I am going out for martinis I will pop on royal blue. I love the go to blue pieces you have pictured. I would wear them well.

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    1. Thanks. The jewelry is tough because most was purchased by hubs and had a memory attached.

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  2. Love these selections. What a drag about the jewelry. Not the year to stop swearing!

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    1. Thanks. I haven't actually stopped swearing...maybe in about ten years when I might have grand kids.

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    2. It's even tough when you have Grandkids!! My children keep reminding not to swear around the baby...I'm bad!

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  3. This is a very detailed process! Love the Hermes accessories and these days I am living in jeans, rubber boots, tee shirts and maybe a sweater. (I still wear my pearls though.) Still, your choices are speaking to me because they look great but you could still do stuff while wearing these clothes.

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    1. Well thanks baby. I'm thinking I need another Hermes thing.

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  4. I'm paring down and clearing out myself. I tend to prefer simple than layering also. It sucks about your jewelry robbery. These things have sentimental value that you just can't replace. I love watching you and procrastinating on my own wardrobe purge and organization. It's just such a beastly job. Great start. xoxo

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    1. It is especially hard trying on all the sweaters in this weather. I have heat rash after two of them.

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  5. I still miss the precious things that "disappeared" - I know they're only things, but it really is the memories that make the loss personal, that make it sting.

    I've given up on having a logical wardrobe. My rationale is that I never know what's going to happen next, and I have an overgrown and irrational need to be prepared. I now own 5 small flashlights/reading lights/utility lights.

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    1. I just forget sometimes what I have and end up buying multiples. Flashlights I can understand...seven grey cardigans?

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