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8.06.2005

Wardrobe Planning


I love the idea of keeping everything two or three colors. And buying just a few very good pieces. Choosing a motif -- perhaps stripes -- on which to focus. And I love Olivia.

Today's fragrance: Serge Lutens' Un Bois Vanille with notes of coconut milk, black vanilla absolute, caramelized benzoin, licorice, bitter almond paste, gaiac wood, tonka bean, sandalwood. Thankfully, what reaches my nose is a kind of butterscotchy vanillic sandalwood with an occasional whiff of licorice. No coconut here.

16 Comments:

Anonymous keeter said...

That's me! Everything in my work wardrobe is black, brown, grey, or tan. And I'm all about the natty pinstripes. Very Euro-chic. Wish we could go shopping!

8:12 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Olivia!!!! My favorite. Did you go to the library and pick up one of the FOUR books? He just keeps making them and they are all wonderful books.

Hand me those vertically striped tights and a fine red hand-bag ...and hey! I'm ready for coffee with you!...but I think I'll be wearing a bit of O de Lancome to offset your vanillic reverie.

*nuzzle*

~clearing

8:13 AM

 
Blogger A Little Bar of Soap said...

I personally wear black, white, and gray only.

8:44 AM

 
Blogger ParisLondres said...

This is cute!! I shop the same way M - except that I fall for gorgeous prints and include them. I am a great believer of separates. Used to wear suits esp. pinsstipes ALL the time and now I have freeeeedoooooom and love pinstripe shirts - the Paul Smith kind!!!

xoxo

9:02 AM

 
Blogger ParisLondres said...

oopsie daisy I can't spell - pinstripes! :)

9:03 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh well ok...I meant horizontally striped tights...to accentuate every unsightly bulge and bump in my 46 year old legs!! hahaha.. Vertical would be better. Maybe Olivia will get some of those in her next story.

xxx

~clearing

9:12 AM

 
Blogger Annieytown said...

I like the idea too. It is very Meg White-ish.
Meg White is from a band I adore called the White Stripes. They only wear red,white and black. Her drum set looks like a candy cane. Swirls of red and white.
Lately she dresses in white gowns like Loretta Lynn used to wear back in the 60's and 70's. The last time I saw her in concert I just fell in love with that look. Big Loretta hair with a gown...and bare feet. I turned to my friend and said that I wanted to dress like that...she said I was nuts. LOL
I think you need a great red coat or bag to start out with. I will keep my eye out for ideas.

1:47 PM

 
Blogger mireille said...

Annie! Please do! You are my and Olivia's internet stylist!!! xoxoxo

2:04 PM

 
Anonymous Laura said...

I'm reading Michel Pastoureau's The Devil's Cloth; A History of Stripes--- very interesting book.
I had no idea of the symbolism behind the use of stripes in clothing. His discussion so far is mostly limited to western cultures.

2:49 PM

 
Blogger mireille said...

interesting -- all I associate them with are prisons and camps -- which I push away in order to think more Chanel thoughts. I'll look for that book. thanks, L. xoxoxo

2:56 PM

 
Blogger katiedid said...

I loooove Olivia. I have tried to get my boys into those books, but they seem uninterested. They're all about the cowboy books lately. And David Kirk's Little Biddle books.

5:31 PM

 
Blogger Bela said...

I don't care what Trinny and Susannah say, I only wear black trousers with various tops, and have done for the past 30 years.

The famous British fashion designer Jean Muir used to wear navy blue clothes exclusively.

There's a lot to say for adopting a "uniform": makes dressing easier and releases brain cells for other things.

5:50 PM

 
Blogger Janey said...

I'm a wash 'n wear kind of gal. Stretch polos in every color and mostly tan pants and sandals. And I do love Olivia and I used the name too and did you change your comment thingee for blogger.com only?

8:24 PM

 
Blogger mireille said...

Janey, yes -- to try to avoid the spam comments we've all been getting. xoxo

9:04 PM

 
Blogger still life said...

leaning towards a somewhat classic styling, i prefer camel, gray and black of course
oh and a fabulous timepiece (must have)...and cashmere sweaters
please fall hurry

11:22 PM

 
Blogger Atreau said...

I love Olivia! I look best in blues, greens and greys.

12:12 AM

 

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