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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Blank Canvas

J Crew Collection organza skirt in "canvas".
 We're not going out for New Year's Eve this year but if we were I'd like to wear something pale, smooth and dreamy: a sort of tabula rasa for the New Year.

The matching jacket.
 Black is coming on strong for 2013 and I've always been a believer in the LBD, but my eye is tired of it.  I may add some pieces in shades of canvas, pearl and creamy white to my fancy dress cupboard this year.



Collection organza dress coat in "canvas".
 I think it all began with a single strand of pearls MrBP gifted to me in April.
I ordered some pearl earrings to match but they haven't yet arrived, I shall report back.

On Christmas Eve I planned to wear a green dress, which I thought would be fun and festive.
In the end I couldn't do it, I found the synthetic lining really clammy and cold.  In desperation I pawed around for a silk-lined dress and came up with this LBD from Brooks Brothers.
Boring Black
It might have been the most boring outfit ever, yawn!
What about you, any fetching pearly outfits hanging in your cupboard?  Have you been stuck in boring black like me?
xoDani

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  1. You don't look at all boring, you look so elegant in your LBD. Luckily for me, I don't seem to get bored with the colors (or lack of them) in my wardrobe. I do get tired of certain silhouettes that I think need updating, but that's about it. I do have some cream colors in their, and a beautiful cream dress - but find it hard to wear, as most of the dressy occasions we go to in LA are weddings, so cream or white is out. I really love the dress in the last of the "canvas" photos.

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  2. in "there" - yikes, up too early again.

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  3. Dani I used to have a dress like the last one pictured in silk. I now really wish I had not given it up. I also HAD a winter white pants and angora sweater. My closet is stuffed and so I Do have to edit!Oh, and am no longer a size 2!

    Your LBD is truly lovely!

    Wishing you all the best in 2013
    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  4. It's very elegant Dani, I feel like a sack of spuds in everything just now. My fancy dress cupboard is more or less empty bar the Lilabeth, I really do need to add a few good dresses but my part timer's wage has to stretch between that and everyday clothes, I love all of your choices above.

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    1. Hi Tabs, yes and there's no rush as the holiday season is over, I'm thinking ahead, I'd love to copy you and have something pearly white for winter outings.
      Everyday clothes take precedence for certain!

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  5. I am with Kathy - not boring at all - very elegant and the sash makes it special.

    I am good right now for dresses, but do reserve the right if I could ever find a gorgeous Robin's Egg Blue Dress! I think there will be plenty of green dresses in 2013, based on the Pantone colours!

    I love ivories, but they have to be just the right shade. I often end up not wearing them. I really love the wrap dress. I am kind of excited now about 2013 and based on you and xoxo, am going to check out Brooks Brothers as possible place to visit whilst in NYC!

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    1. WMM, do go into BB, it's a very nice shopping experience. I bought my dress online, they have great sales and xoxo gives us the heads-up on those which is good of her!
      You must have a blue dress this year, I know just the colour, I'm keeping my eyes peeled for you!

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  6. Hi Dani - wow, those first few photos on today's post are indeed very restful to the eye! I very much like creamy whites, so soothing, but I don't have any right now. You don't look at all boring, it's just the photo with the black dress looks a little jarring after all those dreamy pieces. Still, you know you'll always have a need for the LBD!
    Hope your earrings arrive soon - pearl studs are so pretty. I've had to exchange my aquamarine earrings - they are studs and were pretty darn big and sparkly! I'm going to a smaller size, hopefully much more subtle for everyday.

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    1. Patricia, it's true there is always need for a LBD, this Brooks Brothers frock is a good one, very reliable in a pinch!
      Well it's better to receive earrings that are too big rather than too small, at least you can exchange! They will be so pretty as an everyday earring.

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  7. I would never think of the word boring...
    you look tres chic.

    I have many LBD's and they are all different styles and shapes so there is one for almost every occasion.
    We are going out for New Years for the first time not in our home or someone else's. Cocktails in a high end hotel bar before dining at a fabulous local restaurant.

    When your pearls arrive please tell all...I would love to know too where you found them.

    Happy New Years!

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    1. Hi Hostess, have a great time going out. We had reservations for a multi-course dinner out but we cancelled, we are really feeling like staying home this year which we never do.
      Maybe you could take a couple of pictures and I could live vicariously!

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  8. I don't think black is boring at all, and certainly not the dress you're wearing. The neckline is interesting, the sash is fabulous. You look beautiful and it's nice to know you're also very comfortable with the silk lining.

    I have a closet full of neutrals - lots of black, navy and grey. I'm not big on prints, I love them but I don't wear them so I've stopped buying all but a few pieces. Scarves are my color. Lots of white, ivory, light blue and light grey to go with the darker neutrals. It sounds a bit dull but in reality it isn't. It's crazy easy to get dressed in the morning.

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    1. DesertFlower I often wish that you had a blog so we could see your outfits! Funny I notice myself not being drawn to as many prints as I used to, with the exception of the Jules dress in botanical print from J Crew, I think that fabric is gorgeous.

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    2. Oh Dani, I want that botanical print Jules so badly! The print is classic and beautiful. I even toyed with getting two and having my tailor "extending" it, but that's not very cost efficient. I wish they offered tall sizes in the novelty dresses like they do with some suiting dresses.

      Several years ago I bought the terra paisley dress, a gorgeous silk twill in a classic print. I knew it was going to be too short, but I loved the print. I had my tailor take the bodice off and use pieces to make a waistband and turn it into a beautiful skirt that is long enough for me.

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  9. Not boring at all. Classic. Serene.

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    1. Thanks Fred and in the end I was comfortable in the silk lined dress so that's all that matters!

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  10. I love the dress you chose Dani, you look lovely. Perhaps some color could have been added with a different sash/belt or colorful jewelry or maybe go bare-legged with jewel-toned or embellished heels. Black is always in style for good reason and I never tire of a LBD but I decided to change it up for a casual holiday party and wore J.Crew's Contrast Pencil Skirt with a rich red silk blouse and sparkly jewelry. The outfit was smashing. Unfortunately half way through the evening someone pointed out a dangling thread and sure enough, there was a fallen hem. I'll have it repaired but I don't know that I can trust to wear it again so it will be off to consignment or ebay as soon as it has completed the tailor/dry cleaner rounds. I hope that if you're buying the organza items from J.Crew that they are good quality.

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    1. xoxo after I took this picture I did change out the black tights for sheer hosiery and wore my Kate Spade black patent 3" heels, which are incredibly comfortable compared to the J Crew valentina pump shown here. Getting rid of those JC shoes asap.
      Your outfit sounds amazing, but of course a wardrobe defect, way to go J Crew. It's one thing after another.
      I am thinking of the organza pieces but I would have to have them relined with silk and of course all seams etc reinforced just in case. So I need to factor in those costs to the sale price. I like the silhouettes however, in particular the skirt and little jacket and the dress coat. I showed the trench dress to MrBP and he thought it looked like a bathrobe.

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  11. I love your LBD - it looks smashing on you. I am in a bit of a clothing rut myself but I actually did not wear black over Christmas - I wore a burgundy sheath on Christmas Eve and a Blue faux wrap for Christmas Day. That's a start! I hardly ever wear white, like others have stated above, it has to be the right shade and I'm terrified of spillage and getting it dirty 5 minutes after wearing it!

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    1. LR your outfits sound perfect. White is difficult but so unexpected too in winter. Tabitha wears it really well.

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    2. You two have both inspired me with your styles!

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  12. I agree with everyone else - you look beautiful in your LBD and pearls!

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  13. You look fabulous, Dani - I love that dress on you. And, as you say, being comfy is so important as well. I like your creamy picks, but it's not a colour I'd dare to wear.I definitely need to break out of my own black rut!

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  14. Hi Dani-I am sure you would look so lovely in those ivory/pearl/canvas pieces. I am like you, after all the bright color /pattern overload lately in the fashion world, subtle colors are a welcome respite.Your Christmas Eve ensemble is beautiful, simple understated elegance. Mr BP is right on the money with that dress looking like a bathrobe. My Christmas Eve was pretty much KS-green and ivory wrap dress, black suede Nadira flats and pretty little goldtone bows with rhinestones. Our NYE is currently up in the air-we were going out to a movie and dinner at a nice place, but now they've revised the forecast-a days worth of freezing rain, ice and snow. We've already had snow x 2, very unusual for us this early in the winter. Methinks a bottle of wine, a carryout from my fave Italian place, Anna Karenina(Sophie Marceau version) plus DH all lovey on the couch are indicated.

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  15. Happy New Year Dani. I am hoping that the violence we have seen in the world will magically disappear as we turn the page to a new year.
    Your choices are always divine. Somehow even the J Crew items look elegant in your presentations. LBD is never boring.
    Enjoy your talented rascals. Not to be trite, but the apple does not fall too far from the tree.

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  16. Chic, elegant, classic. Love the dress and the pearls on you-stunning. I cherish my double strand of pearls and wear them for most really special occasions. When I think of pearls lately, I think of Michelle Obama as well. She also makes them look very fresh, elegant and modern.

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  17. Classic, not boring! I ended up wearing pink Lolli pants and the black jewel-neck top from Boden for Christmas. It was really quite comfortable, and still festive. :)

    I loooove all those shades of canvas and ivory. I always choose that over black, as it's more flattering for my coloring, and makes me feel happy. I'd definitely wear that first dress with the pearls if I had an event for NYE! Instead, we are now going to be hanging out at home for a quiet evening. I'm actually happy to do that, as we're working so hard at packing, that I don't think I'd have the energy to get all dolled up. :)

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  18. wow- thanks for these. Definitely a balm for the over-saturated colours of Christmas- I feel so much calmer and peaceful now!

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  19. Dear Dani, I so disagree. You look gorgeous, gorgeous, I tell you!

    As for yawn, my heart used to skip a beat when I see "Collection" but now I yawn. Silk lining, however, makes my heart sing.

    I did think of you when I saw those pieces, I love the beautiful champagne, canvas and pearl colors. They are elegant but alas, they are often not good for my coloring. I'll be trying out the dress in blue. Speaking of blue ... for some reason, the thought of a royal navy silk sash came to mind for your black dress though it's not possible to improve on perfection.

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  20. Hi Dani, your outfit is so elegant, I can't imagine anyone thinking it looks boring! I am also obsessing about black and white. I snagged the photo floral skirt and pants on deep discount after waiting patiently all season for them to go on sale. I'm planning to wear the capri pants and a black cashmere sweater to a New Year's Eve party tomorrow.

    Best wishes for a very happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Louise I bet your outfit was smashing, it sounds perfect. Happy New Year to you, here's to a calmer one!

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  21. What a lovely selection Dani... I don't wear pearl/white much as I am not sure it flatters me... We are invited this evening and I haven't sorted out what I will be wearing... My main point when going out is being able to be warm as I often end up freezing... On Xmas eve I was wearing my Brora green velvet tunic... Wishing you a lovely New Year's eve and sending you my warmest wishes for 2013.

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    1. Steph it is often hideous on me as well! Love those Brora velvet tunics!

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  22. I wear black dresses because they work for me. They always look appropriate and they are quite practical. I like the IDEA of the pearly dresses/outfits though. You looked great in the "boring" black dress. It is quite lovely.

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    1. Susan, you make a good point about the Idea of things, often doesn't translate very well! The black is tried and true and appropriate. Sometimes I wish for more exciting outfits and then I remember that really I like to just be appropriate after all. That is a good dress, I'll keep it until it doesn't fit me anymore I'm sure.

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  23. Boring black? Three words. Va va voom!

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