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Friday, February 8, 2013

Liberty Colour Story

 Liberty fabrics have been really popular the last couple of years, mainly sewn up into shirts, dresses and blazers.
If you'd like to incorporate a subtle bit of Liberty into your wardrobe why not take a look at a vintage Liberty scarf?  I bought mine on ebay in 2010 and it was not expensive, about thirty dollars or so, but it is thick and luxurious and the colours are gorgeous.
Cobalt blue, violet, plum, chambray gray and white all conspire to form the basis of a colour story for that imaginary trip down south we're having.
My love for my bargain scarf was so great that I have found myself buying pieces to wear with it on various sales over the last couple of years.  Not sure if that makes the scarf such a bargain in the end!
Goldsign Jenny jeans, J.Crew tweed jacket (2012) and Repetto flats.
Notice the chambray trim on the inside of the J.Crew jacket.
 The chambray gray in the scarf lends itself to a washed denim.  The Goldsign jeans really take on neutral cloudy tones when paired with the vibrant cobalt and violet.  I'd pair the outfit above with a simple white tee-shirt.

The scarf with the navy tweed.
 The scarf itself is a rather large rectangle, making it perfect for throwing around the neck to avoid sunburn.  It's like colourful sunscreen.
I would add in a white blouse to wear with the skirt and jacket.
Also a small handbag, maybe in a silver tone, to complement the cool tones.

Eileen Fisher merino boatneck sweater.
Pair the skirt with a sweater for an easy outfit.
I really like the vibrancy of cobalt and violet offset by white.  I think it looks so fresh and crisp.
 
J.Crew merino sweater dress 2008.
Adding the jacket mixes texture, but in the same tones.
 I would add in some costume jewelry in bright white tones, a pair of pearl earrings and a crystal necklace from J.Crew.
Kate Spade jacket and matching skirt.
J.Crew Martha necklace and pearl earrings.
Three pieces from Kate Spade round out this Colour Story: a long-line jacket in a mod shape paired with a matching skirt, and a full silk skirt.
You'll notice the lining of the jacket, above, matches the full silk skirt (below).  They used a polyester for the jacket lining rather than the same silk: that would have been a luxurious touch.
Kate Spade full silk skirt with fitted waist.
A simple outfit with Repetto flats and a white tee shirt.
The skirt has a big and busy graphic pattern which would suit a plain white shirt perfectly.   Add the scarf to the handbag and done.
On my imaginary vacation I am packing up a plum lipstick and adding in white basics:  canvas sneakers, those white tee-shirts (both short and long-sleeved) and that white blouse.  A white handbag would be pretty but even on an imaginary trip I'm sure I'd ruin it!

Enjoy your Friday my friends,
xoxDani

53 comments:

  1. PRINT IT You're fitting right in with the good blue at B&P Dani! Funny how one great accessory can lead to a whole new collection, huh. Know lots of Liberty besides the shirts, but have never thought of their scarves.
    Haven't actually been into the Hermes on Bloor for yonks. Now I've actually stashed the coin I've only been looking on their site.
    Opinions on the EF knit texture? I can only do some very fine merino (itchy princess) but I would like one of her sweaters with the longer back hem for casual.
    Thanks for posting this while we are under a snowdrift and happy weekend - it's like a mini-break but with no packing - hah!

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    1. GF I'm enjoying the mini-break without the actual travel! Nice to be home while the blizzard howls outside, it just keeps on and on!

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  2. Another great colour story, Dani! Now I can really see why you want that blue LV.

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    1. Abby you're right the dark navy LV would fit in here... ah well it's off the list (I just this morning responded to your comment on Simply Navy, that post changed my mind!) In the end I had to buy a black handbag for evenings out and I bought something special. With the helpful advice of our GetFresh who is a handbag expert!
      Maybe next year for a dark navy bag.

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    2. I just went and read your comment. I think it was a good idea to take the purchase off the list, for this year anyway. I'm glad you got a special bag that will be useful, I look forward to seeing it.

      Funny how you were buying things for the bag you didn't have. Just like many of us sometimes shop for the life we don't have! It's hard to avoid.

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    4. Abby so true it's a bit crazy! The black bag I bought is perfect and I've already used it three times, including last night. It was by far the more sensible purchase!

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  3. Really enjoying your posting more frequently.
    Your photos are a lovely way for us to get your story ( very professional looking ) You inspire me to dress myself better , try and work with what I have and not be swayed by trends of the moment. Every morning this week I have begun my day happier with what I already have ! Thank you... Carolyn from Vancouver

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    1. Carolyn thanks so much for your comment you have certainly cheered me up. :)

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  4. Hi Dani,
    I love very much navy... I was a pro black and had loads of black in my wardrobe. I have replace nearly all my black with grey and navy that I found still formal but not so less "dramatic" as black... I love your scarves and would need to go on the hunt of one or two "perfect ones"... Have a great day, I am getting very close from the weekend and it feels good!
    Take Care
    Steph

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    1. Hi Steph I hope you have had a good weekend!

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  5. I love those blue based color stories, they are my favorites. I think it would also be fun to bring in that plum shade from the scarf, maybe in the t-shirt under jacket. I have bought items in the past to coordinate with the piece I love so Ikwim about it not being such a bargain, but on the other hand it confirms how much you love it.

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    1. ajc the scarf is a real beauty and partly due to its size which I didn't illustrate very well. Good tip on the plum!

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  6. This is a really lovely colour story - thank you for sharing. I have always thought Liberty scarves are as beautiful as Hermes (and so much more affordable!!). I especially like the scarf paired with the jeans, the contrasting textures are very pleasing to the eye. Hope you are keeping warm and safe in this snow storm! My husband stayed home today rather than risk the highway. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Louise I am very happy your husband stayed home. MrBP went to the office but it's a short walk, I brought him lunch and was nearly buried in the snowdrifts!
      I like the scarf with the jeans as well, brings out that cool gray in the scarf pattern.

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  7. I had no idea liberty print scarves were made! Something to scan eBay for. This color story is fabulous. The blue hues are so vibrant.

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    1. DF when I looked for them on ebay there were plenty and they are really well-made!

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  8. I've always loved Liberty prints since I was a teenager. When I'm in London, I'm going to go to the store and buy a Liberty print shirt. I never wear prints now, so this is a big move for me. Beautiful colors you've shown, and of course I love the Goldsign jeans. For the first time ever - I've got a hankering for a white leather bag for the summer, and may take the plunge. Looking forward to seeing your new black bag as well.

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    1. Kathy I don't know what it is but white bags seem like just the thing for this summer. If you find one let us know!

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  9. What a beautiful scarf and such a wonderful price. With your coloring, I bet you look so pretty with all these gorgeous blues!

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  10. Beautiful (and bargainous!) scarf, Dani, and I love everything you've put together with it.Looking forward to seeing what your new bag is!

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    1. Sulky well it started off as a bargain! ;)

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  11. I think i will take the imaginary plane with you! I am going to dig out my stuff and make some decisions this weekend - what is still going, what is staying, etc, etc, etc (to quote Mr. Brynner)

    I love these colour stories - they are so much fun and I am inspired to do more of this!!!

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    1. oh and PS - I am off to start my official stalking of that Merino dress. I remember it well... Damn 2008 was JC perfection....

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    2. WMM I have definitely caught those dresses on ebay every now and then, there was a black and white floral print as well that is gorgeous. I bought mine on ebay probably in 2010, they are still in perfect condition.
      If I see them I'll send you the link!

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  12. Dani Love your color stories and while reading them I can't stop thinking how wonderful you would be as an interior decorator. You have a knack with colors and textures . Did you ever put together swatches with interior fabrics? A possible new career? You would be fab! Just did my last errand and staying home as the blizzard of 2013 hits Boston. Going to catch up with Downton Abbey and light a big fire. Bought ingredients for s'mores so should be a cozy night home with the kids. Stay warm !

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    1. Anon thanks so much that's a nice thing to say! Your stormy night sounds very cozy and I hope you didn't get walloped too badly by the snow.

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  13. Ohhh, Dani-This is just perfect! I would just love to see you dressed in all of this sapphire splendor. I missed out on the cobalt KS skirt, but I do have the jeweled sweater in that color(it is truly beautifull!)-you are welcome to it anytime you have occasion to wear it. I am looking forward to seeing your new handbag and all its luscious accompaniments. As for me, I am just wishing I was a mouse in your closet playing dress up all day...

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    1. Hi David, they are beautiful KS pieces, I remember that sweater it was gorgeous!

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  14. I had a Liberty print shirt years ago that I wore so much that the elbows wore thin!
    They make such pretty prints...
    your scarf inspired wonderful companion purchases!
    BTW I Love those Repetto's!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend Dani.
    XO

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    1. Hi Hostess, oh thanks but beware the companion purchases! ;) Hope you've had a good weekend as well.

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  16. I love navy/saturated blues too! Even as a child I was drawn to it and now I find it sharper/kinder than black. Glad that it seems to be more available these days. Hope that you are safe and warm from the evil blizzard! Have a good Friday.

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    1. Jill we enjoyed our snow day though I did have to walk the three blocks to the office and it took me much longer than it should have.
      Funny I liked navy as a child as well!

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  17. I love navy blue-and all of the shades in your story. I have to stop myself from buying blue because I feel like I have too much. Your scarf is gorgeous. I like wearing navy with black in the winter, but have to punch it up with pink, red or white for spring or summer.

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    1. Julie I am also a fan of navy with black. There has been loads of blue on offer these last couple of years, well it is a flattering colour for so many!

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  18. Your scarf is a treasure. I have an Hermes scarf that years ago was the basis for many of my coordinating purchases. I love your paring with the tweed jacket. I also really like the crystal necklace, although since I wear sweaters more than blazers I have had to retire some of my crystal pieces because I find they snag my knits. I can only wear them in the summer, so I enjoy them then. We too are in the midst of the blizzard- although I am sure it is worse where you live. Although we will not be taking a large vacation this spring we will be taking some overnight trips to various cities. I enjoy the packing process even if it only for one night.

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    1. Knityarns I agree about the snagging crystals, I wear my pearls all fall and winter but that crystal necklace is perfect for summer.
      I do like a fun trip into the city for the night, we might do one of those as well though nothing planned so far!

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  19. A post after my own heart, Dani! I am wearing that very jacket with jeans to work today...although I scarcely EVER do Casual Friday (it's just really not me!). AND I adore Liberty...so beautiful and happy! My mother was a huge fan and I have inherited many of her wonderful scarves. Yours is a real beauty! Thank you for pointing out the piping on the inside of the jacket...I'd not noticed it...now I shall always be checking! Stay snug and warm...my son is driving from London to Detroit tomorrow and I'm a little nervous! He says the weather there is better and Western wasn't shut down...but I'm still wondering!! Thanks for the wonderful post!

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    1. Rebecca if he drove yesterday (Saturday) the roads were fine, Friday was not the day to be on the roads in southern Ontario. Fingers crossed his drive went well.
      How wonderful that you have your mother's scarves. Your outfit sounds lovely and I think that jacket is so pretty with denim, yes that chambray bit is a nice touch isn't it!

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  20. Love all these blues! That scarf looks very wearable, so many subtle colors. I don't know how you find these things.

    Enjoying the blizzard here, almost vino time.

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    1. Hi Lane, This scarf was a good ebay find thank you! I hope you managed to dig yourself out of the snow.

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  21. I purchased a Liberty of London scarf in London in 1987 and it has many of the same colors as the one you pictured today! Yay! I get to take advantage of your superb color sense in figuring out new ways to wear it. I'm not as imaginative as you. I did wear it last week with a pale purple/lavendar silk knit top. My scarf as a bit of brown in it also, so I wore brown slacks and a brown leather jacket. Like your scarf, my vintage scarf is still vibrant and beautiful.

    Keep these imaginary color stories coming!

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    1. Susan your scarf sounds amazing as does your outfit. I wonder if mine is from the 80's, somehow I think so. I am so happy you like the imaginary stories!

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  22. Such a beautiful scarf Dani and the blues are perfect.It makes me think of Spring and I'm looking forward to it. We've been watching the news and it must be very pretty when looking out to your shed in the backyard. We haven't had snow this year and I miss it. The kids use to love a snow day . Have a great weekend.

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    1. Marsha the snow has been gorgeous, we are supposed to have rain tomorrow and I so wish the snow would stay as it is so pretty and the skiing is great.

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  23. I LOVE Liberty fabric and love he scarf and blue combo.

    Liberty in London is my favourite shoppe x

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    1. Hi FF, I would love to go to that shop, it would be heavenly.

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  24. Hi Dani - your blues are lovely; I especially like those Repettos. Are they comfortable?
    By the way, I notice you have mentioned a couple of times that you are not being alerted about comments. A while back I gave you the link to the Polish pottery shop in Waterloo that I mentioned, but just in case you missed it, here it is again:
    http://www.byhandandfire.com/ Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Patricia, the repettos need a rubber sole on the bottom to be more wearable, a change I'm planning to make before summer. They are okay-comfy, I find a heel better for my feet!
      Thanks for the link, I did miss that as I am having those comment alert issues still, I can't seem to fix it. Maybe when Old Rascal comes home for reading week he can do some technical work for me! ;)

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  25. Hey! I'm putting together a post about a scarf color story for this week! I will be sure to point people here. I think it's such a good way to know what experiments are apt to work.

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