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Monday, May 27, 2013

Mop Philosophy Monday

May Flowers
The peonies in my own garden will be blooming soon and the excitement is palpable.
Plain and Simple Goldsign Jeans.
What I've been wearing.
I've been busy doing different things lately: working outside in the garden, trotting over to pilates class and tackling some big cleaning projects at home.  I think the change in activity has led to a change in what I'm actually wearing (as opposed to what I think I will be wearing).  I just want plain and simple right now.

I adore Goldsign jeans, they fit so well.  I like this pair in the dark navy wash, they almost don't look like jeans.  Paired with a fitted navy top it becomes a perfect base outfit: add a blazer, a scarf, a sweater, throw on some shoes, it doesn't matter, it's all going to look good and be easy.
Navy blue perfect-fit tee shirt.
 Speaking of blazers, can we talk about JCrew linen in the form of a throw-on yet polished jacket?  You might remember that I have a JCrew blazer in white linen that I bought last year in New York City.  Yup, I still wear that thing all the time.  Sometimes I want a neutral, slightly longer option and my eye has been lighting on this one:
Linen jacket in khaki.
 The thing about a khaki jacket is this: you can wear it with navy, but it also looks terrific with a base outfit in black cotton.
Basic black cotton capri pants.

Long pencil skirt in black cotton.

Again with the simple tee shirt, but in black.
 Or white, khaki is brilliant with white.
Goldsign jeans in ecru wash.

Goldsign skirt in ecru wash.

I might pump up my wardrobe of basics from JCrew.  (There is a tempting offer right now for Canadians: code GMCAN15 gets you 25% off your entire purchase with free shipping and free returns, good until June 30th.  This means you don't have to Pay To Try On.)
My eye is not drawn to prints or fancy fabrics right now, but sturdy cotton in basic reliable colours.  I haven't been pre-occupied with dressing in such a non-fussy way in many years.  I seem to be channeling colour and design in different areas: my outfits are plain but my garden is looking promising!
What is keeping you busy?  Are you looking at prints and colours or are you drawn to a more basic wardrobe like I am these days?
xoxDani

36 comments:

  1. oh - this is funny! I am wearing my new ivory domino capris with a 1035 jacket in khaki cotton today! I recently ordered the black capris for the same reason you note above. I am either all bling these days (not very often though) or as simple as can be and am only looking at simple tees and sweaters. I just feel more comfortable and chic in these kinds of things now. The exception is those darn mirrored sandals, holding me hostage with their siren call of disco parties and nights of excess...
    I have that same black pencil skirt that I got for $20 at end of season last year - it has been so cold here and wet it hasn't seen any action, but I imagine it coming out soon...I am going through the JC site and choosing some tees and a new navy cotton cardigan and that will likely be my order with the 25% off.

    We are a ways off for peonies sadly, though it if would actually ever get sunny, things might go crazy!

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    1. WMM those mirror sandals are pretty great. I have some silver sandals that I love but the heel is really high, I can't wear them during the day, too bad because I certainly would.
      Sounds like we're on the same page, I am dressing up to go out and it always involves the blue Brora coat, I've had so much wear out of that I just love it. I wear it over a black dress, a navy dress or a black skirt and simple black Kate Spade sweater.
      I really like a longer pencil skirt, that one in particular is very basic and I think it would be perfect with a really fitted tee, easy to wear.
      I'll take some pictures of my peonies when they bloom, I have a yellow tree peony and a coral and yellow peony that is just beautiful. I might plant another one this year, they do really well in my garden.

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    2. I do not have a peony tree, but I need one! I have about 15 now at various places in the garden, but keep planting them! Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews has an amazing peony "walk" that blooms late June - just amazing!

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    3. WMM another reason I need to get to St. Andrews!

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  2. Beigey khaki and black is such a classic combination and as you say, it looks glorious with white too. That's great to hear that you've had so much wear out of the Brora coat! I have peonies waiting to bloom too - three of them, that's my lot, but I'll still be so excited, they are such big blowsy showgirls.

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    1. Tabs the Brora coat is the only thing I wear now when I go out, well over something of course but it is the noticeable thing. Oh there she is in that coat again...
      Peonies are so gorgeous and showy, that's why we love them.

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  3. Morning Dani, this is how I dress most of the time - I love reading my style and fashion blogs, but keep it pretty simple for myself. I do love me some stripes though!

    We are not big gardeners, but yesterday I actually got my boys out helping me with the lawn and tidying. We have some peonies - they didn't bloom last year, I think I pruned them too much, or at the wrong time, but they seem to be coming back. When my husband comes back from BC we'll be re-doing the back lawn - apparently there used to be an above-ground pool there and it seems to have done a number on the grass.

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    1. Patricia good for you getting your boys outside. Our son helped in our gardens when he was home, now of course he's at school all summer but he told me yesterday he'd love a part time job landscaping.
      I hired someone to do the maintenance for us, we have a good sized garden at our house and a small one at the office, but he was totally incompetent so I fired him. Now I'm on my own with it but I'm really enjoying the work. I guess I have more time now so I don't resent it, it's become an activity not a chore!

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  4. Our red peonies are almost finished their annual show but the coveted white ones are still to bloom. Excited here too!
    Your simple looks are easy to wear and those jeans look like a fabulous fit!
    I am admiring your choices and colour palette.
    Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thanks Hostess, I'd love a white peony, good idea, maybe that's what I'll look for at the nursery!

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  5. I love black and khaki together.

    And not an hour ago I was thinking to myself, Hmmm, haven't dressed in all black in quite some time. A brief moment where it appealed!

    We've been on a quite a color wheel, and I don't plan to get off, but the old monochrome has not lost its charms, apparently.

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    1. LPC I like all black with a jacket in a different colour to break things up a bit. Lately I've been jealous of a khaki sportcoat of MrBP's which led me to look for one for myself!

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  6. Neutral basics - now you are speaking my language Dani. I have two business trips during June so will be wearing just that, adding an accent of color with a scarf or blouse. I bought J.Crew's tipped linen schoolboy last year. It's tan with black piping and goes with so many things. I haven't found much to love at J.Crew lately but I will pop into the Boston Copley store next week. If nothing else I'll pick up a few more hair clips.

    Winter stayed so long here, the peonies are just forming their buds now. At least we have had the spring bulbs blooming and now bleeding hearts too.

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    1. xoxo I use those clips too, have fun in Boston, that's a fairly large JCrew isn't it?
      Two trips, you'll be busy. I'm really enjoying the neutral base these days, I don't have to think about it at all. The scarves become much more important however.
      I really liked that tan with black linen schoolboy, it was my favourite colourway.

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  7. Dani, what would you say makes the fit "special" in the Goldsign jeans? I have a terrible time getting jeans to fit and gave up on premium denim many years ago.

    We seem to be in a similar mood about neutrals--even though I am a color addict, almost all of my purchases for late spring and summer have been solid basics in black and khaki. These include the infamous drawstring linen pants that caused my husband to accuse me of trying to wear pajams out of the house.

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    1. Hi Hexicon, that's funny isn't it, I think we've been in a long period of florals and colour, now with neon still holding and all of the graphic patterns I just want solid and plain.
      I love the fit of Goldsign. I have a "curvy" bottom, a 36.5" hip and a 26" waist, most jeans have to be tailored at the waist because they gap horribly due to the size I have to wear to accommodate my hips. I've not had to tailor Goldsign jeans, they fit great and the fabric is wonderfully soft. Maybe you should give them a try!

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    2. Thanks Dani. I have the same issue with my waist two sizes smaller than my hips, but whenever I buy a "curvy" fit jean that fits my waist they shriek "Mom Jeans" to me, so the Goldsign sounds promising . . . if my thighs will cooperate! I'd pay extra for jeans that fit well.

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    3. Hexicon they definitely don't read "Mom jeans", they are very cool and flattering. I do not have skinny thighs but they fit me well without making me feel like a sausage, and the pair at top in the dark navy wash are actually quite loose through the thigh. They are expensive but I keep muttering CPW to myself!

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  8. I didn't know that Peonies were hard to grow - went to chelsea flower show and i was rather shocked at how few peonies were there!
    will definitely look into your lead about those jeans- I find jeans a nightmare so once I find something that fits then I wear them threadbare!

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    1. couldashouldawoulda I always found jeans a nightmare as well, nothing worse than trying them on in a store and not being able to squeeze one's butt in, very embarrassing. Definitely makes online shopping attractive!

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  9. Yes, I have been going back to basics as well, it is just easier and feels less forced. I have been wearing a lot of black, navy white and khaki. I have this need to declutter my outfits and I realized that I only feel good if my prints don't claim too much real estate. It is more about the fit and proportions and less about novelty and surprise. I think blogging helped me experiment a bit but now I think that OK I tried this fashion thing, let's get back to things more my style. I did learned several lessons on a way, about what I can and cannot do, at least I hope so.

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    1. ajc I know exactly what you mean!!!

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  10. I'm on Team Black, White, Navy, Khaki as well. Funny how things come and go in waves.

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    1. Fred I know and our team uniforms are looking pretty great!

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  11. Hi Dani,
    We went to Charlie's grad in Vancouver and I visited J.C. hoping to try the Goldsign jeans but they don't carry them at the store. I love the outfits you've chosen. Black,camel and navy are such a good choice.Easy peasy style.
    Our local florist had fuschia peonies with chartreuse centers.Weak at the knees looking at them.

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    1. Marsha Charlie's Grad! Congratulations to your family, such a happy time for you all and such accomplished boys you've produced! That peony does sound gorgeous, I hope you bought some!

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  12. Same here - the tan linen with black piping jacket and a navy blue striped seersucker jacket are my summer staples with jeans, cotton pants, white/orange/mustard tshirts and buttonups (and a few lovely liberty print shirts) with a doublestrand of sunny yellow beads from Jcrew of years ago. I feel like it's my age ("heading to mid-40's") that has inspired me to reduce and simplify my wardrobe. I used to have so many more colors and styles in my closet (complicated!).

    I'm envious of your garden peonies. I buy them at a corner store once/week in May/June and wish I could grow them!

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    1. LTee I'm where you are, I'll be 43 next week and I no longer want complicated choices. Your summer uniform sounds terrific. I'll be sure to take some pictures of my peonies, I've been checking them every day and I think they're going to be so pretty this year, even though they never last long.

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  13. I love your navy outfits, it sounds very calm and refreshing. It seems like everyone is going back to neutrals and classics this year. After so many seasons of brilliant colour, it is a welcome change.

    After we bought our house, my husband decided to clear out the backyard because it looked like an untidy mess, but in doing so, he unwittingly hacked apart a huge peony bush! He had already cut the root (a huge tuber the size of a beach ball!) in half when I saw it from the upstairs window and ran down to stop him. I transplanted the hacked-off root to the front garden, and despite the surgery, it has flourished wonderfully without any effort on our part. It blooms every year and I always look forward to it.

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    1. Louise I'm replying twice, I tried to correct my response but had to delete it, argh this blogger aspect irritates me, anyway, I think it's amazing you saved the peony after it was hacked, you must have a green thumb! And yes the neutrals, we'll be looking at these for some time, at the very least well into next year, I think it's what our eye wants now. A good time to find those really good basics.

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  14. Peonies may be my favorite flower. I had gorgeous mature bushes in Canada. They don't grow in the desert climate, though luckily they show up at Trader Joe's for a few months every year.

    I used to have so many ruffles and patterns and complications in my closet. I've pared way down both in terms of what is in my closet and my style. Great minds must think alike, I just wrote a blog post about this very thing a few days ago!

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    1. DF I didn't even know you were writing a blog, I went over and read all of your posts today and I loved them, I've always liked your style and your approach to fashion. I'm so happy you are sharing your point of view with us!

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  15. I literally wore out a wonderful old JC khaki jacket-- cotton with a bit of silk in it, slight sheen. I don't currently have any linen jackets, but they do look crisp this time of year.

    I have a few peonies; my thousands of daffodils are done which always makes me sad. My terra cotta pots under the apples have been planted out with shade lovers-- fuschias, coleus, big orange begonia,,chartreuse sweet potato vine. Today the tomatoes go in whether they like it or not.

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    1. Lane oh I would love to see your garden! I cleared out the area under my apple tree and planted it with chameleon fish mint, woodruff and periwinkle. I hope they take to the spot.

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  16. thank you so much Dani for the code. i got a necklace i was humming and hawing about because it was still FP. i'm paring down to neutrals too. love prints, but i have my fair share of them.

    xo P

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    1. Phiphi the code is great for us up here, so happy you were able to get your necklace. We're on the same page too.

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