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Seasonal Skinny Wk 19: Purple & Plaid | Wine, Purple & Turquoise

Just as Picasso had a blue period, so Petite Silver Vixen is having a purple period.  How long this purple period may last - who knows?  I'll live on the edge and see where the muse takes me; just as I am sure, good ole Pablo did.




No, your eyes do not deceive you. I am wearing the same cardigan and boots from last week's Seasonal Skinny Jewel Tones.

Have I succumbed to complacency already and we're not even at the half way mark of the challenge?
Am I thinking; 'they won't notice I'm wearing practically the same thing as last week!'

Heavens no!  This is merely a more in depth exploration of the sheer panacea that is purple; a colour which runs a close second to my favourite colour - blue.

Although the 3 main items - skinnies, cardigan and boots are the same as last week, I think you'll agree it's a different look, showing that with just a few tweaks, you can create not only an entirely different outfit but one with a different feel. There's definitely more of a casual vibe here than last week, which was on the dressier end of the casual spectrum and that's even with following the same style template as last week ie 3 colours; primary secondary and accent.

Plus, it's a dollop of practicality!  When we were on our Christmas break in France, I packed my Winter skinny.  I knew once we got back to the UK, life would be hectic.  As you read this, I'll be living in a temporary building site, tapping away at my laptop to the sound of floor boards being ripped up as we have a new kitchen floor and kitchen installed and no doubt I'll be covered in a thin - nah, who am I kidding - make that a thick layer of dust! Therefore it seemed prudent to do a couple of Seasonal Skinny outfits whilst we were away!


What's changed from last week's outfit?

To date, the Winter Skinny has been paired with 2 floral tees, a block colour shirt and a geometic patterned, silk blouse, so I thought it was about time we threw plaid into the mix!

Although the shirt doesn't have purple in it, turquoise and teal shades, works equally well with both wine and purple so it's still my linking piece, as my floral tee was last week.

I changed the accent colour from orange to turquoise.
That lead to the orange bag being swapped for my turquoise mini tote.
I replaced the silver necklace with a Labradorite pendant.
I wore the waterfall cardigan differently, straightening the folds out and then only turning one back.
Finally, I tucked the skinny jeans inside the boots to show off the fabulousness of the purple more and that they have an asymmetrical height - they are lower on the outer ankle than the inner.


The French don't have Boxing Day like we do in the UK, so 26th December was an ordinary Saturday.  We decided however, to continue the Christmas eating and drinking by going out to lunch in a hilltop village called Aups.  I mean, who wants to eat left over, cold turkey sandwiches, anyway?

Not that we would've though because we had roast pork on Christmas Day, but you get my drift.

You can see I was quite excited at the prospect of more feasting!

Hilltop villages mean colder temperatures so the perfect time to road test two new holiday purchases I'd bought only a few days earlier - my smokey blue/grey scarf from a local market and polka dot gloves!  I also bought the gloves in red at the same time.  Having wee hands it's tricky finding gloves small enough so I don't have yards of material flapping at the ends of my fingers.  I guess French size petite really is très petite, as these gloves really do ...

... and no apologies for the upcoming pun...

... fit like a glove!  Boom, boom!


Over the years, I've collected a fair bit of semi precious jewellery as I love wearing it.  The stone in this particular pendant, for me at least, is one of the most extraordinary and mysterious stones used in semi precious jewellery: Labradorite.  So called, as it was originally discovered in Labrador in Canada in the 18c.

I'm particularly drawn to this stone because of its exquisitely beautiful schiller. Schiller itself, is quite an exquisite word and means play of light.  It occurs when you see different coloured reflections in minerals, giving an iridescent effect to the stone, which with Labradorite, is know as labradorescence.

You can see flashes of gold, turquoise, peacock green and hints of a blue-y/lavender, which so tie in with the colours I'm wearing, and the depth of the colours changes as you look at the pendant from different angles.

As it hangs on a cord, I can alter the length it sits at, so I adjusted it to be centrally seen when my leather jacket was unzipped.




Dorothy Perkins Petite Skinny Jeans
Wallis Petite Gothic Faux Leather Biker Jacket.  Only size 14s left in the sale but it's available in Stone in the petite and Black in the regular size.
TKMaxx Purple Waterfall Cashmere Cardigan.  Here's a Purple Cashmere Buttone Cardigan currently in the sale
TKMaxx Turquoise & Navy Plaid Shirt
New Look Turquoise Mini Tote.  Seen here in my Turquoise Delight post.
Wollen Scarf from French market
Polka Dot Gloves from Camaieu available in the sale in Grey and Red
Labradorite Pendant (ancient) bought at an holistic health fair.  I love the setting of this Pendant.
Marks & Spencer Purple Suede Boots (old).  These are a funky pair of Purple Boots.


Do you have a favourite semi precious stone you like wearing?  I'd love to know what it would be in the comments below.

You can read why I'm undertaking a style challenge here.

23 comments

  1. Love your labradorite pendant! :) I have a friend who makes jewellery and she made a couple of labradorite bracelets. Some she gave to me, others I bought from her. I love stacking them all on together! :)

    I like the purple and burgundy together too, it's a nice combination :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks Mica. I bet the bracelets look beautiful together. How lovely your friend gave you some she made. I'd love to buy some more labradorite so I think bracelets might be the next thing!

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  2. Pretty outfit and gloves. I'm starting a Purple Lovers Association -- wanna join? :-)

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    1. Absolutely!! And at our annual AGM we'd all have to wear head to toe purple.

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  3. I adore labradorite!!! It is such a glorious stone, so mysterious and yes, it has a glorious Schiller. But your one has a particularly stunning lustre. Isn't there a special kind called butterfly wing labradorite or am I making it up? A friend gave me a labradorite pendant last year.
    The skinnies look great in this cosy combo!!!x

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    1. Yay, I'm so happy to know you adore labradorite too, Kezzie! But you are a lass of great taste! Ooooh, I've not heard of butterfly wing labradorite though. I know it's often used in jewellery to resemble butterfly wings because of the lustre is similar to real butterfly wings. I've heard of Spectrolite which is from Finland which has the full colour spectrum and then there's the yellow kind, Golden Yellow Labradorite. I'd love to see your pendant.

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  4. This whole look is right up my style street.
    Definitely my kind of thing!
    The layers.
    The subtle pattern clash.
    The mix of colours that compliment and enhance each other.
    The easy-breezy attitude.
    I like the fact you have taken the same items and shown how they can be given a totally different feel with a few tweaks.
    Perfect!
    Samantha
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    fakefabulous.com

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    1. Thanks Samantha, what lovely compliments! 'Easy-breezy' - oooh I like that phrase! That's a perfect way of describing the outfit, which is exactly the style I was aiming for. That's one thing about Winter I do like. The fun you can have with layering.
      It's a good challenge to give ourselves from time to time - seeing how you can restyle an outfit with only minor changes. I think we bloggers can fall into the trap of thinking we have to do completely new outfits all the time but I love seeing other people restyling outfits. I thought it was about time I gave it a go with the Seasonal Skinny!

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  5. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great accessorizing with the necklace and that bag

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    1. Thanks Nicole. It's often the accessories that really finish off an outfit.

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  6. I really like how you showed how versatile these pieces can be! Also, I am now wanting to try my waterfall cardigans like this. :) And your gloves - oh my! Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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    1. The gloves are cute, aren't they? I love it when clothes give you lots of option. And wearing the cardigan slightly different kinda worked!

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  7. Talk about a pro at layering!! And what a pop of color with that bag!! Now that's how to put an outfit together!! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Well, I'm not sure I'm a pro just yet but working on it! But thank you Jodie. I am pleased at how well this does actually look!

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  8. So many delicious shades of purple...I'm in love! Although I think I'm most in love with those boots. Since we're both elfin sized maybe you could send them my way...maybe like a foreign exchange program for boots?
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. The boots are fab, aren't they? Ha, ha, only if I can have your fierce leopard print booties you wore with your cowl neck jumper last week!!!

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  9. Love on purple! It looks great on you and I love seeing you repeat the pieces in a different way. Cute gloves!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Thanks Amy. Gets the creative juices going trying out new ways to wear previous pieces.

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  10. I LOVE the way you play with color! Such a fun look, Dear!

    Thanks for being a part of Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. I seem to be playing more and more, the older I get. I'll be full on psychedelic colours by the time I'm 60!

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  11. I guess I've said this before Jacqueline, but anyway I adore this bag. Brilliant colour by the way - did you know turquoise is such a good all year round colour? hahahaha Cute dotty gloves too, and what a good move to get them in another colour. Clever shopping x
    Anna

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    1. Ha, ha, you're learning fast, Anna. Long live turquoise all year round!
      You know, I stood for the longest time in the shop, with one pair in each hand trying to decide which colour I liked better. Then the light bulb struck and I thought, this is ridiculous - no need to decide which one, just get both. You'll only walk out the door and instantly regret not buying the other pair, if you don't! So I did!

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  12. What great use of colors and loving your purple period! Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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