4.13.2014

Ten-Item Wardrobe Talk-Through Spring 2014 (and Stella & Dot Giveaway!)



Thank you for your overwhelmingly positive response to last week's ten-item wardrobe video. My inbox has been filled with your wonderful comments and, of course, all of your questions. Because I've received so many comments and emails I am not able to individually respond to each one, but hopefully this week's video will answer many of your questions. This week's video is a talk through of the garments and shares with you my inspiration for this year's wardrobe and examines old and new pieces.

If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or check out my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur (make sure you subscribe!).

For links to every item pictured in this video, visit my original ten-item wardrobe post here.

Here are some FAQs from viewers:


Gina asks: Do you have a summer 10 item wardrobe too? Spring has begun here, but it 60 degrees. When summer begins for you, will this lovely spring collection still work for you in summer?

This wardrobe will take me to the end of summer. As summer approaches, I will probably use the sweaters less and less. I might purchase one or two items in the summer to supplement my wardrobe, or I might not. Last summer the only garment I purchased was the Anthropologie water color dress you see in this year's video, for example.


Lilly asks: I was wondering if you could tell us what is this beautiful music you have in the video? Thanks again for all the wonderful posts over the years :)

If you are ever curious about the music featured in my videos, or about any item featured in a video, always check my blog post or the info box below the YouTube video. I always credit an item when I can. If the specific item is no longer available online, I provide a link for the brand or retailer. The music in the ten-item wardrobe video is royalty-free and copyright-free music purchased from pond5.com and is called "Paris Love". Thank you Lilly!

Evaline asks: Your lip colour here is lovely for spring...would you mind sharing the name with us?


Many people asked about my lip color. The video was shot over a few days and I am wearing different lip colors in different shots. I used the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo No. 6 in some shots and By Terry Bitten lip gloss in others.

Sara asks: Can I ask what you layer under sheer tops, like your Equipment blouses? A cami? In white, or do you try to find one that matches your skin tone? I have the worst time solving the "sheer issue."

I have several camisoles in beige, white and black. I find the beige ones that are closest to my own skintone look best under a slightly sheer blouse.

Alonememe asks: I don't really get this idea of extras. I understand when it comes to tank tops, underwear etc. - you need them to build the outfit, but having few tops that you wear as normal outfit is really having 20 or 30 core outfits. Could you please explain this? Why do you separate core items from extras? Is this more handy? :)


Core items vs. extras are a great way to organize your wardrobe. Think of your core items as telling a story and the extras accent this. The core items are the major items, the foundation that builds the wardrobe. The extras compliment the core.

For my readers in the Southern Hemisphere who are going into Fall/ Winter, check out Chic Mummy's blog. She has compiled a lovely Autumn ten-item wardrobe. Thank you Sarah!

For more on the ten-item wardrobe, check out my book, Lessons from Madame Chic.

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Stella & Dot Giveaway



I purchased two of my necklaces this season from my friend Lucy, who is a stylist with Stella & Dot. Stella & Dot do fun, affordable jewelry that is very au courant. Lucy was kind enough to offer to give away one necklace to a reader of the Daily Connoisseur. We chose to give away the Linden necklace- a beautiful statement piece that is perfect for spring.

This giveaway is open worldwide! Please enter via the rafflecopter widget below. The only valid entries will be through rafflecopter. The winner will be displayed on the rafflecopter widget one week from today and will be contacted by me.

And be sure to check out all of the fabulous, affordable jewelry on Lucy's Stella & Dot website by clicking here.

Good luck!

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107 comments:

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I just posted a link to your video a few minutes ago. I hope you'll get some new visitors to your site.

McKristie said...

Thank you. Inspiring as always.

Kristen said...

This last video finally got me to purchase your book! I use jewelry to liven up older pieces, and to stand out from the usual ie. a dressy pr of diamond and sapphire earrings with a t-shirt and jeans.

beautybabbling said...

I use jewelry to add interest to simple tops.

Rebecca said...

My jewelry is signature--a simple gold circle necklace I always wear, a few styles of earrings I rotate, etc.

Sarah said...

I like to use jewelry to add color or sparkle to an outfit!

CD said...

LOVE that Stella and Dot necklace! And I think the ten-item wardrobe is so smart. I typically end up wearing only about that many items in heavy rotation each season anyway, so it makes sense to consider them carefully and spend wisely, rather than impulse-buy a lot of cheaper items and see what sticks.

Deborah said...

I have very few pieces of jewelry as I'm a minimalist and pretty much only buy what pieces will go with several outfits. I have a gold/ruby necklace with earrings and ring, and bracelet, and I have a pearl necklace. I also have gold hoops which go with nearly anything. Your book is a favorite with me for this reason. I've adapted my wardrobe as well. Can't wait for the new book!

dmsmith said...

I I use jewelry to totally transform the look of an outfit so that I can wear it more frequently yet still feel excited and fresh about the look.

Emily Finan Carroll said...

I would love to see a jewelry video!

flourgirl said...

I use necklaces to dress up simple tops and large earrings when I want to stand out

Victoria Woeste said...

I use jewelry to stay current. I wear lots of basics and use accessories to update.

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Summer :) said...

Simple chic. I just wear my wedding and engagement rings. I think that's pretty sexy with any item(s) in my wardrobe. ;)

Winnie said...

I use jewelry as a signature--my great grandmother's sand casted silver bracelet and ring worn every day with everything!
In addition, I use jewelry as a conversation starter--fish bone earrings, copper salmon earrings, kokopelli earrings, and fair trade paper beaded necklaces.

Genevieve McLaren-Lee said...

I love using statement jewellery - its an essential part of my wardrobe. The best bit - jewellery doesn't care if you accidentally popped on a few pounds over winter.

Rose said...

Thanks for the further descriptions and tips Jennifer. I'm working towards my first autumn capsule wardrobe, I've been decluttering heavily so most of what I wear will be what I own but curated. I may add an item or two. I am a mad knitter so when I want a luxe top I make it from fabulous yarn -- this makes it more affordable and custom fits the item.

I wish you could bring your picture to our art shop for framing but I guess Australia is a bit far to travel. ;)

karin said...

well,jewelry can definitely make an outfit better! I always wear at least 1 jewelry,either pairing it with a plain shirt to flaunt it or with a dress.

Catelijne said...

Hi Jennifer,
aaaah again i fell in love with your costume designed handbag. The color and design you have chosen are so right. So lovely Jennifer.
But how about your 'spring/summer' scarves? Or do you not wear any?

I hope I can add a lightwheight one to my 'not so 10-item scarve wardrobe' when I'm in Paris this saturday.
My most loved scarves at the moment:
- black and white cotton 'leopard' scarve
- black/dark green/purple/dark blue/white ombre silk scarve
- cotton black scarve with several colored roses
- dark orange, dark green and white silk scarve (this one is the most airy one)

About my jewelry: I have just a few: a statement necklace, a cuff bracelet and two pair of petite earrings. I don't wear them at the same time. The cuff bracelet and statement necklace I only wear when it's spring or summer or when i go to a party to spice up my simple tops.

Have a lovely day today!

Little Miss Know-it-all said...

I use jewellery to enliven my simple wardrobe - I love the slightly muted greens of this necklace, as gentler colours suit me better now that I am going grey :)

Anne said...

Such a beautiful wardrobe, Jennifer! Using jewelry is a great way to spice up simple pieces.

Suzanne S. said...

I wear studs every day. I'm trying tot wear more necklaces, because I think that necklaces can really make an outfit look complete! :)

Ellen Cleveland said...

I have basic jewelry pieces that never go out of style. A strand of pearls, a long gold chain necklace, a sterling silver long necklace, diamond studs, pearl studs, gold hoops, stack of sterling bangle bracelets, and my favorite piece is my gold charm bracelet.

karla kane said...

I love Stella and Dot! I do not own a piece yet, but I love necklaces and usually only wear one piece of jewlery at a time. Right now a wear a dainty little diamond necklace my father bought me when I was a teen. I wear it everyday.

Elizabeth Slattery said...

How do I use jewelry to express my style? I use my jewelry to reflect my mood. A colorful necklace or dangly earrings if I'm feeling playful; a strand of pearls when I'm feeling reserved; gold knot earrings for everything in between!

Heather D said...

I love to use jewelry to complete my overall look!

Tracey Brewer said...

I use jewelry to add "pop" to my outfits. I like one stand-out piece for each outfit so it never feels overdone.

Evaline said...

I use jewelry to add colour and texture to a simple neckline.

amy said...

I use my jewelry to add colour, or sparkle to my classic outfits.

sheepystitious said...

I love your ten-item wardrobe videos and explanation! They help me edit mine so much!

CARRIE said...

I like to use jewelry to express my sense of humor.

TrishCF said...

I like to use jewelry to show my mood...bright colors when I'm happy, delicate pieces when I want to relax, etc.

MammaLill said...

Wow! Thank you for all the inspiration. Love your book and your website! I use jewelry to add some interest and individuality to my look, since I wear a uniform!

Janice Newlin said...

I definitely use jewelry and scarves to totally change the look of a simple blouse.

Sylviadh said...

The green necklace is lovely and springlike. I love your spring wardrobe choices - so ladylike and current as well. I have read your book several times and appreciate your approach to life.

Amanda said...

I use my jewelry to dress up a casual outfit!

Ashley Diaz said...

I like using jewelry to help create my signature look: classic pearl earrings, my diamond and wedding band, and a watch my brother gave me when I graduated college. I then like to add a statement piece to tie my look together: a long necklace (my favorite is the Silpada Party Time necklace), or a fun bracelet.

Lauren E.Flocken said...

You inspire me in so many ways. Thank you so much.

Cari said...

My jewelry selection is rather limited. Gold necklaces and simple rings. I can definitely see how a statement piece like the necklace you are featuring would really liven up my wardrobe though. Perhaps it's time I try branching out into more adventurous items myself. Thanks for the inspiration Jennifer!

Aenne Carver said...

I enjoyed both videos on the ten item wardrobe for spring. It always inspires me to hone down my clothes and to aim for quality. The floaty tees were on sale at Bp! Go up a size gals because the arms are skinny!

DRTVrMoi said...

Classic wardrobe + trendy jewelry = timeless style

Krysten said...

I like to use necklaces and bracelets to add color to my outfits.

Irina G. said...

Love that necklace! Thanks for the giveaway!
I wear jewellery to complete my look. Love multiple rings, statement necklaces and bracelets!)

Samantha Hill said...

I use it to add color and uniqueness to my outfit

Ali said...

Mixing and matching statement pieces with my casual outfit!

Paty pulido said...

i use jewelry to add color and shine to my outfit (:

Janine Hejl said...

I WEAR JEWELLERY ON A DAILY BASIS,I FEEL IT MAKES ME FEEL MORE FEMININE! I LOVE IT,I LOVE THE SOUND IT MAKES WHEN YOU MOVE,OR THE GLISTEN IT HAS ON A SUNNY DAY.

Kasia Wianecka said...

I always make it the 'final word' to my outfit

Katrine D. said...

I use necklaces to give my outfit some colour or the finish touch :)

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Flavia Alves said...

It completes our looks

virtuesandfollies said...

I usually only use earring and bracelets, as I find that my young children tug too much on necklaces. I tend to favor simple pieces that add a little pop.

Angela Warren said...

I jewelry to make my outfit POP!

Mary María said...

I use makeup and earrings :)

Carla Bosch Clar said...

I use jewellery to add some personality to my looks, and to kind of reflect my mood, if I'm feeling bold or I'm wearing a very plain top I'll go for a statement necklace with studs or spikes, and if I'm wearing something with a bold print I'll try to tone it down a bit with a plain necklace. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Amy Hart said...

I use necklaces to show my favorite colors and style. It's like artwork, and so beautiful to look at. I love pairing colors like peach shirt with a sea foam green necklace. That's my fav so far.

trillina palemi said...

with a black dress

Caroline Hightower said...

How do I use jewelry to express my style? I usually keep my jewelry pretty simple and classic. Would love to have a statement piece like the Stella & Dot necklace in the giveaway!! :)

Kelly Gasner said...

My wardrobe tends to be simple and classic, so I use jewelry to punch up my look, add visual interest, texture, and sparkle. This piece would be a fun addition to my spring wardrobe (based on navy neutrals) - hope I win!

Ria Alemina Ginting Manik said...

I use jewelry to complete my outfit and make it more stylish by add necklace, bracelet or ring

Angie said...

I think you can dress any outfit up or down by the jewelry that you have on.It also can give you a completely different look altogether.

samantha.tedesco said...

On white simple shirts :)
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milù bijoux said...

White t-shirt and jeans
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Maria Fiengo said...

Love that necklace! Thanks for the giveaway!
I wear jewellery to complete my look...email:maria.fiengo@yahoo.it. Fb: Blair Bass

Jennifer Momtosix said...

Jewelery is the icing on the cake... the completer piece to any outfit. I love how bold jewelery can elevate the simplest clothing.

Florinda said...

I like to use jewelry to express my personality! :)

Chicchi said...

Hi Jennifer, I love your blog and your videos!

I have a question for you: do you take your regular size of the Paige Ankle Peg jeans? I'm a size 26 with J Brand and I don't know which size to order of the Paige jeans!

Thank you!

Kmack said...

I just found your youtube channel & website, and I'm seriously obsessed!

Divya Asha said...

I always wear a jewelry to enhance my beauty & personality. Wearing a jewel, a day makes my day.

Patti said...

I think jewelry can completely transform an outfit! I use different jewelry for different moods.

Debora said...

I use jewelry to give a touch of elegance to my look :)
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Rayna St. Pierre said...

Great explanation about how the core items tell a story - a new and wonderful way to look at dressing! Thanks for the opportunity to win that pretty necklace!

Isa Val said...

I use my jewelry to add colour :)
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maria cristina Cellerino said...

thx for give ........i love jewerly

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katy said...

I use jewelry to change the look of an ordinary outfit to a stand-out outfit.

Francesca said...

I use jewelry to complete my outfit and add my personal style! ;)

shivaya1972 said...

I wear jewelry to make me feel happier by wearing bright pieces! Teri

Aparna Singh said...

I prefer either simple clothing with a bold statement piece of jewelry. Not too much. Or I wear simple minimalistic necklace or bracelet with a colorful outfit :)

Natalie B. said...

Hi! I use jewelry to express my style in different ways. I wear simple classic jewelry because that's who I am but I also wear statement pieces because they're fun. I like my bracelet stack too because it reflects my being laid back. I guess I like to mix it up! Thank-you

PurlyGirl78 said...

I tend to wear more classic pieces of clothing but use jewelry to express myself and provide some polish to the basics.

Rohlfing Family said...

I use jewelry to add color to my outfits and to pull together my outfits.

Monica B said...

To add something extra to a simple outfit

Helena Oops said...

Thank you for this lovely giveaway!
I m new on your blog and very happy to follow your beautiful world!
I use jewelry like accessories when I want to give a lovely note to my outfits.
But I usually only wear my gloden earrings and necklace.
Have agreat day!
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Rodney Jackson said...

I use jewelery to complement my outfit and draw attention away from problem areas.

Brianna Carr said...

Jewelry is essential to me in my wardrobe, I use the 10+ item wardrobe and jewelry gives me options so I can wear the same blouse and dress it up with a different piece of jewelry which transforms the look of the outfit. Thanks!

Оксана Золотухина said...

I like to use jewelry to add color to my outfit!

NasyaRob said...

I use jewelry to add colour to a simple neckline!

Madeleine1912 said...

Hi Jennifer. This is my first time to your site, but I will be returning. I love your style. I especially love the return of bucket bags and striped shirts being popular again. Totally cool, great review. I use jewelry to enhance plain tops and dresses, and I usually go with a contrast. Like, a mint shirt with a bright red statement necklace.

Lisa said...

Hi Jennifer! I LOVE your site and your book! I like to use jewelry to make my classic wardrobe pieces look very current and up-to-date :)

Celeste said...

I definitely do love jewelry. I believe that the right piece or two can really elevate an outfit.

NOLA mom said...

I use jewelry to reveal a little of my own personality when I'm dressing for an occasion or particular social event. A stand-out piece is like a little wink when paired with something practical or conservative.

Madeline S said...

I use jewelry to give a little sparkle to my outfit.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I love that Anthro dress - so pretty.

Kimberly Tiu said...

to add color to an outfit

Erin said...

I use jewelry to express myself as my wardrobe is pretty simple and basic...adds a nice pop of color and/or interest!

livingbelowtheclouds said...

I use it to enhance a certain color I'm descretely wearing, to make it pop
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Alenia said...

I use jewelry every day to make my outfit more elegant and nice!

Amanda Sakovitz said...

I use jewelry for a pop of color

Phoenix said...

I use bold jewelry to make a statement and to spice up ordinary outfits -- Rebecca B

CashmereLibrarian said...

I like classic, simple jewelry. Real, if possible!

Ellen said...

I use jewelry to add color to an outfit

pippirose said...

I use jewelry to reflect my mood.

Steph said...

I use jewelry to reflect my personality and my mood. I like classy, dainty jewlry.

Lisa said...

I use jewelry to personalize my wardrobe by using unexpected pieces or pieces made by local artisans.

beautyregent said...

I'm a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. In fact, my everyday necklace is a charm necklace by Stella & Dot!

Brianna Carr said...

Question: What are your thoughts on picking the right swimsuit? Personal preferences or maybe what Madame Chic would do? I am located in Naples, FL and the beach is visited frequently. I am ready to purchase a new one but I am looking for a little direction. Thanks for all of your great suggestions!

Susan in St. Paul said...

When you do your clothes maintenance video, would you please cover out your get food stains, particularly greasy ones out of delicate clothes?
I try stain sticks but they don't seem to work in cold water.

 
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