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Everyday Style

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. —Rachel Zoe

As shared in a recent wardrobe confessional post, each morning I reach for my 2in1 fitted top (wearing the former TranquiliT tulip top with big bell sleeves in this photo) and capri leggings. Yes, year-round. I’ll often layer the look (see these 21 ideas) and yet these two pieces are my foundation.

While folding laundry this morning, I put three 2in1 fitted tops and three capri leggings back into their allotted drawers and smiled at how easy my dressing and laundering process had become. Sure, I have a small assortment of skirts, wraps, and dresses hanging in my closet ready to be worn, but they simply serve as enhancement to my foundation.

You’ve probably heard of decision fatigue, it’s the struggle of making good decisions when bombarded with decisions to make. For me, having a daily dress up foundation and go-to meals makes my mornings easy peasy. Breakfast is sprouted toast with avocado or peanut butter and banana plus a green smoothie. Having this set routine helps ensure a smooth start to the day.

Despite wearing the same foundation most days of the year, it rarely looks that way due to the layering. For example, today as I left the house with the long sleeve wrap tunic over the 2in1 fitted, sleeveless swing tunic, and palazzo pants, I joked to Tim that there should be a limit to the amount of layers one  wears.

To spice it up, I’ll tie scarves around me neck, hair or wrist, add colorful shoes or boots, and a dab of red lipstick. These small touches can brighten up the most basic look.

Consider your mornings, is there a way to simplify its start and still express your signature style? This transition into a new season offers the opportunity to do some spring cleaning and shed those winter habits and heavy layers. Who’s with me?!

Learn more tools for blooming into spring in our next free TDJ Live on Sunday, March 24. Register here. Can’t wait to connect live and explore ways to make our spring sparkle! Bisous. x

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Live Rosé

Wear noir, live rosé. —my motto

Years ago I came up with the motto to wear black and live pink. It came from my inclination to wear head-to-toe black clothing (hey, everything matches) and to live with a sense of playfulness and panache.

I recently hosted a giveaway on Instagram where I asked people to share how they lived rosé. Answers included ballet, writing Morning Pages, yoga and creativity, wearing pink and vegan homemade herbal lip tint, enjoying the small moments, diffusing essential oils, singing songs from favorite musicals, being compassionate, cuddling with pups, and sipping tea.

Ah, just reading each of these transported me to a happy place! What does living rosé look like to you?

For me, it’s the same thing as seeking tranquility in the every day. This doesn’t mean that I’m tranquil all day (oh no!), it means that I seek pockets of it within a full (read: overstuffed at times) life.

As mentioned in a recent post, French composer Claude Debussy’s said, “Music is the space between the notes,” and I believe tranquility is found in the moments between the doing. That’s how I envision living rosé.

My days begin with caring for our four rescue pets, making morning tea and a green smoothie, diffusing peppermint essential oil, and going on two walks (since the three pups have different paces). Then I’ll settle in for admin work before a soak in the tub and daily dress-up (usually my uniform) followed by ballet three days a week and seeing clients until 8:30 most weekday evenings. Once home, evenings include family time, reading, and reflection. Rinse and repeat.

Weekends start similarly, but instead of seeing clients, I settle in for family time, working on projects (hello, forthcoming Daybook), meetups with friends, watching movies, and doing all that life stuff like laundry and organizing.

Although laundry and walking pups may not sound like living rosé, one can’t always be on retreat, in a yoga class, or out on the perfect date, so infusing those in-between moments with simple pleasures is crucial to our well-being.

Over the next week, consider how you, too, can live rosé by infusing sweet touches into your day. Maybe it’s listening to an inspiring podcast while cleaning the house, being fully present as you wash the dishes and feel the warm soap on your skin, or brewing a pot of loose leaf tea with rose buds versus getting something to go.

May our days (and lives) be sprinkled with rosé! Share below how you plan to live rosé. I think you’re beautiful. Bisous. x

Spring Has Sprung at TranquiliT.com

It is [almost] spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. —Rilke

In honor of National Pig Day, TranquiliT’s eight new designs are now available at TranquiliT.com. There are 16 colors to choose from this season. Honestly, this may be my favorite collection yet. I hope you love it, too!

We’ll be hosting a TranquiliT Pop-Up and a mini fashion show at our TDJ Soirée on Sunday, June 9. Click here to be added to the guest list.

As we prepare for this brand new season, let’s remember to savor the simple joys: fresh-cut daffodils, warm rain, a good book, iced green mint tea, clothing that feels good on the skin, botanical gardens, sunshine on the skin, picnics in the park, a Sunday afternoon bike ride. These sweet moments beckon us to bask in tranquility.

Thank you for supporting slow fashion that’s made to order locally using eco-friendly fabrics. A portion of all proceeds benefit Pigs & Pugs Project. Together we can make the world a more compassionate place. After all, compassion IS the new black.

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Giveaway Love

💗This darling “wear noir, live rosé” TranquiliT custom tee and Pigs & Pugs Project dog neck scarf are looking for a good home!
To enter, in the comments section on Instagram share one way you live rosé in your every day *and* tag someone who you think would love the tee. If they follow me and leave a comment, they’ll also be entered to win!
For example, I live rosé by smiling at strangers and wearing pink accents! 🌸👛
On the morning of Monday, March 4, I’ll choose one winner at random and announce it on Instagram.
Cheers to sprinkling our days with rosé!

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What’s Blooming at TranquiliT.com

Here’s a peek at our 8 new designs featured in yesterday’s live video.

Versatile Vest

2in1 Leotard

Mini Mesh Skirt

2in1 Midi

Tres Tunic

Féministe Tee

2in1 Gloria

Live Rosé Tee

Available at TranquiliT.com in March. Hope you love the new locally-sewn, vegan, eco-friendly, and versatile collection! Isn’t ballet beautiful?! Share your favorite looks using #TranquiliTstyle. Bisous. x

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TranquiliT Spring {Live Today}

Tune in HERE today at 3pm ET for a sneak peek at this season’s TranquiliT collection. Above and below is a pre-sneak peek at our two graphic tees. Like? Hope you LOVE! Plus our entire spring palette. Yep, 16 colors!

I’m off to Costa Rica tomorrow to host the annual Tranquility in the Tropics and will be sure to share videos and photos while away! Tami, @mindfulteaqueen, has requested a packing for warm weather video, so stay tuned for this one, too.

Oh, and Year of Tranquility is now available on Kindle!

Look forward to seeing you later today and happy, happy holiday weekend. Bisous. x

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Meet Ballet: TranquiliT Spring

TranquiliT is a seasonless fashion line that can be worn year-round in all climates by adding or subtracting layers. It’s great for ballet and yoga, travel, the beach, office, and special events.

I’ve found that dressing in the monochromatic layers of a capsule wardrobe makes my mornings {and travel} simple. All black. Add pops of flair with shoes, coats, and red lips. Voilà, shifting seasons made easy!

Meet TranquiliT’s new color appropriately named ballet. She’ll join the 15 other colors currently available including our peach which just happens to be the Pantone color of the year!

For over 15 years, each spring and fall we release a few new designs and colors. The process from conception to launch takes a few months and begins by reviewing what’s trending that season, what clients are asking for, and what I’m wanting added to my closet.

Next, I work with my local seamstress to create samples based on current patterns and my fabric supplier to a choose new color to complement the current palette.

After a bit of back and forth with my seamstress—”taper this,” “shorten that,” “more flare here”—we’re ready for the photo shoot. Friday is our spring shoot and at 3pm ET we’re hosting a sneak peek of the new designs HERE

If you’d like to receive 20% off year-round, learn more about joining the TranquiliT Tribe.

Hope to see you on Friday and thanks SO much for your support since we launched with tees in 2002! Bisous. x

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TranquiliT in Paris + Tranquil Travel

Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self expression and, above all, attitude.—Iris Apfel

When it comes to every day style, I’m all about ease. And layers. And then maybe even more layers. Ideally there’s not too much decision making (hence the “uniform“) and no season specific items beyond outwear, shoes, and accessories.

Above you’ll find how the items in the suitcase below got me through six days in Paris with varied looks and, yes, I wore the 2in1 and capri legging EVERY DAY with layers. I had a pair of faux leather leggings over my capris and planned to take them off, but it was too darn chilly.

The TranquiliT pieces featured are 2in1 fitted, capri legging, mesh skirt, message tee, long sleeve wrap tunic, and duster.

Also, if you need a packing checklist to prepare yourself for an upcoming holiday trip, here’s one I created to help. Pack those accoutrements that keep you comfortable and feeling good. Being out of our routine and environment can lead to additional stressors, so it’s helpful to pack lightly, carry creature comforts, and feel your best.

I’ve found that another key to tranquil travel is layers, rolled clothing, staples, and a rollerboard suitcase that fits in the overhead. Many staples come with me in my carry-on—pain reliever, earplugs, headphones, healthy snacks like nuts, meds, lavender oil, journal, pen, books, laptop. Here’s an earlier blog post on packing for 10 days in Paris.

On the plane home I watched the documentary The Gospel According to Andre Leon Tally. He’s ALL about self-expression (as noted in the Iris quote above). What would it look like if we only wore clothing that fully expressed who we are and felt really good to be in? Let’s channel our own inner Andre! Bisous. x

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Packing for Paris

Paris is always a good idea.—Audrey Hepburn

Nine years ago I spent two weeks in Paris during another dark, drizzly November. That jaunt marked my first time to the City of Light since a backpacking trip post-college 14 years earlier.

Immediately mesmerized, I vowed to return again and again. I’d found a place where my soul came alive.

Tonight I’m heading back to Paris.

Why? Because I found a $450 ticket (nearly a $1,000 savings) and I desperately need to nurture my creative spark and this city fuels it.

I’m eager to retreat to sidewalk cafes with a pot of thé vert à la menthe, a journal, and pens. Basically, it’s one BIG Artist Date. With limited plans beyond a few meetups, I simply plan to write, dream, write.

Oh, and soak in the clawfoot tub I scored in my $100/night AirBnB.

You provided such thoughtful ideas in last week’s survey and I look forward to creating something that will bring meaning and delight. Pondering that while being a flâneur is definitely on my to-do list.

As Thomas Jefferson so beautifully said, “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.”

Yesterday I began packing and snapped the photo below. Sharing what’s inside has become tradition (here’s my summer Bon Voyage Facebook Live video where I gave a peek, a scarf-tying lesson, and an itemized list).

Although I tend to overpack (considering I wear the same thing over and over AND there’s usually a washing machine in the rented apartments), I like to show that we really don’t need much for one to six weeks in France—especially when packing TranquiliT.

While on these solo jaunts, I feel like I’m bringing you, dear readers, along on the journey. Truly. I dream up ways to serve you and enjoy sharing the experience while away. During that November 2009 trip mentioned above, I was in the midst of designing a new blog look and setting up 2010’s guest bloggers while wandering the city.

Look for inspiring photos over on Instagram and here, plus I hope to do a live event or two. Stay tuned!

I return on Thanksgiving with plans to spend it in the woods with my petite famille while hovered around a fire and wish each of you a beautiful launch into the holidays.

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Bisous. x

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A Peek into the Brunch at TranquiliT Trunk Show

Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self expression and, above all, attitude.—Iris Apfel

Above are shots from Saturday’s Brunch at TranquiliT Trunk Show held in my new office. In a way, this event was an Open House, Trunk Show, and Pigs & Pugs Project fundraiser all in one!

When I began announcing it as such, Tim was like “choose one!” similar to his response to my tendency to over-accessorize. So, of course, I chose all three and only announced it as one.

Shortly after noon, we welcomed longtime and new friends into the space to nosh on homemade vegan blueberry muffins and pumpkin scones, sip mimosas, and shop TranquiliT’s fall collection.

In the process, we raised $2200 for Pigs & Pugs Project (fundraiser), I was able to share my space with others (Open House), and we hosted the first TranquiliT event in a few years (trunk show).

Before our guests arrived, I shot a brief 3-minute Facebook Live to show off the sweet pop-up boutique we’d created.

The icing on the cake was having such great help! Thursday through Sunday Tim helped me haul everything to and from the office. On Friday Carol spent the afternoon helping me tag and hang the clothing plus label all the cute chalkboards while we listened to Nina Simone. On Saturday Joanna, Patricia, Carol, and our seamstress Renee helped answer questions, alter clothing, ring people up, and were such gracious hosts.

Whew, it takes a village!

A BIG thank you to everyone who came out to the event. Your support benefits pig sanctuaries and pug rescues, our local seamstress, and this small, artisanal pet project I’ve had since 2002.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Bisous. x