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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

Save the Date: TranquiliT Trunk Show

I’m delighted to announce that we’ll be offering a fall sustainable shopping event: TranquiliT Trunk Show to benefit Pigs & Pugs Project on Saturday, September 29, 12:30 – 2:30 pm in Washington, DC near Dupont Circle.

Shop an assortment of locally-sewn, seasonless, vegan, eco-friendly TranquiliT items. All purchases will be placed inside a darling Pigs & Pugs Project reusable tote. Our first 15 guests will receive a complimentary, tranquility-filled goody bag.

Here’s the skinny:

* Choose an off-the-rack selection or place a custom order. Our lovely local seamstress will be available to help with tailoring, measuring, and fitting.

* Select limited edition colors will be 25% off; bring a friend and you both save 10% off your entire purchase.

* Enjoy light vegan hors d’oeuvres, organic tea, and community.

Savor tranquility in our designer’s new office setting—a home for therapy, mentoring, workshops, and creative gatherings.

RSVP to receive directions and more details. We can’t wait to host you! Thanks for shopping local and supporting sustainable, slow fashion. Bisous. x

P.S. Live too far from DC? Never fear, we’ll offer a brief live component, too, so stay tuned for the scoop.

Wardrobe Confessional

Wearing a uniform is iconic, a cheap and easy way to feel famous.—Alice Gregory

After slipping out of the 2in1 fitted top that I wore the day before (and slept in—don’t judge, it’s comfy!), each morning I reach for another 2in1 fitted top from my second drawer. I must have eight or so of these tops and I wear one at least 300 days of the year.

My pants of choice are the capri leggings. Again, I must have eight or so of these bottoms.

I wear this basic outfit to ballet, to walk the dogs, to the Kennedy Center, to the office, to Paris cafes (see above photo), and everywhere in between.

You may wonder, “The Kennedy Center, really?!” Yes, really! Here’s a peek at many ways to layer the two pieces for 18 looks. Dresses up or down. Comfy, chic, easy peasy.

During cooler months I’m able to pull this combo off more easily by wearing tall boots over the capris and layering with a long sleeve wrap tunic or duster. And, yes, I sleep in the capris, too, during winter. What can I say, I LOVE layers!

During warmer months, I’ll pair the combo with ballet flats, clogs, or motorcycle boots (see above photo). To incorporate the leggings into the office during summertime, I’ll add a flowy top over the 2in1 fitted plus a few accessories to dress it up.

For me, having a uniform means I no longer experience the “I have nothing to wear” syndrome, reduces decision making fatigue, avoid buying frivolously, feel put together, have more time, and have a simple signature look.

Who said daily dress-up had to be hard? And, I even have built in pajamas! Bisous. x

Hello TranquiliT Spring

Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.—Anna Wintour

Since 2004, each spring and fall I release a few new designs and colors in the TranquiliT collection—a locally-sewn clothing line made to order using luxurious organic eco-friendly fabrics.

The process from conception to launch takes a few months. It begins with reviewing what’s trending that season, what clients are asking for (hello, duster), and what I’m wanting added to my closet (hello, ballet wrap).

Next I work with my local seamstress to create samples based on current patterns (ex. the new tulip top is the 2in1 fitted top with tulip sleeves) and my fabric supplier to choose new colors 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.

For three hours we turn the Pink Palace into a photography studio (see behind the scenes pics here) and, voilà, the collection is ready!

This season’s collection is now available at TranquiliT.com featuring five new designs {tulip top, ballet wrap, compassion tee, duster, jumpsuit} and two new colors {emerald and eclipse}.

THIS Sunday at noon ET I’ll be hosting a brief show and tell of the spring collection on Facebook Live and you’re invited! Learn what’s trending this season {hello, lilac}, see our new pieces, and favorite ways to wear your TranquiliT staples.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend filled with bird chirps, pink blooms, and yellow daffodils. Bisous. x

TranquiliT Spring Sneak Peek {+ 24-hr sale}

TranquiliT Trunk Show + Year-Round Style

Create your own style . . . let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.—Anna Wintour

In honor of Tranquil Space’s 18th birthday, THIS Saturday we’re hosting a TranquiliT trunk show at the Dupont studio (1632 17th, nw) from 10-1. Swing by for cake and homemade vegan pumpkin scones by moi, sit fireside, sip tea, and save 20% off TranquiliT.

I’ll be there with our former boutique manager/TranquiliT-lover Patricia to answer any questions, show the many ways to wear the pieces, and help you get set for the holidays. TranquiliT is great for travel (see former packing post) and transitions easily from the yoga mat to the airport to cocktail parties. It’s all about ease and layers!

For example, I used to have a summer and winter wardrobe where I would rotate heavy sweaters for sleeveless tops. Now I live in layers of TranquiliT year-round and have a small section in the back of my closet for my seasonal faux fur and faux leather jackets. No more rotating needed since nothing else is season-dependent. More below.

2in1 flare top in noir over tights. Wear as a mini dress or over leggings or skinny jeans.

Turtleneck in aubergine with pencil skirt in noir. Add tights and a blazer for the office or faux leather jacket for a night out.

ways I make one wardrobe work year-round:

  1. Add tights, boots, and an organic fleece infinity scarf to a warm weather dress
  2. Add a turtleneck under your warm weather dress
  3. Add a chunky sweater over your sleeveless dress
  4. Add tights, boots, and an organic fleece infinity scarf to a short skirt
  5. Add tights, boots, and an organic fleece infinity scarf to a pair of shorts
  6. Add a long sleeve top over your slip dress
  7. Add heavy tights with your peep toe shoes and wear them into winter
  8. Grab your beanie, arm warmers, and scarf or capelet when leaving the house for the day

Swing tunic in cafe. Top with cozy organic fleece infinity cowl and vegan boots.

Sleeveless wrap dress in peacock paired with tights, turtleneck, and boots.

Cape in au naturel organic fleece paired with 2in1 fitted top, leggings, and boots.

Cardiwrap in heather paired with 2in1 chemise, leggings, and boots.

2in1 fitted top paired with our mesh skirt. Perfect for holiday!

More year-round wardrobe tips:

Year-round I keep arm warmers in my bag since I’m sensitive to overly air-conditioned environments. In fall and winter, I keep arm warmers and a knit beanie in my bag and am seldom without a scarf around my neck. Our fleece scarf is so cozy, and comforting—it feels like a security blanket.

Although it can be fun to update a wardrobe from time to time, I’ve found that dressing in the monochromatic layers of a capsule wardrobe makes my mornings {and travel} much easier. More layers in winter, less in summer. All black. Add pops of flair with shoes, coats, and red lips. Voilà, shifting seasons made easy via transitional eco-style! Bisous. x

Off-the-shoulder dress in wine paired with a skinny scarf and boots.

2in1 long sleeve ruched dress in slate paired with vegan gold clogs.

TranquiliT Fall Collection

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2in1 cap tee over skirt dress

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stripe 2in1 crop top with pencil skirt (+ my faux fur coat)

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2in1 crop top with gauchos topped with a capelet

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2in1 crop top with gauchos topped with an infinity cowl

Although the temperatures are still soaring, my heart belongs to fall fashion.

We shot our fall collection mid-August, so as the photos and fabric rolled in, we updated the website, stocked Tranquil Space studios, and next is our seasonal look book. It’s filled with ways to wear the collection, testimonials from TranquiliT-lovers, and tips on building a capsule wardrobe—stay tuned!

This fall we have four new designs (shown top to bottom in the upper photos): 2in1 cap sleeve, pencil skirt, capelet, gaucho.

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One big trend this fall is to wear turtlenecks under dresses so you’ll see that in a lot of our shots. It also helps extend the wear of your favorite summer frocks—just add tights, boots, and a turtleneck!

To help jumpstart the season, I’ll be offering a Labor Day discount code to all TranquiliT newsletter subscribers. No pressure, but if you like saving on your favorite staples, sign up and you’ll receive the code later this week.

TranquiliT is designed by me with YOUR input (the 2in1 cap sleeve was a request), locally-sewn line using eco-friendly fabrics, and custom made to order. Slow fashion is the new black. Bisous. x

skirt dress copyskirt dress in aubergine

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ruffle dress in cafe worn one-shoulder

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turtleneck under slip dress with palazzo pants (+ jackson the cat)

boyfriend tee dress 1 turtleneck under boyfriend tee dress topped with an infinity cowl

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TranquiliT Spring En Route

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Launched in 2002, TranquiliT (pronounced tranquility) is designed to offer versatile mix-and-match wear (hello capsule dressing) for the busy woman seeking style and comfort.

The locally-sewn, eco-friendly spring collection will be available online and in Tranquil Space and Jivamukti NYC studios THIS week.

We have two new colors—sky blue and peach—and four new designs: 1. ruffle dress (wear the gathered neckline off the shoulder, across the chest, or around the neck), 2. drape cover-up, 3. racerback tank, and 4. boyfriend tee dress.

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Follow TranquiliT on Instagram and Facebook for ways to wear, special savings, and peeks behind-the-scenes. Below is a peek inside our recent spring photo shoot.

Happy spring and happy slow fashion made with love in the nation’s capital. x