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THE MUSE: Elise

 

Name: Elise

Location: Vermont

Style philosophy: Why not?

I’d describe my style as: People say it is tasteful. On the conservative side but I have a tendency to do very good matching with jewelry. I put my clothes out the night before and see what jewelry (mostly by Saskia, my youngest daughter) matches. 


I always get compliments–even the church choir waits to see on Sunday what I’m wearing! And I always dress for the occasion. I will never go out at night without changing.


The best style advice I ever received: I used to be a Brooks Brothers dresser–plaid, turtlenecks, and ponytails. My second husband, Gene, got me a magazine with modern outfits and it changed my style. I took it to the store and showed them what I liked. It’s a more modern look, more Neiman Marcus. I’m freer with my taste, before it was more of my first husband’s taste. My daughter Marijke says, “Mom has learned to adapt her style of clothing to Vermont living but it’s still elegant.”

 

 

The style advice I like to give is: I usually don’t give advice–it’s hard to tell someone to do something different than what they are doing, but from my husband I learned “Why not?”


Pack light or pack it all, what’s your travel style? Pack light, always. I am known for having a small suitcase with choices that go together. On my last day in Thailand, I had a clean white blouse and the others traveling in the group were shocked I had so many outfits in such a small suitcase.


My favorite SASKIA is: Mint!

TRAVEL LOG: ALONG THE MEKONG RIVER

TRAVEL LOG: ALONG THE MEKONG RIVER
We traveled east through Asia––India, Nepal, and Tibet. Then our journey took us south through the countries along the Mekong River: China and Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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TRAVEL LOG: KENYA

TRAVEL LOG: KENYA
Most people know my love of travel and adventure off the beaten path, but did you know that in my teens I went to Africa on my own for a summer?

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TRAVEL LOG: TIBET

TRAVEL LOG: TIBET
We arrived in Lhasa after an over-the-Himalayas flight from Lijiang, China (also known as Shangri-la to Chinese tour operators).

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NO PASSPORT REQUIRED

NO PASSPORT REQUIRED
So much of our collection is inspired by what we’ve seen and the materials we have collected traveling the world. Via Google you can visit museums and galleries in places that have inspired some of our favorite pieces.

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