The Camel Coat

Ever since I laid eyes on this BR camel coat online, possibly as early as spring, I was obsessed with it. But when I finally got in my hands, I was on the fence. In fact, it went into the “return pile” three times before I decided I wanted to keep it. It is truly an boyfriend coat–boxy and oversized (which of course, I knew it was), but even more so that the similar grey version.  Even in my regular petite size, I felt like it was still a bit too overwhelming on my tiny frame.

Despite putting the coat in the return pile three time, I still wasn’t ready to give up on it. On the fourth try, I decided that I loved it. And it goes beautifully with my regular fall palette (i.e., grey, black, navy, and burgundy). Plus, despite how thin and light it is, it is surprisingly warmer than expected (also true for the gray sister version).

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Oh and these grey jeans? They are everything. Paige has long been my favorite denim brand and these did not disappoint. They grey is the perfect shade–not too light and not too dark, and so soft without looking like I’m wearing leggings.  I sometimes come across a pair of Paige Verdugo that don’t quite fit my thin calves quite the way I wanted to, but these are perfect. They do require a bit of hemming, but I consider that to be a very minor alteration. I now have my eyes on the destructed version.

A lot of us are gearing up for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. I am not going to list every sale I have come across because there are A LOT and I’m sure other bloggers have been reminding you, but these are the ones I personally have been watching:

Alexander Wang: Up to 40% off selected items plus free shipping on orders over $250.

AllSaints: 30% off sale styles with code CYBER.

Amazon Fashion: 30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches, code 30BLACKFRI.

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE.

Banana Republic: 50% off sweaters and 40% off everything else with code BRFRIDAY.

Bauble Bar: 30% purchase, with exclusions, code THX.

Club Monaco: 25% off purchase of $150, 30% off purchase of $250, 35% off purchase of $400.

J.Crew: 50% your purchase, plus free shipping with purchase $50+ with code: SHIPGIFTS.

Rag & Bone: 25% off and free 2-day shipping with code CYBER!

Shopbop: Spend $250+ and save 15%, Spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25% , S’well and Stuart Weitzman style level exclusions, code GOBIG15.

Zara: 30% off everything staring 8pm EST, 11/26 (US and Canada).

And of course, Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

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Navy blue sweater

I recently picked up my first ever navy blue sweater and I have no idea what took me so long. I am obsessed. It somehow gives this “cool girl” look while not being black, or grey for that matter. And the best part, because it’s a neutral, it pretty much goes with everything.

Boyfriend Coat + Navy Blue Sweater + Destructed Denim + Moto Boots

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Boyfriend Coat + Navy Blue Sweater + Destructed Denim + Moto Boots Theory Tollie Cashmere Sweater / Zara Ripped Denim (love these by Paige)/ Rag & Bone Moto Boots / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch / Banana Republic Gray Long Peacoat / Forever21 Rings / Club Monaco Striped T-shirt (love this)

This particular cashmere sweater is made by Theory. I picked it up at TJ Maxx on one of my recent trips back to D.C., but there may be a few available online. So far I am impressed with the quality of this sweater and if it continues to hold up the way it is, I will definitely be looking to pick up more cashmere by Theory in the future. For something similar at a lower price point, I suggest the J.Crew Relaxed Merino Wool Sweater which is currently on sale for an extra 25% off from $89.50 with code GOSHOPPING. I generally prefer merino wool over cotton and cashmere, though it can be itchy for us that are sensitive, it is least prone to pilling in my experience. I always swear a cotton layer underneath to provide a barrier between my skin and the sweater.

And because it is that time of year, we can’t forget the notable sales that are going on right now:

Sephora: This sale always breaks my bank. For Rouge members 20% early access ends tomorrow (November 9th). Use code ROUGE20. But we will be able to get the VIB discount again if we missed something starting on the 13th (until the 16th) with code VIB20.

Bloomingdale’s: Friends and Family Sale started today with 25% most items. Use code HOLIDAY. I picked up these oxfords and I can’t wait to see them.

Banana Republic: 50% off up to 5 regular price items for “Family and Friends”. It is actually a unique code found in your email. If you haven’t seen yours, I suggest searching your inbox. Plus 40% off sale items with code BRSALE, or BRCSALE for those of us in Canada. I finally picked up the sister to the coat I am wearing above.

LOFT: Although I’m generally not a huge LOFT fan, they do have a few items right now that have been leaning towards my tomboy-ish style. They are having an extra 60% off sale and some newer items are marked down by either 50% or down to $35. A few  things I picked up:

Nordstrom: Is having their fall clearance sale. I’m contemplating these jeans, since I never have enough denim.

Happy shopping! I know I will! 🙂

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February

As with my usual casual winter outfits, more black:

 
And just in case anyone was wondering what this coat actually looks like closed and belted:
Aritzia Spencer Wool Coat (Black)(Reiss version here) / Rich & Skinny Legacy Coated Denim (similar here) / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Boots / Jacob Turtleneck (similar here or here).
 

It’s February (almost March!). Which means I’m pretty darn sick of winter and I need it to be OVER. This year in particular was a long and rough one. The cold started early, and we had some extremely, extremely cold days. When I lived in D.C., it was just a few more weeks of the cold before I could put away the heavy coats. In Toronto, I have to wait at least two weeks longer, which puts me in a despondent mood just thinking about it. The one thing that is keeping me going? The new influx of fashion for the new season.

For spring, I’ve already added a pair of boyfriend jeans, new casual sneakers, a little cross-body bag, and an oversized day clutch. I’m hoping to finally add a pair of white jeans and just a few tops to freshen up my wardrobe. We’ll see how that goes.I already have my eye on a white blazer that I probably don’t need, but I find myself starting at it multiple times a day online. Basically, the only way to kill an obsession like this is to buy it and then try to convince myself to return it afterwards.

I took a little inventory of what I have purchased over the last few months, and I was shocked to discover that everything I’ve purchased in the last five months is either black or some shade of white except for my new Club Monaco trench coat (tan with black leather sleeves) and a pair of blue jeans! It will be interesting to see how  my color palette will change as the temperatures warm up. Or will it? As I’ve had a little more money at my disposal as of late I’ve noticed that my style has shifted to something edgier and darker (more so than it was before). It’s not surprising. I always thought that if I had more money to “invest” into my wardrobe, my style would probably lean more in that direction. I’m certainly more thrilled with my current wardrobe now than I have ever been before and I’d have it no other way.