Okay, I'll admit it. Some days you cannot fight the trend. The weather is still monochromatic, gray and dreary. So rather than buck the trend, I'm embracing it! Today's inspiration calendar was a dress with a statement necklace. Well, that didn't inspire me, so I pondered my closet. I bought a Flora Kung black/gray/white silk dress a while ago at the Scholar Shop, intending to wear it as a tunic. I paired it with skinny black jeans, black turtleneck, and gray "biker" ankle boots. Looking at the photos, I'm not sure the gray boots were the right choice, but overall I like the look.
I've topped it off with a new coat I got from Rue La La (an invitation-only shopping website - if you want an invite, leave me a note in my comments). It's by Free People, it's hard to see the details in the photos, but it's a slouchy black wool, double-breasted, with a sweater collar and cuffs. The retail price was $198, I got it on Final Sale for $69. I've been looking for a coat this length all season and I'm happy with this one.
Of course, that purchase takes us back to yesterday's post about shopping. I realized recently that I'm feeding the shopping monster by subscribing to so many different shopping website email updates. I've started unsubscribing to some; those I want to keep active I've reduced the notifications to once per week. I don't want to be a mindless consumer. I am striving to buy things only if I love them and want to keep them for a while. It's harder to do that when I have chosen to be bombarded with shopping opportunities. I was really struck by this yesterday, when I got a shipping notice from one of these invitation-only sale sites and I couldn't remember what I bought! So, that's my current goal - to slow down and think about things before I buy them. I'll keep you posted on how that's going.
Details: Work, no meetings
Coat: Free People - RueLaLa.com
Turtleneck: Juicy Couture - Marshalls in Houston
Tunic: Flora Kung - The Scholar Shop in St Louis
Belt: Lucky Brand - The Lucky Brand Store in St Louis
Jeans: Vanilla Star - TJ Maxx
Ankle Boots: No 704b - DSW in Houston
I think this is my Victoria Beckham pose (haha):
Here's a picture of me wearing the coat (thanks for asking, Chelsea!):
Here's a closeup of the coat: