Fashion Friday: The (Still) Staple Coat

I’s that time of year again (if you live in the northeast or mid-west, that is)…. COAT SEASON!  I inherited my love of a good coat from my mom (whose collection is pretty epic) and now that I have a legit, HUGE coat closet I can imbibe in a few extras this season.  Last year the “it” coat for fall/ winter was the army green anorak with (faux) fur trimmed hood.  And guess what, it’s still HUGE this year too (lucky for our wallets!)  There are a few variations on the theme, like the the duffle coat version, the glossy grey anorak version the pea coat version and the puffy coat version (all via Nordstrom, which has a killer selection in so many price points).

I find that in the colder months I dress in a total uniform of sweaters, skinny jeans, boots and this coat (I bought one last year and just need to find out where it’s hiding post-construction).  This look works for a variety of ages and body types too, so if you aren’t already rocking this combo, now’s the time to try it! Click images for links (or see links below)

Coat // Sweater // Jeans // Bag // Boots (die over the bows on the backs!) // Watch // Earrings

Some more inspiration for this look:

Sponsor Welcome & Giveaway: Citizen Atelier

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(Ashley Woodson Bailey, above)

Finding sources for original, unique art that are relatively affordable is one of my job’s biggest challenges.  There are chain stores that offer mass-market prints and Etsy (which can be a total crapshoot quality-wise)- but not a lot of galleries or websites dedicated to the curation of unique and non-intimidating art.  Which is why I am so happy to have Citizen Atelier as a new sponsor. Their gorgeous site, run by Alessandra Salituri, a PR consultant and art dealer from Montreal, is a mix of price points, mediums and tastes.  You can pick up a great photographic print or splurge on an original painting.  Take a peek…(and enter our giveaway!)

A Little Bit of Heaven.

At the end of our grueling tour of flying every day into a new city and rushing to get presentable for the signings we treated ourselves to a night at what I now am calling “Disneyland for Adults”- the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay.  I knew this place was beautiful from the website, but I had NO idea how incredible it actually would be. 24 hours was simply not enough, and we already are planning to return next year!

We spent hours sitting right here, glass of wine in hand listening to the waves crash while watching golfers choke on the 18th hole of the magnificent course (and once almost getting hit by a ball). I would be throwing clubs if I had to complete a putt in front of a crowd of onlookers.   It was such a spectacular vista to behold, truly, and the most relaxed I’ve been in months. No, YEARS.
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From the Someday Files…

While I was flying around the country I had the time to read ALL the magazines.  One that really paid of well was Coastal Living- especially this spread of a cool Hampton’s home where this amazing pink sofa lives a very happy life.  It got me thinking about how much I love a good pink English roll arm sofa.  I swear, someday I’ll have either an office or a den with one.

Against the deep grey walls it’s completely fetching.
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