Full disclosure: I got this coat a couple of months ago and didn’t wear it until yesterday. Why? Although I loved it and waited impatiently for it to come, when it finally arrived, I was kind of at a loss for how to wear it when it was literally cold AF. No seriously, the week it arrived, the temperature in Edmonton was reaching a high of -29 degrees Celsius, so yeah. No sparkly tweed coat for me. I put it in my closet and then with the holidays and early January ticking by, I kind of forgot about it. Until Tuesday night.
The timing was kind of perfect. I needed the pick-me-up that a coat like this could offer. After battling the flu, the Instagram algorithm, the January blahs, and general sartorial malaise (like I wasn’t even that into shopping???), something had to get me out of the fashion doldrums and perk me up again. The coat did the trick.
(FYI – All my outfit details are linked after the photos and at the end of the post. Just click on the product image to be redirected to the site.)
I went basic for the first time taking this piece for a spin. A basic black dress works with just about anything, and this one is no exception. But I also got inspired as I was planning my outfit Tuesday night that on a cooler day, it would pair so well with skinny jeans, a plain white tee, and some ankle boots to dress it down a bit. I pictured it with Chelsea boots. I don’t own any Chelsea boots, so obviously I have to rectify that.
It was fun. It perked me up. And even though Instagram buried it deep within the algorithm, as it has with nearly ALL MY PICTURES since I took an unintentional break because of the flu, I still love the pics that my work bestie Natasha snapped for me (I ❤ her!). We got more perfect shots than normal, so I threw them all in here, because I had fun and the coat (and a few minutes in the fresh air with Tasha) made me happy!
Speaking of Instagram, I know a lot of us are hurting (AGAIN) because of the recent changes (AGAIN) and it’s nearly IMPOSSIBLE to not start feeling down and even insecure because of it. For most bloggers, being concerned about the number of likes we get isn’t about the need for others to love us and our pictures – it’s about recognition of our hard work and showing brands that we are the kind of people they should be working with because of what we produce and how it resonates with the public. I’ve been so lucky to up my collaboration game over the last year (and I am so grateful for everything I’ve been able to do because of that), but it’s discouraging to be unable to do anything about how a computer program choses to share our photos, even to our own followers! All to say that if you’re on Instagram and follow any bloggers or influencers, make sure to give them as much support as you can through likes, comments, and engagement because some of them, for completely inexplicable reasons, are being buried on one of the most important social media platforms they use.
And in the meantime, I’ll just keep sharing the #$&@ out of this beautiful tweed coat, because I love it.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,