Behold my latest and greatest coat find, a 1970s hooded and fleece-lined plaid number with toggle fastenings, a nipped waist and shawl collar, found on Etsy. It's super warm and also suits my casual lifestyle at the mo. It made me feel quite visible when I wore it out today for the first time as it's a quite distinctive look (pretty sure it's handmade as there are no tags and it has that quality to it) and very different from the classic conservatism you find in Annecy. I think that more than qualifies it as a candidate for Visible Monday.
I've jazzed it up here with my fave thrifted Kenneth Cole wedge boots, thrifted jeans and cashmere sweater, and knitted cap bought new years ago in Toronto. The thrifted Mulberry bag and consignment store shades a la Tom Ford continue to be every day wardrobe staples.
I promised a sequel to my last coat entry but will postpone that in favour of a slightly newsy post. We've recently returned from ten glorious days in the north-west of the UK, land of friendly people, coffee shops, and inexpensive makeup - all the things I miss living in France, generally speaking. We visited friends, were wined and dined, and quickly morphed from the bitchy, sleep-deprived peeps we were before we left into the relaxed, relatively well-rested and cheery folk that we can only just remember being at one point in the not-too-distant past!
We were on the go so much that I didn't take any pics, save for this pre-airplane shot in Geneva, showcasing the perfect traveling outfit that I found in my closet: this second-hand sleeveless turtleneck wool-blend dress (oh so comfy and great when you get hot on the plane, as you invariably do before takeoff) that I layered with a cashmere cardi, my vintage Cacharel coat, 1970s Rafael Alfandry pendant, and 1970s nylon boots found on mega sale on Etsy. My Mulberry bag, I have discovered, is bottomless, serving as the ultimate purse/diaper bag-cum-carry on.
I love these boots. Fleece-lined and somewhat waterproof on the outside, I thought they'd be perfect for the typically rainy coastal weather of the north-west. But it was sunnier there than here! And for nylon and fleece, they're surprisingly sexy, not to mention comfortable.
Of course, I did hit a few charity shops. I haven't yet documented my finds, so for now, I thought I'd share something that made me chuckle, this sign in a charity shop window in Lytham, a quite well-to-do town in the area.
I leave you with a pic of Mr. Adorable, who was a star for (and of) the whole trip.