a fresh coat..or two!



I found this video on youtube.  Love it!   It was during Fashion Week, in Paris and was done in 2010!  That seems like forever ago…..but yet, Gance Dure…an adorable style icon and designer, is dressed as I see it, for this fall.  Easy style, leather jacket, pants rolled up, Celine shoes in a brown texture and the gloves are tres chic!

I would also KILL for the Commes des Garcons coat, that the 24 year old was wearing from Tokyo.  Do you  think she might like this designer?  Totally effected!  Love it!

And of course, I love the fashion blogger! Andy Torres, from www.stylescrapbook.com. All H&M, and looking so put together. She is a doll.  That trench coat is just perfect. Light weight and easy to travel in. I have a similar one that I take everywhere from French Connection.

This week I was so ready to get to my blog.  I am in Northern Wisconsin and decided to paint my kitchen cabinets.  They were built in 1950’s and are knotty pine with a heavy lacquer.  Since the cabin is completely built of logs, and there are hardwood floors throughout………well, I needed a bit of color.  So Ivory cabinets were the solution to brighten up the kitchen.

But a fresh coat doesn’t have to pertain to home improvements.  As a coat diva for many years, starting at Saks 5th Ave, I became a collector of them.

Back then the buyers in New York challenged my staff to hit 1 million in the coat department, and though it took every trick in the book…….we rose to the challenge and hit the goal.

My team was trained to tell every client living in the Midwest, that they needed to have at least 7 styles of coats in their closets. 8 if you count the jean jacket!  If they came in owning 4, they left with 3.  Plain and simple………if you wanted to be prepared and stylish in Chicago……7 was the minimum!

Rain Jacket / Rain Coat-Trench / Wool or cashmere Pea Coat or short style wool or cashmere jacket / Wool or Cashmere long coat / Leather Jacket / Shearling-any length / Hooded cold weather Parka

I often assisted in the styling and selection of these important coats.  After all, these were pieces that need to stand the test of time.   I was once told by a dear friend, and Neiman’s Diva, that I found her the one and only favorite coat of all time.  I hope she knows that there are a few in here with her in mind.

Here are some of my favorite styles for this fall.  I love these coats.  I also included a few warm weather jackets, as I need to have something to dream about for Florida.


by Valentino

3ed1498df1c2534b1dc97d163eaacca3by Chloe

56e6ff3a9f840e51be4e77f97ea4bce1by Nina Ricci

















by Sandro

















by Sandro


by Moncler









by Mackage










by Vince

colorblock Wool, reversible wool,

Shearling poncho! I’m obsessed!







by Armani



by Derek Lam




Green Grass Alpaca coat and clutch











by Celine

Well, that’s it for this Monday.  A dreary, rainy day indeed.

Summer is not nearly over my friends……..this was just a little something to get you thinking about the seasons yet to come.  So, get back to whatever you were doing and enjoy the lazy, crazy days of summer!

Until next week……………xo


2 thoughts on “a fresh coat..or two!

  1. I finally have all the coats you suggest. Only took me 54 years! :) Love your blog & your website. Sounds like “retirement” is keeping you busy, cousin.

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