I know, I know, this outfit features yet another coat that's not been on this blog before and how many coats can one woman own..? But no, I haven't won the lottery, I just can't throw things away and this is another one that has been lurking on my coat-rack for years but these days barely gets an outing. It's a simple winter trench coat with wide 60s-style lapels and a short length that works really well for making me look taller (and believe me, I'll take that illusion any way I can get it!). Like a lot of my coats, it was a cheap purchase from a supermarket, from the days where I was on an entry level media salary, so it isn't going to win any awards for quality any time soon (the internal fastening snaps have been threatening to fall off every single time I wear it but have somehow hung in/on there). I'm all for making sure I justify the reasons I hoard clothes, so I'd been pondering how to style it again, especially in the light of some of this year's winter purchases. I really like using the odd new thing here and there to revive older clothes... which is of course why I hoard them all, honest ;)
You probably know where I went with this already... a beret. Quelle surprise! But also, those gorgeous little furry boots I splurged on from Miss L Fire because they really haven't had enough wear yet. The problem is they're so bulky because of the fur that with tights and a skirt my feet feel huge. It dawned on me - pair them with jeans! It really works and I was so warm and snug.
This look needed something else to make it a bit special though - berets, boots and a splash of red were all very well, but it was feeling a bit ordinary still. Step in Eternal Collection, who got in touch to ask me if I'd like to review a piece of their vast jewellery collection. My first thought was 'Ugh, jewellery - I'm so hopeless at knowing what to do with jewellery!'... but then I spotted the huge brooch collection. And Fifi the Poodle in said brooch collection. Anyone who knows me will know that if there's one thing I can't resist it's dog anything when it comes to clothing and accessories, but especially big dogs like poodles. And here's a fact for those that don't know - my parents have a labradoodle called Harry who is, of course, half poodle (you can see him in this post - the cute poodle curl got lost somewhere in his genes and turned into what my hair basically is - fluffy, scruffy mess). B's grandmother also bred and clipped poodles (the big, standard poodles, not those little miniature toy ones) and I liked the idea of having something with one on even more thinking about that (especially as she very sadly recently passed away). All in all, I couldn't resist Fifi and I knew exactly where she was going to go when she arrived...
She would be the cherry on top of the whole outfit! She really is stunning - so super sparkly in real life with such attention to detail (thanks so much to Eternal Collection for sending her along). I was generally really impressed with the range of items Eternal Collection had on offer - the necklace collection, as well as the brooch, is particularly impressive. Amber (from Forever Amber), I realised, also recently reviewed another dog brooch of theirs so do check that out too if you want to see it in action.
Brooch: c/o Eternal Collection
Beret: Joy (similar)
Scarf: vintage via eBay
Coat: Tesco (old)
Gloves: Sainsburys (check stores)
Bag: Ollie & Nic (similar)
Boots: Miss L Fire (other colours still available)
Don't you think the brooch adds just the right extra touch here? I want more for my berets now!
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