Be sure to read through to the end of this post. Not only is it a collaboration with the fabulous Diane from Fashion on the Fourth Floor, but we’re both running different give-away contests this week! Keep reading for more details!
Let the Adventures Begin
According to Vogue Paris, leather trench coats are back in style.
If that’s the case, then it’s a good thing I bought a leather trench coat from Suzanne Carillo’s Etsy store last fall.
I’m ready for the next installment of The Matrix with these moves.
Or maybe I should keep my day job.
But, how can you not have new adventures when you drape yourself from shoulder to mid-calf in 1970s vintage leather?
The next logical step is to color my hair pink and become a superhero, right?
Or maybe I should channel Will Ferrell in Anchorman?
No. No. And no.
Superhero is better. Or maybe rock star.
Being a superhero or a rockstar is a lot of work, though. I am up for that level of adventure, but let’s be real. Nobody’s going to pay me to rock it out on stage and, as of yet, I have not discovered my innate ability to climb buildings with my bare hands or shoot laser beams out of my eyes or look really really hot in a latex cat suit. (Yikes.)
So let’s stick to what I can do. I can wear this awesome coat. And I can push myself to add colors and patterns I would never have tried before. And I can see how that feels on my skin wearing it out in public.
It turns out, I really like the way it feels.
And if I can’t be a rockstar, I can always wear one on my sleeve.
(I thought this was David Bowie when I bought it, but it’s not.
I still pretend it is, though.)
You won’t believe me when I tell you it took me months to wear this coat in public. I was intimidated by it. I couldn’t think of what to wear it with. It seemed like it needed its own wardrobe. A wardrobe I didn’t have. It is a coat meant to be worn by someone Totally Fabulous.
But those were all just excuses. I was not ready to own my fabulosity.
To prove to myself I always had the wardrobe for this coat, I added something you may recognize from a previous post: My Keep-It-or-Delete It Skirt. I promised readers I would wear it five more times between then and summer. Here it is now paired up with my awesome red leather coat and a fake David Bowie tee.
I think this skirt is going to be a keeper. The shirt too.
And if I can’t be a superhero or a rockstar, how about a Charlie’s Angel?
I may need to work on my form.
How are you going to embrace your fabulosity
and chase new adventures in 2017?
Is a Red Leather Trench Coat Part of Your Adventure?
Leather Trench Coats from department stores can be pricey but you can consider them investments that will last for years to come — even going out of style and then returning years later! Below are some from modern retailers and designers.
For a cheaper route, try vintage. Etsy has several shopkeepers offering 1970s-era trench coats similar to mine. Enter to win the $100 gift card I’m giving away (see details below!) and you could buy yourself a coat, plus something else!
The Rest of the Outfit
The pants and the top are from Thredup.com and I’ve had the skirt for years. Below are similar styles available in retail stores. I bought the Calvin Klein knee-high boots on Amazon.
New Adventures Are Best Experienced with Friends
With a new year come new adventures and I plan on diving into adventure with gusto in 2017. My experience has been that new adventures are best experienced with friends. To kickstart this journey, Diane from Fashion on the Fourth Floor has joined me for a collaboration and a giveaway contest.
Diane is the warm, generous, and stunning lady who invited me in November to join the Fab 40s for a grunge-themed collaboration. You can see for yourself how beautiful she is and how amazing her style combinations are. But she’s beautiful on the inside too. She is a rallying force for our Over-40 fashion community, making everyone she encounters feel welcomed and appreciated. If that weren’t enough, she also fosters rescue dogs. ❤️
For our collaboration, she has pushed herself to the edge of her comfort zone and beyond–quite literally! Not only was she freezing when the photos below were taken, she pushed herself to try a skirt that was shorter than she’s used to. I think she pulls it off to a tee! She looks amazing! Be sure to visit her blog to see what New Adventures she’s cooking up for 2017 and to enter her giveaway.
Yes, I did say “Give-Away!”
All this week, Diane and I are sponsoring separate contests. That means you have two opportunities to win! Starting today, you have a week to enter each contest and on Monday, January 30th, we will name the winners!
Diane is giving away a $100 gift card for Zara. To enter, click here to go to her site and follow the entry directions.
I’m giving away a $100 email gift card to Etsy. To enter, scroll down and tell me what new adventures you’re chasing in 2017. Be sure to include the email address to which you’d like the card mailed, in case you’re the winner!
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