8 Chic Coats to Keep You Cozy

The weather is really starting to get chilly here in New York. Snow was even forecast last night! All of this has me thinking about staying warm once it really gets cold, and a warm coat is definitely a necessity.

Fall / winter coats are expensive, so I follow a few guidelines when I go shopping:

  • Shop at department stores. For one thing, the selection is huge. Second, they often have great sales, and at stores like Kohl’s and Macy’s, you can stack coupons on top of sales.
  • If you only have room in your budget for one coat, go classic. You’ll be able to use the jacket for years, and you can change the look with accessories.
  • Think about how you’ll wear the coat. Does it have pockets for your hands? Will it fit over a bulky sweater? Will it be warm enough with those 3/4 sleeves? Does the color clash with your wardrobe? etc.
  • Do you love it? You’ll be wearing this jacket every day this winter, so why settle for something that doesn’t make you happy?

With all of this on my mind, I decided to do a little virtual window shopping.  In the end, I found 8 chic, budget-friendly coats to keep you cozy this fall and winter.

8 Chic Coats to Keep You Cozy

  • TailoredZara’s Zip-Up Coat has a sleek, minimal silhouette that is perfect for work.
  • Parka – If you are looking for a casual coat, Krush’s Hooded Anorak is a great option. It would look great dressed up with heels though, too.
  • Mixed MaterialsTinley Road’s Boucle Coat incorporates two fall trends: pastels and (faux) leather. I like how the quilted leather sleeves keep the pink boucle from becoming too cloying.
  • Classic – I love London Fog’s Wool Blend Trench. This is a coat that you will wear for years!
  • Feminine – How sweet is this Grey Fit-and-Flare Coat from Banana Republic? Its classic shape is accented by slightly puffed sleeves and an adorable bow belt. Very Kate Spade!
  • {Faux} Fur – This Faux Fur Collar Tweed Wrap Coat from Ivanka Trump looks so luxurious. Plus, the collar frames your pretty face!
  • Colorful – I love bright jackets, like Tulle’s All Clover Again coat, for winter. A touch of color goes a long way on a drab day.
  • Puffer – No joke, at least 75% of New York women must have a knee-length black puffy coat. I get it, it’s freezing out here, but a lot of puffers are very unflattering. DKNY’s Faux Leather Trim Coat is the one I’d buy. It’s down-filled, so it’s warm. It has a stowaway hood to keep your ears warm. Plus, it has a belt, so you won’t look like a sausage.

Which coat is your favorite?

I’m linking up with Karly Kim’s Totally Posted Tuesday, 52 Mantels’ Thursdays Are Your Days, The Life of the Party’s Fashion Informant, Style Elixir’s Friday’s Fab Favorites, and My Girlish Whim’s Your Whim’s Wednesday.

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Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Happy Friday! I’ve been enjoying beautiful fall weather and colors in New York this week. Last Saturday, I went for my usual morning walk around the Central Park Reservoir. The leaves were so pretty, that I ended up spending a couple hours walking around taking it all in. It was the perfect day!

Here are my favorite links from the week, plus a few of my photos of the gorgeous fall colors.

central-park-reservoir-fall-colorsColorful trees surrounding the Central Park Reservoir.

This post on the Top 10 Most Stylish Food Celebrities is worth a peek. Somehow, Alton Brown ended up on top!

As a photography lover, I’ve really enjoyed perusing My Daguerreotype Boyfriend. There are some real hotties in that bunch 😉

Making It Lovely has a great roundup of pretty earrings, along with some musings on multiple ear piercings (hello, 90’s!).

Fall colors around the Central Park PoolBuildings and trees reflected in The Pool in Central Park.

Here’s a fun idea for your next party: mini cream cheese pies with a topping bar. Yum!

Princess Kate looks lovely in this article about London Poppy Day. What really caught my eye though was Prince William’s comment on the pleasures of riding public transportation … ha!

Unexpected architectural elements are the best. Check out this built-in indoor playhouse (scroll down) and this secret library door (pretty much my childhood dream).

Treetop view of New York  in Central Park with Fall Colors.Treetop view of the city!

These salted caramel pretzel brownies look delicious and easy to make, too.

Do you read the blog “I Suwannee“? It’s written by Jamie Meares, the owner of Furbish Studio.  (I’m dying to visit that store one day, and it’s perhaps more likely now that I live on the East Coast.) All of this is a very loooong way of saying that she wrote a post on how to furb up your turkey day. I love the colorful, collected look; plus, there is an awesome-sounding cocktail!

I’m curious to try this easy, green dry shampoo alternative.

Colorful leaves in Central ParkPretty leaves on a quiet path around the Great Hill.

We are entering the season of comfort food. Why not try a lasagna grilled cheese sandwich? It looks much better than it sounds, I promise!

Make a mini washi tape bookmark – so cute!

Have you tried a mug cake? They can be dangerous (two minutes to make cake!) and hit or miss, but I’ve tried and like this chocolate-peanut butter mug cake, and this pumpkin coffee cake in a mug looks good, too.

Bench in Central Park with fall colors.Sometimes I like to take pictures of people without them knowing … ha ha.

Here’s a fun guide to champagne cocktails. I think we could all use a few more of those in our lives, am I right?

I’m in love with this easy, yet glam look. Someone needs to help me find a budget-friendly version of that coat!

Invite your friends over for a chocolate tasting.

City view from Central Park.The city peeking through the colorful trees. According to my husband, Phil Collins (supposedly) lives in the place with the spire.

Do you like fashion? Check out the Covet app. I downloaded it last weekend, and I’ve been addicted ever since. Basically, you create outfits for different events, and then you rate other people’s outfits and vice versa. It’s a fun way to go shopping without spending any money, plus it’s pretty hilarious/scary to see what outfits people think are appropriate for different events.

This DIY chalkboard calendar is really cool, and you won’t believe what they used to hold the date in place.

New York Street with fall colors.A pretty street view.

Why not kick off your weekend with a pomegranate margarita?

What are your plans for the weekend? Do tell!

P.S. Follow me on Pinterest to keep up with everything that catches my eye!

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DIY Soft, Silky Hands Treatment

Have you ever been to a Mary Kay party? One thing the host always does is a Satin Hands treatment. Although I’m not a fan of these parties, I do love how this treatment makes my hands feel: super soft and silky.

I wanted to create a similar treatment but with everyday items – no kit necessary. You are going to love my DIY Soft, Silky Hands Treatment!

DIY Soft, Silky Hands Treatment

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