Thursday, 18 November 2010

an introduction

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That one's meant to be fuzzy. ; )

So, let me introduce you to my winter coat! I thought the introductions would take place in London, but it was actually quite chilly a few days in Barcelona, so you get the background of Parc de l'Espanya Industrial instead! Incidentally, I love that park. t has the crazy towers at one end and a tree-shaded café at the other, where I demand to go as often as possible to enjoy my café con leche in the sunshine.

Those of you who read my grumblings about winter coat shopping will remember that I was infuriated by the price/quality non-logic of coats on the high-street: basically, anything with a high wool content was well over £100. At a lot of them were just boring anyway. Then I went Spitalfields Market in the East End, and found a whole new set of problems... there were suddenly loads of coats I wanted, and I could afford them, the problem was choosing.

In the end I was exceptionally bad and bought two (but luckily my mom bailed me out by buying this green one as a late birthday present). I just love this coat. It's 100% wool, handmade in London, (I'm a big fan of handmade) and it reminds me a bit of the Sherlock Holmes style coat I was oogling, but less costumey. It swings when I walk, it spins when I twirl, it keeps me warm, it matches my eyes... it's a good thing we get along so well, because I wear it almost every day.

The other coat I'll introduce you too when it realllly gets cold!

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It just encourages a bit of twist and shout:
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This year I've really rediscovered the blouse:
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And that's all for now folks. See you soon!
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Outfit:
coat: Spitalfields Market
blouse: Zara
jeans: Winners
shoes: Ebay
ring: was my grandmother's
earrings: gift

Photos by Albert

55 comments:

hiven said...

What a beautiful place. x hivennn.

CAITLIN said...

i love your new coat!! it's fabulous. i have a lot of trouble with buying coats, which is terrible because i live in the most frigid state in the nation (excepting perhaps alaska... and parts of maine... but anyway). last year i bought a handmade wool coat that is lovely but unfortunately not very warm (all the prettiest things are the most impractical)... i just hate spending so much money, even if it is a good/necessary investment.

Diana said...

what a beautiful coat! love the shape :)

Abi said...

A beautiful scenery you've got there! The coat was definitely a great find! Love the cut and sash. Of course I love your blouse, being a big fan of peter pan collars, bows and all...

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Emily, your new coat is gorgeous! Look at that lovely herringbone-patterned wool :) That's awesome it was in your price range, is 100% wool and handmade. You truly lucked out!

Parc de l'Espanya Industrial looks incredible. I love the third photo with the visual succession of the pool, Cyprus trees, steps, and towered buildings.

Carrie said...

It is a super cute coat and I AM jealous! ;-) Looks so cute on you!

Meg! said...

That coat is amazing... anything vaguely Sherlock-ish makes me happy! and it's such a unique wrap style. Love it! And that blouse is super cute as well.

Anthea said...

That coat is absolutely stunning! I am glad you find what you were looking for. I must remember to visit that market if I ever find myself in the UK!

Anthea,
Embracing Style

CessOviedo said...

Cute bow tie shirt! ...

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Daniella said...

love your blouse it's so lovely!!!

Fleur-de-Lis said...

well, I don't know if you have already noticed in my blog, but I'm the ultimate coat fan, so I have to confess, I couldn't avoid falling in love with your amazing, lovely, perfect, green coat ^^
Your blouse is also remarcable! Love it with the jeans***

Shallow Mallow said...

Wow! What an amazing place and what a find your coat is! :) Excellent stuff! So pleased you found excactly what you wanted for the right price in the end. My great grandma used to say "Patience brings roses" but I guess sometimes it brings gorgeous coats instead!

Thanks for the knee high tip. :D

this free bird said...

these pics are perfect and HELLO to that coat of yours! i love the way it cinches in at the waist and flows out. so feminine, but the darker color keeps it daring too. LOVE

xo,
carrie

Catita said...

Ruby! you look gorgeous! the blouse is divine (I have the same one) and the jacket too! Lovely pics and like you I love getting stuff by mail because you never know when it will arrive!
xoxo
CAtita

ModerneFusion said...

you look like such a model in that first picture :D Glad to see that you look like you're always having fun :)

Terri said...

Wish my hair was long enough to wear in your style here! I knew from the first pic that this would be about your coat--beautiful swing to it and nice wide lapels.

I like the peter pan collar on the blouse as well.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

I'm pretty sure you could wear your hair like that, Terri. Mine's not really very long, and most of it is just pinned to the back of my head for this look..

SMASH said...

I can't believe your coat was so affordable AND hand made! I think I love the collar and that its belted the most--i'd be twirling in it all day everyday too :)

xx
MILK TEETHS

Raquel said...

I love all of these pictures, but mostly the ones when you're twirling.
The coat is so pretty, very faltering, both in figure and also in popping out your eyes, you're right! Seems like you need to show me the Spitalfields market when I come to London! :)
Oh and you're totaly right, when I start getting paychecks, some lovely things from my wishlists will be bought! of course I'll check markets as well, but from those aren't pictures to put on the wishlists.

oh and how much was the coat, if you don't mind saying?

Closet Fashionista said...

I love the coat!! Great choice :D
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Laura said...

Oh, Barcelona... I'm so jealous! Great blouse.

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SG said...

You look very beautiful in that coat. Nice background.

Chelsea Lane said...

This coat is soso gorgeous! love it with the shoes! following <3

xoxo

Trie Diksi said...

thanks for the comment! i also love your photos and how you look so vibrant in them! keep on going :)

The Spoof.

the runaway romantique said...

Gorgeous coat! I love that you can tie it. What pretty and fun photos too :) Just wanted to drop by and say hi and that you have such a lovely blog! Maybe we could follow each other!

- the runaway

Viv said...

beautiful outfit, love the coat on you




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Islandia Lane said...

love the fuzzy photo! and adore the coat ;-)

also, first time by your blog and I'm your newest follower! I'll def be back often!

MAUD said...

what a great coat! and that blouse is lovely!

...love Maegan said...

love your coat ...and your hair. These photos are fabulous.

eagle-eye-cherry said...

You are so simple and so cute. Your winter coat is very nice very nice.

Elaine said...

I absolutely LOVE your coat! I've been really into flouncy skirts and the one on this coat is so perfect to twirl in, obvi.

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Closet Fashionista said...

got them with a gift card, haha. and we still have the whole battle of Hogwarts and the destruction of the horcruxes. So the last movie will be even more action that this one, haha

Michal said...

WHAT AN AWESOME COAT!!! That blouse is super cute too. :D

Krystal said...

I love it! I'm still looking for the perfect one :)

Brittany said...

Lovely coat and photos!

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hannah and landon said...

super dreamy coat and blouse!
<3

Kennyy said...

veryyy lovely coat!

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A said...

Superb pictures ...

Kayraheart.fashion said...

Such a gorgeous coat....love it!!

Angelica Ng said...

What a great dramatic coat! Love the first photo. You look so happy!

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Amber Rose said...

I love your jacket, miss! It was made for you. I also love your peterpan collar. And... you!

ana b. said...

I had to fly across the world to finally stumble across a winter coat that was warm AND cheap. So I can relate to how hard trying to find this combo is. I like the little bow you've threaded through the collar of your shirt.

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Silmi Sabila said...

Nice coat [Y]

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Fashion Me Chic said...

I love your coat. Really like its shape and color.
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eliza said...

you new coat is beautiful, great find! i have nightmares finding winter coats too but this year i've been lucky & found too many i want! i've purchased two already so maybe thats enough! :)

a friday night interview is a bit harsh! hope it all went well! :)

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Molly said...

Congratulations on finding your coat! And I could not love that little ribbon at your neck more. I may just steal that look... it's beautiful.
Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

Alison said...

I love the cut of this coat, and the dark green colour! It looks perfect for wearing with dresses.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

@ Alison: It's pretty good for wearing with dresses, though my friend said when I showed up the other day that I "looked like a detective." ; )

Mbabazi said...

thats a beautifull coat. wish my country had the weather to allow me pull off that look.
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ana said...

It's sooo beautiful!!!!

DeVero said...

What a nice coat! It fits you so well! Ýou look gorgeous!

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Death By Shoe said...

Love your coat! So pretty!!

xo Danielle
www.deathbyshoe.com

Heather Fonseca said...

Your coat is gorgeous (So wish it was cold enough here to invest in a good coat) but what I really like is your blouse with that little tie. Fantastic!