Wardrobe Workhorse: J. Crew Peacoat

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I got the J. Crew “Majesty” Peacoat last fall, and for two winters now I’ve seen quite a few people find their way to my little blog by searching for reviews of said coat. I never really did a review of it before, but I do love the heck out of it and I’ve worn it a lot, so it got me thinking…How about making the peacoat the next Wardrobe Workhorse?!

I put a lot of thought into making this relatively pricey purchase. I managed to get it on sale, but it was still $200+. Gasp! I know. But honestly I have never once regretted this purchase. I’m more likely to regret spending $50 on a sweater I wear once before it starts pilling. I’ve already gotten my money’s worth. Here are just a few times I’ve worn it already, and there are sure to be many more over the years.

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A few things you might be wondering…

  • Is it warm? YES. It’s made of wool and is fully lined; nice and thick without being bulky.
  • How’s the fit? While I’m short enough (5’3″) to fall under the “petite” category, I went with the regular fit just because I didn’t want to have exposed wrists. I got this coat to help me survive Indiana winters. Not just to look cute. As for number size, I’ve found J. Crew often run small, and I normally wear a 0 in their tops. However, I went with a 2 in this coat to make sure there was room for a sweater underneath. (I did try on the 0 but it felt just a tad too tight for optimal comfort.)
  • How’s the quality? Excellent! I’m sure you can find a similar looking coat for less, but when you see this baby up close and personal, I think the details make it worth the extra cost. It never looks wrinkled or rumpled; I’ve worn it a couple dozen times and the fabric looks the same as it did on day 1. Not to mention the buttons are adorable and luxe looking.
  • What color do you recommend? I went with a neutral, classic color just because I didn’t have one already and I wanted to make sure I would get plenty of use out of it. The exact color I’m wearing isn’t available this year, but there are new great colors each year. You really can’t go wrong.

If I’ve convinced you to get your own J. Crew Majesty Peacoat, you can find all your options here! Some colors are on sale, and be sure to check for additional deals going on (right now (as of 12/12/13) you can get 30% off and free shipping with the code GIFTNOW).

Controlling the Weather

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Yesterday was nice and toasty, all the way up in the mid 20s! As you can see, I got a little braver than yesterday and went outside, but I didn’t get quite brave enough to take my coat all the way off.

There was supposed to be a chance for snow showers all day, so I prepared by wearing my rain boots with fleece socks. And of course there was not a single flake. I know they say you can’t control the weather, but in my experience you can. For example, if there’s a chance of snow, the best way to keep it from snowing is to wear footwear appropriate for snow. If I had worn suede flats, there would have been a blizzard I’m sure.

Top: H&M (similar)

Coat: J. Crew

Jeans: Ann Taylor

Boots: Hunter

Socks: Hunter

Necklace: J. Crew (other tortoiseshell link necklace here)

Hat: handmade gift (similar)

Bracelets: Forever 21, Stephan & Co.

Simply Orange

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Thanks to everyone who helped me out by taking the survey I posted yesterday. I’ve put a lot of work and thought into this blog over its relatively short life, so it’s nice to find out whether what I’m doing is resonating with people. And of course thanks for the support and encouragement you’ve been giving me all along: all the comments, tweets, likes, follows, or just plain old reading. You sure know how to make a girl feel special.

I’m keeping the survey open indefinitely so if you didn’t get a chance yet, please take a minute (literally one minute) to give me your feedback.

This was my outfit from Monday, the first day of class in the new semester. I decided to open with a bang: an orange sequin sweater and matching orange lip.

Sweater: Target (similar)

Scarf: Target (similar)

Coat: J. Crew (on sale)

Jeans: Madewell

Boots: Steve Madden (similar)

Bracelet: J. Crew

Lipstick: YSL Glossy Stain No. 8

Before & After


On Friday, I went to visit yet another pair of friends who just had a baby (yes, that makes 3 in one week), then I headed downtown for dinner with the in-laws, some shopping, and – most importantly – to Circle of Lights! Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis gets blocked off to traffic, and there’s a big show with various Christmas-themed performances. Lights are strung up to the top of the monument, and at the culmination of the show (after Santa shows up, of course), the lights turn on and it looks like a giant Christmas tree. It’s just a fun way to start off the holiday season, although it’s more fun when it’s not frigid outside. This just happened to be a frigid year (yay), so I had to prepare to bundle up. I thought I’d show you my basic look, along with the Arctic Tundra version.





Here’s another side-by-side for ya: the Soldiers and Sailors Monument before and after the lights went on. I would have gotten closer, but as you can see, a couple other people were there. I’m working on getting a private show next year.


Chambray: Madewell (similar)

Vest: LOFT

Jeans: The Limited

Boots: Matisse via DSW (similar)

Necklace: I.N.C. via Macy’s (similarsimilar)

Coat: J. Crew (25% off and free shipping w/ code COLOR25 thru 11/25)

Hat: handmade gift (similar)

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

All or Nothing






20121018-203003.jpgHappy Friday, friends! In case you didn’t see my announcement on Twitter yesterday, I’m proud to say I was asked to contribute to the style section on Twenty Something Indy! The article just went up yesterday. It’s an updated version of my post on how to wear mixed prints. If you’re a loyal reader of SRL, it’s already stuff you’ve seen (sorry), but in case you want to check it out, you can do so here. But it’s only for 20-somethings in Indianapolis. So if you are under 20 or over 29 or your zip code doesn’t begin with 462, then you are absolutely forbidden to view the website. Fine, go ahead and try it, but when your computer gets sucked into a black hole, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Ironically, the day I share my love of multiple prints is the day I wear zero prints. But I’ve had this outfit in my head for a few weeks and wanted to finally wear it. It might not look like anything that special, but I really like the combination of different neutrals, and the fact that I felt like I stepped out of the pages of a J. Crew catalogue.

Majesty Peacoat: J. Crew

Sweater: LOFT (old)

Jeans: The Limited

Shoes: Target (old, similar here and here)