This past weekend, I stopped by my parents place for a quick visit over Remembrance Day, as I won't be seeing them until after our vacation. We watched the Remembrance Day service on TV from the War Memorial in Ottawa (the same Monument which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited this past July) and reminisced about our trip to Normandy, France back in 1998.....I always think of the D-Day beaches and the Canadian/American cemeteries in Normandy around Remembrance Day. Once you visit there or any place where there have been wars, it stays with you...and you realize that freedom should never be taken for granted.
As winter is upon us here, I am back to wearing wool coats.
First, my everyday winter coat:
The above blue coat is from Victoria's Secret online, I bought it during Winter 2009. The coat is not available online anymore, but this coat is similar:
Next, my altered coats. This is my black and camel wool coat, which was previously my Mom's coat from the 1970s. The label has worn off so I am not sure what brand it is, however it is probably safe to say she bought it at The Bay or Eaton's (when it was still in business). The coat was very long, even too long for me, so I had the hemline shortened:
Lastly, my ASOS berry wool coat:
Same coat here (#1):
Now here is where I was caught on sizing. Hubs ordered this coat for me last year for Christmas, so I asked him to order a UK size 14 (US size 10) to be on the safe side. When it arrived, it looked lovely....and HUGE.....especially the skirt, which was extra flouncy. I should have ordered a UK size 12 or even a UK size 10 so that the box pleat would fall nicely and the coat would be more fitted....but I didn't know the coat would be so huge at my normal size!!
My seamstress did a good job, she took in the coat at the waist which solved some of the flounciness problem without tampering too much with the box pleated skirt. The coat looks better in person, the box pleat is lovely. In the photos it still looks a bit big, but overall I am satisfied with it. Lesson learned!
Finally, I paired the coats with my now favorite J Brand skinny jeans and my Frye Jenny boots:
Same boots here:
I found these boots at a boutique store here in town in late Spring 2010 and managed to talk the clerk down to $150 off the original $400 CDN sale price....as they were end of season boots and discontinued. A happy find!
Yesterday, Hubs and I went to a Titanic Exhibit which showcased several items found with the Titanic wreckage:
Our boarding pass to enter the exhibit (sitting on my latest library read, Paris to Die For)
The exhibit was very good and hauntingly eerie. Among the finds were: a champagne bottle with liquid still in it, one hundred year old perfume vials still emitting scent, china used in second class, the base where the bronze cherub statue stood on at the Grand Staircase, a towel (which looks like a modern day towel), an old-fashioned shaving brush, pins, some playing cards and postcards (how did those not disintegrate?) and many other items surprisingly intact. Hubs has been to the Titanic Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and he thought this exhibit was just as good.
After the exhibit, we visited our favorite independent wine store and picked up a few bottles to add to our collection (a Pinot Noir from Oregon and a South African sparkling wine) ...tonight Pan Am will end my weekend.
How was your weekend?