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The winter jacket Germans love to wear

I moved to Germany almost a year ago and have been silently studying their fashion taste. Sneakers and cropped skinny jeans have been a staple for majority of the year, but with the addition of chunky turtleneck sweaters, leather backpacks and a bold lip color for the colder weather. But now that most days are near freezing temperatures, the main thing you see most Germans wearing is a long, puffy parka.

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A common stereotype among Germans is that they purchase clothes for utility rather than looks. An interest in fashion still exists, but you’re more likely to meet someone who will convince you that a coat is not worth it unless it keeps you warm and dry. This is absolutely true among most people here, but something I, as a winter clueless Texan, can’t grasp. I gravitate towards peacoats and pieces with interesting details but not much thickness or a lining. I joke about people around here looking like giant trash bags in their puffy black coats but they’re much warmer than I am and spent their money well. I know I will grow tired of my Mango coat I purchased last year, which is already losing buttons and pilling along the hem.

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I typically see masses of black and olive green on the streets of Cologne, but it makes me happy when I see someone wearing color in the middle of January. I don’t understand why we reserve color for the warmer months, when it’s most needed during winter. Alright, yeah, it’s COLD. It’s GRAY. Doesn’t mean you need to be too, friend.

I often see the people of Cologne wearing Wellensteyn, a trusted brand found at Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf, a department store in Germany. Their coats have a range of styles and utility, and even come in larger sizes, which I always appreciate. Though the price is a band-aid I would be reluctant to pull at first, I’ve learned that spending more on items that provide comfort and well-being, like a mattress or shoes, is completely worth it. It only takes so many days of letting my Mango coat dry on the balcony to convince myself to finally buy a proper winter jacket.

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Do you prefer fashion over functionality? I think a marriage between the two is ideal, but not always easy to find. It all depends on our personal preferences and regions. I just spent a weekend in Paris and noticed the people preferred long thin coats worn open to show their outfits, and then returned to Germany and saw everyone bundled up in parkas and short thick coats in the freezing weather. Totally different mindsets!

Stay warm and happy holiday shopping!

Thank you for the inspiration, Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf!

Bad at change

I desperately need new glasses. My current lenses no longer work for my 90 year-old eyes and my frames are so dirty that a public toilet is afraid to go near them. But you know what, I’m used to them. They fit my face. They’ve never let me down.

I’m afraid of change. 

Right, so I am awful at picking out new glasses and then accepting that this new different shape of plastic is going to sit on my face for the next 5 years. So, um. Help! I did the home try-on thing through Warby Parker and took some photos so lez do dis.

Be honest.

These first three are examples of “fun” pairs I would maybe like to have for home when doing homework or running errands. I don’t know, it makes sense in my head.

1. Welty

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My damn face. Okay, let’s keep going.

2. Finch

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3. Watts (Which I already know I do not like. I love Harry Potter, I don’t want to BE Harry Potter)

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Now we’re in regular, everyday glasses territory. Something to replace my current face crap.

4. Langston

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5. Nedwin

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I just realized that the names of these glasses sound like guys I would want to punch during class at a British boarding school.

“Oh blimey Nedwin, piss off.”

PERSONALLY, I rather like Langston, but I would get them in black:

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Smug bastard.

So what do you think! Should I say no to the “big glasses” look, or give it a shot? Are you feeling Langston too?

Also, can we look at my super stylish outfit for this horribly mediocre photoshoot:

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Much fashion.

Can’t get you off my mind…

The rain is keeping me from taking blog photos, so I’m sharing my wishlist instead. These are items that I keep drooling over online and try to justify budgeting into my wardrobe. But for now, they’re my eye candy.

Can't get you off my mind...

Dress: Madewell ($168)
Bag: Mulberry ($590)
Boots: Stuart Weitzman ($645)
Cuff: Jennifer Zeuner ($225)
Nail Polish: Deborah Lippmann “Single Ladies” ($18)

To be fair, I can afford the nail polish, but it’s still a pretty price to pay for red nails.

One day.

Style update: Accessories + Shoes

The heat, humidity and a closet full of repeat pieces has put me in a style rut. Like every other annoying blogger, I’m already planning my fall wardrobe and rethinking what I will buy this year. I want to update my style, but not stray too far from what I like.

This is part one in a three-part series on how I plan to make subtle changes to pieces I wear often. I believe in practical changes, not wobbling around in stilettos and pencil skirts claiming to be comfortable for the sake of fashun.

I wear flats on a daily basis, and typically keep them affordable and simple for work and weekends. I recently threw away my well-loved Target flats, and want to step away from my usual rounded toe flats and experiment with a point.

On point

American Eagle Open Side Flat
Steve Madden Elusion Flats
J.Crew Suede d’Orsay Flats

I carry my super cheap, beat up Forever 21 black satchel everyday, and it just needs to be put to rest. Until I can completely commit to saving for my coveted PS1 satchel, I know Cambridge and Rebecca Minkoff are dependable brand options. My focus is ease of access for when I need to quickly take my phone out and, you know, make sure my Kim Kardashian Hollywood character isn’t getting anything less than four stars at her Punta Mita photoshoot.

Yeah.

Cambridge Satchel Co. Mini Satchel
Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel
Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather

I’m not quite ready to ditch statement necklaces, but I’m looking forward to a monochrome fall wardrobe complete with layered mixed metal pieces. I adore Free People’s current selection of jewelry, and couldn’t help compiling my favorites.

Silver lining

Free People Ebony Curve and Coin Pendant
Free People Waning Crescent Necklace
Free People Goldbarr Versailles Statement Necklace

Ta-da. Stuff I want to buy. Cool.

Do you have any fall style updates planned?

Sephora wishlist

If you’re a makeup obsessed Sephora VIB like me, then you must have totally freaked out when you received the VIB 15% off early access event email. I have a handsome list of products I have been wanting to smear on my face, so best believe I am using this discount.

Sephora Needs

From left to right:
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
Benefit The POREfessional
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation
Tarte Airbuki Foundation Brush

I tried a sample of the Soy Face Cleanser and was impressed by how much makeup it removed even after I had used eye makeup remover and a makeup wipe. It didn’t dry out my face, and had a light cucumber scent.

The POREfessional, Tarte foundation and brush and Too Faced mascara have been highly recommended on YouTube, so naturally, I’m curious.

If you’re a VIB and haven’t received the email, use the code VIBTICKET on online purchases between April 3 – April 11, 2014.

What’s on your beauty wishlist?

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TV Finds: How I Met Your Mother

If I could steal any fictional character’s wardrobe, it would definitely be Robin Scherbatsky’s from How I Met Your Mother. I love her feminine corporate style of sharp blazers over billowy blouses with fitted jeans and heels. But every so often there’s one piece she wears that makes me immediately Google it on my phone.

robin dress

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Mason by Michelle Mason Chiffon Inset Gown (Sold Out)

So damn pretty! I don’t consider myself short, but I definitely don’t think I have the height needed for this length of a gown. I’ve stayed away from maxi dresses because I don’t think they would suit my size and shape. However, the cinched waist on this gown is extremely flattering and the halter neck is a classy alternative to the usual v-neck cut maxi’s.

Considering this gown is sold out and completely out of my price range, I found a few similar alternatives for any special occasions this summer.

Robin Gown

1. Xscape Pleat Cutaway Blouson Dress
2. Ann Taylor Tall Halter Maxi Dress
3. Forever 21 Elegant M-Slit Maxi Dress

I like that these dresses have a slightly fuller skirt. This is ideal for apple shapes such as myself who don’t like to wear anything tight throughout the waist and hips. If I put on my big girl panties and wore this dress, I would pair it with rose gold sandal heels and dainty bracelets for an evening look.

Do you prefer shorter or longer gowns? How do you style your maxi dresses?

About a dress

I spend the better part of my day dreaming about blue skies, cool wind, vibrant flowers and me twirling around like an idiot in a nude dress and a sparkly necklace.

I have my eye on a few blush and cream options for spring.

In the nude

1. Zara Faux Leather Dress
2. American Eagle Lace Party Dress
3. TopShop Textured Seam Tunic

My skin tone is still way too light for these dresses, but as soon as my body no longer resembles a block of Philadelphia cream cheese, I am buying a nude dress.

To compliment the flirty feminine hue, a sparkly bib is a great addition to add a punch of personality and complete awesome.

Adult bib

1. Baublebar Eve Foliage Bib
2. Stella & Dot Somervell Necklace
3. Forever 21 Be Seen Iridescent Bib

Having once been an advocate for dainty necklaces and unique charms, I have been converted to statement necklaces. I can’t get enough. I want to collect them. I want to own so many that my family becomes concerned and I end up on an episode of Hoarders. Do they still air that show? I hope so, because I need help.

What pieces are you excited to wear for spring? Do you have a current obsession that may result in an intervention? Let’s start a support group.

Leah