Monday, February 24, 2014

Old Mizrahi Trench Coat and Shining On!

Wow! It's apparently Award Season, 'cause I have another this week. (And here I am without my red carpet dress. Drat. So typical. ) I've been nominated for the Shine On Award by not one, but TWO of my bloggy peers. First by the ever-lovely Seeker from her thoughtful blog, Searching the Inner Me . Then by the fabulous Maricel at her always intriguing blog, My Closet Catalogue . I'm honored that these two women thought enough of my little blog to send this kind of shout-out.

Here are the rules:
  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.  

Instead of nominating specific bloggers for this award, I'm going to modify the rules a bit and declare that if you are reading this, and that you are a blogger and wish to play, YOU should consider yourself nominated. Congratulations! And because I'm as nosy as the next woman, I'd love it if you post your seven bits of personal trivia below in the comments section. Or you can do the full-on nomination process at your own blog and say it came from me!

Seven Facts About Me

1. Two foods I cannot turn down are tacos and chocolate cake.
2. I lived in Alaska for a decade.
3. I really have to read for a while before turning in for the night.
4. I belong to two Druid orders.
5. I don't leave the house without my Kindle Fire.
6. My BFA came with the distinction magna cum laude. Ahem.
7. I retained one of my baby teeth until my 50s (in my mouth along with my grown-up teeth, not in a keepsake box.)

I had to have Dan help me come up with these ... I'm just about out of even vaguely interesting tid-bits of information about myself.

What I Wore to the Big City on Sunday

The high on Saturday was just a little under 70°F and I was feeling all spring-ish. By Sunday, it had dropped to a very gray, windy and chilly 57°F so I regretfully rethought my choice of my little Peter Pilotto dress and cute little strappy shoes. Some plowing through the closet resulted in the unearthing one of my old-favorite and recently neglected items; my Isaac Mizrahi (yes, for Target) trench coat with a burnout eyelet embroidery hem.

It's great for seasonal transitions as it's lightweight. And I had a compliment on it from a dear little old lady (well, older than me, anyway) who thought it was the prettiest raincoat she'd seen. It's just the right time to bring it out and about for this changeable end of winter, and it always cheers me up a little to wear it.

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  1. Patti_NotDeadYetStyleFebruary 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Wow, you are even *more* interesting than I ever knew! We do share the reading in bed habit, I can't fall asleep without it. Love, love that black coat. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, and stay fabulous. xox

  2. The lasercut detail on that coat is FABULOUS. Work it. :)

  3. That coat is just way too cool. I've never seen anything like it either. Congrats on your multiple awards. What amazing facts there are to learn about you. It reminds me of that ice-breaker game where you tell 3 things about yourself and 1 of them isn't true. Everyone has to guess which one's made up. I definitely would've guessed #4 for you.

  4. What are Druid orders? Inquiring minds need to know... ;p

  5. Aya in CouturgatoryFebruary 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Woo, that trench coat is awesome! It's wonderful when you find a unique gorgeous item that feels great every time you wear it, no? :D

    Your facts about yourself are really interesting, too. :D

  6. You never cease to amaze me. The seven facts. How chic you look in your trench coat. And your radiant smile!

  7. Renae of Simple SequinsFebruary 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Jan, I love the hem of your coat! Marvelous.

  8. Oh, yes .. the hem on your coat is lovely! It hardly looks like a trench coat at all.


  9. That's one fine looking coat! I remember seeing it at Target. I think the Isaac pieces that I have are still my favorite Target purchases. They just fit good and are classics. Speaking of classic, you are looking fab in this classic combo. The shoes and stripes are right on and looking sassy. Your hair is looking wonderful!

    blue hue wonderland

  10. You really look very classy in your great coat ,love its detailed hem. Worn so well with the stripes and those impressive shoes. Enjoyed your 7 facts, always interesting .

  11. It really is the prettiest of rain coats, in fact I'm just aching to wear that pretty little thing with my yellow and pink hunter rain boots. I must say, your random facts never run dry and they're always so interesting and entertaining. For some reason,(probably due to your incredible writing skills) I'm not at all surprised at the magna cum laude distinction.

  12. Seriously. You're a Druid? How does one become a Druid? Congratulations on the award. I wish you lots and lots of chocolate cake! I'm very curious about this Druid business.

  13. I learn something new each week from you Jan. I have never heard of a Druid and had to look it up. Maybe one day you can do a post and enlighten me on what you do as Druid member.

    I love this coat - the eyelet hem is so unique. I can't wait to see your Peter Pilotto dress. I ended up returning everything - I did not like how it fit on me.

  14. The lady was right, that is the prettiest raincoat! Chic and stylish as ever, but you know why I think you can pull off black/grey outfits without looking... ho-hum? Because of your fabulous hair and smile! And the detail of the cut out broderie anglasie hem on the coat, that works beautifully.
    I see I am not the only one intrigued by the Druid thing - tell us more, Jan! There must be a story, I just know it! xxxx

  15. Hello fabulous you!!
    Thank you for the shout out and the nice way you mentioned my blog.
    I knew it would be very interesting to know more about you :) A Druid..... that's so interesting!!!! I'm so excited about that, not prettending crossing any private lines, could you tell us more about that?
    Well, I'm with you in the chocolate cake!!!!
    lol how cute retained one of your baby teeth :)
    But talking about your look, what can I say..... such an amazing raincoat, that lady was soooooo right!!!
    You look so chic and stylish, my dear, as per usual. What a figure!!!
    Your smile is one of your best accessories and made me want to smile. Looking at you I thought that maybe there's hope for me......
    Hugs and love your way.
    Thank you so much for linking with Très Chic Style Bits

  16. That trench is adorable! Love the T straps shoes too! And as always, love your attitude and sense of humor!

  17. I am gonna say same thing - that's the prettiest trench coat I've ever seen! Classy and stylish in design and colour, and chic and unique thanks to that embroidered hem.

  18. You are a Shining Example of what beauty is - keep on, keepin' on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And just go ahead and leave the coat to me in the will!

  19. Isaac Mizrahi did a great job designing this trench coat. Looks amazing on you.

  20. That trench is so unique. I love it. The whole outfit is very chic.

    I have to tell my girlfriend that you think she resembles you. She will get a kick out of that.

    The Druid bit is fascinating. You must expand on that.


  21. The trench is so unique! I have never seen one like it. You styled it beautifully!
    I love reading facts about you. I wish you get more awards soon! And yes, please tell us about Druids!!

  22. Oh, oh, oh...I pinned a very similar coat to my Pinterest. I love the detail at the bottom. This may become a sewing project for me! Looks like we all wanna know more about the Order of Druid membership. I shouldn't be surprised, you have an affinity for and a natural connection with animals and the earth.

  23. Gorgeous trench! I'm just contemplating adding some lace trim to a jacket, so this is inspiring.
    Two Druid orders? Really? You have hidden depths. And I still have one baby tooth - I hope to keep it until the end, but we'll see if that's possible.

  24. Tamera Ferguson WolfeFebruary 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Gorgeous trench!! You look fabulous as always!!

  25. That's a killer raincoat! I love the burnout hem and I never would've guessed Target.
    Two druid groups? We need to talk! ;-)
    Guess what? You inspired me to buy a Peter Pilotto piece as well. I can't wait to see if we end up coordinating - or matching!


  26. Love the detailing on the bottom of that trench! I love mizrahi; my rehearsal dinner dress was his. And so reasonable too! Love a practical designer. Xoxo

  27. Dawn@AlterEgoFashionistaFebruary 25, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    First let me congratulate you for the Shine On nomination...your list is really fun...especially the Druid info! Cool!
    I really love the eyelet detailing on your trench. What a stellar score! And there you are with your killer shoes again...looking hot!

  28. Fun coat! I like something with a special detail like that.

  29. Member of a Druid order and a past resident of Alaska - intriguing! That trench is so feminine and edgy at the same time. The cut out motif on the bottom just makes it.

  30. Wow, the hem of that coat is just a cool, unexpected detail!! I love it, definitely a gorgeous coat!

  31. The eyelet embroidery is such a winning detail. As for trench coat they happen to be the most flattering outwear . A fashion statement in itself.

  32. Highland FashionistaFebruary 26, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    I love those T-Strap shoes! They complete the look perfectly! Great trench! timeless!

  33. Renae of Simple SequinsFebruary 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Thanks for the fun compliments, etc. You always make me smile, I am not kidding!!!!

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  35. Jean at Dross into GoldFebruary 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Well, clearly you just opened Pandora's (Druid) box!! How wonderful!! Additionally, I think we all could've guessed you graduated magna cum laude (clearly you're one of the smart kids) but I'm curious about what your BFA was in. Plus I just saw on Olga's site that you have horses!! Aha!! Did you bring them from Alaska? :-) So many questions, so little time.

    Your outfit is wonderful, and like everyone else, I love the detail on the coat. I'm also a giant fan of your sexy t-strap shoes. Good call for the weather, too. XXXOOO

  36. Congratulations on the award, Jan! You certainly deserve it and how generous of you to share it with us, your devoted readers!! :-) I will be delighted to accept when I get a chance to follow the instructions which so far has prevented me from accepting other awards (procrastination). My worst fault, but I'm a really nice person :-D

    Interesting tid-bits about you--especially the baby tooth. Nice to know we share a love for chocolate (cake) with millions of people on this planet!

    Now for your outfit - LOVE IT!! The trench coat with eyelet embroidery hem is gorgeous, I agree with the little old lady, prettiest I've ever seen too! I love stripes and your shoes are just what I'm looking for!

    Keep on shining!!
    ♥ carmen

  37. Thank you, Patti! So happy you got a kick out of it. Will probably stop accepting these for a while as I have run out of interesting trivial. Most of my trivia is just that ... trivial! So glad you stopped by!

  38. That's it ....that's what I was trying to think of ... lasercut! Thank you!
    So glad to see you in your gold and blue leopard! Thank you for remembering to post it. You look beautiful!

  39. Thanks Pao. It is also a great rain-coat, something a lot of "trench coats" don't do these days.
    Yes, you might well think that about # 4, but it is true. I'm surprised that so many people are interested in more information about it, so I published a post for those who are interested at:

    So glad you had fun with my factoids, and that you stopped by for a chat.
    Hope all is well in your world.

  40. That's it? Out of the whole post, that's what grabbed you? Seems like it interested a number of you so I wrote a post with more info here:

    Hope it answers at least a part of your questions and that you enjoy it.
    Seriously, thanks for dropping by. Always makes me happy when you do, kiddo.

  41. It's really a hybrid sort of raincoat ... it also dresses up pretty well. It has a self-belt that buckles for casual wear, but I also have a piece of wide grosgrain ribbon that I use tie in a bow and it works pretty well over all but my dressiest pieces.
    Thanks for dropping in and for the very nice comment!

  42. Thanks so much, Jill! Glad you liked my coat and my silly award-trivia. I'm running out of interesting stuff to list!

  43. Eheheh! You caught me! I was trying to comment on all my usual suspects' blogs in between classes. You know I'm not usually a one-liner kinda gal. ;p

    To make up for my brevity: I, too, am #3. #1 makes me question your taste buds but I'm assuming you don't mean together. #6 makes me want to bundle away all my unfinished manuscripts in shame. And #7 made me ask all my students if they still had their baby teeth.

    Oh, and those shoes are FIERCE! :D

  44. For once, I have to disagree with you, T. I'm completely out of interesting things about myself. I had to have Dan help me think this list up. I was worried about bragging with the magna cum laude thing, but Dan reminded me that I'd worked hard for it, and that I don't tell it often. Besides, I'm old, so I get to be inappropriate while I can still enjoy it!
    Have a great week ... I'm behind and need to get by to see your recent adventures!

  45. Awwwwh. Thank you, Deborah, for the very nice compliments. I tried a smoother treatment, slicking one side behind my ear, letting the other stay where it was. Feels very daring at my old age, but it's pretty flattering. I may try it in public one day soon! Yours is an inspiration for me, remember!

  46. That I take as a high compliment from the Queen of Great Coats. It's a great transition piece as it it ultra light weight and actually functions to fend off the rain. Thank you, Ann, for all your very sweet compliments. And I am more satisfied with my hair ... it is more versatile this way, but I've given up hiding my old neck. Not so bad... it is what it is and I don't mind too much if the trade-off is looking a bit more contemporary and in better proportion.

  47. Yeah, seriously, but it's not that big a whoop. There were some requests for more information so I did a post on it for those who were interested. You can find it here;

    Hope it answers your questions, but if not, I'll be happy to answer them if I can.
    Thank you so much for the cake wishes ... sure hope they come true!

  48. Sometimes black and white or gray just match my simple little mind, you know? (That may be the case more than I really grasp. Oh, crap.) Glad you are being sweet and like it. Kidding aside, it is the best early spring coat I have ... and it does feel good. It actually keeps the rain off. Broderie Anglaise .... of course! ( I had heard the term, but didn't know what it was ... thank you so much! Good to know.)
    I made a post with more about the Druid thing ... may not be what folks would like to hear, but it's what I got. It's here:

    Have a great weekend, Curise!

  49. I adore this coat!!

    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly

  50. Congrats on the award, whoo love your shoes :)

  51. Two Druid orders hah??? What rank are you? Laughed over your remark "well, older than me" hahaha.
    I agree with her.. a very nice coat.

  52. Hello, Seeker! What a lot of very kind things to say, lady! Thank you very much, and I'm so glad you read what I wrote and liked my coat. Chocolate cake for everyone! So many were interested in my mention of Druidism, I thought I'd write a brief basics post;

    Hope it answers your questions. Thanks so much for your interest.
    All the best, right back to you!

  53. Thank you, Dawn Lucy. I have to say, it's a versitile coat. I've belted it with a wide grosgrain ribbon for dressier occassions, and worn it as is with jeans. And it actually keeps the rain off. What a concept. Shoes are the thing for me, right now, so if you like these ... stay tuned! So happy you stopped by, and hope you're have a great week.

  54. Thank you so much, Olga. It's a favorite, as you know by now. Glad you liked it. And it keeps my shoulders dry in the rain!

  55. Will do, Mimi! Thank you for the huge compliment. You are very kind.
    Stop by anytime if you're gonna' talk like that!

  56. Thank you, Oksana! Glad you liked it. It is one of my favorite coats for this time of year, and I'm glad to bring it out from the back of the closet.

  57. I see you found the little "Druid basics". Hope everyone found out more about it. Thanks so much for your kind remarks, and for liking my coat. Nice to be wearing it again in a trasitional time of the year ... I'm guessing that you have that experience from time to time.

  58. Thank you, Natalia. So glad you liked it. My styling skills are not as sophisticated as yours, so I'm so pleased with your comment. I wrote a post to answer everyone's interest in Druidism, and you can read it here;

    Hope you enjoy it. You are welcome here anytime!

  59. Hey, Sue! So glad you like my LBC. Works so many ways this time of year! Thank you so much for your always sweet remarks. I wrote a post about Druidism-basics, and you can see it here;

    Hope it is informative and at least a little fun for you!

  60. Thanks, Val! Glad you liked it, and I'm interested in your lace addition to a jacket ... been seeing interesting trims that function as layers with outerwear. Hope you do!

    My dentist insisted that I remove my poor little molar ... nothing wrong with it, but he ended up taking it and then insisting I needed a bridge. I'd have been better off to keep it, so i hope you get to keep yours forever!

    Yup. Two of them. But not so big a whoop. I wrote a brief on it at

    Hope it entertains and explains, even a little.

  61. Thank you, Sacramento! I'll get by to take a look, even if I can't play (I'm a weekend worker!) Hope you have a great link-up and and a wonderful week!

  62. Thank you Tamera ... so sweet as always. Hope you are feeling a little better at least. Love to you and your pups!

  63. Thanks, Paula! Glad you got a kick out of it. I'm glad to be able to wear it as the weather grows milder ... but you couldn't tell it today. We're having a mini-ice storm!

  64. I'm trying to wear my favorite things more often, but that makes for a lot of remixes. That's especially true with these and a few other pairs of shoes that go with everything. Thanks so much for not minding, and your very kind words. Glad to see you drop by, especially.

  65. Thank you, Wendy. Nice of you to say so. It also keeps me dry in the rain ... what more could a girl want?

  66. Thanks, Your Majesty! It's a great late winter coat. I'll wear it more as the weather heads for spring, but today there's a mini-ice storm. In two days, they say the high 60s. WTF?
    So happy you had a bit of fun here.

  67. Thank you, Rachel. I appreciate your sweet comments. It's a great coat for this time of year as we head toward spring. So happy you stopped by.

  68. So kind of you. Glad you think I got it right, and I appreciate it that you stopped by!

  69. Thank you, Renae, so much. If I can do that, I've done what I set out to do, at least for you! It's the nicest thing you could tell me. Back at'cha, dear girl!

  70. Yes, I know it was bragging a little, but I rarely get to talk about it. Dan put me up to it .. I needed help thinking of things to note. This may be my last one.
    My BFA ( Bachelor of Fine Arts) specialty is in Painting.
    Horses, yup ... but the horses came after we got down here. These anyway. I didn't have one in Alaska. We're hanging on to our old mares and a very few of the younger ones. Need to get rid of them all, but it's difficult to keep older horses out of bad situations. So we just cope.
    Glad you liked my coat, Jean.
    Don't know if you saw it, but I wrote a brief on Druidy-basics. You can read it if you're interested here:

    You know I'm always stoked when you drop by!

  71. I'm so glad you'll be doing the Award thing! Nice that you took me up on it ... that's so sweet of you. Let me know when you get it done. All the best people are procrastinators. Me, too!!!!
    Thank you for all the kind words, Carmen. I was so glad to see that coat when I dug it out.
    Nice to be able to wear it into spring. Might be a while, 'cause we're in an ice storm tonight. And I hope you'll be in warmer weather soon, too ... you kids have had a hard winter.

  72. Thank you Tiffany! And it keeps the rain off ... it's pretty ... what more could I ask?
    So glad you stopped in for a chat!

  73. Thanks, Claire Justine. Nice to see you here. I appreciate your nice comments.

  74. I'm a rank and file, garden variety Druid of the Order. Not much to write home about.
    I've really got to watch it when I call someone a little old lady. That's me, now! Yikes.
    Glad you liked it, Greetje. I'm always pleased when you drop by for a minute.

  75. Thank you again for the article - and for sending the link to me! I really appreciate both! And wow - such a compliment, Jan. I am not sure I am so sophisticated - but I sure have some good fun with style, and so do you! :)


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