What I Wore: Pastels in Winter

wardrobe oxygen in a citychic coatI love the look of pastels in winter. Blush pink, baby blue, baby chick yellow, and soft shades of lavender and orchid take on an icy quality in winter, looking so chic with winter white and quite striking with black. I was wearing this old cashmere sweater dress with leggings and short boots when this City Chic princess coat arrived in the mail and I just HAD to go out and take a picture in it. I switched to knee-high boots to better show off the fit and flare silhouette of this coat.

citychic coat city chic coat detail citychic fit and flare coatCoat: City Chic via Gwynnie Bee (XS) | Cashmere Dress: Nordstrom Collection (similar ON SALE, plus option) | Boots: Ros Hommerson (similar) | Lipstick: L'Oreal Riche Matte in Eva's Red

I know it's been a lot of Gwynnie Bee in the past few days, I swear I'll take a break soon but it's hard because what I've received has been so darn good. If you follow my InstaStories (because why aren't you? They're fun!) you know I got an phenomenal eShakti dress also from Gwynnie Bee and I will show it soon here, but give a bit go a GB breather. But this coat is so pretty – I love the color, the fuzzy texture, the buttons, and the super cool folded detail at the collar. But this isn't a coat I'd buy. It's not heavy enough for DC winters, it's one that looks good with only certain lengths and styles of dresses and pants, it's not practical. But it is super fun to get from Gwynnie Bee, wear a few times, feel super sassy, and then send back when the temps get too cold.

lavender citychic coat

Speaking of InstaStories, I shared that last Thursday I decided to get bangs. These photos were taken after a long day, a windy day, and only the first day after washing my hair that I tried styling my new ‘do and with just the products I currently had in my medicine cabinet. I like it, it's very messy beachy oh I'm too busy to mess with my hair I just look effortlessly chic. And that Is NOT what I am, so it's fun to play one with this haircut! I'm all about trying new things lately, getting out of my comfort zone to feel, even if it's remorse. Small steps like switching up my nail color or getting bangs have been great ways to dip my toes into it. I believe in having a defined personal style and knowing what you love, but we change over time with age and life experiences. Quick steps outside the norm can help confirm your style or help redefine it as you redefine yourself!


  1. Lissa
    February 1, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    Luv the bang Shrimp! Super cute. The coat is fabulous. That color looks amazingly no on you.

    • Lissa
      February 1, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Ugh. I’m sorry. Autocorrect went wonky.Let’ try again. Luv the bangs, super cute. The coat is fabulous and that color looks amazing on you.

  2. January 30, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    Love the overall look. The silhouette, the layering and your hair ! FAB.

  3. Kate
    January 29, 2018 / 11:49 pm

    I love the new hair do – it makes you look more playful! Or if you want to be fancy, insouciant!

  4. Linda B
    January 29, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    OMG, I love your hair with bangs! You really are glowing with vibrant energy. I am so happy to see this.

    Change is rarely easy. It seems like you are hitting your stride now. Good for you!

  5. Sonia
    January 29, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    I agree with Jodie, your new outlook and attitude are showing! I’m taking it all in with a wink and a smile no matter what you’re wearing, especially in this cute little knee-length pastel colored coat. It adds some youthful appeal with your brand new bangs. Love how you switched into sexy heeled boots and added the perfect length dress to complete the look. Please keep on showing us this new you!

  6. Alison
    January 29, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Love the bangs and that coat might be right for Sacramento winters. We get down to 30’s but no snow or ice.

  7. jodie
    January 29, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    I know this post is all about the coat. And of course, I’m swooning over it. Alison!
    BUT….your smile and demeanor just seem so much more relaxed in these photos. I bet that quitting your job thing is making a difference even more than you could have imagined…..

    • January 29, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      It has been a revolutionary life change!

  8. Susie
    January 29, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    I love the bangs and the coat! Have you heard when GB might start offering a wider size range? Still want to give them a go 🙂

    • January 29, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      It seems like a soft launch so far with new arrivals. I looked at new arrivals today and there were styles as small as an 8 already. When I get formal confirmation I’ll be sure to write a post on that date!

  9. Chris
    January 29, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    I’ve always loved bangs on you. I am delighted that you decided to wear them again.

  10. January 29, 2018 / 11:13 am

    I think pastels are perfect for any season except maybe fall where berries and mustards rule everyone’s wardrobe but I love pastels so much I don’t really care haha and another one of my favourite things are coats and that one is absolutely wonderful. The colour is stunning, and that folded detail is absolutely adorable. And the bangs look really nice on you, they frame your face really well.

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