Thursday, November 20, 2014

Six Fiercely Chic Winter Coats

With the snow slopes officially opening this coming weekend in Tahoe, we should do inventory of our winter coats. A good winter coat should be more than fashionable for one season... It should be effortlessly chic while timeless in style. For these six picks, I decided to go with belted coats. It can be challenging to not look frumpy in heavy coats, and the belts help accentuate our waistline. Here are my favorite six picks that are worthy of investment:

spotted at net-a-porter

spotted at net-a-porter

spotted at net-a-porter

spotted at Moda Operandi

spotted at Moda Operandi

spotted at farFetch



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Resetting The Fashionista's BlackBook

Hiding from life is a lot more challenging than one would expect... I took a 6-month sabbatical from life and The Fashionista's BlackBook. The blog was gaining followers and generating revenue, but I had become disillusioned by its commercial commitments. That balance of seeking fulfillment versus paying the bills... Most of us suffer from the dilemma. Some folks may call it a mid-life crisis when I encountered the minimalist lifestyle with Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, but it was revolutionary to me. Re-evaluating every item that surrounded me in my loft had me questioning... How does each item bring fulfillment to my life? None of them did. Some had their purposes, but it didn't bring the contentment that I was desperately seeking. The pressure to have the latest in everything had actually driven me into misery. As a lifestyle blogger, it was detrimental. Fashion and lifestyle are often more about keeping up with the Jones...

My voice within the blog was slowly but surely getting muted, and I had become miserable. My discontentment with the social media further fermented my misery... It was making me lose faith in humanity.

Six months have gone by since I flee from the blog... I am returning with a stronger voice and I think it has something to do with turning forty-one years old next week. I decided to return to the blog because there is something to be said about sharing me. I do enjoy writing... I am opinionated enough to write about anything and everything. I am starting fresh. I've removed all previous posts on here and Tumblr. I am also starting fresh with Facebook and Twitter... I'm hoping to develop more meaningful interactions on them.

During my self-imposed exile from the blog, I discovered that life can turn fabulous in our forties when we embrace who we are.