Wednesday, February 24, 2016

family heirlooms

Fur coat: Vintage (my mom gave it to me); Sweater: Lou & Grey; Jeans: Levis; Boots: Stuart Weitzman; Beanie: Jennifer Behr; Bag: Proenza Schouler; Sunglasses: Celine; Gloves: Hestra (gift)

When I was much younger, I remember, every few months, my parents would go out for a nice dinner and possibly a theater date. My sister and I, with toys in tow, would be dropped off at our grandparents' house for a few hours. I remember loving these visits, because not only did it mean we could sneak a few extra cookies after dinner (at the approving wink of my grandpa) and stay up a bit later than normal (again, thanks grandpa!), but because I got to see my mom in this beautiful fur coat. There was something so elegant about it to me, almost queen-like, and I had to resist the urge to steal it from her closet on numerous occasions. 

Fast forward a few (OK, a lot of years), and amidst packing up my life in San Francisco to head east to New York, my mom surprised me with this coat of hers. I was speechless. Not only is it still stunning in my eyes, but it reminded me of a little girl in awe of something seemingly out of reach. It goes without saying, it's the softest thing I own in my closet and on a few frigid days here in NYC during NYFW, it's proven it's functionality, too.

Now, I'm not a proponent for real fur. In fact, whenever I can, I will always opt for faux. I can't speak to how the animals were treated in the making of this coat and I can't say that it's been passed down many generations. But I can say, I would like to start that tradition. I'd like to be able to someday pass this coat on to someone who appreciates it just as much as my mom did and as much as I will. I know that doesn't justify much, but with any luck, it won't have been in vain.

Shop my favorite faux fur coats right this way...



19 comments:

  1. that coat 0_0, loveeeeee
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  2. Perfect coat, love it!

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  3. I absolutely love the hat. Great outfit post x

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  4. Looking like a star! This is such an amazing, show stopping outfit!

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  5. This coat is wow!

    Love,
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  6. Right there with you on the vintage fur coat that's been handed down. Actually just wrote a similar post on my fur coat last week <3

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  7. Eeeew I love this look, the coat and the story that comes with it. There is something to be said for items that can be passed down from generation to generation.

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  8. love this coat

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  9. Gorgeous coat!

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  10. Beyond beautiful! I love your fur coat - it looks perfect with your outfit.
    <3
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  11. Cute and womanly look. I love when it's cold outside and the snow, then the outfit fur looks better.

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  12. God, that coat looks so so so soft and I love that it's something that's handed down by your mom. It adds way more sentimental value (and in my opinion, worth so much more).

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  13. I have two fur coats that have been passed down to me and they are too special for me to even feel guilty. I forget how offensive they can be to some people because I don't view them that way - they are a story passed down from my great aunt that I get to wrap myself in. You look great and that is such a super sweet story about your mom.

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  14. Absolutely wonderful. I like your style. Thank you!

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  15. I have several mink coats and they were all given to me by family. I feel no guilt wearing them. They are vintage and just as gorgeous as the day they came out of the furrier shops

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  16. That coat is absolutely stunning <3

    and i love your sweater too

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