A few short weeks separated endless rain, snow, ice, and slush from the tepid weather that made this outfit possible. The first thing I do in the morning these days before unwrapping myself from my blanket burrito is check the weather app on my phone. A day high of 35 will elicit a 45-degree angle fist pump. I practically live for these small victories.

J. Crew Maple Tweed Jacket in Crimson Maple (similar) | c/o Ann Taylor Striped Crepe Button Down Blouse | Chanel Jumbo Flap | Zara Cropped Trousers with Front Pleat  | Zara Court Shoes (similar)

And I am ashamed to admit that I succumbed to a good deal and bought duplicates recently: while I am perfectly happy with the Kimchi Blue Cozy Mid-Calf Duster Coat from this post, I ended up getting the Longline Duster Coat from Forever 21 after spotting it hanging in the sale section. Both coats will require minor alterations (I am 5’2 and the sleeves are long on me). Sale styles are an extra 30% off online this weekend at Forever 21 and the coat shown below is still available in all sizes online in charcoal gray.

Forever 21 Longline Duster Coat // Camel in S (above) & Charcoal in M (below)

And a few picks for the Ann Taylor sale (40% off full-price styles and 60% off sale styles with code SHOPBIG): Modern Classic Skinny Bangle Set, Lacy Swimsuit Cover Up, Crepe Tie Neck Blouse, Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (reviewed here), Lacy Chambray Shirt, Crochet Lace Swimsuit Cover Up, and Signature Zippy Tote.

Between Banana Republic’s reboot and Ann Taylor’s spring collection, 2015 is shaping up to be an expensive year.

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