Emerald & Trench (+ J. Crew Mona Patent Mary Janes Review)

I wrote a post last month on the topic of my waning desire to own things and thoroughly enjoyed the comments I received in response. Thank you all for taking the time to indulge my curiosity.  

Burberry London  Short Technical Cotton Trench Coat (also here and here) | Anna Dello Russo for H&M Emerald Necklace | Ann Taylor Silk Charmeuse Long Sleeve Legacy Blouse (no longer available) | J. Crew Toothpick Cord in Ribbon Bow Print (Crewcuts version here) | Ann Taylor Exotic Perfect Skinny Belt | Tory Burch Daria Top-Handle Satchel Bag | J. Crew Mona Patent Mary Janes

A few words about J. Crew’s Mona Patent Mary Janes; they are currently sold out online (after going on sale earlier this year) but I am fairly certain they will be re-released in the fall in new colors. Those of you interested in last year’s colors can probably find them on ebay at a discount.

Like most J. Crew shoes, the Mona Patent Mary Janes run smaller than shoes made by other American retailers. I am normally between sizes 6.5 and 7, take a size 7 in most J. Crew styles, and the Mona Mary Janes fit me in a size 7.5.

The shoes are moderately comfortable for 3.75-in heels and the straps keep the shoes securely on my feet. During the break-in period, if you have wider feet like I do, apply moleskin to the parts of your feet where you feel the most friction to avoid blisters.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Caramel Coated

I noticed some new markdowns on the J. Crew website this morning – you can take 30% off sale styles with OURTREAT at checkout. Some coats are newly discounted, like the Mod Coat, the Slim Trench, the Tipped Peacoat, the Majesty Peacoat, and the Icon Trench in Wool-Cashmere.

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I cannot overstress the importance and value of an exceptional coat. As we enter late fall, outerwear will soon become the centerpiece of many outfits. It’s far too easy to trade style for comfort but I don’t feel they are mutually exclusive. One of the
easiest ways to look presentable without sacrificing warmth – even under the harshest weather
conditions – is to don an exquisite coat and weather-appropriate footwear.


The weather in my area this fall has vacillated between temperate and brisk but a moderately warm coat has kept me toasty without looking unkempt. This particular coat will take me into the end of the year but I have been on a search for a longer (and thicker) coat that will protect me against the biting northeast winter.



Do you have a favorite coat? Or are you a new-coat-every-fall type of girl?

J. Crew coat (similar here + here) + skirt, Everly/Tobi blouse, Zara bag, and Stuart Weitzman shoes



Trench Adventures : J. Crew Encore / Ethel Trench (with a tulle skirt)

Greed is a powerful vice.

Only a few short weeks ago, I came home from the Burberry boutique with my newly altered Mottram Trench vowing that it would be the only trench I’ll ever need when J, the bf, interjected “you’ll be after one in three weeks.” I am embarrassed to admit that he is right.

This trench from J. Crew Collection (J. Crew’s venture into a less mass produced line) went on sale a few weeks ago in stores but by the time I got word of the markdown small sizes can no longer be searched for in stores and the online inventory is incomplete.

What attracted me to it at first is the detachable tulle skirt. I mean, if you have been with me for a while, you would know that this blog ought to be called tulle & things for how much I love things with tulle. And my friends, tulle is what sold me.

The trench was available in regular lengths only and in size 00 through size 16. I would’ve preferred the 00 but the 0 was all I could find. Disregarding the slightly roomier fit, I love it. The color name is “Burnished Khaki” and I find it to be a fairly accurate description of the dark khaki color.  

Are you a fan of trench coats that are longer than knee length? Does it overwhelm a petite figure, remind you too much of exhibitionists (aka trench coat flashers), or evoke other emotions?

Burberry Mottram Trench : Post Alterations

After much thought, I decided to take my Burberry trench to the boutique for alterations a few weeks ago. It was not an easy decision because the original fit wasn’t horrible but the sleeve length bothered me after I looked at pictures taken for an earlier post.

Burberry Trench, Stamgirl Dress, Spanx Tights c/o FP giveaway, Pour la Victoire Pumps, and Chanel Bag

I didn’t encounter much resistance from the store associate who helped me after I expressed my willingness to pay for the necessary alterations. Their colleagues in my local store, on the other hand, dissuaded me from seeking changes at every turn. I am not sure why there is this much diversity in opinion but would encourage anyone who’s interested in this trench to insist on doing things your way because SA’s have their own agenda. It’s important to stand your ground.

The cost to slim the sleeves and the torso was $85 and sleeve shortening was $35. I thought the price was reasonable especially because my go-to seamstress was going to charge me twice as much for the same procedure. Sleeve shortening is included with most boutique purchases and depending on the store varying degrees of alterations may be complimentary.

I tried on a similar style from the Burberry Brit line recently. The fit in size 2 is slimmer than the Mottram from the London line. The color is more “honey” than the light trench color of the Mottram and the length is slightly longer. I may have had a change of heart. Who says I can’t have two trenches in my life? I kid I kid. But should anything (heaven forbid) happen to my Mottram I already know what I’ll turn to.

And I had the chance to try on a size 0 in stores recently. To be honest I didn’t really note of any real difference between the size 2 and the size 0 except for the length. I briefly considered asking for an exchange but since both would require alterations the longer size 2 made sense for me.

Sartorial Bucket List # 5 : Burberry London Mottram Trench

My love affair with Burberry trenches started early – who can forget Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? But it was Kate Moss shilling for the brand that finally did me in. 

Kate Moss in Burberry, Vogue

Burberry, being an elite fashion house, naturally prices their trenches appropriately (not impossible but not chump change either) and I struggled with myself for years before finally giving in.

My first choice for a Burberry trench is this knotted trench from the Spring 2010 collection but at $2795 I had to distance myself from it.

Liu Wen in Burberry Prorsum Duchesse Silk Knotted Epaulette Trench Coat via coolspotters

After ruling out many gorgeous trenches from the Prorsum line because of their retail value and many other trenches from the London and Brit lines because of fit, I decided that the Mottram Trench (also known as the Raglan Sleeve Poplin Trench) from the Burberry London line is stylistically the most flattering trench for me.

The size 2 (UK size 4) fits well. In a perfect world the sleeves would be quite a bit slimmer and shorter and the torso more fitted but I don’t have any serious complaints.

Burberry Trench, Ann Taylor Blouse, Gap Jeans, and Butter Pumps

Not sure if I’ll ever wear it open but this is how it looks.

I did notice while doing research that Burberry started carrying size 0’s. I thought size 2 was the smallest size they made (the petite line is very limited in style and I’ve only seen it at Nordstrom’s). The Short Trench Coat and the Short Cotton Trench Coat both come in size 0 online but according to Burberry SA’s the size 0 trenches are not available in the US, only in “Asian countries.” It is apparently 2″ smaller all around so I am very intrigued.

Petite friend Jen (5’2) said that boutiques in big cities carry size 0’s (so the size 0 is by no means limited to “Asian countries.” She purchased her Mottram Trench at the San Francisco store. She is around my size and said that the size 0 fits her very well with only slight slimming required.

Petite bloggers love Burberry! See the Harbourne Trench on Extra Petite (thorough review with measurements) and Alterations Needed and another style on Khatu


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