Fall Fashion Favorites for Now and Later

“When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks; when great leaves fall, then winter is at hand…” –William Shakespeare

It’s been awhile since I shared a Shakespeare quote on here, but this one felt appropriate for today’s topic. Though it is very much still fall in the Pacific Northwest (a mix of crisp, sunny days and long stretches of rain), winter is on the horizon.

As such, I’m sharing five fall fashion favorites that you can wear now but also transition into the colder months ahead.

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1. Camel Coat

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First on this list is a classic camel coat. My Calvin Klein version is a soft wool blend that I purchased last year, and I’ve gotten so much use out of it. There’s a ton of options out there that vary in length, cut, and color–from light beige tones to warm shades of caramel.

I styled mine with a polka dot dress for my friend’s recent baby shower (shown above), which was perfect for the mild fall afternoon.

However, you can also effortlessly layer it with turtlenecks and knit sweaters for colder days (or even snow days!). It’s truly a chic, timeless staple that always elevates an outfit.

2. Wool Fedora

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Wool or felt fedoras have been really popular the last few years, and I think they’re a fun accessory for fall and winter (a great option to keep your head warm if you don’t feel like wearing a beanie!).

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I personally prefer the more structured, less floppy versions. I also like ones with less embellishments and in neutral tones, that way they’re more versatile.

3. Turtlenecks in Neutral Colors

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I’m one of those people who’s almost always cold, so turtlenecks are a must-have during the fall and winter months! They’re the perfect layering piece, whether you’re going with a sleeveless turtleneck for temperate days or a long-sleeved wool blend for cold winter nights.

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Turtlenecks in neutral tones are especially versatile for layering–that way you have countless ways to mix and match with your favorite coats and scarves!

4. Faux Suede Jacket

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I’ve seen so many amazing faux suede jackets recently that feel soft and luxurious, but are at great price points. The faux suede trench pictured above I purchased a couple months ago at H&M, and the warm cinnamon color has been so perfect for fall.

Shop this look here.

I also love faux suede moto jackets (this one was a TJ Maxx find from last year, but I linked a ton of similar styles in a variety of colors). There’s something effortlessly cool about the moto style; it looks great with pants of course, but also works well with a dress or skirt.

5. Off-the-Shoulder Sweater

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Last but certainly not least is the off-the-shoulder sweater. The exposed skin gives it a playful vibe, but also reminds me of elegant off-the-shoulder styles that ladies would wear in the 1800’s.

Both of these sweaters are from H&M; they’re actually the same sweater, just in different colors. 😉 Pro style tip: if I find an item I really like I often purchase it in more than one color!

This particular H&M sweater is super cozy, and because of the ribbed knit at the top, it’s very adjustable–it can be worn with just one shoulder showing or with both! It has a fall or winter feel, depending on what accessories you style it with.

What are your go-to items for fall and winter? Or are you still in search of that perfect camel coat or cozy sweater? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great week, loves! Thank you for stopping by ❤️

Tulle Skirts and Snow Days

As I mentioned in my previous post, this month marks my one-year blogiversary! In honor of that milestone, I want to share a glimpse of the Pacific Northwest wonderland and the beautiful state of Oregon that I’m lucky enough to call home. So for this post and the next one, I’ll be highlighting two very different landscapes here in Oregon: the mountains and the coast.

Though we don’t usually get a ton of snow in the Portland metro area, Mt. Hood is less than a two hours’ drive away. Every winter my husband and I go snowboarding up at Mt. Hood Meadows or Timberline (after a long day of snowboarding we stopped to take these photos–thankfully my husband is quite patient ❤️).

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I wanted to style a playful winter look to contrast the majestic snowy backdrop, and I knew this tulle skirt would be perfect. It’s from one of my favorite local designers, Tulle On Lace. Tulle skirts always remind me of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Sex and the City character and the iconic skirt she wore for the show’s opening credits (this is my Queen Elsa meets Carrie Bradshaw look 😉).

My double pom beanie is from the collection Lindsey Vonn did with Under Armour (unfortunately this beanie is sold out, but I linked some similar styles above), and my off-the-shoulder top was a TJ Maxx find (comparable options also linked above).

Celebrating one year with my blog, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on how I’ve grown, what I’ve learned so far, and goals that I have for the future. A few years ago, I would’ve been afraid to share my personal style–let alone my thoughts and experiences–with complete strangers. I would’ve also been afraid of what those in my real life think–would they make fun of me? Would they think that my blog is silly?

I’m so glad that I shook off those fears because this blogging journey has been so rewarding. Connecting with so many of you and having real, honest conversations were things I didn’t foresee when I started last year. And as for my friends and family, I feel so fortunate that the vast majority of them have shown tremendous support and encouragement.

Yet as much as I love sharing what I’m wearing and what I’m reading, I want to share more of myself this year—personal struggles and successes. If you know me in real life, you likely know I struggle with OCD. You might know I had an eating disorder back in my teens. You know my family means everything to me, even though we have a complicated history (but seriously, whose family is without problems or complexities?).

With social media it’s easy to think someone’s life is picture-perfect, but we have to remember that what’s shown is a curated glimpse into that person’s life. And though I strive to share positivity here on my blog and on Instagram, there are times I want to share topics that are a bit more serious–even if it just helps one person who’s going through a similar situation realize that they’re not alone.

Going back to Sex and the City, I was recently reading an article about the show, and this Carrie Bradshaw quote really hit home: “So just love, make mistakes, and have wonderful times, but never second-guess who you are, where you have been, and, most importantly, where it is you are going.”

I hope to share more wonderful times with you all this year. I know who I am, where I’ve been, and though I may not know exactly where I’m headed (does anyone?), I’m for sure going to enjoy the journey and wear some fun outfits along the way. ❤️

Thank you for stopping by!

Up to Snow Good

“There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on.” –Carol Rifka Brunt

As much as some people are dreaming of spring, winter is still very much here (yes, yes, cue the Game of Thrones theme song 😉… Who else can’t wait for the final season?! More on that another time!).

My husband and I got to enjoy some fresh powder up at Mt. Hood last week. It was perfect for a day of snowboarding and playing in the fluffy snow!

Camel coat: Calvin Klein (similar styles also here and here) Cable-knit sweater: TJ Maxx (similar here and here) Black leggings: Under Armour Boots: Ugg Australia (similar here and here) Beanie: H&M (similar here and here)

I’ve been wearing this Calvin Klein camel coat on repeat the past few months, and it’s one of those versatile pieces that transitions from the city to the mountain with ease. I love its classic cut and color and know it will last for seasons to come. It’s currently on sale on Bloomingdale’s website (unfortunately only two sizes are left, but it also comes in red and black). I’ve linked similar camel options above and on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app!

For our snow day, I paired it with a cable knit sweater and matching beanie, Under Armour’s ColdGear leggings that are perfect for layering in chilly temps, and my lace-up waterproof boots by Ugg Australia. I couldn’t find this exact style of boot online (except for resale on sites like Poshmark and eBay), but I linked some similar styles above.

What’s your favorite winter activity? ❄️ Do you like to snowboard, ski, snowshoe? Or maybe a weekend getaway in a cozy cabin?

Have a great week, loves! Thank you for stopping by. ❤️

Long Layers and Short Stories

In last week’s post, I had yet to choose a short story collection for my 2019 booklist. Turns out, I had the answer on my bookshelf the whole time! Great American Short Stories: from Hawthorne to Hemingway contains a range of renowned authors and stories. Some I’ve read before (“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a personal fave), but most are brand new to me.

Though I generally gravitate towards novels, one of the convenient things about short stories is that they’re not a huge time commitment. In this particular collection’s introduction, English professor Corinne Demas discusses advantages of the short story. She quotes the poignant words of Edgar Allen Poe: “In the brief tale, however, the author is enabled to carry out the fullness of his intention, be it what it may. During the hour of perusal the soul of the reader is at the writer’s control. There are no external or extrinsic influences–resulting from weariness or interruption.”

I love that notion of staying with a story and it’s characters from beginning to end. We remain fully immersed in the world the author has created and perhaps get as close as we can to the author’s true vision and intent.

I’m excited to share my thoughts on several of these short stories in upcoming posts!

Today I’m sharing how to layer this long wool vest, which was a fabulous find from the Zara sale (still going on in stores and online!). If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know I enjoy versatile pieces that can be styled for a variety of settings and occasions. In this post, I’ll be showing two different ways to style this vest.

Up first is a more relaxed weekend vibe, as I paired the vest with distressed denim and a classic white button-up. This look was perfect for a casual family lunch.

Gray wool vest: Zara (similar here and here) White button-up: Gap Distressed denim: Vigoss (similar) Black sock boots: Mia (similar here and here)

It’s been very windy here the last few days, and I’m not going to lie–I was pretty darn cold when we were taking these photos!

Black turtleneck: J. Crew Faux leather leggings: Spanx Black sock boots: Mia (similar here and here) Patent leather purse: Louis Vuitton (similar patent leather styles here and here)

For a more polished look, I layered the vest over J. Crew’s tissue turtleneck (I’ve had mine for years, and it’s held up so well!) and the faux leather leggings by Spanx that everyone raves about.

Sleek black sock boots and a patent leather purse complete this neutral outfit. I think it’s cool that when the vest is zipped up, it looks like a dress!

Hope you’re having a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by ❤️

Looking Back and Moving Forward

I took a little break from the blog last week to celebrate Christmas with my family, but I’m back with some winter outfit inspiration and a few thoughts on the coming New Year! (FYI: My high-waist plaid skirt that I wore for Christmas Eve is still available on Zara’s website.)

Olive Coat: Trina Turk (similar here and here) Striped Top: TJ Maxx (similar here and here) Black Jeans: Topshop Pointed-Toe Boots: Blondo Waterproof Purse: Louis Vuitton

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: I love outerwear that’s both functional and fashionable because of the climate here in the Pacific Northwest. Though, we don’t usually get as much ice and snow as other parts of the country, the chilly weather usually lasts from October through April.

This olive coat by Trina Turk was a Nordstrom Rack find from several months ago, and the oversized collar and asymmetrical zipper are details that initially caught my eye. The wool blend is cozy and warm (and definitely not itchy, which is something I always look out for when purchasing wool items!).

Since this coat is more of a statement piece, I paired it with classic staples like a striped tee, black skinny jeans, and pointed-toe boots. I’ve been wearing these Blondo Waterproof boots nonstop lately (they’re super comfortable and the stylish pointed-toe doesn’t pinch my toes at all!).

I linked coats in similar olive tones above, and also in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes… Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life…”

–British author Neil Gaiman

This time of year we look back on what we’ve accomplished and move forward to what’s next. It’s easy to get fixated on resolutions and goals and becoming some sort of ideal version of ourselves. And don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have goals and to grow and evolve, but we can’t obsess over perfection or be afraid to make mistakes.

In February of 2018, I finally started this blog, and it’s been a real joy to connect with other bloggers, bookworms, fashion-lovers, and brands. There are so many inspiring people out there, sharing their passions and working towards their dreams, and I’m just glad to play a small part in that here in my little corner of the internet.

I’m striving to grow Shakespeare Loves Chanel even more in 2019 and share more fashion and style, stories and poems, and travel and adventures.

What are your goals for 2019? What’s on your travel itinerary or reading list? (Sharing mine in next week’s post!)

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for following along, and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Festive Lights and Winter Ice

Happy Holidays, everyone! I absolutely love this time of year–from the beautiful lights to the festive attire to the special times with family and friends.

In this post, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite holiday activities in the Portland area and, of course, winter outfit ideas that keep you both warm and stylish! Pictured above is the giant tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland at sunset.

When I was growing up, we went to Zoo Lights at the Oregon Zoo here in Portland almost every year during the holidays. It’s such a festive activity that is perfect for all ages, from families with kids to a romantic date night for two.

From left to right: my brother, my mom, my step-dad, me, and my husband ❤️

It was a crisp evening in the 30’s when we went to Zoo Lights, so I knew layers would be key to staying warm!

I love all the festive colors during the holidays, but I also love shades of gray for a classic winter look.

Gray Coat: Zara (similar here and here) Gray Sweater: TJ Maxx (similar here and here) Black Jeans: Topshop Leather Boots: (similar here and here) Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs (very similar) Beanie: H&M (similar here)

My gray wool-blend coat I purchased at Zara last fall, but I linked two similar options both under $100. A great pair of leather riding boots is a timeless investment (I’ve had mine for several years), so I linked comparable styles above!

You can also shop this look on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app!

Another favorite activity of mine is skating at the outdoor rink at Winter Village, which is located at Orenco Station in Hillsboro (less than half hour’s drive from Portland). This is the fourth year this little rink is open during the holiday season. The above picture of my husband and me is from a few years ago, the first Christmas after we got married.

This particular activity is near and dear to my heart because I was a competitive figure skater for 11 years of my childhood (more on that in this post back from February). Unfortunately, I had to quit at age 15 due to injuries and health issues, but I do try to get back on the ice during the holidays every year!

Despite the many years I spent skating, this was also only the second time my mom came out on the ice with me! We had a blast, and I highly recommend going later in the evening if you can–we went to the last session at 8pm on a Sunday, and the last half hour we almost had the rink completely to ourselves.

Puffy Vest: Nike (similar here and here) Sherpa Pullover: Elodie (similar here and here) Legwarmers: TJ Maxx (similar) Earmuffs: J. Crew (similar here and here)

Leg-warmers, earmuffs, and a fuzzy sweater are the perfect athleisure look for nighttime skating! ⛸⛸ Cozy sherpa pullovers are really on trend this fall and winter, and I linked two similar styles above–both on sale for under $50. I love how fun and classic earmuffs are (this well loved pair from J. Crew I’ve had since college!), and I linked some comparable options above.

Whether you’re local or visiting Portland, here are a few more ideas for holiday fun:

  • Winter Wonderland lights show at Portland International Raceway (you get to stay in your car for this one and drive through to see all the light displays)
  • Holiday Lights at Peacock Lane (this one is pedestrian only on certain nights so be sure to check out their website for more details)
  • View the Christmas Ships from the Columbia River or Willamette River (be sure to check their website for exact locations, dates, and weather conditions)
  • Holiday river cruises on the Portland Spirit

In next week’s post, I’ll be sharing more holiday outfit attire–from festive workwear for the office, to Ugly Sweater Parties, to Christmas Eve glam!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ❤️

The Roads We Take, The Dreams We Make

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

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Once upon a time, I had big Olympic dreams of my own. For much of my childhood and adolescence, figure skating was my whole life. With each competition season came the excitement of new music and glittery, elegant dresses—though jumping and performing were probably my favorite things (I wasn’t only in it for the sparkle!).

With all this nostalgia brought on by the Winter Olympics these past couple weeks, the iconic Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken,” kept coming to mind. Most people assume that the moral of this poem is to not be afraid to take the more difficult road, even if it’s not the popular one.

The oft-quoted lines are the final two: “I took the one less traveled by / And that has made all the difference.” However, an alternative interpretation has stuck with me since studying Frost in college, and it requires looking at the poem as a whole.

Frost is telling a story, where he was faced with two roads. He even admits that the road he ended up choosing was “just as fair” and that the two paths had “worn them really about the same.” After his choice, he says that he would likely never be in that exact place again—a metaphor, of course: in life, we aren’t usually presented with the same opportunities twice. We make a decision, we pick a route, and the course of our journey is changed forever.

Though eventual injuries and health issues took me off the ice at 15, the entire skating experience brought me such happiness. It taught me invaluable life lessons about self-confidence and perseverance. I learned that even when we fall, we must always get back up.

I chose to go down that road in the pursuit of a dream, and though it didn’t end where I hoped it would, I wouldn’t be who I am today without those 11 glorious years on the ice. In my opinion, that’s the point Frost was making—the roads we choose to go down shape us and our journey, whether it’s a rough path, a smooth one, or one that ends in a place different than we imagined. But it’s the choice, it’s the journey—that’s what makes “all the difference.”

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Sweater: H&M  Jeans: Hudson  Hat: Marc Jacobs (similar here and here)  Skates: custom SP-Teri

We’ve had some snow this week in the Portland area, and, feeling that Olympic fever, I headed to a local rink to dust off my skates! I love this cozy off-the-shoulder sweater I recently bought from H&M (comes in five colors and is under $30!). My Marc Jacobs beanie is a few years old, but I linked some similar gray options above. My Hudson jeans are super comfy and stretchy—perfect for an afternoon of skating (especially since I’m not throwing double axels these days!).

P.S. Was anyone else blown away by Mirai Nagasu’s historic triple axel in the Team Event?! And Nathan Chen’s record-breaking quads?! So excited for the Ladies’ Free Skate!!!