Has anyone seen this in person? BR raincoat with liner

On the theory that you can never have too many rain garments in my climate, I am wondering if anyone has seen this in real life? If so, what are your thoughts? Reviews are largely positive except some hate the fabric. 


WIW: Hero and Purchases

Ok. I still don't have my new mirror, but I do have a new phone with a much better camera that makes better adjustments for the light. Yippee! More photo participation soon! 

I have not bought much this year, but I did buy this linen shirt from M&S earlier in the spring and it's been a real wardrobe hero this summer. Wearing with my old CoH Elsa jeans, which I still love, despite or maybe because of their lower rise. Honestly, this is not the most flattering cut to my short-legged self but it is the most comfortable. 

New Yucatan 2 sandals from Ecco, bought on ultra sale. I have the (much higher quality) Yucatan originals for hiking and on my commuter bike (with flat pedals, don't worry!) and decided I liked the fun colour of these enough to justify, since I can wear them on my suburban walks that take me into light trails as well as on the bike, or bring them on those trips where you don't get space to take a lot of shoes but need something a bit rugged, a bit fun. (Some of my other sandals are not secure enough for that). With the lug sole trend, they fit in. 

I also got, and love, the Ecco runners. These fit my Superfeet green insoles and are going to be great walking shoes for fall and then again in spring. Also bought on substantial discount during a flash sale. I find these a bit narrower in the instep and forefoot than some Ecco shoes and that is helpful to my medium volume foot. 

This colour is "hibiscus" and it works perfectly with the shirt. Speaking of which, when I wore this the other day, a hummingbird literally tried to land on me! It was very exciting! 


Tulle skirt reveal: ETA further styling thoughts downthread.

In what is surely RECORD Covid delivery time , I got the Kate Hewko tulle skirt. 

I have to apologize first for the absolutely horrific quality of the photos. It was the worst time of day to try this, but I need to go out on some errands and wanted to post while I could. I tried to lighten and brighten things but that distorted colours etc. You'll have to imagine a bit. 

I didn't really style it too much -- just threw on a top and tried with a couple of toppers and various footwear. 

Sizing -- the waist is TTS, I would say. There is not much give there, so if considering and between sizes in the waist, go up. 

Hip area -- there is a tiny bit of give there because the underskirt is made of a slightly stretchy fabric -- very comfortable. 

Quality -- I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, we are talking about a polyester tulle skirt, not a bespoke jacket, but the design is clever, the colours are really great IRL, the stitching is all very secure and even, the buttons of solid and attractive. 

On to the photos!

First five images show it with pink flats -- just showing how it looks all around. I find the flats too "little girl" for this and would not wear it this way except in the house, I suspect.  I think the length is fine for me so it might be too short for you, Janet? You could call them and ask for lengths at your size. 

Next image with navy booties and denim jacket. 

7.8 with short pointed toe black booties. 

9/10 with red plaid stompy boots -- this could work for double plaid with the right top or topper. 

Trying it out with the gilet. 

#14 shows the underskirt portion. 

#15 and #16 show the fabric and a close up of waistband area. 

It feels good on -- light and floaty. I would not say it makes me feel slim, however. There is still that feeling of a slightly pouffy waist/ hip area that you tend to get with full skirts, no matter what. At the same time, it's way less exaggerated than with many skirts of this kind and the pleats really do stay flat. 

So....what think you? K/R?  

A note -- Mr. Suz's initial reaction was positive. He loved the plaid. 


Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →


K/R Gunmetal bag

One of the few items (besides gear and undies and a few footwear options) available at the Canadian sale was the Kurt Geiger gunmetal bag. I ordered it to see if it might work for me. 

The verdict? Undecided. And that is odd for me. I usually know right away. 

What I like: 

  • The colour works in my closet. 
  • The structure -- I tend to prefer structured bags visually. 
  • The size. It is a small bag, but proportionate to my own size. It is small enough to fit in my bike pannier if I am going downtown. Whip it out and I have a nice looking bag instead of a schlumpy backpack. :)
  • It is crossbody. -- practical. 
  • It is well made and looks durable. I love my Minkoff backpacks but the finish on my gunmetal one is already worn on the base and my blue one is coming apart at the seams. I use these bags hard. The leather ones are much more durable but also very pricey. I might spring for another if I find one on sale, but not at full price. 

What has me on the fence: 

  • The price. Although on sale, it is still a pricey bag for me, considering, especially, that I have barely used a bag in the last year at all, and the Delta variant has me worried that we'll be locked down again pretty soon and going almost nowhere. 
  • The size/ shape. Yes, I prefer structured bags visually, but the way the zipper is positioned on this one makes me feel like I can barely get my hand into the bag to pull out what i might need. It fits my things (barely) but might be a pain to use. 

So...I don't know! It's really good for my style, but I guess I'm just unsure I will use it enough to justify the price. Only I can decide that, I realize. But all thoughts on the subject welcome! 

PS none of my other items (bras and socks) have arrived. This was the only "fun" item in my order.