Sweater – J.Crew via eBay – similar
Skirt – Banana Republic (no longer available) – similar
Tights – Express (old but these are the same)
Boots – ECCO Sculptured 65
Scarf – bought at a tourist shop in Edinburgh – similar
Earrings – gift – similar
Bag – Coach Duffle
There are two pieces of personal heritage in this outfit, one more legit than the other.
My great grandmother’s maiden name was Stewart, so my mom and I always assumed we had some Scottish blood and I made sure to nab a few items in the Stewart tartan while in Scotland, including this gorgeous wool scarf. My grandma recently told us she doesn’t think that’s right … but Mom and I are sticking to our story. We like the idea of being somewhat Scottish.
Coach has been sending me coupons for years and never really tempted me, but I got a whopper in the mail a few weeks back and decided to wander in. I had some money from eBaying and consigning some of my stuff burning a hole in my pocket, and figured I’d see if anything caught my eye. I probably spent an hour with the truly fabulous ladies at the Southdale store hemming and hawing, and eventually settled on this classic Duffle. My mom – my questionably Scottish mom from earlier in this post – carried this very bag for the majority of my childhood. (Well, her version lacked the tassels.) And after doing my best to find a bag with silver hardware – my long-time preference for bags – I caved on this one, brass and all, because I knew it would make me think of my mom every time I saw it, much less carried it. And I was right.
Love you, Mom. Even if neither of us is legitimately Scottish.
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