THE POWER | OF A COAT

January 12, 2017

When I started my blog, I really wanted to share my style with everyone to show that anything you wear could be worn well with just a bit of confidence. As we all know, confidence comes from within, but over the years I’ve also learned that several things help to boost MY confidence when putting together an outfit.

/ Pieces that Boost my Confidence /
• Fabulous pair of shoes (helps with the strut)
• Oversized sunglasses (celebrity status)
• Fresh blowout (feel like a hair model)
• Designer bag (yes, I admit it, they make me happy)
• Statement coat (read below)

So let’s talk about coats. After all, we are in the middle of winter and fortunately even Southern California feels like winter this year (thank you El Nino). When styling my outfits, I never underestimate the power of a coat. I have these two coats in particular which were purchased on a trip to Paris over 15 years ago that I just pulled out and wore again. The beauty of these coats other, than I can say I purchased them in Paris, is that they have withstood the test of time and can still be worn today.

Just because a piece is old, doesn’t mean you can’t wear it again like it is new.

What I love about all coats is that it really doesn’t matter what you wear underneath them because the coat itself makes the statement. It is just one piece, but it packs a punch. So why does wearing a coat give me confidence? I think of it as my cape – there’s drama, there’s flare, and there’s flow. And honestly, I just feel like I am Superwoman when I wear one.

/ Styling Tips for a Coat /
• If there’s a collar, pop it like it’s hot
• Simply draping a coat over the shoulders makes a statement too
• To add some glam, include a faux fur stole over the collar or over one shoulder and belt it

While wearing a coat and any of the other pieces I mentioned above help to boost my confidence, the biggest secret I have learned is that if you believe in yourself and strut your stuff, you’ll have everyone else believing in you too. So tell me your secret, what gives you confidence when putting together an outfit?

Sadly these coats can’t be linked because they’re practically vintage, but I’ve linked some of my favorite coats this season and many are on sale right now!

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77 comments

Jenelle January 13, 2017 at 8:06 pm

I do love to throw on a coat and add another layer. Particularly when you have created a clash of textures underneath. I love your studded boots with the fringed knit dress. It keeps things interesting.
xx Jenelle
http://www.inspiringwit.com

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Thank you Jenelle! A coat is a fab way of layering isn’t it?

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Cece Lam January 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm

GIRL your outfits are always bomb and totally scream confidence!! I love the coats you shared here and will definitely check out the selection you posted! 🙂 Love all your winter outfits babe!!!!

http://www.cecelam.com/2017/01/winter-break.html

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Hi Cece! Thank you so much. I try to create looks that make me happy and make me feel confident and coats are definitely one of them!

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Samantha Mariko January 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm

I love how you wore this coat both ways, and the cuffs add a really nice touch!! I still wear my coats from a couple years back, and it’s fun to pair it with new items every season 🙂
http://www.samanthamariko.com

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Coats are definitely pieces that you don’t want to replace every single season so it is nice that you can bring out ones from the past and wear them like new again.

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Jordan Chapman January 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Coats are so amazing! I love a good statement coat and this coat is so gorgeous!! You’ve done such an amazing job with styling this coat and it’s perfect for the winter and soon to come (hopefully) spring transition! Keep it up because your outfits are awesome!!
Jordan xx
http://www.thehatlogic.com

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:51 pm

Thank you Jordan! I love that one piece like a coat can make your outfit stand out.

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Mariann Yip January 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm

I love this post! You are totally right because there are definitely some items that help boost my confidence and a nice statement coat does just that! This also made me realize why I love shooting because it gives me a sense of excitement because I normally love what I wear and feel my best in them! You also look amazing as well and I must say you exude confidence in all your photos!

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:55 pm

You are so right Mariann! I love it when I am excited about the outfit too and it gives me confidence when the outfit flatters me or makes a statement. You are so sweet and I am glad that I can strut it like I have confidence in my photos. =)

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Carolyn January 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm

love how timeless pieces work season after season – truly investment pieces!

http://heyprettything.com

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:56 pm

Hi Carolyn! Me too, I love that coats can be worn for a lifetime.

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Nia Langley January 14, 2017 at 8:34 pm

Girlllll! This coat is EVERYTHING! You look amazing!

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:56 pm

Thank you Nia! You are too sweet and I appreciate it.

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Candace January 14, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Okay, that first look has to be one of my favorites of yours that I’ve ever seen! That coat is such a staple and I am swooning over the fur on those sleeves 🙂

http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm

Awww thank you Candace. I am so glad that the weather got cold enough for me to take it out. Plus everytime I wear it I think of my trip to Paris long time ago. =)

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Lucy Hernandez January 14, 2017 at 11:03 pm

I completely agree with all your points regarding a great coat and the Kongfidence (see how i did that!?) it gives! There’s something so elegant and glam about a coat. So happy we are finally getting to enjoy ours even for just a short while! Love both look and love both coats! And I love your writing, so much personality.

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:58 pm

Thank you Lucy! You are too cute with your “Kongfidence” add in. I am grateful for our little SoCal winter and all the layering we can do. =)

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Lucy Hernandez January 14, 2017 at 11:03 pm

PS who make the cutie boots in outfit two!? Need!
Xo
Lucy

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:59 pm

Thank you babe, they’re from Windsor Store!

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April Nunez January 15, 2017 at 3:56 am

Ahhh! I love wearing coats, such a great post! I love your outfit, you look fab! 🙂

April of: https://beybiapril.wordpress.com/
IG: @aprilnunezzz

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 7:59 pm

Thanks April. Coats are the best and I love that they can be layered with so many pieces.

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Thomas Falkenstedt January 15, 2017 at 4:31 am

That goes to show that as long as you take care of your clothes you never should toss anything beautiful away as you never know when you’ll get use for them again, such as with these coats. They look like you’ve just bought them from the store and are ever so classy! And heck yeah, strut your stuff like you own the world and everyone will think you do 🙂
xoxo
Thomas

http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm

I wish I could say I took care of them, but they have just been hanging in my closet for so many years untouched. It made me happy to rediscover them though. =)

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Jo January 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Fabulous coat picks! You look so fierce rocking your coats! I couldn’t agree more, confidence is the key to looking good in anything 😉

xo, Jo
http://www.cutandchic.com

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Thank you Jo! Yes, and sometimes if all it takes is one piece to make you feel confident, then why not?

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Erin January 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm

This coat is everything! I need it xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Thanks Erin! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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Filipa Jackson January 15, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Girl you look like BOSS in this post, so many fab… chic, kick ass looks

Filipa xxx
PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

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dailykongfidence January 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Thanks babe! It means a lot to me! xoxo.

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Gina Diaz January 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

First of all, I want to say how fabulous you look in this outfit! Wow, just love it!!! so stylish!!! too bad, I never get to wear a coat like this in Miami since the weather never really allows for it. The boots are just simply gorgeous with all the studs. I’m a big fan of studs, I love them in almost anything. Hope you had a wonderful weekend Christine! Xx, Gina

http://www.artsyrunway.com

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dailykongfidence January 17, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Thank you Gina! I totally understand with the warmer weather, I just got lucky this winter where LA is actually getting cold to wear these. The boots are from Windsor Store and so affordable! Get them while they’re still in stock.

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Jenn Hanft January 15, 2017 at 10:18 pm

I’m seriously loving how you showcased this coat in two completely different outfits! It’s such a nice way to show off how a coat can really dress up or down in different ways. Plus I love how one outfit is dark and the other is light! Great contrast! Also digging all of your helpful tips and picks! I’ve recently grown to love how much a coat can add to a fit too!

XO Jenn
http://www.jennsemble.com

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Stephanie January 15, 2017 at 11:01 pm

When I was younger, I loved wearing coats during the winter, and begged my mom for a new, stylish one each year. As I got older, I was so focused on what my outfit looked like, I never wanted to wear a coat to cover it up. Now, I’m definitely on board with a statement coat, because why can’t the coat itself be what draws all the attention? Your coats are both gorgeous, and I absolutely loved all the pieces you linked!

Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

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Jen January 15, 2017 at 11:24 pm

I love how fierce your coat is!! OMG! I’m a fan of longer length coats too. It’s more sophisticated and stylish to me. 🙂 You exude so much confidence no matter what you wear! You really look like Superwoman in that coat, work it gurrrrrl! You give me Kongfidence!

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EVA January 16, 2017 at 1:52 am

hello dear!!!
Nice post.I love always your looks.I think you’re a SUPERWOMAN, yes.
When I love something it’s not important if is old. It’s important how you style them.
xx
Eva
http://www.themermaidfashion.com

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Sarah-Allegra January 16, 2017 at 4:07 am

I’m so in love with the two coats, Christine! The print is just so fine! I’m especially addicted to the second look, love the contrast of the springs outfit and the winter coat!

xx Sarah-Allegra
http://www.fashionequalsscience.com

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Elisha January 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

I definitely love the outfits especially of how you look so good with the coat! Love the thought the if ever I wear such a simple outfit on the inner and mix it with the coat it’ll will ended so classy! Love this post on you babe! Have a great day! Hope you could visit my blog too if you have time! Thank you!

Elisha | http://loveelisha.net

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jasna January 16, 2017 at 6:50 am

I totally agree the power of a coat is amazing, it can add such a unique touch to a outfit especially if you style it differently 🙂 xx

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Atsuna Matsui January 16, 2017 at 10:17 am

You always slay in the most elegant pieces babe. 🙂 I’m soo happy as well that it actually feels like winter this year for California so we can layer on more pieces. The coat you’re wearing is such a great statement piece that makes an otherwise casual outfit look casual luxe imo!

http://www.atsunamatsui.com

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Chelsea January 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm

So obsessed with this coat and it looks so versatile! I’ve been obsessed with getting coats this season, they all seem so chic!

Chelsea
Chow Down USA
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Linh Dao January 16, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Wow I love how you wore this coat! I have never bought such big coats because I never thought I can pull it off because it is way too long for me but now that I keep seeing them on you, I’m really liking them more and more and maybe next time I’ll have the confident to rock them like you!
Linh
http://xcapewithlinh.com/how-to-customized-your-shoes-color/

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Harleen January 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm

I have been on the hunt for a solid coat and this post offers so many amazing selections! Great share!

– Harleen
My Eunoia | @harleenbola

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Katrina Fernandez January 16, 2017 at 7:04 pm

I absolutely agree with this; confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it! Love your coat! You look more gorgeous. :*
xo, Katrina | https://katrinaisha.wordpress.com/

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Josie January 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm

Always love your style tips. And you’re so right, some pieces in our closet deserve to be worn over an over again because they are such statement pieces. Love the coats you’re wearing here. They seriously look new, I would have never guessed you bought them more than 15 years ago hehe

Putting an outfit together + feeling good in it really boots my confidence. I seriously walk and talk differently when I know my outfit is on point 😉

Bisous, Josie
http://www.petiteandbold.com

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Miki January 17, 2017 at 12:10 am

You look so fantastic in that coat. I am a huge outerwear fan. You totally wear that coat with confidence. Other than lace, outerwear dominates my closets – enough so that I have about 3 closets full (but I’ve left quite a bit back in Canada since LA is so hot). The best thing about wearing things that I love is that it really adds an extra bounce in your step. I feel like I can own whatever comes my way that day 🙂 Always a wonderful state of mind to be in, right? 🙂

Xo,
Miki
http://mikialalmode.com

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Sharon Wu January 17, 2017 at 1:40 am

Oh my goshhh you have styled the coat to perfection babe! These photos are so stunning! Hope 2017 is off to a great start for you xoxo, sharon

http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/peek-into-spring/

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Michelle January 17, 2017 at 8:45 am

A look really is all about the details and you my dear have fabulous ones! Just stunning! And designer bags make me happy too LOL
XO
http://www.lehoarder.com/

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diana January 17, 2017 at 10:05 am

well, you have a perfect body, hard to believe that you didn’t have confidence! I think you can pull whatever you want!

http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

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Michelle January 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

I love this! I have always tried to invest in good quality shoes and bags and coats because they do stand the test of time (and yours are from PARIS!!) With all of the fast fashion that is so accessible to us, we forget that a good statement coat really does punch up a look and will last forever. So swirl that cape and strut your stuff gorgeous girl!!!

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Kylen January 17, 2017 at 10:44 am

Those coats definitely make a bold statement! So fab!!

XO Kylen | Kylen Every Wear

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Jessi malay January 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Killing it babe!! LOVE the first coat ..the fur accents the sleeve are so cute and playful!! I totally agree with you ..having a few staple good quality pieces is so important for a wardrobe. Love all your coat picks as well! I’m currently in London where it’s SO freezing so really needed this inspo!! <3

XO, Jessi
http://www.mywhitet.com/taking-london-day-1-jmontherun/

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Amy January 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm

Loved this post. You always kill it in everything you wear – you manage to make it all your own! Could not agree more that it’s important find and have those pieces that instantly boost your confidence! Hope your week is off to a great start, Christine.

xx, Amy
http://www.theluxilook.com

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Darlene January 17, 2017 at 3:53 pm

I totally agree. The coat you’re wearing has so much power, it either can break you or make you. this coat you are wearing is very stylish and chic. I probably should invest more in my coats.
pinning this post!

x
Darlene

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Elizabeth January 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm

I definitely love a good statement coat! I just got a similar one like you have on your last photos. I really love how you wore it with a cream dress!

http://www.wunderbliss.com

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Sheree January 18, 2017 at 1:41 am

Love this coat and how you styled it in two ways! Both of which I would wear in a heartbeat!

~ xo Sheree
Posh Classy Mom
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Mercy January 18, 2017 at 4:06 am

Such a beautiful coat and versatile, I love both styles.

http://www.busyandfab.com

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Violette January 18, 2017 at 7:26 am

I love this coat so much! We can feel how confident and powerful you are!

http://violettedaily.com

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Marie January 18, 2017 at 9:49 am

Absolutely gorgeous! You can take anything and make it your own and it always comes out stunning! Love your suggested coats too!

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dailykongfidence January 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Thank you Marie! You are always the sweetest!

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francesca January 19, 2017 at 11:31 am

I really love a good coat. It makes an outfit! I love the coat layered over the girlie dress the most! So cool
Francesca
Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

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dailykongfidence January 21, 2017 at 12:25 am

I know, I have an obsession with coats even though we have no use for them here in SoCal, but they definitely dress up a look, don’t they?

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Deddeh Howard January 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

Perfect weather for these beautiful coat. I really love the first look. You look amazing.

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dailykongfidence January 21, 2017 at 12:28 am

Thank you Deddeh!

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LINDSEY of THE NOMIS NICHE January 20, 2017 at 8:19 pm

This coat is amazing! Loving all of your picks too. I just want to raid your closet! ha!

Love, Lindsey
http://www.thenomisniche.com/

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dailykongfidence January 21, 2017 at 12:35 am

Thank you Lindsey! I need to add more of these picks to my own closet!

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Jo January 23, 2017 at 8:57 am

I absolutely love these coats. I have some timeless pieces in my closet which I still adore so much. It’s same in Texas as we did get very cold for one week so I was able to wear some coats I purchased years ago. You always look very confidence in every post you shared with us. All the new picks are amazing too.

xo,
Jo
http://www.glamfashionbook.com

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dailykongfidence January 23, 2017 at 11:56 pm

Thank you Jo! I know, the weather has been unusually cold this winter for us too which is great to break out the coats but also super freezing!

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belle sansone January 23, 2017 at 11:59 am

OH yes a coat can make or break an outfit. These are all great choices too. Instant polish and place it on your shoulders. You look like you’re ready for park avenue!
xx Belle

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dailykongfidence January 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

Thank you Belle! I definitely wish I was in NYC, but for now, LA will have to do. =)

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Yasmin January 23, 2017 at 4:21 pm

You always manage to look so glamorous in every shot! These coats are to die for. Love the one with the fur especially. And those studded booties – I think I’m having serious envy.

xx Yasmin
http://banglesandbungalows.com

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dailykongfidence January 24, 2017 at 12:01 am

Aww, thank you so much Yasmin! These coats have a special place in my heart since they’re from Paris and I love that they add so much to an outfit.

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marcy January 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Yes, definitely the power of a coat no matter what you wear underneath will look great if it’s the right one. Yours definitely is a statement piece and absolutely love both looks.
Such a classic piece every girl need to have in her closet. Really love your style babe!!

xoxo
Marcy

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Charlène Jiho February 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

I’m in love with this look and your coat !

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dailykongfidence February 8, 2017 at 11:44 pm

Thank you Charlene! I hope you are having a great week so far!

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Kathryn February 10, 2017 at 9:45 am

Love your coat, and especially love the pyjama top, looks so luxurious and chic!
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dailykongfidence February 13, 2017 at 12:37 am

Thank you Kathryn! I like rolling out of bed and wearing the top as a shirt. =)

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