Friday, 24 October 2014

For The Love Of Autumn!

Shoes, necklaces and coats; these three things are consistently the focus of my (many) shopping trips.  I know that I'm supposed to say that I have an abundance of jeans in my wardrobe that are ready to be showcased this season, however the cold truth is that I despise jeans/trouser shopping and can instead be found lurking by the rails of coats whilst dangling various necklaces from my fingers.  With this in mind, it goes without saying I entered Autumn with the mindset of 'new season, new coat'..



I found this gorgeous wool duffle coat with fur hood in a Zara store a few weeks ago, however at the time didn't do anything about it as I had a feeling my purse would be facing total annihilation on my upcoming city break in Barcelona. Little did I know that whilst shopping at Barcelona's La Rambla, I would encounter the buckled coat again whilst wandering around the gloriously massive Zara store there and so this time, welcomed the stylish coat to my collection without a moment's thought as to whether it would fit inside my suitcase (thankfully, it did)!  This wasn't the only coat I excitably purchased whilst exploring one of Barcelona's Zara stores, as I also fell in love with a grey fur coat that somehow managed to squeeze it's way into my suitcase - I'll be sure to share that with you as well sometime in the near future!





















I have always seen Autumn as the opportunity to find the most interesting coats and jackets as I possibly can, for it would be far too easy to fall into the mistake of opting for 'plain' options that do little more than cover your clothing and suit the season's colour palette.  Buttons, buckles, fur, embellishment.. you name it, I search for it!  Although the wool duffle coat is available in black and oatmeal as well, I chose to invest in the khaki option as the brown and gold buckle detailing really stood out against the colour - and besides, I have enough black coats to clothe a small country by now!
























As far as fur-trimmed hoods, this Zara example (that I've just noticed was featured in The Times magazine) is the cream of the crop.  Is there so much fur that it's near impossible to keep it up on your head without holding it?  Possibly.  Does this bother me?  Not in the slightest!  There's nothing more disappointing than a beautiful coat that is accompanied by a measly fur-trim that resembles a furry centipede wrapped around the circumference of the hood.. so thank you Zara, for constantly providing us coat-enthusiasts with a mass of beautiful fur to wrap around our heads and pretend we're in a Christmas music video's winter wonderland.  Whilst walking through this array of beautiful rust-coloured leaves and surrounded by the bright green tunnel of trees, I couldn't help but appreciate all that Autumn has to offer and wonder why I've spent so much time disliking the season in recent years!  Once you look past how it replaces Summer and drowns us in ten tons of rainwater, it's not all that bad - it'll be providing me with the opportunity to dress up like a cat whilst eating a tub of ghost-shaped jellies in a little over a week's time, after all!  Oh, and not forgetting the chance to buy more coats under the umbrella of 'new season, new coat'!

     

I hope that you're all enjoying Autumn as much as I am and from what I've been reading on your blogs, it certainly looks as though that's the case!  So, three cheers for Autumn.. and fingers crossed for an even more beautiful white winter (and Christmas)!
















With love,

Gabrielle x


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  1. Great outfit and photos! :)

    would you like to follow each other?
    will be happy to see you in my blog!

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    1. Thanks very much Dimitrije!

      Gabrielle x

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  2. Such fantastic pics!!! LOVVVVE the different colour buckles! That coat looks sooo warm!
    kisses
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    1. Thanks heaps for your enthusiastic comment.. the coat is super cosy :)

      Gabrielle x

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  3. That is a fantastic coat. Zara has some really amazing designs and it's also one of my favourite store to shop!

    Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I couldn't agree more with you, Zara consistently brings out fresh new and gorgeous designs!!

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Gorgeous coat, looks great teamed with those boots.
    Loved reading your post :)

    Marina xo

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    1. I'm glad you think so, they're my favourite boots for this time of year! That's great, thank you for letting me know!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Such a beautiful coat, love the color and details! :-)
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    1. The colour is what at first caught my eye, well.. after the massive fur-trimmed hood! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thank you, Lizzie! Have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. This such a stylish coat, I really love the different buckle shades...the difference really gives this coat character. When I shop you can always find me lurking by the shoes.... Love shoes. I really enjoy autumn as well, it's such a beautiful season.

    Keisha xo
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    1. You know I hadn't realised that the buckles were different shades until taking these photos, although it doesn't seem so prominent in person.. strange! I'm glad to hear of your love for shoes, there's no better type of person! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  8. Hello Gaby! What a cute coat! Love the fluffy fur, the color and all it's details so great buy!!! And you look like an autumn Angel in it! You are soooo beautiful Gaby and I love your hair! You really are a breath of fresh air. Love your posts, your writing and how grounded you are. And if buying coats, jewelry and shoes makes you happy, then go for it! It makes me happy too so you are not along:-) I wish I could buy more coats but for us Floridians, is not a wise thing to do as we may only end up wearing them just a few times during the year, unless we choose to travel. I love autumn very much too, not only it is a beautiful season but is right before the holidays and it makes me very happy:-) The pictures are beautiful! And you girl, YOU LOOK AMAZING! I love ZARA but I think the stores in Europe carry prettier stuff. Thanks for sharing this awesome post, it is always very nice to see your happy and beautiful face. Looking forward for more posts! XOXO, Jeannette

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    1. Hey Jeannette! Thank you for this super sweet message, it certainly is very cosy having your face surrounded by fur :) You really are far too kind, your compliments have made my evening! You've made a good point, living in Florida must mean that coats would be at the bottom of your 'need' list and so probably quite high on the 'want' list because of that haha! You're more than welcome, I'm so pleased you've enjoyed the post - it's always lovely to hear from you! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Such a sucker for a fluffy hood and this is one of the fluffiest I have seen! Love the fastenings too
    Harriet
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    1. That makes two of us, they're so cosy for this time of year - and especially during winter!!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Loving your coat and don't you look all cute nuzzled between the furs. Isn't it incredible when something is really meant for you it finds a way to popping up? The coat was destined to be yours and you look incredible in it ! Not to mention it really is such a lovely coat too. :)

    ~ Lu
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    1. Ah, thank you Louann :) That's so true, we'll be able to put it down to fate!

      Gabrielle x

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  11. I love how luxe that hood looks. It looks perfectly warm for the weather. Great photos :)

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    1. The fur-trimmed hood is definitely very generous, it immediately attracted me to the coat! Thank you for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Aww you look gorgeous - beautiful photos as always….shame that the weather is changing but then again I'm hoping we get some snow hahaha…..it's either heat or cold for me…no in between hahaha! :)

    Hope you're well!!! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Layla! You're such a sweetheart! So we're both hoping for some snow this winter.. I'll keep my fingers crossed :)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. Loved your jacket so much..the fur looks amazing..you look super cute in it :*

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, I love the fur-trimmed hood as well!!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Sarah!

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Hi Gabrielle and thank you for your visit!!! I like very much your coat....is perfect for this cold season!!! I have a new post at my blog. Do you want to tell me what do you think? Kisses,
    Eni

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    1. You're more than welcome, Eni! I agree that a cosy coat is exactly what we all need at this time of year :) I'll make my way over to your blog now..

      Gabrielle x

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  16. Ciao Gabrielle, this jacket is absolutely cool, I love the fur detail!!!
    You have a wonderful eyes babe!!!
    Have a great end of the week doll!!!
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    1. I'm glad you like the massive fur feature as well, I love how it looks when the hood is pulled up! Thanks so much Paola, that's really lovely of you to say :)

      Gabrielle x

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  17. I love the coat! I'm looking for a big warm one this winter, I definitely need to look in Zara! xx
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    1. Great idea; Zara has got SO many options this season, it's unreal!!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thank you Danielle, those boots have been in my wardrobe for a good couple of years now!

      Gabrielle x

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  19. beautiful coat, amazing place
    thanks for your comment darling
    have a nice day
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    1. Thank you Pamela, it's quickly become a favourite of mine! Hope your week is going well so far!

      Gabrielle x

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  20. Wow dear adore the parka and your hair <3
    I have a new look on my blog; come visit!
    Kisses from Miami,
    Borka
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    1. That's kind of you, thank you! I'll pop over to your blog now to check out your new look!

      Gabrielle x

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  21. Oooh, loving this jacket! The hood looks so snuggly and big! xo

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    1. That was my exact thought when first trying it on; I can imagine it keeping me warm on colder days! :)

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  22. Beautiful pictures - love your coat (:

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    1. Thanks very much Deniz, I'm glad to have chosen the khaki version!

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  23. Oooooh that fur coat looks absolutely fabulous on you!!! <3 Wish the weather would get cooler here in Asia as well :(

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    1. Thanks a million Kylie, that's lovely of you to say! Oh, my fingers are crossed that you get cooler weather so that you can wrap yourself up in fur :)

      Gabrielle x

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  24. Wow! You look so adorable! I love the details on that coat and the fur hood is so cute. I also adore the scenery and the bench! Looks lovely. Agreed on the jeans thing! I have like 3 pairs or so. Not a huge denim pants person.

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    1. Ah, that's super sweet of you to say Denise :) There is something undoubtedly beautiful about autumnal scenery - I'm glad to have made the most of it by taking these photos surrounded by the brown leaves!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. Absolutely love the coat. The details are so pretty and perfect for this time of year. Love the look! x Jenn

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    1. Thanks heaps for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Jenn!

      Gabrielle x

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  26. Just beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you Katie, hope your week has started well!

      Gabrielle x

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  27. pretty! love the furry hood!

    xo, Carla
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    1. The fur-trimmed hood is a definite factor that encouraged me to buy this coat - so I'm glad you like it too Carla!

      Gabrielle x

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  28. Wonderful pics!
    You look really lovely...

    xoxo
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    1. Thank you Elena, that's kind of you to say!!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Pleased you love this Zara coat as well! Thanks for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  30. Wowww... Amazing outfit: LOVE your coat!!! And you have a great blog. Let me know if you want we follow each other by GFC, bloglovin', google+, etc. I hope so: I'll be waiting for you!!!

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    1. Thanks heaps for your comment, I'll make my way over to your blog now!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. Love the fur!

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      Gabrielle x

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  32. Wow, this Zara coat is truly amazing. Love the hood, perfect for this season.

    Jasmine x
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    1. Hmm, I looked for something similar to this last year and failed to find anything that grabbed my fancy, so I was SO pleased to come across this!!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. I want that jacket!

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    1. Beauty Follower - I believe the coat is still on sale at Zara and in all three colours. Beauty Editer - thanks for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  34. Totally in love with your coat, dear! Zara is very popular in Singapore too, & I love shopping there.
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    1. I'm not surprised that Zara is poplar in Singapore, it seems to be popular all around the globe! I hope you're having a lovely week so far :)

      Gabrielle x

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  35. I'm glad you got the coat! I've never thought about trying to get the most unique things included in coats.

    I hate trouser and jean shopping too. I just refuse to do it and stick to dresses.

    Corinne x
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    1. I was the exact same way until I realised that in every photo from September until March, it looked as though I never changed my outfit because of ordinary black coats haha! Ah, I'm glad to know that I'm not only with avoiding jean shopping :)

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Love your blog! I just followed you on Bloglovin, would you please follow me back? :)

    Michaella from http://quitealooker.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Michaella, I will have returned the favour! Have a great week!

      Gabrielle x

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  37. Such a beautiful autumn look! You are gorgeous!
    J'adore your hair!
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    1. Cvetina, you're too lovely for your own good! Thank you! :)

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  38. love this outfit! also, you have the best hair ever

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    1. That's a huge compliment coming from you, Helen! And thank you, I've been trying to keep better care of my hair over recent years!

      Gabrielle x

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  39. Amazing coat. You look so cute.

    Jennifer Jayne xx
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    1. That's sweet of you to say Jennifer, thank you!!

      Gabrielle x

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  40. OH! the jacket is amazing <3 love it!
    Kisses!
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    1. I'm so pleased you like it as much as I do, Elizabeth! Have a great week!

      Gabrielle x

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  41. This is such a gorgeous coat and it looks great on you! I also hate shopping for jeans by the way...

    Bella Pummarola

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    1. Jean shopping seems to be universally disliked and thank you, I fell in love with this Zara coat from the very beginning! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  42. nice coat!

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      Gabrielle x

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  43. These pics are gorgeous! And, I adore that amazing coat--beautiful, Dear! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Tina, I'm so glad you like this new addition to my wardrobe - and the photos!!

      Gabrielle x

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  44. I love your coat, it's very fluffy :D
    xoxo

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    1. It sure is and it's super warm too! Thanks for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  45. I've been eyeing up this coat for absolutely ages now! I think you've just sold it to me finally!! Its gorgeous! If you dont mind me asking, what size did you go for? My local zara doesnt stock it in store so im going to order it online and im just trying to get an idea for sizings.
    So excited for autumn now! :)

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    1. Hey Rebecca! I'm so glad to have not put you off the coat haha :) That's no problem, I'm more than happy to help - I opted for a size small and I'm a little over 5'9'', so you can determine the size/length of this coat from that hopefully! Let me know if you have any other questions as online shopping can always be tricky when it comes to getting the right size/colour! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  46. I just love your coat and the fur is just amazing, it makes you look gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you for this sweet message, Sarah! When the hood is up, it feels like you're in a snuggly cocoon haha!

      Gabrielle x

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  47. Nice look! Love your parka!! You are so pretty!


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    1. You're far too kind Pilar, thanks a million! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  48. The coat looks so pretty on you :) I really like the color of it

    xxx

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    1. That's lovely to hear and I'm glad you like the khaki as well, for the black was quite tempting at one point!

      Gabrielle x

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  49. This coat looks great on you, Gabrielle, it has perfect color (which suits to your blonde hairs) and I love that hood of it has so many fur :)

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    1. I also tend to notice how hair colours look against clothing, so thank you for mentioning that - it's great to know/hear! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  50. Thanks for your sweet comment dear!

    I love this coat, it's just the perfect coat for fall ! Btw, can't wait to see the other one that you bought, I'm pretty sure it's another perfect piece :)

    ♥♥

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    1. You're very welcome, Catherine :) I'm even more looking forward to sharing the second Zara coat on my blog now after reading this! Have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  51. Perfect coat and you look great. xaxa

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    1. Thanks heaps Denisa, that's so kind of you to say!

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  52. Just lovely, as always! I still need to invest in a nice coat for this season, however time just seems to slip away and I have yet to get a chance to go browse the mall (I just moved a few months back and the mall near me is so big it's spread out over what feels like 10 acres. I have gotten so lost both times I've been there.) I suppose I need to bite the bullet and do a little homework prior to make it a much smoother trip! Enjoy your week! XO Amanda | Sans Scrubs

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    1. Thanks very much, Amanda! I know what you mean, sometimes a season can be over and that 'perfect' piece still escapes you haha. The mall you describe sounds incredible, to have got lost two times can't have been easy - I need to visit this place haha!!

      Gabrielle x

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  53. The duffle coat is beautiful, perfect for winter!
    Susannah xxxx
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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on my new Zara coat, Susannah!!

      Gabrielle x

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  54. you look so pretty !!! and that coat ... amazing

    xoxo,
    Dee
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      Gabrielle x

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  55. I have that coat too, you look great too x
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    1. Yay! I'm glad to come across someone else who has this coat - it's a total favourite of mine!

      Gabrielle x

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  56. That's a really nice coat and definitely a great choice on getting it =)

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    1. It's always nice to hear that you've made a good choice when splashing out on an 'investment piece', so thanks very much! Have a lovely weekend (when we get there) :)

      Gabrielle x

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  57. What a pretty coat! Love it!

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