Swing coat love

If you’re a fan of my Librarian for Life + Style Facebook page, then you might have already seen my recent posting about scoring this Façonnable short swing coat in a houndstooth plaid pattern today for less than $80. My husband spotted this adorable short swing coat at a local resale boutique called Here We Go Again — which I’ve talked about previously here and here.

I looked up the Façonnable label when I got home. Lo and behold, this French label started in Nice, France in 1950, and the women’s pieces on their online retail store sell for hundreds of dollars up to over $1000!

In the week since I’ve thrifted this coat, I’ve worn it four times. The plaid is more of an autumnal palette, so perhaps I’m trying to get as much wear of it as possible while it’s still technically fall? ;) Plus, the weather has been pretty mild of late. I wore it recently as a more casual work outfit with my purple cowl-neck sweater, jeans, cognac riding boots, and my new Greg Michaels necklace, reviewed yesterday.

And by the way, have you entered the holiday giveaway for your own piece of Greg Michaels jewelry? The giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers through next Tuesday, Dec. 23. All the details here in this post!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Swing coat love

Details:

Look at the detailing on this coat! Two lining colors with piping trim, suede lining on the collar, and sturdy clasps and buttons, not to mention the leather trim on the pockets and cuffs. I love the stripes of orange and pink in the houndstooth plaid pattern. I feel so lucky to have scored this coat — thanks to my sweetie husband! — and I feel timelessly chic wearing it.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Swing coat love

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Swing coat love

And below is a photo that my SIA co-host Jess @ Animated Cardigan would probably call “Gap-catalog worthy” with the pose, the smile, and the happy. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Swing coat love

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Swing coat love

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Swing coat love

I wore my new Greg Michaels “Moonwalk” necklace underneath, using the trick I learned from Erin @ Loop Looks to extend the length of the necklace by adding a bracelet inbetween the necklace clasps. So easy! As the top of the chain is hidden by the cowl-neck, no one can see the difference!

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Necklace extender trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Swing coat love

Librarian for Life + Style | Swing coat love

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A review of Greg Michaels jewelry + reader giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to select and review a few pieces of jewelry from Greg Michaels, a new women’s fashion and accessory line. Every piece of their jewelry features translucent crystals — and the crystals are definitely cut to sparkle! I was able to select 3 items to review, and I purposely chose a variety for purposes of this review:  a pair of earrings, a necklace, plus a bracelet. Sparkle cubed!

PLUS I am super-excited to let y’all know about how to enter a holiday giveaway to win your own personal choice of Greg Michaels jewelry! There are up to 10 possible entries for the giveaway! Just scroll to the end of this post for how to enter the giveaway.

The Review

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Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Sparkle times three:  A review of Greg Michaels jewelry

I was quite impressed at the black velvet jewelry boxes — super elegant packaging! — and each item of jewelry came with a “certificate of authenticity” tag.

Details, from left to right:

Here are close-ups of the items I chose:

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Sparkle times three:  A review of Greg Michaels jewelry

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Sparkle times three:  A review of Greg Michaels jewelry

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Sparkle times three:  A review of Greg Michaels jewelry

I wore each piece of jewelry last week during the fall finals week, and I received several compliments from colleagues. The crystals really are cut to catch the light! My favorite was the “Moonwalker” necklace. I chose it because I wanted a design that would go with different outfits, a simple design that would still make a statement. Mission accomplished with this necklace! The crystals are not fixed; rather, they slide along the chain. Even the bits of the chain are designed to maximize sparkle; each bit in the chain is slightly square-shaped, which glint in the light. I even like how the crystals flip back and forth, which gives the necklace a different kind of look:

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Sparkle times three:  A review of Greg Michaels jewelry

Y’all know I am thorough in my reviews:

  • Pricing:  I found the prices quite reasonable for their accessories line, most falling in the $30 to $100 range. The items I chose ranged from $39 to $49.
  • Website navigation and features:  The website is quite easy to navigate, with options to narrow down to accessories, and sort results from price, stock availability, etc. I also noticed that for each item, there were several photos, including close-ups and specific dimensions. Very useful!
  • Variety:  There are both silver and gold pieces of jewelry, depending on your personal preference, as well as pieces with colored crystals. I put together a Pinterest board of my personal faves of Greg Michaels accessories. Along with necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, the Greg Michaels accessories line also has a selection of rings, as well as as sets of jewelry.
  • Policies:  The shipping time was reasonable — they even ship internationally — and the policies of returns and exchanges are clear.

As seen on their website and blog, the Greg Michaels company also has a line of handbags, and a line of footwear is to be released in the new year. I am unable to comment on their other products at the moment, but I was very pleased with the accessories I received! Feel free to browse my personal faves that I collected on “My Jewelry Faves from Greg Michaels” Pinterest board.

I will also be showcasing the Greg Michaels jewelry I chose in upcoming posts, so stay tuned!


Full disclosure: I received three jewelry items of my choice from Greg Michaels in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% mine and 100% honest.


The Giveaway

Now onto the reader giveaway! :D One lucky reader will get to choose a favorite piece of Greg Michaels jewelry. Plus, this giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers!

The details:  The giveaway will stay open 1 week, through next Tuesday, Dec. 23, 10 pm PST. All entries will be through comments on this post. (You might need to wait a few seconds inbetween posting multiple comments — otherwise, WordPress tends to get cranky.) Please note that you do NOT need to include your personal email address in the comments; email addresses are required for each comment and are visible only to me. The winner will be randomly selected using the Random.org random number generator. I will announce the winner on my blog on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and I will contact the winner via email, as well.

Mandatory entry:  Visit the Greg Michaels Accessories site, and leave a comment and link on THIS post about the item you would choose as your favorite piece of jewelry.

Additional entries:

  • Follow Greg Michaels via Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter and leave a separate comment on this post for each different way you follow (for 3 possible additional entries)
  • Follow Librarian for Life + Style via Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin and/or email and leave a separate comment on this post for each different way you follow (for 4 possible additional entries)
  • Pin your favorite Greg Michaels piece of jewelry and leave a comment on this post with a link to your pin (for 1 additional entry)
  • Share this giveaway post via any avenue — Facebook, Twitter, etc. — and leave a comment and link on this post letting me know (for 1 additional entry)

That adds up to a total of 10 possible entries for this holiday giveaway!

I hope you enjoy browsing the Greg Michaels site and accessories, and good luck! Can’t wait to see what your personal faves are! :D

Link ups:  A Pocketful of Polka Dots

SIA: Piano inspiration

This week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) inspiration piece, as chosen by Jess @ Animated Cardigan, is the 1858/59 painting, “At the Piano,” by James McNeill Whistler. This painting was considered Whistler’s first masterpiece; the two females in the painting are his half-sister and niece. You can read more about this painting here at the Taft Museum of Art website.

There is still time to participate in SIA — all you have to do is send a picture of something you’ve worn inspired by this week’s SIA choice. The deadline is tonight, and send your pics directly to animatedcardigan@gmail.com. Jess will then post the round-up shortly thereafter on her blog, Animated Cardigan.

Inspiration:

"At the Piano" -- James Abbott McNeill Whistler -- 1858/59

Jess chose this painting for its neutral color scheme, but I couldn’t help but go instead for the bolder red and black tones, along with a bit of gilt edging. I wore this holiday-appropriate outfit for a local JASNA event.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Piano inspiration

Details:

  • Red cardigan {exact}:  August Silk via Macy’s
  • Black-and-white dotted skirt {exact and on sale}:  Lands’ End, gift-carded last spring
  • Black opaque tights {exact}:  DKNY via Macy’s, gift-carded this fall
  • Black patent leather heels {very similar}:  Payless, two winters ago
  • Red patent leather skinny belt {similar}:  Target
  • Red bubble earrings {similar}:  Our World Boutique, c/o giveaway, this summer

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Piano inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Piano inspiration

I buttoned up my red cardigan and tucked it into my dotted black-and-white skirt. The black tights and patent leather heels grounded the look, while I amped up the red with my patent leather belt and bubble earrings — and of course, a bold red lip!

Both the jewelry and belt buckle have gold finishings, and I also added a gold ring with a red stone from my paternal grandmother. The square cut of the stone and frame of gold reminds me of the frames in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Piano inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Piano inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Piano inspiration

I felt great in this festive outfit! I’m glad Jess chose an inspiration painting that lent itself so well to a holiday outfit. And make sure you check out Jess’s Animated Cardigan blog for the SIA round-up!

And here are different ways I’ve worn this dotted black-and-white skirt:

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing a dotted skirt

Left to right:  1 (this post)  /  2  /  3

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What to wear to a wine tasting

My main tip for what to wear to a wine tasting? Wear something wine-colored. Just in case anything gets spilled. ;)

I managed not to spill anything on a recent outing to a wine tasting, but I’m still glad I rewore my purple shirtdress. You can see what I wore to another wine tasting last fall in this post.

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  What to wear to a wine tasting

Details:

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  What to wear to a wine tasting

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  What to wear to a wine tasting

This is also the second day this week I’m wearing something my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie made me (click here for Monday’s post). This time it’s the felt flower pin she made me two Christmases ago. I got so many compliments on it at the wine tasting event!

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  What to wear to a wine tasting

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  What to wear to a wine tasting

I’m also digging the purple + grey + cognac color scheme of this outfit. I will need to remember this color combination in the future!

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  What to wear to a wine tasting

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Maroon + brown tweed

Remember that brown tweed Ann Taylor skirt I thrifted? Here is my first time wearing it, and I LOVE it. I have to follow my heart. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Maroon + brown tweed

Details:

I love the detailing on this skirt that it features a slit on both the front and back sides — that and the tweedy fabric make it stand out amongst my collection of pencil skirts.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Maroon + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Maroon + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Maroon + brown tweed

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