NYC Mood / Red Velvet Coat / Holiday Cheer

Hello loves. Gulp, December is here! The season is upon us and I am feeling bold and bright in my red velvet coat.

My red velvet coat looks like faux fur from a distance because it is actually  crushed velvet. It is from an upscale children’s store,  believe it or not. It is light and perfect for holiday cheer. I love red for anytime of year though.

fashion blogger wears red coat

Yes,  you have seen this coat on Instagram and also on a recent Thanksgiving post. It is simple and classic, with a slightly rounded shoulder. It is by Rachel Riley London, and the site also has a ladies selection.  I got it on sale three winters ago,  for around $70.00. I also bought one in a peach bouclè. I paired it with simple skinny jeans by William Rast and buckled boots that are made to withstand a 20 block walk. The booties are pure comfort!

woman wears red velvet coat

The classic Louis Vuitton bag is from my sister when she was downsizing her closets! Yes, to downsizing- LOL! The day was bright and warm for the season. These photos were shot the day I was preparing to leave for my Thanksgiving dinners. Plural- yes, a very big family.

Nothing I am wearing is expensive, by the way. You know my shopping habits by now. But everything is high quality and made to last. Manhattan offers so many ways to shop smart! Below, I am near the window of an Upper East Side restaurant. I love this neighborhood because it is quieter than trendier, downtown neighborhoods, and has fabulous shopping, beautiful architecture, and delicious restaurants.

Below, I love the way my red velvet coat catches the light, reading a bit raspberry-orange in the light.Blonde woman with red coat

Inside at Orsay restaurant , the color reads more blue-red. I do look a bit sad in one photo as Greetje pointed out, as this was a few days after our dog was put to sleep. Sometimes a camera catches up in our real mood, but I did manage many genuine smiles that day. Below, is not a very good shot, but you can see my polka dot sweater here, and my necklace that I got at a second-hand charity shop. I am okay with posting shots that aren’t my best sometimes. Life is read coat

Below my red velvet coat and blonde pony shine with reflected light. ( okay did I push it a bit with this style? Malibu Barbie meets Manhattan matron,  anyone? ) Below is a better shot. A happier shot. The light only catches my top knot, face and grazes my shoulder. The wood work is gorgeous though!

 blogger at orsay restuarnat

This week is feeling festive .  A few shots of what I saw around me, that day,  and a few days onward.


I was in a friend’s lobby recently,  and there was a series of photos projecting on the wall,  right next to a Christmas tree. Thee photos reflected the Christmas lights, and I thought the image was interesting and spirited. So I will close with that.Christmas photography

A few shopping options for a red velvet or faux fur coat. I do admire the combination of red and texture, Anthropologie coat here , Raquel Allegra here , and Frame Faux Fur here. Do you own or would you consider buying a red velvet coat, or a crimson faux fur? I will say I love mine!


I hope your day is warm and bright! 

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44 thoughts on “NYC Mood / Red Velvet Coat / Holiday Cheer

  1. I would wear that coat any day, Elle – it’s fabulous! I love your saucy topknot – it’s very you. I post my “real” photos too – sometimes it’s good to show our real selves. Hugs to you for December!

  2. I do love the colour of that coat and can see why you were attracted to it.

    It was beautiful here today too. The pug and I got out to enjoy the sunshine. Gotta soak it up while it lasts!


    1. Indeed we do. It has snowed since, but is still lovely, but too cold! Glad you got out with Zoé !
      I love red lately..
      xoxo, Elle

  3. Oh that last photo at the end is beautiful! 🙂

    I love your coat too, what a lovely piece! Makes me want to pat it just to see what it feels like, haha! Works so nicely with your outfit too 🙂

    Hope you had a great weekend! We did a lot of Christmassy things like putting our tree up which was good. They predicted wild weather but thankfully it stayed away all weekend.

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    1. I also thought it was cool, sort of a double exposure look!
      I am so glad your tree is up and you are getting in the holiday spirit!
      Love you you and your precious family.

  4. Elle,
    Your beautiful coat looks indeed like fake fur! I adore this piece and it is so cute that you can also wear pieces from the children department like it is possible for me 🙂 And it make me also smile that you got this amazing bag through the fact that your sister downsized her closet 🙂 Enjoy the first week in advent!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    1. It does a bit, right? We are lucky to be able to wear children’s clothes, so much less expensive ! Enjoy the holidays!
      Love, Elle

  5. Children’s store, wow, really! I am amazed and fascinated, since I love red and I love velvet! It’s so beautiful! and classy! You look gorgeous, dear Elle! I also want a sister that downsizes her closet, yay! Such a great bag! (For the record, I don’t have sisters 🙁 I really loved your pictures and you always look so elegant! Hope you have a beautiful week! Hugs!

    1. The children’s stores here are very good! Yes, you also look so pretty in red! Have a fabulous and festive week!
      Love, Elle

  6. I love the first picture, you have such an amazing smile!
    and the coat is amazing, this strong color suits you perfectly. Nice one.
    Great combination.

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  7. You definitely did not “push it a bit”. This is an excellent oufit. The trousers, the sweater, the necklace and the coat.. all very good items and perfect together.
    Wouldn’t I just love to be at your sister’s door when she is downsizing haha.
    Oops… you are there of course. Two would be a crowd haha.
    PS thanks for the shout-out

    1. Yes, that door…her closets…
      I am so glad you think I pulled off the hair, I was not sure, but since i have been wearing it often this way. so I am glad of this comment. Both the coat and the sweater from children’s stores!
      I would never think a room crowded if you were with me. it would only feel fuller in a good way!
      xoxo, Elle

  8. Hello Elle, what a beautiful find! you know that is so smart to think to look at the kids section sometimes. The red velvet is stunning on you and i love to see all of the Christmas lights! we drive around looking at different neighborhood’s lights. Beautiful look!
    jess xx

    1. I used to love to do that! In the city I just walk.. there are children’s shops uptown a bit that are fantastic. But no one looks better than you in red!
      Xoxo, Elle

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