pink, palm trees, and a parka

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parka: Madewell c/o Shopbop // blouse: Loft // jeans: Gap Factory // booties old American Eagle (similar) // necklace: c/o Andrea Montgomery

One of my most-loved trends of the last year is definitely #botanicalsonblush, so I was just tickled when Chelsea and I went to shoot these photos and found a whole bunch of palm trees to pose with. Chels couldn't get over how quintessentially Austin this scene was -- palm trees and sunshine in the middle of winter -- and I just thought it was incredibly charming to be posing in a fur-trimmed parka with some happy palm leaves.

This Madewell parka is everything. By that, I of course mean that I'm obsessed with it, but I also mean that it's highly functional and has a ton of hidden and extra awesome features. First of all, lots of things can come off of it: the fur trim, as well as a super-effing-warm furry lining, are both secured with buttons and can be removed! The removable lining has been especially great because it's been unseasonably warm here, even for Austin. The coat also has drawstrings (which I apparently pulled too tight right before these photos -- I usually wear the coat a little looser) and side zippers that I've found to be both useful (I can access my pockets!) and cool (ooh, half zips!). I also love that the sleeves have "inner sleeves" with ribbed cuffs to make sure that wind doesn't get all-up-in-there.

I haven't shopped at Madewell much, so I'm unfamiliar with their sizing. I went back and forth on what size to get, but sizes kept selling out, so I jumped on the small when it was in stock. I'm definitely glad I got the small, because I think a medium would have been too big. (If you're loving this coat, but don't see your size, keep an eye out because new sizes seem to come back in stock all the time!)

While I'm really into the pink and green color combo, I'm actually feeling a little regret over this blouse. I tend to shy away from wearing pink because I think I have too much pink in my skin. Something about the lighting in the Loft dressing room was all like 'omg girl you look fab, buy it,' so I did. But now I'm really struggling to wear it. I can't decide if it's the bubble gum shade or something about the shape that I'm not loving on me. I think I'll hang onto it through spring to see if I wear it more then, but if not I'll probably list it on Poshmark (which I still keep meaning to do -- womp womp). Also, a note on sizing, I'm wearing a medium in this blouse (as opposed to the small in yesterday's Loft blouse).

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