Cool Grey // OOTD

Cool temperatures are hard to come by in California. It's a blessing when they arrive because I really love bundling up. But alas, it hasn't been very cold. We got just a tad bit of rain last night. Yay! I'd been pondering how to style this Grey Lapel Long Sleeve Loose Coat from SheIn* since it's extremely lightweight, so I decided to add it along with a bright shirt on a nice Cali afternoon.

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california lifestyle blogger

I want to preface by saying that buying clothes online has its good points as well as its negative ones. You have no idea how many times I've purchased clothes only to have them not fit, look unflattering on my body type, have buttons falling off, etc. But online shopping is so convenient! Oh the humanity!

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california lifestyle blogger

On the SheIn website, the loose grey lapel coat had the right balance of casual & timeless elements. On the model, the hem hit just a couple inches above her knee; it had a nice length to it. It appeared to be a trendy & versatile piece to wear during the fall since it was labeled as an autumn coat. 

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger

When I received it, I didn't feel as polished as I wanted to. The coat does have the collarless element & the rolled up sleeves which were perfectly functional. But it's not an autumn jacket, even for California standards. It's thin. Very thin. I literally put it over my face & was still able to read the subtitles on the television. The lapel coal was considerably shorter than I anticipated; it hit me upper-thigh as opposed to barely above the knee, as it appeared on the model.

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california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger
Side by side comparison
Did it meet my expectations? No. Would I wear it? Yes. The best way I can describe it is if you're anticipating a chocolate chip cookie (because you freaking love chocolate chip cookies) but once you take a bite it ends up to be oatmeal raisin. Oatmeal raisin cookies aren't bad; they're still cookies & usually pretty tasty, but it simply wasn't what you wanted & hoped.

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger
Coat: Shein* // Pants: Hue (exact) // Heels: Bamboo (similar) // Rings: Dogeared Jewelry (similar) // Bracelet: Things Remembered (similar) // Lipstick: Italia Deluxe (similar)
I really wanted it to be a fall staple for my wardrobe. Even on a SoCal autumn or winter night, I would be freezing in this coat. However, the jacket could be utilized as a light cardigan on a brisk but sunny day. I suppose that means I could use it year round! Now that's a good thing since San Diego is pretty much 75° & up 11 months out of the year.

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger

california lifestyle blogger

If you're from the USA, I hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving with loved ones. If you're not, I hope you had a great day. It was a relatively relaxing day with my immediate family filled will tasty food. My ultimate favorite Thanksgiving dish is green bean casserole. It's so scrumptious. My contribution was a vegan apple pie & it was glorious!

How was your Thanksgiving? What do you think about this outfit? :]


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* Disclaimer: The coat was received complimentary from SheIn in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

54 comments

  1. Too bad it wasn't like the picture. But still looks like a great jacket over all. And you look great in it!

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  2. Love grey for winter time! U look so cute! I am sure addicted to online shopping!
    Chichistashan.blogspot.in

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  3. I've never really had any disappointments from online shopping. Even though this jacket's cute, I can't believe how different it is than on the model. That's false advertising right there. Nevertheless, you look great in this outfit.

    TRENDGALORE
    BLOGLOVIN'

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  4. Living in a country where rain occurs nearly every other day, it's always surprising and funny to hear people's excitement over rain! haha :) I'm sorry to hear the item wasn't as described, I've heard that happen a lot with SheIn - though you still wear it very well! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

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    1. I know! I bet I sound like a weirdo excited for five seconds of rain but it rarely happens here. :]

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  5. It still looks super lovely though! the perfect cover up :) x

    Hannah x hannatalks

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  6. Love this outfit, especially the coat, it looks great on you!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

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  7. Oh my do I love that lipstick on you! Gorgeousness.

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  8. That's so disappointing when things are so radically different from what they're sold as. Still, I do really like the piece you ended up with!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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  9. Hey Carmen! I love how you put these pieces together! The coat is absolutely great on you!

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  10. It looks lovely..you have carried it very well :)

    http://www.deckedupbeauties.com/2015/11/review-bourjois-healthy-mix-foundation-light-bronze/

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  11. Great outfit! I love the boots.

    Emma Xx

    www.emmaslookingglass.com

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    1. Thank you. I haven't gotten a chance to wear them very much. :]

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  12. love those cool colors and your hair is so pretty!!! ♥
    xx
    Selina | Selinas Inspiration

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  13. your pants and the jacket look beautiful together. hope you had a beautiful thanksgiving.


    loovelle.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well. :]

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  14. You wore this coat beautifully. I'm sorry it doesn't look anything like what they advertised.
    http://doreensstylediary.com

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    1. It had to happen eventually; I buy online a lot. :]

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  15. Love the outfit! I've been wanted to get a grey coat for a while now but I can't seem to find one that I like that stays within my budget. Yours looks so great and I love the way you styled it!

    Amy | Dervish Darling

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    1. I recommend going to a thrift store or secondhand store. They have really amazing deals & gently used jackets. :]

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  16. Love your coat! Awesome look!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  17. Love the light grey coat, and that lip color is perfect for fall!
    xo, jill
    www.BornFancy.com

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    1. Definitely the perfect autumn lip color. :]

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  18. Cute look! I love the booties and the pop of color from the plaid :)
    Xoxo
    Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

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  19. This is such a lovely coat! I love an oversized blazer, and this will go with so many things! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

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    1. You're right Martha Jane. It turned into a blazer rather than an oversized coat. :]

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  20. It's a shame it turned out to be so different! I agree, different isn't bad, but when you're buying chocolate chip and they give you oatmeal raisin, it's called a bait and switch...and that's kind of illegal. XD

    You still made everything look cute though! <3
    xo
    N
    Style Tomes | Style Tomes on Instagram

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    1. Definitely. It's absolutely not the coat that I ordered. >.<

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  21. Oh wow I really love this outfit! Those heels are so cute and remind me that I need to find myself a pair. That side by side shows quite the difference ... I've never had something like that happen to me but at least you're taking this and using what you got.

    Xoiiee

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    1. Sometimes in life you don't like the cards you are dealt with but it's up to you to make something good out of it. :]

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  22. Great casual look! I'm still pretty scared to buy things online but you're right, it's so convenient and can be a lot cheaper than in store. But you're right, you just have to make the best of what you got! x

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    1. Absolutely. Have you ever had any negative experiences buying online? :]

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  23. Loving your purple plaid! Oh I wish we had California weather here, layering up is nice and all...but not when it's freezing outside :( would trade it for your sunshine any day!! :)

    House of Illusions

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    1. I'll give you a little bit of the California sunshine for some of your colder temperatures. :]

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  24. Such a great look! I love the jewelry you paired with the grey jacket. Xo, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

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  25. It would have been cooool if the length was as shown in the picture huh! But anyways, it looks great on you still :)

    Real Life Nerd // ww.vivienekok.com

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    1. Right?! I specifically bought it for the length. :]

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  26. Cool outfit. Love your coat.

    XoXo
    Valentina | DAILY SUIT

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  27. Gosh that jacket looks great on you! I need to incorporate more grays into my black and white wardrobe. I keep looking for bright colors but I can't find any. I'll have to settle for gorgeous shades of greys!

    Love,

    Julie @ http://www.xfallenmoon.com

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