An Old Favorite

I bought this coat at the first H&M I ever went to at The Eaton Centre in Toronto, Canada.  This was back in 2004 when the US dollar was doing very well.   It was a tough year because my father had just passed away, so my mom went to spend the summer with my dad’s sister to be close to his family, and to have some breathing room.  I had flown to Toronto at the beginning of that summer with my mom, then flew back to bring her home because she hated to fly alone.  I stayed there for a week before coming back to San Diego, so we went on a few little trips while I was out there.  During one of our day trips, we went to a resort casino called Fallsview, which was called so because of the spectacular view of Niagra Falls.  I went tooling around Niagra while my mom and aunts played the slots.  Thirty minutes before the bus arrived to take us back to Toronto, my mom came out of the casino and whispered to me that she won $1500 Canadian!  She gave me $500 of it to go on a shopping spree at H&M.  Isn’t amazing how many memories a simple coat can evoke?  Now you know why it’s one of my favorites.

Outfit – H&M coat and velvet pants; White House Black Market top; Matiko shoes; Rebecca Minkoff purse; Dominique Cohen for Target necklace; Wendy Brandes & Juicy Couture rings; iSee glasses ℅ GlassesUSA


  1. Interesting about Fallsview. One of my blog friends (and also friend in real life) had just posted on her blog about their trip to Niagara Falls and their trip to the Fallsview waterpark.

    Love that purse – the zippers and leather tassels!

    1. Leave it to my mother to find a casino in another country! Niagra Falls is beautiful. When my son is older, my husband want to take our family to visit Toronto again.

      Rebecca Minkoff is one of my favorite designers. She has the right mix of classic and edge, doesn’t she? 🙂


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