This week I feel sexy in…

Coat: Suzy Sheir (gifted). Sweater: Thrifted. Jeans: Old Navy. Boots: Miz Mooz.

…Lightweight coats.

My winter parka is warm, cozy and an effective barrier artic winds. It’s also fug-LY. I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m not a winter person. Though my trusty North Face coat is an unsightly blob of thermoregulatory nylon, it allows me to venture outdoors without dying of hypothermia, so I accept this function-over-fashion state of affairs.

This week the mercury did a turbo jump. The past couple of days have been springtime mild. I’m not sucker enough to believe that winter has come to an end…it is Ottawa after all. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’ve taken advantage of this balmy reprieve to trot out some of ligher, sleeker, decidedly sexier outerwear.

Coat: Banana Republic (via eBay). T-shirt: Threadless Ts. Jeans: The Gap. Boots: Miz Mooz

This picture was actually taken a few weeks ago. I was playing around in my closet and got the idea for this ensemble, so I asked The Man of Mans to snap a photo for future reference.  People, the future is now! I resurrected this outfit and wore it this week. The Banana Republic jacket is one of my wardrobe darlings – soon to be featured in it’s own Fashion Friday post.  I can’t wait to get more use out of it as spring progresses.

Coat: Land's End. Tights: Sock Dreams. Shoes: Aerosoles

I’d been hunting for the perfect rain coat for over two years, when I found this snappy number on the Land’s End website last year. It had every element I wanted: trench style; detachable hood; a classic pattern in a super-fun colour.  Needless to say, I snatched it up immediately.  I love, love, LOVE this coat, so much so that I’ve become a fan of wet, rainy days.

Fashion Friday photos are a family affair. The Man of Mans is the photographer, I’m the model and The Green Bean is the stealthy talent waiting for his moment to jump in and steal the show!

Did someone say "Be a tiger!"


  1. Love, love, love.

    Specially the blue coat with the oh-so-gorgeous over the knee socks (or is it stocking? I never know)

    • nadinethornhill says:

      Thank you!

      And those are lacy stockings/tights. I still haven’t figured out how to wear tights without looking like someone’s schoolgirl fetish fantasy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just not my style. :-)

  2. hmmmm, I guess it’s not blue, it’s green. D’oh!

    I seem to have trouble differentiating the green-blue shades 😛

    Either way, lovely!

  3. Lisa L says:


    There will be no need for a parka here next week!! Forecast is to be in the 60s and sunny all week!

    I’m all American now with my Fahrenheit. Lol 😛

  4. emiline says:

    That raincoat is adorable! I love the checks.

    • nadinethornhill says:

      Me too! Checked patterns have such a fresh quality yet they’re timeless as well.