Whew! The past few weeks of this December weather has been a whirlwind! Down here in Texas, it literally feels like we experienced all four seasons in less than a month. ❄️🍂🌱🌼 The first few weeks, December felt a lot like early autumn, but it quickly turned into a freezing Winter, and then it started to warm up and felt like Autumn all over again, and finally, starting a couple days ago, it felt like Spring got here before the new year! 🌱
It reached 80*F, and I certainly enjoyed the couple days of warm weather: I went on many outdoor runs and spent a good chunk of the past Christmas weekend outside the house, driving downtown to explore the city, picnicking, dog walks, you name it. 🐾 I am loving this warm winter, but I can’t help but wonder: if it’s already this warm in December, what is the weather going to be like when Spring actually arrives!? ☀️😱
Luckily, the days before 2017 is bringing us cooler weather, and although I normally prefer warm over cold weather, I want it to be cold outside partially because of this one particular red parka coat. I got it as an early Christmas gift this year, meaning it’s brand new, and I barely had the chance to wear it yet. 😭 But maybe with this change of weather I’ll be walking in an Autumnal Wonderland again (versus Winter Wonderland — get it? Well, I tried…) 🍁❄️
When I saw this coat in-stores on the hanger, it was pretty much love at first sight. 😍 It instantly reminded me of my favorite childhood story: “Little Red Riding Hood.” When I was a kid, my dad would tell me that story by heart almost every night before bed. He’d also read me other stories from children books, but when it came to “Little Red Riding Hood,” he told it all from memory, so of course there were some personal touches in his version, which is the version that I grew up knowing. Plus, my dad would tell it all in Chinese, so to this day, I still prefer saying “小红帽,” which translate literally into Little Red Hat, over Little Red Riding Hood.
Wearing this red parka not only keeps me comfy and cozy, but it also makes me feel like I’m in a fairytale: Little Red Riding Hood and… *gasp,* what she did to the Big Bad Wolf? 🐺
No, it’s faux fur, of course! ❤
I guess I also have my on spin on the story, and the version that I’m living in is more like “Little Red Riding Hood and The Small Cute Lion.” 🦁
I guess I’m still waiting for my Big Bad Wolf to come along. 🐺 😹
Then again, I’ve encountered a number wolves in the past, and it’d always end up something like this:
Losing him was blue like I’d never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
This scenery reminds me of T-Swift’s song “Red”
See what I did there? 😉 Honestly, though, the moment I saw the fallen pine from the redwoods 🌲, that T-Swift’s song popped immediately into my head. Now it’s stuck there, and I can’t stop playing it.
Maybe I should pass on any more wolves and find myself a Big Good Lion to keep my company alongside Mei Mei, my Small Cute Lion. 🦁
This coat looks great, makes me feel like I’m living a fairytale, but it is also very importantly, so comfortable to wear. In search of the perfect red parka coat, I’ve tried a number of them, and I can’t get over how warm and snug this particular one is. The inside is lined, the stitching is well-done, and the sleeves are cuffed to protect your arms from the cold. Other coats I’ve tried did not have those details, which I think make a huge difference.
This red parka was also one of the more affordable coats I’ve tried, especially considering its high quality. I did find coats that were both more and less expensive, but the cheaper ones were so itchy and did not keep me as warm, and the more expensive ones were seemed overpriced. Better yet, I was able to grab this particular red parka on sale for 60% off its original price of $280. If you want this red parka, you better act quick because they’re running out super fast. Last time I checked in stores, they were sold out, and online, there’s only a few left: click here, here, and here.
I wore this coat with a sweater inside, stretchy jeggings, and 4-inch heel Tommy Hilfiger boots. These boots are so well-made, and although they look uncomfortable, their plush cushioned sole and comfortable ankle support makes it easy to walk in them for hours, and we’re talking about me: the kind of girl who takes off her heels in the middle of a party and ends up leaving barefoot. I’m all about designer heels, but I will not sacrifice comfort for style when it comes to shoes, so if I found a heel that’s fashionable and wearable, you know it has to be comfortable! 😉
More links + the rest of my outfit details below. I did all the research for you into scoring the best deals for the best red parka coat, the best autumn/winter boots, and the best jeggings, so definitely check it out!
As I was saying, you might be surprised by where I got this parka coat from: Abercrombie & Fitch. This is actually really random because I haven’t shopped at that store in years! When I told my dad I was shopping at Abercrombie again, he said, “What! You used to be addicted to that store [when you were younger]!” 😂 Maybe “addicted” is too strong of a word, but it’s kind of true. My middle school wardrobe pretty much consisted of Abercrombie Kids and Aeropostale. Oh, and yeah, my dad hates Abercrombie: “It’s too dark in here, and the music is too loud!”
However, after middle school, my so-called “addiction” to Abercrombie slowly went away, and it turns out I’m not the only one who formed a distaste towards the brand. I did a group case study on Abercrombie a year ago at University, and the company was in really bad shape for pretty much the entire past decade. Abercrombie, which used to dominate in “cool ‘n’ casual” American wear during the 2000s, suddenly was not so cool anymore. That said, I can tell that the company is trying to make a comeback with their new styles and change of their brand vibe. Their clothes are actually really cute this season, especially ever since they got rid of those awful ‘ABERCROMBIE,’ or what I like to all “walking logo” t-shirts and sweatshirts.
If they continue to produce really cute and rather affordable fashion, I can see myself shopping there long-term again. However, one thing that I noticed when I was an insecure middle schooler shopping at the Abercrombie 10 years that hired half-naked men to stand and greet customers outsider the entryway, and something I was recently reminded by again, was the general douche-y and bitchy atmosphere that seems to linger around once you step foot in any Abercrombie store. I’m not sure if I can quite put my finger on it, but it’s sort of like a “I’m too hot for you” vibe that I get when I shop there. I mean, their shopping bags used to be plastered with men’s abs after all.
That sort of general mentality is actually what turned me off from being a customer in the past years. Even recently, for instance when I purchased this red coat, the manager of the particular Abercrombie store was sort of stuck-up (it’s a long story… lol). I mean, the rest of store employees were helpful and a lot less self-righteous than I remember them being in the past, so maybe it was just that one store manager. Anyways, my suggestion for the company is to hire less douchey store employees and to foster a company and brand culture that is less, how do you say, “stuck up your butt”?
Oh, pretentious. Pretentious and privileged are the words I’ve been meaning to say all along.
Another thing, the store rule on not sharing a fitting room has also got to go. Who doesn’t share fitting rooms these days? And isn’t it kind of hot to share one, which is the brand image that Abercrombie tries to strive for? 😂 (I’m kidding.)
Finally, after scrolling through their website, I can’t seem to find one single Asian American model, when I’m confident that Asian Americans (like me and many others) make a up a considerable chunk of their consumer market. Heck, not just Asians living in America, but Asians living in Asia! Ten years ago in China, knock-off t-shirts with the words “Abercrombie” and that famous moose printed across. (Oh, by the way, what the heck happened to their moose logo?!) So my last suggestion for the brand is to hire Asian American models, because, as an Asian American myself, I would definitely feel prompted to be a more frequent customer if they had more diverse representation. (C’mon, Abercrombie, that’s an obvious one…)
But I digress… I know this isn’t a “marketing analysis / business consulting” blog, or what have you, but I write what I want on here, okay?! 😂 And I’m sort of a nerd, so I can’t help it. 🤓
My point is, I got this really cute red parka coat (along with some other items) from a store that I don’t entirely trust yet, but whatever, sometimes you just gotta stop sweating the small stuff and do what makes you happy, and I love with this coat!
If you want this red parka, you better act quick because they’re running out super fast. Last time I checked in stores, they were sold out, and online, there’s only a few of them left!
If, by the time you read this, the link to the coat shows that they are no longer available, I also found some other red parka coats that are almost exactly like mine, shown below.
What’s your favorite childhood story?
What’s your take on my rant? 😜
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