Trench Coat: 1970s Vintage:: Skirt- Vintage, altered:: Blouse- F21:: Bow- Handmade:: Shoes- Vintage:: Purse- Vintage
Perhaps it is inspiration from old photographs of San Francisco, but I have been recently dressing in nautical-themed attire. A classic trench coat and bow flats are recent thrifted finds. While this outfit is reminiscent of summer, San Francisco weather seems to have bypassed winter, with only the occasional rain showers. However, my enjoyment of a snowless winter may be short lived. I found out last week that I was accepted into a dual Phd program in Psychology and Women's Studies at University of Michigan. Is a move to the Midwest in my future? I do like the sound of Dr. Jennifer Rubin.

I've been re-reading some of my favorite feminist books from early college, with Kate Chopin's The Awakening on my current reading list. I've found this quote to be particularly fitting for the day:  "The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clearing, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in the abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation. The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace."


Rae Veda :

So darling. I love the red. xo, rv


out of order :

you look perfect for a seaside romp! so cute :) I love the moss photo
I read The awakening in a women's lit class and haven't thought of it in years!


The Thriftaholic (Leilani) :

Congratulations! You'll have to let us know what you decide-- I love the Midwest and moved to Chicago from Los Angeles for grad school so went through a similar transition. There's lots of vintage here to tempt you. ;)

Lovely outfit too, I adore the large bow in your hair.

Jo :

Ohh, Jenny, I love your hairbow! <3 So so so pretty! And I'm SO excited you got accepted for the PhD program! Truly the most exciting news ever - I hope you have an enormous celebration! ; )

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Mary Lou :

setting and your outfit are competeng what is more beautiful darling;) i love this blue trenchcoat and the bow in your hair and kittenheels;) and i really would like to sail away from sibirian winter to you haha
love and kiss,amry

Jul, Life Is A Romantic Poem :

Wow, the wuotation from "The Awakening" is truly beautiful. And also these photos are amazing. I love your nautical-themed look (my latest outfit is nautical ispired as well!), and the "background" is so perfect.
Life is a romantic poem

Josie Chen :

I love the quote!
The blue-white-red color combination is perfect for the seaside :)

Michal :

What a beautiful quote. These photos definitely make me miss the sea. I haven't seen the ocean since September I think. Your blog is looking so great! I love the new layout. Very fresh and crisp. :)

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kelly :

i have read it quite a few times, and still wrestle with the awakening. you make it sound more beautiful than i remember.

and your outfit is adorable.

Vanessa :

congratulations! I actually left the midwest to get my PhD at Berkeley, and honestly, after 4 years, the non-winter here still weirds me out :) If the program is right for you, you'll love it!

By Sara Romero :

Why not move to the midwest for a couple years! Plus the sound of being a called Dr. is pretty cool. You already look like such a cute little researcher with that messenger bag and such a perfect coat.


Amber :

I'm not sure if I could deal with those winters in Michigan but for a Phd I might be able to bear it for a few years. I remember reading Kate Chopin's The Awakening in college and being blown away by it. I had never read anything so honest before. That book along with The Yellow Wallpaper still give me goosebumps.

Tinfoil Tiaras :

What beautiful photos and I love your nautical outfit! I miss living by the ocean- it is a very seductive voice!

Annie, Time Enough for Drums :

Is your trench London Fog? Cause I think I have the exact same one!


Lydia :

Gorgeous pics. I love barnacles!! They're always one of my favorite sights when I'm seaside.

Former Parades :

Amazing coat and skirt! The pictures are gorgeous, the scenery matches the outfit perfectly! I love nautical-themed outfits! :)

xx Saskia

The Braided Bandit :

That quote is amazing, thanks for sharing! Your nautical outfit is adorable, and the setting looks absolutely perfect with it!


This is the best nautical outfit! I love the trench.

Matthew :

Looking good in the trench coat. I am so glad that you got it.

Annebeth :

nautical outfits are my faves, my wardrobe basically revolves around white, blue and red. Lovely! the bow is sooo adorable! Also, congratulations on being accepted, awesome!!

And feminism + sea quote? AMAZING! I looooove anything to do with sailing and the sea and you know I'm a feminist so that quote hit home for me :D

The Daily Fashionista :

Congratulations on being accepted into the PhD program!! That is good news :)

And what a fabulous coat!! I love the spring-like vibe this outfit is sending off.

Jamie Rose :

Congratulations on being accepted into that phd program! That's fantastic!
Also you look so cute in this nautical-inspired outfit. That jacket is awesome.

gee :

ahhh..CONGRATS Jen! how wonderful. goodness, you are such a smart woman. seriously! 4 years of college was enough for me! i LOVE the sound of Dr. Jennifer Rubin too. really, i am so happy for you.

i read The Awakening for a college course and i really think i need to read it again.. now that i read this quote. :)

beautiful as always Jenny. <3


I think this nautical inspired outfit is just perfect, down to the little bow in your hair! Also, winter has pretty much bypassed southern california too..it feels so much like spring already!

Ashley Ording :

Ooh girl those moment shots are choooice. And you look super fine. (Yeah, I wrote that.)

Caitlin :

congratulations lady!
i'm not sure i could trade the sun for the snow though...

that coat is perfection!

Jannine :

i fell in love with that handmade bow and the skirt! i´m a navy enthusiast myself... so i really enjoyed the colors in this look!
lovely quote... :)

XO jannine


LPFashionPhilosophy :

So pretty!! We are seriously loving the red dress!! And..of course, the bow! Totally amazinggg!

ox from NYC!


Miki's scrapbook :

Awe, I love this outfit! And the new layout of the blog is just amazing! ;D


Great post love it ;)

m11.in :

like.your.blog.very.much.thanks.for.creating.this blog.