Patagonia Better Sweater

Northwest Pearls: Patagonia Better Sweater If you want to see more pictures from the day that picture was taken, check out my guest post at North Left Coast!

I've been needing a fleece jacket for a few months. I didn't have a lightweight jacket that was warm enough, and I wanted something to layer under my rain jacket/wind breaker. So I looked at Patagonia, Colombia, The North Face, and Arc'teryx fleece jackets.

The fleece that fit me the best, and I liked the most, was the Patagonia Better Sweater. I wanted a neutral color so I bought a black one; and I bought a full-zip fleece because I knew that I didn't want to be pulling it over my head to take it on and off, but it does come in a 1/4 zip version.

I was hesitant to spend the money, but it's something I've been looking to buy for a few months. And since I've bought it, I've worn it more than all my other coats or jackets combined. It blocks the wind fairly well, and it keeps me warm outside. If I wear it in a car or inside a store, I usually get hot enough that I need to take it off.

It was a good buy and I'm glad I finally bought it.

Do you have a fleece jacket you like?

Snow Tahari

I'm sure missing that snow we got a few weeks ago. It was so pretty! While I've got a warm North Face jacket for colder weather, I'd already been wearing this princess coat for church. It's one of my favorite coats but I don't wear it too often because it's a little less practical. I'm afraid of something staining it. Northwest Pearls: Tahari Snow

  • Coat: Tahari (old); Similar Eliza J and Guess (I love the Elija J coat, I'm tempted to buy it!)
  • Scarf: Target (old); Similar JCPenney and Macy's
  • Jeans: Loft (old); Similar Modern and Curvy jeans
  • Shoes: Nordstrom (old); Similar Nine West and Frye

Happy first day of February! What are you hoping to do this month?

Tahari Coat

O ne of my favorite coats is one I bought from Nordstrom a couple of years ago. I bought it while in Eastern Washington where it rains less and wore it around a lot during the fall, winter and spring. Here in Western Washington though I haven't worn it as much. Here I'll usually just save it for special occasions. Northwest Pearls: Tahari Coat

Northwest Pearls: Tahari Coat

Northwest Pearls: Tahari Coat

I love the double breasted princess coat style and wish it worked a little better with the rain. Sadly, you need something a little more waterproof and with a hood for around here.

What coat style do you like?

Double Breasted Blue Coat

Northwest Pearls: Double Breasted Blue Coat Before we went to Europe a few years ago, my mom and I went out looking for new coats for the trip. I found this nice one from Old Navy. I got it on sale, and I figured it anything happened to it, then I didn't waste my money. But the coat lasted and has held up for years. It's a little long, I could have done with a petite size I think, or some hemming, but it's been a pretty good coat, especially for the price I paid. It's decently warm, especially when you layer properly. And I love how bright it is for gloomy days here in the PNW. But I wasn't able to find any similar coats on Old Navy's website right now.

Northwest Pearls: Double Breasted Blue Coat

Do you have a clothing item that's held up well?

Rain Rain Is Here Today

Now that spring's here, it's time to lose the heavy winter coats and transition into something a bit lighter. I seem to only have heavy coats or thin shells though, so I've been looking for something in the middle that'll work for commuting and everyday life, has a hood, is waterproof, and warm but not too warm. And while I don't know how warm or not these coats are, I'm liking their style. Northwest Pearls: Raincoats

1. The North Face $149.00

2. Barbour $399.00

3. Madewell $138.00

I do love the look of that Barbour (it also comes in navy), but I'm not sure I want to spend that much on a coat. I'm thinking of ordering The North Face coat in black.

Do you have a warmish raincoat that you like? What is it?