Mimi’s Fur Coat Makes It’s Fashion Week Debut


 Photo 1 courtesy of Diego Zuko for Harper’s Bazaar, Photos 2-5 taken by Kat Harris of The Refined Woman

Coat: Gifted from Mimi; Jeans: c/o Rich & Skinny (and on sale for $60!); Beanie: c/o Threadsence, old; Shoes: Zara, old (Similar flat version by Dolce Vita); Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Mint Blazer: H&M (Similar by Threadsence); Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michael Kors; Spike Pave Bracelet: Bauble Bar; Pave Chain Link Bracelet: c/o Bauble Bar; Bow Ring: Juicy Couture; XO Cuff: c/o Gorjana

Imagine wanting something your entire life.  Stalking it.  Trying it on. Dreaming about it.

Now imagine waiting 30 years for it.

My entire life, I have grown up in the shadow of my fashionable Mimi. You might remember outfit posts of the vintage sequin jacket she passed down and the fur vest she gifted me…but this outfit post MEANS SO MUCH MORE.

I remember being a young, budding fashion lover around the age of 5 and stomping around her house in high heels and this coat. Naturally, she would roll her eyes at me and say, “Maybe one day you’ll own a coat just as luxurious as mine.”

This past fall, Mimi did the unimaginable: She had my name monogrammed into the silk lining and gifted her prized possession to me.  Stunned and shocked, I asked her how she could dare part with this treasure of 30+ years….she insisted that I would get much more use out of in than she ever could…and that the best place for me to get my mileage out such an extravagant piece would be this upcoming winter during Fashion Week.

And boy did I ever.

Saturday morning, while attempting to brave Snowstorm Nemo and its blistering temperatures, a street style photographer snapped a of me and gal pal, Shannon Yoachum heading into shows at Lincoln Center (and if you follow me on Instagram, you saw that this picture made it into Harper’s Bazaar street style looks….OMG OMG OMG). And then Sunday, while seeing a few last shows before heading back to Dallas, I threw the coat back on…and although I hated wearing it back to back days, it was just too darn cold to do without it.

Thank you, Mimi, for trusting me with such a special piece…your spirit was with me in NYC!


  • Montana

    this is so gorgeous! i love family heirlooms and clothes that have meaning behind them.
    you look great! keep it up! i have just started doing outfit posts and you are completely inspiring!

  • Brandy

    Thank you for this post! I was recently gifted a fur coat as well and could not figure out how to make it look modern…this is the perfect answer!

  • Dayna

    i MUST know where i can get the clutch that Shannon is carrying!!

  • Nina

    What an awesome gift from Mimi! I love a piece with history and love passed down with it, you’re a lucky lady.
    xx Nina

  • kiwifashionblog

    What a fantastic, heart-warming background story behind this fabulous coat! I am assuming “Mimi” is your grandmother? Nothing is more special than a hand-me-down. I am so so glad that you are rocking this beauty during NYFW!! She’d be very proud 🙂

  • I Showed Up In Boots

    This coat is soooo gorgeous and I was looking forward to seeing who it was buy as soon as I saw it on your Instagram. Althought I am bummed I cannot get it anywhere, I am happy to see such a STUNNING hierloom has been passed down to you:)


  • Patsy Marie

    I love this Outfit post Its by far my favorite post of yours !! that coat is Fabulous and those boots are to die for !!!!

    If you get a chance please check out my latest post at patsysfashionfiles.blogspot.com

    Thanks !

  • Shay Shull

    The story behind the coat is more beautiful than the coat itself (which is gorgeous by the way!). You make your Mimi proud.

  • Shannon

    LOVE THIS POST!!!!!!! Highlight of the trip: Harper’s BAZAAR! xo

  • Kalie Walters

    Is it real fur or faux fur?

  • Lacey

    I neeeeeed your grandma’s closet!


  • Lacey

    I neeeed your grandma’s closet Courtney!


  • Lacey

    I neeeeed your grandma’s closet Courtney!


  • Lacey

    I neeeed your grandma’s closet Courtney!

  • cake & valley

    classic & chic are your middle names! that fur coat with your name on the inside so retro & so futuristic both at the same time!
    you are too adorable! hope you’re having fun & staying warm 🙂

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  • Huong

    What a great blog post! I second what Shay said!

    Pink Carnations

  • Stefanie // Life on the Squares

    great coat and it’s even more special with it’s sentimental value! hope you are having a great trip!

    XO, Stefanie
    Life on the Squares

  • Debbie

    You call you’re Grandmother Mimi. That’s cute. LOVE the coat!!! You need to take a pic of Mimi and post. I would also make sure you have LOTS of pics of you and Mimi. My grandma has been gone for along time. She was the best! I also really love that she passed down her coat. What a lovely tradition.

  • taylor casto

    what a FABULOUS gift!!! and the idea of your name in it is SUCH sweet gesture!!!


  • morgann

    Amazing!! What a treasure, both family & fashion! I love it!

  • Chelsea

    How amazingly stunning is this coat?! You look perfect and I’m sure your Mimi is so proud of how you styled it, not to mention ended up mentioned by Harpers Bazrar. I think that’s a pretty fab way to debut this beauty!

    Chelsea & The City

  • Kayla Gilbert

    LOVE Mimi’s fur coat!! : )


  • Jen Eaton

    I must say I am very surprised that you would post about wearing fur considering you are close friends w/ Tara Harper. I can’t imagine how she would feel about that. I understand why it means so much to you, but it also saddens me that poor defenseless animals died for what you are wearing. In this day & time we live in, I am surprised by people who still consider animal skin/fur a part of fashion. I love your blog & think you are beyond beautiful & adorable but I’m sorry to say, this post will make me reconsider following your blog.

  • Leigh

    I love it!!!! I grew up in the age of Jackie K.O. All hats, furs and white gloves.
    Over the last decade everyone and including most stars have been against Fur coats.. most celebrities have let that go to the wayside lately, I see. A lot. of Celebes and fashionistas have been wearing Real furcoats are beauriful thwt them not I have been passed down a beautiful full length mink coat and where it when it gets to be so cold only fur can keep a human warm. I did no comissiont the animal to be killed the fur coat was passed down to me. The animals were already dead and gone. so let their life not be given in vain. I wear the fur proudly as it was in my family’s name. as intended buy some to keep it’s beautifully warm. I would never purposely seek out to kill the weaker species. but these vintage for notnr pass in vain.

    • Bridget finstad

      I would agree with you completely but the problem is that a lot of animals are being skinned alive by heartless people. Not all of course but promoting fur at any time makes people want to go out and buy fur giving money to these people. It’ll never end if we continue to wear fur. It is beautiful and back in the day it was more necessary. But we have much better options that we can wear instead of a helpless animals skin. Please look into it. I promise you’ll regret making this comment 🙁

  • Leigh

    sorry for my auto correct on last post. very UN friendly

  • shannon

    being from texas myself with a mama who worked for neiman marcus…. i GET the whole “fur” thing. ill tell you as i tell her… you don’t know any better. DONT WEAR FUR!

    nice mimi story though… and it is a beautiful piece back in the day. now you have other options.

  • Missy D

    Just started following your blog! Love your style, but would love even more to see correct grammar! In your title, it should be written “its”, not “it’s”…just saying!

  • Bridget

    You are in the fashion industry! Please know what you are promoting! You’re beautiful and intelligent. You don’t need to wear a helpless animal that was probably skinned alive to make yourself more fashionable. If anything in this day you look ignorant by wearing it. I sent you an email please read it! The animals need your help! It is a beautiful coat and it means a lot to you. I understand. But please so not promote wearing fur.

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  • Samara

    That badger coat is soooooooo beautiful! I absolutely love it!