My Christmas Present to Myself

I’ve heard it said that if you’re a woman, you’re either into shoes or purses. That isn’t true for me. I don’t care much about shoes or purses. I’m a coat person. My mom likes to tease me about how many coats I have. (In my defense, I’ve always lived in places with four seasons.)

But having said that, my heavy, winter coat is over ten years old. I know this because I remember buying it on a shopping trip with my ex-boyfriend. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, I’ve been single for a long time, and this was two exes ago.

I love my coat, but it’s starting to fade and develop holes. I’m embarrassed to look so ratty (even though I’m in the Peace Corps). On my way to teach my English club the other week, I passed a store front and saw this coat on a mannequin in the window. After my class, I went in, tried it on, and bought it.


I have a traditional with myself where I buy myself a Christmas gift … either something frivolous, or something I normally wouldn’t spend money on. I decided that this coat is my gift to myself this year.

Always loved this sweater … Goodwill present from my mama ๐Ÿ™‚

Kosovo has really cute clothes, and they’re inexpensive compared to American prices. (My coat was 47 Euro total. I know it would have been at least $100 in the States.) It’s hard not to shop here more often. I have to keep reminding myself that I no longer have a job or an American salary!

I haven’t decided what to do with my old coat. I’ve heard there are second-hand shops in Kosovo, though I’ve never seen one. My coat is still in okay shape, so I’d feel guilty just throwing it away. (I am also weirdly sentimentally attached to it … I’ve had it for ten years!)

I like that my new coat is a neutral color other than black. (And yes, the fur collar is fake.) I’m not sure how I feel about the asymmetrical collar … the front zipper is off-center, which is kind of cute and unexpected, but I worry that the collar looks too wonky.


I don’t know … what do you think of it?

(Thanks to Sierra for taking these glamour photos of me at our hotel last week.)

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