<outfit post> kalifornia kristmas:

years ago, i was fortunate enough to have a kickass sewing room in the basement of our house. the craft room was fitted  with a cutting table, wire baskets tucked underneath that housed my sewing notions, two state-of-the-art sewing machines, and a row of bookcases filled with how-to books, patterns, and stacks of fabric waiting to be turned into the latest and greatest outfit or home dec accessory. at the time, my sister-in-law knew that i was a sewing aficionado and on one of her journeys to the US she brought along a bolt of cashmere from England as a gift. i debated for well over a year before i made the decision to turn that bolt of cashmere into the the cape i have on for today’s ootd. i’ve never regretted that decision, in fact, i’ve been thrilled ever since i donned the finished product. now whenever i wear my navy cashmere cape i can’t help but think of my sister-in-law, and since she passed away last year after a heroic battle with cancer the cape has taken on a new dimension of sentimentality for me. thanks, sweetie, for the gifts you gave – great and small.

denim @Loft; sweater @OldNavy; cape @BethDjalali; boots @JCrew; gloves @RalphLauren; scarf from Shanghai, China