I rationalize this splurge because it is one of the pieces I've had my eye on all season. I feel the cold so I do wear jackets most items, save shoes, boots, sandals and cardigans. It's also very pretty but not too sweet.
I was very lucky and was able to pick it up from Lyell the day before their sample sale started as they had already marked down the new stock--just a stroke of shopping luck. I'll report on the sample sale later today after I've finished writing my Japanese Horror film lecture, and write about my fun time with Marti, something she's already blogged about. But for now, suffice to say, I didn't find anything. Most of my covets were not going in the sale, had previously sold out in my size or were still way too pricey. Much as I like the matching tweed shorts, I don't really think I'd get enough wear out of them to justify the $100 sample sale price.
So my pants are on their way, I have some Jeffrey Monteiro finds and now the Lyell peacoat. Notwithstanding the Mayle drought, I do at least have some nice new finds.