We met good friends in Seattle’s Belltown district for a casual brunch on Saturday. It was probably one of the windiest days I have ever experienced here in Seattle. My hair spiked up in all directions, my dress stuck to me like papier-mâché, and my trench coat kept blowing open – all of which made picture taking quite interesting.

I like to wear a comfy frock with flat or low heeled boots on casual days because it’s a fast and easy fall back option. On goes the frock with hose, throw on a necklace, add a pair of boots, choose a pair of specs, grab a coat and bag and Bob’s your Uncle. I’m out the door in two secs.

I’m wearing one of the long sleeved dresses I recommended recently. It’s a Karen Kane cowl neck dress made of rayon jersey knit that drapes like a dream. It’s a super length and as soft as my sweats. I like to scrunch up the sleeves for an even more relaxed look. The cowl neck works best with a short necklace which is why I chose a short strand of chunky pearls. With the blustery wind I struggled to keep the dress from looking obscenely glued to my body sans the trench so I’m afraid that this is the best picture Greg could take.

My black double breasted military trench coat, a wardrobe work horse, is cozier than it looks because it’s quilted on the inside. It’s also water resistant, fairly crease-proof, and repels dirt, dust and hair – perfectly practical for walking around Seattle.

I wore my embroidered brown boots to break up the black from head to toe thing. I bought the boots at a boutique in Amsterdam while visiting my Dad five years ago. They aren’t on trend, but to me they are still in style because of their arty, somewhat bohemian edge. Plus they are unique, well made, really comfy and fun to wear. I don’t see myself ever giving them up, but do wear them with different items each season. I’m going to give them a go with my harem pants and long tweed shorts as soon as it warms up.

I layered my hose, nude underneath and zig zag pattern on top, and went with a matchy-matchy red handbag. Lunch was delicious and the company divine. When we came back home, the trench, bag, specs and boots came off and the slippers went back on. I made a cup a tea, snuggled with my pups and continued watching live coverage of New York Fashion Week online.