It was my birthday last week so I went for a family meal at The Fox in Menston near Ilkley. 
I thought I would share my birthday outfit with you. This included two new items from Banana Republic petite.  

1) Boiled Wool Moto Jacket  I was in London last weekend and BR had a promotion called "walk in and win" where I was given a card for 25% off any purchase.  As I have wanted this jacket for such a long time plus I had some extra birthday money - thanks to my lovely family :-), I thought I had to go for it. Verdict - I love it!!

2) Textured Cropped Turtleneck - BR sent me £20 off any purchase as it was my birthday plus they had a £10 sweater offer on so this helped to persuade me to try a turtleneck (something I haven't worn for years).  Verdict: Lovely soft fabric that is not itchy and I thought it goes rather well with the jacket.  

Other items i'm wearing:

Earrings: Talullah Tu mini bow pearl drop stud earrings 

Bag: Pink Leather bag from Tula (old)
Jeans: Levis Demi Curve Mid Rise Skinny (I got the length altered in store) 
Shoes: Office Cecilia silver - these come is loads of different colours

Its that time of year again..... shopping for new boots, a scarf, gloves and of course the perfect winter coat.  

Today, I thought I would share my journey to my perfect petite winter coat.  Here are some of the coats I tried on and finally the coat I decided would be my winter coat for this year. 

So let's begin......

Topshop Petite £89
Pros: Soft blue colour and fabric.
Cons: I felt I wouldn't be able to wear this for work.

New Look Petite £54.99 now in the sale for £41.99
Pros: That I found out New Look do a petite range.
Cons: Slightly too small for me would have needed the size up and quality of the fabric was poor. The internet picture didn't show that the fabric has sparkly flecks.
CC petite £189
Pros: Lovely waffle fabric, collar and waist belt.
Cons: The shade is actually more candy floss pink than pastel pink.

Wallis Petite £65 now in the sale for £45.50
Pros: Lovely bright red colour.
Cons: No waist belt to enhance shape and the funnel neck was uncomfortable.

Dorothy Perkins Petite £59
Pros: Berry colour and removable fur collar.
Cons: Slightly too tight across the chest area even in size up.
Dorothy Perkins Petite £49
Pros: Berry colour and waist belt.
Cons: Waist belt did not add any shape.

Banana Republic Petite £110
Pros: Collar shape, pocket detail and quality of the fabric.
Cons: Too short for really cold winter days.

Marks and Spencer Petite £89
Pros: Available in three colours.
Cons: Poor fabric quality for the price of the coat.

BHS Petite Collection £50 now in the sale for £35
Pros: Waist belt and side zip.
Cons: Fabric was very thin so I didn't think it would keep me warm enough.

And finally...... 

The coat I purchased was BHS Petite Collection £69 now in the sale for £55.20
Pros: Lovely soft fabric with gentle checked pattern, collar and waist belt
Cons: It is perfect for me in every way!! :-)

Have you found your perfect winter coat yet?