The Hand of the King
Coat | Brooch | Boots (Similar) | Bag | Jeans
The Hand of the King is the most powerful appointed position in the Seven Kingdoms, second only to the King. If you plan to have that kind of power, you have to dress the part.
If what I just said makes absolutely no sense, you need to immediately read/watch Game of Thrones (aka A Song of Ice and Fire). My obsession with this series is borderline unhealthy, but for good reason. It is the best book series I have ever read. George R.R. Martin’s ability to develop characters in such incredible detail (and then destroy them!) will leave you speechless. HBO’s version of the series is also breathtaking.
Now that I’ve been able to get that off my chest, on to what I’m wearing. The reason this outfit post is titled “The Hand of the King” is because of the brooch I am wearing. It is a symbol of the Hand’s office and authority (the Hand of the King is a pretty big deal in Game of Thrones).
The coat that this brooch is pinned to is my favorite winter coat. I love its silhouette, the rich color and how warm it is. Not many dressy coats are warm, but this one keeps me toasty even in the dead of a winter in The North. (I fancy myself a Stark, considering I do endure some pretty nasty winters up here in the Northern US. And us Starks like our warm clothes and furs. Haha.)
This Steve Madden coat is very well-made and absolutely beautiful. The fit is also roomy enough for me to fit a bulky sweater under it, but the belt allows me to adjust the fit if I’m only wearing a T-shirt under it. It also has pockets! They are hidden in the folds of the coat, and I can hide all kinds of things in them unnoticed.
The only part of this coat I don’t like is its buttons. They lasted maybe a month before they all fell off, and I’ve had to sew them on multiple times since I’ve had this coat (the bottom button was actually coming loose again as we were taking these pictures!). This is a small price to pay, though, for how pretty and unique this coat is. This is also something that’s easily fixed if you aren’t as horrible of a seamstress as me.
My purse is something I have been coveting for about a decade. It is a Coach purse I spotted in a fashion magazine when I was about 15 years old, and I have been obsessed with it ever since. At the time, the purse was priced at about $950, which is crazy. I snagged this one on Ebay over the summer for just over a $100. This is about double what I would normally spend on a purse, but it’s real leather and is trimmed with real coyote fur (and what’s a Stark without some furs). It’s not even remotely practical, but it’s just one of those things I couldn’t resist, and the Ebay gods were on my side. Haha.
Where to find it:
Hand of the King Brooch: Amazon
Coat: Steve Madden from ModCloth
Boots: Kelly & Katie from DSW
Scarf: Express (But it’s super old. Scarves from Express last forever!)
Suede Mittens: Just Because Boutique in Minocqua
Jeans: Old (Similar here)
A Song of Ice and Fire series: Amazon (Read it immediately!)
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LOVE, love, love that coat! Still have dibs on that purse if you ever get such if it!! Love
Thank you! Haha! And it’s in Russia with me now…I figured it would help me fit in better in the winter here. 😉
I really like your coat! You look amazing in it. Also, I like how you paired it with this amazing purse and cute boots. I am so glad you got the purse of your dreams:)
Aw thank you so much, Joanna! 🙂
You look great! I hate it when buttons fall off coats! I feel like that happens way too often!!! I love eBay for tracking down purses that were too expensive when they first came out. That’s how I own most of my handbags haha! XO
Thank you, Lauren! Buttons falling off is so annoying…and I can’t find one of the buttons that just fell off..it’s driving me bonkers haha. And eBay is such a dangerous addiction…there are so many good deals! 😉
This coat is stunning! That deep red colour is absolutely fabulous on you. Wow!
Thank you so much! 🙂
Ohhh I love that coat, Lindsey! It’s such a stunning color! I can’t believe you had that much snow last thanksgiving. I am so excited to hear about your move! I’m also trying to get ready for my move and it is overwhelming! I hope you had a great thanksgiving and I hope you have a great weekend!
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Thank you so much, Lee! It is definitely one of my favorite purchases ever! And the funny thing is, these photos were taken at my grandparents’ place in Northern Wisconsin last Thanksgiving…and I wasn’t able to make it there this year, but they still had just as much snow for this year’s family gathering! And best of luck with your move! I have discovered wine helps me pack much more efficiently 😉 haha.
I had a suspicion that it was a GoT reference, but it’s just not my thing. A lot of my friends are super fans of the show and/or books, but when they describe it to me.. it’s not really sparking my interest. I’m more a fan of shows like Alias, 24, NCIS, Castle, TBBT, Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis. Most of those shows have ended.. so it probably also shows that I haven’t really started any new shows. 😛
Love our winter outfit! That coat and those boots… perfect! 🙂
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Haha, oh yes. And Game of Thrones is not for everyone, that’s for sure. 😉 And I guess I have a hard time getting into crime shows like Alias, 24, NCIS, etc. I have really been on a superhero show kick lately…Arrow, The Flash, Agents of Shield. 🙂 And thank you so much – I really love this coat and boots!
I love superhero stuff… I’m such a fan of all the Marvel movies that have come out! 😀
Arrow and Agents of Shields are also on my to-watch list. Now if I could only find time to just watch TV shows!
Same here! And oh yes, it’s killing me that I don’t have time to finish watching Jessica Jones right now lol. That show seems pretty awesome, too. 🙂
I heard my friends rave about JJ.. will check that out during the Christmas break. 🙂