Sunday December 6, 2009


Me: oh shit! They have H&M fur coats on sale for 50% off. Wallet: don’t fall for this–you have too many fur coats already! Me: But not in this pattern/color Wallet: stumped. Needless to say, my self-control is awful and I bought another piece of faux fur from H&M yesterday. Furs being the hot trend this fall/winter has not been good to me (accessibility through the roof). If you have seen my closet, you’ll understand: half of it is monopolized by fur coats/vests/scarves. I just cannot slap my hand hard enough. But I SWEAR! This is my last fur for… But seriously, I got this jacket for $60 bucks!

Life has been rather hectic for the last month and a bit. I handed in my resignation letter about 2 weeks ago and will be a free woman starting January 1st! It’s scary and a bit overwhelming when I sit down and think about it, but I reckon now is a better time than any other to start a business and pursue my dreams. As I had hinted as far back as the summer, a store has been in the works. My 9-5 plus other obligations (namely LIFE) has gotten in the way and things seemed to have been stalled indefinitely until now. Luckily for me, I have a great advisor and web designer who’s going to help me and my blog make this rather big transition in the next little while.

And it’s funny. For you readers who have followed me from day 1 (ie my birthday when I officially started this blog) I wrote that The Haute Pursuit was created to escape the hum-drum of my everyday life. Little did I know at the time this seemingly innocuous hobby was going to turn into a full-fledged obsession and even be the instigator to start my own e-shop and much more. Serendipity has played a huge role in everything and I honestly cannot wait to see what happens next. With all my new found time starting January, I hope to update my blog more as well as write about my journey over to the dark side (self-employment) hehe.

To requote myself quoting another quote: Never stop dream’n.

Photos by Dan

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Wearing H&M faux fur coat, H&M criss-cross back dress, Brenda Alexander Wang bag, American Apparel thigh-high socks, DIN SKO boots Made Her Think ring, Stallone eye glasses

  1. by kim j

    On December 6, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    what’s another fur, right? lol for $60 it was steal! it looks great!

    Clothes Are Cute

  2. by Donna

    On December 6, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    This shoot is amazing girl! LOVE the fur coat! :] I’m glad that you are pursuing your dreams! You only live life once ^_^ Why not make the best of it! Best of luck with your endeavors and with your shop! I cannot wait to see all of the new things!!

  3. by GLO

    On December 6, 2009 at 7:20 pm


  4. by GLO

    On December 6, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    coat* omg didn’t know why i was on all captials my bad

  5. by Shannon

    On December 6, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I adore your outfit, esp the coat & rings!


  6. by Vanessa

    On December 6, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    hey Glo,
    I got them from American Apparel. They are more sock-like than stockings–so they are thick! Perfect for this cold weather :)

  7. by Anna

    On December 6, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    your style is awesome. I love the glasses. I am such of fan of the thigh high socks too!

  8. by Shirley

    On December 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Your blog is one of my faves!
    I love the fur coat & glasses – actually, I love everything <3

  9. by caylee

    On December 6, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    yes, 50% off winter coats is insane and i’m so pissed my store doesn’t carry the trend line and therefore any of the awesome fur coats. but this one certainly justifies $60. you look AMAZING!

    and i’m so glad that things are finally coming together for you. =)

  10. by nicole

    On December 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    was this by kerrisdale? i was out for a walk today. i can’t believe i missed you!

  11. by confessions of a marc addict.

    On December 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    congrats on leaving behind the 9-5 grind (:

  12. by macky

    On December 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    gorgeous fur coat!! Totally worth the wallet binge!! woot woot

  13. by kirsten

    On December 7, 2009 at 1:44 am

    i love the fur and the stockings look great!!

    || ||

  14. by Ashley

    On December 7, 2009 at 1:49 am

    You definitely don’t need to regret this purchase, that jacket is GORGEOUS! And I’m so excited to see where you take the blog and everything else! You go girl :)


  15. by Golestaneh

    On December 7, 2009 at 3:06 am

    you have a great blog!!! And amazing outfits!!
    great great great!


    On December 7, 2009 at 7:47 am

    wow my darling….you’re my style icon!!! loooooove these photos…are woooonderfull!!!! love all your outfits!!! you’re a dream!!!love youuuu :-)

  17. by B* a la Moda

    On December 7, 2009 at 8:37 am

    For 60 box is good! If you like fur what are your going to do! You look good on it.
    B* a la Moda

  18. by Francesca

    On December 7, 2009 at 11:54 am

    love it!

    F <– two girls blogging fashion from nyc and chicago!

  19. by Chasing Cherries

    On December 7, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Love the faux fur coat, looks so good on you!! I exactly saw it about two weeks ago in a H&M store but it wasn’t on sale then… I’m going to check the store again, hope they still have it (with 50% discount ofcourse :P) … Because when I see you wearing it, I just gotta have it!!! You rock girl… And not only the jacket, but the whole outfit is amazing!

  20. by fashion roadkill

    On December 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I tried on the same faux fur and I looked like a wildebeast. You carry it off SO much better.

  21. by Nini

    On December 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Sexy chic! I love it Vanessa.

  22. by jack bespoke

    On December 7, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    haha yeah was so surprised when i found out this was selling at colette too, pretty cool eh? yes i suppose my blog is a bit more art related but before most i like to think of it as a culture blog, which i think is a nice mix to have among all these great fashion blog! happy my comment made you happy, meant every word!

  23. by alita claudia

    On December 7, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    but it’s a nice fur coat !! love it!

  24. by allegra

    On December 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    wooow! I love love love everything! the necklace, the glasses, the back of your dress – AMAZING!

    ps: I’m so glad I found your blog, weren’t you once a fashion idol of la mimi? anyway, I’m following you now! and hey, please visit my blog, if you have time to :)

    all the best, allegra

  25. by erin

    On December 7, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    i love when you wear the garters! good luck on your business endeavours!!

  26. by Vanessa

    On December 8, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Hey Nicole!
    Yes these pics were taken in Kerrisdale. I am AMONG YOU!! it’s funny, people always say they just missed me by a hair based on locations. I guess I’m just that stealth :p

  27. by Die Konigin Der Herzen

    On December 8, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Whoever takes your pictures is doing a phenomenal job. I think the largest part of a successful blog (fashion) is the photographer. Most girls wear amazing clothes and are beautiful but the right photographer can really set individual girls apart.

    Good luck with your future endeavors. I’d love to be kept in the loop!

  28. by walkthesand

    On December 8, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Amazing fur coat! Good choice. And loving your glasses also.

  29. by fashionista

    On December 8, 2009 at 9:17 am

    gorgeous outfit

  30. by Style remains

    On December 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Great shoot – and gorgeous coat; I have a similar (but cropped) version coming in my Christmas stocking and I cant wait! Good for you on living the dream – I am in the grind and hating it, but I have a plan and dreams and so I figure I’m halfway there.

    Style Remains

  31. by MidnightsSun

    On December 8, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    seriously love love love!

  32. by fadetoblack

    On December 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    wow your blog is SIICCKKKK!!!

    very impressive!!


  33. by fashiondiaries

    On December 9, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Just randomly found your blog, and I really like it, so much that I started looking way back at older post :P
    And I like all your outfit’s so much!

  34. by tina

    On December 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    That fur coat is insane, it’s such an irresistible purchase and looks great on you – you did good for buying it, I hate when I don’t get sth and then regret it for weeks! ;)
    Good luck with everything, I ‘m looking forward to reading all about it in the future! :)


  35. by Alice

    On December 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    You are perfect! Love your way to dress.

  36. by Farrah

    On December 10, 2009 at 12:28 am

    $60 for that gem?? Serious?? You’re so lucky you found it!!

    Also, best wishes in starting your own clothing store! My business partner and I are doing the same as well, and hopefully we get to update each other on our progress! :)


  37. by Candy

    On December 10, 2009 at 5:52 am


  38. by kirsty

    On December 10, 2009 at 9:00 am


  39. by Aimee

    On December 10, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    LOVE the jacket. I saw it @ H&M but unfort the one in SF did not have a half off sale! SUCKS!
    aimeeways, g’ luck on the new store!!

  40. by Trina

    On December 11, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    gahhh, that dress…. ;)

  41. by SHAYNA

    On December 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm



  42. by Jihan S.

    On December 19, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Gorgeous dress and HOT necklace!

  43. by JASNA

    On December 22, 2009 at 5:43 am

    I agree, u can never have to many fur coats- I have 4 and I plan to buy lots more next winter : ) Im so glad to hear that you are pursueing your dream and that ur happy, thats the most importnat thing in life…to be happy : )

  44. by quynh Le

    On January 5, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    can’t get enuff of how you used garters with this outfit. holy crap on a cracker – this is beautiful! were the garters attached to the skirt or are you wearing it under the skirt? if it’s not rated x, can you please show photos of how you used the garters here? awesome!!!!

  45. by Fie

    On January 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    how is it possible to look like like a million? seriously, i LOVE your style..
    and those boots, i want them so badly! and i also like your fur!
    well, i like the whole outfit – ALOT :)
    you have so many “street-credit” in my book

  46. by Vanessa

    On January 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Awww thanks so much!!! That’s truly so sweet!!!

  47. by Sharon

    On January 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Your style ROCKS!! And if you ever tire of that wonderful faux fur in the photos above, let me know – I will be happy to buy it from you! :)

  48. by RonGAv

    On July 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Personally I like the fur coat look. Individual, to be sure, but more of a statement of decisiveness and whimsy. My mom used to say, you can’t have enough fur coats. Now I kind of understand what she means.

  49. by AARON

    On September 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Hey love the look, my name is aaron, and I decided to use some of yourpictures for one of my post, and I made sure to site that i took the pictures from you, I hope its ok if you wanna check it out my website is
    ps. great look

  50. by Tanya

    On November 15, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I like the coat and outfit.

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