Emma Roberts in West Hollywood

Posted on January 29, 2014

Okay, so two things are happening and they’re going to affect today’s coverage of all things celebrity and fashion.

1. There’s a lull in Awards Season and the A-listers are all in their hidey-holes, fasting and moisturizing furiously, leaving us with slim pickings on the red carpet front.

2. It has been RIDICULOUSLY COLD in our neck of the woods all week and the only fashion we can relate to at the moment is the kind where people are bundled up under layers of clothing with one really showy piece to top it off. In other words, IT’S COAT PORN DAY TODAY, BITCHES.

Ironically, we’re kicking the proceedings off with someone NOT stuck in the latest polar vortex (or whatever the over-excited weather-types are calling it this week):

“American Horror Story” star Emma Roberts stops by Fred Segal and Whole Foods in West Hollywood, California in a red furry coat.

But we can’t just ignore a gal in a skinned Elmo coat, now can we? We have to admit, we have a fondness for the bathmat coat. It’s something we think every gal should have in her closet at some point between the ages of 15 and 35. Not that it’s not allowed after that; just that we consider it optional from that point on. But every young gal should definitely take the time to put on some funky boots and a muppet coat every now and then and get your quirky  on in a big way.


Totally off-topic, but ABC News picked up an interview we did for the AP on “Tips for Valentine’s Day.” We had some trepidation, but it turned out fun. If you’re interested, go follow the link through our book site and tell us if you think our advice made any sense or you think we’re full of shit.




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  • Why did this happen to poor Elmo? 🙁 SAVE THE ELMO. SAY NO TO ELMO FUR.

    Love the boots! 🙂

    • YoungSally

      My cockapoo is named Elmo….and he just got groomed….so maybe it is PETA-approved sheared Elmo.

      • mlle

        Did you have him shaved? Whenever I take my dog to the groomer, no matter what the season, I get her shaved, so she’s a naked little lamb right now and I feel bad because of the weather.

        • YoungSally

          He’s not completely naked — they leave about 1/2″ …but I let him go too long between grooms this time and it was serious bathmat action….so it was a dramatic change. I always forget how small (and bowlegged) he is when the hair is gone. I don’t usually put him in a coat — but the last couple of days have been coat weather…and I really need to get him those little balloon shoes because the salt on the sidewalks is too much without the usual fur padding.

          • mlle

            Brett was the same way, especially on her belly, since she’d been getting wet every time we went out in the snow and that made the tangles worse. She looks like a completely different dog without her fluff, though I’ve had her wearing a coat since the weather turned; she sneezed her way through last winter and I’d like to avoid a repeat if possible. I also need to get her the little shoes, since she cries when the sidewalks are too salty.

          • marlie

            We had shih tzus, and we gave them buzz cuts, but that was usually at the beginning of the summer. At this time of year, they’d have a decent coat to help keep them warm. Hope your little furball is surviving the weather!

          • YoungSally

            Thanks — Elmo is pretty tough — his roomie Romeo is a Chi/Italian Greyhound mix and he is totally not cool with the weather.

          • littlemac8

            Oscar gets bathed and trimmed once a month and when it’s this cold out he has a little red fleece I velcro around him. I bought the booties. Save your money! There is NO way I could ever get those things on him. NEVER.

  • bhl_1123

    I actually love that fact that because we don’t know the designer, the photo caption says “in a red furry coat”.

  • silly little thumb

    I don’t know…I feel with a coat that awesome you need a more interesting outfit. The shoes and jeans are fine, but I would have preferred a button down blouse.

  • I just can’t with a coat that is CLEARLY at least a size too big.

  • @Biting Panda

    She and Miley can hang out, drink Red Bull, smoke ciggies, and talk about how hard it was growing up privileged, with an easy in to the industry, and how no one understands or respects them or their rebel ways.

    • Sarah

      And leave festive Valentine’s lint behind them when the move on…

  • Anna

    So this is what happened to all those Tickle Me Elmos.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t love her muppet coat, but I can guarantee if I make it to the book signing folks will get to see my too big, too long fonzie bear coast in all it’s muppet like glory.

    • filmcricket

      Is a fonzie bear coat one that’s both cool and tells terrible jokes? 😉

      • KinoEye


      • MilaXX

        HA! No, it’s just warm and kinda ugly.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    I think she looks cute. But the arms of the skinned Elmo are way, way, too long.

  • MilaXX

    Just noticed she is committing one of my fashion pet peeves. Remove the tag from the bottom of your shoes please people.

    • jtabz

      Ack! Good eye.

    • mlle

      Amen. It drives me insane when parts of the sticker are too gluey for me to remove it entirely.

      • Eucalyptus oil is what I always use when that happens to me.. 😉

      • Sticky stuff remover. Brilliant substance.

    • That was making my eyes twitch too. Such a minor thing to be so irritating.

    • kimmeister

      One of my peeves is when people don’t open up the slits in their skirts or the vents in their jackets, so you can see the big thread X sewing it shut at the bottom.

      • MilaXX

        Oh I hate that one too.

      • Or when they leave the “cashmere” label on their coat sleeves.

    • snarkykitten

      See whenever I do that, the sole gets all gummy from the sticker glue and I end up tracking dirt all over the place

      • MilaXX

        oil or nail polish remover gets the sticker glue off

        • tereliz

          Or rubbing alcohol in a pinch!

  • Beardslee

    Ah, coat porn. If only. Tomorrow I go in to NYC for work and because it is so cold I will be leaving my nice coat at home. New Yorkers will feast their eyes on me in my very frumpy and very warm Lands End parka. For added effect I will zip on the hood.

    Emma’s coat is way more fun.

  • AnneElliot

    “Skinned Elmo coat” — LOL!! “Dead Muppet” was my first thought EXACTLY. It reminded me of the episode of Friends when Rachel says something about a Muppet-skin pillow.

    And I also noticed the sticker on the bottom of her shoe.

  • mlle

    I think it would be better with a big gold necklace or something.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      And some sort of ridiculous non-fasion accessory, like an obnoxiously large big-gulp sized soda.

      • twigg

        One of the soda cups from Parks and Rec that hold several gallons.

  • Kelly Ann

    Loving her boots. Anyone know the designer?

  • Sam Smith

    Who saw “The Family” movie? Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Emma Roberts and a boy star I didn’t recognize. I thought it was going to be a black comedy, it was super duper violent and not at all what I was expecting. I thought Emma was actually pretty good in it, although I didn’t care for the overall movie.

    • MilaXX

      Emma was in that? I thought that was Dianna Argon.

  • Cheryl

    Love the Elmo coat. I want one, even though the uncles would say I’m way too elderly.

    • sagecreek

      Well, I say pshaw to that! Face it, at a certain age, you have to decide between being boring and crazy. I’ll go with crazy every time 🙂

      • Cheryl

        You are right, crazy is always better!

      • TerryMH

        Totally agree – I’m quickly approaching 50 and sometimes I have the urge to dress a little bat-shit…like my inner Glenn Close is screaming “I will not be ignored!” To that end, I just bought a big fluffy muppet cardigan…but alas, in black…baby steps.

        • sagecreek

          I applaud your baby steps. Go you!

    • Sweetie, It says the exact opposite right in the post.

      • Cheryl

        Ooops, sorry guys. I focused on the between 15 and 35 part.

  • Mismarker

    La la la la!
    La la la la, Emma’s world!
    La la la la!
    La la la la, Emma’s world!
    Emma loves goldfish!
    Her crayons, too!
    That’s Emma’s world!

  • save_the_hobbit

    I want her so, so badly. It’s a problem.

  • I briefly had a matching bathmat poncho and beanie hat set in high school (from a thrift store), in purple knit. The poncho looked just like a toilet seat cover so I ended up getting rid of it. I still get a lot of good use out of the hat though; it’s a great “mod via scooby doo” sort of style, if that makes sense.
    So now I want a new bathmat/muppet coat. I’m 25, so I’m right in the window of need.

  • MilaXX

    I have a question for the ladies. In the winter do you match your bag to your coat or to you outfit?

    • ScarlettHarlot

      For me, I do: Work, coat. Going out, outfit.

      • MilaXX

        I try to do this, but I sometime feel like I’m stuck in between events.

        • ScarlettHarlot

          I hear you. I work in Northern Virginia but often have to trek into DC after for an evening event. Sometimes I’ll throw a small handbag or evening bag with essentials (wallet, phone, keys, chapstick) into a larger work purse, then chuck the work purse in my trunk while I’m at the event.

          • formerlyAnon

            I do this. Also do similar for air travel when I either carry the enormous “purse” that fits the laptop and inches of file folders, or the large laptop mini-suitcase (really, no other descriptor works) into which I stuff my purse.

    • Neither – my bag is always red, my clothes in winter are always grey or black.

      • JulieK

        I am also a red-bag girl! Always!

      • MilaXX

        I’m all over the rainbow and I love a cute bag in an unusual color. This lead to the purchase of a kelly green patent leather Kate Spade bag I bought this summer.

        • Oh how beautiful!

        • SierraDelta

          My splurge was a Rebecca Minkoff periwinkle Mini Mab. It goes so well with snow-filled clouds and slushy streets.

          • MilaXX

            That would fulfill my purple fix for the summer!

    • mlle

      It depends whether I’m going to an event where I’ll be seen carrying the bag with my outfit, or whether I’ll divest myself of it once I get inside. For the former, I match to my outfit; for the latter, I usually match it to my boots or my coat.

    • marlie

      Neither, really. I have a bag right now that I love that’s in a neutral color, so I don’t worry too much about it, but I’ve carried bags in other colors as the need arises, and I can’t be bothered to worry about whether it matches my coat(s).

      • MilaXX

        I am the gal who buys gloves to match each coat. I worry about these things.

        • mjude

          you go girl. my black leather gloves is the only thing that keeps my hand warm. but I must say I do love all kinds a bags I just am in the black bag cant change it up mode.

    • mjude

      my purses are almost always black & so is my winter coat. I am addicted to black bags.

      • MilaXX

        I only have one black bag for everyday use, but I’m a magpie when it comes to color.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      For me it’s about the fabric more than the color. I tend to carry leather or heavy nylon bags in the winter (I have an old basic black nylon Prada tote I’ve been carrying around off and on for 6 years) and lighter weight canvas in the summer. I keep my phone, wallet and lip gunk in a small wristlet that I move from bag to bag.

    • formerlyAnon

      The issue rarely arises. All of my day bags are black. To match the laptop case and/or messenger bag sometimes needed so my vast library of things-I-am-going-to-work-on-(probably) can commute everywhere with me.

      For dressing up, the outfit.

    • tereliz

      Since my winter coat is gray, I like to have a bright bag and I use the same bag everyday unless I’m going out to dinner. The one I have now is a plummy purple and I get so many compliments on it! It’s crazy how well that plum color goes with just about any winter outfit. When spring hits I’ll swap it out for my old orange one until I find a new one I like better.

      • MilaXX

        That sounds pretty. Purple is my favorite color.

    • SierraDelta

      I coordinate my purse with my outfit — I choose bags and accessories based on what most people will see me in for the most amount of time during the day, and that’s generally what I’m wearing under my coat. My clothes are all neutral solids, so scarves, jewelry, and different textures go a long way towards making the look work with both my purse and my coat.

      But my heavy duty, down-stuffed, Michelin-tire-man, uber-winter coat is black, though, so it’s easy for me to throw most colors into the mix. What I try to do to jazz up my outer layer is vary my glove and scarf colors. The princess in me delights in my taupe, cobalt, burgundy, and aubergine cashmere-lined gloves, which I mix and match with abandon. Winters in the Upper Midwest tend to go on forever, especially this polar vortex mashugana, so we’re all more intent on getting from one place to another without frostbite, and we really don’t critique each others’ outer layers. Whatever keeps you warm and comfortable works, and that includes fur, which is very practical and is worn without guilt.

      • MilaXX

        I love dressing looks up with gloves too.

        • SierraDelta

          I’m trying to be more creative with fewer things in my closet; oddly enough having less to choose from seems to spark my clothing and accessorizing creativity. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me years ago to go basic with the big items and wild and crazy with the small ones.

          If someone ever founds Earrings Anonymous, though, I’ll be forced to join.

          • MilaXX

            We shall not speak of the earring collection. I bought one of those standing jewelry armoires and it’s already bursting at the seams.

  • clatie

    Said it before, I’ll say it again. She’s like a human chihuahua. Small and yip-y

  • MannahattaMamma

    the best use I’ve seen for Elmo in my entire life.

  • SugarSnap108

    The enormous sleeves take it into red gorilla territory. I love the boots.

  • Shawn EH

    It makes no sense, but her horrible character on Coven has made me like her more as an actress. She’s at least keeping up with the likes of Lange and Bates and Conroy.

  • marlie

    GAWD that coat is awful. i have never owned a skinned-muppet coat, and I don’t plan to, either. The rest of her outfit is fine. That shorter haircut looks good on her, even if she is just running errands.

    Loved the piece on Valentine’s day. I don’t generally make a big deal of it because my birthday is the day before, and I’d much rather celebrate my birthday. Even when I was single, though, I never got the V-Day hate, e.g., “I’m going to wear all black because I don’t have a sweetie. ” I also think people blow it out of proportion. One of my most memorable Valentine’s Days was when my college bf and his bestie made me and my roommates breakfast in bed. That was SO sweet, and really, all I could ask for to celebrate the day. As for this year, I’ll probably make the sweetie his favorite cupcakes. He’s easy to please. 🙂

    • Haha – I remember one year I was sitting in a bar with my roommate and looked around and realised we were the only people there not on a date. Then the penny dropped as to what day it was. My wedding anniversary is on the 10th so we tend not to do anything on Valentine’s day.

  • Imasewsure

    I love everything about this outfit. So cute and I love the Muppet Coat!!
    And congrats Dear Uncles! We are so proud!

  • quiltrx

    If I can’t see your hands, the coat is probably too big. It’s kind of fun, but it goes pretend dress-up when it’s hanging off of you.
    And I really like the little boots, I’ve been wanting something similar. But she should have taken the price tag off the bottom.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      My coats always have too-long sleeves. It’s the plague of being a small girl.

      • quiltrx

        Color me jealous. As a tall girl with wide shoulders, getting the cuffs to my wrists was always an accomplishment! The 3/4 length sleeve is a Godsend!

        • ShaoLinKitten

          I loved it when blazers with cuffed sleeves were in style.

  • bogill

    how many elmos had to die for that coat?

  • LJCdoc

    This will probably get me hated by everyone in polar vortex land, but that coat is completely unnecessary in LA right now. It’s like 72. She should donate it to someone in New York. Or Atlanta.

  • Tracey Magyar

    I had this coat in leopard when I was in my twenties. I think this one is cute too. But, it’s a coat for the young. Anyone over 35 looks like a crazy lady.

  • It looks like a snuggy with lining, but I could use some cozy and it actually appeals.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    I wonder if it’s real fur. Dyed like Elmo.

  • The funny part is that California has been having unseasonably, almost uncomfortable warm weather for a week or more. So she looks silly to me even though I would steal her coat and run away cackling with glee (or maybe just buy one in Cookie Monster blue with my lottery winnings.)

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Nothing says “I just took these boots out of the box for my walking down the street pap shoot.” like a price sticker on the sole. That coat is UGLY. U. G. L. Y with no alibi.

  • BridgetK

    I am 31 and have a bright pink bathmat coat. It is super delightful. I like this red one just as much (plus her nails match, so festive).

  • NBG

    I love the muppets and don’t think any of them should have to die for someone’s coat…except Elmo. So I’m good with this.

    But if I see this chick in a blue coat with cookie crumbs on it, I’ll have her head.

  • LeelaST

    I’ve had my AC on since 1/1 out here in LA – but “stars” don’t get hot, do they. This just makes me laugh. Almost as bad as Miley’s Barbie hooker coat.

  • anotherkate

    The outfit looks cute, but I have one question. Her hair, DOES SHE WASH IT?

  • Jecca2244

    this is the opposite switch of us all saying “she looks so cold!” she must be so hot. My in-laws live in LA and my MIL was relieved because yesterday was in the high 70s and finally not a thousand degrees. I mean, it is all relative, but c’mon.

  • Gener1c

    Makes me miss my purple Muppet coat so much. I didn’t think I was allowed to keep it after I turned 22 – I wish I knew about y’all then!

  • Qitkat

    I have a pink fluffy soft bathrobe. Should I take my scissors to it and turn it into outerwear?

  • Megan Moore

    It’s waaaay to warm in California right now for that coat. We’re in the opposite of the polar vortex.

  • It was almost 80 in LA yesterday. GIRL. WHYFOR THE ELMO COAT?

  • This is cute and bright and I leave it at that.

  • Gatto Nero

    Cute boots. Take the sticker off, honey.