As a birthday gift to myself (it's on Halloween), I've been saving up $500 to spend on clothes. I haven't done any real serious shopping in years, mostly just a piece here or there, so I really need to upgrade my wardrobe with a couple of nice things.

It's also going to be winter soon, so I need to buy some nice weather appropriate stuff. So I know for sure I want two things: a really nice wool cape coat and sturdy attractive boots. Any suggestions on either? Or other nice things I should spend my birthday savings on? Keep in mind I work in an office and volunteer with animals on the weekends. My weekend clothes I don't care about, but I should probably dress nicer at work.