#1) Yes, that is a serious ruffle at the bottom of the coat. It does twirl, but only slightly.
#2) That picture is from the Anthropologie website, not yours truly, so its smallness is not meant to offend, annoy, or physically harm anyone.
#3) The coat was a success in today's frosty temps, but the pins were too small, so I'm going to plot something else for the collar.
#4) I will take a bigger picture, of it on me, soon, but don't hold your breath.
In other news, my leftover cup of water was frozen in my car this morning, AND STILL FROZEN when I got into the car in the parking garage to go home! What the heck? That's cold weather, friends.