Thursday, December 20, 2012
Fog, Boots and Fur
Fleet St. Coat
Rachael Zoe Faux Fur Vest (thrifted)
Gap Blazer (thrifted)
Unity Studded Shirt (not pictured, sorry!)
Old Navy Scarf
J.Crew Cords (thrifted)
Vince Camuto Leopard Print Boots
Ice fog: A type of fog that consists of tiny ice crystals suspended in the air. It happens only in cold parts of the world where the temperatures get below -40 as water can remain liquid down to -40 degrees. (Wiki, definition of ice fog.)
Ice fog is something that happens fairly often in Fairbanks during the winter, most of the time it's not too awful but I think it was about seven years ago we had such thick ice fog we couldn't even see our hands in front of our faces! School very rarely is cancelled up here, but that day it was. (Since then, school has only been canceled twice. We don't get to have snow days or cold days.) We got a decent dose of the ice fog this morning when it got down to -46 below, it was just starting to break up by the time it warmed up enough for me to take pictures. I really want to learn how to take pictures in the fog, it's so crazy looking!
The polar bear vest strikes again. The old timers have a saying up here, "Cotton is bad, wool is good and fur is best." (Well, that's the polite, water downed version of it.) It goes back to what really will keep you warm in wintertime, cotton was hated because it would get wet so easily and kill someone where wool is amazing for warmth and staying dry. Cruel and non politically correct as it sounds, fur really is the best of all. It's a really charged thing to say that fur is wonderful but Alaska is very much a rural state with many people still living in villages off the road system so the crazy cold combined with the remoteness really means you need an awesome coat or you very possibly might die. "Crunchy" coats as we call most modern synthetics are terrible in cold weather and do not hold up well, for anyone not living in the convince that the cities offer fur or wool coats are preferred for everyday wear. Most people don't just go down to the local department store and buy their fur coats, most of the hides and furs are salvaged from hunts where animals are killed in order for survival. (Again, most villages don't have a grocery story like you vision grocery stores being, it's usually just a tiny little shop with a few canned items, veggies are hard to get up and milk can cost between $8-12 a gallon. Hunting and meat is essential for survival.) This is a terribly round about way to say that fur really is the best for super cold temperatures Usually I layer four warm coats to stay warm in -40 below, but today I just had my shirt, blazer, the furry vest and my big black coat and I was completely toasty. Furry vests, they're not just for show!
On a crazy note, these Vince Camuto booties are really warm as well. I can wear these in -40 below with thin socks and my toes stay warm. (Plus, SO comfortable fit wise. Next time I buy a expensive pair of booties, it will be another pair of Vince Camutos, I've been so impressed with the quality and how they've help up.) And yikes, I realized I've just blabbered on and on about fur, ice fog and booties with nary a bunny boot to be mentioned. That's borderline blasphemy.
I promise, bunny boots are not made out of bunnies.
These boots are beloved in Alaska, almost more so than the XtraTufs. (Ooooh, them's fighting words, coast vs interior!)