Saturday, December 22, 2018

Christmas Break

 Here I am again, slacking on the blog.  We are rolling into Christmas break now and it actually looks like it will be unusually warm for us with temps above zero! Considering it is normally about -50F at Christmas and we are going into the deep cold of winter now, this is very uplifting.  Hopefully that will hold as ski club starts up - we start in January rather than November because it is dark by 3pm which would mean skiing with headlamps and with 40 kids in the club, that gets exciting!

 Speaking of the light, we just had the Winter Solstice and with a total of 3 hours and 41 minutes of daylight yesterday, we'll starting gaining back daylight!  With overcast days it often seems like we don't move past "twilight" so it makes a huge difference. As you can see from the photos, it has been very dark, I took most of these about 1pm.  All black outfits might not be the best choice in those cases!

 I really liked this but I think it would work better with my cropped leather jacket but the cold threw me for a bit of a loop.  I'm excited to try it again in warmer weather, this time with a hat. I feel so naked in my outfits that don't have hats!

 Layering is serious and I am a dork so we end up with looks like this, which I love.  Moon Boots for the win, always.

 This is one of my very favorite outfits of all time. I like layering my big cardigans over my coats, it's extra warm and I love the volume.

 I was so tired this day and it shows.  I'm going to try this top again, maybe with taller boots and my Rick Owens hooded coat but it was a little chilly and I like styling my puffer coats and showing that my outfits are in fact wearable.

 Much better styling on this skirt this time around, I think I goofed the proportions last time and made myself look exactly as short as I am!

 This Isabel Marant coat is just pure joy. I have to wait until it gets cold to wear it because it is so heavy and warm. I love the pattern and it just makes me happy to wear it.

 Ponchos over coats, one of my favorite styling methods!

 A cape and moon boots? Yes please. 

Ignore my hair, the cold makes it so awful.  Ugh, the static!  Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year, may you all go into with brightness, joy and strength!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Twice In One Week

 It is just so dark outside right now.  I took these at 1pm....
Our sunrise is 10:30 and it sets about 2:40 right now and with all of the overcast days we've been having, it's like "where is the sun?"  No wonder we have to watch out for zombies...

I really like throwing a poncho or a larger cardigan over a wool coat over another sweater or three.  It's extra warmth and I really dig all of the layers going on. The best part is I can shed those layers as I get warmer so it's efficient.

 I thought this was a cute look but I was losing the light and someone doesn't like the beeper on the camera.  I tried to make him wear his sweater and scarf and the sad look he gave me was just too much... it probably didn't help that our other dog was laughing at him!

 I went really ham on the layers here. This is my longer Rick Owens cardigan and rather than have it drag in the snow, I wrapped it up.  Since it's Rick owens and that is sort of his thing, I don't think it looks too out of place.  Andrea at Seasons and Salt was talking a little while ago about how she struggled to style her newer items because she wasn't familiar with them and it really resonated with me. It normally takes me awhile to get into a groove with newer items so I made myself try some new things with these boots. I'd bought them thinking they would really work for some great winter boho/apocalypse looks so this was an attempt at that.

M Gets Dressed is another great blog you should be reading and that I've recommended before.  She has this skirt in a few colors and always nails it with the styling so once again, I followed Andrea's words and made myself play around with this skirt. My style is a little different but the skirt really inspired me with how much it looks like a divided riding skirt and I tried to roll with that.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Staying Warm

Oh winter, how I complain about but secretly maybe love you for all of your layering possibilities. In winter, I embrace the potato with legs look and just pile on all of the coats and the big scarves. Want to stay warm? Wear a blanket around your neck or to make a case for wool capes, they work just as great!  Wear a coat, wear your cross body bag underneath and then throw on a wool cape like a big blanket.  Ultimate comfort.
I still wear my dresses in the winter because I feel nine months of not wearing might really cut into my cost per wear and I like my dresses. As mentioned in earlier posts, I like smartwool tights for warmth or I'll double up on tights or roll with leggings - I don't care a lot for fleece tights because I've found they wear oddly. They ride weird, kind of like a diaper and roll down easily, even in the correct size, and they pill very quickly. I'd rather double up on tights or wear wool ones than deal with poorly fitting tights or ones with pills all over them. I also wear wool socks over my tights to keep my toes extra warm.

In the cold, you have to embrace that potato look. I try not to look too overwhelmed by my looks by making sure my coats fit properly in the shoulders and I will usually buy a coat just a bit large so that I can layer a lighter jacket (like a fleece or a micro down, north face and Colombia have great lightweight down jackets for layering) or a few sweaters. Layers are really the key to staying warm. By trapping air in-between layers of clothes you end up insulating and keeping the warmth in close where one large layer like a coat and then a tee shirt really isn't going to keep you warm.

To help balance out all of the volume on top, I like the keep my bottom layers a little more streamline most of the time. I know skinny jeans are not considered super fashionable now but I think they will have a place for a long time in colder climates. The ability to wear taller boots or snow boots without having to do the dreaded roll and tuck of the jeans is pretty convenient and it really does help add balance to all of the big coats.

Mittens and hats seem like a no brainer but I am always surprised by how many people I see in the cold with neither. Find a cute hat you like whether it be a Stormy Kromer flap cap or a cute pompom hat and get yourself a pair of thick wool mittens. 
Side note, I love this cardigan coat.  It has a tiger!  Free People is a great place to find fun cardigan coats and I find most of mine on ebay, although this was a lucky thrift find.

Keeping your feet warm is a big part of winter style and safety. I've worn a lot of boots in my time and there's nothing, even those crazy Baffin boots the north slopers wear, that is as warm as these. (I might be lying, those Baffin boots are rated to -80F and I have no idea what Moon boots are rated to. So far, I've worn them in -50F with cotton socks and have stayed very warm but Moon Boots suck for slushy snow.) I personally love the big look of these Moon boots, they are so fun and make me happy every time I put them on. I've found them very easy to style and worn them in my winter 10x10 last year - they look cute with skirts and just about everything. Except for straight leg pants.

I don't think I will feel shy about taking photos again! Here I was taking my outfit shots, all bundled up because it was a little chilly at about 9f and here's this chick taking pictures in her bra! (My chest hurt in sympathy, ow.)

Again, I'm wearing my Moon boots in this look with leggings, a sweater and long underwear and then a wool coat and scarf. This might not work depending on how you feel about cold and what your winters are like but above zero in the winter tends to be considered very warm for us. Dudes go to the gas station in their shorts and then slides and socks.

I will take this moment to make my yearly safety grouse: Pack your damn snow gear in your car. Anyone whom drives or really goes outside should be prepared for the elements, even if they're running out for a moment because it takes nothing to suddenly be in a situation where a car/bus breaks down, gets stuck, hit, ect. Many years ago as a stupid youth I tossed on a coat, snow boots and gloves and went to work. My car broke down in -55F at midnight. it was a populated area but no one was on the roads and I had to walk to get help. I ended up with frostbite on my legs, the one spot that wasn't covered correctly and I still have to "scars" from it. (Frostbite scars are hard to explain.) I always pack these things in my car trunk now: two down sleeping bag, an extra winter coat, extra boots, snow pants (better than a skoop skirt in case of emergencies but sckoop skirts are great otherwise) extra wool socks, road flares and my car tools. There are quite a few horror stories of people sliding off the road and not being seen which is where road flares are very helpful and knowing some car skills and having tools have be a life saver. (These days, google is an amazing tool and if you type the symptoms of your car and type of car into google, you can normally find youtube to help walk you through it. Of course, this doesn't help you if it's the fricking alternator again because who carries around a spare alternator? I should, that's who...) Don't be one of those people who goes from house to car to work and doesn't think about the cold because it will get you one day and it is deadly.

 I really like thigh high boots for winter. I bought a flat pair and a high heeled pair last winter and got a ton of wear out of them.  I like the proportions on myself and they do add a little bit of warmth on the leg, although I do wear mine with wool socks. 

Scarves that are really blankets man, those are the best.  This one is alpaca and is so warm.