I know you don’t want to hear it (neither do I), but you can’t deny it. The mornings are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter – fall is just around the corner. Now, while I hate saying goodbye to summer (repeat: HATE), there are a few things I love about the 2-3 weeks of fall that we get here in Chicago. 1. Leaves changing color, because let’s face it people, that’s just freaking gorgeous. 2. Hot beverages: Don’t get me wrong, I love a good iced coffee, but there’s nothing like a nice hot mocha to kickstart your day. 3. Boots! I’m a boot fanatic. It’s a problem. Like the boy had to sit me down and tell me that I can’t buy any more boots unless I get rid of some. I didn’t listen, obviously, but it did make me aware that maybe I am a little boot crazy. So, for fall I’m always excited to see what new boots are coming out and how many I can add to my closet. (Answer: not a lot, I am kinda running out of room. Does the attic count as a closet?)
If the constant snow storms and freezing cold are any indication, we’re still in for a long month of winter ahead. Luckily for us, there are plenty of ways to bog down, get cozy, stay warm, and pretend that the outdoors don’t exist. So to help each other out through these rough and windy days and dream of blankets, candles, and warm tea, I’ve put together a collection of all my favorite things that make winter hibernation not so bad.
Ah, estate sale shopping. That is the life. If my day job could be hunting for gems at estate sales, I’d be one happy camper. Unfortunately, it’s just a hobby for now, but when you hit a jackpot it’s oh-so-satisfying! I stumbled across a gorgeous collection that belonged to a little stylish lady who travled a lot in her lifetime with her husband. The collection of souvenir plates in their home was out of this world. But, naturally, I gravitated towards the closets and I was not disappointed. This little number is definitely one of my favorites that I picked up recently. So simple, yet so eye catching with it’s delicately detailed collar and sleeves.
Well, we’re sitting pretty in the middle of a blizzard and when that happens, it’s hard not to dream of cozy winter cabins and lots of blankets. So, in the spirit of the season, here’s a chic and cozy modern cabin to dream about.
Yep. This is not a false alarm. It’s here people. Winter has arrived already and it freaking sucks, already. Can you believe it? Well, actually if you’re a born and bread midwesterner like myself, then yes. You can believe it and you think it’s silly that I’m even talking about it, but I’ll talk about what I damn well please and I hate the cold, dammit!
Anyway, the point of this post isn’t to bitch about the cold, it’s to bitch about dressing for the cold. Does anyone else go into a panic when the temp drops below 40? It’s like I forget how this works and start putting together some really odd combinations. Anything to stay warm, you know? One thing that is definitely essential is a good winter coat. If you can find one that’s cute on top of good, you better buy 10 of them. After several years of attempting to look fashionable in the cold, I just gave up and decided that I need a large collection of warm coats and I’m always on the lookout for a good buy. When it’s 20 degrees outside, your best bet at fashion is 2 chunky sweaters, a cute coat, a colorful scarf, and a big hat…under your hood, of course.
Of course, today’s outfit isn’t a typical winter outfit for me. Rule number 1 of dealing with snow in Chicago: no heels. Rule number 2? ALL THE LAYERS! But, it was a warm day considering, so chunky sweater and coat it was. Ah, the days when the weather was still in the 40s. I remember those.
High Waisted Jeans – American Apparel
Chunky Platform Heels – Urban Outfitters also years ago
This vintage winter coat is probably my favorite in the shop right now, because it’s very structured while at the same time having a lot of flow. It reminds me of a men’s suit coat and I love mixing in that mens wear even in the winter. The snap buttons on it are definitely a plus because they make getting in and out of it super easy, which is an asset when you’re also putting on or taking off 15 other articles of clothing.
(In this picture, I’m showcasing that coats can be functional and fun! Or, I’m trying not to fall over. Take from it what you will.)