Cold Weather: Five Pieces to Make You Warm and Cool

All of the sudden it is really cold here in Seattle. I think everyone is a little shocked...even though it is the end of November. We have been spoiled with a sunny, warm fall that was made us forget that winter was just around the corner. Krissy and I were a little bit freezing during this latest photo shoot as we skulked about her neighborhood and posed on my unsuspecting brother’s front porch. His house and the surrounding landscaping are so pretty we couldn’t resist.

This week we explored some layering pieces that work when its not pouring and you don’t need a coat…yet. Here is the skinny on looking cool while feeling warm…

The Poncho

I am a big fan of the poncho, and this gray knit one was perfect over the top of my bright tangerine cashmere sweater. The turtleneck and wool knit keeps you warm and cozy, plus you can still use your arms to carry things and function in your daily routine, unlike the glamorous yet stifling cape, which renders your arms pretty much useless. Suffering for fashion, right?

Boxy Cashmere Sweater and Faux Leather Tube Skirt

This style of sweater is a great update to the classic cashmere pullover. The cropped silhouette is not too cropped, but compliments a more fitted bottom, like skinny jeans or this Zara Faux Leather Skirt. I was enchanted by the bright tangerine color, which was unexpectedly beautiful with the deep blue/green color of the skirt. I mirrored the color with my favorite Tom Ford lip color, Cherry Lush. The skirt has a high waist, which is a perfect match for the cropped sweater silhouette.

Over The Knee Stockings

I became obsessed with these last time we were in Paris, where I found a lot of really pretty grown up over the knee sheer socks and stockings. I have worn them with everything from heels to short and tall boots. It is a chic and understated sexy way of dressing up your legs without the full tights look. I think it is also a dressy and original way to show off a great shoe. You can find a great selection of over the knee socks that are perfect for those of you who aren’t in high school anymore right here and here.

Lanvin Wedge Bootie

My friend Kelly Glanville and I always joke about how the wedge is the perfect shoe. Everything goes with it, it is always beautiful, and secretly super comfortable too. Everything looks better with a wedge. ☺ These suede Lanvin booties are my go to for skirts and denim, and they are a chic classic that always looks cool.

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Mitten

I have a little collection of fingerless gloves and mittens—although I am really a mitten girl. I always have a pair stashed in my handbag because this time of year you always need them and you also need to drive and dig for things in your handbag. So, why have to bother to pull gloves off and on? Fingerless is the perfect answer to cold weather practicality. I bought this knit and fur pair on an 80 degree day on a visit to California, so you know I might be a little into them. Here is a similar pair that I might be adding to my collection.

Instagram Inspiration

I love Leandra Medine and her blog, Man Repeller. I follow her on Instagram and not long ago she took a snap of her wrist wearing a really beautiful Bvlgari Black Matte Serpenti Watch, which I loved. I googled serpent and snake watches and ended up with this perfect little vintage snake timepiece off of eBay for the price of a happy hour cocktail. Granted, it is not Bvlgari, but it keeps perfect time and is a beautiful little vintage watch. Inspiration from someone with great style can give you a unique style of your own.

It is easy to be distracted by Black Friday nonsense and Christmas carols blasting at you before you even have your Thanksgiving turkey cooked, but I really am trying to live in the moment this year. I am grateful my Dad and brothers will be at our house, and will be missing my sister and her family who are staying at home this holiday. And my Mom and her memory are with all of us every time we gather; there isn’t any way to fill the empty space that is left at our table and in our hearts. This week we are making new memories too that make me thankful for the loving family and friends I have. Happy Thanksgiving to all.