Just as I was getting all into layers and scarves and jackets, the weather decided it would be fun to warm up for a day. Yeah, fun if I hadn’t already made a full-on commitment to embrace winter. And fun if it wasn’t going to snow two days later. What a tease! I mean I wait all year to wear my favorite over-the-knee boots and then the weather tries to go and ruin my plans. Obviously, you can see that didn’t work out well (for the weather). A little warm air wasn’t coming between me and my boots. A jacket, on the other hand, I’m more than happy to let the weather come between me and those puffy things any old time (am I the only one who feels restricted by jackets?! I’ve always hated wearing them!).
Saturday was a brutal reminder, a reminder that I need to make like a bird and migrate south. It was the first time we had snapped outfit photos since the arctic temps had descended upon the city and it was also a brutal reminder just how horrible an idea outfit photos in the freezing cold actually are (#fashionbloggerproblems). I must have been drunk when I willingly volunteered myself to do something so ridiculous. I mean, it’s hard enough for me to look put together on a normal day, but when it’s below 30 degrees? Forget about it. Literally. Forget those 10 layers you’d normally be wearing, because no one wants to see a walking plaid marshmallow, no matter how trendy plaid is right now. Forget those UGGS, because even though they are like warm, fluffy little chariots for your feet, they are also “tres grande faux paus” in the eyes of many fashionistas. I know, I know. I brought this all on myself. But, aside from the blistering winds, dropping temperatures and severe cases of frostbite (ok, not quite), there are actually a few things that I’ve come to love about the arctic tundras of wintertime fashion shoots. Had it not been for cold photos, I wouldn’t have learned to layer my many scarves. I wouldn’t have pushed my fashion boundaries to the edge of my cold tolerance boundaries. And I’m about 99.9% positive that my feet would be indefinitely glued inside my UGGS, never allowing me to discover the beauty of things like blue booties, and let me tell you, blue booties (especially ones that are comfortable enough to walk the city streets all day) trump blue frostbite any day. Of course, you better believe I’ve not given up hope on a fashion blogger migration plan, but until then, I’ll be using my blue booties to help me (bravely) conquer the cool city streets.
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Fall is great, isn’t it? You can finally stuff your face without fear of a bikini coming between you and your food. Everything (and I do mean everything) is pumpkin scented/spiced/flavored/shaped. And over on the fashion side of things, it’s an accessory lover’s dream world. Hats, scarves, gloves, vests, jackets, boots, stockings….you know the drill. My personal favorites are hats and scarves. I have more scarves than one human should be allowed to own in their entire life, but out of the 567 scarves none of them were blanket scarves. Oh, the tragedy! I hopped into Forever 21 to remedy that (their scarves are super cheap and they have a great selection), but as I proceeded to scoop up every scarf they sell, the hubs quickly stopped me. He basically mumbled off something about the ridiculous amount of scarves I already had and how on this great green earth I could possibly need one single more scarf. Silly Mr. RC! I may have a lot of scarves, but I don’t have any blanket scarves. He wasn’t buying the whole blanket business so we comprised on two new scarves and I haven’t stopped wearing them since. This red one worked perfectly on our recent day trip upstate, and when we snapped pictures at the Brotherhood Winery, my red plaid scarf, along with the stone structures, made me almost feel like I was in Scotland. If only….
What’s your favorite cold weather accessory?
I’ve been a major slacker lately, at least in the beauty department. But with dropping temps, ain’t nobody got time to be slacking on their skincare (as I was so pleasantly reminded by my rough, dry skin). I’m currently focusing on upping my routine for the winter months and hunting down a good retinol cream. Please tell me you have retinol cream suggestions, because my skin is dyyyyyying without it (I can no longer use my old one due to my ever-difficult skin allergies). Also, I’d love to know what you’re doing to prepare your skin for winter, if you switch out products, etc and what beauty things you’re currently loving.
Thanks for reading and hope you guys have a great weekend!
Jergens BB Body Cream c/o // I’ve long been a fan of Jergens Glow lotion to keep my “glow” going throughout the winter months, so I was anxious to try their BB Body cream. My skin has gone through every torture imaginable with my skin allergies so anything that promises “flawless skin” I’m game for trying. After just a few uses, I definitely started noticing a more even skin tone and that alone is a miracle.
Dr. Bronner’s Soap // It’s not called “magic soap” for nothing. This soap may be the simplest soap on the market but it truly is magical. My Mom used this for everything growing up (yup, the dog even got bathed in it), so when my skin allergies started up I knew I needed to revert to my soapy roots. I have the unscented one for babies (because my skin is a temperamental baby that can’t handle any scents) and I use it for everything- face wash, makeup removal, body wash, makeup brush cleaning, even apartment cleaning.
Elizabeth Arden “Red Door Red” Lipstick c/o// I’m always on the hunt for the perfect shade of red. This one is my latest favorite. It goes on light so you can have a more natural lip, or you can keep applying it for a darker shade. Some of the red lipsticks I have go on so dark that I look more clown and less human. By the time I’m done blotting off enough lipstick to give me a “normal” shade, I’ve got more color on my face than I do my lips making me look like the victim of a clown murder. Hence, you can see why I appreciate a shade that goes on a bit lighter.
It’s Monday morning, it’s officially November (how?! why??!), we may or may not being getting snow soon, and here I am torturing you with tropical pictures. Life is so cruel and unfair sometimes, isn’t it? Don’t worry, though, I’m also torturing myself because these pictures were taken over a week ago. I’ve long since returned to our very untropical Brooklyn apartment (sad face). When I see these pictures, one thing comes to mind- “Island in the Sun” by Weezer. Actually, I take that back. Two things come to mind. “Island in the Sun” and why am I not on an island in the sun? Excuse me while I go console myself with a tropical beverage…
Old Navy Dress, Earrings (in stores) & Shoes (old) // Forever 21 Sunnies // Vintage Bag