Staying Warm

Meanwhile in Canada…. The geese have gtfo, the temperature has been hovering around -30C where I live, and a moose fell through the ice and into the river. Seems to me that we are in the full swing of Winter up here. Oh yeah, and Santa is on his way.

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I feel like living in the Great White North I miss out on all those cute “Winter dressing” outfits that everyone is posting. I read stupid articles about “How to stay warm in the winter” and see pictures has some girl wearing bare legs, over the knee boots and a sweater. Right. Brr. Cold. Hah. It drives me nuts because it just isn’t realistic for me. I am not really complaining, more so curious. I need a contrast in weather and temperature throughout the year or else I would probably go nuts. I need four seasons. But mostly just Summer and Winter.

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After going through a cold snap over the last, what? Two weeks of -30ish weather and brutal winds I look forward to knowing it is warming up to a toasty -10 soon enough. But what does one actually wear? Because there is no way in hell I would walk outside in my Lowland boots with anything bare.

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I go with jeans or leggings for sure, nothing crazy; my trusty Canada Goose (it is like wearing a sleeping bag outside, I love it) and most importantly, a good pair of boots. Now, it is like every time I mention the word Uggs somebody somewhere opens up a can of worms. Yes, Uggs are slippers really, and no they are not the best shoe for the winter. Snow and salt ruins them quickly as you’d observe here and they certainly are not meant for anything other than walking with a bag of groceries to the truck, or with wooly socks to the skating rink. But, for a short period of time, if it is dry enough, Uggs are perfect to wear outside in the cold. Also, who doesn’t like to feel comfy and cosy?

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I’m currently on the market for a new pair, just to add to a few options as far as Winter boots go when I’m out and about. I have a pair of tan Short Classics and a heavy pair of tall Adirondack boots that have saved my life a few times. But for a shoe girl, that is quite limiting. I’ve shared with you a few pairs from the Uggs website that have caught my eye. Ugg Australia has really spruced things up as of late and stepped up their game. I love the new materials and designs. One of my favourite pairs? Bethany (pictured above), recently spotted on Rosie HW, never would have caught my eye before. Now? I need to try them on.

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What do you wear on your feet when temperatures “plunge”? I am always so curious. I know I have a lot of readers living in chilly climates so I would love to hear from you. And you too, my readers that live where 10C is chilly (lucky ducks), you’re always welcome too.

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Rerelease: Isabel Marant

marant-soono-bootEvery couple of seasons Isabel Marant releases a design that seems to make everyone in the fashion world go nuts over. Wedge sneakers, ankle boots of all types, and of course, the Soono boot that had everyone wrapped up in chains. It has been a couple of weeks now since Soono’s rerelease and the relaunch seems to be doing quite well. Spotted on models, fashion bloggers and anyone in between, the boot proves to be more versatile than believed.

I remember when the design was first released, sitting on the couch in my living room and having a little meltdown as a result of how outstanding I thought the design was. Something about the taupe pair with a hint of silver chain is perfect for my western roots. In the oddest sense, I see the pair on the left as a nice variation to a cowboy boot.

Anyway, what do you think? I know that this style, though newly rereleased, isn’t necessarily the type of design we see trending right now. Would you go back to this design? Or do you prefer to stay a bit more updated with your trends?

Seasonal Suede

Regina suede knee bootOver this last Autumn season suede seems to be everything. Suede bags, suede jackets, pants and skirts, flats and naturally suede boots. There is a lot to be said about the material itself- it is soft and chic and really just looks exquisite. Personally I prefer a nice suede article over anything patent but of course upkeep comes at a cost. Suede is one of those materials that you need to tend to, and tend to well, or else it gets pretty raggy looking pretty darn fast. When I found these chocolate brown suede boots (oh how luxe!) I knew that I was easily committed to the care and upkeep needed to pull these off on a regular basis. And I have. These boots are so current- yet versatile (it seems like every blog post lately has had these two elements combined) that I honestly have been styling them with everything from skinny jeans to giraffe print jersey knits. They rock.

Cozying Up with Alexander McQueen

McQueen folded detail ankle boot

There is something about wearing the perfect shearling bootie during this time of year that takes the idea of comfort and coziness over the top. I’ve always been a big fan of shearling, ever since I was a little kid. Growing up my parents had a shearling rug at the side of their bed that I’d sneak ¬†onto and wrap myself up in more often than not. Now, I find myself wrapping up in shearling in other ways- wearing snuggly boots and warm vests or trimmed sweaters.

When I saw these boots by Alexander McQueen I immediately was sold on them. They are that perfect type of impractical practical bootie for the autumn months; a stiletto so high you need super powers to walk in them, balanced by a brilliant sole with a great tread. Add on a buckle across the arch of the foot and some durable leather and this boot is really no less than ideal for this time of year.

What is your take on shearling? Every once in a while it emerges (with the exception of a good pair of Uggs) from the shadows of its good friend faux fur (or real fur!) and makes a perfect statement. Personally, I can’t resist.