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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.



Up for Discussion: Because it is Cold


Socks with flats? Sweats over leggings? Sweaters over longsleeves under bathrobes? Silly looking toques? Earmuffs with the hood up? A balaclava when you are/aren’t skiing (ok no. I have and would never. But somebody might). And now I ask you on this chilly- yet beautiful Sunday morning. What is the worst damage you’ve done? The worst outfit you’ve put together, just because it is cold outside?

Rag and Bone

Rag and Bone AshfordA couple weeks ago I was rambling on here at Talk to My Shoes about how it seems nearly impossible to find a perfect in-between Winter boot. One that is not clunky and heavy like Uggs or Sorrels, but not so slim and sleek that it couldn’t stand the weather and would become easily ruined. When I found this pair at Nordies in Calgary a while ago, I immediately knew that these “Ashford” Rag and Bone boots were the answer to my problems. Rag and Bone, a company that always seems to swoop and and save me, relieving me from my fashion needs had done it once again.

Lined with shearling and equipped with a great tread, these boots are going to be so great for anything from late Fall to those more mild Winter days. I really admire how well fit these boots are especially around the ankle. They just work. Versatility, warmth, comfort and craftsmanship all at once in the form of a simple boot. You don’t say, eh?

OOTD: Staying Warm in the Cold

Good evening friends! I thought that I’d put a bit of a twist on an outfit of the day post this time and give you a bit of a peek at how I bundle up to go outside. Now, in no way do I promote this as a cute outfit, but more as a necessity to avoid frostbite while scraping my vehicle off before heading into town to go to work. I do try my best though. In all honesty, I wish I had the option to dress as sleek as many of you when the weather turns cold but unfortunately, my definition ¬†of cold is probably yours of hell, and your definition of cold is probably my definition of a crisp yet pleasant day.

That being said, we actually have had quite a nice go lately and it was only recently that the temperature dropped back down to dangerous frostbite warnings and painful windchill warnings. This outfit is actually what I wore on Sunday when I headed out for groceries. Apologies for the weather talk and the overt Canadian-ness, I guess in some sort of sick sense I’m proud of surviving days when it is as cold as balls.

cold as balls

black sorrelsRemember being in elementary school and wearing a pair of Sorrels that would always seem to eat your socks when you tried to take them off? No? Okay well I do, and I own the updated, “cute”, ankle version. I like these because they are decently warm (add wool socks into the mix!) and even more-so due to their waterproof quality.

Canada Goose Purple

When man is sent to live on Mars because Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck can’t save the planet from an asteroid heading our way, I am totally bringing my Canada Goose parka with me. It is honestly the warmest thing (and kept me warm last year when the record low was indeed colder than Mars!) They are investment pieces that are TOTALLY worth it. If you live in a painfully cold climate, I really encourage you to pick one up. I also know that they make all sorts of other apparel. Seriously, you cannot go wrong with goose down.


J.Brand jeans do not keep me warm, but my embarrassingly bright pink snowpants do. For some reason I haven’t convinced myself to take them out yet this year.

Cold Weather Selfie

To top off my look (incognito grocery shopping!) I pulled on my grey slouchy wool tuque from Aritzia and hid behind my Tom Ford aviators. I think people forget to wear sunglasses in the Winter but it is so important to protect your eyes year round, plus, there is nothing more annoying than driving with the sun setting in your eyes or snow blindness. Can you even tell it is me?

Anyway, I hope you didn’t mind a bit of a different post today. Let me know what you think and how you bundle up to face the cold! Happy Tuesday!