High drama

Top: Macy’s
Jeans: Gap
Flats: Boden
Scarf: Otavalo Market, Ecuador

 It’s always the best day when your shirt matches the car in the background. I planned that, guys. Srsly.

I discovered how silly I am when I first organized this outfit with corduroys, took the pictures with Mandi, went home, uploaded them to my computer, decided I HATED THOSE PANTS, decided I should stick it out anyway, edited the photos, showed them to Brian, decided again I HATE THOSE PANTS, decided to stick it out anyway, decided not to after all, changed into the pants pictured (do you recognize them?), and made Brian take new photos. This is the life of an insecure fashion blogger, friends. Good thing I liked the shirt!

Bring out the mukluks

Boots: Mukluks. Yup.
Mittens and Skirt: J. Crew
Shirt: Gap (Men’s)

It is SO FLIPPING COLD in Minneapolis right now that just LOOKING out the window makes me shiver. So no, these photos are not from today. And my outfit for today will likely be taken indoors, so as not to freeze off my fingernails.

But the cold does give me a good opportunity to break out the Mukluks and the long underwear (which yes, I am wearing today) and the turtleneck sweater just to show all you warm-weather folks what true endurance is all about: it is about below-zero temperatures in the shortest of days, about sleeping with a hot water bottle and wool socks and extra blankets and still not feeling warm enough, about scraping ice from the windshield, arriving at your destination before the car has even warmed up (or coordinating the time you leave the house so as to perfectly minimize the minutes spent waiting for the bus), and about not having to wear blush because the wind provides you with flush enough. And after all that, STILL loving where you live.

Doesn’t that make you want to move to Minnesota?! Tomorrow when I’m in a better mood, I’ll tell you all about the wonderful winter things we do here in the North Star State, like having art galleries in ice houses. But for now, I’m going to go ahead and throw myself a pity party tonight. 😉

 

Winter in Minne

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Hat: J. Crew (gift)
Silk top: J. Crew (also a gift!)
Pants: Target
Puffy coat: Marc Jacobs via Opitz, 2009
Booties/Wellies: Thrifted

And friends… we’re back! Mandi has talked me into a Winter 30-for-30. This time around, we have a new camera, a new season, and a whole new  wardrobe (okay, you might recognize some a lot of pieces). Expect snow, pragmatic Midwestern outfits for below-zero temperatures, indoor photos, and gratuitous shots of my cat. It’s going to be awesome.

Also in the works? I have a few long-awaited guest posts coming up, including one from my boss, entitled: “How to make change at the state capitol by dressing like a non-profit lobbyist” (or something to that effect) in which you may learn more about what I DO in life (aside from chronicling my daily outfits 60/365 days of the year).

And of course, I have to tell you which 30 items I have chosen to wear over and over again in the coldest of Minnesota seasons. Yes, it’s gearing up to be a thrilling month! Hold on to your sleds!

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