2010-01-31

How It's Done

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Knit and suede coat? thrifted
Earwarmers? One-of-a-Kind Show
Jeans? Zara
Boots? ?, Winners
Earrings? Antique, gifted from parents
Sunglasses? Vintage Steffi Graf (!), gifted


Yes, I look forward to spring and showing skin again, but I was secretly glad when winter came back full force this week with cold temperatures! Maybe I was only glad because I've been wanting to wear this coat...my motives are very selfish indeed.

This outfit is what I use as my front line defense against the Canadian cold. It's a four part defense strategy consisting of; a coat, boots, ear warmers and a flask. That's right Winter, I'm looking cute and staying warm...

The Coat: Some people think this coat is ridiculously hideous and others think it is extremely awesome. I'm one of the latter people, not only is this coat really warm (the faux fur at the neck and collars are great guards against any cold air) but it's unique and well, awesome. I got it at a thrift store in nearly perfect condition, the only thing is that someone must have smoked in the same room as the coat... Just one more reason not to smoke, it hampers my thrifting experience... Anyways, I'm too cheap to pay to dry clean a clean jacket (you know how expensive suede cleaning is?) so I hung the jacket outside for a few cold and clear days. Problem solved.

The Boots: I bought these boots a few years ago and they have served me very well. It's no secret that I love brown leather boots and these are the winterized version. I have to polish them ALL the time but I reckon that's a fair trade for keeping my toes warm.

The Earwarmers: I'm embarrassed to say I paid $40 for these earwarmers. Ahhhh!! Not like me at all... and yes, far more expensive than the coat. I got them from the One-of-a Kind Show in Toronto and everything is super pricey, so I got desensitized to price and $40 suddenly seemed like a bargain. In my defense, they are hand knit, wool and really functional. The earwarmers are wide at the front to cover your ears and give you the look of wearing a cute toque but the back narrows down to a single button. Hence, you can have warm ears and keep your hair all fabulous. Yes, it's like having your cake and eating it... Out of guilt and because they are so handy, I've worn it enough to make it a worthwhile purchase.

The Flask: Drinking is a wonderful way to stay warm, it's even better when one drinks in front of small children playing hockey. They too, should learn that brandy is as effective and delicious as hot chocolate on a cold day and involves less prep time.

I kid, I kid... I have had this flask full of ameretto in my glove box since Linda's wedding (please do not lecture me on keeping flasks of booze in glove boxes, stupid, I know but completely accidental...) in October! It was the 'in case of panic flask'... It ended up not being used and it has sat in my glove box since... I think the lesson in all this, is that I need to clean my car more... or maybe just cleaning it at all would be good.

And that's how we do it... bring it on Winter!


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28 comments :

Eleanor said...

I am on the side that votes "the coat is awesome" I love it!!!

Sabrina said...

Coat=FAN FREAKIN TASTIC!!!!! and oh boots how I want you and would need you for the cold weather we are having here in the midwest.

Julia said...

Love these photos. And that coat is HELLSA AWESOME. I'm always, always looking for things that kind of look like a Wyoming cattle man would wear them. Or a Navajo. Or both. There are lots of both. Why can't I be reborn as that?!?!

In answer to your question about picture sizing, there is a code I use, and I will email it to you. Also, may I feature you in an upcoming roundup post? You're probably one of my soulmates.

xx

Julia said...

That is....if I can have your email? Can you leave it for me in my comments?

Christen said...

I think everyone needs a flask of amaretto in their glove box :) And that coat is pretty crazy cool. Love the pattern!

briannelee said...

I love the earwarmer! Also, your gloves look super cute as well.

heart charlie said...

WOW!!! I love that jacket! It is so perfect, and in combination with those boots....perfectioN!!!!

Lemondrop Marie said...

Love the jacket, I am in the awesome jacket voting category. I also put items out to air when I have to, suede cleaning is high!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

You totally rock that Aztec meets Navajo meets Fashion-forward rodeo hand coat!!! It's so unique and awesome! :)

E said...

That is the most incredible coat I've ever seen! I'm so envious that it's thrifted and I can't find one for my own!

Clare said...

I love your winter wardrobe essentials! This coat is perfection, and I'm so glad you paid tribute to the flask. A crucial winter survival tool! :)

Style Artisan said...

Hi! I discovered your blog through Song of the Exile.

I saw your question to her about posting pictures that are larger. I have a way to do it that does not involve having to change any HTML code. I would be happy to share it with you. Send me an email at styleartisan@yahoo dot com. You can take a look at the pictures on my blog to see the size that I post.

Meanwhile, I am so glad that I found your blog! I am definitely following you. I am a passionate thrifter, and I am in love with your coat. What a great find! You look amazing in it.

Nadine said...

That earwarmer is totally flipping my burger! Hat at the front, hair at the back - genius! I love your blog in many ways, not least because I am learning so much about Canadian culture, eg how to deal with winter in new and exciting ways.

Linda said...

I DID USE IT! 3 times, I have a picture of me taking a swig. The difference is that I am a lady and don't chug alcohol. I think I am a fan of the coat, anything extremly warm makes me swoon. You know how I feel about my outerwear... Oh and the boots? Jealous!

myedit said...

Linda-please... I shook my flask and it's still super full. I guess you just take baby swigs?

anna said...

if you consider how perfect the color of the earwarmers compliment your hair that is a steal of a deal! ha!

love the coat. soooo cool.

Leah said...

You did so well... awesome is the word!

Work With What You've Got said...

HAHAHAHA. Nathan sneaks a flask into the clubs all the time.

I love the coat!~

amanda said...

totally with you on the booze thing. although i'd have some whiskey in mine:)
oh, and i think your coat is rad!

Kyla said...

That jacket is five kinds of bad ass. Just don't ask me which five...

haute.teapot said...

i agree with Kyla! that is awesome and your jeans and your boots. oh and gloves. basically everything, head to toe.

Elaine said...

Seriously, I need to go thrifting with you. I love the coat. Love love love it!


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Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

Awesome coat! Love the details and it looks warm too. :)

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I have to be honest. The coat confuses me. I can't tell if I love it or hate it. Sometimes that happens to me.

I love the flask anecdote. And G-d knows my car is in dire need of a cleaning out.

Style Artisan said...

P.S. You inspire me with every post that you do. That's why I just gave you an award on my blog. Hope you like it!

betz said...

you look totally chic and warm at the same time. lovely outfit!

xx,
betz
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Linda said...

Like I said Jean-teen, I am a lady...not a lush like you. Plus I was worriesd about having to pee!

Chelsea said...

hahaha... what's so wrong with teaching kids to drink booze? though I wouldn't love the coat at first glance on a hanger, you style the heck outta it so it's a win in my book.