Cleveland, it's cold. Really cold. Like, the coldest it has been in years. I hope you all made time yesterday to stock up your freezers, refrigerators, and pantries with all of the essentials: wine, wine and more wine. Oh, and probably some dark chocolate too.
But, we are Clevelanders, am I right? And this party doesn't stop for no one. Well...unless you're a teacher. But, some of us that aren't will be braving these elements to get to work, and if you didn't brave the weather prior, to the store for your necessary wine purchase.
I like to think of myself as quite an optimist (try to hold in the laughter) so thinking positively (in true Kelly fashion--seriously, stop laughing) about this storm, I am thrilled beyond words to bring out all of my favorite Winter fashion essentials.
1. I love hats. I buy them in excess and barely wear them--except for when the snow begins to fall. Then, I am always wearing a hat to keep my hair from getting wet and wavy. You know I love my straight locks! I also love fur. Like, love-- can't live without it, die for it, fur. Faux, of course. This hat option from Nordstrom is perfect for keeping your head warm, your locks perfect and you looking all over like the gorgeous snow bunny you are! (Disclaimer: If you are above the age of 10, you are not allowed to wear anything on your head that resembles ears, of any type of animal--- ever.)
2. I don't love gloves. My iPhone is attached to my hand constantly and I don't want to have my hands constricted in any way, shape or form. And yes, I know they have iPhone gloves. When you find a cute pair without those weird patches on the finger, you let me know. In the meantime when I must wear gloves, I always opt for fingerless mittens. This pair from ShopBop is practical for phone use and the print exudes fabulous winter wear. They are fleece lined to keep your hands toasty and warm no matter what the weather Gods hand you.
3. In the words of Forrest Gump's Lieutenant Dan, "There is one item of G.I. gear that can be the difference between a live grunt and a dead grunt. Socks, cushion, sole, O.D. green. Try and keep your feet dry when we’re out humpin’. I want you boys to remember to change your socks wherever we stop. The Mekong will eat a grunt’s feet right off his legs." I am obviously a boot girl myself, so I am outfitted in the necessary Sorels and Fryes throughout the Fall and Winter but, sock wear is essential to keeping your body warm. And, who knows when a visitor is going to ask you remove your wet boots at the door? You can't have your embarrassing white gym socks on, am I right? In my opinion, SmartWool are the best in the biz. Yes, they are a bit steep for socks but, they are designed for winter sports and stylish enough for every day life plus- you can usually score them at Nordstrom Rack for half the price! Pull them up over your denim/leggings with your shorter boots and show the charming designs off.
4. I've never met a woman who didn't like a scarf. Me included. Last year was the year of the infinity scarf, this year--it's all about the cowl. One loop, throw it on, it's thick (not bulky) and gorgeous and keeps you totally warm. You don't even have to take it off during your day, grab a neutral color or print like this option from Gap and wear it with everything--outer and inner wear!
5. Is there anything warmer than a huge, knit sweater on a cold day? Yes--a huge, knit pancho. I can't get enough panchos, I have a million and I am obsessed. My usual work outfit every Winter includes skinny denim, huge pancho, cute boots and of course a serious arm party. It's easy, it's warm, it's comfortable. I recently scored this option from Michael Kors. The best part? Optional fur collar! Fur and a pancho? I die.
Not totally ready to commit to a large-pancho look? This Echo Asymmetrical Knit Pullover from Nordstrom is a cute, more fitted option with a cut similar to a pancho.
So-- good luck this week Cleveland. Stay warm, stay safe. And when all else fails- online shop for a few of these items, in the warmth of your home in your favorite Lululemon Wunders and old college hoodie.