Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bundling Up in my Big Beige Scarf to Brave the Cold

I hope you managed to warm yesterday wherever you are!!! The Midwest has turned into a frozen tundra & it is not pleasant! The city of Chicago pretty much shut down yesterday with the record-setting temperatures falling down to -16°…with wind chills in the -50’s. The bone-chilling sub-zero temps made venturing outside extremely dangerous; so as advised, I worked from home yesterday…along with many others, I’m sure! I must say – it was rather convenient taking my conference call while cozied up under blankets on my couch, with the heat cranked up & a cup of hot cocoa in my hand!

I started to get a little antcy by mid-afternoon, so I decided to see for myself just how cold it was outside. I made it as far as the corner store & thought “forget this!” Even with my Sorel’s, stallion sweater, quilted coat, big beige scarf, knit hat & mis-matched mitts I didn’t make it more than a block! (I have a tendency to loose gloves leaving me with a bunch of onesies. But when it’s this cold, who cares if you coordinate…I just went with the warmest ones!)

 Bundled Up

The newest addition in my cold-weather collection that’s keeping me warm this winter is my big beige scarf I got from Santa…

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Actually, I sent this Pinterest picture & some measurements to my mom a couple months ago to see if she could crochet a clone of it.

Pinspiration - Beige Scarf

She passed the project along; and with 5 skeins of yarn, 1 talented grandma made me this stunning 8 ft x 1½ ft scarf…it only took her 12 hours! The neutral color, gigantic size, fringe trim, even down to the cable-detailing down the center pockets, she did a phenomenal job duplicating this design! Don’t you think?!

 Bundle Up to Brave the Cold

Here I am all bundled up before I went out – I look just like the lady in the photo… + a few more layers!! I’m obsessed with my new scarf – its almost like I leave the house with an afghan wrapped around me :) It also kept me warm while I was working outside on New Year’s Eve.  Not exactly how I expected to spend my night (would’ve went with snow pants instead of a dress had I known)…but at least I was in good company.

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With today’s temp only climbing up to a high of 5° today the outlook is still a bit bleak. I think I’ll hibernate at home again – I’d rather come down with a case of cabin fever then run the risk of getting frostbite. :)

Have a good day everyone…& stay warm out there!

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A Classic Christmas Color Combo

Christmas time comes once a year; during the holiday season we welcome Santa Clause & snowmen into society, sing Christmas carols, snack on Christmas cookies, shop for gifts to show our gratitude, and spend time with loved ones surrounded in a sea of red & green.

Now that Christmas has come & gone, some scrooges are ready to take down the Christmas lights and bring the artificial tree back up to the attic. But just when you think you’ve seen enough red & green, I put together this outfit incorporating the classic Christmas colors.

Burgundy Bottoms, Mint Top, Fur Vest

There are certain colors that naturally work well with each other and general themes that help harmonize hues. The underlying theme behind this creative color combo is the ‘Split Complementary’ color scheme – using any color with the two colors on each side of its complement.

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I used tints & tones of the two colors to complete this look – the less literal interpretation of the true hues probably makes it more tolerable to wear. My mint green sheer button-down shirt is a tint (base color with a bit of white added) of green while my burgundy bottoms are a shade (color plus black) of red. I went light on accessories and completed the color trio with my orange marble-stone cocktail ring.

To Winterize this season-spanning the look, I layered my white & grey fur vest from Free People on top, and threw on my grey tall leather Steve Madden boots to coordinate.

Burgundy Bottoms, Mint Top, Fur Vest

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What do you think? Would you wear this? Or are you sick of seeing red & green for the time being?