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23 December 2008

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

Or, perhaps, not too frightful (in my case), but with little flurries here or there, snowfall that seems to snow-globe-worthy but dies out into yucky rain. In any case, cold weather calls for appropriate weather gear. And though we would all love to continue wearing our chic opaque tights/sweater dress/cute boots/little pea coat ensembles, those type of outfits usually end with consequences. i.e.: colds, shivering uncontrollably, etc. Nor do we want to look like an Eskimo, with furry hats, UGG boots, and a huge winter jacket. 

Thus said, it is very important to invest in key essentials for the winter. Wool and leather materials are probably most suitable for this time of year, providing adequate warmth whilst remaining chic and sharp. A long wool trench or peacoat would be warmer than the average hip-length cold, keeping your legs warm. Jeans are definitely a must as well; but if you still get cold easily, wear a pair of leggings underneath your pants: weird, yes, but no one will ever know. Leather boots are a yet another must for cold weather. Knee-highs cover more areas susceptible to the cold, and leather is waterproof. Stilettos and heels are perfectly fine for those plain old, gusty days, but when there’s ice out, please do lower the heel. Wedges would be more practical! 

And now the accessories. My outerwear color palette always consists of two colors: either black and cream, or gray and black. It gives the best overall affect and keeps the ensemble very chic and streamlined. The coat and boots should be the same color, and the accessories (hat, gloves, scarves, bags) should be of another color. A wool beret or beanie is a must; not only does it keep your hair from flailing wildly about your face and sticking to the lipgloss (oh the horror) whenever a winter gale hits, but it also, obviously, keeps your head warm. It’s also quite the chic addition to any outfit. Leather gloves are a must! I love the Miu Miu ones below; and if you are like myself and are not willing to part with the hundred-something dollars, DIY them! Glue on large rhinestones securely to the leather gloves where ever you’d like, and voila! And last, but not least. The bag. A leather bag is most practical for winter, since the material is able to endure spontaneous bursts of snowfall, hail, or sleet.

winter-essentials

In other news, darlings…

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The lovely Petra awarded me with not one, but two awards, saying “this blog amazes me. Beautiful posts such as “Things to Love Thursday” and “Why don’t you…” make me appreciate so much that she shares her love of life with us. Thank you thank you!”. On the contrary, thank you. I always love her outfit posts; she is just one gorgeous girl!  

I just received my giveaway loot today, courtesy of Brooke of Getcha Nails Did; I’m very much excited to try them out, since nail polish is one of my guilty pleasures! I particularly love the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Kit in the Deep Collection chock full of mini bottles of dark colors (my obsession as of now) including a fabulous metallic-y brown-red, navy, deep red, and burgundy. She was also kind enough to include a few other bottles: Maybelline Colorama Topcoat #23 (Orange-y with glitter), Sinful Colors in San Francisco (a dark, sophisticated green… different from the color palette I usually stick to, but nonetheless, fun to experiment!), and Wet ‘N Wild Kaleidoscope (a fabulous, silver polish that is pure glitter). Thanks, darling! I’ll have fun trying them out!

Mmm. Indulging in a couple of Lindt Lindor Truffles makes me smile. 

xoxo,

La C.

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36 Comments leave one →
  1. 23 December 2008 1:03 am

    Congratulations on the awards! I like your recommendation about keeping the outerwear palette simple with cream/gray/black. I like to do the same but add a jolt of colour like with this outfit here.

  2. 23 December 2008 1:24 am

    I absolutely adore your blog!
    Would you like to trade links?
    Amy

  3. 23 December 2008 3:05 am

    Today, I walked around the city in below freezing temperatures for about 3 or 4 hours… OF COURSE, I forgot my gloves and a hat. But for real, cashmere is one of the best materials to wear in the cold. I find it much warmer than wool, but I’m not sure if that’s actually the case (I mean scientifically). My guess is that cashmere, since it’s softer, is more moldable to the body, thus it keeps heat in…

    My general palette seems to be neutrals as well, but more like blue/brown, black/gray. I don’t seem to wear cream that often, but I do love the color — it looks good on most people!

    I’ll stop rambling now 🙂

  4. 23 December 2008 3:10 am

    i just love your blog. you need to stop posting such nice things hahah

    congrats on the awards 🙂

  5. 23 December 2008 4:10 am

    I find myself collecting a ridiculous amount of berets and beanies in the winter. I think hats are often neglected in winter wear, but I love them so!
    Love the black and cream palette 🙂

  6. 23 December 2008 6:36 am

    th perfect outift when its cold outside!

    congrats on the award and im a big fan of your blog!thanks for the nice comment at my blog 🙂

  7. 23 December 2008 7:54 am

    here is lie really snowy today and when my bf took my dog out he said really cold.
    yesterday both of us get wet cos it was raining and land was full of snow. so rain mixed snow. not good. but today seems better,
    love those items you picked 🙂

  8. 23 December 2008 10:04 am

    Hi La C,

    Perfect outfit & I adore Marni gloves. Lovely!

    xoxo: Janet

  9. 23 December 2008 10:21 am

    That Nightingale! Drools 🙂

    Sorry I’ve not been around these few days. I actually miss your writing haha. I admire how your posts are always so organised and never empty jargon (like my mad posts haha). They’re always filled with useful bits and your opinions never feel imposing, but are always inspiring and fun to read!


    Sylvia Eloise Hui :p

  10. 23 December 2008 10:53 am

    I love the choices you’ve picked for winter accessories,
    and congratulations on the awards.

  11. 23 December 2008 11:02 am

    Fantastic choices! Love gloves. Kisses 😉

  12. 23 December 2008 12:03 pm

    Thanks for all the tips for winter clothes<3 I will have them in mind when I go after-christmas-shopping:D

    I love nailpolish too! I wish for the chanel one in blue, dark colours do look wonderful now when it is winter!

    Have a lovely Christmas darling~ And keep making wonderful posts like this!

  13. 23 December 2008 12:53 pm

    Hey, just wanted to drop by and wish you a happy holiday season with this card I made for you, I can’t attach it, so here’s the link:

    Sorry I didn’t know your first name, so I just used La C., since that’s what you sign off with. 😉

    xoxo,
    S-C

  14. 23 December 2008 3:32 pm

    I love black and grey too!!

    Congrats on your awards!!

    Merry Xmas dear! I hope you have a great time!

  15. 23 December 2008 3:32 pm

    perfect ensemble. Looks so chic and cozy

  16. 23 December 2008 3:40 pm

    oh I want that outfit!

  17. 23 December 2008 3:50 pm

    mmmm….Lindt….never mind. There’s no calories during Christmas anyway.

  18. 23 December 2008 4:06 pm

    Congrats on your awards! Man I am loving those black boots!

  19. 23 December 2008 4:30 pm

    Nice outfit, I wish everyone would wear something like this. At least people should throw their uggs away…
    Congrats to your growing award collection!

  20. Alize Morand permalink
    23 December 2008 4:31 pm

    Mmmmh! Love the outfit, it’s perfect for a cold day in London! I’m particularly in love with the Givenchy bag! 🙂 Alizé xx

  21. 23 December 2008 5:21 pm

    thank you honey!!
    and congratulations on your awards, you soo deserve them!!
    you’re so lucky getting all those nail polishes!! have fun trying them out 🙂
    xx

  22. 23 December 2008 7:26 pm

    Congrats for the awards.

    Lovely tips of outwear.

    Have a fabulous holiday season.

    xoxo

  23. 23 December 2008 9:55 pm

    The weather here definitely has multiple personality disorder… but this outfit would make it better, I’m thinking!
    lol-xxx

    Congrats to you on these well-deserved awards!
    Happy Holidays.

    Bella

  24. 23 December 2008 11:58 pm

    Such a beautiful, cosy outfit! It would be so perfect to wear out for hot chocolate on christmas eve 🙂

    Thank you in turn again for your sweet words! You are just too, too lovely!

    Have a beautiful and magical christmas! xx

  25. 24 December 2008 2:00 am

    love the tips! I always struggle to get dressed in winter.

    thanks for the sweet comment 🙂

    Merry Christmas
    xox

  26. 24 December 2008 4:23 am

    Hi there-I do love the pieces in your set, lovely picks my dear!! Have a lovely Christmas!

  27. adi permalink
    24 December 2008 7:31 am

    oh my god
    we have exactly the same views about “strategic yet chic” clothing in winter, especially concerning colors.
    this is my first winter in my whole life and i had a hard time finding the right clothing, i didn’t ant to end up like an eskimo as u said, and through your post i get the feeling we have similar tastes.

    well Merry Christmas and enjoy the cold

  28. 24 December 2008 8:36 am

    Merry Christmas! Have a lovely one…and thanks so much for the comments and feedback.

    All the best on your blogging.

  29. 24 December 2008 10:51 am

    i love the outfit you put together. perfect! and i love the givenchy nightingale in that color. i know it’s late but i am now officially joining the givenchy nightingale love bandwagon.

  30. 24 December 2008 11:11 am

    are you dreaming of a white christmas? 😉

    happy holidays

  31. 24 December 2008 12:56 pm

    Merry Xmas

  32. 24 December 2008 1:14 pm

    you sure do have a wonderful blog!
    and i think i like snowflakes better in that outfit. but i would fall in those boots.

  33. 24 December 2008 2:14 pm

    Merry Christmas! Make it a fabulous one!

    P.s. love the outfit! As always. 😉

  34. 24 December 2008 3:33 pm

    Happy Holiday my dear!!!!

    Cheers,
    Tara

  35. 25 December 2008 9:36 am

    I love this combi, darling! And those boots… What are those?

    Prettige Kerstdagen!!!

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