Polar Vortex, Round 3

Or is it round 4? I’ve lost track at this point.

The other night, I took the puppy outside to do his business and I legitimately angry that it was still this insanely cold with spring (supposedly) approaching. Of course, my tolerance for cold has gone done quite a bit since living in the south, but still, I’m sure all of my fellow Canadians share the same sentiment.

I can’t purport to say that my winter outfits are super creative right now given how cold it is. And admittedly, I’m somewhat a creature of habit when it comes to clothing. I don’t really *need* a lot of stuff (“want” being a completely different story, of course).  If I love it, I’ll wear it literally every day, if possible. A good example of that is this Aritzia camo button down that has been part of my weekend uniform since I purchased it back in November. The thick cotton twill material is great for layering and it’s puppy-proof to boot.  Pair it with a pair of jeans or leather leggings and a pair of boots (today, my lace-up combat boots)  and I’m good to go.

Aritzia Ontago Shirt (similar here and here) / AE Favorite V-neck Tee (new version here) / Paige Verdugo 10″. (similar here) / MIA Lace-up Combat Boots (Black)(similar here) / Michael Kors Runway MK5076 Watch/  Topshop Rings (similar) /  TNA hat (similar).


As with my usual casual winter outfits, more black:

And just in case anyone was wondering what this coat actually looks like closed and belted:
Aritzia Spencer Wool Coat (Black)(Reiss version here) / Rich & Skinny Legacy Coated Denim (similar here) / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Boots / Jacob Turtleneck (similar here or here).

It’s February (almost March!). Which means I’m pretty darn sick of winter and I need it to be OVER. This year in particular was a long and rough one. The cold started early, and we had some extremely, extremely cold days. When I lived in D.C., it was just a few more weeks of the cold before I could put away the heavy coats. In Toronto, I have to wait at least two weeks longer, which puts me in a despondent mood just thinking about it. The one thing that is keeping me going? The new influx of fashion for the new season.

For spring, I’ve already added a pair of boyfriend jeans, new casual sneakers, a little cross-body bag, and an oversized day clutch. I’m hoping to finally add a pair of white jeans and just a few tops to freshen up my wardrobe. We’ll see how that goes.I already have my eye on a white blazer that I probably don’t need, but I find myself starting at it multiple times a day online. Basically, the only way to kill an obsession like this is to buy it and then try to convince myself to return it afterwards.

I took a little inventory of what I have purchased over the last few months, and I was shocked to discover that everything I’ve purchased in the last five months is either black or some shade of white except for my new Club Monaco trench coat (tan with black leather sleeves) and a pair of blue jeans! It will be interesting to see how  my color palette will change as the temperatures warm up. Or will it? As I’ve had a little more money at my disposal as of late I’ve noticed that my style has shifted to something edgier and darker (more so than it was before). It’s not surprising. I always thought that if I had more money to “invest” into my wardrobe, my style would probably lean more in that direction. I’m certainly more thrilled with my current wardrobe now than I have ever been before and I’d have it no other way.

Polar Vortex / Tartan

Whoever gave us this polar vortex can have it back. Seriously. I hope round two was the last round because I have never experienced such cold in my life. Thankfully, I chose this year to invest in a super warm winter coat. If I had any second thoughts about it initially, they are long gone now.
Despite the super warm outer layer, when it gets super cold, all I care to wear to work is a wool sweater and skinny pants to tuck easily into my boots. I purchased this tartan scarf a few months back and I love to throw it over a simple outfit to make it a bit more interesting (and incidentally, warmer).

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