Your extremities are important, so keep them cozy this winter. Lacy or fully-covered, you’ll be in style either way you go. Tortilla Girl‘s beautiful knitted accessories are definitely worth a visit to her shop as you prepare for winter.
Sweet felt adorns commonplace items become warm and cuddly.
Hand-sewn flowery bags and accessories by prettylilthings.
The cold winter months can drag on when you’re stuck inside all day, but sometimes the best thing to do is get out and embrace the chilly weather. The ice rink in downtown Chicago has some of the best views of the city and I would try to go at least once a year to take it all in. It was always crowded and I was always wobbly, but, if nothing else, I would have a good laugh at myself and enjoyed some hot chocolate at the end of it all.
If you’re ever looking for an excuse to put on a twirly dress, ice skating is it. This knit dress by Jessica Rose Design features a full skirt that’s perfect for 360 spins or just trying to stay on your feet. The classic design, v-neck and full skirt are figure flattering for women of all shapes. And, since it’s cold outside, the knit fabric is perfect for layering with sweaters and scarves.
These amazing screen-printed leggings by Pretty Penny Designs are truly going to set you apart on the ice. Made of a cotton Lycra blend, you’ll be able to move around the ice with ease and stay warm as well. The blue and white fireworks pattern is a surprising accessory to your classic blue dress.
Of course, your legs are going to need a bit more warmth if you’re going to be out on the ice all day. These speckled blue leg warmers by Uniquely Chic for You are a great accessory, both on the ice and off. Made of wool and viscose yarn, these are sure to keep your legs warm and the relaxed fit ensure that they will fit right over your ice skates.
The cute and eco-friendly ice skates featured at the top of this post were created by Recycled Parts.
Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s just cold enough to curl up with a blanket and hot tea, but still warm enough to enjoy a walk outside. When I lived in Chicago, I used to hit the pavement every weekend in my favorite fall outfit: jeans, boots, and a cute fall jacket. This year, however, jackets are being replaced with capes, and I, for one, couldn’t be more thrilled. Can you think of anything else so functional and chic?
This short and hooded gray cape by Dainty Things is the perfect combination of simplicity and style. Made of soft fleece, it is sure to keep you warm, and the neutral color will go with every outfit. Dress it up with a sparkly brooch or wear it as is for a more casual look.
I just love the charming plaid pattern, and large wooden button on this sweet cape by Qinliumei. The gray-lined hood and soft wool fabric will block out the cool fall wind, while the cropped sleeves are perfect for showing off a stylish pair of gloves. Falling around the hips, the length of this cape flatters all body types. And best of all, red is in this season.
I couldn’t gush more about this cape by Artlab, which can be made in tan, black or gray. I just love the drama of this piece: the longer front and shorter sides, as well as the lovely sculpted fabric around the neckline. Made of medium weight cotton, it won’t feel too heavy while you’re on your fall walk, and you’re sure to turn plenty of heads along the way.
If I make it home to visit this fall, I may just have to splurge on one of these sweet capes to keep me warm. Every one of them would look great with my jeans and boots!
**The beautiful photograph of rural Illinois featured at the top of this post was created by Lauren Powers Photography.
Mixed media collage above is from Dolan Geiman
When I was young, my family would pack up our station wagon every summer and head north from our Portland home, crossing the border to arrive in Vancouver, Canada. By the time we had reached a certain age my brothers and I knew all the fun that awaited us, and we couldn’t help but ask – “Are we there yet?” time and time again. Because there is nothing like reuniting with your cousins to enjoy nicky nicky ninedoor, endless supplies of green (Kermit the Frog) Koolaid, and family reunions complete with Pinatas and water balloon fights that even the parents would participate in. I can tell you now that 7 is the perfect number of cousins for such a gathering – especially if you’re all close in age, relatively mischievous and very fun loving. And if you’re wondering what “nicky nicky ninedoor” is – it’s a game where you knock on your neighbors doors then run away! Sounds silly to me now, but I can still remember the surge of adrenaline that would hit my small body as we knocked and ran away as fast as our little legs would carry us. We never got caught either.
I found this fun pinata on Etsy that we would have loved to take turns hitting! I can still envision all of us kids diving towards the pile of candy once the sweet paper mache donkey had released the treats from his belly!
The amount of popsicles we ate on those warm summer days, meant there were enough sticks left to create bridges and birdfeeders! How great is the poster below?
And one of my fondest memories? Sitting with my cousins on a warm summer night in their tv room, watching movies and eating popcorn from little wooden bowls, like these ones, pictured below. I love how the mind remembers the sweetest details from days gone by.
I hope you’re having a wonderful summer, making memories that you’ll look back on with happiness in the years to come!