I knew the only downside of moving back to New England would be the weather. I lived in Charleston for 16 years (O-M-G!) and though I survived my first 13 years in MA, I wasn’t sure I could embrace the cold the same way. I mean what was I thinking giving up that glorious heat? While yes, New England clearly has four seasons where Charleston has um, hot and cold, I was going to have to revamp my wardrobe accordingly. And by that I mean I needed all new winter clothing. Part of me dreaded the expense, and then part of me thought it would be fun buying new stuff. In order to fathom throwing buckets of money into clothes for my least favorite season, I went on a mission to try to find cute things. Warm cute things.
After oodles of research and advice from friends and Reddit (<—yes, I went there), I settled for this baby.
With a 30% off coupon, I managed to pay only $125. Not too shabby! It’s one of Land’s End’s warmest coats, that’s water-repellant and made of 600 fill power down. I love that it has a snap-off hood, fleece-lined pockets, a hidden two-way zipper, and is petite!
My second big purchase: boots. Ugly, ugly boots. So many people recommended I buy Sorel boots, but no. I can’t. No matter how warm they might keep my feet, they’re atrocious. Instead I opted for a New England staple: L.L. Bean “Bean Boots.” Yeah, they’re pretty ugly too, but the pair I tried on was super warm and comfortable. Sold.
They also sell these things that slip over the bottom to help with traction. You can all look forward to hearing about the first time I bust my ass on ice. Just wait for it. My roommate also said she’d like to record me shoveling out my car for the first time. I said she could as long as I have a warm beverage in hand: coffee + Bailey’s.
Speaking of, I have to mention that there were already some flurries here on Sunday. It was a whopping 32 degrees and lightly snowing so my roommate and I decided to have a cleaning party. By noon we were ready to reward ourselves with an adult beverage. We forced ourselves to walk, rather than drive, the 1/2 mile to the wine store. With a boozy coffee in tow, it wasn’t so bad! And yes, I realize I could’ve put on full-length yoga pants, but I’m trying to make my body adjust. 😉
Next up: accessories. My roommate recommended I buy multiples of gloves, scarves, and hats in case one pair gets dirty or lost. With that said, I checked out Old Navy for their less expensive options. They won me over with their color selection. I found a bunch of great items in “Polar Bear” and “Pinot Noir” which will look great with my navy coat.
To my southern friends: Don’t laugh. And please pray for me.
To my northern friends: What else do I need? Y’all can pray for me too.