Winter is Here and It’s Mighty Cold
Winter arrived on December 21, but we really didn’t get to experience it until now. Finally though, winter is here and it is cold – bone chilling cold. Cold to the point that you could blow bubbles and watch them freeze. So cold that your nose and ears turn red within minutes. This week was certainly a challenging week in terms of the weather, We started out with a huge snowstorm last Saturday. My husband was working so I got to break out the snowblower to clear our driveway (someone has to do it!). On Tuesday we had freezing rain, so much that all the roads were a sheet of ice. School was cancelled Wednesday (even though we had a brief reprieve with warmer temperatures (and all that ice turned to slush). Of course things froze that night and we were back to a sheet of ice. And now we have a week of sub-zero temperatures. I see my blogging friends complaining about the lack of cold weather – come to Michigan and you will get to experience winter in full glory!
What to Wear so You Don’t Freeze
Bundle up, so they say! This could never be more true when it comes to dealing with frigid temperatures. The key to staying warm in the cold is to wear multiple layers! And by this I mean a nice cozy scarf, a thick turtleneck sweater, a down vest, and a coat over the vest. A down coat is even better. Keeping your feet warm is important too, so you want to have a nice thick pair of boot socks with your boots. And don’t forget a hat!
Benefits of a Down Jacket
When the temperatures drop, nothing beats a down jacket and it’s insulating properties. What is a down jacket? A down jacket is made with the soft under feathers from ducks or geese. These insulating feathers are very fluffy and they create thousands of tiny air pockets that trap warm air and retain heat. Down jackets are also beneficial because they are relatively lightweight and they have a wider temperature comfort range. This makes down jackets great for even “warmer” temperatures. See below for some of my favorite down coats.
Pendleton Bachelor Fur Trim Down Coat
This Pendleton coat has to be my favorite winter coat of the season! I love that has a luxurious feel even though it is a heavy winter coat. I really like having the option of a hood as well, especially for the unpredictable winter months. This coat delivers with it’s gorgeous fur-rimmed hood. Warmth is held in with a combination of zipper and snap closures. And the chunky button accents on the pockets are such a nice touch. Everything about this jacket stand out from the standard ones you typically find in the winter. And the bright red color really pops against white snow. This coat is definitely worth the price! If you are looking for a more affordable down coat I also like This North Face coat (that is the long sleeve version of the vest I am wearing in this post).
Original Tall Hunter Boots
I originally bought these classic tall Hunter rain boots for rainy, slushy days (and I was so glad to have them this week when all the ice briefly turned to slush!). Even though they are “tall” they definitely work for my petite frame. Wear them with Hunter’s signature boot socks, and these rain boots will work for the chilliest, snowy day! And they make Hunter boots look so warm and cozy too!
So with 54 days remaining until spring, how do you try to stay warm on the coldest days?
As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo | April
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