Monday, February 7, 2011


If you live outside of California and are wondering where the sun and all its heat is, well, we seem to be hogging it all over here in the Bay Area. Early last week when I wore this outfit, it was barely making it into the low 50's during the day, but by the weekend it was downright HOT. As in shorts and bare arms kind of hot. As in don't leave the house without your sunscreen hot. Apparently there just isn't enough sun to go around right now; sorry guys. Don't blame me; you can always come to California, you know.

Speaking of the miserable weather in the rest of the country, that's exactly what I'm headed for on Thursday, and I have to admit I'm slightly terrified. First I'm off to New York to meet up with Sal for some Fashion Week events and also to meet a few of my favorite other bloggers; after that I'm headed to Seattle for my friend Lisa's wedding, and from there I'll continue to Oregon to visit my family and attend my sister's wedding. It's the New York bit that really scares me; other than a couple of times in Iceland, the last time I had any serious exposure to snow was in 2000, and believe me I have not missed it. You might even say I've actively avoided it.

Whenever I think about how wimpy I am when it comes to temperature extremes (and by "extremes" I mean anything lower than 50°F or higher than 80°F), I'm reminded of that old song from the 90's, "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)." The line goes, "Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft." Well, if being soft is a crime then lock me up; just don't make me live anywhere it snows.

Sweater dress: Banana Republic
Scarf: Forever 21
Belt: Audra Jean
Tights: MP, via Sock Dreams
Boots: Bata


gina said...

I love this look! Good luck braving the "real" winter! ;-) Have fun at fashion week!

Betsy said...

Yay for Seattle! Since we get three months of glorious summer followed by 9 months of rain, I can comfortably predict that 1) it will not be snowing during your visit, and 2) my apologies to the bride, but it will almost certainly rain the entire time you are here. Also, if you need restaurant recommendations, Toulouse Petit and Crow are amazing. Welcome to Seattle. ;)

Katie, Interrobangs Anonymous said...

I don't think it's California that ruined you - I lived in New England and Canada for the first 24 years of my life, and I DREAD snow every year. Luckily I now live where we get over 300 days of sunshine a year, but it still snows. Grrr.

Rad said...

This is a stellar outfit. I am a big fan of the greys and the layers.
My only advice is to wear layers! Don't forget a good cute hat. Maybe some wool tights/socks? If you don't have good thermal underwear, I recommend stopping by Uniqlo to get their heat generating under layers (cheap and it really works).
Don't be scared of the cold. NY is thrilled to have you!
I forgot about that song. Luckily, graduate school made me hard, so living in NYC has been good for my mental health (for the most part). I spent formative years in NoCal, so maybe I'm soft enough?

Kathleen said...

Fashion Week will be worth braving the cold. :) I second the idea about layers though!

I grew up in San Diego, went to school in LA, but have now lived in the Boston area for the past 5 years. I learned how to adjust to the cold quickly! Snow quickly became overrated after my first winter of commuting. And to think I used to find it pretty.

WendyB said...

My husband says the only temperature I'm satisfied with is 73 degrees!

Anonymous said...

We'll be fine! I'm sure all the snow will be gone be the time we arrive. But I'm still bringing my Sorels just in case. ;)

Healthy and Homemade said...

Ohhhhh so cozy!! I absolutely love this look! California is so weird this time of year. It's finally so nice and cold, and then out of no where it's santa ana and 100 degrees yuck!

Shannon said...

Sounds like a fun trip! If you have some extra time in Portland and want to meet up with a reader & future burner for coffee or a trip to Sock Dreams, let me know.