In an unusually early cold snap, it snowed nearly all day yesterday. While all the real New Yorkers were snuggled up inside their fabulous Manhattan apartments, lovely husband C. and I spent the day wandering around the city, trying to catch snowflakes on our tongues and gripping each other and giggling (me) as we slipped on the ice.
|- Washington Square Park.. the white stuff is snow!! -|
While I'm typically more of a summer person, I've had a lot of fun getting ready for a 'real' winter over the last few weeks. I've been stocking up for the cold days ahead by shopping for the softest cashmere knits, fun hats and the warmest winter coats. The best thing about it all? The pre-winter sales. They do awesome sales here - think 40% off. When's the last time you saw that in Australia? Anyway, here's what I've bought:
|- Winter warmers... Coach jacket (L), Hugo Boss coat (Top), Bloomingdales (R) -|
|- I mean really... not shopping is not an option -|
Bloomingdales in Soho for the accessories
Softer than soft grey cashmere scarf, funky fingerless mittens with silver studs and a floppy beret beanie to keep my head warm.
Coach for the BEST jacket ever
My hands down, absolutely favourite purchase of the year… a black duck-down filled jacket with a cozy hood. I walked around toasty and warm in it all day Saturday, even when the snow was blowing side-ways in the arctic breeze.
Ann Taylor & Banana Republic for the corporate wardrobe
Skirts and knits that are perfect for the office (in suitably muted colours and styles!).
Hugo Boss for the investment piece
A heavy wool coat, a bit more demure and serious than my "puffy" jacket to get me through the cold Chicago winters as I'm making my way to and from work. A bit of an investment, however I think it should last me through the next few years (that's what I'm telling myself anyway).
Century 21 for stockings and tights
A discount designer store in FiDi that brings on an acute form of "Ikea stress"*, but is usually well worth the battle to get a bargain. I picked up a few pairs of patterned hosiery from Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Donna Karan.
Coming from Melbourne where the average daily temperature in winter is 15 degrees (Celsius), an entirely new wardrobe was a necessity but I think I'm set… for clothes. Shoes? Well, that's another matter entirely…
From New York, with love xox
* Instead of screaming kids running around and fighting, think screaming women descending on the same item and trying to grab it first.