For a very long time, I longed to live in a warmer climate. I felt I was held captive by seasons and would be happy to live in 80 degree weather alongside a beach somewhere, year-round. In the last year or so an odd thing changed however, and where I used to cringe as the days of summer passed into cold mornings and frost…I now covet the cold weather and wished away the high heat and humidity of the Indian summer that ran into October. There’s something to be said for the seasons, change. With day lights savings behind us and the days becoming much shorter at rapid speed, here is are some things to be grateful for about this colder time of the year.
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Boots. I could really stop there, couldn’t I? Perhaps the biggest highlight of colder weather is the excuse to wear boots. Be it ankle or knee high, these are a favorite of autumn and winter. And, with good reason. Put on a pair of flats and you might feel dainty and sweet. Put on a pair of boots and you feel a kick of sass and attitude. You somehow feel like a stronger woman in a pair of boots. Perhaps this is where the anthem These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ stems. I don’t think the song would have quite the effect if it sang ‘These ballet flats were made for walkin!’ now, would it? No. No wardrobe is complete without a killer pair of boots in black and brown.
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Soft warmth hugging you through the colder months? A necessity. It took me a little time before I appreciated the quality of cashmere. My mother and sister would rave about it as I crept through my teens not giving the luxury item a second thought. Then something changed and I developed an appreciation for all things warm and fluffy. Nothing says class like a good bit of cashmere, am I right? And I think that’s why it took me some time to appreciate it. Apparently, by my own admission, I wasn’t that classy in my teens. Now, I think a good cashmere scarf or sweater is a must have for winter. Good quality cashmere will last forever, and it’s a good thing as it’s a classic staple of any classy gal’s wardrobe. And let’s face it, no one wants to wear cashmere in 90 degree weather…so the cold is a perk!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love a good red lipstick.Not a red lip gloss. A. Good. Red. Lipstick. Obviously this is something you can pull of no matter what time of year…but it somehow goes hand it hand with the cooler months. In fact, all dramatic makeup seems to work better when it’s colder, such as a smokey eye or a deep plum lipstick. Also dark nail polishes and winged eyeliner. Summer is a time for you to feel fresh and light, but in the winter you can pack a whole lot more punch. Be it a deep red like M.A.C. Russian Red or a brighter, truer red like M.A.C. Red or Ruby Woo…you can find a red that flatters your skin tone and rock that red lip all fall and winter long. (Note: Warm skin tones look best in a warm undertone red such as a pink or orange. Cool tones are best complimented by a red with a blue undertone. Neutral skin tone? You can go either way.)
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Like a good boot, a good coat adds instant oomph to boost your everyday look. A good coat and make an outfit, transforming you to new heights of fashionable. Coats are often very figure flattering, making you feel that much better. Sure, there’s also the whole keeping you warm thing…but really they’re just a fun to wear as they are functional.
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In the long hot days of summer, the last thing you want to wear is a heavy suffocating fabric like leather that will weigh you down. So in the summer we opt for looser clothes that breathe and move, to make us free and refreshed in the heat. But when the weather turns, it’s a whole new ball game. Being 2013, there are also many great faux leathers that are animal friendly and ring in at a cheaper price tag (kind to animals and a bargain? Bonus!) From a leather jacket, to leggings, to the quilted leather skirts of this season. Leather is a traditional red hot look that never goes out of style. It’s funky and fun.
Any of these looks will make you happy that it’s cold as heck outside and make you feel extra confident. And when you feel good in what you’re wearing, everyone wins. Pair pleather leggings, with a great pair of boots, a cashmere sweater, an awesome peacoat and a red lip to maximize your cool weather perks! 😉
What are your favorite beauty and fashion trends that make you grateful for cold weather?