Essentials by Kari

Friday, December 02, 2011
I mentioned in my last post that I haven't done too much shopping here in NYC and I've only picked up a couple essential utilitarian things and I wanted to share those things with you.  I know there will be more, but these are two new items that I've never needed previously that have made me happy here.  Now, this is a fashion blog so just because these are more functional pieces doesn't mean that we have to lose the form, right? Right.

First up, a light-weight down jacket.  Ok, for those that live in cold places might be thinking, duh!!  But I've never had one before, even when I was going to school in Utah.  Everyone in NYC has these jackets and now I know why!  What I love about this jacket is how versatile it is.  It's super warm but not tight (like pea coats can be) so you can layer it up with more or less layers as needed and when it's time to de-layer, this coat is not bulky or heavy to carry around the city.  The jacket I got is from UNIQLO and it even came with a little bag that you can stuff the coat into when you need to stash it away.  I think I've probably stayed away from these types of jackets because you can quickly and easily look like the Michelin Man but this one has lines that are on a slight angle and the sections are smaller so it looks more streamlined and flattering.  I got mine in black because if I'm going to wear it all the time, it's gotta go with everything!

My second essential is a cute rain/snow boot.  Again, after living four years in Utah, I still could not figure out how to keep my feet dry and warm and still look cute so my toes were usually frozen on the walk to school.  But not with these babies from J.Crew.  These Sperry all weather boots are exactly what I was looking for.  They are rubber which is good for rain and snow; they also have shearling lining, which makes them super warm; the outsole has good traction, which will help me from slipping and sliding; AND, finally, I love the look of these boots.  I knew any boot I'd be wearing for the majority of the winter had to be cute or else I wouldn't wear them no matter the weather.


I'm still building my list of cold weather essentials and while both these items don't exactly come in at the lowest prices, I feel like if we're calling them essentials, its definitely worth investing in.  Do you have any favorite items that have been lifesavers in the face of crazy weather?  I would love to hear how you survive it.  This Cali girl is going to need all the help she can get!

11 comments :

  1. "sorel" boots are definitely a winter life-saver, and they come in a lot of cute styles now too! 

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  2. I bought traditional Bean Boots this year - they'll last a lifetime!

    My winter lifesaver is a fur scarf. I know fur isn't for everyone and even I feel a little guilty wearing it, but no other scarf has kept the winter chill at bay this well.

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  3. The jacket looks so practical and warm and the shoes are so cool!

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  4. OMG, I was a crazy person looking all the "weather boots" recently and Sorel's have some really cute options! 

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  5. Where are you surviving the cold these days?  Sounds like your fur scarf is just the ticket.  I wonder if the faux fur scarves/vests I've been seeing these days do a good job?? 

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  6. I'm in Wisconsin, so it gets a bit chilly. ;-)

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  7. Yikes!  Wisconsin!  Yes, I've heard it's get a wee bit cold there.  :) 

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  8. Oh, man. I'm a NY-state native living in Florida, and I DREAD leaving this semi-tropical paradise to go home for Christmas. Winter is fierce along Lake Erie!

    My winter lifesaver is always WOOL. Fleece-lined wool hat, wool scarf, wool mittens, and definitely a pile of wool socks! Smart Wool makes lots of cute, thin socks that are decently warm, but on the bitterest days, there's nothing like a pair of ugly-but-toasty Cabela's wool hunting socks. They're hideous and bulky, but they're the only thing that made me able to feel my toes in January! I've also been hearing good things about wool- and fleece-lined tights, for those days when you must wear a skirt. 

    If we ever move north again, I'm definitely going to look into getting silk long underwear!

    Man, I'm getting cold just thinking of it!

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  9. The Girlie BloggerDecember 2, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    I agree. A lightweight down is a must. Especially here in Seattle. We layer all the time and practically live in lightweight down jackets.
    http://www.thegirlieblog.com

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  10. KARI! somehow i missed your first post back so i was so excited to see a post from you :) thanks for hooking me on the Sperry boots.

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  11. poly pro long undies....make great PJs. TNF long down coat can be very nice...and a fleece neck gaitor which you can pull up over your nose or wear as an ear warmer too....windstopper fleece gloves.

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