In case you haven't heard the UK is experiencing another Big Freeze with snow and ice over most of the north and a good dose of it heading steadily south. The north of the country has copped the worst and depending on who you believe it is either a relatively balmy 0 to -2 degrees Celsius in London tonight with some predictions of snow. Nothing like the mercury hovering around or below zero to send me running to the wardrobe to layer on the shag pile to keep warm.
Now I fully expect that anyone living in somewhere like Canada or North America is probably sneering by now but oh my God! I am so cold! Even wearing Uniqlo Heat Tech everything, two cashmere sweaters, a yeti coat, two pairs of thermal tights and suede trousers, I am still cold when I step outside. Today I actually googled "shearling trousers" with the full intent of purchasing whatever creation popped up on screen, however hideous. Suffice to say that I was sorely disappointed to discover they don't exist.
Last year I missed the Big Freeze completely having been overseas. This year it has arrived early and caught me off guard completely. I was still mid-way through changing over the clothes in the wardrobe from summer/autumn to full on winter gear. As Sod's law would have it, the week in which temperatures dive to record breaking levels for November would be the same week that our flat's central heating system would choose to spring a leak and cease functioning properly. A leak that requires all the floorboards being ripped up to find it! So, not a great week all round.
To top it off my evening's plans have unfortunately been scuppered by the ongoing tube strike which appears to be running past its promised stop time of six thirty. Yes, in addition to bad weather and an ongoing brutal recession we have half the nation on strike with gradually increasing civil unrest amongst our student population. Emigration anyone?
I don't really fancy getting the bus looking like the Sasquatch incarnate so I'm staying in and hoping Mr V gets home in time to walk to our local pub for last orders. At least on the tube there is always guaranteed to be someone dressed way more outrageously than me and it's about ten degrees warmer underground.
You might have guessed my biggest style challenge is dressing for the cold. I'm a warm weather person through and through. Below a certain temperature I am completely out of my depth in deciding what to wear. My proverbial idea of hell isn't flames, it's ice.
Honestly, I normally just give up and stay in rather than suffer or go out looking, well, like a yeti. Or worse, I pile on way too many layers to be flattering to my small frame (I gain at least ten centimetres in girth) and I wear the same cosy but boring things on endless loop. I've decided this year my challenge is that the winter is not going to get me in the fashion doldrums though I am still trying to formulate what my goals should be.
And on that note I would like to pay homage to a few bloggers who have really inspired me with the fashion challenges they have currently set themselves and are posting about. These ladies have my complete admiration because I am essentially a lame and lazy human being that hates having to do things because I have to and would fail if I ever attempted one of these challenges.
There are various interesting motivations for people undertaking this challenges - wanting to get greater use out of their clothes, enhancing their creativity, saving money, reducing clothes related waste going to landfill and networking with other bloggers doing the same challenge. The results are inspirational and I keep telling myself that if these girls can rise to these challenges then surely I can pull my sartorial self together and brave a few snowflakes in style!
Cynthia of Be Fabulous Daily is taking the GAAD - that is Great American Apparel Diet to the uninitiated. No clothes shopping for a year. Gulp! I thought I was good cutting up a credit card until I came across her blog, which has made me think about my clothes shopping habits. A lot!
I'm Not Emily Brown is a blog by a lady after my own heart. Emily has not one, not two, but five pairs of leather shorts! And she has set herself an impressive challenge in this weather to tear off the accusing price tags and wear one pair of shorts a day. She has some seriously sassy outfits!
Terri of Rags Against the Machine, Katy of Modly Chic and No Guilt Fashion are all doing the 30 for 30 challenge that a lot of American bloggers seem to be doing - basically sticking to thirty items in your wardrobe for a month and remixing them. I find this an impressive feat to take on in winter! Given I am wearing ten items of clothing in one outfit at the moment I would probably get through 30 garments in three days!
Although the idea of not shopping for a year, wearing shorts in near zero temperatures or limiting myself to 30 items in my wardrobe all fill me with true dread, I will say that, although I'm unlikely to sign up to these sorts of challenges, all of these bloggers have succeeded in making me rethink about buying something new or how I might wear something I already have. So hats off ladies!
In my old age I had forgotten to mention JT Wisdom of Bubbling With Elegance and Grace, who is also another blogger I'm following doing the 30 x 30 challenge!
I've also been reliably informed by Katy of Modly Chic via her twitter feed that coats are not included in the 30 x 30 selection which makes it a bit easier. Phew! Still find it an impressive challenge though.
In the run up to summer invitations to formal events like weddings and summer dinners will inevitably start to roll in. If the chilly begin...
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