I’m loving that I can actually see my styling tendencies shift towards more autumnal and winter colors. Let it be known, however, that I will fight the wintery chill until the last breath is in my body, wearing my dresses until my legs freeze and my teeth start to chatter like a cartoon mouse. But, the colors of gold and orange, deep greens and purples, those I embrace with no trouble. Hello, winter. How lovely to see you again.

There’s something about cooler weather that evokes plaid. Maybe it harks back to tartan scarfs and mittens and spotting Burberry trench coats in shop windows as I ducked in between snow flurries. I admit I was rather presumptuous with this look, assuming that the simple act of wearing plaid would keep me warm. But, when I burst forth from my wardrobe today, lured into a false sense of complacency thanks to central heating, mother nature had other plans. I’d barely gone one foot out the front door before scurrying back inside for my jacket. And some tights.

Checkmate.

NC Weather: 1. Kara’s Closet: 0.

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I‘m honestly not really a pawn to seasons. I never dress in a “seasonally appropriate” fashion, evidenced by the fact that I’m still rocking my dresses in mid-December (though I have to admit my arms find their way into a cardigan most days and I usually have some fleece-lined tights on standby). And though this is definitely a sundress and would be perfectly appropriate in summer, for some reason she never finds her way onto my person until autumn and winter roll around. As if she folded herself in the back of my wardrobe to hibernate through the warmer months, to emerge refreshed and ready for wintery action.

I’ve been told not to expect snow here in North Carolina. On one hand, rejoice! No slushy streets and walkways to shovel. No snow tires and 10 foot high snowdrifts blocking my driveway. On the other, I find myself missing a wintery wonderland. It’s a bit paradoxical – living in Australia for the past 5 years, you’d think my body would expect sweltering heat and shrimps on the barbie. But she wants the fluffy white stuff. And although there is a lot of frustration that comes with snow, I still kind of want to have those moments where it feels as though I’m living in a Norman Rockwell painting, twirling inside of a snow globe…

Anyone else finding themselves wistful for an idyllic, snow-filled Christmas?

 

 

 

xoxo

Outfit Details:
Dress: PushPin Vintage (similar modern or vintage hereherehere & here)
Necklace: And Mary via Modcloth, no longer available (similar)
Belt: ASOS (similar)
Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Bag: Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Miu Miu, thrifted from Bindaring (similar here & here)

Lip Color: Short Circuit

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