What is up with Winter 2011!! I mean, we’ve been hammered with snow and ice here in NYC, but so have you guys in Arkansas!!! One thing through all of my travels to this marvelous city that I have learned is this…you must have the proper clothing and footwear or you will be miserable!! And I mean MISERABLE!!! I recall while on my honeymoon in NYC – yes we honeymooned here – having to stop to buy new shoes. Now, on any given day you would think this would be a FANTASTIC way to spend time in Manhattan. I mean, after all this is the fashion capital of the world. But I wasn’t in the market for Jimmie Choos, Manolo Blahniks or Christian Louboutins. I needed some seriously, flat, comfortable, walking shoes. I couldn’t think of anything WORSE than spending money on practical shoes as opposed to really pretty, sexy shoes, right? Quickly, I realized my wardrobe selection for the trip and my new “comfy, orthotic-looking” shoes were going to put me on the Glamour fashion magazines “Don’t” list.
Now that I’ve covered the functional and comfortable shoes, let’s talk about the snow and ice. After we closed on our apartment one snowy and windy January day, I knew I was going to need some proper winter boots and coat. And let me be the first to tell you that classic Ugg boots will not cut it in this city. Neither will a full length mink coat. PETA supporters, please don’t write me. I know you don’t approve and that is okay with me. So, I hit the local shoe store and found some great warm, stylish, waterproof boots. I’ve lived in them pretty much every day since before Christmas. And in case you are wondering, they are by Pajar, are a Canadian brand and cost less than $200.00. There is also a huge NorthFace store in my neighborhood where I picked up a long, down black coat. It’s not too puffy so I don’t look like the Michelin man. You can probably get Amanda to order you one at Gearhead Outfitters in Jonesboro.
I don’t have to tell any of you how to dress for hot weather. When it’s 98 degrees with 98 percent humidity, you don’t wear much, right? On the other hand, when it’s cold in North East Arkansas, I will put on an extra layer or wear one cashmere sweater and a coat and be comfortable. Not the case up here!! If you want to be warm, there are many layers involved. It’s sort of like dressing for a day on the ski slopes. I start with tights and wool socks. I move on to a base layer tank, followed by a sweater. Of course, pants are next. I’ll stop here to say that I love a skirt and a dress, but I’ve not found a way to look stylish and stay warm in either since Thanksgiving! I’ve seen some legwarmers on the streets. Are you kidding me? I don’t think so. I wasn’t a fan of them in the 80s and I’m not going to wear them now!! Then I finish off the look with what else, but my winter boots!!! The winter look gets finished up with a hat, gloves and a scarf. And none of three are optional.
This is my get-out-the-door drill EVERYDAY!!! It’s labor intensive and can be a real pain when all three of us are trying to leave the house.
If this sounds like overkill to you, remember this. I live in a walking city. This means I no longer walk into my covered garage and get into my warm car without being exposed to the nasty elements of winter!! I walk everywhere, for the most part. I’m really close to a subway stop and taxis are everywhere, but walking really is the best way to get around my neighborhood and all of Manhattan regardless of the season. And with a winter like the one we are dealing with, a girl needs all of the proper winter garb she can get! Burrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!