( left – Kara ○ right – Matilda )
Ah winter… most people’s least favorite time of the year. There are a lot of reasons I’m not a fan. I don’t like my skin drying or my lips chapping or seeing my breath mist in front of my face. That being said, for all the bad there is some good that comes with winter– like hot chocolate, and ice skating, and the fact that you can finally wear those heavy layers you’ve been dreaming of pairing together all year. The Earth is dying, the world is cleansing itself, and it’s a season that seems to bring everyone together.
There is a reason they call it cuffing season, am I right?
It’s for this reason precisely that I decided it would be befitting to dedicate a post to that beautiful little in-between period between fall and winter. I enlisted some help from a few of my closest friends (everybody say hi to Kara and Matilda), and finally got the chance to get out and shoot while the leaves were crumbling, not yet dead, despite the trees looking a little bare.
Truth be told, it’s not often that I find myself on the other side of the camera, which is why I was more than happy to hop behind the lens when I got the opportunity. When I began my bout with photography, I began behind the lens. It was only recently that I got over my nonsensical fear of being photographed. What that’s left me with lately is an excessive amount of photos of me, and not much else.
After adventuring around my favorite part of DC (Eastern Market to be exact), mi amigos and I found ourselves lost in between the little side streets and gorgeous architecture. Kara and Matilda are also probably two of my favorite people ever– and were total troopers when I told them to trespass onto people’s porches/front steps/doorways #oops.
So without further ado (though there was much), click the read more to see my favorite style staples, a few ways to transition your fall wear into winter, and a glimpse into what the wintertime means to me!
♡ THE TRANSITION ♡
I’ll start by saying this: winter has always been a special season to me.
Maybe it’s because of the fact that I’m from Maine (which is practically Canada), maybe because I love snow and skiing and ice skating, or maybe it’s because of the fact that I simply like symbology of winter– but I have always loved the season despite it’s below-freezing temperatures.
I think there comes a point where the Earth sort of coughs and just like that, the season goes from fall to winter (well, if you live somewhere that gets all four seasons). Everything dies and is reborn again, and I think there’s something magical about it. It’s not just your style that goes through a mini-evolution each winter, but also the heart and mind as it adjusts to the permeating darkness and frigidity of the season.
This can be a sudden adjustment if you were formerly wearing a cardigan and thin leggings everyday, or simply aren’t used to it getting dark at 3PM. Difficult as it may be to grasp that winter has finally arrived, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing! Like yes– thigh high boots and thick jackets and cute hats!
So embrace the transition, open your life, heart, and mind to the cooler temps and everything winter brings! Seasons are great because of the change they bring with them. Now is not a time to hold onto how much you love the past (or the summer). It’s time to cleanse and rejuvenate! Have fun and enjoy the process!
♡ CLEANSE YOUR CLOSET ♡
In the spirit of giving and winter, by the time December rolls around, I usually like to deep clean my closet and donate what clothing I can to charity. You never know the difference it may make in someone life to have a thick jacket or a warm coat. Every layer matters and it feels good knowing that clothing you’ve discarded can be someone else’s treasure!
♡ PULL OUT THE ESSENTIALS ♡
Additionally I like to go through and pull out the following winter staples:
- Pom-Pom Hats
- Patterned Scarves
- Cardigans x10
- Knee High Socks
I think my favorite part of winter fashion is overzealously accessorizing, and pairing every pattern and print I can without it looking too crazy. Even though these are all items that can be worn in the fall time, winter lends itself the opportunity to pair these pieces in brand new ways.
For example, I tend to wear my little black summer dresses with knee socks, boots, and a cardigan; or my black linen shorts with thigh high boots, a button up, and an oversized slouchy sweater thrown over it.
Sometimes I’ll also layer cardigan over cardigan over cardigan, throw on a slouchy hat and knee high boots, and scoot out the door. This is an easy way to look way more put together than you intended, and it’s cozy too, because hello, sweater central!
As far as staying warm goes, I have a collection of jackets that just keeps on, by some bewitchery, growing and growing every single year 😳😳 Since jackets are a must for the wintertime, I like to buy one well made, warm-but-stylish, jacket that I know will get lots of use out rather than many cheaply made, not-as-durable, coats.
One thing that kills me every December is the emergence of *dun dun DUNN* puffy jackets.
I don’t know why, but I’ve always hated them… and even now, that irrational sense of dislike hasn’t abated itself.
So, before you completely write me off (I sincerely apologize if you enjoy wearing puffy jackets), there are so many other options besides the standard puffy jacket that I see everywhere now. Some of my favorite styles include, but are not limited to, trench coats, pea coats, fuzz-lined coats, and bomber jackets. Before I completely switch subjects, just check out how cute Matilda’s pea coat is here! 😊😊
♡ BREAK YOUR BEAUTY MONOTONY ♡
One more thing I love about wintertime is all of the possibilities when it comes to winter looks, since it’s totally acceptable to mesh fall and winter color palettes. I also love pulling out some really bright, fun, and festive lip colors like my friend Matilda did here! Since the weather and environment around me is prone to looking dead and lifeless, I like to add a pop of color here and there.
On the flip side, another great part about wintertime is how an all matte look is just as viable an option as a glam and sparkly look. I love being able to use my matte eyeshadows and deep berry liquid lipsticks, and go all out with a matte face to top it all off! However, I will say on the days I do decide to go all matte, I over-moisturize as though my skin hasn’t touched a drop of water in 492053+ years.
There’s nothing worse than a crusty, cakey face now is there?
Just check out how flawless Kara looks below!
♡ Before I go… ♡
I think something that will always be important to me regardless of the season is to appreciate the small and large things in life, whether it be the things I don’t have or the things I do. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stresses of the holidays, the darkness of winter, and how unmanageable life can seem… but at the end of the day, it’s what you make of it. It’s all about your mindset, so don’t forget to stop and smell the **plants when you can.
I mean, just take a page out of Kara and Matilda’s book.
♡ Questions for Y-O-U♡