Mince pies, mulled wine and pleated collars.

November 29, 2010 § 4 Comments

So everyone’s talking about the weather, and I say If you can’t beat them – join them!  Technically I didn’t say that, but it was said nevertheless.  I, sadly, had to forego a pre-planned trip to Anstruther  – a wee Scottish town by the shore – because of the snow and missed out on freshly caught fish & chips, mid-afternoon beach walks, a half-pint with friends by a roaring fire and the prospect of finding a local charity shop full of goodies.  Boohoo, but everyone has their own snow related sob story.

As well as transport cancellations and salt shortages, suitable attire and slip-proof footwear poses a bit of a dilemma at these times.  Personally I have embraced the chill.  Freezing temperatures allow for new clothing ventures – hit or miss, but fun regardless.  I have enjoyed wearing my ridiculously oversized Russian hat and faux fur coats, and found that layering a heritage blazer under an open camel coat is a great take on winter layering and helps to give your over worn winter must a much needed freshen up, as well as keeping you cosy of course.

Moreover, layering up to the max means you can let your mince pie middle hang out!  Yes I’ve had a few boxes already and no I won’t turn the mulled wine off.  Although I think I need a bit of practice in that particular culinary department.  As one of my flatmates pointed out, “surely frying the wine burns off the alcohol”.  Ok, so the pan was a bit hot, but a mulled wine or two warms the soul and makes it that bit easier to walk in three inch heels. Scoring the soles of your shoes with a grater or serrated edge of a knife helps too but please be careful!  Legwarmers are a good investment at this time or year, worn over knee high boots or with ankle boots and woollen tights.  These chunky cable knits can also double up as arm warmers when worn with a drafty cape!  Everyone has their favourite Fair Isle winter knit and luxurious leather lined gloves but I have something entirely different to shout about.

I have also stumbled upon my winter 2010 wardrobe’s saving grace.  Here it is… take note and get one in your life…are you paying attention… how’s my grammar… ok sorry this must be getting annoying.  The article which has revived all winter coats from 2008 to the present day is none other than a double layered, softly pleated camel collar. Astounded?!  But in all honesty, I didn’t realise just how much I loved it until we were separated on Saturday night for a fleeting moment.  Without realising, I dropped the collar on the dance floor as I was leaving a club!!!  Panic set it when I’d discovered it was gone and my knight in shining armour ran back into the abyss and five minutes later returned, proudly wielding the collar.  Phew, that was close.  I don’t plan on letting it out of my sights again anytime soon.

A friend told me recently that she too lost a much loved glove (she still has one thank goodness) to a bin bag containing dog poo, thus it couldn’t be rescued – at least not without a pair of gloves.  The collar I very nearly lost was purchased from an independent boutique in Lisbon, so It may never have been replaced!  Mind you, the cost of a Ryanair flight to Portugal’s capital would probably be equivalent to the article in question.  If you don’t fancy going any further than the internet for your own collar then there are many alternatives for sale on eBay and a beautiful one at New look which would look great with a bold blue ladylike pea coat.  If fur isn’t your thing why not visit the Antique Lace Place for a vintage variety.  Rather than buying yet another coat this season, invest in a collar or two to revive your existing outerlayers, and save the extra cash for a bottle of mulled wine and a box of mince pies!

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