You can't blame one for thinking that we've somehow fast-forwarded through November and December, given that outside my front door, it currently looks like this...
I posted a very similar photo on my blog last year, but it was taken in January, not November. Yes, I shovelled that path to the sidewalk, and the sidewalk. I'm such a good neighbour.
Of course, everyone in Southwestern Ontario has been saying over the past couple of days, "Thank God we're not in Buffalo", where they have been hit by what the media are calling a "Winter Storm Knife" that has dumped four feet of snow in the area, and could drop more tomorrow.
And in other news, of a much lesser concern than crazy winter storms that cause death and destruction, my wireless mouse, and wireless keyboard both died in the space of three days. WTF! Panic ensued, but thank goodness I'm one of those people who can't bear to get rid of any tech devices as long as they still work, even if I've replaced them with a newer model, so I was able to dig out an old keyboard and mouse. They take up way more space, and don't look as nice as my cute little aluminum keyboard and white mouse (yes, I'm a Mac girl), but they do the job.
So, as a distraction from the ridiculous weather and technical difficulties, let's look at a couple of my outfits of late, shall we?
It has been bloody cold this week, so out came the wool and the leather. Everything I'm wearing was either purchased secondhand, or retail, but really cheap.
Wool sweater - thrifted
Danier leather mini - Mesh Consignment Boutique
leggings - Joe Fresh
Boots - some store in Toronto
Boots - some store in Toronto
I found the boots at a store in Toronto last year - in addition to being grey, and kind of badass, they were half price and very comfortable so how could I say no?
Speaking of cheap badass boots, you've seen these shiny blue babies before. I found them at a Housing Works Thrift Store in New York a couple of years ago for $15, and they have served me well. The material (not leather, unfortunately) is cracking across the top so they may not be long for this world. Again, more leather, in the form of my dearly loved leather and fabric pants, and some polka dots just for fun.
This was from last Saturday, before the icy temperatures and the snow. I hadn't thought about putting pink and brown together, but after purchasing the wool, made-in-France 1960's dress at Jackpot Vintage I was won over. Ralph, my sad-eyed porch guard dog, looks not so sure.
As much as I like the dress, this outfit was really all about the suede coat I found at a neighbour's garage sale in the summer for $30. It's made by Danier, and I don't think it was ever worn, and the trim is real fur (mongolian lamb I think). The window of opportunity to wear it is very narrow, as it can't be raining, snowing, or really cold, as the fit is snug, with no room for layering underneath. Despite all of those restrictions, it found a loving home in my closet just because I feel kind of fabulous when I wear it. I asked one of the owner's of From Mars, one of the few retail stores I shop in, to take my photo with my phone, as I sort of coordinated with the mannequin behind me. Thanks Diane!
I think that's enough of Shelley's Parade of Fashion for now. I leave you with a video I shot this afternoon out the window of my colleague's office....unfortunately it gets blurry if you enlarge it
Kind of inspires you to roast chestnuts and sing Christmas Carols, doesn't it? (NOT)