My winter wardrobe


You know your heart is shifting in a hearty direction when you say “It’s only 10 degrees” and then go walk your dog because “It’s only 10 degrees” means “not that cold.”

But honestly, my first Minnesota winter has not been bad. November and December were almost warm, most days in the 30s and 40s; it snowed once or twice, but then melted (an anomaly, so I hear). Some lifelong Minnesotans have said that it’s been the warmest winter they can remember.

But it is only January 5.

I had a hunch that when I came back after the holidays, winter would really start — and I was right. We’re staring down a high of 1 degree (one singular degree) on Sunday, and in preparation, I’ve been doing some online shopping. I got almost everything on sale, because is pays to shop post-holidays.

So without further ado, I present to thee: Annie’s Winter Wardrobe (most of which has yet to arrive and thus be tried on, so there’s a chance I might not keep something).


I am over-the-moon excited to receive this Patagonia parka. It looks to be crazy warm, and the wind/waterproof layer is going to save my hide. Plus, how cute is the grey/green combo?


I purchased Sorels two years ago, and last winter the rubber split open, rendering them a tiny bit useless in the snow. Given that I had just passed the 12-month warranty mark (13 months, to be exact), they wouldn’t replace them (cool, Sorel). I’ve been limping through with an extra pair of wool socks, but it’s time for new boots. I like this North Face pair because they are basic and have zero fur. No boots with the fur for me.


I have CHAT (Cold Hands All the Time, copyright me), so I got these. They also come in neon green and I thought maybe I should get those so I would always be able to find my hands, but then I thought… they’re my hands. (SO DUMB PLEASE FORGET I EVER SAID THAT.)


I got this pom-pom hat last week and basically haven’t taken it off since. I’m wearing it right now. I will be wearing it tomorrow. I never want to be without it. Ashley knitted me an cream-colored infinity scarf a few years ago, and I’m living in that, as well.


And since one can never have too many pom-pom hats, this one is on the way. The little metal plate will be removed immediately because it is dumb.


And I’ve decided to wear more fuchsia, so here you go.

Bonus items: I got a down blanket for Christmas (my heart’s desire), and also a microwaveable rice bag from Aveda from a gift exchange. If you come over, chances are I will be wrapped in one or both. I’m also traveling with a down sleeping bag in the trunk of my car. I’m also hanging tough — as is Foxy.

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  1. Kate on January 5, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Oh honey, I wish I had great things to say about the Minnesota winter. BIGGEST recommendation that I have never myself done: buy those weird little handwarmer/toe warmer packets and put them in every nook and cranny that will always be with you and you’ll never every regret it.

  2. Lan | morestomach on January 5, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    the best best best winter gift i gave myself a few years ago: an electric blanket.
    my current winter fave: fleece lined leggings. i don’t wear them in public, but the moment i walk in the house after work, i drop trou/skirt/whatever and put them on.
    stay warm!

  3. Erin on January 5, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Ugh, wish I looked cute in hats.

  4. Michael on January 5, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Foxy looks comfy, though she probably wishes all the sticks weren’t frozen. Your wardrobe looks great and, more importantly, life-sustainable! Excellent choices, all. I have friends from NC who lived in Minneapolis for a couple of years…they were not excited about the bitter cold. Glad to hear you are protecting your hide and the hides of others.

  5. Laura on January 5, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    I have that coat from patagonia and LOVE it. I literally get sad every spring when I put it away.

  6. Terry McNichols on January 5, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Ignore the electric blanket idea and RUN and get a heated mattress pad. We warm ours up an hour or so before bedtime and it is incredibly cozy. I wouldn’t be without one now. Have to turn it down or off before end of night but much cozier than an electric blanket (especially with that new down comforter on top!!!!)

  7. Christy on January 6, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Love your new threads! And Foxy looks like she’s loving life in MN. Hope you are well

  8. Sheila on January 6, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    I want an online fashion show! Cute things, almost makes me think I’d like to winter in the cold rather than AZ…almost!

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