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Saturday, October 27, 2012


A few weeks ago I ordered two sweaters from Wool Over, a company out of the UK.  I had never ordered anything from them before, nor was I familiar with their merchandise, but thought I’d take a chance.  Yesterday my sweaters arrived, and I must say, I am very pleased.

As I’ve mentioned before the weather here in Minnesota has turned quite a bit colder this past month, so the addition of two new wool sweaters was most welcomed.  The first of the sweaters is a Nordic style in navy and white.  I really like the look of this sweater and immediately wore it last night as I got together with friends.  Several people commented on it which always a good thing, but what I liked most was how warm it was.  As the temperatures dropped I stayed warm and comfortable.  Layering with this sweater will be wonderful as well and will keep me even warmer as winter continues to arrive in full force.

I have seen other Nordic style sweaters but so far I’m really liking this one the best.  Time will tell how it wears, but so far I like it a lot.  Also, purist that I am, I like that it is 100% wool, as opposed the wool/rayon blends that are available.  I tend towards all natural fibers for my clothes.

The second sweater is an Aran wool, Irish fisherman, cable sweater.  I have wanted one of these sweaters for quite a few years but just never managed to get one, so when I was ordering the Nordic sweater it seemed like the perfect time to order one of these as well.  This sweater is available in a number of colors but I prefer the traditional cream color.  Again, just another way that I’m a purist.  

This sweater is classic in its look and fit, and is always a good choice in colder weather.  Both of these sweaters are made from British wool.  Wool is just one of the core fibers it’s tough to beat, and should be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. For me for me it is the “go to” fiber for winter comfort and warmth.  

So far I’m very pleased with these two sweaters from Wool Over.  The real test will be in how well they wear and how warm they continue to keep me in the subzero Minnesota winter.  I’ll keep you posted.

Friday, October 19, 2012


The other day as I was going through some drawers, I found a wonderful wool scarf that my mom passed down to me.  I had totally forgotten that I had the scarf as it had been tucked away in the back corner of the drawer.

I remember my mom telling me that the scarf had belonged to my dad, and I’m going to say that it is at least 60 years old - maybe older.  I don’t ever remember seeing my dad wearing this scarf and I’m guessing it for sure dates to the 1950’s, but if my memory is right, I think this may have been the scarf he wore when he married my mom on December 27, 1945.

The scarf is a blanket plaid, in shades of brown and cream, and I LOVE it.  There are a few small holes (I guessing ash burns as my dad was avid smoker) but I don’t mind them at all.  They simply add to its charm and character for me.  I also love the fact that this is a heirloom that I have inherited from my dad.

Since finding the scarf, it has been added to my wardrobe and I have been wearing constantly.  And now that the weather has turned much colder here in Minnesota, I realize that I rediscovered it at the perfect time.

There’s something very comforting about wrapping a cozy, warm, wool scarf around your neck on a cold day, and it’s even more comforting knowing that the scarf came from my dad.  Although he has been gone for many years, it’s just another way that he is still present with me.

I encourage all of you to search through closets and drawers, and ransack old trunks.  You never know what wonderful heirlooms you’ll rediscover, or what classic treasures you’ll be adding to your own wardrobe.

Monday, October 15, 2012


I ordered two new sweaters over the weekend from Wool Over, a company out of the U.K.  The first is a traditional Noridic style sweater, and the second is a classic Aran wool, cable, fisherman’s sweater.  I'm really looking forward getting them!

Nordic Style Sweater

Aran Wool Cable Fisherman's Sweater

Friday, October 12, 2012


Last week the temperatures here in Minnesota changed drastically.  The wind picked up and we experienced several cold, blustery days, and with that the loss of the beautiful fall colors.  The lovely shades of red, yellow, and orange are now fast becoming memories as the leaves fell in the wind.  Indeed, our beautiful fall colors are definitely starting to fade as we are reminded that winter is just around the corner.

I mentioned last time how these changing temperatures always force me to retire my Topsiders for a few months, but all is not lost.  When the fall weather is in full force I have the perfect casual shoe to carry me through until spring – L.L. Bean’s Rubber Moc. 

Granted these shoes may not have the same look or image as my Topsiders, but they serve a very practical purpose, and are a wonderful addition to my daily wardrobe.  I work in a very casual dress environment so I am also able to wear them to work if I choose, which adds to their functionality.

As with my Topsiders, I first discovered the Rubber Moc while in college, and they have become a fall staple for me.  I love them because they are basically an all weather shoe.  In fall we can experience rain, cold, and even an early snow fall, but no matter what weather the day brings, these shoes will carry me through.

The Rubber Moc has its origins in the Maine Hunting Boot.  In 1912, Leon Leonwood Bean, an avid hunter and fisherman, after many frustrations with the boots that were currently available, developed a boot with a rubber bottom and leather upper.  This Boot was known as the Maine Hunting Boot.  There were flaws in the original boot causing many of them to be returned, and true to his word and policy, Bean gave those customers a full refund.  The flaws were fixed, and the rest is now history.

The boot comes in several heights, but my favorite is still the moccasin (I do have a pair of the boots too), and I love how versatile this shoe is.  I wear them rain or shine, and they are perfect for muddy fall and spring days.  I also wear them in the winter when the temperatures aren’t so bitter cold.  But unlike Topsiders, I always wear socks with these shoes - it just seems more appropriate for the time of year.

So when the cooler weather forces me to put away my Topsiders, my shoe of choice is the L.L. Bean Rubber Moc.  If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend that you do.  You might just be as sold on them as I am.

Monday, October 8, 2012


If you’re anything like me, you spend a substantial part of your year in boat shoes.  I anxiously look forward to that moment in spring when the weather here warms up enough so I can break out my favorite pair.  Even though I sometimes extend their wear both in spring and fall by wearing socks with them, I’m most happy when I’m able to go sockless.

This past week though, the temperatures here dropped substantially, reminding me that winter is just around the corner.  The colder temperatures also means I will soon need to put away this fashion favorite for a few months.

When it comes to boat shoes, for me, there is only one shoe – Sperry Topsiders.  I first discovered Topsiders when I was in college and have pretty much always had a pair in my wardrobe ever since.  I like them for how well they fit and how comfortable they are.  I’ve tried others, but there just isn’t any comparison for me. 

There is much to be said about how wonderful they look as the leather “breaks-in” and weathers, creating a comfortable, “homey” feeling for me as I slip into them.  They are like an old friend, and we have had a wonderful relationship for many years.

But now, as the weather is getting colder, I’m aware that it’s time to set them aside for a few months.  A love affair placed on hold for a bit.  It’s always a sad moment for me when I have to do that, but it’s a moment that’s balanced by the excitement I feel when I can once again wear them in the spring.

I’m not sure if you have this same experience that I do when the seasons change, but if you do, just know that I understand and that we will wait through the winter together.  Here’s hoping for an early spring!