Oh winter, you gloriously freezing season, you. I'd like to acknowledge the fact that I live in area that has what half the country would consider a mild winter, and the other half would consider extreme. Winter in the Midwest will usually go one of two ways. It will either be below freezing from December until March, with a massive snow in there somewhere, or it will wait until January to start with the freezing, and it will snow a couple inches a few times until spring. Obviously, I would prefer the latter situation, but in case I have to start bundling up by early December, I stay prepared with some winter accessories on hand. These are items that are put away all year (a novelty in the areas that don't really have seasons) until I go outside one morning and feel the need to hunt them down. My favorites are shown above and below, a hand knit beanie gifted from my cousin when I was very young, and a pair of mittens Brett found for me last winter.
These mittens are gifts from the gods. They are fuzzy lined and so unbelievably warm. I love the mitten shape, you know, without fingers. I don't know why but they just seem cuter that way, less utilitarian. Of course, I have scarves and snow boots, and while they are stylish, they still serve more of the purpose of keeping me warm and dry than adding anything to my outfit. The mittens and the chunky knit beanie add something, but also serve their purpose. If I must bundle up, I am determined to keep my personal style!