Saturday, December 12, 2015

Trying to Stay Warm...

As I have mentioned before, I’m about to travel to Germany to spend some time with my parents. They usually visit us in December and we have been spending a week in Avila Beach with them for the past four years. 

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We were all supposed to travel to Avila Beach again this year, but my dad suffered a severe stroke in March. Thankfully, he is doing better, but my parents won’t be able to make the trip to see us this year. I’m very grateful that I get to spend some time with them in Germany instead.

I’m looking forward to my trip, but I am also worried about how I’ll stay warm. After living in California for almost 25 years, I don’t have much in terms of “real winter clothes.” This is especially the case since I don’t go skiing anymore, and we always spend time at the beach in December. Sure, I have boots, but they aren't very thick and more for fashion purposes than to keep me warm. And my regular coat may look like a winter coat, but it is very thin and doesn’t do much to keep me warm. As you may know, I actually had to buy a “real” winter coat a few weeks ago.

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I got a chenille shaker scarf, a chenille shaker beret, and chenille shaker gloves at Macy’s to hopefully keep me warm. I was looking for a red scarf, gloves, & hat, and it was not easy to find what I was looking for. The chenille set wasn’t what I was originally thinking of, but I really like it now. The price has been reduced on all three items, and I think they are a good deal now.

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Since my boots are not warm at all, I bought warm, cozy socks at Old Navy a few weeks ago. Luckily, I had bought my boots 1/2 size bigger, so the thick socks work with the boots. Plus, even though it doesn’t get very cold here, I will get plenty of use out of the socks because I get cold easily, and I like to wear warm socks in place of slippers at home. I love the fun leopard print.

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I also got two long sleeve tees from Old Navy to layer underneath shirts & sweaters. I ordered them online and got them in long, and I love the extra length. I figure I will be able to wear them a lot year-round underneath shirts & sweaters as well as on their own at home. I had first thought about buying thermal underwear but then decided against it as I don’t think I will wear it other than on this trip. We will see how the tees will work out, or if it was in fact a mistake to forgo the thermal underwear…  

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I’ll also layer a white blouse underneath my sweaters, most of which are quite thin. I got the blouse a few weeks ago at Old Navy for 50% off. It works well as a layering piece, but does get quite wrinkly after you wash it (and since I don’t love to iron that’s not ideal…). I like that it’s roomy enough to layer a long sleeve tee underneath. While the blouse works well for layering, it’s not the “perfect white blouse” as it’s a bit thin and not the material I’m looking for to wear on its own (although it would work with a white camisole underneath). A “perfect white blouse” is one of the items on my wardrobe basics list I’ll be working on next year. It would have been ideal if I had found a “perfect white blouse” in the first place, but with all that was going on that just didn’t happen, and I really needed a blouse to wear underneath my sweaters. The Old Navy blouse works well for layering though...
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Finally, I got another plaid flannel boyfriend shirt in long at Old Navy (I got a black/white one previously). I like the color of the shirt, and I think it’ll keep me warm with a long sleeve tee underneath and will be great for just hanging out at my parents’ house. Right before I put it in the suitcase, I randomly thought of trying it on under some of the sweaters I’m bringing, and it looks nice underneath two of them (and peeks out on the bottom, which I love)

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Questions: Do you live in a cold or mild climate? Do you like cold temps? How do you stay warm in cold weather? What items should I have gotten to keep me warm? 

Be well,
Andrea

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14 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea! How exciting to be headed off on your trip soon! I used to live in Germany and remember how cold it can get over there! Like you've done, layering is key. I love the HEATECH layering tees (turtleneck or crew) for an extra layer of weightless warmth and they are under $20.00. I also would consider packing a pair of tights for under your pants and jeans. I love your new scarf/hat set - darling with the coat! Oh, SMARTWOOL socks and tights are really warm. I have found them at Nordstrom Rack or REI in the past. Have a fantastic trip! xx

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! Several people have mentioned the heatech tees. I probably should have picked some up... I packed some tights, but the smartwool ones may have been better... We'll see how it goes...

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  2. Good morning sweet Andrea! I am so excited for you and this trip but all sometimes it is agony figuring out what to pack! I love the hat and scarf set in the chenille, what a gorgeous color with your buffalo plaid coat! That tunic is perfect for a cardigan or sweater over it for then if you get hot you're still going to look adirable in just the plaid!! I hope you have a super Sunday and have fun planning!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea!

      Have a great Sunday!

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  3. You should be nice and toasty in Germany! Let us know how the Old Navy long sleeved tees work out. I need to replace some of mine (which are about ready for the rag bag!). It will be wonderful to see your parents. Have a marvelous trip!

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    1. Thanks, Donna!

      So far, I am impressed with the long sleeved tees (I was a bit doubtful); they survived the first wash perfectly. But I didn't put them in the dryer, not sure if that would make a difference.

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  4. I live in The Netherlands, so next to Germany, its about the same temperaturen. Good to hear that youre dad is doing well now. Good colour on that set! I should buy a poncho or cape to keep yourself warm! Have a great time in Germany!
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    1. Thanks, Nancy!

      I was debating whether to bring my wrap but decided against it as I hope my coat will keep me warm enough. We'll see...

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  5. Love the coat and all the red accessories, I am sure they will keep you warm in Germany and if its not enough, you can buy more there!! Have a great trip, Europe is beautiful during Christmas with all the decorations.
    Nora
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    1. Thanks, Nora! And, yes, the decorations are beautiful.

      It was actually warmer in Germany most days while I was there than it was here in Northern California! I loved not being cold! :-)

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  6. Well if the weather in Germany is the same as it is here right now, you don't need gloves or a scarf. We are breaking weather temperatures right now, too warm for this time of year.

    I am used to colder weather (well what is cold, there are places that are colder). I only invest always in a good winter coat that is water and wind proof for my walks with Bella, but that's all.

    Have a safe trip and a happy time with your parents.

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    1. Yes, it was definitely much warmer than it is usually this time of year! In fact, many days, it was warmer in Germany than in Northern California! I know it was too warm for the time of year, but I loved not being cold! :-)

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  7. I went to Berlin some years ago and remember it was very cold in those days!!
    Here, in the North West of Italy, temperatures are not too low at the moment, ( between 2 to 10°C ) so I don't need hat but never go out without my eco fur collar!!
    Have a fantastic trip ...

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    1. Thanks, Dan! The temps were the same in Germany while I was there - loved not being cold! And I still want a faux fur collar! You always look fabulous in yours!

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