Hi gals! Today I’m bringing you the mini-series you’ve all been waiting for. Ha! I’m going to show you what this southern peach has learned about keeping warm in a real winter. Of course, my new friends here in Cincinnati tell me we haven’t even hit truly cold weather yet. LOL! But if I don’t share these fun tips for how you can feel warm AND look stylish this winter now, I’ll miss my window of opportunity. So here goes!
We actually stayed in the teens temperature-wise yesterday. That’s Fahrenheit! So yeah, I think it’s pretty cold here. And the day I shot this entire mini-series of posts it was hovering right around freezing and the wind was blowing…as you’ll see! So while I’m sure we’ll have colder weather to come, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to practice dressing for the chill. And I’ve learned the secrets.
I’ve got five outfits to share with you this week. And I’ll be sharing tips for how to feel warm and look stylish with each one. All five looks are very different. One is business professional, one is business casual, another is date night ready, yet another is lunch date approved and the last is work from home toasty!
Today’s look is exactly what I’ll wear when I meet a friend for lunch tomorrow. I like this look because it’s interesting and fresh, but still toasty warm.
Obviously the secret to this warm but stylish look is the layers. I’m wearing four layers up top and two below!
Warm + Stylish Tip #1 – Bottom line, you’ve got to layer on the warmth! Layers will ultimately create more warmth than one singular hefty piece of clothing.
Like I said, up top I have four layers. You can barely see it in one of these photos, but the first layer is this white ribbed crew neck t-shirt. Because this shirt fits close to the body, I went with a medium.
Warm + Stylish Tip #2 – Wear thin layers multiplied for the most warmth and for the most chic presentation. That’s why I started with tights and a fairly thin long sleeve t-shirt.
Warm + Stylish Tip #3 – Wear your base layer close to the skin for the most warmth. You want a t-shirt or undershirt that wears close to your body.
On top of the ribbed crew neck t-shirt I added my denim or chambray shirt. Again, this piece is fairly light weight and it layers well under my loose fitting sweater (same sweater in different colors). I can easily remove the sweater and just wear the button up shirt if I get too warm.
Warm + Stylish Tip #4 – To maintain the most stylish look, make sure that each layer you add is one that can also be worn by itself. That’s why even my base t-shirt is one that is interesting and pretty. But I could also remove the sweater and wear the button-up shirt.
My final layer for this look is my warm and soft leopard print coat. Mine is sold out, but I found this one by Steve Madden that features a faux sherpa collar. How fun is that! And the price is great.
I’m not really showing all of the outerwear that I would probably add on to each of the five looks you’ll be seeing this week. Of course, I’d definitely add gloves and probably even a scarf and hat if I’m going to be outside for long. I’ll include some sweet options in the shopping widget below.
I hope you’ll join me back here Tuesday through Friday for the other four looks in my How to Feel Warm + Look Stylish this Winter mini series. We’ve got cold weather in the forecast all we, so you better believe this gal will be layering on the style and some warmth!
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When is too much just too much? How many times do you think you should have to forgive someone for hurting you, for leaving you out, for being disrespectful or uncaring, for saying hurtful things to you or pushing your buttons intentionally? We know the Bible’s answer to the question, right? But surely that extreme kind of forgiveness doesn’t really apply to the relationships we rub up against!
Yeah, it does. But here’s the thing. Jesus requires that we forgive over and over and over because that shows the world the kind of grace our Father in Heaven gives to us. When we forgive people for hurting our feelings or damaging our reputations we also give people around us a glimpse of God’s heart for them. So yeah, He really does mean for us to forgive and forgive and forgive again.
However, forgiveness and reconciliation are not synonymous. We can forgive someone – not hold their offense against them with enmity – but still keep our distance. Dear gal, if you are in a relationship that consistently causes you hurt or grief, you may need to remove yourself from that situation completely. Please know there is a difference between forgiveness and staying in an abusive situation. Seek the advice of someone you trust if you think you may be in that kind of toxic environment.
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. ~ Matthew 18:20-22