Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying this Christmas season! As I sit here, typing, I am looking out the window onto the beginnings of a winter wonderland. Don’t you just love the sound of those pretty words? Speaking them is like waving a magic wand. They have the power to bring forth visions of old-fashioned sleigh rides, snowball fights, mugs of hot cocoa, and warm seats by a fireplace hung with stockings ready to burst. Hmm… It makes you feel all cozy inside doesn’t it? Well, a winter wonderland is not what you will find in this outfit post. Instead, I bring you all an outfit that makes me feel invisible when I’m outside. It’s my own spin on camouflage.
When the weather outside is frightfully cold, all I want to do is keep warm. And, being the cold-blooded person that I am, I have struggled every year to find clothes that will keep me warm, and fit in with my vintage themed wardrobe. It wasn’t until this year that I believe I have finally found what it takes to meet that goal. It takes well made flannel blouses, well made wool sweaters and skirts, and lots of thick tights and stockings. Before this year, I have relied on movement, hot water-bottles, and lots of hot tea to keep me warm, instead of thinking ahead and saving my money for well-made clothes. Instead of buying the necessaries all at once, I purchased them in categorical increments. For example, last year I splurged and bought several wool sweaters from a reliable company called Woolovers, while they were on sale. This year I splurged and bought several high quality blouses on ThredUp for a fraction of the original cost. Buying several items at once in increments worked for me, though you might be one who prefers to pick up one item here and there. I just like to get things over with so I don’t have to worry about them anymore. Now that I have skirts, blouses and sweaters that fit my standards, you would be right to say that I am one happy camper!
This outfit is a combination of those two investments. My princess seamed blouse is made from a warm, olive green plaid flannel, and my sweater is made from a lightweight knit wool. This is why I call this my camouflage outfit: my mom said she could hardly see me in the back yard because I looked so much like it! And I can see why. The green in the plaid looks so much like the color of the dying leaves of the hickory trees around our house. Their nuts even share the same color as the cream in the plaid. The warm color of my wool sweater makes me think of the inside of a newly split log, while the earthy browns in my plaid skirt play with the uneven browns of the trees themselves. I love the idea of blending into something without even trying!
Well, dears, I am happy to announce that we have picked the winner for the Garlands of Grace Giveaway! Check back to the original giveaway post to find out who it is! And as for the rest of the giveaways, you have only to wait a little bit longer before we reveal the winner of the Meadow and Fawn Giveaway! If you haven’t already, there is still time to enter. You have until 12:00 tonight, so hurry before the clock strikes twelve! And since it is the season of giving and sharing the good cheer around us, please spread the news and tell your friends about it! Thanks, everyone! We hope you’ve had a ball!
Do you have a camouflage outfit?
Are you warm or cold blooded?
What are your thoughts on investing in well made clothes?
Love and blessings,
Jessica, the Eldest Sister