February 10 11

If you walk into a mall in Toronto right now, you will see stores filled with sundresses and capris and OMGtank tops. I find this very interesting because right now if you walk outside, you will see nothing but people hiding underneath waterproof boots and overpriced arctic parkas (Yes, I’m looking at you, Canada Goose). Now, I will be honest with you. I hate the winter. I hate it like my daughter hates Justin Bieber. (Read: with a passion.) I spend as little time outside (in the -17 degree weather) as humanly possible. I run to and from my car seat warmers. I race to and from my warm house in, well, a $50 peacoat that I bought on ebay and fashion boots that leave my toes feeling wet and cold. This was a system that allowed me to stay cute and warm (enough) to muddle through the winter while praying for the spring.

My mother thinks there are exactly two things that I absolutely FAIL at doing properly: Cutting my hair on a regular basis and keeping my body warm. She is right about the haircuts. My bangs are overgrown and are halfway down my face right now and will continue to spend their days up in a bang braid until the spring (If it’s good enough for all the girls on The Bachelor, it’s good enough for me). And, you know, she thinks she’s right about the body warmth.

So, my mother has been here for two days.

And now I am the owner of the following two things:

(She is SUCH a pusher.)

Why hello there. I *am* indeed a walking Canadian cliche in my Sorel boots and my TNA parka.

Also, I totally look like The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

(If someone asks you if you’re a GOD, you say YES!)


If you are wondering, I also own a toque and I wear it proudly.

But at least I’m not a part of the Canada Goose arctic program. Good god, at least I’m not a part of that. I don’t do arctic expeditions.

  1. Not only would we be awesome shopping partners, we could commiserate about how much we HATE winter with a passion. I do kind of like the Canada Goose coats, though – and seems like EVERYONE has one this year. Now of course, I want one, even though all I do is run to and from my car and take my kids to Winterlude for 5 minutes every year so I don’t feel like a bad mom.


    Comment by Loukia on February 10, 2011
  2. …but they are $650! That seems INSANE. I could buy sooo many better things for that kind of money. The TNA coat for on sale at Aritzia for, like, a quarter of the price and is SUPER warm!

    I borrowed my friend’s CG jacket and it was really warm…but so not worth the price. If I was OUTDOORSY, possibly…but they are just not THAT warm to justify the price. Also, every single mom at carpool is wearing one. barf.


    Comment by ali on February 10, 2011
  3. The thought of living somewhere that requires that kind of clothing (eeeeek)

    however, i know that you look ADORABLE


    Comment by Rachel on February 10, 2011
  4. Winter is strictly for hibernation, in my opinion. I would wear that coat as I crawl back into bed for the next month or so.


    Comment by Andrea on February 11, 2011
  5. I’m so sick of winter. I live in the snowbelt of NE Ohio. Fun.


    Comment by Tammi Marie on February 11, 2011
  6. When I moved back to Chicago, I realized that I didn’t care about fashion – I needed to be warm. I have a coat like that and ugly boots and I wear a hat and mittens. I’d rather look stupid than be cold.


    Comment by Kristabella on February 11, 2011
  7. I admire the clothing stores’ optimism, but I can’t even *think* about buying warm weather clothes when there’s a windchill of 5 outside!


    Comment by MonsteRawr on February 11, 2011
  8. Now that I’ve got children, I wear snowpants and a big ugly coat and a stupid looking hat and the un-sexiest boots you’ve ever seen – although, I definitely could’ve done worse. I figure if I want them to dress properly, then I have to be a good example :P I distinctly remember winters when I was younger though – no hideous boots for me! I remember the year I DID wear a proper coat; I found this BEAUTIFUL double breasted, fitted, wool coat that flared at the waist and came to about mid calf. Best thing? I got it for $8. I miss that coat.


    Comment by Jessica on February 11, 2011
  9. Mom’s are amazing. Mine always does things like that to me.

    Bet she makes you get a hair cut before she leaves too.


    Comment by Issa on February 11, 2011
  10. I can’t even begin to think about it either – mostly because I like to try on clothes, and the idea of stripping off all my outer layers leaves me cold. (Literally.)


    Comment by pixielation on February 13, 2011
  11. I have 4 or 5 winter coats. I live in Saskatchewan. I deserve them! I also keep them for a few years at a time. I also like them. No, I’m not a fan of -30. I don’t really spend any time outdoors at that temperature. I do like to look as cute as possible when I do have to go outside. I own ski pants. I know, they are not cute. But when I have to do recess supervision, they keep me from wanting to die.


    Comment by Heather on February 13, 2011
  12. Those boots are badass.

    I live in New York and wear pretty much the same thing year round out of laziness.

    So, yeah.


    Comment by Pablo on February 14, 2011
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  14. sorel boots! classic canadian style.


    Comment by taryn on February 15, 2011

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