This Warm December

December 7, 2012 — 37 Comments



For those of you who know me in real life, or have been reading my blog since the beginning, you’ll know I’m pretty big on Christmas. Like, schedule a holiday photoshoot with all my friends and add fake snow big. Come December, the lights come out, the cider starts brewing, and the Christmas music playlist gets two sizes too big. Now, I’ll confess something here: While I do, from the bottom of holly-and-ivy-lovin’ heart, love Christmas, I also hate winter. Hate it with the fire of 1000 suns (which is an ironic way to put it). That hatred is partly why I distract myself with tinsel and Bing Crosby.

However, I recently thrifted an item of clothing that has me warming, just slightly, towards those frigid five months we call the Canadian winter. That item is the sweater dress you see here. A few words on this dress: This dress is Ralph Lauren. This dress is cashmere. This dress has real leather elbow patches. This dress came from the Salvation Army for $11. This dress retailed at an original price of… $425.99!!!! (I think that’s the first time I’ve ever bolded anything on this blog. That’s right, I love this dress so much I’ll commit typographical sins on it’s behalf).


I’m going to go out on a limb here, and call this the greatest thrift find since that lady found that Jackson Pollock. And so, for that reason, I’ve concluded that maybe winter (even without all the Christmas bling) isn’t so bad after all. The moment I put this on, the ugly white snow on the lawn didn’t seem as imposing, the bare branches appeared friendlier, and the temperature moved from soul-crushing to pleasantly brisk. I could never wear this dress in the summer, and that gives winter one big cashmere-covered point.



Egg nog and carols and Dasher and Blitzen will still soften the blow of the cold winter days ahead, but after Santa has dropped off all his goodies for the year, this Ralph Lauren will take care of the rest.


P.S.: I recently refreshed my blog layout! More importantly, you can now get your daily dose of thrifty goodness by typing in No “wordpress” needed. Stick that in your stocking and call it a Christmas present.

37 responses to This Warm December


    hahahaha. I love the holidays, too, lady! Get out the tinsel! Where are my Christmas records? Seriously. And, hello, I can’t believe your thrifting luck!! Amazing! πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas to you, indeed! ❀ p.s. You are looking super beautiful in these photos as well. Love your bangs. I just cut mine again last night and I hadn't realized how much I missed them.



    Love, I mean LOVE that dress! Gorgeous photos!



    A fantastic find indeed, and you are rocking it my dear! I want to go to your thrift stores ;). I was just thinking about writing a post on how much I miss snow, but of course I don’t get it for 5 months straight.



    holy EFF yo. just seeing it in that first picture (nice ass) before reading the details, I was in love. (with the dress – not ur ass – no offence of course) It’s a keeper! and by keeper I mean you need to be buried in this dress (in the distant future)


    Ashley of To Catch A Thrift December 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    INCREDIBLE find! I need some of that luck πŸ™‚



    wow… as a fellow tall lady i need you to just send things my way when you’ve decided you’re done with them. i need your thrifting luck, especially since you’ve inspired me to break up with the mall in 2013!



    We have Christmas in summer πŸ˜›



    I LOVE that dress! (another) awesome find! πŸ™‚



    What a find. Beautiful dress.

    Miss Stacy Blaise



    You’re so gorgeous! I love love love winter!!! I think it’s because I never had it growing up…now I’m in Oahu and I seriously don’t have it. I like changing my wardrobe for the season and pulling items out of storage bins–which feels like shopping for them all over again, but no bank accounts were harmed in the process. I love your new RL dress and congrats on accomplishing one of your goals: hosting your own blog site! Yippee! I’m still jealous over here…missing winter. πŸ™‚



    This is amazing. You continually inspire me to keep thrifting, not that I need a WHOLE lot of inspiration but seriously, that dress is an incredible find!



    Lovely outfit, the dress is very nice. I love the detail of the elbow patches.



    Excellent score, lady! Also, ditto on the Xmas lovin’ front!



    Wow! I have serious thrifting envy now! Also, I totally relate to your outlook on winter. I am in Maine…not quite as cold as Canada, but still the winter is loooong!



    Congrats on a great find! It’s a fabulous feeling, isn’t it? Keeps you hooked on thrifting…….Merry Christmas, and keep warm!



    Oh. Em. G! That is an AMAZING find. And it looks FANTASTIC on you. I mean, I also hate winter, but if I had a dress like that, I’m pretty sure that I would hate it a whole lot less. What a great Christmas score!




    That is a great find! Beautiful dress.



    honesty, your blog is rad (i’m a 80’s kid)! i love your writing, wit, and style… happy new year!



    Oh my goodness, this dress is fantastic! What a great find and it’s looks stunning on you πŸ™‚


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