The Bright Side

March 25, 2013 — 21 Comments

Vintage pleats and a boucle jacket // We So Thrifty

Vintage pleats and a boucle jacket // We So Thrifty

I don’t even check the weather anymore. I just assume spring is never coming and it will be cold and miserable forever. I’m starting to suspect that this eternal winter is actually an elaborate promotional ploy by HBO to get us all super pumped for the premiere of Game of Thrones. WE GET IT, HBO. WINTER IS SCARY.

…In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m feeling a little exhausted by winter. We’ve just had enough here in Canada. We’re over snow, we’re over wind chill, and we’re over our winter wardrobes. My friend Leanne also introduced me to the term “winter uglies” last week, and it about sums up what I’m feeling. What are the winter uglies? They are an overall feeling of “ugh”, resulting from the culmination of several factors:

1) Skin so pale, it’s nearly translucent.
2) Skin so dry, it’s cracked beyond rescue by even the most intense moisturizer.
3) Boots so salt-stained, they look like maps. Salty maps.
4) Sweaters so worn, they’re pilling and saggy.
5) Basically, it all sucks and everything is the worst.

This particular syndrome arrives mid-February. The uglies can continue well into late March unless treated with sunshine and frequent visits to any sort of patio. Since we’ve been denied any of that up here in the True North Strong and Free, the winter uglies are taking new victims everything day.

Vintage pleats and a boucle jacket // We So Thrifty

Vintage pleats and a boucle jacket // We So Thrifty

But there is hope. I’ve quit hoping for spring, and have instead found relief from the winter uglies under this newly thrifted Olsen Europe boucle jacket. I scored it at the Salvation Army last week for $3.50 (take away the decimal in that price and you get an idea of what these jackets usually retail for). This jacket has allowed me to break out my favourite pink shift from the White Elephant vintage dress sale last spring. If winter were a Dementor, this outfit would be my patronus.

If we were living with the warm, balmy temperatures of March 2012, I never would have bought this jacket, I never would have paired it with this dress, and I never would have worn it with this dickey (I also never would have written “dickey” on my blog, snicker about it, and prove to all of you that I’m an eight year old). This is the bright side to a dark winter.

If winter is intent on hanging around for a while, I have no choice but to slip on my salt-stained boots, and do all I can stave off the uglies for a few more weeks. At least I’ll be in my prettiest pink.

Expecto patronum!

Vintage pleats and a boucle jacket // We So Thrifty

Olsen Jacket: Salvation Army / $3.50
Vintage Dress: Love in the Afternoon via White Elephant / $40
Leather gloves: Danier / $25
Dickey: Cut from an old blouse from Salvation Army / $2

21 responses to The Bright Side


    I love the dress and what a great Jacket, what a deal! I snicker at that word too and I’m an older 8 year old than you ; )



    that red dress is beautiful! what a chic ensemble you have on! LOVE it!
    xo- sincerely, whitney


    vintagefrenchchic March 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Very cute outfit. Like you, I have given up on Spring. I will just keep on grabbing my heavy wool jacket until the day comes when I step outside in it and melt away.



    This is one of my favourite outfits of yours. We can switch places, I’m so over summer. I want some snuggle weather.



    I’m feeling the same way about winter here in NYC – I’m sure it’s a bit worse in Canada! But yeah, winter coats are looking worn out and tired, all my winter clothes seem boring and I just want to wear spring-y skirts with no tights. I guess it has to get warm at some point, though, and it’s closer now than it was a month ago!

    That jacket is an amazing find – especially for that price! And that dress is sneaking some nice spring colors in :).



    I feel your pain about salt stained boots. I’ve ditched them. They’re in the bag of the closet. I’m now walking in my brown flats. I will make spring come some way! I’m wearing them with everything this week…even if it looks a bit silly that I’m dressed for winter on the top with big sweaters and layers ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cute dress!


      Julie Van Huizen April 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Ahh good for you! Apparently it’s going to be 10 tomorrow. I plan on way overdoing it. Sandals too much? ๐Ÿ˜‰



    What a wonderful dress and most precious outfit. I think it’s one of the best I’ve seen lately, it’s great. The red dress is cute and the jacket is fantastic. You’re super-attractive in this look.



    Oh my gosh, I love your dress – and I love the Harry Potter reference. ๐Ÿ™‚




    Such a great dress: r.e. the weather, the crocodile skin on my hands feels your pain: get lost, winter!



    Fantastic jacket – what a great find! I feel your pain RE: Winter. We still have sub zero temperatures here in London – this time last year, I was in shorts!!



    You know, I could express these exact same sentiments about San Francisco. I HATE the weather. We don’t get snow, but it never ever ever gets that warm here. It makes me want to go cry in a corner and move away.



    Ah! This outfit is perfect! I love the vintage dress and the boots and the gloves! As much as I enjoy winter and fall clothing, this weather?–I’m over it! ๐Ÿ™‚


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