Scarf me

Here’s a fun fact about me: I hate winter, I really do.  My hatred stems from attending college in Rochester, New York which is about an hour drive from Canada. Needless to say, the winters up there are harsh, dark and long.  Lots and lots of snow, and don’t even get me started on the lake effect snow! So cold… it was so cold even your tears would freeze and any boogers in your nose…frozen. Glamourous, right?!?

 

However, there is one thing that I do like about winter, and that my friends, is a good scarf.  LOVE them. I wear them all the time.

(Infinity scarf)

(Blanket scarf )

(Regular scarf)

 

I have a collection of all different kinds of scarves.  I have blanket scarves, infinity scarves, faux fur scarves, knit scarves… you name it and I probably have it.  I think I have an addiction to scarves.  When talking about scarves, people usually ask how I tie them, and today I will try my best to explain. Ya’ll, I even made a video (this is huge, I’m an introvert! ).  It’s apparently too big to post here (and my tech guy, aka husband, is at work) so I had to post the video on my Rain In Style Facebook page, find it here.  I demonstrate the regular scarf and blanket scarf tying method, so go check it out.

  • Infinity scarves– these are easy, I usually just double loop it around my neck, adjust it and carry on.  Unless they are too short to wrap twice, my faux fur ones are a once around deal.
  • Blanket scarves – these can be tricky and are often the ones I get asked the most about.  They also happen to be my favorites.  What I usually do, if it’s a big square, is fold the scarf diagonally, creating a triangle. Then I fold the triangle up a little, kind of like an accordion or how you would fold a fan.  Keep the triangle part in front of you and wrap the ends around your neck.  You can either let the ends hang in the front, or tie them underneath the triangle.  Adjust the folds until it lies the way that you like (see the picture above). Don’t over think it!
  • Regular scarvesfor these there are so many options! The only way I usually tie them though is to fold the scarf in half and wrap it around my neck, put one end through the loop (going over then under) and then the other end the opposite way (so under then through the loop).  Tying it this way makes and interesting knot. But seriously, you can look up on Pinterest and find sooooo many different ideas.  I’m kinda boring and stick to my old, tried and true ways.

What I really love about scarves, is that they add an extra dimension and interest to an outfit.  I mean, the warmth is nice too, but the interest is where it’s at.  For example, here are a few outfits where I showed layering and how the scarf adds that extra bit of interest (ok and warmth)

 

So go on and get your scarf on! Because I mean if it’s going to be winter and cold, you might as well add something happy to keep you going. Go forth and be happy and warm.

-xo

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Do All Things With Love

Do all things with love. This saying is found all over my house. My little girl even has a shirt with it…doesn’t she look full of love?


(she’s not doing all things with love)

 

I like this saying because it’s uplifting and it helps me to remember that sometimes the harder road to travel is the one of love. But it also reminds me that life is short and that we should really try to love and live it to the fullest. It might be a little cliché but that’s ok. I’m feeling the love!

 

How do I apply this to style? Well, I like to encourage people (both men and women) to look for things to wear that they love. Do you really love leopard print? Awesome! You are talking my language. Find a great leopard print cardigan or, even better, find some amazing leopard print heels. I have quite the collection of leopard print heels, in fact I’m wearing these today, they are Sam Edelman booties, and I adore them.

Do you love love love polka dots? Great! There are plenty of options with polka dots! Jeans, blazers, skirts, dresses! Oh my! Pin dots tend to look a bit more sophisticated where are larger polka dots tend to look more playful.  I have both, what can I say, I’m a polka dot fan.

(This was from last summer, we’re pretty much the same) 

 

Or, maybe you are my style twin and you really love faux leather.  Girl, the world has so many amazing choices! Try a vest, jacket dress or even leggings… and no, do not wear them all at the same time, you might go into biker babe territory. Think about mixing the textures, so faux leather jacket, with denim or faux leather leggings with a tunic.  Here I did a jacket (this one is my favorite, Blanknyc, and OMG it comes in brown!!!!!) with a plaid scarf and a simple dress.

 

Don’t be afraid to wear your loves together either.  Here I did a faux leather dress, denim jacket AND a leopard print scarf.  Did that just blow your mind?!

 

I do caution you though on taking this love thing a little too far into the crazy cat lady zone. Let’s say you do, in fact, love cats. Great! Maybe find an awesome cat graphic tee, or a pair of cat earrings, but please don’t go head to toe cat. We want to be stylish and love what we wear but we don’t want to actually BE a cat. Or, maybe you do… if so I won’t judge. I’ll simply smile and nod, and maybe pass you my card 😉

 

xo

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Let’s Talk

Ya’ll I struggled with this post. Not because I have nothing to say, but because I’m not sure how to say it. When I’m passionate about something I can be very outspoken, but I’m going to try to reign that in. The last thing that anyone needs right now is more fuel for the fires…am I right? So, for fox sake, let’s all take a minute. Let’s talk.

I know you’re asking yourself what does this have to do with style.  Well… style is a very personal thing.  What one person likes, might make someone else cringe.  I LOVE faux leather, I LOVE heels, I LOVE leopard print… to someone else, those things might feel too edgy, or over the top. Maybe you like lace, florals and pearls…and cringe at my style. It’s the same in life, is it not? We are all different. We come from different places and backgrounds and those differences are what makes us who we are, and that’s how it should be.  If we were all the same and had the same style, it wouldn’t be stylish anymore, it would be mundane and boring. Heck I have pink hair, nothing boring about pink hair.

Here’s the thing, something that we all have to remember.  Heels might hurt your feet and that’s why you choose not to wear them, you might loathe the sight of polka dots and hate leopard print anything.  But that’s not true for everyone.  So long as we aren’t forcing each other to wear what they hate or that hurts their feet, there is nothing wrong with appreciating the beauty in difference.  Just because it doesn’t fit your style, doesn’t mean we should all go without.  Remember that style is personal, that the differences between us, make us more interesting. Without difference, we are nothing but cookie cutter monotony.

 

Remember to be the light, always.  The dark only envelops;  light emboldens.

xo

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