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Warm Weather Winter Clothes – And An Editor’s Note

Kristen Berry

Editor’s Note –

I have to tell you, I struggled with whether I should publish this post. Or rather, how I could publish this post, in the wake of the presidential election. Like so many others, I remain gutted by the results of the race. When I initially wrote this post, I was in a completely different headspace. I was filled with so much hope. We were on the precipice of so much greatness. We were finally nearing the end to the incredibly ugly election season. I felt things were about to return to a more civilized, more dignified, and far less hateful state. And to top it all off, I truly believed that we were about to see the first woman ever elected to the highest office in the land. And not just any woman, but an incredibly capable, experienced, hard-working, whip-smart and thoroughly deserving woman.

While I expected Tuesday night to be a nail-biter, I didn’t prepare myself for the idea that Hillary might not win. I just didn’t think America would allow that to happen. And so, like so many other Americans, I’ve been heartbroken, devastated, numb and mad as hell these past few days.

As my wise boyfriend pointed out, all of this anger that so many of us are experiencing right now can be a great thing, if we don’t forget about it in a few weeks’ time, and if we harness it in the correct manner. We should take this hurt, and this frustration, and put it toward the positive changes we’d like to see in the world.

A key lesson I’ve learned from this election is the danger of apathy. When I think of voter apathy, it’s usually in its most direct definition – describing people who are eligible to vote but simply choose not to. Because I am a dedicated voter, I tend to think this word doesn’t apply to me. But when Wednesday morning rolled around and the reality of what had transpired began to set in, all I could think of was all the things I didn’t do to help push for the outcome I so badly wanted. I now know that next time, simply voting, pushing a few dollars toward a campaign, and buying a t-shirt or two in support of the cause will not be enough. Next time, I will also be much more generous with my time, supporting the phone banks, reaching out to other Americans to ensure they are registered to vote, have a plan to vote, are informed of the importance of their vote, and the merits of the candidate I support. And I hope in the years before the next presidential election, all of us who are so hurt by this week’s outcome will direct that hurt toward positive political activism, the act of actually doing something beyond ranting about what we don’t like on Facebook. I encourage us all – myself very much included – to simply DO more.

These feelings have made many of the things I typically enjoy every day – including blogging, and scrolling through Instagram, and keeping up on fashion news – seem incredibly trite. Yet I’ve come to realize that simply marinating in my feelings of disappointment is not productive, and turning my back on the activities I love will not change what happened on Tuesday. This blog has brought me so much joy over the years. I am a person who can feel passionately about the state of the country I love as well as fashion and travel and the world of beauty – and that’s okay. In fact, I think this type of balance is needed. I think surrounding yourself with the things and people and activities you love is a great counterweight to all the hate shimmering across our nation right now. It’s not dumb or frivolous. After all, as Hillary herself so eloquently said:

That’s right – “YOUR own dreams.” Not someone else’s dreams or expectations for you, but the dreams you love, and wish for, and are striving for, whether you have a passion for politics, or poetry, or pottery.

So if you’re feeling up to a small break from the post-mortem news analysis, and you could use a respite from your planning to become an even more educated and active member of the electorate, this post is for you. Be good to yourself. Treat yourself.

And with that, I’ll move on to our regularly scheduled programming.

I was at Starbucks one day last week and was excited to find that they’d released their winter seasonal beverage menu – I’m a total sucker for the whole festive latte thing. I took a delicious sip of my first caramel brulee latte of the year, stepped outside, and was greeted by the blazing 84 degree L.A. sunshine.

While I’ve lived in California for five years now, this is my first winter in L.A. It never gets truly wintery in the SF Bay Area either, but the temp does dip enough to warrant an actual coat. It’s strange to be wearing cutoff shorts and t-shirts in L.A. while the streetlights are being wrapped in twinkle lights and snowflakes.

Fall/winter has always been my favorite fashion season, but traditional thick, bulky pieces are downright uncomfortable in warmer climates. Here are some of the ways I’m planning to adapt my fall/winter wardrobe to fit my new home. And even if you’re prepping for a frigid winter, several of these items will make for intriguing layers for the months to come.

Swap a Heavy Winter Coat for a Substantial Jacket in Luxe Materials & Autumnal Colors

Clockwise from top left:

  • BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket in Burgundy, $189 at Bloomingdales.com

  • Zara Metallic Leather Jacket in Pink, $149 at Zara.com

  • H&M Patterned Bomber Jacket in Dark Blue/Black, $35 at HM.com

  • ASOS Cropped Faux Shearling Jacket with Funnel Neck in Ginger, $113 at HM.com

Mix Leather Pants with a Lightweight Top or Sleeveless Knit

Clockwise from Top Left:

  • BLANK NYC Metallic Faux Leather Leggings in Copper, $98 at LordAndTaylor.com

  • DL1961 Emma Leather Pant in Burgundy, $150 at TJMaxx.com

  • H&M Imitation Leather Pants in Black, $25 at HM.com

  • The Kooples Leather Effect Short Fit Jean in Khaki, $85 at NordstromRack.com

Bring on the Bold Booties

Clockwise from Top Left:

  • Zara High Heel Leather Ankle Boots with Methacrylate Heel, $159 at Zara.com

  • Fergie Indigo Western Bootie, $90 at DSW.com

  • BCBGMAXAZRIA 'Blyss' Bootie, $150 at Nordstrom.com

  • Matisse Geo Bootie in Cognac, $130 at DSW.com

Pair Midi Skirts with T-Shirts

Clockwise from Top Left:

Feel Free to Ditch the Sleeves

Clockwise from Top Left: