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Hi Sammy,

I'm from Wisconsin and its freezing. How can I stay warm without looking big and frumpy?



Hi Mabel,

I feel for you Mabel from Wisconsin. Mabel from Milwaukee would have sounded better, but I don't know if you're from that city. Floridians are wimps. Every year come Fall and Winter we find ourselves complaining that there is no change of seasons, it doesn't feel like Christmas, it isn't snowing, blah blah blah.

Then, the moment the temperature dips below 50 degrees, we're all like it's too cold, I don't live in Florida for this, i'm dying, when everyone else is getting the shorter end of the ice stick. I know you are suffering way more than I am Mabel, shaking in my highs of 60, but I am heading north for New Year's, so we'll be in the same frozen boat.

I'm investing in three key pieces that will help me brave the harsh north winds while keeping me from looking like Ralphie's brother Randy from A Christmas Story.

1. Animal print coat
2. Cashmere sweaters
3. Sock lined boots


1. It has been scientifically proven that wearing anything in a faux animal print makes us feel warmer. Besides the whole cougar thing, animal print coats are usually super snug, plush and fuzzy and they make us feel like we're cave women ready to conquer rain, sleet, snow or hail while looking as graceful and elegant as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O. or the chicks from Mad Men.

2. Cashmere sweaters are warm and luxurious. Layer them on top of any plain old white long sleeve tee, henley or thermal and you'll still feel like a million bucks, even if what lies beneath (i.e. your shirts, underwear or socks) have holes in them. Get one in every color. I promise, they will never go out of style.

3. Heat escapes from the head and feet, but I avoid hats because they mess up my hair and make it all staticky, so I invest in shoes that will keep my tootsies toasty like these rocking Where the Wild Things Are Sock Lined Clog Boots from Topshop.

Mix, match and layer these vital pieces with anything in your closet from jeans to cords, skirt and tight combos to flannels and leggings and all the guys will be macking on Mabel this Winter.

Look out Michigan, here I come.


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Those boots are the bomb, i want them in brown and black

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