Velvet Afternoons

Newberry Library Winter Style 28Newberry Library Winter Style 19“O, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”
— Roman Payne

Newberry Library Winter Style 27Newberry Library Winter Style 14Newberry Library Winter Style 24Newberry Library Winter Style 7Newberry Library Winter Style 3Newberry Library Winter Style 12Newberry Library Winter Style 31Newberry Library Winter Style 25Newberry Library Winter Style 35Turtleneck – Forever 21 Gray (a STEAL for $12 here)
Scarf – LK Bennett ‘Eliza’ in Houndstooth Gray (sold out, similar here and here)
Jeans – Ridley Destroyed Petite in Black (here, petite sizes here)
Booties – Old Navy (last seen on my sister here, available in Taupe here)
Purse – Longchamp Modele Depose in Purple Velvet Stripe (sold out, similar here)
Sunglasses – Le Specs ‘Peach Pit’ Cat Eye in Black (here)
Nails – Deborah Lippmann Blue Orchid (discussed previously here, available here)
Lips – Kevyn Aucoin Matte in Persistence (here)
Photos courtesy of darling Anna of NoirFriday.com

There’s something so gloriously refreshing about a warm sunny glow in winter. At the very least, winter sunshine allows us Midwesterners the opportunity to get a little Vitamin D and pretend spring is on the horizon.

After a lifetime of Midwest winters (except that one glorious winter in 2007 when I studied abroad in India…), I’ve learned to take advantage of even the remotest chance of nice weather. If the sun will be out and the windchill tolerable, Midwesterners are taught from a very early age to go out and enjoy it. We break out of hibernation en masse and take to the streets like it’s our last opportunity… because, honestly, it very well could be.

As a coping mechanism, in winter I adopt the very feline habit of “sun lounging”, roaming out into the sunshine whenever I can stand it and sitting in cafe windows, bathed in the warm glow, on days when I can’t. It really isn’t until the chill of winter strikes, that you learn to appreciate the wealth in a ray of sunshine. As Roman Payne reminds us, it really is the most precious gold on Earth.

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