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Turtlenecks & Sweaters - Oh My



Autumn & Winter 2019


"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all." Stanley Horowitz






Last week when I began this piece the gold, red and orange leaves were swirling like snow outside my window as the rain began to drench the land.  It is a glorious time of the year when everything is burnished with decadent color as the landscape changes.   The beauty is magnificent and a reminder of the circle of life.  If you love fall and winter, like I do, you are excited to slip on boots, sport cozy sweaters and wrap yourself in turtlenecks, scarves and ponchos.  The fires are lit, the cocoa is poured and the depth of change begins again as the world retreats into fall and winter. 

North-Westerner Born & Bread 


Being from the Northwest is a gift and a blessing.  The four seasons each bring something different and I relish them all.  Putting away summer clothes and getting out the fall and winter pieces can be time consuming yet exciting because we have forgotten the sumptuous and cozy pieces in our wardrobes.  The leather, cashmere, jeans, velvet, hats, coats and gloves evoke memories with anticipation of keeping oneself warm.  And, they symbolize, the holidays filled with joy and love around the corner. Why, even with Halloween, a day away, the decorations have been out since October 1st and everyone is becoming excited for the special night.  Trick or Treat.  Yes, please, I will have a piece of candy or two!

Still, I have noticed a theme or mantra lately, of people stating they are tired of the wet, sleet, hail, cold after living here their entire lives or for decades.  I find this amusing and quizzical.  Since I am the curious sort, I can't help but think after a plethora of years, that one is suddenly adamant that the weather is horrid?  Even, my brother, visiting from the eastern side of state was shocked at our weather and made a comment of discontentment.   I am not sure if it is because many lack community or if they truly have grown weary of autumn and the dark days of winter to come?  Maybe it is both. Or maybe they are just cold.   I sometimes think the lack of community is at the core for many and heading off to a warm climate for six months of the year brings about more outdoor entertainment. Of course, these are folks who are of a certain age and do enjoy the fruits of their labor to justify such a flight.  Again, if you are in a place where "activities" (an overly used buzz word) such as golf, tennis, walking, running and swimming are at hand, well then I guess this sojourn to sunny climates is a perfect choice.  My brother, on the other hand, is looking forward to snow and skiing.  We all have our wishes.  However, at the end of the day you still must come back home to your life here in the Northwest. Just like when you travel, you eventually must return homeward bound. I personally like dipping my toes with a week here or there in the sunshine during the winter months but ultimately love the cold and wet season.  Nordic blood runs in my veins.

Another article recently read claimed that the dreary weather keeps people creating.  Those that enjoy the weather blustery, dark, snowy and wet actually are bound to create, to work, to build something and spend a lot of time to reading.  The weather helps the creative juices flow.  Makes sense when one is inside more than outside. Dreams are developed and accomplished. And, finally, yes the clothing is indeed hands down divine.  This is just one persons opinion! Life is about choices.  Enjoy your journey.

Here are my favorite choices for cashmere turtlenecks, sweaters and ponchos to wrap oneself in comfort and warmth.





The Turtleneck

Cashmere. Lots of colors. On sale too!



Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection









The Luxuriant Sweater

Cashmere.  Lots of Colors.  Price is Right. 



Halogen Crewneck Cashmere Sweater








The Pretty Poncho

Casual - Lots of Colors





Classic 



Well, there you have it.  The ultimate warm essentials for the winter infused weather to come.  What more do we need?  A cup or cider or hot chocolate!  While you are at it......


Have a very Happy Halloween!! 



Until Next Time! Be Kind. 


Love, Kim



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