What I Wore: Ivory and Black

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dobbin clothing dress
gold rings
lands end parka
Blazer: Vince Camuto (similar) | Dress: c/o Dobbin Clothing | Belt: Steven by Steve Madden | Tights: DKNY | Shoes: Nine West “Flax” | Watch: c/o WatchCo (similar) | Bangles: Nordstrom (similar) | Lion Ring: Etsy (similar) | Skinny Rings: Etsy | Hat: Nordstrom | Coat: c/o Lands' End (similar) | Leather Tech Fingertip Gloves: Fownes Brothers (similar)

I know it is far colder in other parts of the country, but I can't recall a recent DC winter that has been so… wintry! One good thing about this weather is it's making is far more aware and proactive in insulating our home. We've tucked those air pillows that come with shipments between windows and blinds/shades, have heavy blankets over doors, close doors to bathrooms and other rooms not in use as often, close curtains, have a comforter over the attic door, and added insulation to places that get drafty like outlets, light switches, and under the kitchen sink. We all spend our days in hats and slippers with thick socks in the house, and have one of these homemade heaters on the coffee table, one on the dining table, and have even put one in the kitchen.

I love this hat, I also have it in black and it keeps my head and ears warm without giving me crazy hathead, and prevent the static I get from my hood directly on my hair!  And this coat, oh how I love it.  Lands' End offered it to me a few winters ago and it's the perfect commuting coat because it covers my bum, is machine washable, and has lovely details like fleece-lined pockets, hidden inside pockets, and knit cuffs to keep out wind and snow.  Oh, and it made 9 degrees feel like nothing (though my legs felt it, good thing I'm a fast walker!).

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  1. kasey
    January 31, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    What color is that nail polish, I don’t think I have a Grey like that yet

  2. January 31, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    So chic, Alison! I love the small details like the neckline, leopard belt and golden jewellery. They give your look the extra touch.
    Stay warm! Luckily we are having a very mild winter and hardly any snow over here in Germany… so glad!

    Annette | Lady of Style

  3. January 31, 2014 / 10:23 am

    Ugh. We’ve been dying over here up here in Buffalo. This winter is too damn cold, I’m over it. I’ve been layering, layering, layering. Meh.

    Stay warm my friend!

  4. Nanne
    January 31, 2014 / 7:09 am

    You look very chic! I love the asymmetrical neckline of your dress.

  5. SarahGee
    January 31, 2014 / 3:34 am

    Classy and sophisticated looking today! Thank you so much for showing me how to rock an ivory blazer during the week. I`ve been racking my brain how to wear mine without looking too formal. (I bought it to wear at my graduation this year.) Addicted to your blog! Have been binge-reading it the past week. Great advice!

  6. January 30, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    Looking sleek, even in the sleet (I know, it wasn’t sleeting, but I couldn’t resist). I love the ivory jacket pepping up the black dress. Very nice.

    Also, wool or thermal tights? I wear them all winter in England.

    • January 30, 2014 / 5:34 pm

      I have fleece tights but can NOT find them, I need to get some new wintry tights for this crazy weather! Thanks for the reminder!

  7. N. L.
    January 30, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    You just inspire me with your outfits. Must “borrow” this look. Unfortunately I don’t have the Lands End coat.

  8. Buki of James1542
    January 30, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    Allie, I love how fabulous you look despite the frigid temperatures! The gold jewelry accents are quite lovely and thank you so much for the home insulating tips! I will be implementing them today!

  9. Lauren Driscoll
    January 30, 2014 / 2:43 pm


    Since you’re kinda new to this commuting in sub zero(we live in Anchorage, AK) let me share with you my favorite everyday outerwear:) Alison, meet the skhoop or more commonly refereed to as the snow-skirt:) You can get them long and short. the long is my favorite for commuting cause it keeps my legs warm. Most ladies here have one of each length. I was in NYC last year for work and every one was kinda looking at me funny until the wind kicked up and the sleet started. Yep, then I had people asking me if they could buy the damn thing right then and there off my person. A lot of my hockey mom friends have the short ones for sitting on cold bleachers and keeping their booties warm:) Good luck and Stay warm!

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