1Burton Slub Jacket$300
I guess it comes as no surprise that my most trusted cold-weather coat was actually meant for rugged snowboarders with a penchant for pixels, not a shivering city-dweller who hates umbrellas. This Burton slub jacket that I found in the men’s section (xx-small!) of their shop down in SoHo has kept me snug as a bug for two winters so far – in fact – I’ve barely noticed the cold since I bought the thing. Not only that, there’s a perfect Metrocard pocket in the front, a bunch of other great pockets all about that, on a daily basis, hold the following: gloves, wallet, iPhone, house keys, pen, lighter, Labello, Visine, various coins, Ray Bans…
Although they probably won’t last longer than one season, Gap jeans are a bargain (often on sale) and the classic styles don’t change with the seasons. Each time I pick up a new pair I always check the sock racks – there always seems to be a few 3 dollar pairs waiting for a good home…
So – I think I have this winter layering thing down. This winter, on a particularly biting morning, I realized: I have smaller flannels and bigger fuzzier flannels. And so I marched off to the subway, through heaps of snow, working up a sweat. Uniqlo has mastered the non-lumberjackish flannels with quirky color pairings and at a Uniqlo price – it’s worth the two-for!
4Tous Ring, Bracelet, and Charm & My Wedding BandV/A
I don’t adorn much. But these are my daily jewels. Tous is a long-standing Barcelona jeweler with a kawaii! little bear as their mascot. The honker of a bear ring was one of the results of an impromptu SoHo shopping spree sometime last year… The bracelet and auto charm were a gift from Santa-Me to Me-Me this Christmas! Thanks Santa-Me! The wedding band is wearing nicely…
5Baggu Duck Bag$18
YZ thinks I have a bag addiction. Not so – it’s more of a bag aversion. I keep buying the next one hoping that it will fit my needs. After the allure of fresh leather and clean interior pockets wears, the product always seems to fall short. That’s why I tend to stick with the most basic of shapes for my daily carry-all. Baggu’s Duck Bag has all the trusty simplicity of a big canvas tote with a little extra thought put in. There are two short handles and a nice adjustable longer strap – great for the transitions on my commute: sitting in a crowded metro car, bounding up the stairs, speed walking down the street…
6Tretorn Skymra Sneaker$36
I adore these Tretorn sneaks so much that I bought a few extra pairs to keep me going long after the style got discontinued. In retrospect, I could have bought a couple more… Not to worry though, they have plenty other colors and variations of this super-comfy slip-on. In fact, check out the Skymra Mid Puffer – love the contrast grommets!
7Paul Smith Socks$24
Well, it’s no shock that I’m a sock fan. From blogging about Ashi Dashi’s hilarious collection to the endless bright styles at Happy Socks… I just don’t own plain socks – there’s enough gray in one day. Hence the near-hypnotizing Paul Smith pairs above, available at UK shop Pockets alongside dozens of other winning designs!
8Banana Republic Men’s Scarf$35
Why the hell are men’s accessories so much more rugged than their female equivalent? Scarves, jackets, hats, gloves – sure the chick versions are delicate-looking & refined but what about warmth and durability and girls who don’t like frilly scarves and hats drowning in floral embroidery!? So, dead-of-winter scarf-wise I wear treasures from previous years’ raids on dad’s closet (he lives in LA for Pete’s sake – what would he need a scarf for?) or head over to a trusty menswear shop like Banana Rebublic, where I found this woolly number (actually, that’s 45% wool, 25% rayon, 20% nylon, 10% cashmere) on sale!
9Cotton Aviator Hat$28
This aviator cap from online shop e4hats is a great winter-to-spring item. The fully-lined hat is perfectly used-looking right off the bat with different buckles and snaps to expand, contract, and bundle your noggin up in any number of ways depending on the weather.
10Lo’s Handmade Neck Warmer—
Although I barely find the time, I do love to curl up on Goobie the Cat’s yellow chair, knitting and purling away an afternoon. Because of the curse that is multitasking, I can’t really commit to complex designs that require my full attention so I tend to make myself the same rectangular checkered knit neckwarmer in color combo after color combo after color combo. I must say though, under a scarf, this little 18″ x 12″ rectangle does an amazing job of keeping the wind from creeping in!