The Arctic Gunnies | February 6, 2014 | Comments (3)


Yesterday we got a whopping foot of snow! The tomboy worked from home, the petite got (another) snow day – I’ve lost count by now, but at this rate she’ll still be in classes in July, yikes. In between turns shoveling the stuff, there was lots of cozing and, of course, some frolicking in fresh powder. I do love it when the backyard turns into a winter wonderland.

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I also love it when I get to wear my cape! Is it as sophisticated as the creamy, 100% Pure Alpaca cape with leather trim I fell in love with by Ellesworth & Ivy last year at American Field? No (sigh), not by a long shot, but it’s also $60 instead of $600, so there you go! Sometimes you just need to fulfill the urge, and mine’s been around since last winter, when I wrote about them for Autostraddle.


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While it won’t keep me warm in a bona fide blizzard, paired with a substantial sweater (or sweater dress) underneath, it’s definitely plenty for a river stroll or afternoon out running around. I had a rough wool plaid shirt from Ralph Lauren layered over a long-sleeved painter tee from J. Crew, and I was just fine. The faux fur hood, faux leather-trimmed layers give it a little extra something, and obviously pockets are a huge plus! I think if I pop over to Bobby From Boston or the Cambridge Antiques Market I can find some old brass buttons to replace the shiny cheap ones it came with and improve it greatly, and carry on emulating certain animated cape ambitions I’ve had since the 90s.



I’m probably late to the party, but I recently ordered some necklace extenders from Etsy and they have CHANGED MY LIFE. Okay, they’ve changed my layering game where jewelry is concerned, but it’s exciting! I’ve always loved this wooden necklace an old pal brought me back from India, but the length was closer to a choker, hitting right around or short of my clavicle, which made wearing it a little tricky. The inexpensive extenders let me wear it a few inches longer, which makes all the difference, and I’ve used them with a ton of other looks as well.


It seems like this hat hasn’t seen the light of day since 2012! I think it’s because I don’t like the way hats crowd my vision. Is that weird? I can’t stand it, especially driving around. Even the tiniest brim drives me nuts, I can’t explain it. However, this outfit (without the cape) begged for it, and who am I to stand in its way? See ya in 2016, floppy brown chapeau!




The details:

Vintage wool shirt, Ralph Lauren
Neoprene skirt,
Over-the-knee socks, Muk Luks
Cowboy boots, Nocona
Cashmere-lined leather gloves, Fownes Bros.
Gold cuff, Madewell
Vintage necklace, India
Anchor earrings, Plague of Pigeons (Oakland)



And because the title promised it, a couple of arctic Gunny shots! Enjoy the snow if you’re in this neck of the woods, y’all.


SBJ @ 12:50 PM

Comments (3)

  • Ellsworth & Ivey

    Love the shout out! We actually moved to San Francisco, but will definitely be back for the American Field show. Hope to see you there!

  • Lola

    I’m a big fan of replacing buttons to dress up an inexpensive coat! I’ve heard the quality of clothing from SheInside varies wildly from piece to piece. Has that been your experience? It makes me so nervous to buy anything there!

    • fit for a femme

      Sadly, I can’t recommend it. The petite had her heart set on a light winter jacket from there, so I piggybacked on her order since we had a 20% off code and crossed my fingers.

      Her jacket arrived in a radically different shade than pictured, so back it went. I was actually shocked when they refunded it and sent me the cape in a different size! Online reviews definitely gave me low expectations, but they came through, customer service-wise. A big plus!

      Still, the size charts are unreliable, and the quality’s what you would expect at the price points they offer. If it looks too good to be true…you know the rest. I’d urge you to get your fast fashion fix elsewhere, where you can actually try things on and give the fabrics a touch test!