My Basic Morning Skin Care Routine

Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution, Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne Prone Skin, Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen
Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution, Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne Prone Skin, Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion

This is my first beauty post!

I thought I’d dip my toe into the beauty blogging world and share some of my favorite go-to products, starting with five that are part of my morning skin care routine. I’ll share more in upcoming posts, so stay tuned!

I wouldn’t describe myself as having beautiful skin. I battled acne as a teen and in my early twenties and I was very self-conscious about it. It defined who I was for a few years. I was on a couple of different medications until I found the right one. And, finding the right one was a game changer for me. Then, things settled down, acne-wise, but I experience breakouts from time to time. Over the years, I’ve figured out what works for me and why. I’m very picky about the products I use in terms of how they address acne and oily skin: they can’t feel oily on my skin. The less greasy they feel, the more likely I will be to incorporate them into a regular skin care routine!

Let’s start with these five items that are part of my daily skin care routine.

Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution
Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution

1) The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash
This wash makes my skin feel clean. I have to use something that lathers in order for my skin to feel like it’s been properly cleansed, which is what I love about this product. I also find the mild tea tree scent refreshing. I’d like this product more if it came in a pump bottle. The Body Shop makes a foaming version in a pump, but I still prefer the straight wash. I think it just works better.

2) Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution
My dermatologist recommended the Reversa brand of products to me. They’re Canadian-made, out of Montreal, and I love them! I use about half of their product line in my full skin care routine, which I’ll cover over the next few months. I use this micellar water after I wash my face, for that extra clean feeling, and to remove any residual dirt. You’ve probably heard a lot about micellar water and you can read more about what ‘micelles’ are in this Huffington Post article. You can also use this solution instead of washing your face, meaning you can use it to remove basic eye and face make-up. One of the best parts about this micellar water is that it comes in a pump bottle for easy dispensing. I’ve tried other waters, but this one is paraben-free and doesn’t feel greasy – something that’s very important in my skin care routine.

Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution, Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne Prone Skin, Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion
Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution, Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne Prone Skin, Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion

3) Reversa Solution For Oily And Acne-Prone Skin
This Reversa product is formulated for adult skin and contains 8% glycolic acid, which acts as an exfoliator. It’s free of parabens, oils, and perfumes, which I love. You don’t need a lot of this product on a cotton pad and you can feel where it’s going on your skin. I wait a minute or so until it dries before I move on to applying sunscreen, which you have to wear when you’re using anything that contains glycolic acid.

4) Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion
Again, my dermatologist recommended this sunscreen. I’m sure you’ve heard that sunscreen is essential in any daily skin care routine. Applying sunscreen every morning is the one thing you can do for your skin to prevent wrinkles. I like how simple that idea sounds, but if the suncscreen feels greasy on my skin, I won’t wear it. This Neutrogena sunscreen is amazing in that it doesn’t have a large ‘spreadability’ factor and that’s what I like about it. It’s a double bonus: because it isn’t greasy and it’s oil free, you have to use a bit more product to get it to cover your face (which is the whole idea behind sunscreen!!). Plus, it feels dry to the touch immediately. I am truly impressed by this sunscreen and use it when I know I’ll be outside for a good portion of the day.

5) Water!!
I drink about 8 glasses of water every day. It’s how I start and end my day and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Water is good for your skin and overall body health and I feel so lucky that I love water. I know lots of people don’t like water and have a hard time drinking enough. My only suggestion is to add natural flavoring like lemon/lime juice, a splash of cranberry to a club soda, or purchase naturally flavored carbonated water. It’s good for your skin!

Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution, Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne Prone Skin
Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, Reversa Cleansing Micellar Solution, Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne Prone Skin

So, there you have it – my first beauty post. Tell me, what products are part of your skin care routine?

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Current Fave: Floral Embroidered Jeans

Floral Embroidered Jeans
Floral Embroidered Jeans

I first started blogging about two years ago, as part of a Digital Strategy Certificate I was getting at the University of Toronto. I had a lot of support from family and friends and a lot of input. One of the comments I got was that blog posts can be short and sweet. That’s what this one is!

There’s not much to say about these floral embroidered jeans, other than that I love them and that I get lots of compliments on them, from friends and family. Unsolicited compliments, too!

Floral Embroidered Jeans
Floral Embroidered Jeans

I got these at a local boutique in Toronto. I tried them on and then walked out of the store because I’m not an impulse buyer. But, I walked right back in because I didn’t think they’d last and because they hit a few summer trends: light wash, skinny, ripped, embroidered, and floral embroidered jeans. They’re so easy to style, too: with a plain white t-shirt, scarf, and sneakers; with a navy classic blazer and flats/mocassins; with a long-sleeved shirt in navy or white; and, with tanks and flip-flops.

Floral Embroidered Jeans
Floral Embroidered Jeans
Floral Embroidered Jeans
Floral Embroidered Jeans

And, there you have it. These Elsie Jeans from Velvet Heart are still available on their website via this link. In case you’d like to try this trend, I’ve linked a couple of other options here:

So, how are you doing with the floral and the embroidered trend this summer? I’d love to know.

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(Vegan) Chocolate Banana Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins
Chocolate Banana Muffins

You know that feeling when you want to try a recipe but don’t have all the ingredients? Well, that happened to me yesterday, which is why there are parentheses around the word ‘Vegan’ in the title of this post.

My neighbor dropped off two chocolate banana muffins on Sunday, made by her vegan daughter. They were delicious: moist, dense, and super chocolate-y. And, because they’re vegan, you can safely lick the batter! I had to make these asap, because the two muffins didn’t last more than an hour, and, well, a craving is a craving.

When I looked up the recipe for these chocolate banana muffins on the Two Peas & Their Pod blog, I knew that I didn’t have white whole wheat flour nor did I have almond milk on hand. I stopped off at the drugstore to pick up milk and took a quick look in the baking section. As I sort of expected, they didn’t carry these items so I was going to make do with ingredients I had at home. It was too early for the natural food store to be open.

Chocolate Banana Muffins
Chocolate Banana Muffins

I made 18 muffins but took a phone call and forgot to put some of the mini chocolate chips on top. What to do? I needed the chocolate banana muffins to be as chocolate-y as possible. So, I added the chocolate chips to each muffin after I pulled them out of the oven and spread them around as a sort of frosting. Then I added some banana chips on top for some color and crunch. They were pretty close to my neighbor’s version!

Next time, though, I’ll make sure to try them with the prescribed ingredients and get the recipe into 12 muffin cups. I think they pack more punch as a bigger muffin. So far, this is the best chocolate banana muffin recipe I’ve tried! Let me know if you end up making these and what you think.

Chocolate Banana Muffins
Chocolate Banana Muffins
Chocolate Banana Muffins
Chocolate Banana Muffins

I’ve cut and pasted the recipe below. You can follow the link to see photos of how the muffins are intended to look.

Chocolate Banana Muffins
Chocolate Banana Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins
(Recipe reproduced below is exactly as it appears on the Two Peas & Their Pod Blog)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, divided

DIRECTIONS:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3.  In a medium bowl, stir together mashed bananas, coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla extra. Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of the mini chocolate chips.
  4.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle remaining mini chocolate chips over the tops of each muffin. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Note-if you need the muffins to be vegan, make sure you use vegan chocolate chips. The muffins freeze well! To reheat, place frozen muffins in microwave for 20-30 seconds.

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The Adidas Stan Smith Cutout Sneakers

Adidas Stan Smith Cutout SneakersI’m sure you’ve noticed that fashion clothing and shoes these past few years have been made of mesh, see-through fabrics, and cutouts. I’m not sure what to make of this trend. I think it says something about the need to share even more of ourselves in an effort to be unique. Any deeper discussion on this topic goes beyond the scope of this blog, so I’ll stop right there! Let’s just say that when I saw these Adidas Stan Smith Cutouts, I decided to give them a try.

The history of the Adidas Stan Smith goes back to the early ’60s when Adidas came out with the first leather shoe — intended for playing tennis. In the 1970s, Stan Smith, then ranked as a number one player in the world, endorsed the shoe and it became known as the Adidas Stan Smith. The original Stan Smiths have three rows of perforated holes on both sides of the shoe with a green foam backing at the heel. Adidas has sold over 40 million pairs of Stan Smiths since their introduction.

Although the shoe has waned in popularity over the years and was even discontinued for a couple of years, it was reintroduced in 2014. They have been in such demand that certain models sell out and are hard to find. Kids and adults love this unisex shoe. The fun thing about any of the Stan Smiths is that they’re popular all over the world with all ages. It’s hard to find a trend that cuts across generations the way these shoes do!

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Even though I love these sneakers, I know that they’ll be limited to primarily warmer and drier weather because of the cutouts. I’ve styled them with rolled up jeans, a white t-shirt, and a blazer. Of course, because the shoes are white, they’ll go with almost anything. They’re great for walking in the city and for taking on a trip. I also think they’ll go well with a skirt or dress for a casual, comfortable look.

Adidas Stan Smith Cutout Sneakers

Adidas Stan Smith Cutout Sneakers
Adidas Stan Smith Cutout Sneakers
Adidas Stan Smith Cutout Sneakers
Adidas Stan Smith Cutout Sneakers

Adidas Stan Smith Cutout Sneakers

You can get the Stan Smith Cutouts at online retailers such as AdidasShopstyle and Capezio. There’s also an Adidas sneaker called the ‘Gazelle’, with similar cutouts, linked here, in case you’d like to try the cutout trend in a slightly different pattern.

What do you think? Do you have a pair of the original Stan Smiths? Which color did you get?

(BTW, a special shoutout goes to the owner of this house, who so patiently let me take photos in the beautiful perennial garden. Isn’t it stunning?)

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Kala Scarves: Wearable Art To Change The Look Of An Outfit

Kala Scarves
Kala Scarves

I consider myself to be a conservative dresser: classic, simple, easy style. One of the best ways to dress up a plain outfit is to reach for a scarf. I have quite a collection of fashion scarves that I tend to wear with plain t-shirts, sweaters, and blazers. And, yes, they’re mainly in blues and browns!

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with the designer and owner of Kala Scarves, a Canadian-based company that makes beautiful, hand-crafted scarves using premium quality natural fibers. After seeing the extensive collection of Kala scarves, it didn’t take me long to consider stepping outside of my comfort zone in terms of color and design.

The word ‘kala’ comes from the Hindi language and refers to the performing arts. Designed in Canada and manufactured in India of fine fabrics like cashmere from India, silk from China, and wool from Australia, Kala scarves are indeed works of art.

The designer finds inspiration from nature, travel, outings such as a visit to a butterfly conservatory, and from observing the colors and tones people wear. After the designs are conceived, they’re digitally captured and prepared for the artisans in India. The designer then travels to India to decide on the best fabrics on which to place her designs.

Some scarves are screen printed, some are digitally printed, and some are hand painted — the latter ensuring that each scarf is a one-of-a-kind piece. Some scarves are tie-died and some use similar techniques like batik and shiburi. Others are adorned with French lace or Swarovski crystals. Only high end fabrics are used such as lightweight cashmere, wool, silk/modal blends, silk/wool combinations, and linen. Each hand-painted scarf is therefore a unique piece of art on a luxury fabric.

When I went to look at the wide collection of scarves, I had a hard time choosing my favorites from all of the beautiful design and fabric combinations. The one thing I learned was to step outside of my comfort zone in terms of color and pattern.

Kala Scarves
Kala Scarves

Naturally, I gravitated towards a blue ombre scarf in navy, black, and blue. I liked that there were a bunch of colors in this silk/wool scarf and that it added a touch of elegance to a plain wool sweater.

Kala Scarves
Kala Scarves

Then I looked at a light blue, net-like print on a cream background which I also loved. The fabric, 20% silk and 80% modal, is very soft to the touch and has an airy feel making it easy to loosely style around the neck. The flowy fabric also lends itself to a simple draping around the neck, with the scarf cascading down past the jacket or top you’re wearing.

Kala Scarf in Silk/Modal
Kala Scarf in Silk/Modal
Kala Scarf in Silk/Modal
Kala Scarf in Silk/Modal

Kala Wearable Art ScarfKala Wearable Art ScarfThe designer also made this pattern in a yellow and cream combination. Because I wear lots of navy, the yellow was the perfect complement. It felt great to wear a pop of unexpected color against a classic navy leather jacket. Swapping in different scarves changed the mood of a classic jeans and leather jacket outfit.

What I loved the most about these luxury scarves is the quality of the fabrics and their unique designs. Look for these scarves in high-end boutiques in the US and Canada and follow along on both my Instagram and Kala’s Instagram, for more inspiration.

Kala Scarves
Kala Scarves

Kala Wearable Art ScarfKala Wearable Art ScarfKala Wearable Art ScarfKala Wearable Art ScarfKala Wearable Art ScarfI’ll be writing another post soon on monochromatic layering with a linen scarf, so stay tuned.

How do you use fashion scarves to change the look of an outfit?

This post was created in partnership with Kala Scarves; all opinions are my own.

[Jacket: Michael Kors; Sweater: Banana Republic; Shoes: Stuart Weitzman]

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The Structured Spring Cardigan

Structured Cardigan by Autumn CashmereIt’s that time of year when you don’t know what to wear: spring. We get bits and pieces of spring in between cold and rainy days, when the weather doesn’t know what to do. But, in Toronto, when spring actually comes, it typically lasts all of 3-4 weeks in a row.

If you’re like me, your closet is set up for one season or another. In the Fall, I put away my warm weather clothing in the basement. Because I’m always cold, my winter clothing consists of lightweight, long-sleeved t-shirts and a sweater or blazer. For six months of the year, I have to wear two long-sleeved layers of clothing, including some kind of wool top. So, when it’s those in-between temps like we’re having now, I find myself turning to thin wool sweaters or thick cotton sweaters.

Structured Cardigan by Autumn CashmereThat’s where the cardigan in this post comes in. It’s a thick-knit cotton cardigan so it has some structure and weight and acts as a blazer-like top, giving the outfit a smart casual look. It’s perfect for wearing now. It might be hard to tell in the photos, but it’s all navy, except for the black 2-inch detailing around the neck, sleeves, and placket. The two-toned knit makes it easy to pair the cardigan with jeans, navy, or black pants.

Structured Cardigan by Autumn CashmereStructured Cardigan by Autumn CashmereStructured Cardigan by Autumn CashmereI’m wearing this with an oxford faux wrap tie top. It’s a ‘faux’ wrap in that the ties in the front are just for decoration. They’re sewn into the side seams of the shirt and you tie them in the front. Otherwise, the shirt is a full button-down under the ties. You may have seen this faux wrap style on other items of clothing this past winter, like sewn into sweaters or dresses. And, you’ll see it in summer clothing as well. It’s kind of a fun detail.

Structured Cardigan by Autumn CashmereAs the weather warms up, I know I’ll be wearing this cardigan with t-shirts and tank tops. I can’t wait!

What do you reach for this time of year as the weather gets warmer?

(Cardigan: Autumn Cashmere; Faux-wrap top: H&M)

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Rice Krispies Treats With Froot Loops

Rice Krispies Treats
Rice Krispies Treats With Froot Loops

There are a few treats that remind me of my childhood, and Rice Krispies Treats is one of them. When I was a kid, I went to school on a trimester system. That means we went to school for 12 weeks at a time, then had a 5 week ‘intersession’ period.

During one intersession, I took a baking class. I was 9 or 10 years old. That class is what started me on my lifelong baking adventure. My mom’s an amazing baker (and cook and entertainer…) and I used to watch her bake all the time. But, at the intersession class, I was the one baking and creating – on my own!

The first item we made was Rice Krispies Treats. They’re simple and fun. With all the sweet and bran-type cereals that followed Rice Krispies, I must admit that I don’t often choose Rice Krispies as my breakfast cereal. This means I usually buy a box of Rice Krispies, just to make the Treats. They’re so easy and quick to make, and everyone loves them. They’re the perfect snack for school or travel, too.

Rice Krispies TreatsOne day, I was talking to a friend on the phone, and I must’ve been making Rice Krispies Treats. She asked if I had ever made them with Froot Loops. No, I hadn’t, but I love my treats super sweet, so I had to try her recipe.  All I had to do was substitute in some Froot Loops for some of the Rice Krispies! That’s all.

Have you ever tried that? Ever since my friend told me about these substitutions, I’ve never made plain Rice Krispies Treats. I think I’ve even made them with Cap’n Crunch cereal. The variations are endless…

Rice Krispies TreatsHere’s the link to the original Rice Krispies Treats recipe.

And, here’s the recipe, adjusted for Froot Loops:

Rice Krispies Treats With Froot Loops

1/4 c butter or margarine
5 cups mini marshmallows (or 40 regular ones)
4 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups Froot Loops

  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat
  • Add the marshmallows and stir until melted
  • Remove from heat and add in the cereal, stirring until coated
  • Press into a 9 by 13 inch buttered pan
  • Cool and cut into bars

BTW, in Canada, these Treats seem to be called ‘Squares’! I didn’t really know that until I did some research for this post.

Tip: When you’re making these, spread the mixture in the pan as best you can with a spatula or spoon. Wait a few minutes, then use a clean spatual to spread and smooth them out. The mixture is less sticky if you wait 3-4 minutes.

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Wax Coated Pants Perfect For Spring

Wax coated pantsIt’s technically spring in North America, but the temperatures outside tell me we’ve got a few more weeks to go before we can wear short-sleeved clothing without a jacket. In the interim, a blazer and wax coated pants are the perfect pairing for this weather.

This navy blazer is a classic. It’s from J. Crew and it’s their ‘Schoolboy’ blazer, now available as their ‘Rhodes‘ blazer. It’s wool, lined, has gold buttons, and can be dressed up or down. I love that it’s wool because it keeps me warm on cool spring days – yet it’s not bulky. I also love that it’s a petite size, so no alterations were necessary. The sleeve and jacket length were just right.

These wax coated pants, though, are one of my go-to wardrobe items, especially in changing weather. They’re Canadian-made by a Montreal-based, socially conscious company called I Love Tyler Madison. I think the best part about these pants is that they’re pull-on, with no zippers or buttons. The founders of this company love that these pants work for many body types and I agree with them. I’ve seen them on others and they look great.

I’ve styled the pants with an untucked oxford shirt under my favorite blazer for a casual yet chic look. Adding pearls makes the outfit that much dressier, as do high-heeled boots. You could remove the pearls, add a scarf, and wear casual boots or flats for a less formal look. You could also take the look to a very casual level by wearing a t-shirt and sneakers.

Although these pants remind me of leather pants, they’re really not comparable. They’re made of rayon and a hint of stretch that is wax coated. It’s a lot easier to wear them without worrying about being too careful. They also come in a cropped version and lighter colors, just in time for the warmer weather.

So, what do you think? Have you worn wax coated pants? I’d love to know what you think.

Happy Spring!

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Always With Love

It’s Valentine’s Day and last year I wrote a post (link here) about why I’m okay with Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is as good a day as any to talk about love because every day is a good day to talk about love. But, what is love, really? It’s lots of things and it’s about describing how you feel about lots of things. It’s about falling in love with a person or your first-born child. It’s about loving something inanimate like your first home. It’s about forgiving people and accepting them for who they are, and that, to me, is the most important part.

The title of this post comes from my Dad, who, since I’ve become a parent, has repeated to me: ‘always with love’. By this, he refers to how I parent, discipline, guide, and teach my kids things. It’s so hard to be patient, to forgive the things your kids say to you or about you. It’s so hard to punish or tell a child you don’t approve of what they’re doing, nicely. But, that’s what you have to do, and, to do it properly, you have to do it with love.

‘Always with love’ means that you don’t speak until you’ve figured out the nicest, most constructive way to say something. As someone who’s extroverted and talks a lot, my mouth talks way faster than my brain thinks sometimes. And, that’s not good when you’re a parent who wants to have the best impact in the little time you have to say something, especially when we’re talking about teens. One of my dear friends has taught me one magical phrase that works really well. She recommends starting a sentence with ‘I wonder…’ This is such a great way to start a sentence because it’s not judgmental, accusatory, or demanding. I love it and I try to use it as much as I can. It’s also a kinder way to get a conversation started, and fits perfectly with the ‘always with love’ approach. It’s just a softer way to start a conversation.

I’ve been parenting for a while now and I’m still learning. But, the greatest ‘a-ha’ moment for me has come recently when I realized that the best thing I can do is to show someone that I love them. That sounds so obvious, but, like I said, when you’re parenting, you sometimes think being tough is the way to go and sometimes that concept comes at the expense of love because you think the two can’t go together. They can, it’s about how you approach things, your attitude, and the end goal, which is to have a close, loving relationship with someone.

So, I leave you with excerpts from one of my favorite Bible passages, from Corinthians, that my Dad chose for our wedding. I’m sure this is the basis for his phrase ‘always with love’ and I’m glad he’s always reminding me about it:

‘Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing…Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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A Winter For Chelsea Boots

It’s been a relatively mild winter in Toronto this year, which means it’s been an interesting season for wearing winter boots.

If you don’t live in a very cold and snowy climate, then you might not understand that one usually has an assortment of winter boots. For example, you have your ‘snow’ boots, which are higher, warmer, waterproof, and come with a tread sole. You need snow boots for when it’s snowing, when you’re shovelling snow, and when you have to walk on the snow-covered sidewalks, streets, or ravine paths.

But, when it’s cold and dry and the sidewalks aren’t snow-covered, your boot options are practically endless. Translation: you can wear fashion boots! This means the boot can have a smooth sole, be made out of suede or leather, and be as impractical as you want. This is where my obsession for Chelsea boots comes in.

The Chelsea boot is an ankle high boot with elastic side panels, as well as a tab on the back of the boot for easy wear. According to Wikipedia, Chelsea boots were patented by Queen Victoria’s shoemaker in 1851, and meant to be a practical shoe. The boots became known as Chelsea boots in the 1950s and 60s when they were popular in the Chelsea part of London. The Beatles and many rock stars have worn them.

Over the years, I’ve owned a few pairs of Chelsea boots, especially as rain boots. The elastic side panels make it easy to put the boots on and off and the ankle height means they’re easy to wear with pants or jeans. This year, I bought two pairs of everyday Chelsea boots, with a thick, tread sole. They’re the same style because I fell in love with the boots and asked the store to make me another pair in another color. Yup, that happened.

The Chelsea boots in these photos are comfortable and so easy to slip on and off. They’re sleek and form-fitting. They have a wing-tip detail as well as a patent, smooth, and suede leather mix. I love the thick sole because I feel secure in the mild winter weather, even when it snows. They’re almost the only boots I’ve been wearing these days.

Chelsea boots come in all kinds of heel heights, materials, colors, soles, and styles. The popular Blundstones are a sturdy, casual style. Other than with jeans, the more ‘casual chic’ and dressier Chelsea boots can be worn with suits, skirts, and dresses. I’m usually in denim, so I go for the casual look most days.

Here are a few examples of the wide variety of Chelsea boots that you can wear all year round.

Let me know what you think of Chelsea boots, and, fingers crossed, I hope I haven’t jinxed our mild-ish winter!

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