Cold as a Witches What?!

Winter has officially arrived.  Coldest week of the year here in Boston right now.

Seriously, this blogger needs a palm tree.


There is a silver lining to this cold bleak grey week.  I blame German dockhands for my happy warmth.


Wellenstyn jackets were originally made out of sail cloth, a material strong enough to withstand wind, cold and damp.  It’s like the shipyards of Hamburg are sister ports with Boston.  Brrrrrrrrrrr Frauline!

Glencheck, navy blue, camel, black, royal blue, metallic, grey, red, lime green, what’s your pleasure?  Any choice will deliver delirious warmth, perfect for building snow forts or surviving snowball attacks!


Waist length, car coat or bomber?


Down, faux fur, three in one shell with a vest to wear once it all thaws out?


Done, done and done.  There is even room to dabble in the mens section if you want a different cut.  Or surprise your man with a crazy warm winter coat!


There are now four Wellenstyn stores in the US, one in California, one in New York City, and two outlets, one in Chicago and one in Wrentham, MA.  Jackets at the outlet run around $400-600, and worth every single penny when the temperature is zero – not including wind chill.  #hatewindchillmorethanbangs


All Wellenstyn jackets are either waterproof or water resistant – this is very good news for anyone who lives where “Nor’Easter” is part of the forecast!  Plus each jacket style has its own adorable name.  Obviously “darling” called to me.

“Schneeauber” means snow magic in German.  reversecommuter thinks Wellenstyn may be a perfect synonym.

 

 

 

Scarves & Car Singing

The little things in life really do make me ridiculously happy.

Case in point, my scarf that throws in some much needed sunshine at a time when the weather is dipping into scary-frostbite-freezing-zone (and yes, that is an actual made-up meteorological term!).

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Don’t let the cold win. Grab a bright accessory that makes you sing in the car with wild abandon.  Click the pictures to get a bright scarf worth singing about!

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Etro Scarf

 

Click here to visit the hermes scarf store – cannot post their pictures but trust me it is SO worth a visit!
It’s totally okay, the windows are up – it’s freezing out!

Warm Spumoni

How is it already happening?

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It is cold enough that burying your face in the clean clothes fresh out of the dryer feels like a spa treatment.  A stretch I know, but reversecommuter really hates the cold!

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A solid plan is needed to make it through winter 2014/15, and this plan is called “Operation Bright Coat“.  How bad can a snow storm really be if my coat is a fashionable bright beacon?

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Can a polar vortex play havoc with circulation if my coat is screaming happy-color-coded-cashmere thoughts?  I think not.

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Scattered throughout this post are some of the semi-final contestants of the “I’m reversecommuter’s new spumoni inspired winter coat!“, (really exciting big contest in some parts).  Just click on the picture to go shopping, and try not to focus on the ice cream reference.  🙂

Budget Friendly Tip of the Day: don’t forget to check out the daily deals on some of the shopping sites such as Gilt.com and RueLaLa.com.

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reversecommuter did a quick search at Gilt.com and found this awesome Oscar de la Renta cashmere coat, originally $3690 now $1499!

Fashion and Finance Friday!

Thank the heavens above, the week is done!  Now if only the deep freeze would thaw….

Ralphie has done it again!  Ralph Lauren unveiled the US Olympic Team uniforms yesterday and they are purdy!!!!!!!  (having said that, reversecommuter is still SO UBER OBSESSED with Austria’s Olympic Uniforms from Bogner – click here to salivate!)

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This video from Ralph Lauren tells the story of a wool producer from an Oregan ranch that has been a family owned business for over 140 years.  It is a beautiful vignette and instills immediate patriotism!

In the video the narrator comments on the friendliness of the NYC Ralph Lauren design team.  reversecommuter had the pleasure of working with these designers a few years back and I can personally vouch for the warmth, design skills and energy offered from this fashion mammoth.

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Ralph Lauren should be commended for their creativity, design and vision of delivering the athletes uniforms that are completely designed and produced in the USA.

Instagram as a science project?  Instagram has been helping a tech firm named Olapic and professors at the University of Wisconsin study marketing and the relationship between photos and online sales (file under SUPER cool!).  According to their findings the colors yellow and blue increase sale.  The filters available on Instagram and other photo apps influence emotional reaction to the pictures.  

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And here you thought your favorite filter option just made your skin glow a little more!  Olapic counts Steve Madden, Bumble and bumble, Gilt, Coach, NastyGal, Veuve Cliquot and Vineyard Vines as clients who turn to them to pull Instagram pics from users into marketing data and mine it to increase sales.  

Speaking of Instagram (nice segway huh?!), please follow reversecommuter at http://instagram.com/reversecommuter (click it to go right there!).

Pop the champs, ignore the snow and wear your most gorgeous shoes and celebrate every single minute (they all really do count!).

xo reversecommuter