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It feels like it's been a while since an outfit post. It's hard enough getting out the door these days (baby, dog, winter gear) without snapping pics, but then I realized I've only posted outfits on those occasions when I get dressed up all fancy. That's not real life, so here are a few real life outfits - snow, rain, overexposures, and all.

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Neiman Marcus poncho (similar), Gap jeans, Madewell necklace (no longer available), Sam Edelman booties. As an aside, this poncho is a silk cashmere blend, but I've managed to continue wearing it even with a grabby 7-month old - maybe because it lifts over his head while nursing?

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Forever 21 top, H&M scarf, Old Navy jeans, Sam Edelman booties

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Neiman Marcus poncho, James Jeans, Blush necklace (have you been to Blush? it's the cutest boutique in downtown Kirkwood - you should go!), Sam Edelman booties

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Old Ann Taylor LOFT cardigan, old Gap tee, Gap jeans, flea market necklace, Franco Sarto booties. I'm realizing that all the booties I'm wearing in this post are suede! People always tell me they don't want to buy suede because they won't be able to wear them in the rain, but clearly, I don't let that stop me. I just use a basic spray suede protector and don't splash in any puddles!

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Old Zara cardigan (similar), H&M scarf, Gap jeans, Sam Edelman booties. I bought a couple of cheap scarves this fall to change things up a bit - it's a bummer this one isn't available online in the camel color anymore - I love it!

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Eddie Bauer parka, Paige jeans, Sam Edelman booties

Whew, that's a lot of outfits! I'm going to go ahead and wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - I hope everyone has a calm and restful holiday! Keep in touch on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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how to dress for extreme cold

how to dress for extreme cold

I've mentioned it already, but I really hate the cold. I'm always cold, and for some weird reason, I'm really cold much earlier than usual this year. So this post is about a level of layering that I usually don't have to utilize until January or February, but because of some unusually cold spells we've already had here in St. Louis, has already been put into action. Hopefully these tips are useful to some of you, and I'll be using them again this weekend when the temperatures drop into the teens.

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Thanks to a maternity-wear suggestion by Carmen on this post, I started my layering with a Gap maxidress and a favorite necklace. Underneath, I'm actually wearing Cuddl Duds long underwear, but tights would also be sufficient. I like Cuddl Duds because they have a silky outer layer, making it easy for for pants and tops to slide on over. For the real cold, I like wool tights like these. Look for something with a high wool content and high dernier count. The higher the dernier, the tighter the weave and more opaque the tights. The higher the amount of wool in the tights, the warmer they'll be. I'm also wearing suede knee high boots - even more warmth and layering!

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Another comment on the maternity wear basics post, this one by Annemieke, inspired me to add this wrap top, which I found at Red Racks thrift store recently. It would be a little short for normal wear, but for pregnancy and over a dress, it works well. For even colder weather, I would totally add a Cuddl Duds v-neck top underneath. Since I like to wear things with three quarter sleeves, I've actually cut the sleeves shorter on some of mine. 

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Next, I added an old fleece vest from the Gap.

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Over that a leather jacket. I've had this one from Banana Republic for over 10 (!) years. It was $200, which seemed like an exhorbitant amount to me at the time, but it's certainly been worth its cost per wear. I'm holding it in awkwardly to pretend I still have a waistline.

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Of course, a scarf. On top of all of this, I added a coat and gloves before leaving. I hate wearing a hat (it messes up your hair, don't you know) so I wear earmuffs like these that go behind your neck.  

So that's it. A lot of clothes. What do you think? Are these tips helpful? Is this overkill, or do you need this much extra warmth too?