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Sunset on the Mississippi

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Vest: Old Navy (old, similar) // Scarf: Old Navy // Shirt: Anthropologie (sold out) // Jeans: Old Navy // Boots: J.Crew (purchased on Poshmark, similar here) // Bag: Coach (sold out, similar) // Earrings: Kendra Scott // Rings: BaubleBar // Sunglasses: Karen Walker via DITTO

That tiny, colorful town down there on the banks of the Mississippi goes by the name of Bellevue, Iowa—and for good reason. If you’re willing to take a meandering little jaunt off the main road, you’ll find yourself atop densely wooded bluffs with views of the river that are, indeed, very beautiful. But the views themselves weren’t the destination.

In an effort to explore more of Iowa in our three years here, Max and I set off last weekend to check out a local place called Potter’s Mill. What we found was a blues and barbecue joint housed in a charming historic gristmill located just off the Mississippi. Since we had just spent some time taking pictures traipsing around in the snow and running from imagined bears, once the sun set we were very glad to shed our scarves and rosy cheeks in the warmth of the big red mill. An Irish coffee for the lady, a beer for gentleman and a plate of brisket and fries to share.

It was the kind of cold day when it’s easy to make friends with the bartender/owner and you almost manage convince yourself it’s a good idea to stay a few more hours until the band starts playing. Inviting twinkle lights and small-town charm aside, we were homebound well before bedtime with every intention of returning with friends once the weather warms up.

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Fair Isle for Foul Weather

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Sweater: Old Navy // Shirt: Old Navy // Jacket: J.Crew Factory // Jeans: Old Navy // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Boots: Sam Edelman // Bracelet: Julie Vos // Ring: Stella & Dot // Nails: Essie in Blanc

I learned a new word this week: Chiberia. And with temperatures dropping below -15° with wind chill in Chicago, I came to a full and complete understanding of the origin of that chilling nickname.

As winter settles in for the long haul, I’m daily realizing how ill prepared my wardrobe is for sub-zero weather. Not to mention the fact that I’m still without proper footwear due to the massive nationwide shortage of duck boots. But let’s look at the silver lining of this snow cloud, shall we, and discuss this cozy ensemble that fought bravely against the elements.

My plan of attack is to layer until I’m warm enough or I can no longer fit into my coat, whichever comes first. Thankfully, this fair isle sweater and button-down combination provides warmth while maintaining a streamlined silhouette—win-win. Even better? I got both on mega-sale at Old Navy.