Spring and summer shoes have been put away. I have my ankle boots out and have made a list of essentials that only just made it through last winter and now need replacing. I'm resisting knee-high boots until I really need the warmth. On the essentials list are some funky woolen tights, long-sleeve tops, gloves and a winter skirt. I accidentally washed the woollen skirt I bought from Anthropologie last winter and it's now felted and significantly smaller than I am. There may have been tears. But I'm past that now. Sniff. Really.
It still shocks me that I will need a completely different wardrobe to take me through the next six months. I have really only ever had "one" wardrobe. Sure I had boots which came out at winter and a jacket that I'd wear on the coldest of Melbourne days, but gloves and hats were fashion accessories and not necessities. I got myself into a bit of a funk last winter, completely bored with wearing the same coat, gloves and hat day after day. This winter I've decided I'm going to branch out and knit/buy some new ones so that I can mix and match and feel like I'm putting something new on every now and again.
I'm really only just starting to learn about this "living in the snow" business. The concept of it taking 5 minutes to put on your "outside" gear drives me crazy. No just nipping down the street for some milk - although the fact that we live on the 5th floor of an apartment block without an elevator negates that fact anyway. Anyway, this week I feel like I'm preparing to go into battle , I'm taking a big breath of the "last summer air" and diving into long nights and lots and lots of inside time. For all the seasoned winter people out there, what do you do to keep yourself going through the dark cold months?