Chilly Weather…

I have to own up to something. When the frigid temperatures hit i am a complete wimp. All i can even think of wearing is jeans, layers and chunky knits.

When i wake up of a morning and look out the window to see a frost thicker than my mattress covering everything in site, then my mind just automatically picks out jeans, socks (2 pairs), boots, the woolie knits and a big duffel coat.
Its been hovering around zero degrees celcius all day today and there is some snow forecast for the weekend! Yay for snow! I’ve bought a sledge in hope that we get enough for us to make the most of the big hills we live on!

So after we completed the epic task of defrosting the car (grrr) we went off to the office where i spent the day in a cold tin unit submerged in company accounts…. oh the joys!! I have to say though the layers with my shirt and jumper kept me really warm, of which i was super grateful.. i’m a grumpy cold person!

So I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but i’m not one to wear skinny jeans much.  This is the only pair i own that i truly love. This pair from Next are stretchy and comfy and have been with me for about 4 years and i love them. However, skinny jeans don’t love me. This may be a contributing factor in to why i am such a dresses girl, but these thighs weren’t really made for skinny jeans. True story, i once got stuck in a pair of skinny jeans in the changing room in New Look. I.was.mortified! I then proceeded to tug and pull till they came off while ripping a rather big hole on one of the belt hoops which i was using as a kind of handle/grip in the whole pulling off process.  Moral of the story… Rachel doesn’t do Skinny Jeans……usually. And with that, if you weren’t looking at my thighs before you will be now, hahaha! Anyway enough about my thighs.. how are you?

This is my 6 year old coat which i refuse to throw out. Paul bought it for me the first winter we were together as a thank you for all the help with the business. Crazy really, but i can still remember standing in that shop picking out a coat with him like it was yesterday.Oh how time flies!

Shirt: F&F

Boots, Jumper & Jeans: Next

Coat: Topshop

Necklace, Socks & Hat: Matalan

What’s your cold weather go-to?

Ps. I have used larger images … what do you think help they eyes or hurt the eyes?


pleated poppy



  1. January 15, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    You're so pretty! Love the hat. Wish I could pull that off! I'm not usually a skinny jeans gal either and I too have ripped a hole in the side of some trousers when using the belt loops as a tug. I did buy a pair of jeggings last month from sainsburys and they work a dream!

  2. January 15, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    I'm exactly the same with the cold weather! I have to wear like a pair of tights or leggings under my jeans in addition to what you said! We already have snow where I live! I'm pretty sure I have the exact same mustard necklace as you! 🙂

    Sita xx

  3. January 15, 2013 / 11:42 pm

    I always like bigger images – they have more impact.

    Love the jumper especially – I lived in the UK for a year and scored some great deals in the Next sale 🙂

  4. January 16, 2013 / 12:18 am

    Love how you can later up and still looks so awesomely stylish. I just look odd. Lol xo

  5. January 16, 2013 / 12:41 am

    Your a beautiful girl. you have the perfect skin tone for bright colors!
    i LOVE that hat! its gorgeous!
    The whole look turned out beautiful.
    I understand the need to layer up.

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  6. January 16, 2013 / 12:50 am

    i love this look. I especially love the hat and they way the shirt peaks out from the edges. I find skinnies a hard look too but I find jeans in general a pain to shop for…. thanks for your WW join in. Have a fab day :o)

  7. January 16, 2013 / 2:01 am

    Layers are the best when it is super cold. I like the blue, green and mustard combo you're wearing here!

  8. January 16, 2013 / 2:52 am

    love the necklace.

  9. January 16, 2013 / 3:45 am

    SO cute! I love this outfit! It has been FAREEEZING here! (0 Fahrenheit and less) it's bundle up or get frost bite.. haha!

  10. January 16, 2013 / 3:59 am

    I love the mixing of colors… & your story about the skinny jeans. I dk how people shove those things on. Some girls wear them soooo tight too. I dk. I'm a dresses girl too!

  11. January 16, 2013 / 8:18 am

    I am not a skinny jeans person either, I wore them for removals day last week and was almost in tears when I came to post the outfit photos. I hate how I look in them SO much as I feel that they just work to highlight my insecurities.
    I really love the colour of this coat, so pretty. I have a coat like that, bought by someone as a gift so many years ago and even though it doesn't really fit me anymore, I can't bring myself to get rid of it.

  12. January 16, 2013 / 9:54 am

    I love this outfit, you make jeans and a jumper look interesting, whereas I just look dull! Love your coat and the hat and necklace together. x p.s. nothing wrong with those thighs that I can see!

  13. January 16, 2013 / 12:09 pm

    Same here – everything below zweo makes me want to stay in bed! Unfortunately, I don't think I could really do this for solid three months…


  14. January 16, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    LOVE the larger images, I can see your pretty face better! I love your shirt- layers are definitely the way to go!!

    Maria xxx

  15. January 16, 2013 / 2:29 pm

    So colourful, as always (that's a good thing) !

  16. January 16, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    Also, nothing wrong with old coats – my main one for really cold winter days is a ten year old Billabong coat with furry cuffs that look a bit grey now, and the zip is broken, but it's so warm and despite being £100 new the cost per wear must be in the pence now

  17. January 16, 2013 / 4:11 pm

    Oooh I have so much to say on this post, I will try not to bore you lol. Firstly the larger pictures are great, I love to see the detail closer and clearer I hope you stick with larger images. Secondly, the boots! OMG I love these soooo much. What size shoe are you? Can I buy them from you? Lol only joking I am on a shopping ban at the moment (otherwise that would so not be a joke!) Thirdly I feel you on the whole skinny jeans thing and it is the same reason I gravitate towards dresses. I also got stuck in a pair in Topshop. My problem is my calves, they always fit fine on the waist hips, bum and even thighs but as soon as it comes to my calves… I get really stuck. I am like a pear shape from the knees down lol, very hard to dress for. I tend to stick to short dresses and knee boots, they are the most flattering on my weird body shape I find.
    Fourthly (yes I will shut up soon I promise lol) your coat!!! I have nearly the exact same one I got from Laura Ashley 6 years ago, mine is a brighter greeny colour but pretty much the same coat! Given that all high street stores tend to buy from a lot of the same suppliers it could actually be the same coat but with different store labels sewn it. It is a lovely coat isn't it? I can't bear to part with mine either.

    Ok I am done now (phew I hear you say) this post just excited me too much 🙂

    Janine xx

  18. January 16, 2013 / 4:13 pm

    PS I forgot to answer your question (lol) my cold weather go to is fleece lined leggings, knee boots with socks and jumper dresses, pretty much my usual style winterified lol.

    Janine xx

  19. January 16, 2013 / 7:55 pm

    I love this ourfit, blue check, yellow hat and necklace and brown boots and the skinnies, I just love it so pretty and the green jumper… it. You wear it well

  20. January 16, 2013 / 9:33 pm

    Wow! you are beautiful and have great style! love what you put together! thanks for linking up to Ispyrefashion!

  21. January 16, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    I love your colourful outfit! Thanks for your kind comment 🙂

  22. January 16, 2013 / 10:37 pm

    the colors are gorgeous!!

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  23. January 16, 2013 / 11:23 pm

    Ooooh so much to say lovely Rachel!!!

    1. I too have neglected you… still checking out your outfits but lacking the time to comment. Naughty Catherine.
    2. I can't begin to say how much I love everything about this outfit – winter layering perfection! Great accessorising too!!
    3. The backlighting from the sun looks gorgeous in the 2nd and last pictures.
    4. You look especially radiant in these pics… so, so pretty!
    5. Skinny jeans DO look great on you. As long as they're styled right (as you have done), they are super-flattering on most people. Boots always make a big difference.
    6. We're yellow beanie hat twins!! Mine's been on Instagram but maybe not on the blog yet. I think…
    7. Yes, yes, YES to bigger images! They look amaaaazing!
    8. I can beat you in number of socks in the winter… I had four pairs on yesterday. Really!
    9. Consider yourself Pinned, young lady.
    10. Hopefully this lonnnnnng comment makes up for my lonnnnnng absence :))

    Lots love and stay warm, hun!

    Catherine x

  24. January 17, 2013 / 5:28 am

    Don't worry about wearing jeans and sweaters all winter long… you look so cute in them! I love the layers and that necklace 🙂


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  26. January 17, 2013 / 9:20 am

    Aw you look so cozy and cute in your jeans and sweater! And a great hat as usual. Also I really like the bigger pictures. And your thighs are not big at all! I swear some of those jeans in the stores are made for stick people. Like people whose legs are the same width all the way down – which quite frankly creeps me out because I worry about them being able to hold their bodies up. I don't think my legs are big and sometimes I try on skinny jeans and am like, "these are far too skinny for people with any sort of musculature." Anyway. Enough rambling. I think your jeans look fantastic on you!

  27. January 17, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    I think you look beautiful in your skinny jeans! x

  28. January 17, 2013 / 8:54 pm

    I like to wear jeans lots in the cold weather too, they're so warm and cosy. I run the risk of making them look boring though so have to brighten them up with lots of colours! I love how you have worn them here.

  29. January 18, 2013 / 4:29 am

    hahaha frost thicker than your matress- that made me laugh. and Rachel, this has GOT to be my favorite outfit of yours- i love everything about it! the colors, the layers, that pretty statement necklace- i want it all! and i'm the exact same way during winter, just my outfits are way more boring than yours, this is absolutely lovely.

    sometimes i just hate the people in california and florida, wearing summer dresses during january. who needs 'em. #bitter

  30. January 18, 2013 / 6:52 am

    I'm so happy that you visited and commented on my blog because it led me to you! This outfit is perfect. The colors, the textures, the accessories. The necklace ties it all in together so beautifully, and don't even get me started on that fabulous green sweater, paired perfectly with that checkered shirt underneath. I love it all!


  31. January 18, 2013 / 7:10 am

    Oooh! I am loving all the colors, textures, and layers in this look, Rachel!!! I have been rocking the buttoned up with a statement necklace look lately too and I adore it. The color of that hat is just gorgeous with your coloring. My go to winter look is a pile of blankets and a mocha! Yummm!!! ~Sarah

  32. January 21, 2013 / 5:57 am

    I'm actually shocked that you feel that way about your thighs. Those jeans look awesome on you and you look so pretty!! I really wish I could wear colours the way you do! I need to branch away from all the neutral colours I wear haha


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