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the moral wardrobe: it's snow time

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It's blizzard time! Charlottesville, as I've mentioned before, is obsessed with talking about, photographing, and anticipating weather. The TV is on in the background and the weather man has said the word, "snow," about 20 times in the past 3 minutes. News correspondents are commenting on the presence of children playing and people walking their dogs in the snow. The grocery store lot was packed full this morning with people doing last minute emergency preparedness shopping in case the power goes out (I was buying dish soap - I did my shopping two days ago).

We actually do have a reason to care this time around, though. With 24 inches of snow forecasted for the next 24 hours, this could be the biggest snow storm on record for our area. As the weather man just noted, we have a reason to enjoy it for now, but things could take a turn for the worse this evening, especially if power lines get weighed down and we lose electricity. Crossing my fingers that everyone stays safe and warm.

snow storm outfit Ethical Details: Top - Krochet Kids*; Cardigan (similar at Everlane), Coat, and Boots - thrifted; Hat - locally handmade (similar at Krochet Kids*)

Climate change is going to make all of us talk about the weather more and more. It's something I'm still learning about and trying to process, having grown up in a staunchly "Climate change isn't real, the liberal media is lying to us" household. For now, I'm trying to enjoy the novelty of heavy snow while acknowledging that the severity of this weather is a sign of things to come. Reducing meat consumption and trying to use less gas and plastic are a few ways I'm trying to keep climate change at bay, but it's nowhere near enough. It's important that we vote for initiatives and politicians who make tackling climate change a priority.

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the moral wardrobe: valley thrift magic

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Every time we visit my parents in Cincinnati, I insist on taking the short trip over to Valley Thrift, a massive secondhand shop just outside the city. It's a must visit because I always (and I mean always) find the thing I'm looking for there.

In August, I found a pair of Sam Edelman Petty booties in nearly new condition for $4.99. This time around I was looking for a wool toggle coat that hit below the butt. I found this one, by Lands' End, for $29.99. It's fully lined, double-lined with wool at the chest, and has a thinsulate layer, too. Plus, it's hooded! Perfection.
  thrifted outfit winter Ethical Details: Sweater - thrifted; Tee (not shown) - Everlane; Boots - thrifted; Necklace - c/o Bought Beautifully; Coat - thrifted

I paired the coat with a thrifted sweater in my favorite color and some groovy 2000s-does-the-1970s Clarks boots, also thrifted. I hesitated buying these boots from the shop where I work for a few months because they're pretty blatantly circa 2002, but then I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so now I've fully embraced the fashions of the early 2000s. Tacky? Maybe. But that's why fashion is fun.