We stepped out early one frosty morning and I'll never forget the feeling: Silent streets, rosy cheeks, a hand swinging in mine. I bundled not against but for the fresh chill. For now, I'll welcome it. Winter is unapologetically sharp, relentless and remorseless, and I love it's honesty. Summer will lure out your wildness, dangling rooftops and cocktails and the blank slate of long, bright nights. Winter asks you to get yourself together. Bundle up. Have fun but not too much because your coffee will get cold and you just might freeze your fingers off.
But this is Minnesota. Team North. We all know what we're in for, so we do things like wake up early and head out just to feel the chill. I walked my favorite corner of the city before anyone else was up, and my coffee got cold, and I smiled, and held a hand, and burrowed back in the furry bundle I'd so preparedly wrapped myself in. Because I had myself together. Because this is winter.
My favorite corner of the city is the North Loop. Home of the cute shops, and the coffee shops, home shops, and the favorite things shops. I found this jacket at Ribnick Luxury Outerwear- one of those favorite things shops. They've been here supplying Minneapolis with the best fur, shearling, leather, and down around for over 70 years - and at all price points: This headband is under $150, and Bonus: Also so cute worn lose around the neck like a scarf. Double Bonus: Now through Dec. 24th, Ribnick has loads of coats up to 60% off. Triple Bonus: Coats purchased before Dec. 24th are eligible for full refund if the snowfall is 7 inches or more on Jan. 1 2017.
Add some items to your Christmas list, and pray for snow. This is winter. Get yourself together.