Thursday, February 10, 2011


sunshine on my shoulders.
whether you prefer john denver or dave matthews or... gasp!...neither, you gotta admit: the sunshine makes you happy. (or, the vitamin D, whatevs.)

after weeks of gray skies and sub-zero temps, we're finally going to thaw out a bit here. today was sunny and 17, but tomorrow is supposed to be almost 40 degrees! woot-woot!!  seriously, after winter in the midwest, our 40 feels like your 70. (i'm talking to YOU, californians!) we will shed our coats and scarves, happily wear flats without socky-things, and the junior high kids will wear shorts! seriously. someone will be wearing shorts tomorrow. we'll take walks and the kids will ride their bikes and scooters! the elementary schools will finally let the kids out for recess and someone will probably grill out tomorrow night. everyone will rejoice and the cops will double-up downtown because people get rowdy 'round here when the weather gets nice.

i know better than to think that spring is here. it will get cold again and we'll probably have at least one more snowstorm. but! this is just what we need to help us survive the next several weeks of winter. every year we get some unseasonably nice weather (one time it was 67 in JANUARY!) and i think it always comes at the perfect time.
riiiiight before every last person is ready to slit their wrists,
we get a few nice days to convince us to put the steak knife down.
(ummm...that's a terrible joke. just a taste of what my family & friends put up with.) anyway, i was quite happy to soak in some rays today and i hope you have blue skies wherever you are, too.

vest: gap
hoodie: target
thermal: columbia
cargos: sanctuary
shoes: toms
bracelets: random


  1. Oh so happy for you! Enjoy - know that these cold temps and snow must have been hell for you and the girls! Hey, I recognize that shirt - with you when you bought it. Stay warm...and enjoy the sun.

  2. Got my Toms... too small sending them back :( So sad.. but love this outfit!!! :)

  3. you are cute! also, here in Michigan, I totally "get" what you are saying... very, very true. and funny. and a little bit depressing if you think about it. getting excited about 40.

    the night of my husband and i's first date (11 years ago almost to the day) it was a SUPER warm day in February. We didn't even wear coats on our date - gasp!

  4. is this sanctuary a new store in des moines or an online entity?

  5. Love this outfit!! This is my style.
    Youre too damn cute.

  6. I saw someone running in shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt this afternoon and I saw a family out for a walk. The little ones were in the stroller and the older one was riding his bike. I love winter heat waves in Iowa!

  7. I don't live in a super cold climate, but there's no way I could pull off the cold-weather look as well as you do! I'm glad y'a'll are experiencing some "warm" weather! :)


  8. oh, i love this (again, you are a master of layering). i wore something similar to this a few days ago, but i like how your hood peeks out from under the vest. i think you're ready for spring!

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