While the rest of you are just getting on with it, wearing white jeans and thinking of pedicures so you can slip on those sandals, I’m still wittering on about spring. How it will never get here. How sick I am of my sweaters. And my boots. Blah, blah, blah. Because let’s face it, I may be able to wear springy pants and loafers to my book club, but I’m still bundling up in down jackets and scarves and boots to go outside.
So today, I am rebelling. I’m unzipping the garment bag, hauling out my spring coats… all two of them… and packing away my winter coats. All except for my ultra-light down Uniqlo jacket. I don’t want to be foolhardy. We may still get snow. I guess that makes me a faint-hearted rebel. Ha. But faint-hearted or not, in my view, it’s one small step for spring, one giant step for Sue. And Sue’s emotional well-being.
Seriously, the act of packing away my winter coats, or most of them, and donning my spring coat makes me happy. I’m pleased that my Uniqlo cashmere turtleneck goes so well with the Moncler anorak I bought last spring. I’d been on a major spring coat quest for years. I thought I wanted a traditional tan trench coat. But it turned out they all looked terrible on me. This navy anorak was much more suited to my lifestyle. And my colouring. The tan made me look old and ill. Not really a look I’m going for these days. Ha.
I really do love navy, you know. And this Burberry scarf which I also bought last spring is the perfect scarf to go with my coat. Navy with white and red has long been a favourite. My burgundy Paul Green loafers, bought on sale last fall, and this old Marc Jacobs bag, bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in 2015, pick up the red in the scarf, don’t you think? I’m not ready to haul out my red Earth Brand loafers just yet. They’re much too summery when we still have snow on the ground. Besides, I want to get more wear out of these Paul Green shoes. I just checked and Nordstrom doesn’t have these loafers any more, but they do have a lovely pair, in a similar style, here. I love the red suede.
So, I’m wearing my spring coat today, and my loafers instead of boots. And even if it’s still cold enough to necessitate wearing pantyhose under my jeans, I am making one small step for spring. Actually, that should be two small steps for spring.
And I this morning when I opened my e-mail I was reminded that spring coats, dry pavement, and wearing shoes instead of boots are not the only important harbingers of spring. Let’s not forget hot cross buns, people! How have I forgotten about hot cross buns? Actually that’s an easy question to answer. Hubby has been doing all the grocery shopping, which is not that unusual. But for some reason, I haven’t even darkened the door of a grocery store since I came back from Mum’s. Hence the lack of hot cross bun awareness.
So when I opened the weekly Friday Fashion newsletter from The Telegraph online and read the opening line of an article by Chloe MacDonnell, I laughed out loud.
Chloe Mac Donnell, The London Telegraph
It’s April, which means there are a couple of things playing on my mind. Namely, is it acceptable to have a hot cross bun for breakfast yet? But perhaps more importantly, what do I want to wear now that it’s slightly warmer, but could at any minute start chucking it down with rain?
I really enjoy that weekly newsletter from The Telegraph. I like to see what the Brits are saying about fashion. And I really enjoy the articles from Chloe MacDonnell. I’ve mentioned her before on the blog. And who doesn’t love a fashion writer who waxes lyrical about new dresses and hot cross buns in the same article? She’s a girl after my own heart.
Oh my, I do love a good hot cross bun. When we were kids, Mum used to make homemade hot cross buns at Easter. And I still love them. I buy them every year, and eat the lot. Hubby doesn’t appreciate them like I do.
So that’s where I’m off to today. On the quest for hot cross buns. Surely it’s not too early to find them in the stores. And not too early to have them for breakfast, either.
I’ll just make one last check on Twitter to see what Ian Black, the CBC weather guy, is saying about today.
Ha. Thanks for the warning, Ian. It is bloody cold out here. And it started to spit snow before I even made it to the car. Definitely feels like -9°C with that gusty wind. You should see the shot with my hair standing on end. I deleted that one, folks.
So that’s it for me today. I made one small step for spring by getting my spring coat out. Another by ditching my boots. And perhaps the most delightful one… by remembering that hot cross buns, those harbingers of spring weather and Easter eggs, always make me smile. And want to pop the kettle on for tea.
Now, tell me, my friends … do you prefer your hot cross buns toasted, or plain?
P.S. I was going to make a lame joke about freezing my buns off in search of hot cross buns. But I thought that was a little too lame, even for me. 🙂