January 7, 2016

How I Wear Sneakers in the Winter (Hint: SOCKS)




Once December hits, I typically swap sneakers for boots.  But the lack of snow has me seriously reconsidering.  I mean…nothing is more comfy than sneaks and socks, right?  But which socks?  (Of course, if I’m wearing hightops then I gleefully grab the wooliest ones I can find.)

So: If I want to wear my black lowtop sneakers out in the cold….black socks, right?  Kind of like that old school man-rule about matching your socks to either your pant leg or your shoes?  Something like that?  And since I couldn’t *quite* remember which it was (Mike ignores that rule anyway), I did black on black on black because that, my friends, is always a winning combination.

Says me, anyway.






This little monkey had a birthday this week.  I cannot believe I have an eight year old.  [snort]  Eight going on eighteen, I swear.  Sometimes he needs a good headlock to remember who his mama is.

I figure this parenting technique should last me….oh…another year?  Tops?



Last night his brother fell asleep before Raines did.  So we talked about The Beatles (“their music came all the way across the ocean, Mom!  That’s pretty powerful”) and math (“it just blows my mind that anything times zero is zero, Mom!  Even three hundred times zero is still zero!”) and as he was finally drifting off, all talked out, he murmured “it just feels so good to talk to you, Mom.”  And then my heart burst into a zillion pieces and I could barely answer because gratitude and humility and this overwhelming feeling of being so, so blessed…well, they were clogging my throat.

I swear, I will never get tired of having these boys fall asleep in my arms.



coat – NINObrand rain and windproof jacket (designed by the insanely talented Bella.  Local gals can set up an appointment here. )  Or for a similar vibe (big hood and longer length), I like the look of this this softshell rain jacket by Betsey Johnson or this hooded coat by Weatherproof.

sweaterTop Secret cashmere sweater (on major sale – I also wore it here)

leggingsPlush liquid leggings (lined in fleece and the warmest pants I own!)

socksSmartwool socks

sneakerssimilar rose gold and black Nikes or similar rose gold & black Pumas or

bagRebecca Minkoff Fringe Julian Backpack

sunglassesPrada c/o Ditto


If you have snow, I’m jealous.



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  • kallahrachel
    January 7, 2016

    Ahhh you are fashion psychic. I literally just bought my first pair of black socks yesterday, on a whim, and they’re exactly what I needed 🙂

  • Shannon
    January 7, 2016

    I have a set of black/gray animal print socks that I like to wear with my blacks sneaks. I get compliments on them from strangers all the time! Like these: http://www.absolutesocks.com/snow-leopard-gray/?utm_source=googlepepla&utm_medium=adwords&id=61865531738&gclid=CNr7t4yJmcoCFQEnHwodShIEfA

  • Jodi
    January 7, 2016

    What about white sneakers? I love my white leather converse and I would like to have the option of wearing them now. I have yet to find an attractive winter solution. Maybe white is just a no-go anyway. Any thoughts?

    • sdraugelis
      January 13, 2016

      I’ve been wearing my white converse high tops with white smart wool socks (haha no but seriously) and am thinking….I might be able to do that with my low top white sneaks and light wash jeans so the contrast isn’t so high..??

  • Amy Mac
    January 7, 2016

    What’s the sizing like on the Plush leggings? TTS or run big/small? They have the moto ones on Amazon and they look awesome!

    • Beth
      January 8, 2016

      I’m with Amy- would love to know sizing. I have the regular Plush leggings, but not the coated ones.

      • sdraugelis
        January 13, 2016

        Well…I think they run pretty TTS, or maybe a bit small.

        • Beth
          January 13, 2016

          Thank you! And, can those of us outside of Philly purchase the jacket you have on, or is that for local mamas only?

  • Norman
    January 8, 2016

    Amazing blogs, thanks for sharing!

  • Norman
    January 8, 2016

    These are so fantastic. Wonderful look!

  • sue
    January 8, 2016

    They do grow up too fast. Lovely post and lovely sentiment behind it all.

  • Bethany
    January 8, 2016

    A) love the outfit, love black (or dark printed socks) socks with dark sneaks. B) boys have a way of melting mamas’ hearts. So sweet.

  • Beth
    January 8, 2016

    I LOVE this post so much. That rain coat is fabulous!!! Is it only available to locals??? And leggings with sneakers? Perfect. Finally as the mama of two boys who are older than yours- time flies- and yet, my heart has moments like the one which you wrote about and I am able to feel as if in those tiny moments, time stood still. xoxo

  • Megan B
    January 8, 2016

    These grey sneakers are nothing fancy but I’m going to give them a try with black skinny jeans next week. Thanks for the inspiration! http://www.target.com/p/women-s-sydney-sneakers-mossimo/-/A-21411334#prodSlot=large_1_21

    • sdraugelis
      January 13, 2016

      Love those!!

  • Heather
    January 8, 2016

    Thanks for this! I have the same shoes and have been wearing ankle socks but getting chilly (even in Cali!) so will try some black socks.

  • Jeremiah
    January 9, 2016

    Wow, you look stunning as usual!This outfit is absolutely adorable

  • DeAnna
    January 9, 2016

    “it just feels so good to talk to you, Mom.” Oh my that is the sweetest thing I heard in a long time.

  • jennifer
    January 11, 2016

    wondering where the necklace came from on the friday night instagram post? The like it to know it never works for me.

    • sdraugelis
      January 13, 2016


  • Kisha
    January 13, 2016

    oh goodness – your coat is EVERYTHING!

  • Emma Taylor
    January 31, 2016

    Cute looks But I would rather wear something with white sneakers as these http://www.kswiss.com/women/lozan-iii-93212-115-m. ‘Cause I adore white sneakers and I consider them as trendy, elegant and comfortable type of shoes

  • Carm
    January 10, 2017

    And then the day comes when your son is getting his physical and swearing into the military like mines is tonight… there aren’t words to describe what your heart feels like then, happy for him and proud of his decision but totally broken hearted when you realize your time together has come to an end or at least will radically change forever… how you’ll treasure those memories…

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