Winter Gear



During a recent meeting with TME team, Cam (who lives in South Carolina and said it was “cold” because it was below 70) asked when it starts getting warm in Marquette.  “May,” I said.  I was only half-kidding.  We’ve had snow days in May before . . . and although that’s not the norm, we don’t really get a summer going here until about June.  Spring (or the season when the snow melts and the sand from sanding the snowy roads over and over again is everywhere – forget flowers here) is pretty much non-existent.  You simply cannot live here and NOT have good winter gear.  Sorels in the UP are as ubiquitous as the snow banks on the side of the roads.

It’s no surprise that lots of retirees who live here are “snow birds,” or those who go somewhere warm during these winter months.  My parents are no exception . . . they’re going to Lake Havasu at the end of the month and Greenlea and I are soaking up as much Nana time as we can before they leave for a few months.  She spoils G with candy from Donkers (we were amazed at how fast she ate an entire bag of gummy bears) and has happy hour with me where I chat her ear off.  I’m so lucky to have her in the same town . . . and that we get to visit her in Arizona to get out of the cold!


Sorel Tofino Boots: I’m pretty much obsessed with Sorels.  They make the warmest, comfiest, most weatherproof boots.  These don’t have an inner liner like some of their boots, but are super warm and come in a ton of colors.  (Run a tad big, I usually wear an 8 in boots and have these in 7.5).

I also recommend their Snowlion XT Boot . . . for those of us who need boots for heavy snow, these are AMAZING.  Incredibly warm, these boots have an inner liner that I wear as slippers.  It’s super convenient if you’re going to a friends’ house or something . . . wear the boots and then you’ll have slippers ready when you take the outer boot off.  (Run big . . . I usually wear a size 8 in boots and have these in a 7).

Water Repellant Quilted Puffer Coat with Faux Fur Hood: I LOVE this hood.  The faux fur is super soft and glam and it’s perfect for those of us who live in cold/snow/windy weather.  It does run big (wearing XS) but I also love that it’s not super tight on the hips/booty area, which is usually my problem with longer puffy coats. It also comes in taupe.

Halogen Slouchy Cashmere Beanie & Fingerless Gloves in Pink Bright: So I’ve always hated hats on me, but I recently discovered a “trick” to all of the inevitable extra material on top . . . I just tuck it into the back.  Not sure if I’m just late to the game on this one, but to me it makes a huge difference (you can see in the photos above).  This one isn’t tight on your forehead so it doesn’t cause hat hair.  I need my fingertips free for my phone and it’s just easier to wear fingerless gloves than taking them off and putting them back on over and over again.


Rebecca Minkoff Backpack: Hands-free, big enough for all the essentials, but not overly huge and uncomfortable.  (Also available in a bit larger size with gold details).

Mom Wearing:

Lands End Down Coat (in a longer length . . . 50% off, available in a dark brown and gorgeous burgundy and regular, petite, tall, plus and petite plus sizes!) I also loved this similar cream coat from Ellen Tracy: also on sale and available in regular and petite sizes and black.

Sorel 1964 Premium Wedge Boot: Mom’s color was from last year, but I found a tan/olive green and black/white combo on sale!  Previously I had linked to Sorel Joan of Arctic Waterproof Wedge Boot (they’re the pair I own).  Both options are awesome and I cannot explain how much EVERYONE who has these boots loves them.  They’re insanely comfortable (yes, even with the heel) and warm and are the one boot everyone should own in the winter whether you get snow or not.

Greenlea Wearing:

Her Patagonia jacket has long been sold out, but this similar North Face jacket has amazing reviews and is available in both toddler and girl sizes.

These Baby Bogs Waterproof Rain Boots are perfect for G right now . . . lots of boots are too heavy and clunky and she can’t walk in them.  These have a soft faux-fur lining and are easy to get on and take off. (She’s in a size 8 . . . we bought them a tad big so she has room to grow).

When she needs LOTS of protection from the snow, she wears these Moon Boots . . . super warm and perfect for playing in the snow.  The sizing is European so G has 23/26, which is good for sizes 7-9.5.  They were passed down from her cousin who wore them for years and are so well-made that she’ll be able to pass them down again to another cousin.

Why are animal hats so stinking cute on kids??  Greenlea’s hat and mittens sold out awhile ago, but I found this adorable hat & mitten set that even have sequins on the ears!

These leggings from Old Navy pill a bit but they’re super soft, warm and comfy and on sale for $5.




  1. We just relocated to San Diego from Seattle, mostly because I was sick of cold and gloomy, but you guys look so cute in your cold weather gear. It almost makes me miss it…almost. And I didn’t know the hat trick before now, but I’m totally going to try it!

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  2. OMG I can’t wait to try the trick with the hat! I HATE that extra material at the top, so I usually fold up the bottom, but I prefer the look without the roll. Thank you!

  3. I had no idea you were in the U.P.! I am in Traverse City;) You aren’t joking about the absence of Spring, or snowing till May! Love my Sorel’s, and a long puffer coat is also completely necessary.

  4. What is the backpack that Nana is wearing? Is that the same Rebecca Minkoff that you have in a different color?

    The sorel wedges are amazing. I never wear heels but I can wear these all day long, and I never feel like they are too slippery to wear in the winter. I always wear them with flares though, they make me look so tall. I love them so much I’m glad TME pointed them out and I’m glad that I was able to buy last years model in the bargain basement of my local shoe store. 🙂

    • Oooh . . . THAT backpack! It’s a special one! Shana found it in Barcelona and bought it for Mom’s birthday . . . she loves it! Ever since Shana got us all on the backpack train we can’t go back. The hands-free option is so easy!

      I love wearing my Sorel wedges with flares too . . . and it’s insane how comfy they are. I wish all heels were that comfy!

  5. Hi! The boots your mom is wearing are actually the 1964 wedge, not Joan boots. The colorway pictured here is from last year, but there are some great options for this year too. I have two pairs of those wedges, and I wear them constantly to chase after my 3 and 5 year old boys. Warm as hell, comfortable as hell, and cool as hell — a true triple threat! 🙂

  6. We live in Sault Sainte Marie, MI and the snow is no joke. I’m from California so winters are tough! You all look warm and cute!

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