Guest Post: I do deClaire

I'm currently traveling through Africa on my honeymoon, but I've lined up a handful of guest posts from my favorite blogs while I'm gone. Enjoy!

Laura dresses for snow and freezing days like no one else I follow. I love how she makes her wardrobe work for her throughout many seasons - I see items layered in new ways almost daily. I think you'll really love her, especially right now with how cold it is in parts of the country!!

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Hi everyone! I am Laura and I blog over at I do deClaire. I am so excited to be guest posting for Bri while she is on her amazing, fabulous honeymoon! I hope you have a wonderful time Bri! 

I don't know about anyone else, but lately I've been thinking about winter. For me, January and February are the worst months of the year...maybe even March some years. Why? Because of the weather mostly. They are gray, drab months with seemingly endless snow and cold (and colder) weather. There's really nothing to look forward to like Christmas or New Years. It just seems like a long way till spring. 
So how do I get through all the ice and slush? Layering! I feel like I've become an expert on layering out of necessity. Living in Wisconsin we will probably have snow piles till March at least. Here is some of what I have learned:

1. Add a sweater- Adding a sweater really helps keep you warm. Even a long sleeve dress might not be warm enough, but a thick extra layer makes all the difference.
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2. Start with a base layer- 99.9% of the time I start with a white cotton tank I tuck into my pants or skirt. I might also add a thin long sleeve tee or button up depending on my outfit. And then a sweater, and maybe also a blazer...
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3. The vest over top- Even if you added a sweater you can always add another layer by adding a vest. It adds dimension, another texture or pattern, and did I mention extra warmth?

4. The blazer- It's like a coat, but acceptable to wear during work day. Hurray! 
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5. Don't forget the scarf- The blanket scarf has to be my favorite winter layer. It's a blanket, no wait it's a scarf, but it's a blanket! Whatever, it's warm! Any scarf helps though. I always feel warmer when my neck is covered. Also refer to #3 in regard to adding texture, pattern, etc.
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Other tips-Don't forget about fleece lined tights or leggings, wool socks (preferably knee high), and constantly having a cup of tea or coffee in your hand.
 
Hope this helps you survive the remaining winter months. Thanks again for having me guest post! 
Posted on February 26, 2015 .