Did you know that there is a difference between frostbite and frostnip? I did not until I just looked it up on emedicinehealth. During the outdoor photo session for this post, there may have been some slight weather related injuries to myself and my photographer, Amy. And since I am so frozen these days, my brain has been unable to produce meaningful content for you all…so I thought this was a great opportunity to combine a little science lesson with my style post. But I would remiss if I did not send a shout out to my fellow cold weather blogger and science enthusiast, Nicole of High Latitude Style.
I know Nicole can relate to my blogger problems this winter! Everywhere I look around me there is snow, there is ice, there is wind, and you can see your every hot smoky breath on the air. There is also rock salt and sludge ruining every pair of cute shoes I attempt to walk outdoors wearing. But worse then all of that, there is bitter, bitter, bitter cold. Trying to maintain some sense of style through the long cold winter is the utmost challenge. But Nicole manages to get it done in her frigid Alaska climate. So I am determined to follow suit and keep myself stylish as well! But there are prices to pay…and the cost might just be my skin!
*This is a sponsored post. This jacket and earrings were provided to me by Zaful. As always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Just yesterday, Amy and I decided to face the cold and photograph my new black plaid jacket from Zaful. Remember my red one…I told you I had to have it in both colors! So after days upon days of -20 degrees, the temperature had eased its way into double digits, albeit very low double digits, so we figured we should take advantage of the warm weather! So we headed off to the local park for some snow covered backdrops to allow my new red skirt to shine!
We really did not realize how deep this snow was as we started walking towards the inside of the pavilion. At the moment of realization, I was knee deep and committed, so we just pushed on through, my velvet combat boots suffering the brunt of the damage at this point.
It looks like we are having a blast out here playing in the snow, doesn’t it? But the fact is this…we did not, it seems, account for the wind chill factor. Within about 15 minutes, we were near tears caused by the painful sensation that was striking our finger tips! What in the holy cold hell was that agony? It was approximately 14 degrees out, I thought frostbite did not occur until well below zero. Boy, was I wrong!
Were we experiencing the beginning symptoms of frostbite? It was a little bit freaky! As we dove back into the heated car, we plunged our hands inside of our gloves and attempted to warm them in front of the blowing vent. But to no avail. The pain persisted…like a dull ache deep within our bones that did not want to subside.
With my curiosity to find out the logistics of frostbite combined with my inspiration from Nicole’s passion for science and the occassional science lessons she shares on High Latitude Style, I promptly began researching the causes, effects, and symptoms of frostbite. I had every intention of sharing some scientific details with you, but I have to be honest, the information about frostbite was making me a bit queasy. You can read it on your own, if you’d like…Frostbite Causes, Stages, Pictures, and Treatments. But I did learn this…we were not suffering from frostbite. Rather we had a bad case of frostnip, which is basically a mild form of frostbite but one that does not permanently damage the skin. Thankfully. It took about 20 minutes or so before our fingers returned to their proper condition.
And in case you were curious, have a look at this frostbite chart! I definitely need to keep this handy and refer to it before I decide to take outdoor photographs!
Once we warmed enough to adequately operate the vehicle, we headed into town for some hot coffee and breakfast. The air seemed a tiny bit less brutal so we snapped a few more shots before heading for shelter.
*Handbag: Torrid Salmon Run Mall.
Finally, despite our determination, we decided to settle on the photos we had and go get warm. I would love to say that I really truly learned my lesson, but then I would probably be lying. I was out there again this morning taking photos! I will not allow this weather to ruin my blogging game! Send me lots of warm energy, please!
Now onto your favorite posts from last week.
Chrissy of Granola and Grace shared the most amazing New Year’s Eve outfit as part of Ada’s huge multi-blogger collaboration to finish out the year! Check out how fabulous Chrissy looks in Camo for NYE & The Holiday Series. Seriously, she and I have such similar tastes in fashion that there is never an outfit Chrissy wears that doesn’t pull at my sartorial heartstrings!
And Ashley of Le Stylo Rouge is also pulling at those same heartstrings with her adorable ensemble in Striped Cardigan + Fur Mules and All the After-Christmas Sales. She is head to toe…simple, cozy, beautiful perfection.
I would love to hear how you are maintaining your style game through these frigid and painfully cold days! Please share in the comments.
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