Timing is Everything

Fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera walks by Fort Garry Place in Winnipeg wearing Grlfrnd jeans and Sezane ankle boots Portrait of fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera wearing Anine Bing Los Angeles sunglasses and a Le Chateau turtleneckOutfit details on fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, including a rattan handbag and Grlfrnd Karolina jeansOutfit details on Winnipeg fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, including Grlfrnd Karolina jeans and Anine Bing tortoise shell sunglassesFashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera walks by Fort Garry Place in Winnipeg wearing Grlfrnd jeans and Sezane ankle bootsLe Chateau sweater (c/o) (similar)
Grlfrnd jeans (c/o REVOLVE)
Sezane boots (similar)
Ellenn James bag
Anine Bing sunglasses
& Other Stories earrings

I wore this outfit in early September. It was a warm night, and I had plans to go out for drinks. I was in a rush getting ready, so my outfit came together less from thoughtful planning and more from grabbing what I could easily reach in my closet. But it worked. It worked so well, in fact, that I wore it again the following week on another evening out.

Once I’ve worn an outfit twice, I add it to my list of outfits to photograph. It doesn’t matter if it’s an exciting outfit, I mostly wear some combination of jeans, sweater and accessories. That’s what works for me, so, increasingly, that’s what I try to share. The problem is that I don’t always feel like I need to rush to photograph outfits made up of pieces just sitting in my closet. I have all the pieces, so there is no need to worry about timing.

Except there is, of course. Timing is everything. And it’s particularly important in Winnipeg, something I failed to consider this season. It was late October by the time I actually decided we should capture this look in pictures. The temperature abruptly dropped below zero and snow fell. But I would only have to take my coat off for a few minutes, I reasoned. How bad could it possibly be?

The answer, my friends, is very bad indeed. I was freezing by the time we arrived at our location. And that was before I even took my coat off. The ten minutes I spent pacing up and down the sidewalk while Ian captured the shots were excruciating. If you look closely, you can probably see my goosebumps! It was painful, and I very quickly learned my lesson. Timing is important, and no outfit is cute enough to justify risking frostbite.

I expect we’ll be capturing a few less winter outfits this season than we usually do. And you know what? That’s okay. I’m confident that the world will keep spinning on its axis regardless of how many times a week I’m able to post, and it’s refreshing to feel that way after so many years of sticking to a rigorous schedule. Maybe, just maybe, I’m learning to relax a little…? I have my doubts, but anything is possible.

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  1. Winter always makes it so difficult – I hate the indoor photos I am sometimes forced to do because of the weather or lack of daylight by the time it’s actually convenient for me to snap a few shots. As much as I adore winter, it definitely presents some unique blogging problems.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  2. Firstly, this outfit is so damn perfect. I’m a sucker for denim, black and whiskey hued accessories. You hit this one out of the park Cee! As for wintertime photos? I’m right there with you! Over the years, I’ve learned to bundle up. Gone are the days of freezing temps, and me standing outside in itty-bitty Modcloth dresses. So having said that, enjoy the slower pace over the winter months. You deserve it!! xo

  3. Haha, should have read this post first… but I’m just perpetually behind these days and I feel like even the times I though I was swimming, it turns out I was just treading water.

    I do like this outfit, and at least you’ve got a turtleneck and booties going for you, despite the holes in the denim, and I think the only thing to really do in the winter is try and be realistic, take photos in coats and wear gloves, even if you did just go to the effort of getting a manni. Why are we always forcing ourselves to suffer in the cold?

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