Dressing for the weather…dievca is wearing~

Ice Floes on the Hudson

Photo: dievca – Ice Floes on the Hudson

Blame a stubborn jet stream, which for most of February has acted as a superhighway for cold air, funneling it down from Canada or even Siberia into the eastern United States.

As it limps away, February 2015 will be logged as the coldest in NYC History since 1934. The average temperature hovered at 24 degrees Fahrenheit with the coldest day clocking in on Feb. 9th at 15 below zero. The month has an 11 degree drop from the National Weather Service norm.

There is only year on record colder than 1934, which is 1885. That year the average temperatures averaged at 22.7 degrees.

And dievca’s down coat exploded.

Hekla - 1980 Eruption

Hekla – 1980 Eruption

Marmot Morning Frost Coatdievca’s fabulous Morning Frost down coat by Marmot finally died. 5+ great, hard pounding years gave way to the many bumps of dievca’s generous hips. Those bumps caused the fabric to catch and rip…feathers pouring out like lava. Black duct tape does not hide the damage well…

So , what does a practical dievca do to replace her beloved down coat?
She goes Icelandic.

North 66 Hekla Coat

 66°NORTH- Hekla Duffle Coat

Named after the Icelandic  volcano which erupted in 1980 (photo above).
Along with:

North 66 Tindur FleeceUniqlo Heattech Oral Kiely turtleneck Black Fleece Leggings Calvin Klein Performance polar fleecesmartwool-socks-20-95 Cougar the pillow boot San Diego Hat Co Black Trapper Deluxe Blowfish Mittens

-66°NORTH Tindur Fleece
-Uniqlo Heattech-Orla Kiely Turtleneck
-Uniqlo Heattech Fleece Tights
-Calvin Klein Micro Fleece Pants
-SmartWool Socks
-Cougar Pillow Winter Boots
-San Diego Hat Co. Faux Fur Trapper
-Knitwits Deluxe Blowfish Mittens

Not the most glamorous outfit (Yes, dievca does wear those mittens–she needs some color with all that black.) The outfit does the job for walking the City in very cold temperatures.
(BTW: dievca was impressed how the fashion crowd pushed through the cold of Fashion Week – some street style people in open toe shoes. Perhaps Stupid, but very Stylish!).

dievca does have to say that two of the Central Park Zoo Sea Lions look fabulous and happy in the cold weather. There are four females altogether: April, Katie, Edith and Charlotte (Charlie).

Sea lions enjoy the cold weather at the Central Park Zoo in Manhattan. PHOTO-ADRIENNE GRUNWALD FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Sea lions enjoy the cold weather at the Central Park Zoo in Manhattan. Feb. 10, 2015 PHOTO-ADRIENNE GRUNWALD FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Hekla Duffle coat has been an excellent buy for heat retention. Master just laughs at His dievca when she arrives all bundled up. He allows her to press her cold cheeks and nose on his belly when she kneels. Cold Nose, Warm Heart. Now that is generous and toasty. XO


6 Comments on “Dressing for the weather…dievca is wearing~”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    RIP Mamot coat. The mittens are pretty cute. Sea Lions do look happy, which I am guessing is more than most of the East Coast. When it gets that cold, the options are limited so for once you have to do away with fashionable and stick to what will keep you frost bite free. X

    • dievca says:

      It was very sad to let the Marmot coat go….I fought the process hard. The Hekla coat has a tougher fabric, so it should hold up to womanly hips swaying!

  2. esther says:

    just call me Nanook. xxx

  3. jackiemallon says:

    Thank you for the record breaking statistics! I knew this was bloody colder than anything I’ve experienced since being here. It caused a down coat explosion, didn’t it?! A bit like the guy below us whose pipes burst. Same meteorological phenomenon, see? (I speak in staggered sentences now from the cold.)

    • dievca says:

      My building’s pipes have frozen twice this winter. They took the insulation off this summer while doing work on the pipes and never replaced it. Not the sharpest tools in the shed, our maintenance staff…..Heading out in the snow in a moment. Yippie!


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