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Dress for Success in Wintry Mix

Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 1:51 AM

When I was a kid, I spent my summers at the Jersey Shore. There were season people, weekend people, and then there were the "shoobies". . . day trippers who pack their lunches in shoeboxes and wear shoes or socks with sandals on the beach. In the shore caste system, you did not want to be in the last category. . . decidedly uncool.

I bring this up because I am about to tell you how to dress for the elements, particularly wintry mix, in Cape. I tell you these things from experience or what makes sense to me though I did wear my L.A. winter coat in October my first Fall here. My point being that my advice will help you stay warm but you may not be cool.

First, in the case of wintry mix, I imagine you will want to stay upright so it would be a good time to invest in a pair of STABILicers. They are cleats that go on over your shoes. I, rather naively, was thinking snow drifts and blizzards when I first moved here and figured my Uggs or a decent pair of snow boots from Lands End would do the trick. Not quite. . . though they keep you warm and dry respectfully, they do nothing on ice but send you sliding. STABILicers require some hand strength to get over your shoes but will make you a bit more confident as you walk. Helpful hint: take them off before you walk across your hardwood floors or your loved one's back. I bought mine online at ActiveForever.com (don't be deterred by the fact they sell medical equipment) though there must be someone local who sells them.

Second on the list, a pair of cuddl duds. (www.cuddlduds.com) The deal with cuddl duds is that they provide an extra layer of protection under your clothes to keep you warm but the packaging swears that when you get inside, they adjust to inside temps. They are a thin type of long underwear. You may not need them. . . I did not my first winter here but I have a trusty pair on standby, just in case. Kohl's or Penney's should be able to hook you up.

My personal favorite and good for all seasons, are scarves. I did not wear scarves in Los Angeles but I wear them most seasons here. I developed pollution induced asthma in L.A. and when I moved here, my trigger became cold air. Covering your neck and mouth really makes a difference. In the heat of the summer, you will find you need scarves again because the air conditioning is blasting so fierce. My scarf collection octupled once I crossed the state line into Missouri.

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Thank you so much for choosing Stabilicers! We truly appreciate the support of our Maine made ice cleats and we are thrilled that you trust them out there in wintry conditions.

Great advice about removing them before you head across the floor - the cleats are designed to bite into ice not your nice floor!

They also come in a variety of colors (red, white, pink, blue, orange, etc) so you can accessorize with your favorite boots. Oh, and don't forget to keep an extra pair in your car in case of a roadside emergency. For more info or to look at our other styles come see us at www.32north.com.

And we'll have to check out those Cuddldud you mentioned - never heard of them but I am intrigued - seems like a good winter item to have!

Have a safe and happy winter!

Heather @ 32north

-- Posted by Stabilicers on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 6:13 AM

Hi, Heather!

Thanks for checking in and directing us to the website!

-- Posted by new2cape on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 1:16 PM

Hi Marie! Thank you for shopping with ActiveForever.com and we're glad you're happy with the STABILicers you purchased from us. As you pointed out, many people know of us for the medical supplies we sell, but we also have a wide variety of fitness products and many innovative seasonal products as well - currently we offer everything from ice cleats to heated clothing to snow rakes to keep you safe, warm, and dry in cold weather. All of those products can be viewed on our website: www.ActiveForever.com

We laughed reading about your thoughts of winter when you were coming from L.A. We're writing this from central Arizona where many people think of "winter" as anything below 70 degrees :).

Thanks again for shopping with us and happy new year!

-- Posted by ActiveForever on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 4:53 PM

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Marie is a recent transplant to Cape Girardeau, coming here from Los Angeles. She writes about the transition and a longtime city dwellers perspective of adjusting to small town life.
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