Cold shoulders in the springtime!

I’m learning there’s some truth to these cold shoulder tops leaving you with actual cold shoulders if it’s not a nice warm day. We are having a particularly cold spring and let me tell ya, my little shoulder was feeling cold the day we took these photos! But, warmer weather is coming! Tomorrow, I hear. And without having had any 70 degree weather, we’re going to jump right into the 80’s for a few days. Cause that’s how we roll in Portland!

I love the little bow detail on the cold shoulder. And the bell sleeves are so in right now! Red is definitely one of my colors, too! There is a bit of shimmer to this top as well, but you can’t really see it in these photos. This top would be perfect for 60 and low 70 degree weather, but not so much if it’s any hotter than that as it’s a sweater. I have another off-shoulder top I keep putting on and taking off for a warmer shirt because it’s been way to cold to have my poor shoulders hanging out this spring. I just can’t bring myself to wear it indoors or outdoors yet because I just want to be warm. I know. I’m a cold weather wimp. I’m okay with that.

 

Red off-shoulder sweater

 

Off-shoulder top with bells sleeves

 

Red and brown

Off-shoulder long sweater

 

Looking through

 

Bow tie cold shoulder sweater with bell sleeves

 

All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

Ice, ice baby!

In true Portland area style, we had our first winter snow last week – ending with ice. Yeah. Cause that’s how we roll in winter. Ha. And, of course, I was out in it the next day – tromping around in my 20+ year old Merrell hiking boots that are finally on their last leg. The sole started coming off in chunks this year out on the trail when I was hiking. So, of course, the one that is really losing it’s sole is leaking. Meaning I had cold toes on one foot. Bleh. And I only walked around the block!

The weather was warming up and it was spitting rain, then started raining harder by the end of my slow walk around the block. I kept wiping my camera lens off with a little soft cleaning cloth until next thing I knew, even that was too wet to do much, so I then had to wipe the lens on my pants leg or shirt in dry spots under my winter coat.

But that wasn’t all. It was still pretty cold out, so the macro lens started fogging over. Arrrgh. I finally took it off when I could see I was getting interesting but rather foggy pictures through it. The regular lens was still fine. All in all, I would say the walk around the block in the ice was worth it. And I didn’t fall once!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from that day. Enjoy!

 

Glossy red leaves, slick from ice.
Glossy red leaves, slick from ice.

 

Icy beauty
Icy beauty

 

A rose, frozen in time, in this one moment, it's beauty preserved for all to see.
A rose, frozen in time, in this one moment, it’s beauty preserved for all to see.

 

Delicate veins outline this newly turning autumn leaf caught up in the ice storm.
Delicate veins outline this newly turning autumn leaf caught up in the ice storm.

 

Rose hip glazed over in ice
Rose hip glazed over in ice

 

White leaves curled in under all the ice.
White leaves curled in under all the ice.