Picture of the Week: Red Gloves

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Red Gloves on Snow, Ottawa, February 2012

Everybody knows that: winters are cold in Canada. Yet it’s an enjoyable (if a tad too long) season, and the best way to make the most of it is to prepare for it accordingly–that includes dressing warmly.

They key here is to block the wind. Contrary to popular belief, Canadians don’t wear several layers of sweaters and five pairs of pants to stay warm. In fact, most of the time, I just wear socks, a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a sweater. But I have a very warm knee-long jacket, and I often wrap a scarf around my neck—I have a rather large scarf collection—because it feels comfy. I rarely wear a hat because it really messes up my hair (I sound like an airhead writing that, don’t I!) but my jacket has a hood—good enough if it snows.

However, I’m terrible when it comes to wearing gloves. Doing so is common sense: the wind can be extremely cold and winter weather is generally dry. But I always seem to need my bare hands and I hate taking the gloves off and putting them back a second later after making a call (touch screen does not work with gloves on!) or taking a bus ticket out of my wallet.

Yet, the pair of gloves I stuck to was the $10 one I picked up a few years ago, right before the Vancouver Olympic Games. The patriotic “red mittens” were seen just about everywhere and were surprisingly warm and comfy.

I still have this pair from the 2010 collection (other similar models came out since) and I love it!


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  1. Not hat??!! I may occasionally lend my hat to a snowman, but I have to wear a warm hat when it’s cold. And if it’s really cold, mittens are much warmer than gloves.
    But you’re right about the layers of clothing – forget about them!

  2. It was warm today, I walked home without gloves. (It’s 7kms, by the lake.)

    I don’t wear a hat, either, I just have a hood (didn’t need it today) because it keeps the neck warm, too, along with a scarf.

  3. Hey there stranger! How are you! I love the cute red gloves!!! You are right, it really is common sense to wear gloves in the really cold weather, but for some reason I hate having things on my hands. I am the typical kind of person who doesn’t often wear gloves and spends most of my time complaining that my fingers are a bit chilly… heehee!

    Oh, by the way, I have finally published my photobook (and yes, it has taken me far too many years to get it completed!). In all that time I have not forgotten that I promised you a copy of it, so when you get a few mins could you email me your postal addy so that I can send it to you.

    Missed ya! and it is so good to see that you are still blogging xx

    • Hi there, glad to see you blogging again! It’s been a while but I haven’t forgotten you either 🙂 Great for the photobook, I will email you very soon!

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