Burgundy Layers

I've always dreamed of having a white winter, or really just a winter at all! The idea of bundling up in a warm trench coat and accessorizing with scarves and boots sounds like so much fun. Growing up in Arizona and now living in Texas, I don't quite know what a true winter is. Here we are just a few days away from December and it's in the mid 70's! The winters that I'm used to are the ones that don't get below 50 degrees and have clear sunny skies. Don't get me wrong, I'm very grateful that I didn't have to grow up shoveling snow just to leave our house, but sometimes I try to imagine what it would be like to live in a winter wonderland.

My idea of "bundling up" these days pretty much consists of a long sleeve top and a puffer vest. One thing I love about vests is they keep your core very warm and cozy without feeling too overwhelming. They are great for chilly mornings that quickly warm up, like they tend to do in Texas, and you don't have to shed all your bulky layers. I picked up this one (similar here) from Eddie Bauer about 5 years ago when my dad took me shopping on Black Friday while I was still in college.

This vest has just enough down feathers to feel warm without being too bulky or puffy. The color is what initially drew me to it, but as soon as I tried it on I knew it was a keeper. The faux fur lining along the collar and inside the pockets are also a nice touch, making it feel luxurious against your skin. It didn't take long for this vest to become one of my favorite layering pieces. Whether I'm wearing it over a long sleeve or a thicker sweater, it's perfect for mild temperatures in our Texas winters. I suppose if it ever does get really cold this winter (say mid 30's) I might need to upgrade my vest for a true coat!

What kind of winters do you get to experience where you live? What are you favorite layering pieces? I'd love to hear in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by today; I hope you enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend!