True to the shared ethos of both Kelly and Kimba, Wardrobe Wednesday is likely to feature several thrifted and opshopped bargain buys. Come and join in the fun!
What I Wore
I am not a big fan of being cold. There are many reasons I left Christchurch for Sydney all those years ago, and being cold was one of them!
But we made Boyo a promise last year – that we would take him to the snow for a weekend. Events conspired against us last year and we didn’t quite make it. Festival of Kimba always kicks off with a weekend city break in a lovely hotel somewhere close to home, but that wouldn’t do for My Big Four Oh My Gods Festival of Kimba Extravaganza! Oh no, not at all. The perfect excuse to head away for a long weekend at Mt Selwyn Snowfields, followed by an overnighter in Canberra to soak up some National Museum of Australia and Questacon awesomeness.
What I wore this week features months of hard work to locate snow gear for everyone. The Welshman was sorted – he whipped out his ski jacket, pants, gloves, snow boots and Hat of Immense Silliness from storage. Helps to grow up in Europe and head off skiing whenever he could as a young man.
Boyo and I got kitted out at the annual Aldi ski gear sale. Honestly, I have never experienced anything like it! It is worse than the Boxing Day Sales and the opening day of the July Toy Sales all mixed up. For about $250, we got two pairs of snow boots, two pairs of ski gloves, two pairs of ski pants of extreme awesomeness, a set of thermal underwear (which I completely forgot to wear) and even a toboggan!
I sourced an awesome Roxy ski jacket for myself from Anglicare Summer Hill Sorting Station – a good wash and it was as good as new. I had the lovely Roxy from Red Cross Rozelle, where I volunteer, on ski gear alert, and she located the fabulous cobalt blue Rossignol ski jacket Boyo wore. It came down to his knees – actually quite handy – and the arms were held in check by his ski gloves.
A variety of Very Silly Hats were also purchased from Red Cross Rozelle. Honestly, I adore any excuse to wear a hat, although I must say I think I prefer Melbourne Cup over snowfields! Much prettier options by far.
A road trip to the snowfields made me break one of my absolute set-in-stone ironclad Fashion Rules. Ugg Boots inside the house only. In my defence, it was freezing cold and they were much more comfortable inside the car for a five hour drive than ankle boots. My excuse for wearing them out to breakfast? It was Hungry Jacks. We were the only patrons. It was so cold inside the restaurant that we could see our breath, and the Welshman fetched my Nanna blanket from the car to keep Boyo and me warm! I horrified Andrea from Fox in Flats with my Instagrammed ugg boot picture, so had to share a pic of some perfectly stylish black suede ankle boots. Picked up for a song in brand new condition the day before for a tenner, they are considerably more flat with much better grip than my other ankle boots. Of course, the piece de resistance in my fabulous array of boots was my Snow Boots of Awesomeness. Warm, snuggly, faux fur lined and comfortable to boot. See what I did there?
Of course, it’s just not a trip to the snow without an array of Very Silly Hats! I can’t recommend faux fur cheekflaps highly enough!
Shop My Style
Keep an eye out for the Aldi annual ski gear sale. It’s held at the beginning of winter every year, the first weekend in July, and the prices are amazing considering the fantastic quality of the gear.
You cannot beat opshops for ski gear – it is the kind of thing that kids grow out of quickly and is often barely worn. Cheaper than hiring it, usually.
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