The day of my long commute to the Congressional Library was bitterly cold, with temperatures barely reaching 30 degrees Fahrenheit all day, the pale winter sun unable to raise even a modicum of warmth despite a cloudless sky. Perfect, I decided, to break out a stunning, wide-collared sweater-vest by Boston Proper with a snowflake motif in contrast stitching which was a gift to me last fall from my best friend, Kari’s, mother, Joyce, in Spokane. I layered a ribbed-knit, scoop-neck Faded Glory top beneath the vest and pulled on a pair of boot-cut Levi’s Perfectly Slimming denim jeans and some short black booties by Pink & Pepper. All this black and white was a perfect foil for my new jewelry: a gorgeous black and white pearl and crystal necklace with matching bracelet and earrings from Fire & Ice Jewelers of Baltimore (www.fireandice.com).
Compliments on my attire warmed me considerably, despite the chill. Two security guards at the Library entrance took a sudden interest in women’s fashion, letting me proceed only after I promised to bribe them with a home made gourmet treat from my kitchen on a future visit. It was a great way to start the new year.
"Mortals. Everything is so black and white to you."― Kami Garcia, Beautiful Creatures