We are having……WEATHER!
But this time we’re having what looks to be typical Midwestern Spring Weather, where it’s 70F on Monday and every window open ..Tuesday the heat is back on, it’s 40F with a gale-force and I’m in 3 layers. Even though it’s really not that cold, the extremes make it seem either broiling or sub-zero.
But! the relatively moderate ACTUAL temps make it the perfect time for what I think of as Transitional Leathers. You know, the ones that get eaten alive in extreme cold or heat. I love these leathers best in the spring, when the coolness is transitioning to heat, rather than the other way around. They are not flimsy leathers but they do require a more temperate climate in order to strut their stuff, like those fab fashion leather jackets that you could never wear in a Chicago January.
Ramon Monegal Cuirelle… this soft, slender leather has a lovely vetiver base that keeps it grounded and cool as it rides the waves of the flip/flop weather.
Neil Morris Leather Garden…I’ve spoken of this one before. Another cool, slender beauty. I wrote about its unfolding in 90F weather. In 40F it’s a totally different garden, cool and grey green with the touch of rose.
Oooh! speaking of rose…this is the short window for Rosine’s Secrets du Rose . Any warmer and the oils of the rose and leather combine to become a bit urine-like. And not the pretty little cassie flower, either. I don’t know why rose is always thought of as a Sweet Thing – it will stomp all over you and pee on your shoes, if you’re not careful. I like the subtle darkness of Secrets and this weather allows the leather to flex a bit of dominance over the rose. The body cream is divine, especially on a long walk in this brisk weather.
The Ultimate Cool Weather Leather: Daim Blonde. Uncle Serge. Oh, Uncle Serge……you can steal my lunch money, pull my hair, step on my little toe. I will forgive all – heck, I’ll even take off my suede stilettos for you…… Uncle Serge…this is the most beautiful suede ever. EVAH! Worn in the dead cold of Winter, it leaves me feeling a bit uncomfortable, as if my car broke down on a lonely back road in a January blizzard and I’m wearing a gorgeous buttery suede jacket. And some thin Italian glove-leather boots. But now? With the snow gone and the hint of buds on the forsythia…the promise of that golden glow is reflected in the warmth of Daim Blonde…of course, I’m wearing a cashmere scarf and some soft leather gloves with that buttery suede jacket. Hey! It’s cold out there!
What’s working for you in this wonky weather?