Is it winter yet?

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How do you define winter?

When does winter start, in your opinion? In November? In December? Or is it more a question of weather? The cold breeze? Snow? And how cold is cold enough so that we can call it winter instead of autumn?

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For me December is definitely winter, with or without snow. But I find it odd to call anything around  10°C / 50°F  cold, let alone winter…

I was born in Finland, so I’m no stranger to winter, snow or cold weather. That doesn’t mean that I like it, though; quite the contrary. In fact, I wouldn’t mind extending autumn till spring. And I could definitely do without snow or ice. So, you probably guessed that I’m not looking forward to the cold season…

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This is sort of a transitional outfit: now it’s cold enough for a cashmere jumper, but mild enough for a wool coat, a skirt must be paired with not just tights but also boots, and scarves are getting bigger and bigger. And I’m accessorising with the fabulous birthday present my wonderful husband gave me, in advance… a lot in advance (FYI: my birthday is in six months…): 

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It was about 1°C / 33.8 °F when these photos were taken, so not exactly a cold winter day (by my standards; I realise that what we call cold depends on what we are used to), and warm enough for all the snow we had to thaw. Which is fine by me; I’m sure there will be more than enough snow in a month or so, there always is.

But I’m not ready for a full-on winter yet… So, I’m off to warmer climates, in search of the gentler, autumnal weather, hoping to ditch the boots, at least for a while…

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Outfit details:
coat: Reiss  / leather skirt: Karen Millen / cashmere jumper: Repeat /
 necklace: Andiata / bag:Chanel/ Christmas tree brooch: Hirst Antiques /
 ear rings: Thomas Sabo

When does winter start for you?


PS: Dilettante Artist has her own blog now, The Dilettante Artist’s Gallery,  where I will be posting (very infrequently) random pictures: illustration, photomanipulation, that sort of thing. And there is a pretty, new widget on the sidebar to take you there…

Linking up with Sacramento and Rosy for Share-in-Style


  1. Jacqueline Stewart
    8 December 2014 / 10:41 am

    It's certainly not winter here! Ha! But i love the blue and purple of this outfit, those two colours paired together are some of my favourites 😀

    • Tiina L
      9 December 2014 / 11:49 am

      I can't wait for winter to be over.. and it has barely begun!

  2. Coco
    8 December 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Radiant orchid and cobalt blue, I love this look!Baci,Coco et La vie en rose – Valeria Arizzi

    • Tiina L
      9 December 2014 / 11:51 am

      I seem to love these colours, too… judging by the number of items in these colours in my wardrobe, that is.

  3. Suzanne Carillo
    9 December 2014 / 12:42 am

    The outfit and the colours are wonderful. I hate winter. And I'm Canadian. If I never saw another winter in my life I don't think I'd be upset. Winter starts when the first snow comes and stays. So far this year, we are lucky, no snow that has stayed. It should be noted that I live in one of the warmer areas of Canada, Toronto. Only BC gets warmer than us. But still it isn't warm enough for me. I don't mind when it is around 5-10 C. Anything around 0 or below I don't like one bit. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      9 December 2014 / 11:54 am

      I have pretty much the same definition of winter, snow plays a big role. And I wouldn't mind a winter without any snow. And when the temperature is below freezing, shivering at the bus stop… could do without that, too.

  4. Jill James
    9 December 2014 / 4:39 am

    Coming from the Southern Hemisphere, for us December 1st, is the official start of summer . I can only imagine your winters, ours are relatively mild and I live in the coldest state in Australia.Enjoy your trip to milder climes.You look wonderful in your jewel colours, that wrap is a stunner as is that bag.

    • Tiina L
      9 December 2014 / 11:57 am

      Thanks Jill. British winter has its own challenges, too, but I'll settle for escaping the below freezing temperatures for now.

  5. Mrs C
    9 December 2014 / 7:03 am

    For Dubai standard 10 degrees is super winter as 'winter' has never gone below 14 degrees. Mostly it is between 24 and 16. I have a strong feeling this year's 'winter' is going to be short and warm 🙁 My maid (she's from Indonesia) came in yesterday morning wrapped up in 2 layers and I asked her if she's sick. She looked at me like I was crazy and said "It's cold outside" It was 24 degrees. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry.

    • Tiina L
      9 December 2014 / 11:59 am

      Your poor maid… Well, it's all about what you're used to, isn't it? For me +24 is a hot summer day, and I'm starting to get really uncomfortable.I guess my "comfort zone" is somewhere between +5 and +22…

  6. Rosy
    9 December 2014 / 5:10 pm

    Oh, dear Lady !! You look magnificent and great with igualemente low temperatures. I live on an island with sub-tropical climate and snow do not know … I fell in love with your outfit for winter. Blue and violet is a great combo !!! You look with your own light !!

    • Tiina L
      10 December 2014 / 11:17 am

      Thank you Rosy. Sub-tropical climate sounds so good right now… winter is so long, and dark.

  7. Natalia Lialina
    9 December 2014 / 7:07 pm

    You look chic – great colors on you, great textures, and your lovely husband picked just the right accessory for you, what a sweetie. You know of course that winter in Siberia is very different from winter in the PNW where I live for the last few years. By our definition, there is no winter here – we have only two seasons, called Summer and Rain, from what I see. There are typically three months of dry warm (not hot) sunny weather (a few drizzles can be overlooked), and the rest of the year it can rain any minute any day. But it does not mean that it rains all the time here… No heavy tropical rain either – mostly light showers or just a drizzle. I like this mild "winter". I much prefer it to any climate I lived in or experienced before. But I still consider it cold when the temperature drops to 0 C (32 F). Being from the cold climate does not mean that you don't get cold (a true Siberian, they say, is the one who knows how to dress for cold, not the one who does not feel cold). Well I'll be honest – I forgot how to dress for cold. If I ever move from here – I will only consider a warmer climate…But I still somehow consider December 1 a beginning of Winter, the way we do in Russia… a force of habit I suppose. And I am happy to welcome March 1 as the first day of Spring and do not wait till March 21 to do so. 🙂

    • Tiina L
      10 December 2014 / 11:34 am

      Your climate sounds just perfect: never too hot or cold. I don't mind the rain so much (except for what to does to my hair… don't ask), as long as the temperature is above freezing (I hate that 0 C wet snow / sleet / slush weather). After all, in summer I escape the often very hot weather in Finland for the cooler (and often rainy) Britain, and in winter I go around telling my British friends that it is so nice and warm and a little rain is OK (compared to snow and below freezing temperatures). No wonder they think I'm bonkers…

    9 December 2014 / 8:20 pm

    You are fantastic in leather and colours, dear TinaThank you so very much for joining Share-in-Style once more, a true honourXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Tiina L
      10 December 2014 / 11:35 am

      Thanks, Sacramento!

  9. señora Allnut
    11 December 2014 / 8:42 am

    you look fabulous rocking those pretty colors, and love particularly your accessories!, cool!!!We hace not an awfully cold winter here, just some touches of snow and a few freezing days, something mild enough to vineyards, which are very typical here in La Rioja (north of spain). So I don't consider it's really cold if we're not 0c, even when sometimes wind is pretty unconfortable!besos

    • Tiina L
      12 December 2014 / 8:16 am

      Thank you so much! I love accessories, and I think I have more accessories than clothes…

    11 December 2014 / 10:38 am

    TIME TO VOTE today dear friend ( Rosy and I are excluded )Tons of love.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  11. Lorna mai ltd
    12 December 2014 / 12:20 am

    I see you've had your colours done! These colours are so perfect for your skin tone and go so well together. you look amazing!

    • Tiina L
      12 December 2014 / 8:19 am

      Thank you so much. I just like certain colours, and know what works and what doesn't, trial and error…

  12. Kristina
    13 December 2014 / 1:46 am

    Winter for me begins in December (irrespective of temperature outside…lol). It's Xmas, it's New Year's Eve…so it must be winter. I love your Chanel bag (but of course) and I also love that fabulous blue coat. It looks so good on you.

    • Tiina L
      13 December 2014 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you Kristina! Yes, I agree, December is definitely winter… but when does winter end? Maybe April…

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