Winter In Portland

First, your coat. It must be warm, ideally waterproof or water-resistant, preferably windproof, and it must must must have a hood. This is a non-negotiable between October and March, give or take a month or two, because rain is always in the forecast.

Second, is layering, especially when it gets cooler. The weather is so spotty out here {case and point we were supposed to get 10″ of snow and all we got was rain..} that it could be 40 degrees and raining one minute and sunny and 65 the next.

I have struggled to find a coat that really checks all the boxes for me in the winter. Especially because I’ve been looking for something that I can put on over a silk blouse and still be warm {and not look like a stack of tires} in 35 degree weather. Apparently Instagram was enthralled with my dilemma, because I eventually started seeing ads for The Arrivals. Perfectly timed considering my need for a new winter parka.

When I read “we craft storm-proof layers for every destination”, “outerwear that performs on the mountain is now at home on the street” and “lifetime warranty” I knew I was in the right place. However being that I work in retail and will do everything possible not to pay full price for anything, I stalked, and ended up snagging an older version of their Halstrom IV parka half off during Cyber Weekend. The only thing that I would change is the fact that it weighs at least 8 pounds. Otherwise, it’s been solid purchase.

February 7, 2019
February 13, 2019



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