On the Christmas Tree Hunt

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tree Hunt This weekend we went out to get a Christmas tree. It's a tradition for us to go to a tree farm, pick one out, and cut it down. Only once in my memory have we bought one from a lot; and that was because we were on vacation before Christmas and didn't want to get one before we left, which meant we bought it on December 22nd or so.

As you'd expect, this year it was raining, but the bright side of the rain meant that we were the only ones at the tree farm. I know that I mock people who use umbrellas, but I went without it for the first few minutes of picking a tree before I gave in and got it out of our car. It did make standing out in the rain slightly more pleasant.

Northwest Pearls: Christmas Tree Hunt

I'm excited to decorate our tree; are you getting a Christmas tree this year? Or if not, do you have any holiday traditions?

Hunter Boots Bloom

A few years ago, I got a pair of Hunter rain boots. I don't wear them very often, they're a bit tall for my petite legs and make walking up stairs an inconvenience, but I do like them. When I was putting them on the other day, I noticed that they were turning grey/white. That powdery residue is "bloom" and Hunter makes a spray you can use to turn your matte boots back to the original color. See more about the "bloom" and Hunter care here. The bloom happened more on one boot than the other, and while there's a bit of a glare on the top boot, you can still see the residue on the boot.

Hunter Bloom

I took my spray and followed the directions to clean the boots. After I was done the boots were back to their original black matte and matched better.

Hunter Bloom-3

Hunter Bloom-2

While some people may like the look of the bloom, I'm not a huge fan of it turning my black boots grey, so I'm glad they make this spray to clean them.

Have you ever tried out the Hunter Rubber Boot Buffer Spray?

My Hunter Boots (Costco sold them one fall)

Rain Rain Is Here Today

Now that spring's here, it's time to lose the heavy winter coats and transition into something a bit lighter. I seem to only have heavy coats or thin shells though, so I've been looking for something in the middle that'll work for commuting and everyday life, has a hood, is waterproof, and warm but not too warm. And while I don't know how warm or not these coats are, I'm liking their style. Northwest Pearls: Raincoats

1. The North Face $149.00

2. Barbour $399.00

3. Madewell $138.00

I do love the look of that Barbour (it also comes in navy), but I'm not sure I want to spend that much on a coat. I'm thinking of ordering The North Face coat in black.

Do you have a warmish raincoat that you like? What is it?

What is Northwest Style?

If you search "What is Northwest Style?", chances are that you'll come up with stories and images of a certain baby. When you've weeded through all that, you'll find some Pinterest boards and some articles about how people dress in the Northwest. A co-worker and I were talking about this yesterday, and she commented how a lot of clothes worn in the Northwest can, or look like they can, be bought at REI.

And that's totally true. Women dress in athletic gear whether or not they're going or coming from a gym. I'm guilty of that too if I'm running to the grocery store or to get take-out. I'll wear some yoga pants, my sperry shoes, and a t-shirt, maybe throw on a sweater or a cardigan, and go.

There are also people who live solely in t-shirts and jeans (or t-shirts and sweatpants.)

And people who wear flip flops in winter and/or in the pouring rain.

And then there are business people who live in suits and ties, dresses and heels. However, because it's the Northwest, I think that even most business attire at most companies, or in most industries, is toned down a little bit. There are, for example, PR companies where the employees wear t-shirts and cargo pants, or t-shirts, cardigans, and jeans.

Most of what we wear out can also be worn on the couch to watch Netflix comfortably.

So for us, it's more function comes before form.

For graduating high school, my aunt took me to my choice of restaurant in celebration. I picked a ritzy one in Seattle and wore a pretty one-shouldered white dress I have a rarely wear. My mom and aunt dressed up too. When we got there, there were people in jeans, t-shirts. Sure, there were a few other dressed up people, but considering that it's one of the most expensive restaurants I've been in, the attire did not match.

It was interesting to see. I feel like when people dine on the East Coast or in the South, that they dress up. They have actual evening clothes. But here, whatever we were wearing earlier works for dinner too.

Most of us wear what's comfortable and practical, then we toss on whatever jacket is waterproof and has a hood. God forbid we use an umbrella.

So what is northwest style? Probably whatever's comfy.