I've Decided to Make Winter a Bit Less Dismal

For as far back as I can remember, winter has been awful for me emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, so I decided to make this one a bit less death-marchy by literally lightening myself up.

For the record, this isn't the best pose to show off your new leggings.

For the record, this isn't the best pose to show off your new leggings.

I picked up a couple of pairs of bright winter leggings at Pinkcess, because my funereal wardrobe needed something. (The ones I have are the above pair and these flowery numbers (and this isn't an ad).) They're thick with fleecy-soft insides, and I'm now questioning the validity of all other pants.

I also picked up this Once Upon a Thyme coat in mustard from ModCloth (this is also not an ad), because my old one was not warm enough last year, and it was also a tragic cat hair magnet. I'm a cat lady, for sure, but there's no need to advertise it by looking like a linty carpet everywhere I go. This new coat is more feminine than any other coat I have ever owned in my whole life, but it makes me feel like I could both beat all comers in a monks-only beauty pageant and commit to a serious bitch-flounce.

Elan Morgan

As of today, though, I am putting myself on an online shopping diet, because it has become a habit to thumb through pages of clothing sales at 2 a.m. when I can't sleep, and even insomniacs don't make the best financial decisions in the wee hours. Also, I haven't actually done my Christmas shopping yet — YES, I AM WELL AWARE THAT CHRISTMAS IS LESS THAN SIX DAYS AWAY — and it's time for me to go to a real store during daylight.

As I have said every year for the entirety of my adult life, I will be smart and shop for Christmas presents before the malls are a panic of anxiety sweat and exhausted families next year. I really will.