Wednesday, February 9, 2011


This is the year of the iceskate.  In years past, I've looked longingly out from my warm refuge to the downtown St. Paul skating rink and wished I were gliding gracefully across that ice.  This year, I've made it out there twice.  I don't exactly glide gracefully in my ugly rental skates, but I can pretend.  New skates are on my list of needs in order to get through this gosh darn winter.

One of my newest, greatest thrift purchases is this tan, leather(ish) backpack.  Since my purse was stolen in November, I've been very wary about leaving my personal items anywhere - including a public skate warming house.  I can wear this guy cross-body style or unzip the strap and wear it like a backpack.  It was so handy this cold day for keeping extra layers, water bottle, camera, wallet, ect. and I didn't feel like a kid toting a schoolbag...more of an Uptown Chic vibe...

Hat:  Target
Scarf:  Vera Wang via Kohl's
Sweater:  Gap, thrifted
Thermal:  Target
Jeans:  Gap, clothes-swapped
Gloves:  TJMaxx
Backback:  thrifted via ARC's Value Village


Melissa said...

I've had my purse stolen before, it's a horrible experience.

You look adorable on the ice!

Lise Marie said...

You look like an ice princess! How fun that you did this post on skates!

Rebecca said...

I like the new bag. I went skating at that rink over Christmas. I hadn't skated in years, and I was terrible.

Judy C said...

You look great and the bag is such a good idea for going out like that. Unfortunately this has been my year for staying home. Broken bones don't sound like fun to me and I just bought my first pair of boots in 10 years. Have fun. You never know what next year will bring. You may need cross country skis.

Anonymous said...

Fun! Backpacks rule. That one sounds/looks like great find!

Bombshell Beauty said...

We must live close to one another- I'm just a few blocks from Rice Park. :) We should get together some time.

Anonymous said...

I loooooove ice skating. And yes, a trusty pair of personally owned and cared for skates is MUCH nicer than the rentals that make you feel like your ankles might snap at any given moment. I have desperately seeking a cross-body bag that looks good for everyday wear. I have no shoulders, you see. Well, I have them, but they slope and don't hold purses. Enough of my problems... but you catch my drift. ;)