Cold weather style

Posted February 24, 2015

Cold weather style

Winds from the Urals will sweep across Europe this week bringing with them an icy blast. Very Dr Zhivago.

 An image of a glamorous Julie Christie (she plays Lara in the iconic film) springs to mind. Swathed in sable fur, with her diamond bright Husky-blue eyes and flawless, creamy complexion, she’s a vision of loveliness despite the extreme chill.

 My cold weather look is more Fargo than Dr Zhivago. Wrapped in a puffa jacket (a look that instantly adds pounds), my eyes stream the moment the wind hits them and my face turns a blotchy red. The colder it gets, the greater the visual effect.

Once on a visit to New York, I took a boat trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island. It was mid-December and I’ve never experienced such a bitter, dry cold. As soon as I reached the island (how come the cold never left Julie Christie busting for a pee?) I hurried straight to the ladies toilets, not helped by the fact that my jaw was so frozen I couldn’t ask directions. 

 As soon as I stepped into the warmth my face began to tingle, then grow hot … and hotter still, until it felt as if it was on fire. I checked myself out in the mirror. Holy crap! I looked like a rabbit that had just been skinned. There’s an expression I used to hear a lot in Ireland - ‘so cold it would flay you’. I feared that I really had been flayed.

I remained in the ladies toilets, staring in alarm at my reflection and wondering what the hell I was going to do. Thankfully, after about ten minutes, the redness faded. As I dabbed Vaseline on my chapped lips and pulled my fake fur hat down tight over my ears, ready to venture outside again, I couldn’t help thinking that even Julie Christie would be hard pushed to look elegant on a New York ferry in Winter.

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