I channeled Michael Jackson. I mixed black and white, incorporated sequins and fingerless gloves, and scrunched my socks low, real low. Don’t give me that look. This is how I do comfy and cozy. I don’t even need to grab my crotch to make a statement.
I am a Floridian only by birth and definitely not by skin color. When I moved to Philadelphia, mittens were a new fashion accessory. How, when, and with what were questions I had to work through via trial and error and I erred very wrong in my early mitten-wearing days. It was my first winter in Philadelphia and I was an Assistant Technical Designer for Alla, Senior Technical Designer for Jackets and Outerwear (capitalization intended). She was Russian, knew her shi…stuff, and I often made her laugh unintentionally with my questions and statements.
“Maddie, where should the stitch line be on this sketch? To the left or to the right of the placket seam line?” Alla asked.
“To the left,” I answered.
“Haha…” was her response.
My answer wasn’t right. That was the type of relationship we had.
Our bonding came to a peak when I showed up to work one day with a new pair of yellow fingerless mittens. Thinking that they were next best thing to brussels sprouts (sliced bread sucks), I said, “Look at these mittens! They have pockets where I can store a key or a credit card. That’s so clever of them. I bet they stole the idea from Lululemon.”
Alla really started laughing.
“No, Maddie, that ‘pocket’ is a cover for your fingers. You unbutton it and fold it over your fingers. See…”
She demonstrated my stupidity. Stupid Floridian. Stupid, stupid Floridian.
I have since learned the do’s and don’ts of mitten wearing. I have tried many, tossed many, been given many, and I think I’ve come across my favorite. They’re from an Etsy shop called Gertie & Baxter (it’s one of my sponsors too). They’re knitted, fingerless, and have a bow right on the knuckles. Wearing them, I’m comfy, I’m cozy, and I don’t resemble Michael Jackson too much. I don’t look like a stupid Floridian either.
For one of you, these mittens will be yours. No Facebook likes or tweets required. This giveaway is for fun. Leave a comment below with your contact information and something clever to say. Make it interesting. I will chose a winner on Sunday, January 20th, and announce the winner next week.