Danger of spring: Clear ice in the dark

Spring is in the air in Interior Alaska and brings some danger

The sky is blue in Interior Alaska. Temperatures are just around the freezing point. The air looks very clear, i.e. it probably has a low water vapor content. One can literally watch the snow going. Puddles are everywhere and freeze in the late afternoon when temperatures fall below the freezing point again. The dangerous part is that in the dark, you cannot see whether it is the dark ground or ice on dark ground. I nearly made some ground contact yesterday by stepping on clear ice.

Watch your steps in clear spring nights when temperstures go back below the freezing point. #safety Click To Tweet
#fashionover50 #streetchic Mature women wearing street chic with camouflage pants and black sweater
London Jean camouflage cargo pants with black Anne Klein cashmere sweater, blush quilted Halogen leather jacket, pearls, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, statement belt, and Double H lace-up booties (all own)

Start wearing the spring trends

Not only nature shifts towards spring here in the Interior. My OOTD also shows some first spring trends, a pastel pink quilted leather jacket. Since I am more a dark and bold color person, I paired the jacket with my camouflage cargo pants and a black cashmere sweater plus double HH lace-up booties.

#styleover50 mature woman in street style chic with plush pink trend and camouflage cargos
Side view on street style look of London Jean camouflage cargo pants, Anne Klein cashmere sweater, blush quilted Halogen leather jacket, opera length pearl necklace in pink, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, statement smoky quartz belt, and Double H lace-up booties (all own)

Keep the beret for style

While during lunch break the above outfit is just warm enough (remember Alaskans have odd sensitivity for temperature), it is still in the mid to upper 10s (-12C) in the morning and evening. Thus, a coat for insulation from the ambient air is a must. Here I am wearing my lightest (read the one with the least insulation) shearling coat with my Russian scarf and my beret. I have to admit that it is warm enough (for me) that I could skip on the head protection, but I love (wearing hats, black shorts for white nights, a green beret, men’s cap, an artfully made shearling hat) for a style statement.

#fashionover50 midlife woman looking street chic in a shearling coat with fuchsia bag and camouflage cargo pants
Shearling coat with Russian scarf, leatherCoatsEtc beret, 3.1 Philip Lim bag, London Jean camouflage cargo pants, Paloma Picasso sunglasses,and lace-up Double H booties (all own)

Have you already started wearing spring items? What are the dangers of spring where you live? What are your spring style challenges? Let me know so I can help to solve your problem.  Just send me an email.

Photos: G. Kramm

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