Except back then, my "professional" shoes were all sandals, and me stomping through snow in my open-toed numbers brought much hilarity to the locals (and my Pittsburgh-born husband).
So I've learned a few lessons. Don't dress for Los Angeles when you're not in Los Angeles.
Luckily, the people at Junonia are infinitely more wise -- and weather savvy -- than your humble narrator, and they sent me this adorable Snow Bunny Anorak Ski Jacket to review.
I have a long history with Junonia clothing. For a very, very long time, Junonia was the only purveyor of plus size performance gear, and they are still the best. In my youth, I traveled to some very remote places, and it was Junonia clothing that kept me from getting blistered by the sun in Tanzania and happily trekking through SE Asia.
I guess you could say that as a fat athlete and traveler, I always felt like Junonia had my back. And they did.
This jacket is very much the opposite of that. It is warm -- warm enough to keep me from complaining as I trudged through the snow -- but not at all bulky. The warmth comes from the performance fabric, not layers and layers and layers.
Sizing wise, I am on the cusp of the size charts for this baby. I fall pretty solidly into the 3X measurements for Junonia, but I have 60" hips. I ended up getting the 4X in this coat, and I'm glad I did. It fit perfectly, and without a lot of room to spare in the hips. I would not have been able to fasten the 3X. For reference, I am 5'10 -- the jacket is generous in length, but not long enough to get in your way.
So add this to the arsenal of quality fat girl athletic gear. If you're a skier, you should own this. And if you're a pathetic SoCal girl who finds herself in the snowy mountains, you should probably own this as well. Thanks Junonia, for helping us get -- and keep -- our sport on.