Walking the Dog

I can’t remember what blog post it was, but someone commented wanting to see a picture of what I wore when I walked Teddy. I loved that suggestion and thought I’d share what really happens.
Especially now that it’s cold out, I dread (I mean really dread) that moment when Teddy pounces on me to wake me up. It feels like he’s saying, “Sleep time is over!” with a malicious grin on his face. Teddy is potty trained, but when he has to go, he has to go. I spring into action to throw clothes on as he yips and yaps at the door. 
When I put my pajamas on at night, I throw my clothes that I was wearing over my desk chair. This is almost always a sweater or sweatshirt and leggings, which I put on again in the morning for the walk. I skip a bra, don’t touch my hair, fling on the first pair of boots I can find on the floor, and fling on the coat I leave out at night for the morning walk.
It’s not glamorous. Sadly, I can say that I have run into no fewer than four readers and six friends from college on these morning walks over the past few months. Don’t let these photos I took with Bekka fool you… the clothes are the same, but the hair/face situation is #not.
I really miss the summer days when I could throw on running shorts, a sports bra, and a t-shirt and take Teddy out. Gosh, I even miss the spring days when I could hold the leash without my fingers turning ice cold. I bought the coat I’m wearing in December, half of Manhattan has it… for a reason. Sometimes I come back inside thinking it’s “not that cold” only to look at my weather app and realize it’s 22 degrees. Talk about warm. It’s also the perfect length, just long enough to cover my rear, but short enough for mobility.
(Teddy was sent this coat which he wears all the time, as seen here. I didn’t put it on him for the photos because we were outside for four minutes and his leashed matched my boots… truth.)
For shoes, I really do grab whatever pair of boots is closer to the door. Sometimes it’s my Hunter boots, or my UGG boots, or my (absolute favorite) Sorel boots.
Photos by Bekka Palmer


PS If you want a more affordable/no-fur puffer coat option, I highly recommend this one. It has great features (like cuffs to keep the cold out of your sleeves), keeps you really warm, and the belt adds good shape.

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Audrey Lin

A lot of my friends have been wearing that coat as well! This morning I didn't want to get out of bed. There was a predicted storm coming, and I hoped that it would, because I didn't want to have morning practice the next day. It snowed heavily overnight, but not enough for practice to get cancelled, which was unfortunate. I just slapped on the first things I could get my hands on and walked out the door this morning, which meant yoga pants, a grossly fitted over-sized t-shirt, and a big, fluffy, unattractive but extremely comfortable swim parka. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's


I have been looking at those coats cause it's time to replace my North Face, but when I found out Canada Goose uses real coyote fur in the hood, I said "nope, never!". I can't stand behind a company that justifies animal torture for fashion. Cause let's be honest, it is for fashion. The company says they use really coyote fur cause it never freezes. But It DOES NOT get that cold in NYC where you'd need that kind of a hood. It's not even that cold in Canada where you would rely your staying warm on a piece of trim around a hood- and if it is, then why am I paying over $700 for the hood, isn't it the rest of the jacket that should matter too? And yes, I'm just saying that to prove a point. I know the rest of the jacket
is warm, which just proves, the company could easily replace real fur with something more humane. My "favorite" is the company trying to justify their participation in the fur trade and lessen their own involvement or make it sound humane. I guess my search for a nice toasty jacket will have to continue. I refuse to be part of a cruel, and disgusting practice.


Same! I was considering buying this same coat, but I saw a few articles about the coyote hoods as well that bothered me. They showed the traps where they catch coyotes by a foot but they don't check each trap everyday, so some coyotes just freeze or starve for a few days with their foot trapped 🙁

Tory Banknell

Whatever your feelings on fur, believe me it DOES get that cold in NYC. Especially since you spend such extended parts of your day outside. The reason the coat is so expensive is because of the quality of the down and the construction of the coat, the price isn't solely contingent on the use of real fur for the trim.


I'm from Boston and have lived in NYC so I know how frigid it can become. And it doesn't really bother me that the company touts itself as graded for arctic conditions but almost all of its sales are in the urban Northeast US. What I find really disturbing is how they kill the animals whose fur they use. I don't even care if people wear vintage furs, but killing animals inhumaely now, when we have the technology to create synthetic furs and fabrics that can keep you just as warm is actually selfish.


Tory, I know how the weather gets in NYC, I've lived here since 1993. I'm a teacher and whatever the weather, I spend an hour each day outside with the kids during recess. I also walk to work and back each day, that's 25 minutes each way. It gets cold, but not Arctic cold, even with this blizzard we are getting right now, even with the polar vortex last year. I think a coat like that is a nice luxury to have, but that's all it is, a luxury. I would be willing to spend the money on it, and have that extra warmth luxury, but I refuse to indirectly murder defenseless animals purely for my own comfort, and anyone who argues against is is just lying to themselves to try and escuse their own involvement in a cruel practice. Other coats have kept me warm (such as the North Face) I mention. I understand why the coat is so expensive, it's because of how well the rest of the cost is made, but I still believe that the fur can be easily replaced with synthetic fur, and the coat will not lose its functionality, it'll stay just as warm.


I have to say, I'm with counteregis. I'm really disappointed that a) there is real fur on that coat as b) it's $700. Admittedly, I live in The Bay Area so it never gets that cold, but I know there are plenty of options that are fur-free and cheaper. It's really impressive that you are so successful as a blogger, but I wonder how many of your readers can afford a coat like that.

Kerry Cogan

I second what Ellie has pointed out. Given your target demographic, your readers cannot afford to splurge on a $700 coat. I'd rather see posts about how to make a $50 Old Navy peacoat look fashionable.