Camel, caramel…

Larry Levine camel hair coat from Overstock

… toffee, tan…

It’s cold and damp here in the woods, with the earliest snow of my recollection headed this way any moment.  My thoughts have turned to … all things warm.

I think maybe it all goes back to the camel-hair coat my father had.  As a small child, it was the ultimate symbol of warmth.  It was also connected to the camel on his brand of cigarettes… Tobacco.  There’s another beautiful brown, right?

Or maybe it was his love for butterscotch, heath, toffee and caramel…

Anyway, for whatever reason, I’ve always been drawn to those honeyed hues by whatever name you call them and I’ve been snatching them up left and right.

Food?  gMarie gifted me my first salted caramels and they’ve been a passion ever since.  Ghirardelli’s Dark & Sea Salt Caramel Squares are now a staple in our house.   They’re the perfect size to soothe a craving without killing a waistline!

Have you tried the Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha?  I want to, but there are two problems…  I fear it will be too sweet and I can’t get past the pumpkin latte!

I’m not the only one thinking camel-caramel-whatever thoughts.  College Candy has a really great post about some under $20 finds to feed the need.  I’ve also already added a cardigan and cords, and I’m pretty sure I’m not done yet… but I keep getting distracted by leopard prints (not all animal prints… just leopard) and RED.  I wore all three today – that cardi I linked to above, a red turtleneck and belted ’em with a skinny faux leopard belt – but you’ll have to imagine it because I’m now home, have had a 2-mile very brisk walk with the girls and not even for you will there be a photo.

What do you do when the weather outside is frightful?  You know… until World Series Game #7 starts?

13 comments on “Camel, caramel…

  1. Ruth says:

    Wow…snow already? Glad you’re finiding things to wear in a mostly painless manner…less money + less roaming around = good. What do I wear when the weather is frightful? Um…I have no idea! We rarely get frightful, and then I usually stay in by the fire in the pellet stove. So….who ya rooting for? I’m forced to say Texas in honor of two special folks in my life.

  2. gMarie says:

    Did you add the other pair of shoes? How many points for the salted caramel squares? And stick with the pumpkin latte – the salted caramel mocha was weird – made my teeth feel fuzzy – and with half the syrup it didn’t have the rich salted caramel flavor.

    When it turns really cold, I love to curl up in a blanket with a cup of cocoa (with marshallows or ice cream, please) and a good book. It’s hard to knit while sipping cocoa.

    🙂 g

  3. Nancy says:

    When the weather is nasty, I like to sew or work on jigsaw puzzles.

    The salted caramel squares sound delicious: I’ll look for them.

  4. Sue says:

    I’ve always wanted a long camel wrap coat. I really don’t know why I’ve never bought it.

    It’s cold and windy here and I start sneezing every time I step outside. My dogs are all hoping the snow comes this way.

  5. Amy says:

    They are calling for 4-6 inches of snow here tonight. I am not amused.

    I have a long wool coat that was my grandmother’s – a dark creme color. Oddly – it reminds me of the color of my coffee, the way I take it. The coat also has a pink – salmon colored – lining. I love it!

  6. Marjie says:

    My grandmother bought me a camel hair coat when I was 15, and I wore it for several years. Double breasted, wrap, no buttons, 2″ wide sash, and I loved it. These days, it’s a long tan leather coat for wet weather, and a long black mink for nasty cold weather. I love caramel, toffee and butterscotch, too, but I don’t know if that influenced my love of the camel hair coat.

    It was 33 last night at 6PM, but it climbed over the next several hours to 39, where it hovers even now, and we dodged the snow bullet. This is me doing the happy dance over just having rain!

  7. Mary says:

    I love a good caramel toffee…UK, here I come. Have you had caramel tea? Bought some at a store in Lititz, PA last year. It was pretty good.

    No snow here, but 2″ rain and 45-50 mph winds are making this an unpleasant day. Snowing up the road north of DC. Just glad it is today and not tomorrow when S runs the Marine Corps Marathon…though we have changed his running gear to include long pants, hat and gloves. Will only be 34 degrees at the start of the race. Brrrr.

  8. Barbara says:

    Oh…I had a camel hair coat! For years. (May still have it someplace!) Some kind of little belt thingy in the back. You needed a really big, really warm scarf with it though.
    Let’s not talk about salted caramels, please. Drool.
    Did you get snow? Hope you don’t have any power outages. Tracy says it’s snowing in NYC.

  9. AlisonH says:

    Brr. And pass the Trader Joe’s dark caramel-filled chocolate with volcanic sea salt. (I was trying not to remember I had a bar tucked away!)

  10. Katherine says:

    Two of my favorite things–camel hair coats and caramel candy! Thanks for the link. One of those, two warm doggies, a good book and a fire in the fireplace. It doesn’t get any better than that!!

  11. Carol says:

    I like the carmel color too. In fact I’m toying with getting a camel colored leather sofa for my living room. Pumpkin Latte is something I really like. I have tryed the salted caramel but I don’t like it as much. On cold days you will find me any where doing anything but being outside LOL Happy Halloween!!!

  12. Blond Duck says:

    I love caramel and butterscotch colors. I have several coats like that–my dad did too, coincidentally.

    It’s still pretty here! 🙂

  13. Bubblesknits says:

    Oh, please do try the Salted Caramel Mocha! Personally, I think the skinny version is actually better than the regular. Not as heavy and you can really taste the salt. Now…to find out where I can get some of these salted caramels. Mmmmm…..

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