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Friday, December 20, 2013

Lex What Wear: It sure looks – and feels – a lot like Christmas in the city, and I’m loving it!

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By Alex McLean
KyForward columnist
 

Attempting a photo shoot in a snowstorm during SantaCon in New York City proved a little more complicated than expected, but it sure was fun. The famous Flatiron Building is in the background, which I love. Actually, I love all of NYC during the holidays. It’s magical, and I just had to share.
 

About SantaCon – an event I had absolutely no clue about: It is billed as “a charitable, non-commercial, non-political, nonsensical, Santa Claus convention that happens once a year for absolutely no reason.” This year, it was Dec. 14, and Santa’s started appearing literally out of nowhere. Obviously, the big goal is to raise money for charity, but the end result was a whole lot of ho-ho-ho-ing around the big city. (And crashing photo shoots!) Read more about it here.
 

That’s just one of the ways there can be no doubt it’s Christmas time in the city. When the snow started coming down, it turned the cityscape into a true winter wonderland.
 

To keep the fashion in this Lex What Wear column, here’s what I was wearing on that wonderful day: Kenneth Cole coat, Three Jane map necklace, H&M sweatshirt, Joe Fresh denim, Just Fab boots, Forever 21 bag and Old Navy fingerless mittens.
 

Here are a few of the photos, including one my mom tells me is my “Mary Tyler Moore in the big city moment.” (Anyone know what she’s talking about?) Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I had making them.
 

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Ever tried finger knitting? I haven’t but after my mom and her co-workers got a lunchtime tutorial from the very talented Tera Clabes and showed me their work, I’m going to give it a shot. (Maybe even when I’m home in Kentucky for the holidays – can’t wait!)
 

Finger knitting is a form of knitting using only your hands and fingers, instead of knitting needles or other traditional tools. It’s apparently very easy – even a little friend joined in the fun at KyForward – and you can make great scarves! Below is some of their handiwork and a YouTube video explaining the process.
 

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Here’s the video:
 

 

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Midway, Lexington … here I come: I’d like to close out this column by wishing you all the very happiest of holidays and to thank you for following my journey here on KyForward. I hope along the way you’ve gotten a few practical tips, explored the broader fashion world and had a little fun. I certainly have!
 

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Alex McLean writes daily for LexWhatWear.com, a Lexington style-spotting blog she created for people who love to read about what’s hot … and sometimes what’s not … in fashion. She also shares lifestyle tips, creative ideas and stories about local fashionistas and others who inspire – live from New York City, where she now lives.
 

For more of Alex’s Lex What Wear columns, click here.
 

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