When Fashion and Nature Collide – The Winter Outdoor Activities Issue

The summer months are not the only time of year that you can take on the great outdoors. When it comes to winter, however, you do need to be a bit more prepared for the elements! Fortunately, there are ways to dress for winter outdoor activities that do not limit your ability to move, get crazy and have fun! Let’s take a look at some of the best ways.
For our January edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide I went skiing, skating, snowshoeing and I visited an alpaca farm… Yes, I layered like an onion but I made sure it was done properly and with style ––With the help of Lisa’s beautiful artwork! See below what she did with Darren’s onion drawing. Stunning, simply stunning art.
snowshoeing&onioncollage4Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper, & Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Photo collage & Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style
Note: In case you’ve not seen these capsules before, the When Fashion and Nature Collide project is a monthly collaboration with two of my WP friends: Lisa of Lismore Paper and Darren of The Arty Plantsman.
The third wednesday of each month you can see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa, that were inspired by Darren’s flower pictures and the critter pictures of photographers who collaborate with the team. With the spirit of protecting nature I pull together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe. When purchases are to be made, these come from vintage shops and thrift stores or from socio-eco-friendly brands.
Enjoy the issue!


The Gazania krebsiana and the Namaqualand daisies
Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Flower & landscape photography by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper, and Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman; creatice concept by Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Photo collage by 3C Style & Lismore Paper –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C Stylesnowshoeingcollonionfashion&daisies_mg_1074layers
No Cotton!
One of the secrets of dressing well for the winter is wearing clothes that stay dry. Cotton is a material that holds moisture. Use synthetics or merino wool, both of which draw wetness away from your skin and into the clothing. From here, it can evaporate more quickly, leaving you with a dry layer that remains comfortable during extended activity in the cold.
Your Base Layer
You will be wearing multiple layers of clothing in order to effectively dress for winter activity. The most important of these layers is the base layer, which will be worn underneath everything else right next to your skin. Your base layer should protect your entire body, meaning that you should have long sleeved underwear on both the top and bottom parts of your body.
As for weight, go for a midweight fabric (also known as T2 weight). Merino wool and synthetics will provide a great base layer for all but the worst winter conditions. Cashmere and alpaca are incredible if your budget allows!


The Gentiana acaulis
Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Flower photography by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Photo collage by 3C Style & Lismore Paperskiingcoll1skiingcoll2skicollage3
Your Mid Layer
Directly above your base layer, you can try a soft shell pant that will not limit your agility while giving you protection from harsh winds. If you know that the weather will be extremely poor, you may upgrade to fleece pants and put a shell pant above those. On top, wool or fleece sweaters provide the same kind of balance between movement and protection.

Ice Skating

The Turquoise Puya berteroniana
Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Photo of flower used with permission of Strange Wonderful Things (Thank you Darren for finding this gorgeous plant and getting us the permission to use the pictures) –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Photo Collage by 3C Style –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Coat from Heart and Soul (Thanks Elena!)minimusskatingcollaThe photo on the right is by Alison Rushbrooke –– @buttonbothy skattingcollwithtallpuyaverdevintage & skate_mg_1139_mg_1165green puya
Your Shell Layer
Your body is generating heat that it uses to protect itself throughout your time outside. The top layer of your clothing should be worn to insulate your body heat and keep it from escaping. Gore-Tex is great to use for this, as long as it is waterproof and windproof. Make sure that you have the correct size for your body type so that you can still move around effectively. This may mean that you get a size bigger than normal, so try a couple of sizes before you decide on your final choice.
Your Extremities
If you can keep your hands, feet, head and neck warm, the rest of your body will have an easier time maintaining its natural temperature. For the head, a wool toque or synthetic may work well along with a neck buff, which is a bit more versatile than a tube. Buffs are usually better than tubes when it comes to retaining heat.
Finally, make sure that your gloves and socks come from the same material as the rest of your winter gear. Wool or light synthetics are great here as well. Gloves are usually more agile than mitts, so choose for the balance if you are going to be extremely active.

Visiting an Alpaca Farm

A magical moment
Photography of 3C Style by Emmanuelle Faubert –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Photo Collage & Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Hat and mitts from La ferme Alpagas du Domaine Poissant (Thanks for this wonderful visit!)alpaca white & 3cstyle_nAlpacaCollAAA.jpg
The rust Alpaca that you see in the above and below pictures kept following me around. Well, my outfit did match his fur! He was so adorable and friendly. The white one (see the left photo above) almost gave me a kiss on the mouth. I turned my head really fast so I got a big yet gentle smack on the cheek instead.
alpacas rust wfncalpacasrustalpa 5alpacas cutealpacas photo collageHope you have enjoy our January Issue.
Don’t forget to visit Lismore Paper and The Arty Plantsman to get an overall view of When Fashion and Nature Collide.The Happy Trio of When Fashion and Nature Collide

Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: February 20th 

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    1. It was a magical day at the farm. These alpacas are so adorable. One kept following me and another one almost gave me a kiss on the mouth! I turned my head really fast so I got a kiss on the cheek instead. That was hilarious. Thanks for your lovely comment. xoxo

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    1. The colors and your artworks this month are indeed stunning!! Love them all. We all worked hard for this edition and I’m very pleased with the results despite the frustration I had with the collages. 😍😍 Thankfully, I had great support from you and Darren. Love you both. xoxo

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  1. Hello my lovely friend. Lisa and I greatly appreciate your freezing on behalf of this project this month. You look gorgeous as always.

    You know me well and know how much I appreciate tips on keeping warm. Like you – I like to be warm!

    The Alpaca farm pics are delightful. Emma did a super job with those photos.

    Love and hugs! x

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    1. Hehe… I didn’t freeze. I was dressed properly! When we went to the farm it was not so cold and I had so much fun with Emma and Silvana. Agree – Emma did a fantastic job with the photos. Much love! And hugs. ❤❤❤

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  2. Great advice from someone who lives where you are. Layering is a must. When this Texas boy lived in Buffalo, NY, I wish I knew about the cotton fabrics during the chill. Outstanding photos. Your assembling of color grabs me. Loved the visit to the farm. Thank you. Stay warm. – Alan

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    1. What a lovely comment! Thank you Alan. Yes, here it gets pretty cold sometimes and layering is a must. Some people choose to hibernate but I rather go outside and get my vitamin D naturally. The visit to the farm was the cherry on the sundae!

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    1. That is very nice of you to say this, Otto. Thank you so much! I totally agree with you about the outdoor possibilities. Although, this weekend it will be too cold for me (-26 with the wind factor). Brrr… I plan to snuggle with a blanket and a good book!


  3. That alpaca pic at the top of the post is just perfect. I was interested in your take on merino wool. It’s funny, I was just going through my yarn stash today and found a few skeins of merino. I found some alpaca, too! Maybe I’ll make Bill a hat! 🙂 Your tips on layering are great. How you do all of that layering while looking so stylish is beyond me. I love your comparison of the layers with Darren’s onion. Lisa’s eye added to it beautifully. All I could think is that you have an ‘eye for layering!’ ❤️

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    1. We are so proud of this Onion Eye design. Darren’s drawing is the source of inspiration for the concept but Lisa’s artwork brought it to life! I didn’t know you could knit. This is cool. Always wanted to learn how to do it. Sill on my list of things to try. My daughter took the picture of me with the alpaca with her iphone. She actually took all the photos at the farm. The photo at the top of the post has indeed a little something very special. Thanks for your kind words. I really don’t like to freeze so I must layer. I layer so many pieces of clothing in winter that it takes me at least 15 minutes to get dressed in the morning. 😊

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  4. Oh! I enjoyed this sooo much!!! 😄 Animals know by heart of you’re a good person, so no wonder the alpaca wanted to kiss you on the mouth! 😄
    What wonderful photos you made, the ones with the alpaca are my favs – you really matched them perfectly with your outfit and that smile is just gorgeous! 😍
    And man, I feel so bad for not knowing before about avoiding cotton as a base layer in winter! Lucky me for living here and not in Canada, I’d freeze to death there with my onion clothing! Now I know better, thanks so much, my friend!! 😄
    And I used to love ice skating when I was a kid but haven’t done this in a long time. Nowadays I merely watch the ice figure skating world championship on tv – lol! 😄

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    1. Hello Sarah. So glad that you like the post. My daughter took the photos with the Alpacas. We had so much fun at the farm. It really was a magical moment. I like the snow but really don’t like to freeze so I learned to layer properly to stay warm. This weekend though the weather was -26C and the wise thing to do was to stay inside. That’s exactly what I have done. 😄 Have a lovely week ahead dear friend. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Alison. I will tell my daughter. She’s the one who took the photos with the Alpacas. We got a big storm today. About 10 inches of snow! Beautiful but not fun when you have to shovel. 😂


  5. Reblogged this on Art Expedition and commented:
    As much as I love listening to music and audiobooks, I have to admit that as an artist I´m mostly influenced by visuals. That is to say photographs, paintings and drawings, sculptures, movies or simply a sudden and unexpected splash of color that stands out in a mass of gray.

    One of the blogs that I can reliably count on in this respect is 3cstyle. Apart from many other wonderful blog posts that Dominique writes, she also works together with Darren from over at The Arty Plantsman and Lisa from over at Lismore Paper to create these fabulous monthly capsules called „When Fashion and Nature Collide“.

    The latest edition appeared in January and was simply exquisitely wonderful: beautiful outfits, wonderful tips and tricks on how to dress during winter and lovely pictures of Dominique modeling side by side with beautiful Alpacas.


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    1. What a pleasure to discover this morning this wonderful message. Your words and your encouragement always generate a deep feeling of happiness that motivates me to persevere. Thank you for your friendship Sarah. If all of us were lucky to have an awesome friend like you in his life everyone would be so much happier! Thank you. Much love and hugs.

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    2. You´re most welcome, dear friend! I really love these issues of yours and Lisa and Darren and plan to reblog them from now on every time. 😉 Spreading the word and the love so to speak. 😉
      Have a fabulous week! Much, much love! xoxo ❤

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    3. That’s really very generous of you, Sarah. I appreciate it enormously. Above all, I would like you to concentrate on starting your own online shop. Your creations have great marketing potential besides being beautiful and bringing positive energy. Hugs. And lots of love. xoxo

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