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Hazy Shades Of Winter

When I woke up this particular morning and looked out the window, everything was covered in a hazy, blanket of fog. It was eerie and a little creepy…and I felt that familiar sense of disappointment that accompanies my feelings about winter.

I long for the days of walking around outside in light, comfortable summer clothing and feeling the sun on my face. Distant memories of green leaves and cherry blossoms swirled around my head but were blurred by the dreary winter view I was looking at. I started thinking about margaritas on patios and buying five pairs of Levi’s cutoffs I don’t need to round out the warm weather wardrobe. These thoughts made my heart swell instead of the winter style I had grown tired of.

Image of Dom wearing a grey wool coat and black leather pants on a cold winter's day
“…but look around, leaves are brown, and the sky is a hazy shade of winter.” – The Bangles
Image of Dom's pale pink and neutral makeup
Image of Dom wearing a grey wool coat and black leather pants holding a suede purse on a cold winter's day

Hazy Shades of Winter Style Inspiration

As I began choosing looks for the day and deciding which boots and scarves to wear, I really started to miss making more important decisions like: “Should I have another margarita before the patio closes?” and “Should I paint my nails Sunshine State of Mind or Sand Tropez?”


Image of Dom's pale pink and neutral makeup
image of Dom wearing a grey wool coat and black leather pants holding a suede purse on a cold winter's day

I arrived at the shoot location and literally looked around, noticed the leaves are brown and the sky was a hazy shade of winter. Hey – at least the photos would be good.

It was at that moment that I decided to make the most out of the last few weeks of winter. I would stop focusing on winter style (which usually makes me quite happy) and start thinking about spring-worthy looks. Instead of making chili that night, I decided to make a fresh salad served in a hollowed out pineapple (what we subsisted on during a trip to Costa Rica). These were my first steps to usher in springtime – one of the best times of the year. After all, I had to do something to pull me out of my winter funk.

Image of Dom's wearing Astrid & Miyu Fitzgerald Block Ear Cuff in rose gold
Image of Dom holding an Aritzia diamond mosaic blanket scarf in black and grey

I couldn’t stand any more mornings where it’s impossible to get out of bed because I could no longer deal with the subzero assault that awaits outside. The pallid figure staring back at me in the mirror longed to lie on a beach sipping Bahama Mamas in the sun and not stepping precariously over ice-covered roads wondering if I’d break anymore teeth if I fell (a terrible grade 4 experience has left me deathly afraid of ice-covered driveways).

While the photographer set up his camera and decided on his framing, this fashion blogger looked around and longed for the springtime of her life…and kicked miserably at the patch of snow on the ground.

*Photography courtesy of Jake Stone Creative

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. Eurícia Fábia Paulo Domingos
    February 20, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Hello Dom.,

    How are you beautiful.
    I love this winter look that you provide to us, we can proctect from the cold with style.
    And please do a toturial on that perfect makeup look, its so dawn gorgeous, is delicated, soft, romantic, sexy, simple. And we can use in several places. I wait for your feedback and the makeup toturial…


    • Dominique
      February 20, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Hi Euricia!! Will do! I meant to film a YouTube video yesterday but we had family in town visiting and couldn’t get to it. So sorry. But stay tuned! xoxoxox

  2. February 20, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Like you, I’m pretty much ready to focus on spring looks. All the hazy overcast does make taking photos a little easier because the lighting will be good, but I need some warmth! And, I am loving your gloves.

    • Dominique
      February 20, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Thnks, Cheryl! Yep – the overcast days are the only upside. LOL!

  3. February 20, 2017 / 11:51 am

    I am SO OVER winter! Spring come throuugghh!

    • Dominique
      February 20, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      You and me both, girl. GAWD!!!

  4. Carrie
    February 20, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Despite the cold you always look so gorgeous. Love, love just love your blog and videos they are so unique and beautiful. Learning a lot and yes please we need a tutorial on this shoot’s makeup look. Can’t believe you do your own makeup and do you use any styling gel when you do the side part bun hairdo too?

    My inspiration, love your spirit. Hoping you have a book coming out one day and a world tour. You can tell this is your passion.

  5. February 21, 2017 / 12:28 am

    Wow, I love the scarf! It looks gorgeous on you. I love your story too. What did you paint your nails? I love difficult decisions like that 🙂

    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

  6. February 22, 2017 / 12:26 am

    What an awesome and edgy look! I love how you look so ready to take on a winter storm! FIERCE.

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