The Skhoop

SkhoopAlthough it’s been in the negative temps around Anchorage recently, I haven’t broken out my full arsenal of cold weather gear yet.  But with a work trip to Fairbanks today, I finally gave in and dug out my Skhoop skirt.  This insulated skirt is basically a coat for your booty and legs.  I first heard about them last year when I was visiting Anchorage from Kodiak and noticed someone wearing one.  I asked how she liked it and when she said it was awesome I asked where I could get one.

When I researched them a little more and saw the price tag I decided it wasn’t really necessary, but the next trip over the hubs made he got one for me because he knew I’d love it – especially since he got the purple one!

Dubbed “smart clothing for active people”, the Skhoop brand originated in a small Scandinavian village where outdoor winter activities necessitated insulated clothing.  Now available in a variety of styles and lengths, along with other clothing and jackets Skhoop has become a best seller in cold climates like Alaska.

I chose the shorter skirt, just because I was afraid my clumsy self would get tangled up in the longer version and do a face plant in the snow, which would defeat the warmth on my posterior.  Although there are days I wish I had an extra layer on my lower legs, that’s probably the area of the body least affected by the cold – at least for me.

I’ve added a pair of Polartec touch screen gloves from Althleta to my daily use line-up this year and am pretty pleased with them.  Especially, knowing that I got them for free thanks to rewards points on my credit card!  I also got a pair of fleece tights with the balance of that reward card and another $9!  I love a good bargain, but I relish it when it keeps me warm too!

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Starting Small


BeforeCloseUpWe are in the process of building a new home in Wasilla, so in the meantime we are renting a 3 bedroom townhouse here in Anchorage.  Because it’s a rental we can’t make any major changes, but I still want it to feel like home and have some of my personality.  So I’m choosing to do small projects that can be reversed and taken with us to our new home when we move in a few months.

My first such project was swapping out the closet door knobs.  Our rental has functional, albeit worn knobs on all of the closets.  They’re not horrible, just a little too plain for me.  So I headed down to Pier One and picked out some pretty bling to gussy things up.And within a few minutes we went from builder basic (left) to oh so purdy (right):
Before After

(No I didn’t move the knob to the other side of the bi-fold door, I just photographed the other door when I did the after and didn’t realize it until just now! LOL!)  And so the trend continued around the house.

CloseUpThree of these lovelies went in the guest bedroom.

PantryAnd this became the pantry pull.

CoatClstAnd the coat closet got a little pizazz too.

BathroomAnd I even found something fitting for the nautical themed guest bathroom, to which I added the adorable little fish I found at Kirklands while in San Diego recently.  I didn’t know where I’d put them, but I knew I just HAD to have them, especially at just $2!  And I was right.  They look perfect here.

I’m still on the hunt for something cute to use in the office, but I did just order some green polka dot knobs online.  They just might fit the bill, although I was hoping to find something in purple.  If I do then the polka dots will be stashed away for a future furniture redo.  Perhaps for a future ‘foster’ room!