Shot of Color with Spring Scarves from Banana Republic


This is the view from my hotel room this morning. 

On the plus side, the weather is actually better than forecasted.

But that’s not saying much.

Yesterday was also “Blue Monday,” which has been dubbed the most depressing day of the year.

All of this gray-ness makes me crave signs of spring.

Since I don’t have any trips involving sunshine scheduled any time soon, these scarves from Banana Republic will have to do.

First up: blue and green.

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I like the daisies on the top one, especially the pop of orange in the centers.

This pink floral one is also light and pretty:







Winter Accessories

Ironically, it was warmer in Canada this week than at home.

Living in Minnesota, I thought I had some serious street cred when it came to winter dressing.

But I will give it to Canadian retailers, who have elevated the art of merchandising winter accessories to a new level.

First up, the snood:

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  1. Club Monaco (the price is not for the faint of heart, but this is a very interesting knit)
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  3. Aritzia (the drawstring detail makes this special, also comes in black)

 Banana Republic also has some pretty cashmere scarves. I like this blue one:


These BR gloves have a suede detail and zipper at the wrist:



While not technically a winter accessory, these J. Crew perfumes would also be good to wear now.

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The one called No. 57 is spicy and particularly suited to winter.

Let it snow! (I guess).







One of the nicest – and most unexpected – things anyone ever did for me was to give me an Hermes scarf, out of the blue, for practically no reason at all.


When I was a resident physician, one of our attendings (grown-up doctors who supervised us, what I am now) went to Paris and for no apparent indication, came back and gave me an Hermes scarf to start my chief (final) year of residency off on a good note.

I never forgot that kind, kind gesture, and it gives me goose bumps even now as I type this. Truth told, that scarf is still my lucky charm.

(I was so touched that I try to pay it forward now with similar gestures to the younger MDs that I now am responsible for educating).

I wore it when I passed my board exam to be an Official Doctor.

I wore it when I interviewed for my Fancy Lady Doctor job, the one I’ve now held for nearly 6 years and still love.

I wore it when I had to take a formal picture for my badge at the World Famous Medical Center where I work.

And I pull it out whenever I need some more mojo.

But it’s not an orphan. I wear scarves at least three times a week. They’re definitely one of my style trademarks.

Even men should consider scarves. I’m serious! They are so dapper.

Intimidated by styling them? Check this out.

And this:

You will look fabulous. Guaranteed.