10.12.12

ice beach



If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been going skating, as I had wanted to, for the first time since the 11th grade. I’m still pretty terrible at it and I feel like Bambi most of the time, but I’m really enjoying it! Since the rink is so close to where I live, it’s so easy to go on a whim for fifteen minute loops around the rink. Every time I go I think that it must be similar to how people who own pools must feel. “Just going out for a dip!”—only with way less privacy and way more packs of teenagers. I think of it as Ice Beach (just a touch of self-deprication there). It’s not even winter yet and it has yet to get really cold, so we’ll see if I keep it up. But I love things that are free (okay, yes, I pay taxes, etc., but you know what I mean). 

Since it’s my current obsession, I like to compile lists of cute ice skating outfits and accessories in my head. Pretty on rinks!



1. I got this tassled scarf at Topshop recently and it’s the best! So much personality. They don’t seem to have it in stock any longer but there is a black one available here.
2. A good knit hat with a pom pom on it is essential for ice skating. This ALL Knitwear one is so cute.
3. This No. 6 wool coat looks so warm! (via Miss Moss)
4. Touchscreen gloves! So you can Instagram your skating party without getting your hands cold. I like the cashmere ones. Hot (cold?) tip: if you know a little basic sewing you can stitch some conductive thread onto the tips of your gloves! This is genius technology.
5. I could have easily included about ten hats that I love in this post, but I limited it to two. I love a beautiful trapper hat, and this alpaca one from Catbird is so luxurious.


6. As I mentioned earlier, I got my skates at a thrift store for cheap (they were in really great condition, nice and stiff at the ankles). They’re not proper figure skates, just recreational skates, which is all I need since I will not be performing spins on the ice any time soon/ever. I mostly glide. I did have to get new laces, but those are easy to find online. I’ve been using camel-coloured ones lately.
7. I have been going a little bit pom pom crazy and recently I made these faux fur poms and then made them into tassels. Not sure how I’d use them but I like them anyhow. They seem appropriate.
8. Warm, thick socks are essential
9. If I went skating indoors I could wear this Twenty-Seven Names dream dress with my cute hats and legwarmers.

Toronto: here is a link to the outdoor rinks. Most of the indoor rinks don't seem to offer much in the way of pleasure skating hours. I believe that most rinks have skate rentals: I know for sure that Dufferin Grove skate rentals are $2, but Nathan Philips Square charges $10.

I really enjoyed Erin’s ice skating outfit here.

16 comments:

  1. I am hopeless, utterly hopeless at skating, but have always been charmed by the thought of skating outfits. The accessories are so cute it's almost worth the terror I feel at stepping out onto the ice...

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    1. I've really been inspired by the little kids I see out on the ice just going for it! Ankles splayed inward and everything. They fall down & get right back up.

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  2. My boyfriend has convinced me to go skating in the new year. I haven't been on a pair of skates since I was 11! So scared!

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    1. Good luck! I was terrified and I'm still skating with fear-stiffened legs, but you just have to try it!

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  3. I love ice skating! And I really want to go sometime this winter. Its also funny because I recently did an ice skating outfit post too!http://thingsilikethingsido.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. You should add those pom poms to your laces! Total cuteness!

    x missdottidee.blogspot.com

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    1. I've thought about it! Have to make sure they don't slip down and trip me up.

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  5. that is a good idea, to go to an indoor rink...i'd love to go and dress cute. but i also want to go skating on the red river and visit the wicked warming huts! ps i need touch screen gloves!

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    1. That sounds really lovely. I've never skated on a river.

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  6. ooh, we should do a double-skate-date this winter! Does Geoff skate too? Andrew and I always mean to go, and hardly ever actually do.

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    1. YES PLEASE. Geoff doesn't and I'm trying to get better so that we don't pull each other down with our bad skating techniques. Let's do it!

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  7. Such good finds. That conductive thread is amazing! Wishing you many happy loops around the rink this winter! xo.

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  8. Just the thought of ice skating makes my knees cry! I wish I could but I'll have to live vicariously through you ;) That Bambi clip is so cute, I haven't seen it in forever! I wonder if I could watch it now without sobbing, haha.

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    1. You know, I've never seen Bambi the whole way through!

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