Spring should be coming soon!! In the meantime, I'm staying warm with alpaca. Sometimes I find wool itchy, so I'm extra careful about scarf materials. I love alpaca because I don't find it irritating at all. It's also incredibly warm yet never makes me feel overheated. I've worn it in the snow as well as on chillier rainy days.
The brand I'm wearing is Winterbourne Alpaca, a Canadian company with fair trade products hand crafted in Ecuador. Their scarves are surprisingly wide. The soft material easily folds together into layers of warmth, and takes on a slimmer profile perfect for petites.
I tend to wear darker colours for outerwear, so I really enjoy how the grape scarf I'm wearing gives a pop of colour without going too crazy. If I want a change, it's easier to swap out a scarf than to buy and store multiple coats in different colours.
The hat is also alpaca. It's reversible, and luxuriously warm and soft, but I find that even on my smaller head it tends to ride up and form a bit of a peak at the top. Maybe this could turn into a fun fashion statement! Personally, I'd rather have a hat that's form fitting all around, or a bit slouchy at the very back. Because of this, the hat is more of an occasional wear for me instead of an everyday staple.
While I love the quality materials of both the alpaca scarf and hat, if I had to pick one it would be the scarf. I've had the scarf for two years and it's my cold-weather go-to! It's still available through Winterbourne's website, and Canadians can check them out in person when Christmas market season rolls around again.