Yesterday, my day started with a 4:00 am wake-up call… and went downhill from there! What should have been a lovely day, sitting by the riverside, watching my daughter row in the season’s final regatta, turned into a nightmare of whipping winds, steel-gray skies, and bone-chilling temperatures!
Lucky for me, I remembered my Ralph Lauren Caldwell throw. When not actually watching the races, I spent my time in a folding chair, snuggled beneath the 100% wool blanket. Not only did it keep me toasty, but it also looked great! Imported from Scotland, the throw is a stunning red and green plaid, with traditional fringe trim.
My Caldwell throw is actually several years old, but I did manage to find a brand new one here on eBay for just $189 (originally priced $295).
If you’re in the market for a great, all-purpose throw, this season’s new offerings from Ralph Lauren include a slightly more subdued plaid called the Alpine Lodge Plaid Blanket (pictured above). A generous 54” x 72”, this is perfect throw – indoors or out. 100% imported wool, dry clean only. Originally priced $295.00, this throw is currently on sale at Ralph Lauren Home for $206.50.
If you have allergies to dry cleaning chemicals or would simply rather be able to wash your throw at home, I also found washable wool plaid throws at LL Bean. My top choice is the fiery red (shown right). But, the blanket is also available in classic Blackwatch plaid, a pale blue and cream, and cedar-inspired neutrals. In addition, this throw is monogrammable, so it would make a most-appreciated gift this holiday season! Slightly smaller, at only 54” x 60” it’s still a great throw. Priced at only $89.
Finally, for the budget conscious (and, frankly, who isn’t these days?) I even managed to find lovely plaids thrown in warm khakis, browns and reds in cozy fleece at Sears (pictured left). A voluminous 71” x 79″, this blanket will keep you toasty everywhere you go this season – from chilly stadiums, to evenings by the fire, to frosty winter sleigh rides! Best of all, it’s only $18.99.
Now that the fall regatta season has wrapped up, I can begin to look forward to winter sports – thankfully held indoors. Ping pong anyone?
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