10 Favorite Outfits: January

Yep this year is going to fly by. January is already gone. For some reason I am feeling a little bit sad about how fast time is going. Once again I am rounding up my favorite outfits from the past month. This was definitely an exciting month with quite a bit of travel and lots of time with family and friends.

I just wanted to mention that I wasn’t entirely happy with the pictures that I ended up choosing from for my outfits of the day. I am not sure why but I just don’t love it and decided that my mini goal for February is to work on my outfit photographs especially the quick outfit of the day ones.

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New Years: Jacket H&M, Dress my sister made it, Necklace similar, Earrings Baublebar, Heels Lord & Taylor

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Lounging in Steamboat: Hat Pudus, Shirt similar, Pants old from Target (similar), Socks L.L. Bean

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Visiting Strawberry Hot Springs: Sweater L.L. Bean, Jeans similar, Socks L.L. Bean, Boots L.L. Bean

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Day in Boulder: Pants- they were my mom’s riding pants (have not found anything similar yet), Blouse similar (I actually replaced the buttons on the old St. James blouse), Belt Talbots, Trench ASOS, Bag Zara, Loafers G.H. Bass

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Walking around the lake: Coat similar, Sweater Icewear, Scarf old similar, Boots Sorel

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Taking Charlie to the vet: Coat J. Crew Factory, Shirt L.L. Bean, Leggings similar, Boots similar

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Thrifting with my sister: Sweater similar, Jacket similar, Jeans similar, Booties similar, Bag vintage (similar)

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Hiking in Indiana: Boots L.L. Bean, Belt Talbots, Jacket ASOS, Sweater similar (cheaper option)

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Friday coffee run: Sweater L.L. Bean, Pants similar, Trench ASOS, Socks L.L. Bean, Boots L.L. Bean

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Warm day walk and adventure: Jacket H&M, Sweater Abercrombie, Leggings J. Crew (similar), Shoes Nike, Bag Zara

Erin

White Christmas

Happy almost New Years!!! I will be doing a post tomorrow reflecting on this year but for now I wanted to do a quick post on the holidays and snowy winter.

Christmas was a little different this year as a had a friend in town but it was actually super fun to switch things up a little bit and share some of our family traditions. Aiden was here up until just before the holiday and my friend, Deeksha, joined us through the 26th. I had such a great time sharing my town with people I love! Christmas was wonderful and the snow brought even more. Because there has been so much happening here, I haven’t had much time to post but I wanted to share some pictures we took while walking in a Colorado storm the day after Christmas.

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Sweater L.L. Bean, Hat similar, Jacket similar, Boots L.L. Bean

Erin

Winter Goals

So before actually getting into my winter goals I want to do a little bit of reflecting on the past several months. This fall was an exciting one despite my crazy work/living situation. I loved going to the apple orchards (I went so much more this year than I was expecting) and I loved getting to hang out with friends and family a bunch. I baked lots of pies, which was very fun because I kind of perfected my apple pie recipe. So in all it was a season full of fun adventures. Looking back I do realize that I wish I had gotten out some more for fall camping and fires. Maybe next year?

In the midst of holiday season, it feels like winter should be just around the corner. I say this because it has still not snowed while I have been in Colorado and there is none in the forecast as of yet. I complied my winter activities goals and it is making me even more anxious for some flakes to fall.

  1. Sledding: When I starting think about this post I was brainstorming things that I have either never done or haven’t done in a really long time. For some reason I thought of sledding. It is something we always loved as kids but haven’t done in so long. I am not sure how much fun it will be now but I definitely want to give it a try.
  2. Read all of Harry Potter: In all fairness I have already started this one. They holidays for some reason are the perfect time to bring some Harry Potter in. I am in the middle of the second book right now and it is such a fun experience. It has been a while since I read them and I am noticing lots of little differences between the movies and the books that I didn’t see before.
  3. Ski at least 10 times: In high school this would have been super easy (probably would have go two or three times that) but throughout college it was really hard to get days in. Now I have a little more time and I am really hoping to take advantage of this.
  4. Roast Chestnuts: This is a weird one for sure but at Thanksgiving these year we baked chestnuts for the first time and they were ok but not very flavorful. I thought that maybe roasting them could add something.
  5. Go to the Opera: This is kind of an unconventional goal as well. I went to the Nutcracker last weekend with some of my family (hence the photos) and my grandmother and I talked about going to the opera together. No one else was very interested but I have never been to one and I think it could be a fun experience, especially with my grandmother.
  6. Go to the hot springs: This is probably not something people usually think of as a winter thing but in Colorado there are so many hot springs and it is so much fun in the winter when it is all snowy and cold.
  7. Hut trip: Again, kind of a Colorado thing but cross-country skiing to a hut in the mountains is one of my favorite things. My dad and I are really trying to make it happen this year since it has been a really long time since we actually stayed at a hut.

Christmas traditions are getting into full swing around here. It began with the going to see the Nutcracker at Macky Auditorium the weekend after Thanksgiving. I love getting dressed up and seeing the ballet. The theater is beautiful and the dancers very talented. I can’t even remember how old I was my first time but it is a favorite tradition for sure. I do remember that during intermission during my show I asked my mom (really loud) if it was ‘half time,’ during intermission and everyone around us laughed. I guess all that soccer really influenced how I thought about the ballet. This year my mom, sister, cousins and grandmother all attended the show. There were several changes this year that I was a little disappointed in but it was still amazing. I chose my whole outfit around this poncho that was my grandmothers. This is going to be one of my go to looks for the holidays. You can never go wrong with a classic black dress and knee-high boots.

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Boots similar, Cape (was my grandmother’s) similar, Necklace Rocksbox, Dress similar (here is a more classic velvet dress)

Erin

Winter Jackets for Every Budget

With the cooler months closing in and snow finally in the forecast I though it would be appropriate to do a winter jacket round-up post. There are so many options out there so I am rounding up all of my favorites from varying price ranges. I am doing this whole list by price from low to high. The cheaper options are first and the price goes up from there. I also tried to find multiple budget options for each style. The great thing about today is that so many of these options are on sale right now!

 

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1: This is by far my cheapest pick. Right now it is only $30 in all colors. A peacoat is a necessary item in any closet. This option however is lighter material so if you live in a very cold climate it definitely won’t suffice as a winter jacket. It is such a great deal though so I had to include it. It would also be great for both spring and fall.

2: This is such a great parka and comes in several really great colors. It is very affordable at $60. I have a jacket similar to this and it is my go-to in the winter. I highly recommend checking it out!

3: This classic topcoat is probably my most worn piece of outwear I own. It goes with just about everything and can easily be dressed up or down. Having some sort of classic jacket is how I bring my outfits to the next level during the winter.

4: A long wool coat is a must have. I really like the military style since it adds a little something more. This option from Nordstrom is such an amazing price.

5Here faux fur animal print option. $119 Also this one is actually my favorite and the cheapest faux fur one I have found. It comes in a beige/blush that I love as well.

6: A nice coat with a fur collar can be a nice addition as well. I liked this option from ASOS. I also really like this option from Ralph Lauren at Macy’s.

7: This is the perfect statement jacket and also has that oversized boyfriend look. I saw it first on Blair Eadie and fell in love. It is just an amazing print! If you like it tailored this one is a perfect option for the same price (it also has a great pattern).

8: This camel wrap coat is currently on sale for $272 and is usually $680. I do not actually have a wrap jacket right now but I am on the hunt and this is such a great option especially if you do not have a camel colored jacket. They go with everything.

9: This J. Crew Cocoon coat is an iconic winter coat. It is a litter pricer (40% off today!) but worth it. It comes in some great colors and could make for a great statement coat. This is very similar from J. Crew Factory but much cheaper.

10: Having a blush or white nice coat can be really nice for winter events. There are lots of options out there but I chose this Club Monaco coat because I am very into blush right now and I love how classic it looks.

11: Despite its high price I had to include this one since I recently discovered Canada Goose and have hear great things about the quality and warmth of their jackets. It is truly and investment piece that will last for years to come. It will probably keep you warmest as well.

12: I had to include a classic wool Burberry trench. The are very expensive however I found several alternative options. This wool-blend trench from Macy’s is a great price right now and has a very similar look. Also this coat from Nordstrom is a great trench in navy.

Stay warm!

Erin

Budget-Friendly Winter Fun

Budget-Friendly Winter Fun in the Colorado Front Range

I always get incredibly excited to go home to the massive rocky mountains… especially in the wintertime when snowflakes fall, sun still shines and the people are fired up for some powder skiing. Now that I live away from the mountains the buzz is just that much more exciting when I do come home. One of the greatest things about leaving this place has been that every time I do go back I am always planning adventures and remembering the fun places I like to go, in order to make the most of my time. This winter I came up with some of my favorite things to do around the Boulder area in the winter. But these are definitely transferable activities to many other place!

  1. Go ice skating downtown. The outdoor rink this year is right next to the gorgeous tea house on 13th Street so dinner and skating is very convenient and extra special. The city also definitely out did itself on the lights this year. Nearly every tree was covered, even in the park, and the rink looks right out at the park, so going at night is a must.IMG_4665.jpg
  2. Take a tour of the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory. This is definitely a must for both locals and tourists. Celestial Seasonings sells its tea throughout the country and even overseas and it’s based in the outskirts of Boulder, CO. It’s great because the tour is entirely free and you get a tea sample as your tour ticket. There is also a great cafe and shop. The tour itself is actually pretty interesting. It is definitely way better if you go while the factory is working (a weekday usually) because it’s pretty amazing to see the robots at work and the huge scale of it all. While you wait for your tour you can drink as much tea as you want.
  3. Ski (downhill and backcountry)!! Definitely a given as many people come to Colorado to do just that. Where you definitely depends on skiing/boarding experience and on the amount of money you are willing to spend. It is definitely an expensive sport and becomes that much more expensive when you have to find lodging and rent gear. So how do we make this one budget friendly? There are definitely some ways to make this more affordable however it is definitely the most expensive adventure on this list. First, choose the ski area wisely. Places like Vail, Beaver Creek and even Breckenridge and Keystone are definitely more expensive. They are definitely bigger but individual lift tickets cost way more than the small areas like Arapahoe Basin or Eldora. Unless you are getting the Epic pass it gets so expensive with tickets along at the big areas. The nice thing about the smaller places (A-Basin, Eldora, Ski Cooper) is that their cheaper and they are not resort ski areas which means everyone stays in the towns nearby which may seem inconvenient but will save you lots of money! The last way to save some money is to check out rental companies before you go. Most of the time there are way cheaper rental options further away from the ski area, so if you plan on renting for several days at a time, this may be a much better option for you. Backcountry is also a great alternative, if you have experience and want to save money. With big snows people backcountry ski, even in the foothills.