3 Cute Outfits for When It’s Cold

So far, getting dressed this winter has consisted of me finding the longest, thickest, most turtleneck sweater in my closet and pairing it with pants. There’s not much else you can do with weather like this. So in an attempt to change it up and fight this winter style rut, here are three cute outfits for when it’s cold. 

Mia Embroidered Boots, $59.97
Or go to ZuLily for more sizes and a cheaper price, $49.99

I got these boots for Christmas, and I have been hesitant to wear them with all of the snow and salt. But, if you are just hopping into and out of an Uber for the night and you don’t have to worry about hiking through mountains of snow, these are a nice way to add a little color and texture to the sweater and black leggings we’ve all been living in this winter.

ASTR the Label Tie Sleeve Sweater, $19.97
(Similar Nordstrom Rack tie-sleeve sweater here and here, J.Crew tie-sleeve sweater here)
If you can’t embellish your footwear, embellish your sweater. When I first got this sweater, I thought you were supposed to tie it the way you see above, but apparently the ties are supposed to be in the front. Personally, I think it looks good either way and it’s not the only way to make your sweater game more interesting. It seems like there are an endless amount of options for sweaters. Bows, ties, fringe, pom-poms, sequins, appliques, embroidery, you name it!

Thread and Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover, $78
Though this pullover may be for when you made plans with your friends and then decided to stay at home instead because it’s just too damn cold, I still think it’s cute enough to be worn in the light of day. That is if you do decide to leave the house! The fur elevates it from an everyday pullover to something a little more special. And if you do decide to stay in, put on your leggings and slippers, grab your hot tea and just lean into it. No one will care because everyone else is just as cold.

Finding balance

I’ve been thinking about writing about the topic of finding balance for a long time. And since I guess you could call this my resolution for the year, I thought this might be a good time to bring it up. I’ve had this increasingly nagging feeling over the last year or so that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. A feeling like not everything on my list of things had been accomplished. It felt like there was something missing that I wasn’t getting to, causing me to feel frustrated and anxious at times. And that feeling only grew over the holidays as obligations for work and even my social life began to pile up. It wasn’t until the last present was put away and the last champagne flute was cleaned that I started to feel a sense of calm and equilibrium come over me. I have suspected this for a long time and it’s clear to me now, more so than ever, looking over the past year, which was wonderful in so many regards, that I didn’t really carve out enough time for myself. My schedule became so full, so fast that I never really took the time to examine it and ask myself if this was truly the way I wanted to be spending my time. I just went with it. And now, as a full-fledged adult living on my own for officially six and a half years, it seems that I’ve finally come to the realization that I am the person who sets my priorities and decides how I spend my time. If I want it to be different, I have to change it, which is where the idea of finding balance comes in.

As a former figure skater, the concept is not lost on me that even though everything can feel like it is moving really fast, if you have balance, you can achieve great things. Beautiful things. Given the fact that my life will probably stay really busy and hectic, the best thing I can do to make sure I am doing everything that I WANT to do, is to make priorities and allocate an amount of time that seems appropriate for that particular priority, whether it is spending more time with friends or reading a good book. For me, one of things I have really missed is blogging. And I made several failed attempts at blogging over the last few months. Everything else kept getting in the way. I finally realized if I wanted this to happen, I needed to schedule it. This idea didn’t click until I heard Elizabeth Gilbert, on an episode of her podcast Magic Lessons, tell a busy woman trying to write a novel that she needed to make time for her writing, even if that meant giving up something else.
Thinking about all of the other priorities in my life, such as family, work and friends, blogging doesn’t really compete, but I decided it does fall somewhere on my list of priorities because it is something I enjoy. And as you know, the whole not spending time on me thing was a problem last year. So I’ve set aside time on Saturday mornings to work on my blog. I decided that little bit of time on Saturday mornings is just the right amount of time to commit to this given how it ranks in comparison to all of the other priorities in my life. I am sure there will be times when other priorities take precedence or when I spend more time on my blog than I thought I would. There may not always be balance. Psychotherapist F. Diane Barth, L.C.S.W., said in her blog post 5 ways to find balance in your life for Psychology Today, “…balance is about navigating transition – rather than trying to ‘nail’ a spot and (desperately…er…um) gracefully hoping to stay in it.” So I humbly recognize this is not something I will always get right. To quote my yoga teacher and something I am sure I begrudgingly learned many times during my years at the ice rink: when you fall, you learn. Finding balance takes work and practice, but I definitely think it’s something worth working on and focusing on for the next year. What do you think? Do you struggle with finding balance, too? Is there something you’ve done that has helped you find balance in your life?

A few of my favorite things

I’d like to start the year by sharing a few of my favorite things from 2017. This is not only a way to share what I feel are great products and finds, but also a way to reflect on a year of smarter purchases. As I look through old blog posts, I seem to start every year with the goal to save more money. And that goal has morphed to not only include saving more money each paycheck, but saving more in the long run by purchasing clothing and products that I know will give me long-lasting value. As I look back at 2017, I am proud of myself for making fewer, smarter purchases. Here are the ones that I thought were worth sharing:

Everlane Modern Loafer $168
I bought these loafers for our trip to Rome. I wanted a shoe that could handle all of the walking while disguising my tourist status. I followed the old adage “do as the Romans do” and bough Italian leather loafers. I knew these shoes would be a wardrobe staple long after I left Rome. They have a cool, modern vibe yet a timeless quality. I thought the wine color would be a really interesting choice and something that could go with most outfits. Though I was sad to find out that not even these shoes could handle the amount of walking we did in Rome, they are still really comfortable for everyday wear.

Level 99 Jeans, $89.50
Finding a good pair of jeans is liking finding a really good hair dresser or dentist. You never look back. I haven’t tried every brand of jean under the sun, but I’ve tried enough to know what I am looking for. These have a really flattering fit that doesn’t seem to stretch out and a nice color that doesn’t seem to fade. They are definitely on the tighter side and are more like a thinner jegging than a thick denim. The high waist makes them an unlikely candidate for wear on Thanksgiving, but I like the silhouette they create when I am not worried about fitting into my pants.

Zella Leggings, $52
It turns out that when you invest a little money in a nice pair of leggings they are actually quite flattering as pants. Who knew? I am still testing out the best way to wear these. It’s normally with a longer top or tunic. Either way the material is thicker like a pair of athletic pants. I am guessing these could be worn to the gym. I usually wear them around the house or when I am traveling and want to be comfortable. They aren’t quite Spanx, but they definitely feel more supportive than regular leggings. As I get older, I am finding that I need that support in the right places.

STOREE Sweater via Nordstrom, $26.98
This sweater was another purchase for Rome and although it is on the trendier side, its simplicity makes it yet another timeless option. This photo feels like a scene from a movie: charming young American having the time of her life in Rome. It’s definitely the shirt that makes it. This picture will always make me glad that I bought this shirt for our trip.

(Side note: I have been really impressed with Nordstrom’s selection of quality clothing at mid-level prices lately. It seems like they’ve gone beyond stocking these options in just their junior’s section and have filled this need for the 30ish crowd with brands like Halogen, Leith and ASTR the Label to name a few.)

Nadri Ring, $55
I am not a huge jewelry person. I have the staples: a chunky necklace, a boyfriend watch, a pearl necklace, etc. But I rarely gravitate toward jewelry purchases. This ring really caught my eye because of its simplicity and interesting criss-cross design. I wear this pretty much every day and it goes with basically everything. I sort of have a thing for rose gold, so you’ll see me rocking that color on the regular. I love how delicate and dainty it is. A nice departure from some of the clunkier jewelry that has been popular lately.

Sperry Saltwater Duck Boots, $99.95
I bought these later in the year so it’s hard to count them in my list of favorite purchases from 2017, but I have to share these because I have worn these every day since they arrived in the mail. They have been so great in this snowy, cold weather. Because of the rubber soles I don’t worry about them with all of the salt and the darker leather is more subtle than your typical manila-folder inspired duck boot. I prefer these over my Hunter Wellingtons in the winter because of their small size. They are easy to fit in my gym bag, are less cumbersome, and look really stylish with just about any outfit.

So that’s my list of 2017 favorites. In 2018, I hope to continue on this path of saving my money to invest in closet staples with a few fun pieces mixed in. I’d love to know what your best buys were in 2017!