how to thrive through winter.

Sweatshirt. Vest. Chambray top. Jeans. Sorel boots.  Similar hat.

Last year I read the Magnolia Story, by Chip and Joanna Gaines.  I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t like Chip and Jo, (that’s like saying you don’t like sunshine) and after reading their book (and then listening to the book on audible as well- they read it themselves which is really fun.)it’s even more clear why.  My favorite part of the book came towards the end where Joanna talks about the difference between just surviving and thriving.   She shared how she learned to thrive right in the middle of one of their biggest financial trials.  Indulge me for a minute while I share a brief quote from her since she writes it much better than I could:

“It was such a blessing to find myself thriving in the middle of the pain. Unless you find a way to do that, there’s always going to be this fake illusion that once you get there–wherever “there” is for you–you’ll be happy. But that’s just not life. If you can’t find happiness in the ugliness, you’re not going to find it in beauty, either.”

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things that actually work, when getting dressed in the winter.

Coat. SweaterShirt. (similar here.) Jeans. Boots.(here and here.) Bag.

I, like most women spend a fair amount of time on Pinterest.  What did we ever do before Pinterest, I ask you?  Well, buy a lot more magazines for one (now I pick them up and think you myself, “my Pinterest boards have loads more inspiration than this.”).  But, I digress.  I spend a lot of time each season pinning inspirational outfits for that specific season.  Color combinations, and styles I love.  Things to help me use what I already have, and ideas to help get me out of the inevitable mid-season rut, that we all get in.  You know what I’ve realized about a lot of inspirational and aspirational outfits, that I find myself loving/lusting over?  They’re not wearable, you know, in actual real life.

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a touch of pink: outfit inspiration.

Jeans.(under $60) Sweater. (under $40) Check Coat.(under $30) Pink Watch. Booties. Bag. Scarf. Beret.

It’s about this point in January when I start thinking about all the pink things.  I mean, Valentine’s day is practically around the corner right?  Haha.  But seriously though.  I thought a little pink outfit inspiration would be fun today.  I’ve been on a real H&M kick lately, their sweaters are so, so good this season, and this pink beauty is only $35.  Also, can you even with that checkered coat?  It’s only $26, so pretty much guaranteed to not be warm, but it sure is a fun statement piece for your wardrobe.  And just in case you haven’t yet, you should really try a beret.  I have this white one and I love it.

Happy Wednesday everyone.


winter layers.

Coat. Sweater. Jeans. Similar boots here and here. Similar Bag here and here. Similar hat. Sunglasses. Ring.

On Saturday, I froze my fanny off trying to survive this severe cold-snap in New England, oh and I also turned 35.  Craig planned an awesome day in Stowe, VT complete with ice skating and a snowy sleigh ride, and then the weather decided it was going to be -11 on Saturday, so we postponed the trip until a later (and hopefully a bit warmer) weekend.  Seriously, I don’t think these pictures accurately illustrate how bitterly cold it was.  Instead, we took a snowy drive through New England stopping in a pretty little town to explore a bit.  (To be honest, we didn’t make it very far on the exploring either, because it was pretty much frigid here in Connecticut too.)  In the end, we threw in the towel and went to get sushi, then went home to our cozy house for a movie.  It was a really fun day, but I really hope its just a little warmer on my birthday next year. ;-)

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