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How To Stay Sane And Chic During A Snowpocolypse.

I don’t know about you guys, but this Boston winter is kicking my butt. The snow is overwhelming, the commuting has been a nightmare, and I have been soothing my winter-blues with a heck of a lot of couch-time and junk-food. More than anything, I’ve been feeling a little … well the best word I can think of is: Meh. Uninspired, unmotivated, and overall just … Meh. So I thought I’d put together a list of ideas for how we can all stay sane and a little more chic during this insane winter weather. Please do share you ideas with me too!
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1) Don’t be one of those suckers stocking up on bread and milk. Hit the speciality food store and get your artisan marshmallows (I love Apotheker’s), macarons, chutney and cheeses. If you’re going to be stuck inside, you want to have quality rations. 2) Go ahead, do it — call yourself an Uber. Sure, it’s surge pricing — but there’s nothing chic about the MBTA this winter. 3) Order that Hudson Bay wool throw you’ve been eyeing for years, consider it an investment in your snuggling game. 4) Wine. Do it. Buy the whole case, you know you’ve already drank as many bottles this winter hiding from the storms. 5) Host a shoveling soiree and go dig out some elderly neighbors — there’s nothing more chic than being a good samaritan! Bonus: it’s a great work out to burn off all that wine. 6) Get out there and support the small businesses that are hurting from having to close during the storms. The great news is that you’ll be one of the brave folks to go out in the cold to try that impossible-to-get-a-reservation-at-restaurant, finally easy to get a seat at the chicest spots in the city. 7) Just dress the part — bean boots and fleece lined wellies are now acceptable attire at 99% of occasions. My advice? Invest in some cute boot socks in case you have to pop them off to change shoes! And don’t forget a sassy pom-pom hat and smart mittens. 8) You’ve probably already reached the end of your Netflix binge-watching queue, so start to dig into some classic old-school movies. 9) Consider this snow-bound winter a great excuse to start that resolution to read more this year, you’ve got plenty of time on the couch to start chipping away at your reading list. 10) No shame in channeling your energy to start thinking about, praying for, even begging a bit for spring. It’s got to come sometime!

Quebec City.

In all of the holiday hustle and bustle I totally forgot to share pictures of little pre-Christmas adventure up to Quebec City! The trip has become a bit of a tradition for us, this marked our 4th year going, and the first time since we got engaged there two years ago.  It was a winter wonderland to say the least, we tromped through a fresh foot of snow to do window shopping, warmed up in cute cafes and restaurants with tasty soups and treats (macarons, of course!), and admired the holiday decorations on the old city’s streets. It’s always such a perfect little retreat to get in the holiday spirit.

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Winter Wellies.

I’ve never been much of a winter boots girl — despite almost 10 years living in Boston. I’ve always opted for rain boots during New England winters because of the slushy mess I tend to trudge through during my commute. Recently, I got sent a pair of adorable Joules rain boots to take for a test run and I absolutely love the patterns they come in – stripes, florals, even a darling fox print (plus the mid-height boots are perfect for those who are vertically challenged like me!). The cheery floral pattern I chose makes having to weather a gray day just a little more tolerable. I’m eyeing a pair of the striped rain booties next!

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Wellies c/o Joules USA, all opinions are my own.

Comfort food.

I’m not going to lie, I really enjoyed being snowed in this weekend. It was such a great excuse to be lazy, watch movies (saw To Catch a Thief for the first time!), and of course make some delicious comfort food. As part of my ‘get-your-relax-on’ strategy I made one of my favorite indulgent concoctions that  I call ‘fat pasta’ (I’ll let you guess why). It was the perfect splurge for a cold wintry Sunday, yum! Sad to have to leave my house and deal with the aftermath of the storm today, I want my snow day to last for a just a little bit longer. DSC_0008 copyDSC_0025

(If you’re need of some comfort food, you can find the recipe here)

Effortless Holiday Entertaining Tips.

In the next few weeks there are office gatherings, cookie swaps, white elephant parties, cocktail hours, and of course, Christmas day celebrations. So I’m sharing a handful of entertaining tips over on the Wayfair blog to get you through the holiday entertaining season that will make you look like a pro; check them out here!

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Photo Credit: House and HomeLonnyMartha Stewart Living.

5 Under $50: Winter Classics

I’m overdue for an installment of 5 under $50 — and this week I have a bit of a mish-mosh of items, but they all have one thing in common: they’re classics! (Oh and they’re nice on the wallet too!) How about those bow heels and the blazer with metallic threads? I want both to wear to holiday parties!

5 under 50 winter classics

Fairisle mittens ($15), metallic accent blazer ($31), moss stitch hat ($28), leopard cuff bracelet ($38), patent nude bow heel ($32)

Holiday Gift Guide: Winter White

This holiday gift guide is all about little luxuries in a crisp winter white. Don’t you just want to cozy up in that chunky anchor scarf and light one of those lovely diptyque candles?

Sources: Diptyque gift set, Fur earmuffs, Bourbon Vanilla Soap, Anchor scarf, Instax Camera, Hobnail Candle, Salt & Pepper, Bamboo nesting bowls, Cuff bracelet

 

Animal print sweater.

My wardrobe is in a mid-winter slump and while browsing for a few inexpensive pick-me-ups  I found this adorable sweater from Old Navy. Animal prints at a mighty fine price — looks like this one is going to be mine!

via Old Navy

Winter wonderland.

Brrrr! It’s cold outside, no chance the white blanket of snow will be melting today. Were you outside in the storm embracing the wintry wonderland yesterday? Or huddled up inside with some warm clothes avoiding the blizzard? I was definitely the latter; a cozy sweatshirt, hot tea and enjoying the snow from the window.

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Snuggle cubby.

I love my bed, it’s so hard for me to get out from under the warm covers in the morning and go to work. Especially on this cold Boston winter mornings, and especially on Mondays, I just want to snuggle in it all day long.

A bed like this, in its own little cabinet nook, would probably be the death of me — I would never ever be able to get out:

via Apartment Therapy

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