Weekend Winter Wonderland

I woke up Friday morning to a text from my boss telling me not to try driving in and just work from home, and looked out my window to see a (rock-solid) layer of white covering everything! It was beautiful. I spent the morning watching the news for road conditions and weather reports, neither of which improved until Sunday (and then only slightly). I got some work done, cleaned the apartment, worked on a few craft projects, and baked my butt off. By Saturday afternoon I was going a little stir crazy, so I bundled up and walked up the street to the gas station for milk and snacks. The walk there was uphill and a piece of cake. The walk back: downhill and slippery, but I made it without falling! There may or may not have been a brief incident that involved avoiding the icy sidewalk outside my apartment neighborhood by going down a small hill. Which I may have, after one step, slid down at full speed like I was on skis, screaming and attracting the attention of everyone around until I made it (still vertical) to the bottom, at which point I burst into hysterical laughter. Like I said, that may or may not have happened.

Sunday, the temperature finally made it above freezing (a whopping 33 degrees) and the roads were much more manageable, so I decided to dig out my car and free myself from captivity. Although this is not what I had planned for this weekend, I had a blast! I thought I'd share of few photos of my first Texas winter weather, especially for the folks stuck in warm Georgia weather. Enjoy!

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Currently Craving: Cold-Weather Gear

It's been feeling a lot like winter lately here (for now at least), and I've been using the couple of coats I have like crazy—my leather jacket's a current favorite. But as the season progresses I know I'm going to be needing more coverage (and more options), so here are a few winter-resistant pieces I'm craving. And btw—they're all budget-friendly!

CC_Winter 1. Herringbone coat, The Limited 2. Skirted dress coat, J. Crew Factory 3. Biker cape coat, ASOS 4. Tweed coat, ASOS 5. Field jacket, JC Penney 6. Faux fur infinity scarf, Nordstrom 7. Funnel-collar coat, H&M 8. Knit hat, Anthropologie

 

Currently Craving: Fall

Welcome to the first of a new recurring post: Currently Craving! I thought this would be a good place for me to keep track of the gorgeous things I find around the internet, as well as a way for me to slip in some of the tips/tricks I've learned along the way.

Today's focus: fall. This time of year always makes me think of two things—new clothes and school supplies. Since this is the first fall that I'm not in school, I was going into a little bit of a withdrawal, until I found the grown-up version: office accessories! Here are a few chic statements to spruce up your wardrobe and your desk.

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One of the perks of living in Texas has been the wonderfully warm climate; however, this also means that it is mid October and very few of my autumn clothes have been out to play! So how do you get the look and feel of a fall outfit without suffering a heat stroke? Here are a few tips:

  • Breezy Fabrics! So many of the fall looks and trends involve longer hemlines and lots of layers. An easy way to get this look without all the bulk is to wear pieces that are light and airy! Opt for lightweight cottons, linens, or sheer fabrics over heavier materials like wool and leather. When it comes to sweaters, choose larger, more open weaves that allow for some breathing.
  • Long & Short If it's the long-sleeved look you're after, balance it out with a shorter hem. Keeping it cool on the bottom helps to balance out a more covered-up top.
  • Color & Pattern This is the simplest trick for getting a fall  look without taking the heat! Choose pieces in darker, autumn-inspired hues, like deep orange, burgundy, and emerald. Also mix in some conventional fall prints, such as plaid, to give your look a cold-weather feel. A short-sleeved top in a deep pumpkin color or dark plaid looks a lot more "fall" than one in light pink, yet it's just as lightweight!

1. Plaid dress - Mango | 2. Emerald dress - Mango | 3. Landscape dress - Mango | 4. Scalloped bag - ASOS | 5. Gold flat - ShopSosie | 6. Burgundy wedge - Steve Madden | 7. Pair of lamps - LuLu & Georgia | 8. Phone dock - Jonathan Adler | 9. Stapler - Design Darling