After spending over 35 hours stuck in my house due to the driving ban placed by the Government for this Blizzard called "Nemo," I've had a lot of time to reflect on my surroundings. By reflect, of course, I mean that I pondered why I ever liked snow as kid. What was it about this white, cold, wet and back-breakingly heavy heaps of ice that made me look out the window and feel joy all around me? Now, I look out my window at the 3 feet of snow covering the ground, and I think about how that 3 feet of snow is depleating me of a social life this SATURDAY NIGHT! I also realize that I'll probably be shoveling my way to an untimely death and I'll be feeling cold and bitter through it all. You see, I live with my parents. I know, I know, but it's true. Had I not had to shack up with the rents, these problems wouldnt be as bad because instead of being guilted into shoveling, I'd probably be drunk, in my pajamas, and surrounded by others who want to sit and complain about the snow. Instead, this is my life, I hate the snow and I'm so bored that I'm actually blogging about how much I hate the snow. SO since I can't entertain myself, I might as well entertain you people by bringing you back to the days as a kid where you once liked snow, and then showing you the harsh reality of how horrible snow really is. Enjoy, whatever.......
What Snow Days Felt Like as a Kid:
What Snow Days Feel Like Now:
Snowhere to go, Snowhere to turn, Snow point of trying...
What Snowmen Meant to You as a Kid:
What Snowmen Mean to You Now:
The life-span of a snowman is short, don't get attached.
Sledding as a Kid:
Even if I didnt get whip-lash, I'm still wet, I'm still cold, and I'm still miserable
What Making Snow Angels Was Like as a Kid:
What Making Snow Angels Means Now:
I drank too much, I fell asleep, I will regret this in the morning...
What Eating Snow Was Like as a Kid:
What Eating Snow Is like Now:
1 Simple Rule: Don't eat it. Period.
What Snow Ball Fights Were Like as a Kid:
What Snow Ball Fights Are Like Now:
If this looks fun to you, you should probably talk to somebody..
What Shoveling Snow Was Like as a Kid:
What Shoveling Snow Is Now:
What Drinking in the Snow Was Like as a Kid:
What Drinking in the Snow is Now:
"Dude...sooo weird, I can't feel a thing!"
...And that, my friends, is the difference between Adults and Kids....
"The last time I expected to see such large
quanities of snow, I was watching the
E True Hollywood Story on Charlie Sheen"
With this big Noreaster approching, its always key to cover your tracks for a weekend stuck inside. What I do first is Stock the liquer cabinet - that is the key ingredient to my spiked snowcones which always makes for a good time. If your not into that or afraid of finding out that the yellow snowcone you've been eating is not lemon flavored or artificially colored, then maybe these next few things will work better for ya...
Just kidding! A for effort but wow - who has the time to do this? More importantly, why spend day after day effortly carving this masterpiece when it is made out of SNOW!? I mean, what happens when all that work melts? What happens when that gigantic puddle floods every basement within a square mile? Am I the only one stressing that the lights set up around it could very well speed up the thawing process? Pray for LED and on to the real stuff...
1.) Mission Impossible The Sh*t Out Of Your Escape Plan
Hey, it's worth a shot if you've got somewhere to go... or are running from the law. No one likes feeling stuck, but then again, the thought of exerting all of that energy on an escape when I have a freezer full of tequila and margarita mix right at home, seems a tad bit pointless.
2.) Make The Best Of What You Have
Make a Fridge out of snow for beers and drinks. It will keep your drinks cold and your buzz going! Just simply pack the snow down and builld from the base up. Trust me, its worth it. But if you're lazy like most are just do this:
3.) If You Want To Get Outside, Be Creative:
Just try not to look like a pedophile...
4.) Learn From These Mistakes:
Believe it or not, when things freeze, they get slippery. You don't want to be the person who slips and eats the pavement! You want to be the person that is laughing at the person who slips and eats the pavement. It's just soooooooOOOooo much easier to find humor in the brutally painful, yet epic fails of another than those of my own.
5.) If You Are Going To Report, Make Sure You Fully Abort:
It's pretty safe to say winter is here at last - brrr! These below zero temperatures and cold winds are making it extremely hard to be outdoors. Not to mention the snow and Ice making it a lot harder to get from A to B. I do however, enjoy winter. Its beautiful, calm, and fun for skiing, snowboarding and hot cocoa. However, after the Holiday season is over and I'm back to the old grind, I slowly begin to get bitter towards the cold. This feeling usually hits me around the first week of February and I begin to feel like it has been cold forever and only getting colder. This is when I begin plotting a permanent move to somewhere warmer - anywhere warmer! It's not just the cold weather that I begin to despise, its the change in my lifestyle brought on by the cold weather. The cold makes it harder to get out of bed in the morning and it makes it even worse to get out of a hot shower, which then makes it harder to get to work on time, let alone getting to work and looking some-what presentable. Ultimately, the cold has directly effected my everyday life! Due to my morning routine being thrown out the window, I am now rushing to be on time, freezing, and uncomfortable, which means I usually just settle with an outfit consisting of the most work-friendly, comfortable and warm clothes I have - which means I look like I robbed the clothes off an old persons back or am trying out for a role in The Hobbit. Call it dramatic, but as someone who loves fashion and keeping up with the most recent trends, my style takes a big hit in the Winter! Therefore, I have found some cold weather couture that will have you looking good and staying warm all Winter long!
Style 1: Freeze Spirited Bohemian
Oversized Asymmetric Lapels Worsted Coat ($105 - oasap.com), French Bakery Top ($43 - modcloth.com), Trendy Brown Crocheted Beanie Skull Cap Kufi Hat ($8.99-luxury-divas-corporation.amazonwebstore.com), Dolores Red Carnelian Cameo Pendant Necklace ($36 - 1928.com), Knitted Step Hem Cardi ($76 - topshop.com), Isabel Marant Etoile Printed corduroy skinny trousers ($198 - matchesfashion.com), Juicy Couture Faux Fur Infinity Scarf ($88 - piperlime.gap.com), Plush Cable Stitched Mitten ($50 -piperlime.gap.com), Born Aleksi in Canoe Shearling ($265 - shoeline.com)
Dressing warm no longer has to be boring - especially with this colorful, bohemian style. I am obsessed with the Etoile Printed Cords from matchesfashion.com, not only are corderoys warm and cozy, but they are infused with a multicoloured embroidery print that truly livens up this style. The French Bakery Top from modcloth.com keeps this outfit feminine and flirty especially when a Vintage, long necklace like the one seen above from 1928.com is pieced with it. The knitted step hem cardigan from topshop.com adds color and most importantly warmth to this ensemble. Get ready for the outdoors by layering a beautiful infinity faux fur scarf around your neck. Seriously you would be surprised how much a scarf alone can warm you up, let alone one made with faux fur seen in this trendy scarf from The Gap. Add the final layer this beautiful over-sized lapel coat from oasap.com and you will be toasty warm from the waist up. Lastly, keep those toes warm with a pair of these beautiful Born Aleksi Boots. Lined with Shearling these boots are both gorgeous and sensible. With a rubber sole and slight heel, the Born Aleksi makes you slip-resistant, fashionable and warm through and through. I find that for the most part if my feet are warm, my body stays warm and the Born Aleksi Boot does just that. With this fashionable cold weather style, free spirits of the world can get back outside and stay comfortable. Make a snowman, have a snowball fight, or just go on a winter stroll. Whatever it is that you want to do, know that with this style, your covered!
Style 2: Cool, Calm, and Chic
Plaid long sleeve wool coat ($11-indressme.com), MANGO Angora Turtleneck Jumper ($35 - mango.com), Apt. 9® Faux-Fur Hat ($17 - kohls.com), Cole Haan Soft Pleat Gloves ($49 - colehaan.com), Maxmara Studio Lignano trousers ($187 - matchesfashion.com), Sofft Windsor in Black ($143 - shoeline.com)
Business ready to wear can now be comfortable and cozy with this winter weather fashion. These beige wool-blend Maxmara studio lignano trousers make for the perfect pair of business pants for a cold winter in the city, keeping your legs warm and are fitted yet movable in their construction. This essential turtleneck jumper made with wool and angora from MANGO, is soft, light, and perfectly insulated, keeping your body at the right temperature throughout the day. Layer this plain black turtleneck with this multi-colored plaid wool coat seen above from indressme.com and you will add more color and dimention to your look, while sticking to the neutral basics to keep you looking professional and stylish. Step outside in these Sofft Windsor Ankle Boots that rest high on your ankle for support and comfort and slip-resistant with the textured rubber sole. The medium heel on the Sofft Windsor Ankle Boots adds a stylish twist to your business attire and coordinates perfectly with the straight-leg hem of the trousers. Top off this winter-ready couture with a pair of black leather gloves and finalize the look with a faux fur hat to keep all your body heat in. This classy ensemble is comfortable and warm enough so that you will look forward to dressing for work in the morning and, in my case, make it on time AND look professional. Win, Win, Win.
Style 3: Wild, Wild, Winter
Accessorize Canvas Trapper Hat ($49 - accessorize.com), Urban Renewal Patterned Sweater Dress ($15 - urbanoutfitters.com), "Bear-shaped" Coffee Furred Coat ($80 - romwe.com), H&M Necklace ($13 - hm.com), Heavy Weight Ponte Leggings ($36 - topshop.com), Billabong LOEN Mittens ($36 - zalando.co.uk),Born Danila in Canoe Shearling Lined Boots ($210 - shoeline.com)
I love the feminine, yet rugged look of this style with earthy tones and subtle patterns. If made with the right material, Sweater dresses with leggings can be extremely warm in the winter months and can keep your style up to date and trendy. I love this sweater dress from urban outfitters with its Indie - earthy vibe almost as if from a Grimm Brothers Fairytale. This sweater dress matches perfectly with the burgundy hue of these heavy-weight leggings from topshop which are constructed with thick wool material and polyester to provide a thickly insulated barrier for the cold. Adding further comfort and style to these form fitted leggings are these Shearling-Lined Born Danila Ankle boots. Thickly insulated throughout and made with Opanka hand-crafted construction, this slip-on western boot is perfect for an outdoor adventure. Layer this faux fur coat over your outfit for the perfect balance of style and comfort. It's beautifully rich coloring and burly, rugged look reminds me again of a fairytale - im thinking on the lines of red riding hood and the wolf? It's a beautiful piece and an enchanting ensemble and I have already ordered the sweater dress online and am a few more pieces away from this exact look - not kidding - I LOVE IT.
Style 4: Cold-Weather Casual
Cascade Plaid Peacoat ($95 - quiksilver.com), Peckson Cable Sweater ($69 - jackwills.com), Topshop Moto 'baxter' Skinny Jeans ($80 - nordstrom.com),Totes Cable-Knit Mittens ($9.99 - kohls.com),Hollister Co. Classic So Cal Scarf ($12 - hollisterco.com), Born Helga in Canoe Shearling Lined ($245 - shoeline.com)
This outfit is both casual and stylish, expressing a good fashion sense and sensibility during these cold winter months. I just love the fun colors in the cascade plaid peacoat from quicksilver.com and how they harmonize with the royal blue infinity scarf from Hollister Co. These bright colors can liven up a simple white cable sweater with a pair of light skinny jeans. Slip on a pair of Born Helga Shearling Lined Boots and you will be comfortable from your knees to your toes. I love the Born Helga Boots in Canoe because the color truly compliments the Jacket and Scarf ensemble. This laid back outfit is just right for those cold weekend days out with friends.
New Years Eve is a fashion lover's dream. It's the night that sparks a whole new year of trends and fashion evolutions. New Years Eve is also a time where no matter where you are or what you do to celebrate, dressing to the nines is expected and taken to a whole new level of glamourous. I'm sure what you are going to wear for the New Years Eve festivities ahead has crossed your mind at least 3 times in the last hour - It has probably crossed my mind at least 60 times in this past day. This anxiety of finding the perfect dress for New Years, helped me leap into action for this next post. I did some serious fashion research to find some fabulous style ideas for New Years Eve that will help me narrow down the type of look I want to go for this year and hopefully I can help you out too. Although I plan to carry a backup dress in case anyone is wearing the same dress as me- kidding kidding, but seriously. Check out these 5 New Years Eve Dresses paired with accessories (of course) and that range in style and fit for every personality. Find which outfit suits you best to bring in the New Year with fashion forward style.
Style 1: Glitzy and Dazzling
Gold Sequin Low Back Zip Dress ($57 (£35) - desireclothing.co.uk), Polygon Jewel Pendant Earrings ($13 - romwe.com), Stud Hard Frame Purse ($40 - topshop.com), Isola Dallan - Blackberry Suede ($188 - shoeline.com)
This Glamourous look will have your style stand out for sure. I love the sequin gold dress from Desire Clothing reminds me of sparkling champagne, which is perfect for the New Year. The champagne color of the dress looks ravishing paired against the bold burgundy coloring of the Isola Dallan Shoes, Stud frame purse, and jewel pendant earrings. Burgundy is still a prime color of this season and I love its rich, deep undertones as seen in this outfit. This look is the perfect collection for someone who loves to stand out in confidence. I can see this style worn by Jennifer Lopez or Beyonce who would look just dazzling strutting the red carpet in this ensemble.
Style 2: Elegance in Emerald
Swarovski Emerald Green Earrings ($27 - etsy.com), Black/Black shift dress ($55 - dorothyperkins.com), Only Faux Fur Jacket ($110 $49 (£30) - republic.co.uk), Tri Lock Merino Clutch ($96 - topshop.com), Emerald Green Bracelet ($18 - etsy.com), Sofft Manhattan in Emerald Green Suede ($118.95 - Shoeline.com)
There is nothing more classic than a fitted, black dress to bring in the New Year. By adding Emerald accessories as seen in this look, it gives a modern day twist to the little black dress, making this outfit a perfect option for a New Years Eve Party in the City. I can just see this outfit on Audrey Hepburn as she floats through a classy New Years Eve Gala held on 5th Avenue - looking timeless and beautiful. You can never go wrong with a little black dress but you can make it better with the added lace shown in this Dorothy Perkins Dress and by adding bold rich colors to accessorize. Amp up this look with a faux fur coat to add more glamour to you look and of course, to help keep you warm throughout the night.
Style 3: Meet Me At Midnight
Accessorize Ballroom Clutch ($68 - accessorize.com), Easy Street Tidal in Silver Satin ($50 - shoeline.com), Silver Ridge Bangles ($24 - baublebar.com), Rhinestone Snowflake Stud Earrings ($6 - charlotterusse.com), Cocktails with Co-workers – Dress ($74.99- modcloth.com)
This is the perfect romantic look for an elegant New Years Party. I love the midnight blue paired with the sparkly silver glow of the gemstones on the dress. This look reminds me of a fairytale in a sense that it has a dreamy, elegance to it with its cool coloring and sparkly glow. Almost like a modern day Cinderella story, this dress is perfect for a romantic New Years spent with romantic date. However, if you are going to wear this beautiful dress, that date better take you some place nice - and he better be looking sharp too! Go ahead, tell him I said so!
Style 4: Glamour Queen
Dark red elegant sweetheart ($63 - etsy.com), Tinley Road Five Bangles ($34 - piperlime.gap.com), Accessorize Embellished Wrist Strap ($29 - accessorize.com), Isola Nara in Wheat Suede/Madreperla Viper ($171 - shoeline.com)
This outfit reminds me of Pretty in Pink with a glitzy twist. I love the empire waste of this Burgandy Dress on Etsy, it reminds me of a medieval princess or greek goddess. I love how this outfit, similar to the Glitzy and Dazzling ensemble, brings back the champagne colors mixed with deep burgundy it is just so picturesque and graceful. Add a high stilletto such as the Isola Nara to give the "pretty" some glam girl edge. Put on this outfit and youll be the beauty queen of the party.
Style 5: Long into the Night
Sofft Geneva in Champagne ($107 - shoeline.com), Vila Sheeny Clutch ($26 (£16) - vila.com), ALDO Mullally earrings ($10 - aldoshoes.com), Black Diamond Dress ($100 - ricketyrack.com), Love Nail Tree Manacle Bracelet ($42 - swell.com)
Last, but certainly not least is the look for the party girl who brings the fun! Adding amp to the simple black dress with glitter details on the bodice make this Black Diamond Dress from Ricketyrack.com one of my favorites. With matching champagne colored heels such as the Sofft Geneva, the outfit really pops. I love the strappy details of the Sofft Geneva dress shoes, the add more excitement to the outfit and give it a daring edge to make the party last long into the night. Slip into this sexy outfit and grab some noise-makers because this will be a night you will never forget!
With all the reasons to celebrate during this time of the year, you most likely have some events to attend. Im talking about work parties, annual Holiday parties with your friends...and lets not forget dinner dates, nights out, and of course New Years Eve! Before we get ahead of ourselves, lets start at one of the most crucial part of attending all of these annual events - What will you wear? We've constructed a countdown of the most fashion forward Holiday styles sets that will prepare you for any occation you have planned. Just go ahead and pick your favorites, then start to peice it all together. Read More for Where to Buy These Featured Looks!
Day 1: Boho - Contemporary
Lets start with these Boho Basics inspired by Taylor Swift featuring our A2 by Aerosoles Stroler Oxford.
Why We Love it: This outfit is comfortable and laid back, we love the rich brown, navy, and burgandy added to this look which creates a contemporary look and feel. The navy polka dotted blouse print adds an interesting focal point to this outfit that gives it some oomph! (you know what I mean). The oxford shoes add a classic twist to this boho contemporary collaboration.
When Should You Wear It?: Style this outfit for any casual day festivities such as shopping in the city, outdoor Holiday events, or at a casual lunch date. This outfit is laid-back, yet stylish to fit those casual Holiday outings.
Day 2: City Chic
We love this outfit sported by January Jones. Its chic and its comfortable and warm for those cold winter nights. Featuring our Me Too Petal Pumps in Black suede, this outfit goes from casual to cute. Dress the part when your out for a night in the city to give yourself a stylish look with an edge!
Day 3: In Favor of Blazers
Just adding a fitted blazer to your Holiday wardrobe can turn your style from drab to fab. As seen in the Blazers styled by Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Emma Stone, a fitted blazer can dress up a simple style and turn it into classy couture. Blazers not only give your outfit edge but they also can give a narrow body-type some shape! Adding a colorful blazer is a unique way to make your outfit pop and what better for the holiday season than a bright green or red blazer to go with black dress pants. Just add some fabulous pumps to this style and you'll be ready for that office Christmas Party you've been waiting for.
Day 4: Party Dress Pretty
Say goodbye to uncomfortable, tight-fitted dresses, and say hello to the cinched waist, long sleeves and high necklines shown in these top picks. Bringing back the 50's style mod dresses is the bests thing that ever happened to my holiday season - I can finally eat a full christmas dinner without worrying that I will pop a seam. I love the high necklines featured in these Holiday dresses worn by Alexa Chung and Bella Heathcote who put a great name on this feminine, eccentric style. Lace detail and tulle dress up this flirty and elegant style and make it the perfect piece for a formal holiday party with friends and family. Add a cute pair of flats such as the Isola Biel, and you'll be dressed to impress and ready to party all night long!
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Is it too much to ask for a white christmas? For just enough snow to blanket the ground and turn the world into a winter wonderland? Im not asking for cold rain, slush, and hail - just a sprinkle of snow to make life look a bit more magical.
Red is the must-have color to accessorize with this Season. Whether in shades of Burgandy, Berry, Chianti, or Scarlet, Red is the holiday trend that will help spruce up your Holiday wardrobe. Use red accessories as accent pieces with black or nuetral tones for a bright new look this season. We found these pumps, mocs, and flats in ornate shades of red for just under $50. If that's not a christmas miracle, I don't know what is!
Featured Color: Purple Suede