Cold Weather Essentials

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Temps around here have been in the low forties, which isn't too bad. However, it's only going to get colder (and we go to Vermont a lot...where it's below freezing almost everyday!) So today I've rounded up my favorite cold weather must haves. Many of these make great gifts as well! Some are pricey...but worth the investment.

In fact, I've had my Sorel Caribou boots for several years already. These trusty winter boots keep my feet warm and dry and the lug soles keep me sturdy in the snow and ice. There's even a removable lining that I occasionally wear around our Vermont condo, if I know I'm going to be going in and out a lot. Once I'm in for the night... I opt for a cozy pair of Ugg slippers. And for even more warmth, I'm all about these Smartwool socks.
This year I bought myself a Canada Goose jacket. They come in so many different styles and colors, but after reading several reviews and trying on a few different options, I purchased the Trillium style in black. I love how it looks paired with my new navy leather tech gloves and faux fur scarf. 

The older I get the more I realize how important it is to pay attention to my skin in the winter. Since mine tends to be dry, keeping it moisturized in the cold weather is a priority. While some of my beauty products tend to rotate...I use this lip balm during the day (addicted) and this facial oil, every night, right after I wash my face.

Finally, I always try to dress in layers. That usually means a cotton tank under a roomy cashmere turtle neck- I've been living in this one, or a long sleeve tee shirt with one of my favorite (and affordable) cashmere cardigans Add some hot cocoa and a cute pom pom hat and I"m ready to take on winter...(and by ready, I mean I'd rather be in Florida tbh).


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Blogger Home Tours: Sarah Sarna

December's blogger home tour features a peek into Sarah Sarna's lovely Virginia home . A few years back, when Sarah still lived in New York, we met at a blogging event in New York City (and then again a few more times after that!) Since then, Sara moved with her husband to the D.C. area, and we've had a social media friendship through our respective blogs for years.

As a former interior designer, Sarah has a great eye for finding unique and chic pieces for her stylish home. Of course I'm partial to all the blue and white accents! Thanks for sharing these pretty shots of your home here with us today Sarah!


Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts For Under $50.

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I've rounded up some great budget friendly gift ideas for almost everyone on your list! Many of these are waay under $50. There's a few more ideas if you scroll through below. 

PS: I'm so excited that my favorite perfume comes in a great little travel size now! (hint-hint)

PPS: Right after I made the collage above I found these adorable little cat ear studs...perfect for a Secret Santa gift or stocking stuffer.

PPPS: For even more gift ideas-see all previous guides here.


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Home For The Holidays

This Montana resort home designed by Ken Fulk (and featured on the cover of the December issue of Elle Decor) is not what I'm typically drawn to. Dark, rustic interiors typically aren't my favorite. However, this warm holiday winter escape captured my heart. Typically, I'm a bit cynical when it comes to over the top styled magazine homes for the holidays. Garland around the bunk beds? Really? But, with a ten year old son who may or may not still believe in Santa...I'm ready to suspend reality and go for the fantasy just a little bit right now. How about you?


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Weekend Wrap Up

This weekend we're going to go get our tree. I find the Holidays exhausting, so I'll try to keep my Grinchy whining to a minimum here...

Also, it's our first Christmas with a dog! Hoping the ornaments aren't too tempting for Cosmo. Although I have to admit it's fun to add him to the gift list - I couldn't resist this cute little chew toy for him!

Other fun finds this week include:

-This autumn salad is amazing! (made it twice already)

-Re-stocking my fuzzy sock drawer. (#lifeinthefastlane)

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