When we first moved to New York 7 years ago, I had no idea what a harsh winter looked like. So I bought a puffer coat for $50 & figured that I’d be fine – after all, we didn’t plan on staying in the Northeast permanently. But, now that it’s clear we aren’t moving again anytime soon, I’m realizing that I need to make a serious upgrade. So, I’ve decided that it’s finally time to invest in something well-made before the snowy weather hits. Options I’m currently considering: here, here, here & here. If you live in a frigid climate & have a warm winter coat that you swear by, please share with me in the comments below!
Several of you have been asking about comfortable but dressy shoes that you can wear to holiday parties where you’ll be standing all night. These classic flats in a festive print, with a slightly pointed toe & embellished detail are basically perfect in every way & I instantly added them to my Christmas wish list (they also come in a neutral tweed). Other fancy flats to try include these tasseled loafers, this embellished pair & these jacquard slip-ons.
One of my fondest childhood memories from the holiday season was helping my mom bake all of our favorite treats and deliver them in special tins to neighbors, teachers & friends. When I first switched to a mostly Paleo & gluten-free diet, I was so sad that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy her classic cut-out cookies or famous fudge again. But, after some research & a little kitchen testing, I’ve been able to find a few recipes that are just as good so I won’t feel deprived while everyone else is having dessert. These no-bake truffles are gluten-free, vegan & dairy-free and they’re insanely delicious (if you need to take them into the classroom, try swapping out the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter). More of my favorite recipes include these oatmeal creme pies & these cinnamon roll cookies – also, if you’re looking for a great main dish that will impress friends & family, try these stuffed acorn squash.
My skin always struggles with the transition to winter & I find that I have to constantly be slathering on lotion to keep it moisturized & soft. So, earlier this month, after reading the rave reviews, I ordered this body butter to try and I’ve been so impressed. It has a light whipped texture that quickly absorbs into skin + the scent is amazing! Because it is a bit pricey, I alternate using it with this body lotion (which is a great drugstore moisturizer) – I’ve found that this combination has been really effective & keeps my skin well hydrated so I don’t have to apply multiple times throughout the day.
My parents arrive tomorrow from Oregon & they are spending 6 weeks with us here in New York! As I was planning out our schedule for the next month & a half, I realized that the last thing I want to be doing is working 50-hour weeks while they are here. My mom & dad are in their 70’s now and we only get to see them once a year…so, after talking it over with my husband, we both decided to cut back on our work schedules & focus on making memories with them. Our budget may be a little bit tighter as a result, but I know this is valuable time that we can’t get back once it’s gone. So, if you notice me posting less frequently between now & the New Year, just know that it’s for a good reason & I will get back to a regular routine after January 10th.
During the winter months, I’m mostly wearing chunky knitwear & loose-fitting sweaters so I tend to opt for a comfortable bralette instead of my usual underwire bra. But, the issue I’ve had in the past (and many of you have also mentioned as your reason for not buying one) is that there isn’t a lot of support or coverage with this particular style. So I was happy to discover these padded bralettes that are more of a hybrid between the two (sizing note: I’m usually a 32B and I wear a Small in these). They come in several different colors & silhouettes and they’re all reasonably priced so you can stock up!