As everyone in the nation (who wasn’t living under a rock) heard, the East had its first winter wallop of the year this week. It was far less intense than it was made out to be so I’ve now got jugs of water in my apartment still to be drank but hey – better to be over-prepared than under-prepared, right? (A lesson Hurricane Sandy reinforced for me actually.) As long as people are able to remain indoors and safe, I personally really love snow days. Sure it makes for some hysteria and public transit nightmares but there is something so peaceful about seeing the crazy city that is Manhattan blanketed in snow.
After living in California for 8 years, I have come to really love the seasons that New York has to offer (you take the good with the bad) and “snow days” here always remind me of growing up in Chicago. My family took major advantage of blizzards. My dad would build these unbelievably cool bobsleds in the backyard that started up at our deck and then curved down into the backyard. We’d take inner-tubes and sleds down them, all bundled in our snow gear and see whose tube could go the farthest. The neighborhood kids would come over and my mom would capture mine and my siblings’ best runs on video. They are still some of my favorite home movies to watch to this day. And there were snowball fights and the building of forts. My mom would lend us her tupperware and my sister and brothers and I would mold snow into them and then unpack them as though they were our food for the coming months. We were carefully storing up. The imaginations we had! Some of my best memories with my family have been made in snow and they all come flooding back when the flakes start to fall.
I took these photos just as the snow had started in New York on Monday and by the time we finished it had picked up even more. Tuesday my office closed and I got to spend the day in my pajamas, drinking tea and making avocado toast alongside my roommates while we all worked and it was so cozy and nice. It makes you appreciate your home and surroundings a bit more when you can curl up inside a warm home, you know?
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I promptly changed into snow boots for the walk to the office this particular day however but I do need to call attention to this bag. I found it at Forever21 of all places and for just $22 it resembles something so much more expensive! I shocked my girlfriends with its origin while out last Friday night. And it comes in 4 colors! I chose gray since I didn’t have anything in my closet that color.
And while I was late to the Patagonia bandwagon, I got this jacket for Christmas and am pretty in love. It’s not the Patagonia you see everywhere, rather it has this great over-sized high collar and asymmetrical zipper making it just a bit more chic and wearable with outfits like this (although I’ve also been wearing it to run errands in every weekend since getting it.)
Finally – new hair! Got the ol’ color touched up and got a (very) overdue haircut that resulted in several inches being snipped. Am I the only one who has regrets every time they get their hair cut? It always feels like too much is gone! But hey, my hair grows like a weed so it’ll be back before I know it…
Hope you’re having a great week & Happy Thursday (it’s almost) Friday!
Suede + Leather Booties (on sale!)