Inspiration: Après-ski Chic

Après-ski Chic

Back when I lived in Minnesota, I spend the winters completely surrounded by snow and cold. We’d rejoice when the temperature rose over 20 degrees and shudder when it plunged back down with flurries to match. Now that I’m in San Francisco, snow is several hours away and is incredibly alluring (careful what you wish for, right?). My first San Francisco Christmas was certainly merry and bright, but I still want my belated white Christmas!

So, Jim and I decided to head to Tahoe this weekend to plunge headfirst into snow (me literally, him figuratively). Although we might not do any actual skiing, there will be plenty of showshoeing and at least several major snowball fights. There’s nothing more satisfying than a freezing day out in the snow followed by a hot shower, a little lipstick, and hot grown-up drinks by a fire.

As I started to pack my bags full of wool socks and ski hats, I wanted to find the perfect outfit to wear out after a snow day while sipping a hot toddy in a pub and defrosting my feet. The Petty boots are comfortable and let your feet stretch after being crammed into boots, and the cozy Rag & Bone sweater and velvet leggings (yes, velvet) have enough give to allow for a serving (or two) skiier’s-appetite french fries and hot chocolate. And since cute ski hats are the perfect excuse to forgo the blow-drier, I included one of those too!

I tell ya, I can’t wait to get out there and freeze my butt off.

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Five Quick Christmas Snaps

Frank Lloyd Wright's

Maltipoo puppy

Gangam Style socks

DIY Wrapping Paper Bow

Christmas lights in Levi Plaza

It’s pretty amazing that Christmas is less than a day away now. This December has truly flown by, despite my best attempts to draw it out by watching every Christmas movie ever created and indulging in every holiday treat ever created (times ten for brie). I’m sad to see it go, but I know it’ll be back again before I know it, much like Frosty the Snowman. Keep the faith!

one.  This is what happens when you take a gingerbread house competition very, very seriously. Google “Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water” and you’ll see what I mean. And yes, those are indeed Swedish Fish jumping out of the frosting waterfall.

two.  I’m not sure about you, but I never get tired of pictures of puppies. Never.

three.  It’s official; Psy is everywhere, even on your feet. I will add a disclamer that these are not my socks. You know how I love shorts and tights together more than anyone? Apparently some feel that way about Gangam Style.

four.  I was patting myself on the back for remembering to buy wrapping paper before it sold out, but then I realized that I neglected to buy bows. I had to improvise with this little bow made from strips of leftover wrapping paper. I tell ya, every time I feel like a real grownup…

five.  These trees are a serious ten on my Christmas light rating scale. Well done, Levi Plaza. Well done.

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