Snow Again?!

With a lovely new season about to start in a few days, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is coming down with a case of “spring fever”. I cannot wait for sunny days, spring-time flowers popping up all over the place, and of course, warm-weather fashion! Although… Mother Nature seems to have other plans (depending on where you live, of course). More snow! Karoline and I have experienced a couple of hard core blizzards this semester at our university in Massachusetts, and we just got hit with another snow storm last night!

Has your town turned into a winter wonderland over night? Are you stuck with a delay or ‘snow-day’ from school? Take advantage of the time off and make the best of this snowy weather with some of these fun things to do indoors!

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What are you doing today?!

XO, Christine

OOTD — 02/26/13

So khaki pants and sweaters are pretty much what I reach for when I get up to get ready these (wintery) mornings. I love how sweaters look layered on top of a button down or polo shirt. Not only do I love this outfit, but ‘Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ’ by O.P.I. (pictured to the left), is probably my absolute nail color of all time. I just had to show it off in this O.O.T.D.!

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Oxford Button Down: J. Crew

Sweater: H&M

Pants: Forever 21

Flats: Forever 21

Jewelry: Pearl Necklace and Studs

Nail Color: ‘Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ’ By: O.P.I.

What are you wearing today?

XO, Christine

I don’t know about where y’all live, but it’s finally gotten chilly here!  I’m having to break out all of my winter clothes, and I can’t bundle on enough layers!  Sometimes it’s hard to stay bright and cheery when it’s so incredibly cold outside.Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 11.56.52 AM

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Keep it neutral and add a funky fair isle earflap hat!Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 11.59.09 AM

Add some fun with a cowl peeking out from under your coat.

How are you keeping warm and not letting the cold keep you down?

xoxo,
Rebecca

Monogram Love

Hello everyone!

I have recently gotten way too obsessed with monograms! Of course, when we were all younger, we had monogrammed things. But on my college campus, monograms have gotten to be extremely popular and you can find them on practically everything and anything! These are some of my favorite monogrammed items you can find!

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1) I love love love wearing 3/4 zip pullovers on those chilly days in Charleston or just as a cute sweatshirt for going to the gym. This beautiful one from Sweet Tea Monogram is so cute, especially with the anchor and the brilliant colors!

2) I have seen so many girls rocking the monogram vest during these winter days here in Charleston! A vest can really spice up an outfit and the monogram makes it cute and personal! Marley Lilly makes a variety of colors and styles!

3) Marley Lilly does it again with this amazing Luxe Cross Body bag! I LOVE a good cross body, especially with a chain, because it can truly jazz up any going out outfit!

4) Monogram iPhone cases are all the rage now! It seems like everyone is personalizing how their phone looks! After scouring Etsy forever, I finally found a store Happy Rabitz that makes amazing Chevron print monogram cases in beautiful colors! I love it!

5) Monogram scarves can top off any outfit! I adore mine, but this chevron print in amazing colors really caught my eye! Check it out at SatinStitchDesigns!

6) Sweet Tea Monogram also makes koozies! Since moving down south, I have become a koozie fanatic and keep a collection of them! Not only are they cute, they serve a good purpose in keeping your drink cool and keeping it out of your hand! I love the seersucker prints with the big bright monogram!

Have you found any cute things to monogram lately?

XOXO,

Caroline

Anatomy of a ski outfit

Winter break is the perfect time to go on ski trips with friends and family! I’ve been skiing my whole life and have a bunch of friends ask me for advice in the past about what they should wear when they’re out on the mountain. On the flip side, as a racer and ski coach, I’ve seen some people wear truly bizarre things out on the slopes. For the past eight years, I have spent a majority of my winter days skiing, so I like to think that I’ve gotten dressing for it down to a science.

If you’re a newby to the snow, or if you’re just looking for a new outfit next time you head to the mountains, here’s what I’ve come up with:

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1. TRUST: If your hands aren’t happy, neither are you. I personally like mittens, others like gloves…it’s just a matter of what works for you. The key thing here is to get a warm, waterproof pair. Find this pair here.

2. I am a huuuuge fan of turtle necks. Especially when I’m skiing. They are the perfect base layer and prevent cold air and snow from coming down your neck and chest while you’re outside. Just a basic cotton one will do, but high-tech base layers are also good. Find this one here.

3. Flannels are also good for keeping warm. Layering is key. I like flannels because they’re lightweight, soft, and pack in a bunch of warmth. Find this one here.

4. Long underwear is your friend!!! I know it sounds old fashioned, but it’s so comfy! I really don’t understand the people that don’t wear anything under their ski pants…I couldn’t do it!! Find this pair here.

5. Socks! For a day on the slopes you need a pair of good, TALL socks! A word to the wise: thick wool socks are no good in ski boots. They’re uncomfortable. Go for a specially-made ski sock, your feet will thank you. Find this pair here.

6. When it comes to jackets, I have always been a fan of the solid bright colors as opposed to trendy stripes or prints. This helps you get so much more life out of the jacket! When it’s solid, it will last practically forever without going out of style. Find this one here.

7. If you treat your pants well, they should last for years. I have had the same pair for over eight years and I still love them. Granted they’re race pants and are built to be sturdy, but they should last you awhile. Go for classic black: they hide the dirt better and will more than likely go with all of your gear. Find this pair here.

8. The helmet is important because it protects your head when you fall. I always think it’s fun when people have bright colored helmets, it helps show off their personality. US Ski Teamer Ted Ligety created his Shred brand with that in mind…not only are they top-notch helmets, but they come in awesome colors and styles. Some even have iPod connections! Find this one here.

9. Goggles are the last but certainly not least important part of any ski outfit. They protect your eyes! Mucho importante. Find this pair here.

City Spotlight: New York City!

New York City is the best place to visit during the holiday season! The entire city is decked out in lights, ornaments, trees, menorahs, bows, and festive colors. It is truly magical experiencing Christmas in New York, and it should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. While I am from outside the city, I love being a tourist this time of year and taking the train in to see some of the famous sights and sounds! New York City is easy to reach throughout all of New England, NJ, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC by train, so it makes for a perfect day or overnight trip, and it totally worth it! Here are some of my favorite things to do in New York City during the most magical time of year!

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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center needs to be at the top of everyone’s to do list when they come to NYC, especially around the holidays! This is the world’s largest Christmas tree that they light each year in a televised special complete with famous musicians and bands. It is truly a sight to see with all its colors and blinking lights and ice skating on the Rockefeller Center rink in the shadow of the tree, complete with Christmas music, is so quintissential New York City! Rockefeller Center is also filled with fun stores including J.Crew, Anthropologie, Nine West, Banana Republic, H&M, Magnolia Bakery and Dean and Deluca to finish that holiday shopping or grab a fun treat. This is by far my favorite section of the city, especially during this time of year!

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Enjoy a Holiday Show

NYC is of course famous for its Broadway shows! This year, they have a multitude of holiday themed Broadway and Off-Broadway productions to offer! Two years ago, I saw Elf on Broadway and it was just as funny, if not more, than its movie counterpart! Plus, its always such a blast to get dressed up and attend a Broadway show, especially at this festive time of year. The Theater at Madison Square Garden is also showcasing How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes is a holiday tradition!

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Take in a (free) Late Night Show!

Just yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! This was always a dream of mine, since I think Jimmy Fallon is the funniest man in the world, and what made it all the more better was a favorite band of mine, Florida Georgia Line, was the musical guest! Getting the tickets was extremely easy: I simply entered my name online and a day later, was contacted by the show saying I had 2 tickets to the date I requested! Most late night and/or talk shows filmed in NYC have this same process, including Saturday Night Live, which was also such a fun thing to attend. So why not give it a shot! You will definitely be in for a ton of laughs and an eye-opening experience in the television world!

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The Christmas Shopping and Windows!

Famous department stores such as Macys, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys are renowned for their Christmas windows! Definitely take the time to walk Fifth Avenue and explore the deparment stores and their windows to see what this is really all about. Each one tells a story and since the stores are so big, the windows are tremendous and go on for an entire block or two. They usually have a different theme every year so they are always individual and unique. Macy’s Herald Square, the largest department store in the world, is a spectacle in itself around the holidays! Its 8 stories are filled with tourists and locals alike, speaking in a buzz of thousands of different languages, each trying to find Santa Claus or the perfect gift or simply to experience NYC at Christmas time!

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Hannukah in NYC!

Central Park, near the Plaza Hotel, features the world’s largest Menorah! They light it each and every night of Hannukah and begin the 8 nights with a huge ceremony! NYC is home to a very large Jewish population so this occasion is taken very seriously and is celebrated widely! Each night, this area of Manhattan is a buzz with activity as it is right in the center of all the Holiday shopping and activities, so check it out if you are around!

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Ice Skating in Bryant Park

While there is ice skating at Rockefeller Center and Central Park, the huge and beautiful ice rink at Bryant Park behind the NY Public Library is FREE! All you have to do is pay a cheap skate rental and you are set to go! Here, they play Christmas music as you skate around in the shadow of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The skyline around the park is magnificent and beautiful. There is also a beautifully lit Christmas tree here, as well as so many holiday pop up shops which offer gifts to give for the holidays from handbags to ornaments to pet clothes to chocolate! Also, definitely check out the terrace restaurant here, where you can enjoy a hot cocoa or a full blown meal while overlooking the skaters and the skyline!

NYC is definitely the place to be around the holidays and everyone should experience it once! Check it out if you can! I am so happy I get to call this place home!

XOXO,

Caroline

Theater Appreciation!

One thing I love to do (especially during the holiday season) is get out to the theater. Ever since taking an American Musical Theater class at my school, I’ve been hooked on the art! Getting dressed up to go a show, ballet, or musical is so exciting and fun, there is so much talent out there just waiting to be seen. Plus, going to a play makes for a great date night!

After I discovered my new found appreciation and love for theater, I’ve made an effort to see quite a few shows this past season—

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Pippin. I saw Diane Paulus’ musical production of Pippin at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)  in Cambridge a couple days ago. Some major stars like Andrea Martin, Patina Miller, Terrence Mann, and other acrobats from all over the world came together to perform in such a fantastic specical. This show was absolutely incredible and I highly recommend it. Plus, the A.R.T. has student tickets that are really cheap!

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A Christmas Carol & Winterdance. While its not possible for me to always get out to Boston to see a show, right at my own school I’ve been able to see two procutions very recently—Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, and Winterdance, a dance production put on by Bridgewater State University’s Dance Company. Check out what performances your University’s theater department is working on, grab some friends and take advantage of them–tickets are probably really cheap or even free for students!

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The Nutcracker. Whats up next for me is hopefully The Nutcracker! I absolutely love this ballet around Christmas time and the Boston Ballet does a fantastic job performing it every year. I have seen The Nutcracker before– every other year or so one of my best friends from home, Samantha, and I go and see it as a Christmas tradition, it never gets old!

Have you been to any theater performances recently? Leave it in the comments!

XO, Christine

Favorite Flannels

There are three things that I absolutely love about flannel shirts. First of all, they are made of soft fabrics that keep you very warm. This makes flannel shirts the perfect staple to have on hand in your closet for the colder months of the fall and winter seasons. Secondly, flannel shirts come in a variety of styles; they can be found in almost every color, and the shirt may sport either a checkered, plaid, or even a gingham pattern, depending on the number of colors used in the design.  Thirdly, flannel tops are very versatile. Pair a flannel with some leggings to lounge around in, or layer one under a pull over sweater for a stylish look.

This trendy top will come in handy for the cold months ahead! Have you stocked up on any flannel shirts yet? Check out some of my favorite flannel finds below–

 

 

1. Republic $24

2. Intermix $128

3. Republic $24

4. Aubin and Wills $94

5. Woolrich $59

In the past, I’ve also found some cute flannel shirts at stores such as Target and American Eagle Outfitters.

XO, Christine

Boots for any weather!

Last week, Caroline posted about riding boots for fall. Today, we’re going to show you some awesome all-weather boots as we dive deeper into November and start to experience wintery rain and snow. One of the biggest challenges about rain and snow boots is that you want to stay warm and dry, but at the same time you want to look cute. So, I’ve pulled together some of the best styles I could find at reasonable price points.

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Tommy Hilfiger, $59.95

Volatile, $54.95

Sperry Top-Sider, $79.95

Colors, left to right: Blue Ridge/Navy, Coral Rose/Black, Tan/Navy

Bean Rubber Mocs, $79.00

L.L. Bean 8 in Bean Boot, $119.00

Hope these help to keep you warm and dry!

Healthier comfort foods

This time of year, everyone’s trying to eat healthier to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions.  I’m not one to make goals about losing weight, so for me, the beginning of the year is all about comfort food for the cold months.  But, in the wealth of things you can find on Pinterest, I’ve found some awesome healthy, recipes to make!  Click on the pictures to go to the websites with the original recipes.

Fruit roll ups were basically the best snack ever in kindergarten.  This homemade version is made out of strawberries (or whatever fruit you choose) and cinnamon and is a whole lot better for you than the store-bought version.  The only downside to this recipe is that they take awhile to prepare, but you could make a lot of them at once & stock up!

This Avgolemno soup, or Greek lemon egg soup, looks absolutely delicious and is something I’d love to make this winter.  It has roast chicken in it, and anyone who knows me knows the only meat I like to eat is chicken, but you can leave the chicken out as well!

I think this turkey wrap with cucumber cream cheese is a perfect lunch for days when you have class.  The great thing about this recipe is that you can add whatever other vegetables & toppings you want onto the wrap.   I really like the idea of mixing the cucumbers with cream cheese!

And for good measure, the ultimate comfort food & because I am from the South, Paula Deen’s recipe for chicken noodle soup.  I actually hate canned chicken noodle soup, like Campbell’s, but I quite enjoy homemade chicken noodle soup.  Maybe my mom (who’s known to always read my blogs) will make me this the next time I come home???…hint, hint.

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