Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Style: Winter Goods

I firmly believe winter can be a good thing. Yes, a good thing. That is, if you have the right gear.

As Minnesotans, we know winter happens every year. And that every year, it'll be cold, snowy, icy, frigid and dark (specifically today - FULL OF SNOW). But this year, I'm determined to not have it also be miserable. A friend of mine, Brandon, (he's an incredible photographer, more on him here) told me he and his family made a pact to not complain about winter. Not at all. Instead, they invested in great outdoor gear and spend as much time outdoors as possible.

I want to be like Brandon. So I bought some stuff and am complaining less.

Purse: My parents bough me this incredible Duluth Pack purse for my birthday. I have a handful of Duluth Pack items and love them all. They're well-made, from Minnesota and last a lifetime. This badboy fits everything I need on a daily basis, and then some. I'm obsessed (and the price point is affordable).

Mittens: I bought these SmartWool mittens a few winters ago and *luckily* haven't lost them yet. They're warm and match with everything and are my go-to anytime I go outside. 

Hat: I bought this hat at REI when I bought my SmartWool mittens (mostly because they matched and I needed a good beanie). It's basic, matches with everything and was V affordable. This particular style isn't available anymore, but this one is and is just as cute

Boots: I got these booties at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago. I was looking for something that wasn't a full boot or an Ugg either, and I'm loving these so far. The heel was really tough and was hard to get on at first, but over time it's getting much easier. I can't wait to trek around Alaska in these bad boys (oh yeah, have I mentioned I'm traveling to Alaska in February?!)

Whiskey: While gear warms your outsides, it takes a good whiskey to warm you up internally (or at least, that's what I tell myself). Hayden and I have become obsessed with Bulleit Rye Frontier Whiskey. We drink it with a little bit of water (and we currently have a collection of empty bottles on top of the fridge...)

Watch: This watch is THE BEST. It matches with almost everything and affordable doesn't even begin to explain it ($36). It's also water resistant and lights up, which is perfect for being outside after the sun sets. 

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