Happy 2014! We spent our Christmas in my hometown of Marquette, MI. Marquette is on the southern shore of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Below-freezing temps are standard, epic snowfalls are the norm.
It. Was. Awesome.
But you've gotta be prepared. Poor Raines ended up with windburned and blistered cheeks on multiple occasions, until he FINALLY (finally!!) put on a scarf. (And allowed me to smear ointment on his cheeks before he went out.) It's easy to get cabin fever - there's only so many days in a row that you can curl up with a good book and some hot chocolate.
I'm a U.P. girl at heart (#yooper #woot), so wintertime is playtime, especially up in Michigan's winter playground.
Last year, one of my 2013 style resolutions was that I would find stylish winter play clothes for myself - ones that were seriously warm. With the help of Casualties (a local Marquette skate/snow/surf boutique) I finally got it together, just under the wire.
And man. These have been well tested over the last two weeks.
Ever been dog-sledding? We went to Snowy Plains Kennels. It was....magic. Pure Narnia.
The kids loved it, the adults loved it, and this might become a new tradition (despite the insane cold). Any bit of exposed skin burned.
I did OK, though. Nothing can help my perma-frozen feet (I am more lizard than anything warm blooded), and I followed the advice of the guys at Casualties for the rest of my body: Layers, seriously windproof snow pants, and a puffer jacket.
I'm especially loving the slim snowpants they recommended. Seriously flattering snowpants, no? (Words I never thought I'd say...)
It turns out that windproofing has gotten a whole lot better in recent years, so if your snow pants are as old as mine were....you might be pleasantly surprised. Much less bulk with a lot more warmth.
I'm also having success with puffer jackets that are meant for actual outdoor sport, rather than city. They tend to be lighter-weight and slimming, yet warmer. (They also tend to be more expensive. This may be a case of you get what you pay for.)
scarf: old from Urban Outfitters...also love this faux fur snood
hat: old Ugg....but this one with the oversized pom is my fav
Well. One New Year's style resolution DONE. (For more cute snow gear picks, click here. I found some other good ones....)
ps. Yup - I'm sticking with last year's style resolutions. 2013 sucked (*breastcancer*cough*breastcancer*) and I need a do-over.