My Top 5 Chic Ski Essentials So You’ll Look Cute While Hitting the Slopes

Ski season is finally here, which it being my last winter in Vermont, I’m pretty pumped about it.  Skiing can be fun, but nothing is fun about being cold and also not looking cute.  My years of going to the slopes and my knowledge of amazing brands will give you all you need to look amazing this winter.

1. Patagonia jacket


You can’t be chic skiing without a cute jacket.  Patagonia jackets are well made, warm, and are also a great ethical company.  One of the best things about Patagonia is they have a warranty on all their items and if you happen to crash during your run, your jacket is protected.

2. Krochet Kids Hats

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Krochet Kids works with women who are living in poverty-stricken areas.  Their hats are extremely well made and warm.  Buying one of their hats is supporting women build a future for themselves.

3. Hot Chilly’s Fiesta Leggings

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There are so many base layers for skiing and no layer has every been warmer than these leggings.  I literally keep them by my bed and put them on before I take my dog for a walk every morning.  They have wonderful prints for every style.

4. Sorel Waterproof Wedges

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A few weeks ago I was getting my hair done and my hairdresser mentioned these boots.  Not only are they extremely cute, they’re also waterproof and perfect for the winter months.

5. Cowl Vermont Knitting Company

IMG_2697.JPGVermont Knitting Company is a partnership between Leslie and Kelsey, and they make some of the warmest knitting accessories.  I have their luxe cowl, which I love for the winter months because it keeps my neck extremely warm.

Last Minute Burlington Shopping Guide

After a very stressful semester, you have no idea how excited about Christmas I am, and one of my favorite parts of Christmas is getting people the perfect gift.  Being someone whose dream is to one day own her own business, I love supporting local businesses in Burlington.  I find myself very lucky to be surrounded by amazing small businesses.

For the coffee lover on your list…

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Speeders & Earls began roasting coffee in Burlington’s South End in 1993.  Over the past 20 years, they quickly have grown.  I don’t think I go to class without seeing multiple Speeder & Earl’s cups.  Speeder & Earl’s has multiple gifts for your coffee lovers.  As a self-described coffee snob, nothing is better than a travel mug and Kona Blend Coffee which are delivered from Hawaii.

For the vintage lover on your list…

Photo Courtesy of Downtown Threads

Downtown Threads started in 2010 with the purpose of keeping money locally and supporting eco-friendly shopping habits.  Downtown threads has the best selection of consignment, new, vintage, and local artist creations.  This holiday season their store is featuring local artist merchandise.  They have a special deal this holiday season (December 23rd & 24th) and will be offering 25% off a purchase of $40 or more.

For the person who’s always cold on your list…

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Whim was founded in 2007 by Melissa Desautels, focusing on casual chic, it’s your one-stop for jeans & tees.  Whim has so many great gift ideas, but my favorite would be a Shit I Knit Hats.  I cannot describe how amazing these hats are, I wear mine every day, and would feel naked without it in Vermont’s winter.

For the bohemian home lover on your list…

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Photo courtesy of Tangerine

Tangerine is owned by a 5th generation Vermonter Megan O’Brien, growing up in Burlington she knew trends tended to be a little expensive.  She wanted to start a business that was something young professionals and college students, who don’t have a lot of disposable income to spend on fashion.  This planter is perfect for the bohemian goddess on your list who needs a planter for her succulents, also it is made in America.  This holiday season they are offering buy one scarf get one 50% off and 30% off the sale rack.

For the boot lover on your list…

Photo courtesy of Dear Lucy Shoes

Dear Lucy Shoes probably has the best selection of shoes I’ve ever seen in a small business and I’ve never wanted a trust fund more walking through that store.  They have a great selection of slippers, sneakers, and my favorite their Frye boot collection.

For the bag-obsessed on your list…


Liebling on College Street is the perfect place to get a chic bag for the person on your list can never have enough handbags.  Their collection is great for the fashionista you need to impress with your stylish gift choice.

For the guys on your list….

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Warner Supply is probably the only store you have to stop to find the perfect gift for the guys on your list.  They have a great selection of Runamok Maple, Zeus Beard, Coal hats, Redwing boots, Ranger Station candles, and many other amazing gifts.  It’s the perfect place to get your babe a cute flannel you secretly plan on making yours in the future.

The gift for the person on your list who loves goods with a story….

Photo courtesy of Common Deer

Common Deer stocks their shelves with goods that are full of story.  Focusing on Made In America and small batch manufacturing.  Their manufacturers employ thousands of American workers and support thousands of families.  Inside their store, they have a gift for just about everyone on your list, including your furry friends.

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My favorite items from their shop are their Woolrich blankets, a perfect gift for your mom.  American made slippers that will make you never want to put on real shoes.  A local inspired pint glass for the IPA lover in your life.

For the person who loves a splash of color in their life…

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Old Gold opened 40 years ago, selling military surplus and used clothing, today the store houses an extensive inventory of new costumes, accessories, formal wear, cowboy boots, and much more.  Recently they just got in tons of accessories, but these berets are perfect for New Years! They also have berets without sequins, but get there before I buy the gold one.

For the juice lover on your list…


Photo Courtesy of Vermont Juice Co.


Vermont Juice Co. is the only place in Burlington to get fresh cold pressed juice.  They’re founded by a native Vermonter and addition to juices and cleanses, they offer made to order smoothies, acai bowls, super food bowls, wellness shots, chia pudding, and other seasonal food items.  This holiday season they are offering deals on their Cold Pack cleanse and their DIY nut milk gift kits.

For the person, you have no idea what to get…


Photo courtesy of Birdfolk Collective


Birdfolk Collective is technically not in Burlington, but it is my favorite store in the area, for many reasons.  The reason I titled this “The person you have no idea what to get” is because I went into Birdfolk a few weeks ago, with no idea what to get someone.  Within minutes I found the perfect gift.  This store has an amazing collection of items, that are perfect for the person you are still struggling to find the perfect gift.

For the Jewelry lover on your list…

Photo courtesy of Rackk & Ruin

Rackk & Ruin was founded by Molly Conant who in 2009 experimented with natural materials including, feathers, leather, metal in her jewelry.  I started following Rackk & Ruin on Instagram a few years ago and become obsessed with their unique pieces and stumbled upon their Pine Street shop and now every time I have a hair appointment I have to go in because their shop has an ever-changing assortment of treasures.


4 Ugly Christmas Sweaters You’re Gonna Wanna Insta

One thing during Christmas that seemed like it was gonna be a one season fad, but is sticking around is Ugly Christmas Sweaters.  I don’t know how this is still trending because IMO I’d rather wear a cute dress, but I guess the sweater hides the cookies?

1. Women’s Stocking Stuffer Sweater


The most annoying thing is poring your drink and you end up getting distracted, before you know it you’re out that cheap bottle of wine you picked up.  With this sweater you will always know were your bottle is.

2. Where’s Your Hoe


If you’re one of those people who are into couple things then here ya go.  Or even better you and a friend wearing these, expesially if you have a friend that can get lost.

3. Deck Yourself Before You Reck Yourself


I’ve never seen a statement that is so true about Christmas parties.  You gotta be flawless no matter how much you’re partying.

4. Light Up Christmas Tree


What is better than having a Chritsmas tree on your sweater that acutally lights up? Nothing, I tell you, this is perfect for any holiday party.


Pact Organic Is Your One Stop For Ethical Leggings

The fashion industry is not always the most ethical industry in the world.  That is why I like finding brands that are doing business for a purpose.  Pact Organic is committed to organic cotton to minimize their impacts on the environment.  They improve the quality of life and improve conditions of the people who make their clothing.


Pact Organic united the collective vision of responsible manufacturing, cotton farming, values-based shopping, and sustainable and ethical certifications.  Growing organic cotton keeps families and farmers safe.  The are not exposed to the toxic chemicals in the water supply and in the fields or through their food.  This means that farmers can grow more than one crop with supplements their income and food.


Pact Organic has clothing for everyone.  The have a womens, mens, and kids line.  The other great thing about Pact Organic is their prices.  Many ethical clothing companies tend to be more money, but pact is reasonably priced and have sales often.

My Top 5 Tips For Shopping At TJ Maxx

I would like to start off by saying I hate shopping.  I still have flashbacks from having to try on shirts multiple times in a dressing room with the store employee asking if I’m okay.  I love to do my shopping in my bed and preferably on Amazon.  Recently I’ve started to go to Tj’s to pick up things for my new dog.  I found that Amazon was actually more expensive and the quality was way higher at Tj Maxx.  Like pretty much everything in life, shopping is always better with a few strategies, here’s a few of my tips.

1.Go to your local store, not online


In my opinion, I always find better things at the store that are also less expensive.  The main reason behind this is the online store has more expensive brands and a smaller collection.  For example you can’t buy bras or many home items online.

2. Never go on the weekends


This is one of my biggest rules about Tj Maxx.  On the weekends, the store is packed and sometimes you don’t get to relax and look through everything.  You could miss out on a great deal because you skipped over the section because a woman was standing in the way for ten minutes.

3. Always check the clearance


Even if you’re going there for a black pair of pants you only need for work, always check the clearance (unless you’re strapped for time).  Some of my favorite things for my house I found in the clearance; sometimes you even find some funny stuff you just have to get.

4. Shop during January and July


Stores tend to try to clear out inventory during these months to make room for the new season.  This could be the best time to get your winter jacket or bathing suit.

5. Use the Amazon Price comparison app


All you have to do is simply scan the barcode and you can figure out if you’re getting a good deal.  Everyone knows about the “compare at” price on all their tags.  Well that “compare at” price is sometimes very inflated to make it seem like you’re getting a better deal.

Hanee 21

Hanee 21 is a monthly clothing subscription box.  It is an exclusive boutique style experience and you don’t even have to leave your bed.  They have a group of experts to make sure getting the best fashion and accessories will make you look and feel your best.


This is one of the most innovative and newest online fashion subscription boxes.  Each box could have dresses, shorts, scarves, to jewelry.  For only $35, it is a great deal.


What I got in my box was two shirts and two accessories.  One of the shirts was classic graphic tee which said wild child.  The second one was a black tank with a fringe back.The two accessories were bracelets made out of stone.

7 Boot to Wear This Winter

Two of my main things I love about fall are boots and sweaters.  The trend for sweaters hasn’t changed much over the past decade, but this season boots have popped up with multiple new trends.

1. Chunky Platform


I wish I had the confidence to wear these, and I have a friend back home who would totally rock this style.  What I love about this is it is embarrassing the grunge trend.

Get them here; Dessily, ASOS, Ebay

2. Open Toed


A few weeks ago I was at my brother’s wedding and one of the guests was wearing these and I just had to compliment them.  What I like about them is fall isn’t always freezing and these are great to wear on the days which are a little warmer.

Get them here; Jessica Simpson, Xoxo Belina, JC Penny

3. Velvet


I don’t know if I’m completely on board with the velvet trend.  I love the colors, but sometimes I don’t know how flattering it is.  What I like about this trend is I would never think about velvet being on shoes, meaning it’s something I had to try out.

Get them here; Top Shop, Urban Outfitters, ASOS

4. Buckle


What I like about these are they are a little more edgy and make your outfit a little more badass. They are perfect to wear with a pair of jeans or a casual dress.

Get them here; DSW, Franco Sarto, Miz Mooz

5. Suede Ankle


Suede is pretty much everywhere this season, and sadly I don’t think I own anything that is suede.  What I like about this trend is I think it adds a great neutral color for this season.

Get them here; DSW,, Splendid, Steve Madden

6. Over the Knee Boots


I’ve only ever owned one pair of over the knee boots.  My advice when buying over the knee boots is invest in them.  I tend to buy whatever is cheapest, but in my experience when you do that with over the knee boots they tend to look way too cheap.

Get them here; Target, Steve Madden, Sam Edelman

7. Lace-up


One of my favorite pair of boots is a pair of lace up combat boots I got last black Friday for ridiculously cheap.  There are so many different variations of lace up boots and I’ve never seen a pair I didn’t love.

Get them here; Macys, Target, Urban Outfitters