Happy Friday friends! The HIGH here in Indianapolis is only 35 degrees!!! Brrrr!!!! I’ll be bundling my little people Christmas Story-style for sure! That said, I thought I’d do a “Cold(er) Weather” edition of my Friday Favorites since “it’s here” and I don’t see another day above 50 degrees over the next week!
FASHION: I have a few items I’ll share here! It’s possible, too, that I’ve mentioned one or many of these in the past, but a refresher is always good, right? 1. I’m obsessed with my North Face coat. Since I substitute teach at my kid’s school, this coat was ESSENTIAL for recess duty & winter in general! It’s SO warm, doesn’t feel bulky & actually looks super cute! And, in terms of North Face prices, I think this style is pretty affordable! 2. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you know that I am a FIRM believer in a Hunter boot investment! They are PERFECT for wet AND cold weather (with special Hunter socks)! I’ve had mine for YEARS and have only just this year considered replacing them with a new pair! They are so durable & practical! I looooove them! Not to mention, you have to love the fun color selection! I mean, you know I stick with my basics, but if you’re much more color adventurous than me, you’ll have so much fun picking out a pair or pairs! How cute are these in black glitter? I could do that….. 3. While my style remains pretty basic for cold weather, I have added a few new favorite sweaters to my closet this year. Have you heard of the Dreamers by debut sweaters? I’ve shared a few pics on Instagram of this sweater since we sell it at the boutique. Truly, it’s amazing! The softest, comfiest sweater EVER! I love the V-neck style AND the fact that it’s a little oversized so that you can pull it off with leggings! This brand also makes the same incredibly soft cardigans! What’s funny about these sweaters is that they are popping up EVERYWHERE! I’ve seen them on so many boutique sites I follow & most recently Nordstrom picked them up! The boutique got a shipment on Wednesday & by the time I left yesterday at 3:15 they were almost completely sold out! It’s a craze! Here I’m sporting my favorite beige with a dark grey bralette (both from State of Grace boutique of course)!!! FOODIE: I LOVE making soup(s) once the weather starts getting cooler! They are so easy, versatile and HEALTHY!!! My “go to’s” are always chicken noodle (made with rotisserie chicken and gluten-free noodles), chicken tortilla (pretty sure my recipe changes every time I make it), minestrone and stuffed pepper. Here’s a link to the incredibly EASY and delicious stuffed pepper soup. I typically prepare the rice on the side for my kiddos! FAMILY: Last year we took the kiddies to Chicago over fall break & although we FROZE, it’ll always be one of my favorite little getaways. We had SO MUCH FUN & my kids totally fell in love with the city. Growing up we traveled to Chicago often since my Dad had a showroom at the Merchandise Mart. We enjoyed amazing meals, shopping, and what kid doesn’t love staying in hotels? Such great memories! I hope we can get back up there (even in this cold weather) this year so that we can enjoy some of the holiday decorations (and do some Christmas shopping)! Recommendations? Shake Shack, Eataly (probably my fave in Chicago – for real), American Girl, Navy Pier (if it’s not too cold), Stan’s Donuts, Garrett’s (famous) popcorn, Lego Store, Michigan Avenue, Museum of Science & Industry, and Lou Malnati’s.
FUN: We trek around the neighborhood in our golf cart (frequently). Whether it’s to pick up a kid from a friend’s house or to visit with family friends, we love being able to hop in the cart instead of the car. The hubs has weather-proofed our cart with a cover (purchased on Amazon, of course) AND heater! Now, give me my North Face, Uggs & a warm cocktail & I’m set! Just like summer, but without the shorts and glass of Chardonnay!
That’s it for this chilly Friday! I hope everyone enjoys their weekend bundled up with family! We put our Christmas decorations up last weekend, but have yet to decorate the tree! Maybe we’ll get around to doing that this weekend! My kiddies are already SO excited for the upcoming holiday season! They are so festive!