The snow started New Year's Eve and hasn't stopped since, sneakily locking us indoors and burying our cars, giving us no choice but to curl up on gingham couches and watch Hallmark marathons all day long. My New Year's day was something close to perfect- my parents and I drank champagne and ate chocolates for lunch, I read books by the light of the Christmas tree, penned my favorite quotes into notebooks, and- with my chin on my knees- watched the snow fall quietly outside the window and thought of what was underneath the wrapping of this brand new year.
Last year was about trusting the stars and jumping into every unknown I could get my hands on: I quit my ulcer-creating job (but also my nerve-soothing paycheck), went to India, hiked through the Himalayan valleys, came back home for a hot minute and then moved to Seattle. All of these choices were done on whims and I did them because I wanted to see how deeply I could let go. How can a person fully live without doing a trust-fall onto the world every now and then? And I can't say that life catches me every time- I admitted defeat and moved back to Chicago at the end of the year to be home with my family, but sans a boyfriend. But even wrong decisions have their own kind of rightness.
So as I watch that snow dust its way down to the ground, I quietly think of what twenty fourteen has in store for me. At this point in my life I can honestly say, without a doubt, that I have...no plan. I have no idea what my next move should be or where I should even start to begin figuring that out. But I feel that we should have patience for those unsolvables inside of us. And instead of seeking the answers, we should live the questions, and enjoy the uncertainty.
Because with uncertainty comes an infinite amount of possibility.
And on a sartorial note, when there's a Midwestern blizzard threatening to knock down your door, a girl reaches for anything and everything cozy. I went for a knit caramel sweater paired with a winter floral skirt, and tied it all together with my suede Pretty Cat Vintage vest. I really like all the textures that are in this one look- from knit and cotton, to suede and silk. When you read them out loud it sounds like it'd be a bit of a mess, but all together they work really well. And one styling tip I can't get over is use your sweaters with dresses and skirts. I can't tell you for how long I'd only use tops and cardigans with my skirts, all the while completely overlooking the sweater section of my closet. It usually makes a dress or skirt outfit so much more cozier and winter appropriate, so don't be shy to play with them!
And if you like my suede Pretty Cat Vintage vest, be sure to check out their store here because they have another one just like it, along with other Southwestern inspired pieces!
And just to give you an idea of what they have in stock, here are some of my favorite pieces from their store!