What to Wear: Snowshoeing

It’s winter, which means we have two options: 1.) Stay indoors as much as possible huddled under a mountain of blankets, constantly clutching at a mug of hot chocolate, or 2.) Go outside, have some adventure, and then come home and huddle under a blanket with hot chocolate.

Snow shoeing is great fun, great exercise, and a great adventure. But are you wondering what to wear snowshoeing? Or is it snowshoing? That just looks super weird, so I’m making an executive decision to stick with the e. Let me break it down for you:

What to Wear Snowshoeing

Boots & Snowshoes: These are your most important items! Make sure you wear STURDY, actual winter boots. Fashion boots won’t work here…this is an actual sport activity, and the snowshoes need a solid foundation to attach to, so wear a thick-soled heavy-duty snowboot. It’s a great idea to have your snowshoes fitted professionally at the sporting goods store, because they vary by length and weight, so you’ll want to be sure to get a pair that works for your weight and size. If you’re renting snowshoes, they will help you with this when you get there.

Socks: You want wool. I can’t stress this enough. When it comes to snowshoe gear, socks are important since your feet will be doing a lot of the work and, therefore, you’ll be sweating. So wool is key because it wicks moisture and naturally regulates body temperature. Try to avoid cotton which will only trap sweat, cool, and make your feet cold. My favorite socks are DarnTough, but any merino wool sock will work.
Base Layers/Long Underwear: I know its not cool to talk about “long underwear” so we’ll call it “base layers” and be hip, yeah? Even though it’s still totally long underwear. Wool or silk are the best here, as again, they naturally regulate body temperature and wick away sweat, while still allowing your skin to breathe. Trust me, I’ve tried synthetic base layers. Stick with natural fibers, such as SmartWool or WinterSilks. You’ll most likely want a top and bottom.
Pants: Ski pants are your best bet. Snowshoeing is hard work, and you might fall in the wet snow. Do not try to snowshoe in jeans; they will get cold, wet, and stiff very fast. Stick with something waterproof and athletic. 

Fleece Jacket: I love a good, classic Northface fleece jacket. If it is a warm day, this might be all you need, since you’re bound to work up a sweat while snowshoeing. But better to have a coat or shell, too. 
Coat or Shell: If you have a fleece jacket, you may only need a water & windproof shell. Or you may decide to forgo the fleece jacket and wear a coat instead. Whichever combination you choose, remember to keep your temperature regulated, and, if necessary, remove layers or vent layers. 
Hat or Balaclava: Depending on the day, a hat may do you just fine. Or you may need to add a balaclava (a hood that covers part of your face, too) if it is particularly cold or windy. 
Scarf: A scarf is a great addition to your outfit, not only for color, but also to pull up over your face and nose if the wind starts to blow or you go through a colder, shaded area.

Gloves/Mittens: You may be using poles when snowshoeing if your path is uphill or strenuous, so gloves or mittens with a grippy palm are useful. Otherwise, I personally prefer mittens. My hands are especially sensitive to the cold, and after testing dozens of gloves and mittens, I find my hands are almost always warmer in mittens. A few handwarmer packets might be helpful, too.
Sunglasses/Sunscreen: Snow is white. The sun reflects off white things. Directly into your eyes and on your face. Remember to wear sunscreen and bring sunglasses.

To help you, I’ve pulled together an Amazon store of some great winter layering pieces for snowshoeing*. They’re also great for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding, or any other winter sport activity. 

Get out there, go adventuring, and have fun!
*(Good Girl Style is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com)

Pink Pants & The Happiness Equation

Fuschia pants in winter make me super happy. Also, these pants were $3 at the thrift store, so that’s pretty happiness-inducing, too. I take my happiness where I can get it, and I can usually get it at the thrift store pretty inexpensively 😉

Today’s outfit “equation” brought to you by the fabulous Mrs. Lilien. So much style in that lady, I tell ya! 

I like to think of this as “Pink Pants & The Happiness Equation.” In case you missed that because, after all, it’s a foggy-gray-sleety-snowy-depressing January Tuesday, the equation is: Pink Pants = Happy. See, super simple. Add some leopard and some bling, and the happiness quotient triples! We get three times the happiness! That means it’s Pink Pants + Leopard + Bling =  Happyx3

So then  I asked my engineer friend if this was correct. And she said, “I’ll make you a proof!”

So that, my friends, is proof of my theory of happiness. 
Just don’t ask me how adding things somehow multiplies them.
I just can’t spend any more brain power on this.
*Ok technically it is A proof, meaning a formal mathematical demonstration. Also, she made it fancier and more official, but it was really kinda long.

By all accounts, I was no math rockstar back in school. Just put things in terms of pink pants and leopard shoes and I’m willing to give it a shot.
But I gotta be real because Mrs. Lilien lives in Palm Springs, and I live in Minnesota. Sooooo for actually going out I looked like this:

And I’m not really sure where coat + scarf + boots fit into the equation. 
Which just goes to show you can take the girl out of the math class, and what little she learned in that math class won’t go with her.
Natalie – Math Class = No Idea How to Do Math
And now we’ve come full-circle.
Happy Tuesday, friends.

PS> Another #KissSlaveryGoodbye post wearing my Radiant Cosmetics Daphne lipstick. So totally in love with this lipstick & mission.

Birthday {Part I}

Hi 🙂 
It was my birthday 🙂
I received the most luscious bouquet of hot pink and light pink roses 🙂
My family and friends really went all out to make sure it was a special day…sending flowers, gifts from afar, cards, and bringing pink champagne and presents. They really indulged me, and are ever-so-good to me. Thank you, dears, for making my day so special 🙂

My brother calls this my Neopolitan Ice Cream skirt. I call it my Birthday Tutu! I’ve worn it for my birthday before (see this old-as-the-hills post). It’s just so perfectly pinkly party-y! I wore it with my grandmother’s crinoline underneath. Can you believe she used to wear it under her poodle skirts in the 50s?! I love it so much it’s not even funny.

The feather headpiece was a birthday gift a few years ago from one of my very best friends. I love it so much and have worn it on many birthdays because it is just so birthday-y! I wore some vintage costume jewelry earrings, and my polka-dot tights too.
A birthday only comes once a year, so it definitely requires some party clothes! Don’t you agree? 
Check out PART TWO here, including my green-ombre cake with pink frosting!

Matching My Dog

Sometimes apparently I run out of pose ideas so I start to dance like Elaine from Seinfeld. This doesn’t surprise me. Does it surprise you? Didn’t think so.

Or maybe I’m just excited because Lottie got a new collar, leash, and sweater! Lottie is my family dog, the sweetest of sweetie pies. A real darlin’, that girl is. This Christmas she got a new red collar and my grandma knit her this adorable sweater. Lottie has never lived where there are major snowstorms, so she absolutely loves her cozy new outerwear. She also got this fancy new leash.

{which matches my outfit}

This leash is the real deal. Made by PAWW, a sister company of HumanGear, it is high-tech and human-savvy. The workmanship is stellar, and the leash is made out of double rip-stop nylon (often used in mountaineering equipment), which means if you were lost in the wilderness and needed to go all Bear Grills for some reason, you’d want this leash with you. It’s that tough. 
Obviously, I’m not recommending you use this leash in any sort of mountaineering, other than taking your dog on a nice long walk in the woods. 
Dogs dig that sort of thing. 
And with the Paww Pick Pocket Leash, you will too. This intuitive, “civilized” leash keeps your doggie necessities right at hand. There is a built-in bag dispenser for doggy bags, and a zippered pocket for cash, a key, or better yet, a treat for your pup. The top clips around a post if you need to leave your pooch outside for a quick run to the store. There is a handy “utility loop” on the top that can be used to attach a flashlight, a used doggie bag, a toy, or whatever else you need to bring to the dog park or on that walk in the woods. 

Lottie loves this leash. 
My only complaint with this leash is that we were taught in our dog’s fancy training classes to always hold the leash with two hands, one wrapped around the leash and one farther down (that’s hard to describe in words). The high pocket placement makes it a bit hard to hold the leash in this manner. I think it might be nice to have the pocket closer to the collar, or perhaps adjustable. But we haven’t stopped using this leash on account of that….no way!
It’s clear with one look at this leash that it is the gear of choice for dogs and their owners who appreciate style and practicality. This leash means business. 
It also means “extra long walks for Lottie.”
So it’s pretty win-win.
Many thanks to Katrin from Paww/HumanGear for letting me review their great products! This is my honest opinion in my own words.

Vintage Christmas Eve

Vintage hat, vintage rhinestone bow shoulder brooch, and vintage dress.
I bought this dress a few months ago, but it needed a bit of TLC to be wearable. When it comes to vintage, needing a bit of TLC is no problem for me, so I set to work handsewing and cutting off the awkward mid-calf lower tier that was falling apart anyway. I think it turned out very cute shorter! I wish you could see the back better…such a pretty foldover drape with a big satin button on one side.

Sunshine and a bit of snow on the ground for Christmas.

My DAD said this was a cute outfit, and that it was very Jackie Kennedy. A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! 

I wore it with my red wool coat for a festive touch.

So many pictures. 
Hope you had a great Christmas!

Midwest Living

Sunshine after a snowstorm is one of my favorite things. The houses look like they were purposely nestled in the snow by an artist who wanted to paint them just so. 
Makes me wish I were a painter, but for now, I’ll just be an appreciate-r.

We all complain about winter, but really, it is just so lovely. So, so lovely. Everything covered with fresh white powder, cheery blushed cheeks and rosy noses, and a blast of crisp air to help us feel alive and young.  We have to seek all of that beauty in winter, because if we don’t, our hearts will get buried under the salt and road grime, the coughs and colds, and the cancelled plans from snowfalls. I know plenty about all of those things, too.

I hope that next time you’re buried under 10.5 inches of snow like we are (and will be time and time again, I’m sure!), you’ll make some homemade dumplings, bake some cookies, and wait for the sun to come out again. It always does.
Crossed Hunter boots in the beautiful sunshine.

Blush Pink Dress, Creamy Belt, and Raspberry Sweater. 

One of my sweet friends sent me this lovely little package! Isn’t it happy? I adore the Cath Kidston note, and it was fun to see Midwest Living again. This was one of my favorite magazines during my previous Midwestern years, so it will be back in my reading rotation.
She also sent me this fun Estee Lauder lipstick. I love its modern white and gold packaging, which happened to match my white nail polish! Have you noticed that matching makes me happy?!

Snow White

Snow 🙂

Snow White fingernails, Daisy Ring, and Tea.
 An oldie but so pretty: “Maybe This Christmas…”
Have a good December weekend, friends~!

Eggnog Chai Latte

{see the cute tiny little Swedish Santa?}
You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been digging the seasonal drinks lately. 
I jumped on the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon this autumn, but what REALLY makes my tastebuds jump with holiday joy is the Chai Eggnog Latte at Starbucks. This drink, you guys. I have been having a love affair with it for about ten years. Back when I was a sous chef, the head chef would occasionally order coffee for everyone and they all just got regular coffee, but he knew to order me a Chai Eggnog Latte so I would do a good job on amuse bouche that night to make him look good! Ha.
Anyway, I just knew I HAD to try to recreate this (expensive) delicious drink at home this season. 
You know what?
It tastes even better made at home. My mom (the resident coffee snob) said, “This is way better than Starbucks.” High praise from her! 
And I’m totally going to share the recipe with you, because it’s easy and just far too good to keep to myself. 
I only keep the mediocre stuff to myself, because you don’t need to know about all of the mediocre things I attempt. They’re my little secret. 
I’m really, really wordy tonight with this post, and throwing in a lot of useless information. While I’m going there, I might as well tell you that I had to make an emergency run to the dollar store tonight to get more glue sticks for my glue gun. Super important information.
{A “Sprinkle” of cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger, along with a nutmeg to grind.}
Now, I know, I know, I’ve kept you waiting. Sorry. Here it is: 
Eggnog Chai Latte 
by Good Girl Style
A little less than half of a mug of eggnog (make sure your eggnog is gluten-free if necessary; some aren’t)
A little more than half of a mug of hot, strong coffee (to fill the mug, obviously)
A “Sprinkle” (1/32nd of a teaspoon) of: cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg
A splash of vanilla
Sugar to taste (I used approximately 1 tsp., some like it sweeter)
Whipped Cream
A dash of cinnamon to top
Heat the eggnog until very hot but not scalded. (Easy way: just throw it in the microwave). Stir in the spices and vanilla. Add the coffee. Add the sugar. Stir well. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. Makes 1 mug.

Now, I’m pretty sure these would be amazing with the Chai Shortbread Cookies. If I had any left. But you can feel free to bake up a batch and share with me.
(PS. Make one of these lattes for your mom. She’ll love you for it)

Categorized as Winter

Casual Day

Just a casual errand-running outfit today. I just love a day when you can bundle up in a bunch of layers, but you don’t need ALL the layers, you know? No hat, thick mittens, and down coat required. It is so much easier to run errands without needing all of those, which you desperately want to shed when you’re inside the warm store.

So for a run to the DMV, thrift store, coffee shop, grocery store, and the library, this outfit works so well. 
Handwarmers can be thrown in my purse, and the vest isn’t overwhelmingly warm. Add a Chai Tea Latte in hand and I’m perfectly cozy. 
And now I’m crazy-inspired, so I’m off to work on Christmas presents!

Good Monday Morning

{first snow + Minnetonka mocs}

Good Monday Morning, lovelies! Goodness me, I haven’t done a GMM post in forever 🙂 But where there’s sunshine, there’s happiness, and where there is happiness, there is inspiration. So, since it is a sunny morning this AM, I’ve got a GMM post for you! 

~taking in the happy explosion of color and pattern in my apartment while sporting a crown braid. Vintage couch, vintage beach bag, clothes steamer, chevron satin pillows, Kaffe Fassett wool hooked rug, closet/vintage clothing explosion on left.~

I’ve had these pictures of my old apartment on my desktop since I moved, because I enjoy looking at them. The space was very happy…very Natalie. I loved that anytime someone new came over they would glance around, smile big, and say, “Natalie lives here.” I love the little corners, and thought I’d share a few with you this morning.

~city skyline porcelain tray from Urban Outfitters~
~Mercury glass votive holders from local store~
~Etched glass frame from a tag sale (brand new!)~
~Katie Daisy card framed~

~Curly Girl leftover calendar page~
~Birds + branches coat hook~
~midweight coat, heavy coat, rain coat~

~Vintage yellow desk~
~Vintage lamp, files, cell phone, etc.~
~”Wag More, Bark Less” sticker~

~Vintage lamp~
~Marimekko Tin~
~Giant clothespin~
~Liberty of London pen holder~
~Pointe shoes picture~
~Pink scissors, fan from Japan, palm cross kept from Palm Sunday~

~Clean water around the world is one of my missions. This Hope photo holder with a picture of a family that we donated a water purification system to, gives me HOPE too, and reminds me to be selfless and grateful.~

Also wanted to share this great, great poem by William Stafford that was the Poem of the Day from The Writer’s Almanac (psst…they have 20% off in their store with code “DANCE” today only, and that’s not an affiliate link!).

Any Morning
Just lying on the couch and being happy.

Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head.
Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has
so much to do in the world.
People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can’t

monitor you all the time, and sometimes they forget.

When dawn flows over the hedge you can

get up and act busy.

Little corners like this, pieces of Heaven

left lying around, can be picked up and saved.

People won’t even see that you have them,

they are so light and easy to hide.

Later in the day you can act like the others.

You can shake your head. You can frown.

“Any Morning” by William Stafford from The Way It Is. © Graywolf Press, 1999.

Have a GREAT Monday and a beautiful week!

Categorized as happy, Winter