You know what I love about ski trips? It is simple fun. In fact the simplicity takes me back to college: fleeces, jeans, lip gloss and beer. On a cold day, even though there were only a few in Austin, we would throw on a Patagonia, jeans and with a little lip gloss head to class. And of course, there was always a plan to drink beer somewhere. **flashback- Cain & Abel’s**
Well, when I think about packing for our upcoming ski trip I realize it is a fairly (and I use the word loosely) minimal vacation. Truthfully, there isn’t really a need for a ton of accessories or extravagant wardrobe changes. Ski wear for the day, and for the night jeans, sweaters, and snow boots. I am really looking forward to hitting the slopes, again. It has been too long. I cannot wait to fly down the mountain and reward myself with a Colorado pint.
With packing in mind I thought I would share a few ski trip musts.
2. Sweaters/Fleece– or both. It is an easy layer, keeps you warm and depending the look, simple chic. And I found a similar sweater at BCBG. Have you checked out their 60% sale??!
3. Knit Hat– This particular Kate Spade hat is a little spunky. I tend to buy more neutral colors, with little character. Either way, on the slopes knit hats keep the head and ears warm and at night can be a practical accessory.
4. Ski Jacket– Patagonia and North Face are two of my favorite outdoor brands. This year I found a great North Face jacket at Whole Earth. The two things I love about the jackets are: its versatility and durability. Under extremely cold temperatures the jackets are made to layer within it and for cool, rainy days can be used as a light windbreaker. The materials are lightweight and withstand years of wear.
5. Ski Pants– Whole Earth was good to me. In fact Brian and I found our key ski staples there, including these pants. Functionally, I cannot comment, yet, but they are cute and flattering.
6. Snow Boots– Now, I saw these shoes in the J-Crew catalog and thought they were perfect. In fact I am regretting I did not buy them this morning. The 1-2 business day delivery made me nervous because I need them tomorrow. At any rate snow boots are a must. The last time I visited a location with snow I wore cowboy boots, probably the easiest way to scream, “I am a Texan” or “idiot.” Before tomorrow I have to find a cute pair of snow boots.
7. Simple Accessory– I am a big fan of earrings. It is the one accessory that makes a difference. It completes your look. Of course, if your ears aren’t pierced, then this statement is irrelevant. Nevertheless, I have a pair similar to the ones illustrated, and I like them because the design looks good with my hair up or down. More importantly, I have found them to stay put in the most challenging circumstances, such as water skiing. A small earring such as a stud work with a casual, simple outfit, make-up/no make-up— perfect for a laid-back vacation in the mountains.
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