The Best Bits of Winter

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Hello everyone!  Since it’s been so long since I’ve made a substantial post – seriously, since before Thanksgiving… whoops – I figured it’d be best to start off the new season by writing a post on the things that make winter the greatest season of all. Obviously not my opinion, but a true fact that winter is the best. Really though, who doesn’t love winter? It’s cozy, sparkly, and there are fairy lights everywhere. I’m not sure why I love it so much and to be perfectly honest it’s like I have a full on personality change when winter hits. Any other time of year if I were to find a single bit of glitter in my apartment I would have an aneurysm, but during winter I’m just like, “Oh that’s so cute, how pretty!” I don’t know, I really don’t. Freakish tendencies aside, let’s go ahead and talk about the parts of winter that make it the king of seasons.

Fairy Lights

I will confess I’m not one of those people who actually has a set time when I think fairy lights are appropriate. I love them all year round, but I especially love when they’re out in force – which is typically around Christmas. After the hellacious five hours that were my CSet exam (really hoping I won’t have to retake that) I finally exited the building into Levi’s Plaza after the sun had gone down when all the trees were lit up and twinkling. I was so sad all I had on me was my phone because it was so beautiful and magical looking, I really need to go back and take some pictures with my real camera.

Silver & Gold

I have a feeling that this one is going to be the most disagreed with out of all my favorites, but I love the combination of metallics during the winter season. To be honest most other times of year I am a bit less inclined toward using silver and gold together, but I think the offset of white on these colors in particular is absolutely gorgeous. Plus even if you don’t have any white decorations around your home there are always the grays and whites of the weather coming in from outside your windows to compliment the warm glow inside your home.

Rustic Decor

Yet another home design element that I really love throughout the year, but find it a lot easier to find pieces for during winter versus any other season. I’ve gotten a bit overly obsessed with deer, plaid, and natural touches this year. Those things aside though, the most exciting decoration we got this year is easily our (first) Christmas tree. Which is fake so it technically only looks like a natural decoration piece. Speaking of which, if you don’t have a fireplace Netflix’s “Fireplace For Your Home” is a really lovely program to help recreate that cozy cabin ambiance in your living room.

Dismal Weather

Okay, so on face value this is probably not peoples first choice for a seasonal favorite (or really a favorite at all for that matter.) However, how lovely is it to be sitting inside cozied up under a blanket with a fire going watching the snow (or rain) fall outside. There’s just something about the terrible weather that winter often brings that amplifies the wonderfulness of creature comforts tenfold. Besides sometimes the worst storms leave the most beautiful icy scenes behind.

Lounge Wear

As much as I love dressing myself up and going out, you can bet your ass that I’m the first one to volunteer to stay home in my PJ’s, burrow under the excessive number of blankets I’ve accumulated, and chill like a puffed up squirrel. This of course means I’ve gathered quite an impressive collection of lounge wear ranging from things I could reasonably run to the grocery in (think exercise type clothes) to onesies that are dedicated to lazy days inside. Perhaps it’s the chill in the air or I just give up on being pristinely presentable as the year ends, but I find myself opting for loungier clothes much more often come wintertime.

Sweets 

Does it seem to anyone else as if every place you turn is filled with deliciousness this time of year? Maybe it’s just me, but I swear the hallmark sweets of Christmas are caramel, chocolate, and peppermint – sometimes alone, sometimes in combination. If Halloween’s candies are characterized by pure sugar flavor than Christmas’ are by smooth creaminess. Not that I’m complaining, it’s just something that I seem to have overlooked until this year after I bought a candy tray and have since had to keep it stocked.

Super Sumptuous Food

Whether it’s just Eric and me at home or the whole family at holiday parties the food we eat during the cold winter months is always warm, delicious, and super rich. The biggest staples I find myself making during the winter are stews, savory pies, and baked Italian dishes. So yes perhaps my winter diet isn’t exactly the healthiest, but hey – everything in moderation and I’ll be making it just fine to Spring.

So there you have it, the absolute best bits of winter in my opinion! Let me know what your favorite parts of winter are in the comments and have a wonderful day!

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An Accidental Guest Room Redecorate

Why yes, you read that right a whole eight months after first decorating our guest room I decided to re-do the entire damn thing. Why? I found some super cool posters at a garage sale. Don’t always look to me for the best life choices. But, also because every time I passed the room I felt as if it didn’t have enough color and I just wanted the overall feel of the room to be a bit more grown up.

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ⓛⓞⓥⓔTricia

Happy Holidays

Well now, it has been some time since I’ve been on here hasn’t it!? To be honest, I’ve felt as if I haven’t had time for anything since starting my new job. I’m not sure what it is about entering new work places, but I always feel as if I’m stretched so emotionally thin at the beginning. Seriously, for the past two months I’ve been coming home wiped out and wanting to do nothing, but relax with a bath. Does this happen to anyone else? Anyway, I’ve (finally) begun emerging from my new work funk and have started to act more like myself. Which basically means I’ve been getting back to the gym, cooking, reading, and blogging. Hell I even did a quick sketch the other day because I felt the urge to bust into my art supplies! So huzzah to not being bummed out anymore! \(^u^)/

To celebrate I have a few Thanksgiving and Christmas pictures for you. So get excited to see the first turkey I’ve ever attempted to make! Not going to lie I gave myself many pats on the back for not failing entirely. The browning came out a bit odd, but I’m blaming that on the fact that it was a turkey breast as opposed to a whole bird (I feel like that might have been part of the reason for the weird shrinking going on in the skin department). Our spread consisted of turkey, potato casserole, roasted vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, dirty rice, corn bread, apple pie, and blueberry muffins. For three people. Luckily our friend Jeremy came from Ohio the day after Thanksgiving so we had no problems getting through the mass amount of leftovers! The apartment has minimal Christmas decorations because we’ll be spending the holiday in Ohio. Also, Eric would probably have had an aneurysm if I’d over stuffed the place with Christmas cheer (Scrooge).

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I hope you’re all having a great holiday season and to everyone in Ohio, I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!

ⓛⓞⓥⓔTricia