SKI OUTFIT ESSENTIALS WITH SUN & SKI

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Ski Jacket | Pants | Gloves | Base LayerGoggles | SocksBeanie | Boots 

As some of you might know, last month I went on a snowy vacation to Breckenridge, CO! As a Texas girl, I rarely ever see snow and have a very limited amount of clothes appropriate for that type of extreme cold weather. Luckily my friends at Sun & Ski swooped in to help me find the perfect outfit and gear to get me back on the mountain with confidence. I visited the Dallas Sun & Ski location to check out their HUGE selection of ski attire and finalize my outfit for the slopes!

Upon my arrival I was greeted by the friendliest staff who made the experience so welcoming and fun! Sun & Ski has a wide range of winter wear brands but I ended up going with mainly Spyder gear for my outfit. The quality, style and extreme warmth of the Spyder clothing won me over. My ski jacket was probably my favorite piece of my outfit. Not only is it super flattering, but the whole look of it is sleek and on trend! I love how classic my black and white outfit looked on the Breck resort mountain, not to mention slimming - even with all the layers! I would recommend sizing up in the jacket, for reference I'm wearing a size 6. I chose a slim fit ski pant that I found to be very flattering and less bulky than the traditional ones I've worn in the past. 

You can shop my full ski outfit as you scroll down, but for now I’ll move on to my ski lessons at the Sun & Ski store in Grapevine! First of all, I had NO idea ski lessons outside of a ski resort actually existed. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to have a 1:1 private lesson before my trip. After a 6 year hiatus from skiing, I was due for a BIG refresher. If you’re a new skier or just need some practice, I highly recommend taking ski lessons at the Grapevine Sun & Ski! After an hour long session from renowned ski instructor, Jim Chase, I felt so much more confident in my skiing ability! Once my ski outfit and lessons were complete I was more than ready to be wheels up to Breck!

Once I arrived in Breckenridge and witnessed just how cold it really was (I’m talking 10 degrees people) – I was super nervous about being cold on the mountain. My doubts were quickly diminished once I was literally on the ski lift (as it was snowing pretty hard) and felt SO warm. All of my Spyder gear I picked out truly paid off and I can’t say enough good things about the quality and warmth they provided me while I was trying not to fall down the mountain! You can find more Spyder clothing on the Sun & Ski website. 

When the weather is that cold, it’s super important to layer up – I had on 3 top layers and 3 bottom and I was just fine. I received a ton of compliments on my ski jacket from other girls at the ski resort and lodge during my stay – which I thought was pretty cool since there were so many people and the fact that I stood out with my look truly says something. If you’re trying to find a fashionable ski or snowboard outfit and you are into amazing quality and customer service, I highly suggest checking out Sun & Ski! I’ll warn you that you may be overwhelmed with the vast selection – but hey, that’s never a bad thing is it? 

My ski lessons definitely paid off because after a few runs I felt perfectly at ease and ready to tackle the blues! I only fell twice during my time skiing in Breck and I have to say I owe a big thanks to my instructor Jim for helping me feel more confident! If you ever visit Breck, I recommend having an après ski moment at Tbar after the slopes for a great atmosphere with delish cocktails and food! 

Restaurants to try while in Breck:

Tbar - On-mountain après hot spot on Peak 8 - Try the buffalo chicken dip (trust me)

Relish – Cozy atmosphere right off main street with delicious food

Park & Main – Casual lunch spot (Try the grilled cheese & tomato basil soup)

Moe’s Original BBQ – Loved this spot! Super casual and great BBQ

Ember – More upscale with unique and tasty dishes

Blue River Bistro – Try the reverse Happy Hour 9pm-midnight (Two for one Martinis & Apps)

Crepes a la carte – An absolute MUST and worth the wait! One word: Nutella 

Mi Casa – This place is also a must! It won me over with the chicken tacos and variety of salsas!

I’ve also heard great things about Hearthstone and Twist!

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SHOP THE LOOK

Ski Jacket | Pants | Gloves | Base LayerGoggles | Beanie | Boots 

Snow mobiling was one of the best experiences of my life! I would recommend Colorado Back Country to anyone looking for a thrill in a gorgeous winter wonderland! The actual mountain where we rode was in Red Cliff, which is about an hour drive from Breckenridge. Luckily the company we used offered a complimentary shuttle that will give you a ride to and from wherever you're staying in Breck. There were several times while exploring that I thought to myself, "Is this real life?" The scenery was incredible and so magical in the best possible way!

Behind the scenes of my ski lessons!

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The pro Jim Chase showing me how it's done! If you're local in the DFW area - go see him for ski lessons!

 

This post is in partnership with Sun and Ski Sports. All opinions and selections are my own. 

xoxo

Whitney

THE BEST OF ATHLETIC SHOES WITH SHOE CARNIVAL

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If you’re anything like me, a new pair of shoes makes you feel and look your best! I'm partnering with Shoe Carnival to style two pairs of athletic shoes that make me feel both stylish and confident. I don’t know what it is but every single time I bring home a new pair of shoes I am instantly in a fantastic mood! Maybe that means I need to buy a new pair more often – oh wait – that could be dangerous! Some might say I already have quite the unhealthy addiction when it comes to shoes. With that being said, Shoe Carnival has the best selection and variety of shoes ranging from dressy, athletic, casual and more! I especially love to shop at Shoe Carnival for all the latest on trend athletic shoes. I find it super helpful how Shoe Carnival offers an Athletic Lookbook of the Top 10 trends! How cool is that? After seeing this post, you may recognize two that are on the list! I shopped at the Dallas Shoe Carnival location to find my perfect pair of athletic shoes. I was helped by the friendliest staff that made the entire experience super easy and fun!

With every new year I set a resolution to become a healthier version of myself. Little tweaks here and there can make a big difference in the long run. One of the ways I’ve been working on that this year is by working out on a regular basis. I'll admit it, I totally credit my motivation for staying fit with fresh new workout gear. If there’s one thing I highly recommend when it comes to working out, it's a GREAT quality pair of shoes. If you don’t have shoes that not only fit perfectly but you can move in and be comfortable – think again because you’ll regret it after a few trips to the gym. 

The pair of Adidas I’m wearing here are beyond comfy and incredibly light weight! When I first put them on, I was amazed at how good they felt on my feet! The cloudfoam midsoles make me feel like I'm walking on air (no joke). Comfort is the number one thing I look for in my athletic shoes, so you can imagine my excitement when I got these beauties! I'm also a fan of the feminine touch of the shoes with the light ice purple color. The neutral color makes them perfect for matching well with so many different workout outfits! If these shoes aren't right for you, I know you'll find the perfect pair on Shoe Carnival's Athletic Lookbook that shows the top 10 trends. 

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Not every pair of sneakers are truly appropriate for working out, and for these type I usually wear them with a casual everyday look. These VANS are a classic and just the cutest for the spring and summer! I know I'll wear mine nonstop, and how fun is the light pink color? I also think they would be great to travel in with leggings and an oversized top/hoodie since they're so casual and comfy! You can't go wrong with a fun shoe like this - I honestly can't believe it took me so long to get my hands on some! I can't wait to rock mine with shorts all summer long. 

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SHOP THE OUTFIT 

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xoxo

Whitney 

This post is in partnership with Shoe Carnival . All selections and opinions are my own. 

Valentine's Day Outfit and Gift Ideas 

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Valentine’s Day is next week (like you need another reminder) and whether you’re spending it solo, with your girlfriends or bae, it’s a holiday to spread the L-O-V-E ! Even if it’s just a kind gesture of buying someone in line behind you their Starbucks drink or giving someone you know a genuine compliment – the little things truly go a long way! Since February is the proclaimed month of love, I encourage you to take the time to do something kind for someone, even if that person is yourself! 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s true that this holiday can be over saturated with constant reminders of happy couples who are in love, etc. If you’re single right now, I know first hand that this month in particular can be tough to bear. If I’m speaking to you and your current situation right now, I highly recommend you show yourself some love this month. 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years, it’s impossible to truly love anyone else or let anyone in for that matter if you don’t have self love. I feel like everyone struggles with that concept at some point in their life – trust me, I’ve been there too. It’s important to stay true to yourself, love the person YOU are and maintain your confidence. The rest will come with time. 

Ladies, I can think of a few ways you can show yourself some LOVE this month. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi or say YES to the shoes you’ve been dying over. Have a fancy spa day with your girlfriends and drink champagne. Whatever it is that makes you happy - do it. For me personally, what makes me happy is pretty simple. Taking a day to myself to do whatever my heart desires, with no work or obligations involved. Sometimes that may be just going to a patio brunch with friends on a gorgeous day or the complete opposite -  sleeping in and staying in my comfies all day long (sounds nice doesn't it?) Regardless, I think it’s crucial to reciprocate the love that we shower others with on this holiday with ourselves. Use this Valentine's Day as an excuse to spread the LOVE in whatever way works for you! 

Whatever your plans may be this Valentine's Day, you're going to need an outfit and gift ideas! I’ve rounded up my top Valentine’s Day gifts in several categories below. Remember – say YES to the shoes this month. You deserve it and if it makes you happy then it’s TOTALLY worth it. Am I right? That's my motto at least :) I’m also showing three different Valentine’s Day outfits that are all very different from one another. From dressy to casual chic in jeans, I've got you covered!

Keep scrolling to see it all!

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XOXO

Whitney 

Staycation at the Fairmont Dallas 

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SHOP OUR OUTFITS

Jaclyn's Outfit: Sequin Pants; Sweater; Shoes; Bag; Necklace; Earrings 

My Outfit: Skirt - similar; Bodysuit; Shoes; Bag - similar; Earrings - similar ; Lipstick (color Russian Red)

Yasmina's Outfit: DressCoatShoesClutch - similar; Earrings

Last month me and two of my blogger besties Yasmina and Jaclyn had a weekend staycation at the Fairmont Dallas hotel! I've heard SO many great things about the hotel since I moved to Dallas in 2011. Naturally I was super excited to finally stay there and see it all for myself. I've actually never stayed at any Fairmont hotel so I went in completely blind as to what the overall experience would be like. The hotel is located in the prime area of Downtown Dallas, just a few short blocks from amazing restaurants and nightlife. For a cocktail lounge with an edge, check out the Midnight Rambler. Need some Italian food in your life? I mean, who doesn't? Try Americano - anddd you're welcome! If you're visiting the Dallas area, I highly recommend The Fairmont - I felt right at home during my stay and know you would too!

I must say that from the moment I arrived until the day I left I was greeted and helped by the nicest concierge staff that took customer service to another level. After getting settled into our massive suite (thanks Fairmont - you outdid yourself on that one) we enjoyed the best dinner at The Pyramid restaurant inside the hotel. After a long work week it was so nice to just relax with the girls over delicious food and cocktails! Do yourself a favor and order the charcuterie board - it had a great variety and we basically devoured it in minutes (always a good sign when dinner is relatively quiet because the food is so good!) As for cocktails, I went with my usual glass of wine, but Jaclyn had the Pineapple Mule and it came served in a gold pineapple shaker- so festive! After dinner we went out to a little karaoke bar and after a cocktail or two I apparently thought it was a good idea to sing in public - NEVER again. For those of you that saw that via Insta story - my sincerest apologies!

In my opinion one of the best parts about The Fairmont is the 18th floor, where the Gold Members lounge is. It's the kind of space that makes you feel like a real VIP -- my kind of place! I'm not quite sure that I'd ever make it to gold member status, but it sure was nice to get a little taste! There's a fantastic breakfast spread every morning and a fully stocked bar, hellooo mimosas! I could totally get down with that. Who's with me?

On our last day at the hotel we had the best breakfast together. If you're anything like me the obvious menu choice will be the avocado toast. Trust me on this one - you WILL love it and want to go back for more! As far as Dallas hotels go, I highly recommend staying at The Fairmont for a fun staycation with the girls or a weekend getaway with your babe! Either way, you can count on a spectacular experience with top notch customer service from beginning to end!

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XOXO

Whitney 

ATHLETIC WEAR TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATEd

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With every new year comes countless resolutions to get fit and maintain a healthier lifestyle. I'm no different, I admit that I do tend to take a closer look into my eating habits and workout regime to figure out how I can improve my overall health and well being. It's hard to stay motivated to be active, but personally when I have new athletic wear on I am always eager to test it out with a sweat sesh!

One of the main reasons I love this workout outfit in particular is because it works as an everyday athleisure look as well. When I have a busy day of errands (Saturdays - ALWAYS) or just don’t feel like getting “dressed” I’ll throw on leggings, a sports bra, tee and go about my day. My hair is usually always dirty by the weekend (cue the cute ball cap) so a hat is essential. I will say that these leggings are on the pricey side, but for the quality and amount I wear them, I could EASILY justify what I spent. They will last YEARS to come so definitely keep that in mind! 

The ribbed detail on the leggings is my favorite part – it definitely adds a fun touch that makes them unique! I'm wearing a small and the fit is just right. I wouldn't steer you wrong ladies - these leggings SUCK you in and are very slimming! Isn’t that single handedly one of the BEST aspects of leggings? For me it is, I can eat ALL the things and drink ALL the bevs and still feel slim! Pair the leggings with an oversized sweater and you’re GOLDEN ! I also love this style, which has the same ribbed/mesh details and lots of color options!

I’m all about mesh details when it comes to my workout wear. I think it adds a chic feminine touch to any outfit. This bra is only $35 and easily the most comfortable one I own. I’m wearing a small here but could've gone up to a medium for a more loose fit. The large portion of mesh on the best area of this bra makes it super lightweight and great for long sweaty workouts. I'm an outdoor runner so that's huge for me, especially in the summer months when the weather is unbearably hot. 

Lastly I'll touch on the sneakers - how AMAZING are these? I had no idea when I bought these but there's a lot of hype about them! They're called the Adidas NMDs and are trending for good reason! I'm not kidding when I say that they're insanely comfy - it doesn't feel like I'm even wearing shoes when I put these bad boys on. That's going to be an immediate PLUS for me! They also come in a ton of colors, like this gorgeous black that I might need too!

SHOP THE LOOK

Leggings - size small / Sports BraShoes (TTS) / Water BottleJacket / Hat

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