This weekend, after an oh so lovely fall, winter finally hit here in Chicago! Though most lifelong Chicagoans were grumbling all week about the anticipated season change, I was kind of excited. (This probably speaks to my naivety and the fact that I have no idea just how awful midwest winters can be.) Regardless, Chicago said goodbye to fall and hello to this...
SNOW! And with snow comes hot chocolate, fires, snowmen, scarves, boots, mittens, and more. Woo hoo for winter! I know I'll only be singing this tune for a few weeks before I join those grumbly natives, complaining about the snow, sludge, and constant darkness of the city. But for now, this Texas girl is living it up and loving the season change!
I had to work Saturday afternoon, but I couldn't leave without a picture or two :)
Scarf: Ann Taylor
Boots: North Face
These boots are my new snow boots. They kind of remind me of that song "apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur, (with the fur). Before visiting Chicago last January, I thought snow boots were a little excessive. I just assumed all boots kept out snow, and if you were smart you just avoided big piles of now. Lol, after that visit I learned better, and realized that snow boots are a major necessity living here. So when I started my snow boot hunt, I really wanted to find snow boots that we're big, black, clunky and ugly. And these did just the trick. I made sure to ask the sales associate 945 times, "So I can traipse through the snow and sleet in these and my feet will stay warm and dry, right?" They indulged me and nodded "yes" all 945 times. And this weekend, I tested out their honesty and found out they work delightfully as promised.
Driving to work I couldn't help but snap a few pictures of the winter wonderland. (Note: Though I do it occasionally when the coast is clear, I do not endorse picture taking while driving. So Dad, please don't send me a driving safety email after you read this post.)
And in the spirit of OOTD pics, I ditched the coat for a few minutes after work for a few outfit pictures.
Silk top: vintage
Earrings: Matt's wedding day gift
Shoes: Anne Klein
I snagged this top on a thrifting adventure with my mom on my last visit home. I took a bit of a chance on it, and I'm so glad I did. It had shoulder pads that were terribly huge, but once I cut them out, I liked the fit so much better.
Saturday night we met some friends to watch OU battle Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship. The OU Club of Chicago hosted a watch party at Joe's and it was SO fun! There is nothing better than watching Sooner football with a room packed full of OU fans.
I got a wonderful surprise when I saw sweet Shelly, one of my sorority sisters at the watch party. Have you even seen someone across the room and thought "Omg, that's so-and-so" and then thought "wait, that can't be them, they don't even live in this city." But the more you look, the more you swear its so-and-so. Lol, I totally had that experience when I saw Shelly last night. When I realized it was her and I wasn't crazy, I just about died. So so great to see her and share a Kappa hug :)
Remember when I said there's nothing better than watching Sooner football with a room packed full of OU fans? I lied. There is one thing better. Watching the Sooners WIN with a room packed full of OU fans! It was a close game, but we eeked out a win, 23-20. Boomer Sooner!
There's only ONE Oklahoma! Such a fun night and SO happy OU got the win!
Today was a total lazy day. I slept till almost 11 (amazing) and then spent the "morning" perusing blogs with hot chocolate in hand and Pandora Christmas in the background. Then I found out Matt's Christmas present was going to take 33 days to ship (aka not in time for Christmas.) So I was forced to join the hoards of shoppers who were out shopping for their perfect gifts. But the trip wasn't all bad, I picked up a few things for myself and nibbled on an Aunt Annie's pretzel. Ok, I lie, I didn't nibble, I devoured. Those things are so good they should be illegal. Well, not illegal, because then I'd forced to break the law, but you know what I mean. They should come with a warning that says "Don't eat this if you want to look civilized or like you have any self control at all." Damn you Aunt Annie's.
So that's my weekend in a nutshell; how was yours? Do tell, I'd love to hear!