Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Winter Family Fun at the Resort at Squaw Creek

Location: Squaw Valley, CA
Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a joyous holiday and fun filled new year!  I can't believe it's already 2018!  Where did the year go?  Don't we all say that?  To some degree it's true!  Our busy lives can sometimes occupy so much of our precious time that some days and weeks feel like they fly by!  After the holidays were over, my family took a much needed break and vacation!  My birthday was January 3rd, so it was a good time to ring in the new year, celebrate another digit on my age, and enjoy some quality time with my family!  

We headed up to Squaw Valley, CA for a nice relaxing winter vacation.  We stayed at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek.  We drove up in the morning which is just about a 3.5 hour drive from San Francisco.  We checked in early and decided to take our boys out sledding with the new sleds they got from Santa for Christmas!  The weather was a balmy 63 degrees which was perfect for my "apres ski" look.



Featured:

Apres Ski Sweater from Talbots (sold out online but may be available in stores - similar here, here, and here)
Ski Pants (old - similar here, here, and here)
Snow Boots from Target (similar here, here, and here)
Faux Fur pom pom beanie (similar here, here, and here)





 My kids were excited to get their feet in snow and we wasted no time venturing outside to check out the resort.  Just past the Squaw Creek ski lift which is at the back of the property, there is a beautiful and expansive open space which is perfect for snowshoeing, hiking, and sledding.  The views of Squaw Valley and the adjacent Squaw & Alpine mountain peaks were incredible!  Even though we had a dry December and the snow was not fresh powder, there was still plenty on the ground to have a fun time sledding and build a snowman (decorated below with fresh pine cones, pine needles, and sticks on the ground!  Pretty good job, don't you think?     





This was another snowman a family made while we were there.  I took a snapshot of it after they left.  They get the prize for making a tall snowman, but we all agreed he looked a little creepy.  What do you think?


Tip: if you live near Lake Tahoe and/or plan to visit with a young family, I highly recommend to bring your sleds.  They're lightweight and don't take up too much room in the back of the car and they provide hours of free entertainment!  If you are not able to bring your own sleds you can rent them from the Resort at Squaw Creek along with many other winter sports gear and accessories.  Family winter activities here include ski-in/ski-out access to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows; a private ice rink; heated swimming pools; jacuzzis, 18 kilometers of cross-country skiing terrain; dog sledding; and so much more!  All these fun family activities are just a short walk from your guest room!  Unfortunately, there was not enough snow to go dog sledding when we were there in early January, but I promised my kids we would try to make another trip back later this winter to try that!


My son Jack enjoying his day sledding


up and down the hill they went!


Squaw Valley Olympic Village is directly across Squaw Creek and you can take a free shuttle there which runs every 15 minutes.  There is plenty to do there which I will include in an upcoming post!


Snowshoeing is a very popular activity in Squaw Valley!



The sun started to come out in the late afternoon and there really was no need for ski jackets!  It felt more like spring ski season than it did like winter but we were fine with that!  My husband and I found a spot at the bottom of the hill and watched the kids go up and down over and over again until they were exhausted!

My "Apres Ski" sweater was a present from my husband for Christmas.  I saw it in the Talbots catalog and told him I wanted it for our ski trip!  At this current time, they are completely sold out online but you may be lucky enough to still find it in stores if you have a Talbots that's close to you.  If not, here are a few other similar ski sweater options you might like!







I brought along my old black cargo ski pants because I love having extra pockets to hold things like sunscreen, my credit card and room key, cash, sunglasses, lip balm, and my kid's asthma inhaler!  This eliminates the need to carry around a big bag.  Although these pants are old, I found a few current similar options.  Also, my snow boots are from Target and they are so comfortable and durable for such a great price point!  I've included them in the shopping links below as well as a few other cute options you may like including my faux fur pom pom beanie!! 






We started getting pretty hungry so we decided to grab the sleds and head back to find something to eat and drink.  We were pretty tired from driving up that morning and sledding all day so we knew we wanted something quick and easy.  We stumbled upon the outdoor patio area where they served a variety of food and drinks.  The kids ordered a Roy Rogers and my husband and I tried the local brews on tap.  We order a basket of fries and cheeseburgers which hit the spot!  We relaxed by the fire place until dark and then headed up to our room to get in our pajamas, make plans for day 2, and go to bed a little early! 




My husband and I - we just celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary!





I'm looking forward to sharing more details from our trip to Squaw Valley in my next post including more of the outfits I wore, family activities we did, where we ate, and more about our accommodations at the Resort at Squaw Creek!

Thank you for visiting! 

Hayley
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Valentines Gift Guide For Her: Dresses

I had so much fun selecting soft and cozy pajamas and slippers for my first Valentines Guide Gift Guide that I started working on this one shortly after!  If you didn't get a chance to read my first post, you can check it out here!  It's the perfect time to start thinking about gifts for your loved one!  Today, I'm sharing my favorite gifts for her in the dress department! These are ideas for the women in your life...your spouse, your mom, your sister, or your bestie!  For those of you that have been following me here on the blog, you know how much I adore the sweet, feminine, and sometimes sassy style of dresses.


Featured:
Dress: this Tahari red bow fit and flare dress (similar here, here, and here
Shoes: Halogen red bow ankle strap flats (sold out) (similar here, here, and here)





First things first, you will need to find out what size to purchase and this can be difficult if you are not intimately close!  If you want to keep it a surprise, you'll need to check dress labels in her closet and make sure it's a dress she has worn recently!  If you don't have access to her closet, you can follow general US women's sizing guidelines here.  If you're still unsure, it's best to be conservative and get a gift receipt.  When in doubt, go with a medium.  If the size is wrong, she can take it back and exchange it for her correct size and she won't feel insulted!  


The second important thing to understand is knowing her style.  There are different categories of dresses and knowing her preferences will really make her gift more personalized.  For purposes of this blog post, I've broken it down into three style categories: 1) Casual Classy; 2) Feminine and Flirty; and 3) Hot Mama! :)   

1.  Casual Classy style is for the active and fit woman on the go.  This lady prefers casual comfort and style with not a lot of fussiness and frills! She is the type of woman who throws her hair in a pony tail, feels her best in sneakers and denim, and takes care of business exuding confidence and natural beauty.  Here are a few dress ideas if this is who you are shopping for:
  

2.  Feminine and Flirty style is for the woman who loves the fun and frilly details - bows, scallops, ruffles, sprinkles, lace, glitter, bubbles, confetti, etc!  This lady has a sparking personality and intoxicating smile!  She loves to dream big and play hostess for parties taking care of all the pinterest inspired details!  She is the type of woman who takes time getting ready in the morning, styling her hair, playing with makeup, and accessorizing her outfits!  Here are a few dress ideas if this is who you are shopping for:





3.  Hot Mama: let's face it, what's hot is what you feel confident and sexy in and that includes all three style categories.  Hot mama is for the woman who has the curves in all the right places.  She feels her best in high heels and body hugging silhouettes that show off all her best assets!  This lady loves to stand out in a crowd and has a sassy but sweet personality!  She is the type of woman who exudes class, keeping her style very simple, graceful, and elegant.  Here are a few Valentines Day dress ideas if this is who you are shopping for:


No matter what style, all of these dresses would make for a very nice and personalized gift for her on  Valentines Day.  The dresses I selected as part of my gift guide can really be worn any time of the year but it's always fun to wear red and/or pink on this romantic holiday.  

Do you have any special plans for Valentines Day this year?  I love hearing all about the fun "Galentine" parties many ladies participate in!  My plans generally consist of helping my boys with creating their Valentines for their classmates.  My husband and I usually don't go out on Valentines Day...it's hard to get reservations at our preferred restaurants and wait times and crowds make me very cranky.  Usually we stay home, prepare a nice family dinner together with our kids,  make some ice cream sundaes, and watch a good Netflix movie.  That's all it takes to make this mom feel special and loved.  


Stay tuned for more Valentines Gift Guides coming soon!  If you haven't had a chance to sign up for my newsletter you can subscribe here!  It's a great way to connect with all of you about new posts, great sales you don't want to miss, Q&A on various fashion, beauty, home decor, and travel topics, and so much more!  Don't worry, I won't overcrowd your inbox!  Also, don't forget you can shop all of the looks from my blog on my shop page!

Thanks for Visiting! 

With Love,

Hayley 

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Valentines Gift Guide For Her: Pajamas

Valentines Day is right around the corner so it's the perfect time to start thinking about gifts for your loved one!  Today, I'm sharing my favorite gifts for her in the PJ department! These are ideas for the women in your life...your spouse, your mom, your sister, or your bestie!  Last year I shared my favorite Eberjey pink pajamas in this post here.  I really prefer something warm and cozy in the winter time so I gravitate towards soft fabrics like flannel, jersey knit, and cotton and/or luxurious fabrics like silk!





Pajamas are a perfect Valentines Day gift option for her!  After all, every woman likes to look and feel good and getting a good night's sleep is an important component to ensuring you look and feel you're best every day!  I'm planning to get these luxurious satin pj's for my sister in the pink print  and I might grab some cozy slippers for her too!  I love these beautiful red bow slippers and they are only $7.99!  Pom poms are a fun detail so I think she might also love these pink ones which are less than $40 or these red ones which are only $14.50!

Shop all my favorite pajamas selected for my Valentines Gift Guide for Her below

and some of my favorite slippers...
Stay tuned for more Valentines Gift Guides coming soon!  If you haven't had a chance to sign up for my newsletter you can subscribe here!  It's a great way to connect with all of you about new posts, great sales you don't want to miss, Q&A on various fashion, beauty, home decor, and travel topics, and so much more!  Don't worry, I won't overcrowd your inbox!  Also, don't forget you can shop all of the looks from my blog on my shop page!

What are your favorite Valentines Gift Ideas for him?  I'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions!

xoxoxo,

Hayley
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Burgundy Floral Dress

This past week has been so busy!  As a working mom it's sometimes hard to balance kids, homework, sports activities, the holidays, Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, and the demands of work!  Lately I have been working 12 hour + days to meet deadlines and I really feel like it's starting to take a toll on me.  I need to find a balance...some time to focus on my health and working out, some time to take care of me by getting my nails done and a pedicure, finding time to finish that book I started on a plane trip home from a business trip several weeks ago, time to catch up on Instagram, time to spend on me.  Do you all have the same challenges?



Details:
ASTR the Label Wine Multi Dress - available in solid wine color and olive brown here
Burgundy Pumps (old) - other options here, here, and here
Mauve sunglasses (old) - similar here, here, and here
Whiskey brown saddle bag by Sole Society - similar here, here, and here
Photography: Rachel Radcliffe Photography



Sometimes the best thing to do is just disconnect and focus on your self.  Here are some tips I use to help me feel a little peace and solitude when my life starts to feel a little chaotic and out of control:

1. Take a relaxing bubble bath
2. Go to the spa a get a massage or facial
3.  Get a mani/pedi and say yes to the glass of champagne when they offer - why not?
4.  Grab that book you've been reading and bring it to your local coffee shop - you won't be disturbed by the distractions at home!
5. Go enjoy an ice cream cone with your favorite flavor
6.  Take a drive to the beach, mountains, go get lost somewhere - bring your camera and a picnic for one!
7.  Go have lunch or grab cocktails with your best girlfriend!
8. Sleep in!  You can stay in your jammies all day if you want!
9.  Watch a chick flick or comedy on Netflix
10.  Go to the gym and get a good work out in 





Do you feel like every once in a while you get stuck in a grind and can't seem to break the vicious cycle?  For most people, the solution is to just make a conscious effort to remember to do something special for yourself at least once a day.  These can be little things, like blocking your calendar at work to go get a pedi at lunch time or taking the dog for a walk to get in some exercise...Just like you have a work schedule or kids sports practice and game schedule...what is on your schedule this week?  Pencil yourself in on your calendar like you do for others and you will begin focusing on yourself!  At a minimum, you will feel good about yourself and taking time for you will definitely improve your energy level and mood!  


So let's talk about this dress...you know retail therapy is another great mood booster!  First of all, I love burgundy!  It'a always been a favorite color of mine to wear!  The floral pattern is so pretty but it also comes in solid colors including olive brown and wine.   It's made from an airy and flowy georgette material.  There is a back button key hole closure with a mock neckline.  The sleeves are long and with pretty button cuff details at the bottom.  I originally ordered this dress in a size medium and needed to size up to a large.  I normally wear a size 6-8 but I would highly suggest sizing up one size to ensure you have the perfect fit!  





I got these strappy burgundy heels several years ago and recently came across them when I cleaned out and purged my closet.  I brought along my go to saddle bag that literally wear every day!  I  decided to take a break from work and drove to my favorite ice cream parlor to same the holiday peppermint flavor!  Needless to say it was well worth the break and the outside landscape was a much better view than my laptop for a while!!       


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Happy Holidays, 

xoxoxo,

Hayley

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