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1/16/19

Winter Escape to Big Bear / Snow Style

Happy 2019, Everyone!

I hope your year is already off to a wonderful start! It's been awhile since my last blog post, and if you've been following me on Instagram, you know that I took a break from social media and blogging in general to focus on other pressing projects. I've also been making a conscious effort to be more present with family and friends and put down my phone and step away from the computer. Sometimes it's a much-needed break; I love blogging as a creative outlet, but at times there are just other things that require my attention. Not to mention, I have 3 little ones to look after, so it's important that I don't sacrifice quality time or energy with them, especially since they're growing like weeds! Moving forward, I will do my best to blog when I can, and keep future posts brief and more photo-centric (less wordy.) The goal is to keep it simple and sweet.
Winter Escape to Big Bear

Over the holiday break, my extended family and I ventured out to Big Bear for a fun, winter escape. It was such a blast with the 12 of us, despite the frigid below-20-degree weather! (Being born and raised here in SoCal, I don't acclimate to cold climates very well!) It was our first time visiting Big Bear as a family, and I was so happy that my dad, step-mom, brother, the kids and their cousins could all go up together. I wanted the kids to be able to enjoy the fresh, powdery snow that fell over Christmas and the days following, and enjoy a true winter wonderland -- sledding, throwing snow balls, building snow men, staying in a cozy cabin and running around and playing to their little hearts' content. They had so much fun, they're already asking when we're going back! I have a feeling we'll be adding Big Bear to our annual vacation circuit. (We already have Pebble Beach/San Simeon, Yosemite, and CancĂșn in the mix...)
Travel tip: Late November through early January is peak season at Big Bear, so if you're wanting to visit it during the holiday season, try to reserve your cabin/vacation rental early to secure your reservation. Rentals book up quickly and you may be looking at well over $1,000/night for your stay. Because we had a large group, most of the larger cabins had already been reserved, but we were fortunate to find a beautiful, spacious, 2-story cabin near the lake and snow resorts through CoolCabins.com. (See their FAQ page for helpful information.) Be forewarned: prices are steep during peak season, especially for the larger cabins that accommodate 10+ guests. Split among all of us, it was a little more reasonable, but still pricey nonetheless. Each cabin has its own owner, contract, and stay requirements, so be sure to review those carefully prior to booking. Some cabins are pet-friendly as well.
Snow Style: What I Wore

For this trip, I knew layers were an absolute must, and kept my outfits simple. I packed several pairs of leggings and thermals to help combat the cold and often wore 2 - 3 layers of pants just to stay warm! I bought these black, fleece-lined leggings at TJ Maxx, which I also found online here and similar here. I've never heard of this brand, but for only $8, these babies kept my legs nice and toasty, so they're now a winter staple for me. They're not waterproof, so if you plan on all-day sledding, skiing or snowboarding, you'll definitely need snow pants. I have an old Burton pair I use for snowboarding, but didn't wear them for this trip. These are similar in pink if you need snow pants. These may work for petites also.
Huge, fluffy blanket scarves were also a lifesaver! If you still don't have these in your winter rotation, you need them stat! They're not just a trendy fashion prop featured by every blogger under the sun; they truly take you from miserable-cold to tolerable-cold. Trust me, I now have a whole new appreciation for them!  This pink plaid scarf was my favorite and most-worn one throughout the trip because it feels like a cloud -- soft, cuddly, and warm (almost to the point of suffocation, at least during snow-play.) Once you take it off, you immediately feel the difference. I just draped it around my neck and let it hang down and that did the trick for me; not too hot, but still plenty warm.

I found a couple of other similar scarves here and here that also look cute and snugly.

My pink Hunter boots got plenty of use as well! I initially purchased them with only rainy days in mind, though they're scarce here in LA, but I have to say, these held up nicely in the snow as well. I wear the big kids' size 4. Just add a pair of thick socks (I layered 2 pairs for extra warmth) to keep your toes from entering frostbite territory. Rubber boots = no insulation.

My beanie is another find from the kids' section and on sale now for only $7! I have a smaller head, so I was happy to find this one that fits perfectly. It must run large for kids because the smallest size fits me (1 1/2-4.) Strange, but it works for me!
This insulated, white puffer-coat also became a fast favorite! I shared a quick snap on Instagram here before the trip in my excitement. Finding a petite-friendly puffer-coat that doesn't swallow you whole or make you look like the Michelin Man, is a feat in itself! I found this coat online after a long search, and was thrilled to see in the item description, "designed to fit and flatter 5'4" and under frame." This really stood out to me since the coat wasn't actually listed as "petite" anywhere in the name or on the site. I was even more optimistic when I saw size XXS in stock in this beautiful ivory shade. (It comes in black as well, but I preferred the ivory.)

It's beautiful! This coat is extremely well-made and looks even better in person! I was immediately impressed with it when it first arrived, especially with the fit and design details. I purposely searched for puffer-coats with a belt to cinch the waist and give it a more flattering shape. This one definitely does the job with its simple buckle-belt (just press to open as you would a seatbelt) while still keeping you nice and warm. The removable, faux-fur hood and the softly-lined pockets are a really nice touch as well. I snagged this coat on sale during a flash-sale event, but see it's now on sale again for just over 50% off with free shipping! The price point is a steal for this coat, and I highly recommend it for you petite gals wanting a stylish and practical puffer-coat. I also found it in more sizes here, starting in size XS for just under $100! If you love this one as much as I do, act quickly while it's on sale!
This other wintry look was one my husband snapped of me on his cell phone just outside our cabin. I kept this look simple with my go-to combo of a mock-neck sweater, layered over a long-sleeved tee, fleece-lined leggings, thermal leggings, and for accessories, gloves, faux-fur ear muffs (kids' size & only $5!), and a tartan-plaid scarf (several colors available.)

The ear muffs were my favorite find since they were in the kids' section and were a steal! I love that they're adjustable, too -- perfect if you have a smaller head like I do. My daughter would steal them, too. ;-) If you can't get your hands on these exact ones, these and these are also cute.
Okay, the belt wasn't exactly practical, but it lent a dressier look for lunch/dinner outings, so it made an occasional appearance. This one was wait-listed (6 months?) since size 65 is perpetually out of stock everywhere, but I did manage to get my hands on one. That said, I've always held the view that if you're not wanting to invest in a designer belt, any slim waist belt would work just as well for this look.
These boots are the best Sorel dupes! I've had mine for about 2 years now, and the quality is still holding up nicely for boots that were roughly $30. I love the Sorel line, but knew the cost-per-wear for me wouldn't justify the price. Unlike my belts, I rarely use winter boots like these, so I went with the budget-friendly option.




The snow-covered cabins were so charming and looked like scenes you'd see in calendars or on postcards...truly beautiful and ethereal. How pretty is that pink, Victorian cabin? I'd love to tour the inside of it on our next visit; I think it's a Bed N' Breakfast! (Update: I googled it, and it is a B&B called Apples Bed & Breakfast Inn, for those of you wanting to check it out. It looks darling!)

We got some amazing family photos this trip and made so many wonderful, new memories. I'm grateful for trips like these with my favorite people. One of my goals this year is to remember to invest in family and experiences over things.

What are your goals for the year? Have you ever been to Big Bear?

Thanks so much for stopping by! It's time for me to go relax with the babies by the fireplace and enjoy this stint of rain we're getting in LA this week!

xoxo,
Sara
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