Pencil Skirts to Puffer Vests

Sponsored by Zappos

6 months ago I traded DC happy hours for kayaking at sunset, and now snow covered hikes with the dogs and I’ve gotta say, I’m still pretty pleased with my decision. I was ready for the change of scenery and change of pace but the one thing I hadn’t planned for and wasn’t entirely prepared for was the change of style. Ah, yes. Gone are the days of heeled boots + leather pencil skirts + slouchy sweaters pulled over a button down. I’ve traded in pencil skirts for puffer vests, people. And while I miss those good ol’ days that centered around business casual chic, there’s something to be said for being able to live life in vests and snow boots.


The most difficult part of this journey right now? A new wardrobe. Yes, seriously. I’m currently living somewhere in between athleisure and weekend comfies and I’m not sure I’m fully comfortable in that world. Out here, it’s the essentials, and I’m slowly but surely building a closet that reflects my style while being fully functional at the same time.


Toad&Co Vest

Baseline Leggings

One of my favorite pieces: this Toad&Co vest. It combines functionality with style and is produced by a company where 90% of products are eco-friendly. The best part? They pride themselves on being committed to creating garments that are equally suited for the rigors of the trail or the tavern. That’s a brand I can get on board with!



  1. January 3, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Love this vest!! And the warm boots!!! :)

  2. January 5, 2018 / 9:10 am

    I love DC but I’m seriously jealous of you for picking up and heading somewhere that makes you happier! Plus, that looks like a winter wonderland.

    On a style note, where are those boots from?! I need a pair like that if DC remains an arctic tundra.

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      District Sparkle
      January 5, 2018 / 10:44 am

      I definitely miss Shake Shack and being surrounded by monuments and living in an area that’s not 99% Caucasian, but this place sure does have its perks. The boots are Sorel and I 1000% recommend. I prefer the shearling over the faux fur as the fur has a tendency to hold on to more snow. No bueno. Wear them with alpaca socks and you’ll be golden. I got mine from Zappos (true to size):