Perspectives of a Lady, Gentleman & Dane

winter Archive

Brian McCarthy

As Hannah mentioned, the winter blues are here, and while she’s got some great ways of getting through (I particularly enjoy the baking), I prefer to indulge the dreary setting.  To me, there’s no better way to get through the blues than to put on a good album and listen to songs of heart break and suffering.  There’s something about hearing somebody else’s stories sung that allows me to let go of mine.  For today’s music Monday, I give you ‘Ladykiller’ by The Horrible Crowes, a song about having your woman stolen away from you by some younger, better looking guy.  If you’re feeling down I’d suggest listening to the whole album, Elsie.

Hannah Sheflyand

I think this is pretty common for northeasterners, but I am finally coming down with the blues. When it first starts getting colder in the fall I just look forward to Thanksgiving and then the holidays in December which makes time go by pretty quickly and the never ending cold and shorter days go unnoticed. Then January hits and every year I do my best to stay cheery. Getting engaged and starting on wedding planning helped this January fly by but February hit me hard.

I went to the blog world to find some solutions and overall it has helped a lot. I would love to share some of the tips and tricks that have helped me:

Playing Set (I am addicted and now even play on my phone)

Relaxing with some special hot chocolate

Some spa time in the shower

Basking in the glow of a Mood Light

Exercise! (If your not in the mood for anything intense, even some calm yoga breathing will make you feel 10x better)

Go out on a special date (Its Restaurant Week in NYC!)

Light up the room

My favorite: Bake and then bakesomemore (it will also warm up your apartment)!

How about you, what are some of your tips and tricks for getting through the winter?

Hannah Sheflyand

We are heading to my mothers house upstate for the weekend, which is conveniently right next to Belleayre Mountain. I learned to ski and snowboard there, and even though its is smaller then Hunter or Windham nearby, I love that this place is quieter. We are mostly going up for a lot of wedding planning but I am hoping to maybe have some time to get back on my snowboard.

I am no where near being an expert but after almost 10 yrs of snowboarding I thought I might be ready to start learning tricks, until I looked it up and saw this:

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SebToots_Swiss2012_FrodePhoto_MG_4917I think I am going to skip on the big tricks and maybe start with small goals…

snowboard-trickAre you a snowboarder or skier? Any tips on starting out with tricks?

What are your plans for the weekend, staying bundled up or going out to play?

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For my skier readers- I dont want you to think that they cant pull off awesome tricks too!

Hannah Sheflyand

The minute I am home I am running to get under my blankets and trying to warm up. No matter how many layers of clothing I wear I feel the only way I really warm up is under many layers of blankets.

This does not mean I don’t enjoy browsing those next possible layers of clothes to wear. My favorites this winter:

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Endless Shirt, $78, I love baggy shirts and like how long and lean it looks.

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Cashmere Tunic, $298, this is great for a pop of color in the gloomy winter, and warm to boot. Maybe if it goes on sale it can end up in my closet 🙂

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Cashmere Pocket Hoodie, $288, the tomboy in me really loves this hoodie, Brians voice in me says its not the most flattering, but probably very warm and comfy which is why I would still throw it in my sweater collection.

Any awesome new finds that were added to your closet recently? I would love to hear.

Some of my want lists in the past here, here, here and here!