I know what you’re thinking…. a winter clothing post? I’ll admit, it’s a little outside of my wheelhouse. To be completely transparent (get ready for real talk)… in the totality of this year, we’ve finished absolutely zero full-scale room renovations. It was honestly a hard pill for me to swallow, but upon reflecting these past 12 months, I’ve been in a bit of a war with my body. As we tried to align, I’ve been hospitalized four times, had two surgeries, weekly scans & blood draws are my new normal, my diet has totally been flipped upside down, my mental health took a hit, and some days I feel like I don’t even recognize myself. Work, renovating, and my passion for interiors had to take a back burner to my health in 2022, and that’s something I’m very much looking forward to getting back to in the year ahead. Regardless of how this year looked for me (and on me), I wanted to end it on a high note with self love and appreciate for my body. This post represents so much more to me than just cozy winter picks for my closet (although there are some really good ones!)… it was a therapeutic one to photograph and caused me to pause, appreciate, acknowledge getting back to being comfortable in my own skin. It’s a celebratory post of sorts. I hope you enjoy my cozy winter picks! Click through for my finds…
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When Walmart emailed asking if I’d like to curate & share some cozy finds for my closet this winter, Emmett & I were road tripping to Arizona for Thanksgiving. I said aloud, “I’m not even sure why they asked me to participate- I should stick to what I’m best at (home & interiors).” I’ll admit, my attitude had been better. Emmett immediately shrugged off my comment and encouraged me to give it a go, thinking it could be just what I needed this month… a change of pace and an opportunity to appreciate my body & what it has been through this year. I have to say, I’m really glad he shared his insight because it sparked curiosity and offered me a better perspective. This year due to my ongoing health issues, I’ve lost 20 pounds, gained it back (and then some), lost it again, and am currently teetering somewhere in the middle. Without trying to lose or gain weight, I’ve dreaded stepping on the scale or looking in the mirror this year, because it’s a reflection of what’s going on internally (which is anxiety inducing for me). In addition to my ever changing body shape, my hair falls out by the handfuls. I’ve lost about 80-90% of it this year and do my best to cover thinning areas, playing with clip-in extensions that make me feel more like myself. All of this to say- a fashion post was the last thing I felt worthy of sharing… before Emmett shifted my line of thinking, that is. I said yes to this opportunity and wanted to use this post as a good excuse to boost my confidence and appreciate what my body has endured this year. I’m celebrating the holiday season in style with optimism for the year ahead! Plus- living in Utah, cozy winter clothing finds are always top of mind for me.
I did a deep dive and secured some really beautiful and cozy apparel & accessories for the winter & holiday season and started looking forward to their arrival. I will say, I’m a bit of a minimalist when it comes to my closet. For everything I bring into my wardrobe these days, I’ll donate something I don’t wear often. It felt really good to purge clothing that no longer fits me properly, and I dropped my bag of donations off at the women’s shelter for someone else to use. I definitely underestimated how updating your wardrobe to clothing that better serves you can instantly boost your mood and make you feel more confident in your own skin. Fully expecting to have to make some returns (in terms of fit), I was surprised that everything I purchased fit me really wonderfully- and better yet, made me feel comfortable, confident, and more like myself than I’ve felt in a very long time. It’s almost like my husband knew I needed this project (I hate admitting when he’s right). Ha.
My goal was to find cold weather essentials that are perfect for the winter months ahead, and classic clothing that can be worn to festive holiday parties & gatherings this season. Think puffers, sweaters, boots, and cold weather accessories… staying warm in style!
One of my favorite sweaters (currently on sale for $22) I’ve been wearing nonstop is made of 100% cotton, is tunic length (so it can be worn with leggings, if you want to dress it down), and features a designer-looking ribbed hem around the neckline and cuffs. It is super comfortable and can be styled in multiple ways. It’s a good creamy, winter white color. I just love the exaggerated ribbed hem…
Cozy socks are a must during the winter months here. Aside from just wearing my tech ski socks (which aren’t cute), I had been looking for good everyday wool socks to keep my toes warm. I snagged this pack of five and was pleasantly surprised. These are my new go-to for daily winter boots! The come in classic colors, feel luxurious, are made of wool, and are super thick. I actually liked them so much, I’ve already purchased another set. My sock drawer got an upgrade.
Ready to see more of my picks? If you’re looking for some classic clothing & gift options this winter, I found some really great things!
Click directly on my finds to be redirected to the source, or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…
01: puffer coat with hood // 02: leather shearling winter boots // 03: cashmere cuff beanie // 04: wood sage & sea salt perfume // 05: crossbody bag // 06: gold twisted rope chain necklace // 07: ribbed long sleeve body suit // 08: leggings // 09: wool socks // 10: rib turtleneck sweater // 11: soft cashmere scarf // 12: chelsea boot
In regards to last minute, cozy winter gifts for less from Walmart… my top picks would be the cashmere beanie (I live in that thing!), the thick wool socks, and my favorite perfume.
I also wanted to snag an outfit for holiday outings. This affordable ribbed bodysuit is going to be the MVP of my wardrobe this holiday season. I’ve already paired it with high waisted jeans and a wool skirt this month. The neckline is really lovely!
I was able to source some holiday accessories from Walmart as well- like this crossbody bag. I’ve always enjoyed a traditional envelope style bag. They’ve got everything you need for festive parties and dressy occasions this season. I’m looking forward to celebrating the season and dressing up a bit. Usually I’m the queen of casual.
Truth be told, this affordable cashmere (100% wool) sweater pictured below has held up better than far more expensive options in my closet. I’ve been wearing it this past month and I’m really impressed with the quality and fit… so much so, that I’ve got another color in my cart right now.
Between the sweater and the puffer coat, I think those are tied for my top two favorites! This BCBG coat is knee length, has a hood, is super lofty, features a quilted design, and is one of the coziest coats I own. It also has a cinched adjustable waist that makes it more flattering than my other puffers. I’ve very happy with the green color, but they have other classics as well: camel, taupe, black, etc.
While I’ll never consider myself a fashion blogger, I do appreciate you giving me the opportunity to share this winter haul and confidence boost with you. Historically, I’ve struggled with being on the other side of the lens, but I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to try something different this time. I hope you enjoyed seeing my finds! Let me know if you grab anything or need size recommendations. This year has been a journey and I’m thankful for these small moments that offer positivity, encouragement, and appreciation. I know next year is going to be a better one for me. This felt like the perfect way to close the year before I head into my last surgery of 2022 next week. I’m feeling grateful for my body, persistent, optimistic, and more informed in my health journey- I’m also eager to get back to doing the things that bring me happiness next year. What are your cozy winter favorites currently hanging in your closet, that make you feel really good about yourself?