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?
PeggiDecember 14, 2022 at 6:05 am
Good morning, wonderful friend! While I’ve often marveled at your design genius, boundless energy, kind generosity and zest for adventure, it’s the loving radiance from your heart that shines the brightest. I’m sincerely sorry that this year has so sorely taxed all of your resources; nothing can be more disconcerting than having our own body revolt! That your gracious presence here has never wavered despite the pain, uncertainty and upheaval is remarkable. Big Scorpio energy. I’m delighted you took this opportunity to share a little and tend to yourself! Both can be difficult! New clothes won’t heal our bodies, but feeling cozy, comfortable and cute is a balm. Here’s to a beautiful year-end, filled with joyous festivities and restorative power. Sending you all the warm hugs, Sarah! 💜
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 12:17 pm
Hi Peggi! You made my day! Thank you so much. You are toomkind! This year has been tough, but I’ll be ok- I’ve got lots of hope for the year ahead. The blog truly is my happy place, so I’m glad I’ve been able to keep it going throughout this. Big Scorpio energy, indeed (I say, as I’m over here rocking my moody black nail polish, lol)! Big hugs, friend! xox
AmandaDecember 14, 2022 at 8:12 am
I’m so sorry this year has been so tough! Thanks for sharing a bit though, I can definitely relate. My 2022 was full of chronic illness, baby twins, post partum depression, and so much exhaustion. I’m ready for something different, and haven’t really updated my wardrobe much since hand me downs in high school 🙈. Maybe I can squeeze some shopping in and feel better starting the new year. Cheers to a better one ahead!!
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 12:14 pm
Thanks, Amanda! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been enduring chronic illness (among other things). I’ll be thinking of you! Hang in there, and if you ever need someone to talk to- I’m here. It’s heavy. Hopefully you can squeeze in a little shopping or a little time for yourself. It does make a big difference to just have some moments to recharge. Cheers to a better year ahead, indeed! Feel better, friend!
Wenda ScottDecember 14, 2022 at 8:48 am
i’m so sorry for all your health issues. you are a beautiful girl and i enjoy your blog very much. i wish you both the best and hope that your health issues will end and next year will be free of all of it..
best regards, w. scott
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 12:12 pm
Thank you so much, Wenda! You are sweet. I hope you’re having a happy holiday season!
ColleenDecember 14, 2022 at 8:53 am
Oh goodness Sarah you have had an extreme challenging year with your health and in spite of everything you’ve been through, you are a ray of sunshine beautiful lady. So glad you participated and shared this post, there are some awesome finds in this roundup. Everything you selected looks SO beautiful on you 😍 Give me all the cozy, and warmth this time of year and a wardrobe spruce up is definitely a splendid idea!
Sending you all the good healing vibes, huge virtual hugs, and get well cheer possible for a successful surgery and recovery ❤️🩹 Take care friend xoxoxoxo
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 12:03 pm
Aww thank you, Colleen! That means so much. You made my morning with this one. Thanks for the attitude boost and compliment. I’m with you on wanting all the cozy warm layers this time of year. I hope you’re having a great day. Are you getting any snow yet?! Thanks for the healing vibes and virtual hugs. I’m all set for my surgery next week and am feeling good about it :) xo
DannaDecember 14, 2022 at 9:42 am
You amaze me with your strength and positive outlook on all that you are going through. My biggest hope is that you receive the medical help and healing your body needs. I can only imagine how hard it is to share your innermost struggles. I would have never known. The manner in which you keep fighting and showing up is amazing! You have so many pulling for you.
Walmart has really changed this year. The bodysuit neckline is adorable on you. I too need some boot socks and will check these out. The olive green coat is beautiful on you!
Wishing you a feel good day! Lots of hugs to you Sarah. xoxo
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 12:01 pm
You are sweet, Danna. Thank you! That’s my hope, too. I would really love some answers in the year ahead… hopefully my surgery next week will help provide those. I feel so fortunate to have so many people in my corner- you being one of them. Thanks again for your kind words and for being such a wonderful friend. I hope you’re also having a good day! xo
JamieDecember 14, 2022 at 10:23 am
I am so sorry you’ve had such a difficult year with your health. I am sending prayers and light your way. Just wanted to say that you are stunningly beautiful on the outside, and you seem to be such a kind and thoughtful person as well. You have a wonderful attitude. Give yourself credit for all you’re accomplishing! Merry Christmas to you both.
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Thanks, Jamie! I really appreciate that. Your comment really boosted my mood and made my day. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you :)
LaurenDecember 14, 2022 at 12:18 pm
Good morning Sarah! Interiors and styling may be your wheelhouse, but don’t underscore your fashion- I’ve always loved the clothing picks you share with us, and the knack for style you have translates. What a wonderful husband to encourage you to go ahead with the partnership. Sometimes our people know what we need more than we do. Despite the toll this year has taken physically, mentally and emotionally, your patience and grace has been astounding. Through it all you have remained positive, been true to yourself and allowed yourself the time you need. I’m proud of you friend! Your energy has always been admirable, but that’s especially true this past year. As we head into ‘23 my prayer is that your health burdens find resolve, and healing recovery will set the tone. As for the fashion I’m loving what you chose. Such lovely wardrobe staples! I’m definitely checking out some of these finds- especially the bodysuit. Feeling comfortable and confident no matter the season is the best accessory, always. Cheers to leaning in, finding gratitude for the most difficult challenges, and feeling restored in the year ahead! I hope your holidays bring you joy and calm leading up to your next surgery. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers friend! Xoxo
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 7:46 pm
Hi Lauren! Thank you, friend! Emmett definitely helped shift my perspective and I’m thankful he did. You’re totally right- sometimes our people just know. I can’t thank you enough for your kind words, encouragement, support, and prayers this year. That has meant so much to me. I’m lucky to call you my friend! I do have a good feeling about the year ahead, and I’m feeling optimistic as I head into surgery on Monday. As far as the fashion goes- I didn’t think I was a bodysuit kind of person until I put that thing on and loved it. It’s super soft and more comfortable than I thought it would be… definitely a win for holiday parties! I hope you’re having the best week and have some fun holiday festivities happening this weekend. I bet the kids are loving it! Hope you’re having a good night. xo
Anne HDecember 14, 2022 at 12:56 pm
Oh, my goodness, Sarah….this post and these photos of you brought such a smile to my face even though you’ve been through so much. Your beauty, inside and out, shines through in even the grayest of Utah winter days. I’m so so sorry you’ve been having such a rough go of it this year, but am so admirable of your vulnerability, style and grace in tackling such frustrating challenges. Health issues are obviously never fun, but the slim sliver lining is they can be good reminders of what really matters….our health, our loved ones and appreciating all our bodies do for us AND get us through on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. I’m sorry you’re facing another surgery, too, but I’m excited to see what 2023 brings for you and E—all good things I hope. ❤️
PS – Go Emmett!! He’s a good one and I’m so happy you have each other.
PPS – Soooooo envious of that beautiful winter wonderland. While our mountains are getting some good white stuff (thankfully!), Denver is seriously lacking—feel free to send some of it over our way! 😂
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 7:35 pm
Thank you so much, Anne! You are so thoughtful and kind! I hate that you know about health issues and scary diagnosis all too well. You are inspiring and I’ve appreciated your advice and support this past year! You hit the nail on the head with the silver lining… it definitely puts things into perspective and helps us hone on what’s truly important- and for that, I’m thankful. I have a good feeling about 2023! Emmett is really the best… I don’t deserve that man (even though I hate admitting when he’s right, ha). I wish I could send you some snow! Are these storms not hitting Denver?! We’re at 14″ and counting… it’s STILL coming down here. The mountains are getting blasted and I’m never been more thankful for precipitation. I hope it keeps it up all winter. Hope you’re having such a lovely holiday season, friend! xo
JenDecember 14, 2022 at 1:47 pm
Some years need to be put into a box and under the bed, 2022 is one of these years. Probably the most challenging of my life so I hear your pain and exhaustion loud and strong. Here’s to 2023 being much better. Thanks Sarah for my most favourite blog, I love your posts and try to emulate your style which makes me happy. Take care and best wishes for the holiday season from Australia.
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 7:31 pm
Ha! I totally agree, Jen. 2022 would certainly be one of them. I also concur- this has been the most challenging year of my life. Here’s to 2023, which will hopefully be far better for the both of us! I’m feeling confident and optimistic! We’ve got this. Your comment truly made my day. I can’t wait to visit Australia again- I absolutely loved it! Cheers!
Melanie TDecember 14, 2022 at 2:54 pm
I’m so sorry for the punches your health has taken this year. I offer this consolation: we see the strong and hopeful Sarah, not the one who didn’t accomplished her usual list of herculean projects. You have taken time to travel and celebrate milestones, time for enjoyment with friends, and invested in down time for renewal. There is great value in slowing down, even when it is forced upon you. Cheers for a better new year and ongoing curiosity for life’s journey!
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Thank you, Melanie! I’m glad to hear that! To be totally honest, I think I used travel as a major coping mechanism this year. It felt easier to be out of my regular routine, keeping my mind busy with new places, rather than fixating on my health here at home. It provided a nice escape and I’m incredibly thankful for the memories made. I should probably do some saving in 2023, haha! I definitely tried to enjoy this year (despite everything) though… I’m glad that showed. Thanks for the perspective! I agree, there is definitely value is slowing down. Thanks for the well wishes. I hope you’re having a fantastic holiday season and have a wonderful year ahead! xo
KristalDecember 14, 2022 at 3:45 pm
Hoping for a great 2023!
SarahDecember 14, 2022 at 7:27 pm
Thanks Kristal! Happy Holidays :)
TraciDecember 15, 2022 at 3:27 pm
I’m so happy to hear that things are looking up for you. You look amazing despite all that you’ve been going through. Praying for your upcoming surgery.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,And give you peace.” ’
SarahDecember 15, 2022 at 8:52 pm
Thank you so much, Traci! I really appreciate it! Merry Christmas!
KristinDecember 24, 2022 at 6:20 am
I’m so sorry you’ve been having such a time. You’ve alluded to your health this year but I had no idea surgeries and weekly scans were in the mix. Your positivity is such inspiration, only good vibes for you in 2023!
Thanks also for agreeing to this post. I’ve known for awhile that Walmart is a sleeper source for quality home goods (probably thanks to you!). But never think to check them for higher end clothing. What you sourced not only are items I’ve been on the hunt for but they look wonderful, and beautiful on you! I’ll be snagging those socks, that scarf, and probably both sweaters.😍
Wishing you and Emmett a wonderful holiday. Stay safe, stay warm, and look forward to a healthier new year.
SarahJanuary 3, 2023 at 3:49 pm
Thanks so much, Kristin! I hope you had an amazing holiday season and your New Year if off to a wonderful start! I’m also really glad I agreed to share this post. It was fun and I’m still wearing & loving (and getting awesome compliments) on my finds. I’m really happy with everything. Happy Tuesday! xo