I was woken up by glistening light beaming into a small window. Through the mental morning fog, I’d almost forgotten where I was. A few heavy blinks and the room came into focus. There’s no city noise here, we’re in serene Tahoe — scenic mountainscapes and picturesque pines as far as the eye can see. My mind clears and I remember the last thing I saw before falling asleep. I’d watched the spitting rain turn to wet chunks of snow, splattering against our bedroom window.
That’s right! The storm.
The weatherman had said we’d see a few feet of snow overnight. I jumped out of the bed and went to the window. For once, the weatherman delivered.
I ran downstairs and swung open the door. It was well below 30 degrees but I didn’t care — I had to see it. I had to smell it. I had to appreciate it — like I did as a child.
A blanket of fresh powder coated every surface. The pines were flocked in white, their limbs crystalized, weighed down with the ice and snow.
A snowflake melts on my face and suddenly, I feel like a kid again.
Just three hours from San Francisco is Tahoe — our favorite weekend getaway. It’s a retreat to the mountains, gorgeous in the summertime, but in the winter, it’s a different kind of magical. We spend our days on the slopes which leads to après-ski cocktails and (a nap) then dinner at one of our usual restaurants (The Lone Eagle Grill is our favorite).
With that said, it can be challenging to transition between casual activities and dinner in terms of my wardrobe. I had been looking for something versatile enough to wear with snow pants for an afternoon hike and chic enough to layer over a sweater and jeans in the evening. That’s why when I spotted this faux-fur hooded jacket from Banana Republic, I knew I had found something special.
The winter jackets I owned couldn’t touch the femininity and style this parka brought to the table. It’s perfectly tailored and even comes with drawstrings for a flattering cinch at the waist. This jacket is heavier than it appears, complete with fleece lining and faux-fur throughout the hood.
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