Life, Style, Thoughts on Things

Thoughts on Things: Sweatshirts, Fringe High Tops and 5 ways I am dealing with winter blues

January 23, 2017

I really feel like you can never have enough sweatpants or sweatshirts. If you saw my closet you would probably gasp at the amount of loungewear I have, but I don’t care. It’s what I’m most comfortable in. I found this blush sweatshirt the other day, and it brought me back to Saved by the Bell and Boy Meets World days. I feel like Kelly Kapowski might have owned it at one point. I paired it with some jeans and my new favorite sneakers from Guilty Soles. When I found out fringe high top sneakers existed, I knew they were meant to be in my closet. I LOVE these shoes. The other day we were doing our Chick-fil-A run, and I didn’t even realize I had dressed Cove in a sweatsuit too, haha. We were like a sweatsuit family from the 80’s.


So it’s still winter… Actually, I think we have two more months until it’s officially over. If I am being real with all of you, I really dread this time of year. Have you ever had experiences that bring back so much negative nostalgia or places that bring up memories you wish you could forget? That’s winter for me. Something about the darkness, the cold and the fact that some of the worst things I’ve gone through have happened in the winter all cause me to struggle with finding joy in this season. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything up until Christmas, and from then on I am praying for Daylight Savings to come. I’ve been so thankful for all the sunny and warm days that January has had this year, and I’ve also tried to implement a few things into our daily routine to help keep things bright. I thought I would share a few things that help me get through the dark January and February months for those who may not like winter that much either.

  • Vitamin D. The actual supplement and the sun. If I know I might not be in the sun for at least 15 minutes that day, I’ll take vitamin D supplements in the morning. They really change my mood dramatically.
  • Appreciating winter for what it is. Okay… that sounds ironic, but I seriously have to try and remember the great things about winter. Like the fact it snows and how beautiful it is. Or the fact that my husband loves the cold and he puts a fire on every night. Those are the things I want to remember about the season.
  • Keep things bright. I open all the curtains and blinds every morning and try to make sure my house feels bright and airy. Implementing fun traditions or things to do also helps. When you have something to look forward to it can make things seems more cheery.
  • Exercise. I NEVER exercise. If I’m being honest, I started walking when I was pregnant because I was so ready for my baby to come out. Now, I work out five days a week for at least 20 minutes a day to stay healthy and help my mental state. 20 minutes may not seem like much, but it really has helped change my mood and helped my body feel better. I’ve also started dabbling in yoga, which has been so invigorating.
  • Don’t hide. It can be so easy to stay inside when its cold and dark, but pushing yourself to hang out with friends and getting out of the house can be so good for you and your mental well-being.

I hope these things help you enjoy the season.

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23 Comments

  • Reply Brittany January 23, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I really love this outfit! Those fringe sneakers are everything. Casual is always my go-to, especially in the winter. I usually love the cold/winter but when we have a dry spell without snow, I find myself in a worse mood! I love the idea of a Vitamin D supplement.

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks so much Brittany! Hope it helps:)

  • Reply Kristin January 23, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Completely obsessed with the color and simplicity of your sweatshirt and FRINGE HIGH TOPS?! How have I missed those!? You look adorable. And I’m with you on trying to embrace Winter but I swear it’s almost too hard! Happy Monday, babe!

    xox,
    Kristin
    http://www.amidwesternmix.com

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      You are so sweet! Thanks, Kristin! It really is so hard.

  • Reply Audra January 23, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I’m in love with this outfit!! Those high tops are on my wish list and what a fantastic price!! I am so guilty of hiding away…especially in the winter months! I for sure need to make myself get out more! Audra

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks so much, Audra! I hide out too! Trying to force myself to get out.

  • Reply Komal Patel January 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I love this! Especially appreciating winter for what it is. Also, those shoes! In love!

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks, Komal! I can’t take them off:) I love them.

  • Reply April January 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    This outfit is so cute! I love the casual look. Those fringe boots are so unique! I feel the exact same way you do about winter. It is just something to endure.

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you, April! Yes! Thank goodness there are three other seasons;)

  • Reply Emily Soto January 23, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    That sweatshirt is too cute and looks so cozy! Love the shoes, too!

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you! I love comfy clothes so much!

  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt January 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    What a cute look, I love the fringe on your shoes
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Laura!

  • Reply Azanique January 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Totally loving the fringe sneakers! I agree with working out. I don’t do it as much as I should but going for a run usually helps clear my mind.

    – xoxo, Azanique
    LotsofSass.com

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks! Working out seems to solve a lot of problems:) I need to do it more.

  • Reply Kristie January 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Great article! Winter gets me down too and wearing bright colors and excercising always helps!

    This outfit is awesome too.

    c

    • Reply Kristie January 23, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Oops! should say “xo, Kristie”

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Wearing bright colors always helps too! Thanks!

  • Reply Jenna January 23, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    These are such great tips for the winter blues. Staying positive and remind yourself of all the fun you can have is always helpful too.

    Cheers, J
    http://www.cheersj.com

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you so much, Jenna!

  • Reply Zunera Serena January 24, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I love your outfit, so simple and chic!
    http://zunera-serena.com/

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you so much, Zunera!

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