My Winter Bucket List
Crazy question. What do you wear on weekends?
I put a lot of energy (OK, some energy) into my work outfits Monday through Friday, and by the time the weekend rolls around, I'm often out of ideas. BUT, I can't really get away with wearing my pajama pants (I live in these!) to the grocery store and expect to get taken seriously. I discovered this weekend that a henley bodysuit is an easy off-duty solution. I wore mine, a cool ecru, to brunch at The French Hen and the Twin Cities Bridal Show with my mom this past snowy Sunday, and it was perfect. The close fit made me feel put together and polished, while the easy button placket and comfy ribbing are effortless chic at their finest. Best of all, it layers perfectly under a winter puffer, which is probably the single most important accessory of the season! A must as you head out to complete your winter bucket list!
SHOP THE LOOK: Henley Bodysuit | High-Rise Jeans | Ankle Boots (Ann Taylor) | Satchel (Banana Republic) | Gloves (sold out and mine pilled a lot! these are a chic tech-ready alternative for $23) | Puffer Coat (J.Crew—I've had this one for 10 years!)
I don't have a lengthy bucket list this season, as my weekends so far have been quickly filling up with wedding-related tasks, but I didn't want winter to totally pass me by without experiencing some of its fun. Here are a few things I'm hoping to accomplish before the tulips start sprouting.
1. VISIT THE STILLWATER ICE CASTLES (or ST. PAUL WINTER CARNIVAL) I'm not fully sure what the experience entails, but walking through an illuminated ice castle then enjoying a cozy dinner at a cute restaurant nearby sounds like a delightful little excursion. It would also be fun to see the sculptures and grab a hot drink at the ice bar at the St. Paul Winter Carnival—the oldest winter festival in the U.S.
2. TRIVIA NIGHT AT A BREWERY We did holiday trivia at a brewery in Rochester over Christmas and now it's my new favorite thing. When it's -10º, going to a brewery is sometimes the only option—and while Chris and I are content simply to hit every brewery in the metro area, just to sample the different offerings—adding some trivia on the side takes the fun to the next level. I should set up a monthly outing at different breweries with a group. Find trivia near you here!
3. SKI AT LUTSEN This has been on my bucket list for years, and somehow I've never been to Minnesota's "only true mountain ski experience," overlooking Lake Superior. I've always wanted to check into a cabin for a long weekend with friends, ski the slopes by day and party by night. Maybe Presidents' Day?!
4. EXPERIENCE THE SUPER BOWL First of all, SKOL. Sunday's Vikings win was absolutely epic; Chris and I were both actually crying. I want to participate in some of the festivities when the Super Bowl comes to Minneapolis next month, so I pulled the trigger and bought tickets to ZIP LINE OVER THE MISSISSIPPI—which will definitely be the most daring thing I've ever done! Find more Super Bowl events here.
5. BRUNCH AT BELLECOUR I mentioned in My 2018 Goals post that we may take a trip for my birthday in April, but for now we are on the staycation train! Playing tourist in your own city—and escaping to Lyon, France via Gavin Kaysen's cuisine—is just the ticket when you're going stir crazy. Plus, traveling out to Wayzata from Minneapolis always feels like you're further from the city than you are—a little getaway any day of the week! Travail Kitchen & Amusements is another unique spot that goes above and beyond simply serving food that is perfect for a staycation itinerary, and World Street Kitchen features flavors from around the globe—the next best thing to actually wandering through a Bangkok market.
What's on your winter bucket list?