Ice Castles

The Midway Ice Castles are absolutely breathtaking. If you have the opportunity- GO! I don’t remember seeing them when I was going to school in Utah, or I feel like I totally would have gone. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to make it out there. It is right near Park City, too, so we did the ice castles for about an hour and then spent the rest of the time in Park City. A lot of  people at work were asking about the castles. Check out their website HERE!

Tickets sell out online and apparently if they’re sold out online, you can’t buy them at the ice castles, so I would purchase them early. I would book it for earlier in the day than later. Once you’re in, you can stay as long as you want, but if you go earlier there are probably going to be less people. There are mazes and slides and even concessions you can buy. We were just in awe at the beauty of the ice castles, though. We had never seen anything like it! You really start to feel like you’re actually in the movie Frozen.

What I wore- I wore my beautiful red coat from J. Crew which is perfect for all things Christmas + clearly ice castles. I also love layering collar shirts under sweaters, so I have a collared chiffon shirt with little gray polka dots under a soft off-white sweater from Forever 21. Oh, and of course my pom pom hat from Nordstrom. <3

I hope everyone is loving love this Valentine’s Day! What a wonderful reason to celebrate.

XOXO,

Alyse

Dreaming of a White Christmas…


Looks like we are gonna have a white Christmas up in New England. 🤗  We arrived late last night and the Flight Attendants announced that it was 5 below! 😨 I didn’t even bring a real coat, so good thing my in laws have a closet full of them. 😂 When I took my first breath outside I started coughing because my lungs aren’t used to this thin, cold air. 

Despite the sub zero temperatures, this is the picture-perfect Christmas that I was hoping for this year. 🎄 Christmas lights & snow really do the trick for getting me into the Christmas spirit- as long as I’m cozy inside a warm house! This will be my first Christmas not with immediate family. I’ll miss them, but I’m grateful for my new family members (Nick’s side) and I’m excited to spend the holidays with them. ❤️️

Quick life lesson I’ve been thinking about lately- flexibility. Nick & I were originally going to SLC for the weekend & then to New England. However, when we got to the airport, we quickly learned that SLC was not a possibility with all the oversold flights. We decided to be flexible with our plans & make the most of the situation. We saw an opening to Manchester & hopped aboard! Although this wasn’t in our plans, it has turned out wonderfully already.

My mom is constantly reminding my brother with Down syndrome to be flexible, but I think we could all take note & work on that a little more. Nick & I have been making some decisions & being flexible is really key to our happiness! 😘 It doesn’t always come easy, but it sure makes us feel good after.

I hope y’all are getting excited for Christmas, too! 

PS. I just bought this hat for $5 at Forever 21! They have more colors. Go get one now. 💗

XOXO,

Alyse

First Sn❄️️w

So, we experienced our first snow of the season up in Logan, Utah at grandma’s house. It was stunning! The flakes were so big. They softly fell to the ground. It looked like a snow globe outside. The immediately got us into the Christmas spirit. It clearly melted away pretty quickly that morning, but it was beautiful to behold in the moment.
Also, isn’t my black jacket gorgeous? We were looking in my Grandma’s closet and it was full of beautiful velvet jackets. I was sure to let Grandma know that velvet is very in right now. She’s always been so fashionable. ? Mia has an adorable white fur coat that we wore. In addition, I braided my hair and secured it into a headband, which was fun to wear.

Nick & I are going to New England for Christmas this year, so we are crossing our fingers for a white Christmas. We’ve been drinking peppermint hot chocolate, listening to Christmas music, and eating chocolate-covered popcorn. I think it is time we busted out some Christmas movies!

XOXO,

Alyse