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Snow Bunny

1 Jan


Who said you can’t take style to the slopes? With all of the ski and board brands following the current trends of fashion and improving technology, function, and durability, it’s easy to look stylish on the slopes while staying comfortable. In freezing cold conditions, there’s no such thing as fashion over function without being completely miserable and hating life, but I found that it is possible to combine both. The weather on day one was about 20 degrees, I was able do without a jacket. I typically prefer vests, which cut down on bulk and allow my arms more freedom and movement. I usually end up taking my gloves off to use my phone, etc. but my hands ended up suffering. So, before boarding on day two, I purchased liners for my gloves. The Northface e-tip liners that I bought are great because I can wear them while using my iphone on the slopes. This is important while taking pictures and changing music playlists without my bare hands being subjected to the chill of the wind and snow. Day two was snowing and significantly colder than the day before and I needed to wear my 686 Smarty Jacket. This jacket has tons on features that include a detachable lining system and a compartment in the sleeve for easy and safe storage of personal items (ID, money, hotel keycard, etc). I ended up destroying my 686 gloves, which melted while I was attempting to warm my hands under a heat lamp, so after day two, I purchased a pair of cool Snow Bunny graphic mittens. They are made by Celtek, have a 9/10 warmth rating and are waterproof. I am really happy with the buy. On day three, I also had to buy a dark charcoal beanie with pink ears by Spacecraft because I left my TNA beanie in the room. It turned out that it was the warmest (and in my opinion, the best) of the three days and I could have done without a beanie, my Urban Ears headphones were sufficient to keep my ears warm. It was also really sunny on day three, which allowed me to wear sunglasses instead of goggles. While waiting in line for the Gondola on day two, I had a lot of time to check out what everyone was wearing. Against the white snow, the crowd looked really stunning. All of the bright colors expresses individual styles and also makes it easier to spot friends or companions on the mountain.

Below is a list of my gear and essentials for my three days of boarding:

Day one: Handmade Strawberry Beanie (street vendor, downtown SF), Von Zipper Feenom Goggles, Turtle Fur Fleece Neck Warmer/Scarf, Crochet Cuff Henley (Free People), Burton Snowboard Socks, Wildfox Skeleton Jumper, Fur Vest (Forever 21), Burton Snowboard Pants, 686 gloves, Nike Vapen Boots, Urban Ears Headphones

Day two: 686 Smarty Jacket, Kombucha Cuff Thermal (Free People), TNA Fur-lined Zip-up Hoodie (Aritzia), ASOS Panda Beanie, Thirty Two Snowboard Socks, Northface E-tip Liner Gloves, J Crew fleece pants, Turtle Fur Fleece Neck Warmer/Scarf, Von Zipper Feenom Goggles, Burton Snowboard pants, 686 Gloves, Nike Vapen Gloves, Iphone 5 headphones

Day Three: TNA Beanie (Aritzia)/Spacecraft Beanie, Mosley Tribes Aviator Sunglasses, Meadow Fiesta Cuff Thermal (Free People), Celtek Bitten By a Womitten Gloves, Hooded Vest (Forever 21), Smartwool snowboard socks, TNA Fur-lined Zip-up Hoodie (Aritzia), Northface E-tip Liner Gloves, Turtle Fur Fleece Neck Warmer/Scarf, Burton Snowboard Pants, Nike Vapen Boots, Urban Ears headphones

Craving Friday’s Station

1 Jan


What was for New Year’s Eve Dinner? We celebrated with an amazing New Year’s Eve dinner at Friday’s Station on the 18th floor of the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, where we are staying. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a woman who looked identical to the host at the Sage Room. Coincidentally, the two hosts are identical twin sisters. My boyfriend and I were able to get squeezed in tonight since we switched our reservation from last night. We were so pooped yesterday that we just stayed in and ordered room service, but the change worked out perfectly. There was a preset Menu tonight for the holiday and for the appetizer, I ordered the chilled Baja shrimp, scallops and lobster cocktail, which consisted of Mexican white shrimp, Calico scallops, and Baja-style lobster with avocado, cucumber, and cilantro served in a short martini glass. The second course I enjoyed was the Dungeness crab caesar salad. My entrĂ©e was the duet of sea bass and shell-fish brochette; pan-fried chilean sea bass, paired with a tiger prawn and diver scallop served with pineapple-rum Buerre Blanc brochette, rife pilaf, and asparagus. The dessert was a trio of vanilla bean ice cream, mixed berries in anglaise cream, and a chocolate marquise topped with a little animated clock with a 2013 top-hat made out of white chocolate. Like the Kitchen 19 in the Harvey’s Hotel and Casino, this restaurant is on the top floor of the Harrah’s and has a great view, with floor to ceiling windows. Our dinner ended with fire works over the lake that I viewed from my seat at the dinner table. This was definitely a great way to end our last night here in Tahoe and also a great way to start off the new year.