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faux leather jacket, pleated midi skirt, chloe bag, winter outfit idea, grey turtleneck tee, hankerchief scarf — via @TheFoxandShe

tassel earrings, winter outfit idea, grey turtleneck tee, hankerchief scarf — via @TheFoxandShe

pleated midi skirt, chloe bag, black pumps, winter outfit idea, grey turtleneck tee, hankerchief scarf — via @TheFoxandShe

faux leather jacket, pleated midi skirt, chloe bag, winter outfit idea, grey turtleneck tee, hankerchief scarf — via @TheFoxandShe

faux leather jacket, pleated midi skirt, chloe bag, winter outfit idea, grey turtleneck tee, hankerchief scarf — via @TheFoxandShe

Living in a city that’s known for it’s terrible, harsh winters, I’ve come to expect the worse, but I’ve really been feeling for all the people living in areas that were hit by last week’s snow and ice storms. If you’re not prepared for it, it can be pretty terrible. Believe me, I know. I grew up in Texas and anytime it snowed or sleeted, the whole city would pretty much shut down. The city just simply wasn’t prepared for that kind of weather. Hopefully the worst of it is over!

Even though our winter has been fairly mild, it’s still winter and the dreary, snowy and cold days can really take a toll. One of my favorite spots to visit during winter is the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It’s my escape from winter in Chicago. I used to live really close to it, but didn’t actually visit until last year. The day I went was one of the coldest last year, so when I walked through the doors, I was pleasantly surprised.

Not only does it look like a tropical oasis in here, it’s warm. Like really warm and humid too. Typically I don’t love humidity, but when your hands are cracking from the dry air, the humidity is suddenly quite welcome. A few weeks back, Shaheen and I visited the conservatory to do a quick shoot and basically pretend we were somewhere else for an hour. It’s amazing what the warm weather can do for you too, by the time we left I felt so much more content and relaxed than when I arrived.

We took advantage of the warm temperatures to shoot a look that I couldn’t have worn outside that day. I bought this pleated skirt a few years ago and it continues to remain one of my favorite pieces because it’s so classic. I paired it with a vegan leather jacket and a simple turtleneck tee from J.Crew. These tissue turtlenecks are amazing! I have it in black too and really need this striped one. To complete the look, I tied on a simple scarf and basic black pumps. Now I’m counting down the days until spring so I can go outside in this outfit!

Was your city hit with lots of bad weather? What are you favorite places to go during winter to escape the cold?

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