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Hello 2019!  We rang in the New Year at the Stanley Hotel’s Crystal Ball and it was absolutely amazing!  It’s always cold this time of year in Estes Park, Colorado, but this year was exceptionally cold.  New Years Eve it was -1 outside!  I wanted to dress up pretty for the event but one thing I refused was to be cold.  I recently blogged about wearing a caplet and I wish I could have worn my pink one, but I needed something much thicker and larger to keep me warm.

I ended up going with this faux fur cape from Amazon, and it was only $40!  However, when it arrived it was an absolute wrinkled mess.  I had to spend about 30 minutes steaming the lining and fluffing the fur, so if you order it just keep that in mind.  There is a hook at the top so you can wear it open or closed.  It kept me so warm and made me feel pretty.  It comes in other colors too.

As for the dress, I scored it 40% off at the Nordstrom sale, I looked for the warmest dress I could find last minute and luckily this beauty arrived in the nick of time.  It comes in burgundy and a pretty purple color too.  Reviews say the dress runs large, but then again so am I right now so I just ordered my regular size… haha.

I think this would be a gorgeous dress for Valentines Day, a wedding, or any event in cold weather.  It’s really comfortable too!  If you like it and need a cold weather black dress act quickly before it sells out.

My Mama bears gave me these earrings at Thanksgiving.  She is always giving me earrings, I can’t complain… I love earrings.  I have no idea where they came from but I found a pair almost identical for an incredible price.  They were the prefect statement earrings for New Years Eve and really gave my dress a fun party vibe.  Thanks Mom!

The Stanley was absolutely gorgeous with the snow, we had to come early before the sun set and take in the beauty.  I’m a huge Champagne and prosecco drinker but sadly I had to stick with white wine.  It’s an altitude thing, and eliminating carbonation helps.  If I’m not careful I can get really sick at high altitudes and over the years I’ve learned some tricks to help.  I’ll put a blog post together soon with some helpful tips if you suffer too.

Dress | Faux Fur Cape | Shoes -similar | Earrings -similar

If you’ve never experienced the Stanley Hotel you should definitely plan a visit.  We aren’t into snow sports so Estes Park is the perfect quiet place for us in the winter.  Summers are beautiful too but it definitely gets crowded!  Be sure to check out some of my other Estes Park in the winter blog posts HERE and HERE.  Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.  Let’s make it the best year possible!