Every vacation or trip presents the opportunity to shop – we all know this. I just got back from a fabulous and cozy ski trip to Ellicottville, NY – highly recommended! Since I live in the city I didn’t have much by way of heavy duty snow gear and this was my chance to shop a whole new apparel category.
My shopping list included:
- Heavy Duty Winter Boots – Aldo Shoes $90.00
- Powder Room Ski Jacket – Corbetts Outlet $89.99
- Element Uber Warm Hat – Corbetts Outlet $4.99
What I realized very quickly was that shopping this category presented an inner struggle. I knew I needed the warmest and most durable but my inner fashionista was cheering for cute and fashionable…not always possible in the same product. So I resolved, just this once, to look for function over fashion…I know this is sacrilege. I just about went everywhere to find heavy duty snow boots and simply could not find the right pair. I went to The Bay, Sears, and Browns and found beautiful Pajar boots but of course they did not have my size which was probably a good thing since they were quite expensive. Finally, I came to my senses and visited the store where I purchase almost all of my shoes (d’uh!!) Aldo Shoes!! and found a perfectly functional pair that will do the trick – love the red stripe and fur trim. As for my jacket and hat a dear friend (now dearer) told me about Corbetts Outlet that sells all brand name ski/snowboarding gear for great prices.
As a reward for my strict focus on function over fashion I found that my favourite H&M scarf made for a perfect match – poetic!
Now for a quick word on my experience – Ellicottville is a sweet little town in New York state which basically operates around its greatest feature – Holiday Valley – an amazing and beautifully scenic range of slopes for all skill levels. As per usual, I totally owned the Bunny Hill and walked away in one piece and eager to tell the tale. All in all my vacation was relaxing and fun – from the quiet namaste moments on the ski lift to the apres ski drinks with friends, to the cozy nights in our sweet lodge (Kelly House Lodge – http://www.kellyhouselodge.com). Ahhh I am now ready and pumped for the New Year! Bring it!