Growing up in San Diego meant hot Summers, kinda chilly Falls, mild Winters, and warm-but-kinda-rainy Springs. October doesn’t bring bold hues and April doesn’t melt the snow. The only thing white about the Christmas’s here are the elephants. If I woke up on a random day during the year in San Diego, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you what season it was.

I’m not complaining. People move from all over the world to bask in the year-round mildness. But the seasons here (or lack thereof) leave me wanting change. In the past couple years, this desire for atmospheric change has brought me to Chicago, Denver, and Steamboat Springs. This year, when that craving for crisp air hit, my boyfriend and I decided to hop in the car and explore some new towns in Colorado – Telluride and Crested Butte (and whatever else we encountered on the way).

After last year’s snow-filled trip, we were pretty much expecting to be greeted with picture perfect powder as soon as we crossed the border into Colorado. However, we later found out that the state is experiencing a lack of snow so there wasn’t as much as we were expecting. Temperatures were still in the 20s and 30s so we got our cold weather fix.

Both towns we visited were adorable but Telluride stole my heart. Not only did we slowly discover that everyone knew each other’s names – but everyone knew each other’s dog’s names as well. The sense of community was palpable.

All of that warm-fuzziness was complemented by breathtaking mountain views, a charmingly historic downtown area, and tons to do.

What I wore

I’ll be honest. Being born and raised in Southern California didn’t give me much opportunity to curate my Winter wardrobe. But visiting colder places like Colorado gives me a chance to explore this lesser-known realm of style. I didn’t get all fancy with the layers, scarves, ear muffs, and gloves. Instead, I went with outfits that I would typically wear on a rainy day in California and layered on a warm coat and some weather-appropriate boots.

I’ve always wanted an opportunity to wear Hunter boots – and I finally got one! I opted for a glossy black pair and I LOVE them. When we visited Steamboat Springs and Denver last year, I had no idea that wearing quality, weather-proof boots in the snow was a must. As a result, I wore… not-so-weather-proof boots. My feet were soaking wet the entire trip and at one point I even had to resort to putting hotel trash can liners in the boots to keep my feet dry. Needless to say, I learned my lesson.

As for the clothes, I layered two turtlenecks for warmth (similar here) and added my favorite medium wash jeans. I added a glossy black belt to tie in the texture of the boots and topped the look off with a black pea coat (similar here).

Though there were some moments where I was still chilly (and by chilly I mean losing feeling in my extremities), I think I did pretty well for a native Californian. Definitely a vast improvement from my 2016 wet boot incident.

We had an amazing time wandering around Colorado and we’ll DEFINITELY be back to Telluride soon. If for nothing else, to pet all the dogs.

Thanks so much for reading and I look forward to having you back!

Warmly,
Nikki