Sunday, January 15, 2017

Luna and Terra Alpaca Knits, Brown Suede Skirt, and Maven Watches

*Note: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA! Photos by Icy Li Photography.

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Beanie & Scarf: c/o Luna & Terra | Brown Suede Skirt: c/o Zaful | Sweater: H&M

When I first moved to Boston, everyone told me I would get sick of the snow REAL quick. Well, I moved here in October of 2013 (my plane literally flew over Fenway Park as the Red Sox won the World Series), right before one of the worst winters on record. Everyone told me if I survived that winter I'd be fine in New England - then the winter of 2014 hit which was an even stronger winter! The train system shut down for days on end, I saw people literally skiing down main streets and crawling through snow tunnels on the sidewalk. And I loved every. single. minute. of it. 

I think it would be really tough to live here if you didn't enjoy the snow, but to me it's still this magical, sparkling phenomena that makes everything look prettier and gives such a fun crunch to every step you take. I honestly don't think I'll ever get sick of it.

Now in my fourth Boston winter, I was so excited for our recent first snow storm of the season. The trick is dressing the part, of course. Beanies and scarves are non-negotiable in freezing temps, and looking stylish in the process is a serious cherry on top! That's why I was so excited to discover Luna and Terra, a winter accessories brand whose name reflects its mission statement: moon and Earth in Latin, signifying their dedication to never-ending inspiration and a commitment to protecting and conserving the environment

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Luna and Terra is a "consciously warm" brand creates high-quality beanies, scarves, headbands and gloves which are SUPER soft, warm, and stylish beyond measure. The coolest part is that they're made with 100% alpaca wool, so that every single time you wash them, they actually become SOFTER and WARMER. Aka these items are pure magical. They're so easy to wash too - simply handwash with special wool detergent and warm water, and lay flat to dry. They will last you forever and just get better with age. 

It's the best winter investment, not to mention ethically sourced, cruelty-free, and sustainable for thousands of years. So you're doing our planet a favor by purchasing these rather than from a fast-fashion company if it's in your budget. Plus, you'll just look really, really cute.

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The suede skirt trend is still going strong, and I'm loving this brown suede skirt from Zaful to layer in the winter! It's less than $23 and a really soft material, which I like a lot better than the stiff versions I've seen. I think this one conforms to your shape much better, which is good especially if you're petite and is better for movement. 

The website shows it as having almost a red tint, but it's really more of a chocolate brown which is better in my opinion and will go with more outfits. The front are real buttons (not some faux  buttons with a zipper on the side), which is much appreciated too. I really have no complaints on this one and the price is certainly right!

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I'd like to also introduce you to the coolest new watch brand: Maven Watches. These watches have gorgeous, unique designs and are made with high-quality materials meant to last for decades. The internal mechanisms are created with Swiss movement and stainless steel, while the outside boasts sapphire crystal glass, Italian leather, and 3ATM water resistance. 

Made in Hong Kong, the artisan collection symbolizes the marriage of nature and bustling city streets in its city of origin. I love the Earth tones of the olive green face and brown leather band (which is interchangeable). Look out for Maven Watches, as they are making a big push on Indiegogo in mid-February! Sign up for their email newsletter to get updates before anyone else. 

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Book: Amazon | Sweater: Gap | Watch: c/o Maven Watches | Rings: c/o Moonchild  

Who else is reaching Capture Your Style by Aimee Song? She was one of the first bloggers I ever started following (back at UCLA), and so far I'm loving the new tricks and tips I'm learning from her Instagram strategy book. P.S. the Gap Factory near us was having a 50% off EVERY regular priced item, so I scored 2 of these cozy sweaters this weekend (pink and blue, they also come in white, black, and gray). I definitely recommend grabbing one if you're in the market for more sweaters this season (I can never seem to get enough of them)!

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