Winter is upon us and all I want to do (I’m sure I’m speaking for many of us) is rug up and eat chocolate, mince pies and cheese, and drink lots of wine and many hot chocolates.
Yep, winter is time for us to over-indulge, just a little.
Although the cold and miserable weather can get us down, winter is full of fabulous things.
Not only do we get to enjoy delicious warming meals, it is one of the best seasons for fashion, and you have the opportunity to go and play in the snow!
I have to admit, the last time I went skiing was when I was about six years old, and since then I’ve only seen the snow a handful of times. People are surprised to hear that we actually do get snow in Australia and that we have a good snow season. Unfortunately, I just never ended up going to enjoy it.
As I live in a luxury dream land half the time, I think my version of going to the snow was heading to the French or Swiss Alps, where I can learn how to ski in style.
If you’re going to shred the slopes this winter, I’m here to give you some tips. Yes, I know I obviously can’t give you any ski tips, but I can tell you how to look stylish, and be stylish, when you go to the snow.
From finding a gorgeous chalet, to hiring a fancy car, organising your snow equipment (one word – Fendi), working out what to wear and what beauty essentials you need to pack, I have you covered.
Where to stay
So, you’re planning to run away to the snow topped mountains for a stylish and luxurious getaway, but where do you start?
Whenever I’m looking at going away, I always look at accommodation first. I have to suss out the most glamorous places to stay in town. Even if they’re way over my price range, a girl can dream, right?!
After spending a few hours lusting over luxury, I get down to business.
I work out what kind of holiday I would like. Would I like to stay in a big luxe hotel, or quirky boutique hotel? Or, would we like the flexibility of having our own place where we can cook our own food etc, such as a chic apartment, private chalet house or AirBnB?
If you’re going to the snow with a big group of family and friends, perhaps it’s best if you look at renting out a house so you have space to be together. Could you imagine how much fun that would be?!
If you’re travelling with a friend or partner, then maybe the hotel option is for you. However, my partner and I do love staying in self-contained apartments too! We have experienced every type of accommodation, from big hotels to small hotels, apart-hotels, BnBs, AirBnBs, villas – you name it! We’ve actually never stayed at a chalet before, but I can just imagine how divine they would be.
As I mentioned above, finding the right accommodation ultimately just depends on what kind of holiday you’re wanting and what types of places you can find at the destination.
Now to work out how you’re going to get around from A to B.
Your best and easiest bet will be to hire a car. With the help of rentalcars.com (the world’s largest rental car company), hiring a car is super simple.
Download the app and type in your destination, and voila, results will pop up showing where the closest and cheapest rental car companies are based near you. You can then sift through the results and choose what car takes your fancy the most, or you can filter the results to pin point your perfect match.
Once you find the car you know will be fabulous to take you on your journey through the snow and beyond, you can order it there on the spot.
Hiring a car will allow you to drive around the mountains in style. You’ll be able to explore like no one else, drive through the amazing terrain, soak up the crisp fresh air on the windy roads, experience the beautiful scenery, and find truly ‘Instagrammable’ spots, no one has ever found before. I can picture it now.
Having a car will give you so much flexibility, and will make it so much easier to drive to the slopes you’re wanting to ski or snowboard on. You’ll also be able to discover cute little villages, where you’re bound to find cosy cafés and unique boutiques. It’s a no brainer for me!
Alternatively, you could probably look at taking a bus or train to get to where you’re staying….but I know what I’d rather!
Okay, so I may be pushing it in the luxe field with all the Fendi I’m suggesting, but really, if you’re wanting to ski in style, what better way to do it?! Realistically, having all Fendi gear is a dream for me and unfortunately not quite a reality (one day, one day!). My packing list just gives you an idea of the types of pieces you should consider taking with you.
Equipment wise, a helmet and goggles will help to protect your head if you have any falls while skiing or snowboarding. However, if you don’t have these pieces handy or you don’t want to purchase them (or invest in Fendi), you can normally hire gear once you’ve hit the slopes. This includes your snowboard, ski and pole hire too.
To keep you warm, make sure you take good thermals with you. From socks and leggings, to long sleeve tops… you will need as many good layering pieces as you can find, especially if you feel the cold like me!
When I visited Krakow last year, it started snowing whilst we were walking to the Christmas Markets. Despite this being so magical, it was -6 and I was so cold, like the coldest I’ve EVER been. My bones were hurting, and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get warm. Once we arrived at the Christmas Markets, I was THAT cold, I actually started crying (hello cry baby!)! After finding a cosy cafe and enjoying a hot chocolate (which was spiked with cherry vodka – oh my gosh it’s incredible, you need to try it!), I felt much better.
After this experience, next time I go to a really cold country, I’m 100 per cent investing in some very good thermals, and layering them like mad.
Who wants to be the best dressed on the slopes? Me!
You certainly won’t have any trouble standing out with this outfit. I love the navy and red colour scheme, it’s classic and screams sports-luxe! Who could say no to a gold ski puffer jacket too?! I mean, isn’t it just to die for?!
I really love snow boots, they look so cosy, warm and majorly comfortable. I almost just want to purchase them to wear everyday, even when I’m not at the snow, they just look so comfy.
Of course, your outfit won’t be complete without designer sunglasses, and Loewe do a fabulous pair, which will suit you snow outfit perfectly.
Fendi Ski Jacket / Perfect Moment Ski Merino Wool Sweater / Moon Boot Piqué-Shell and Rubber Boots / Perfect Moment Ski Pants / Loewe Filipa D-frame Sunglasses / Fendi Ski Gloves / Melissa Joy Manning Earrings / Zara Tote Bag
The style stakes are not only high on the slopes, they’re high off them too. While you’re zipping around in your dream rental car, hiking the mountains trying to find a perfect photoshoot/selfie location, exploring the quaint villages, or heading to the chalet to enjoy a mulled wine or decadent hot chocolate, you’re going to want to look stylish.
A blush pink, grey and black colour combo is a winner in winter. There is something really pretty about pink and grey styled together, and a touch of black always adds a fabulous bit of edge.
This outfit would pop perfectly by the snow. You’ll not only look like a fashionista, you’ll be super warm too, especially with that yummy puffer coat, sexy patent leggings and ultra cool alpine boots.
The shiny silver star touches with the beanie and earrings add a bit of sparkle to your look. Who doesn’t love sparkle?!
Zara Reversible Jacket / H&M Coated Leggings / Next Lace Sweater / Zara Faux Fur Bag / Sorel Sneakchic Alpine Ankle Boots / Zara Gloves / Jennifer Behr Swarovski Beanie / Gucci Round-Frame Sunglasses / Mango Stars Earring
You have your snow outfit and your day outfit down pat, but what about your going out look?
Welcome to glam land, you ice queen, you! When planning a dressy outfit for your snow trip, I say take inspiration from vintage Hollywood glamour.
Think faux fur, sequins, sparkles and embellishment.
Style a coat with faux fur with a faux fur stole, and a shimmer top with shimmer shoes. Add some glitzy statement earrings, a bejwelled bag and some warm leather gloves, and you’ll be ready to hit the fancy, luxury après-ski lodge in style and sass.
Thinking about what beauty products to pack on your snow trip is super important. The cold, wintery weather can play havoc on your skin, so it’s imperative to keep it hydrated while you’re away.
Super hydrating face cream, body lotion, lip balm and hand cream are musts, as well as a good hair mask – yep even your hair will become dry too.
Make sure you take a good SPF, and lather it on before you hit the slopes. The sun reflects on the snow, which can really burn you. Not a good look!
Waterproof mascara and a long-lasting foundation will also minimise make up touch ups throughout the day.
Taking a roll-on perfume will allow you to smell like roses all day long, even if you’re none-stop skiing.
Finally, boosting your energy with some vitamins will help you to have the stamina you need to ski, ski, ski!
Tom Ford Snowden Lipstick / Burts Bees Lip Balm / Oribe Travel Dry Shampoo / Ouai Treatment Hair Mask / Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation / Beauty Works Energy Supplement / Charlotte Tilbury Travel Set / La Mer SPF 50 / Aerin Beauty Rollerball Perfume / Eyeko Waterproof Mascara / Claus Porto Hand Cream / Urban Veda Body Lotion
Have you been skiing before? What are your stylish snow trip tips? Xx