Utility Jacket: Check

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There aren’t many places to shop around here—a fact that I’ve often bemoaned over the past few months—but recently, I stumbled upon a local gem. Smack dab in the heart of Iowa City, White Rabbit Gallery offers a curated selection of new and vintage items with Midwestern charm.

I popped in recently after hearing about a certain promising vintage section, and left with a woven throw blanket, two jackets (including the one I’m wearing here) and a particularly charming rainbow umbrella. I also have my eye on an assortment of colorful beanies and cold weather accessories, so needless to say, I’ll be back!

Black and Tan

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Sweater: J.Crew // Scarf: Zara // Hat: H&M (old, similar here) // Pants: American Apparel // Boots: Nine West (similar) // Purse: Rebecca Minkoff // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelets: Kate Spade and Old Navy (old) // Lipstick: NARS in Terre De Feu // Nails: Essie in Penny Talk

As I type this, it’s 12 degrees outside and I’m curled up on my couch with a warm blanket and a cuddly dog. I’ve decided that my plan for staying warm this winter is layering, layering, layering, so I’m hoarding blanket scarves like a squirrel hoards acorns. So far, I have a pretty decent collection of cozy Zara selections, and I’ve got a few more on my Christmas list.

But with all this layering, one begins to feel a bit like a marshmallow, so it’s nice to add a few sparkly pieces on top. I’m so in love with this Michael Kors watch that my mom gave me for my birthday, and I’ve also been wearing this new studded crossbody bag just about every day. It’s the perfect size for running errands, and it adds a touch of glam to even the comfiest of outfits. Finally, this rose gold nail polish hasn’t left my fingertips since I got it last month; it’s the perfect combination of warm and metallic.

Hot Pink + Cold Weather

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Well, it finally happened. The weather I’ve been warned about since moving to Iowa has arrived. After a light dusting last week, we got a good few inches of snow over the weekend, sending me straight to my closet for my coziest knits.

Thankfully, a Nordstrom Rack just opened up in Des Moines, so I managed to stock up on a few winter items like this pea coat and neon raglan sweater. And while I’m still lacking key essentials like proper snow boots and a jacket for when it gets truly cold (hello -35 degrees), I think this is a pretty good start. There’s something about wearing bright colors on gray days that makes me feel happy and warm—and I suppose the vanilla latte helped, too.