Layering for Winter Adventures with Backcountry

Despite being ready for spring, we are trying to fully enjoy and embrace the winter weather. This weekend we got the chance to head up to one of our favorite trails and go snowshoeing. We had the best time seeing it in a new perspective. I stayed warm and toasty on our adventure thanks to my new gear from Backcountry!

I’ve never been the biggest fan of winter as I hate being cold. I have to say though that the right gear changes EVERYTHING. E and I have had this snowshoe date planned for almost a month now and I’ve been really looking forward to it. I even promised him that I would not back out no matter the temps. There was a very real possibility that it could be in the single digits and I knew I had to be prepared.

I ended up spending some time on Backcountry.com and finding everything I would need for our winter outing. They have so many options to choose from for all sorts of winter outdoor activities. They also carry some of my all time favorite brands, from Patagonia and North Face to Free People and Sorel. This makes dressing for a winter adventure effortless, practical and fashionable!

Even though the temps dropped this week, we got lucky and Saturday was beautiful! Despite some rain in the morning, the day cleared up, blue skies were poking through the clouds and it was in the low 40’s. I knew I needed to be practical with my outfit and made sure to really layer up. I even brought this coat just in case, but ended up leaving it in the car.

Snowshoeing is actually a great workout! I ended up shedding layers as we made our way along the trail. My Patagonia Dusty Mesa Parka was the real MVP. It kept me toasty warm until I started working up a sweat. I absolutely love the length of this parka and how warm it is! It’s perfect for layering too, and if I had needed it, I would have easily been able to put it under my down parka. To top it all off, it’s pretty cute too! I love that it’s a practical version of the trendy teddy bear jacket!

Once we really started trekking through the mountains, I was thankful for my base layers. This pullover and fleece lined leggings were comfortable and easy to move in. This Patagonia Micro D Snap-T Fleece Pullover is incredibly soft and light-weight but still very warm. I had just a thin thermal long sleeve under it and felt perfectly content.

The best part about this pullover is the snap collar that allows you to vent if needed, and the binding at the cuffs and hem to seal out any drafts. I always size up to a medium in my Patagonia pullovers for layering purposes. I’m wearing a medium in this one!

I’m convinced that every girl who encounters snow needs a pair of Sorel boots! If you know me, you know I swear by this brand and have multiple pairs. I’ve had the Joan of Arctic boots for 2 years now and LOVE them! I love the height, so snow doesn’t get in the top, and the cute fur detailing. They are sturdy, have great traction and are really very comfortable!

They come in a bunch of different colors and are a timeless boot that you will have for years! I sized up a half size so I could wear thick socks with them!

We rented our snowshoes, but Backcountry has a HUGE selection to choose from! They have a wide variety of colors, price ranges and accessories if you are ready to take on this winter activity. You can even outfit the whole fam!

Backcountry is generously offering all Twenties Girl Style readers 15% off their first order with code ASHLEY15 at checkout! Discount is valid on your first Backcountry purchase, exclusions apply. ALSO, they  just launched their HUGE end of season sale! You can snag some of our favorite brands like Patagonia, North Face and more for up to 50%off!

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A big thanks to Backcountry for sponsoring this post! As always, all selections and opinions are my own.

My Winter Collection with Inspired Boutique

I am SO excited to share that my collection with Inspired Boutique is live! This has been a few months in the making! All 11 items were handpicked by me! I wanted cozy, comfortable pieces that you could feel good AND look good in this winter! From comfy graphic tees to oversize sweaters and cardigans, these are pieces you can wear all winter long and straight into spring! I included one dress that I feel is perfect for year round! Check out my picks below, including sizing and why I love each piece!

Thank you SO much for your support and shopping the links here on Twenties Girl Style! I couldn’t do it without you!!

Photography by: Haley Christine 

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Dress (Size: Small // Price: $ ): This dress is SO sweet! I was drawn to the flirty fit and the detailing. It’s even prettier in person! From the ruffle sleeves and hem to the sweet pom detailing, this dress makes a statement without being over the top! I love the neutral color too that looks good on any skin tone! This is a dress that you can definitely wear year round!

Cream Cozy Up Cardigan (Size: Small // Price: $55 ): This cardigan is an absolute DREAM! It is incredibly soft! It’s made of chenille, so it feels like you are wrapped up in a cozy blanket. This is a piece that can be dressed up or down. It’s super warm too, so perfect for chilly winter days!

Darling Tee (Size: Small // Price: $24): The sweetest little tee! I love the embroidery detailing and the slightly cropped fit. I am wearing a small, but suggest sizing up if you would like it to run a little more oversized! This is one of those tees that you will be wearing year round!

Everyday Striped Long Sleeve Tunic (Size: Small // Price: $34): This top reminds me of something from Free People. I absolutely adore the stripe color combo and the oversized sleeves. It’s soft and comfy and perfect for wearing out or lounging. It was the very first piece to sell out…check back for a restock!

Ivory Long Sleeve Button Up (Size: Small // Price: $34): You can’t go wrong with a button up henley top! I wear these year round and this one is a real winner. Although it is described as ivory, I would say it gives off some hints of blush. It’s super warm and I love the slightly cropped swing fit.

Blue Keyhole Blouse (Size: Small // Price: $48): This top is another favorite. I thought this top would be perfect for the classroom! I love the keyhole and pom pom detailing that adds such a fun touch. Wear it with black denim and loafers and jeans and booties.

On my List Oversized Sweater (Size: Small // Price: $48): This sweater is probably the most versatile in the collection. It can be worn on or off the shoulder and is long enough to wear with leggings. I love the chunky fit (it’s seriously so soft!) and the ribbing. I’ve worn this with leggings, tucked into jeans and with a full length sequin midi skirt (see here).

Winter Storm Plaid Cardigan (Size: S/M // Price: $48): I love a good plaid cardi and this one is too cute! I haven’t seen this color combo and think it’s perfect for winter. It’s a great layering piece and is one that can be dressed up or down. I can’t wait to wear this in the classroom!

Mocha Cropped Sweater (Size: S/M // Price: $48): This sweater is a closet classic. I feel like it can be styled a million different ways! It’s slightly cropped, but the perfect length for tucking in or wearing with skirts! I love the chunky knit and the oversized sleeves.

Color Me Striped Sweater (Size: S/M // Price: $54): This sweater is my favorite! I am obsessed with the color combo and bright stripes. It’s just what you need in the darkest days of winter to brighten things up! It’s super soft and I love the oversized sleeves. Size up if you want a more oversized look to wear with leggings!

Weekends. Coffee. & Dogs. Tee (Size: Small // Price: $26): If this tee doesn’t describe a perfect weekend, then I don’t know what does! I love the oversized fit of this tee and that it is long enough to wear with leggings! It is SO soft and the color goes with everything. This tee sold out pretty fast…stay tuned for a restock!

Shopbop December Picks

December means winter has officially arrived. My Shopbop picks this month include cozy jackets and boots and closet classics that can be layered up. Check out my picks below!

Teddy Bear Jacket // Gloves // Karen Walker Sunnies //Blank Denim Faux Fur Jacket // Madewell Boots // Sorel Boots // Paige Denim // Rebecca Minkoff Bag // Tory Burch Bag // Sam Edelman Mules // Free People Sweater

Gifts to Stay Warm With Backcountry

Tis’ the season to bundle up! Winter has arrived and it’s time to layer up. Living in the Pacific Northwest, winters can be brutal. The temps drop and it’s rare that I leave the house without looking like a snowman, bundled from head to toe. This year, Christmas came early. E and I both needed new winter gear that was equal parts warm and stylish. We found exactly what we were looking for at Backcountry!

For the past few years, we have shopped Backcountry for all our outerwear needs. They have a huge selection of boots, jackets, scarves and hats, as well as fashionable lifestyle pieces for everyday! They carry our favorite brands, like North Face, Patagonia, Sorel, Marmot and even Free People. There is something for everyone and it makes taking on the winter chill AND your Christmas shopping list a lot easier!

With Christmas just days away…have you finished your shopping? Check out E and I’s top picks for gifts to stay warm below!

As much as I enjoy the snow, I hate being cold! The North Face Down Sierra Hooded Parka is what any girl who hates the cold dreams of! It’s insulated, making it extremely warm, and perfect for the girl on the go! The North Face Campshire 2.0 Hooded Pullover Fleece makes for a super cozy gift! It’s sherpa fabric is fuzzy and soft and traps body heat meaning you are toasty warm! Backcountry also has a huge selection of beanies and mittens that make great stocking stuffers! I love this beanie and these mittens because they slightly match. They would make a great gift set for any girl in your life!

E isn’t bothered by the cold as much as I am, and prefers lighter, easy to move in layers. The North Face Down Sierra Snap Jacket was my gift to him. He loves the modern look. It can be worn out in the snow, or paired casually over street clothes. The North Face Gordon Lyons Full-Zip Hoodie is a great gift for any man in your life! We got one for my dad, father-in-law and brother last year and they wear them almost year round. They are light, but still cozy and great zip up fleeces for layering.

At the very top of both of our winter wear gift lists are Sorel Boots. I got my first pair a few years ago, and now own multiple pairs. We figured it was time to get E a pair and now he is hooked! Sorel boots are a MUST for anyone ready to take on ice and snow in the winter.

The Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge boots are my favorite. The wedge gives it a trendy, modern look, but that doesn’t mean they lack stability. They are extremely comfortable, warm, easy to walk in and have amazing traction. I love wearing mine in the classroom in the winter too!

E’s Sorel picks are the Cheyanne Metro Lace Up boot. Since getting them, he has gone on and on about how comfortable they are and a total game changer in the snow. They are durable and are a classic that won’t be going out of style any time soon!

Looking for a last minute gift or still need to cross off everyone on your list? Then head over to Backcountry! Get your order in time for Christmas with FREE 2-day shipping if you spend over $50! Keep your loved ones cozy this winter and give the gift of warmth this holiday season. Find all you are looking for and more at Backcountry!

Backcountry is generously offering all Twenties Girl Style readers 15% off their first order with code ASHLEY15 at checkout! Discount is valid on your first Backcountry purchase, exclusions apply.

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His: North Face Down Sierra Snap Jacket // North Face Gordon Lyons Full-Zip Hoodie // Similar Denim // Sorel Cheyanne Metro Lace Up Boots

Hers: North Face Down Sierra Hooded Parka // North Face Campshire 2.0 Hooded Pullover Fleece // Free People High Rise Jegging // North Face Nanny Knit Beanie // North Face Cable Minna Mittens // Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge II Boots //

A big thanks to Backcountry for sponsoring this post! As always, all selections and opinions are my own.