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Fighting the Winter Blues

Here we are, a month in to winter, and I’m already suffering from some major winter blues. Up until this past week, the winter has been pretty mild compared to winters past, so I probably shouldn’t be complaining. But these single digit temperatures just don’t seem to agree with me. I suffer from the horrible condition of being cold 90% of the time (yes, even when it’s 80 degrees in the summer) and so imagine how cold I am when the weather channel tells me its 7 degrees out. Imagine all of the layers I have to put on. I end up looking like Randy in A Christmas Story, waddling out of my house crying because “I can’t put my arms down!”

I wouldn’t call what I experience “seasonal depression” because my mood doesn’t necessarily change (although, if I’m being completely honest, it has been known to). More so than depression, I would say I experience an extreme bout of laziness when temperatures drop below 40 degrees. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to get myself out of bed in the morning, which is odd because usually I’m a morning person. But in the winter my room is always so warm because my radiator lets out an unusual amount of heat and my bed is so soft and cozy, it’s literally impossible to move (okay it’s not completely impossible, I would just rather lay there all day). In the winter, especially when it gets as cold as it has been this week, all I want to do is cuddle up with a soft blanket, make a cup of tea or hot cocoa, and bury my nose in a good book (speaking of a good book, does anyone have any reading suggestions?)

But I suppose that’s all fantasy because, in reality, even though it’s just barely above 0 degrees and I think that the world should stop, it doesn’t. Life goes on, whether I want it to or not, and so, I have to pull myself out of bed, leave the cozy, warm comfort of my 80 degree room, bundle up in twenty layers like Randy, and move on with my day. So, since I can’t live out my dreams of knit socks, sweatpants, hot mugs and books, what do I do to fight the winter blues? Dream of all things sun, sand and summer, of course!

I couldn't have said it better myself! "Let's Go to the Beach" art print by The Dreamy Giraffe (Etsy)

I couldn’t have said it better myself!
“Let’s Go to the Beach” art print by The Dreamy Giraffe (Etsy)

Why yes, I'll take a Blood Orange Margarita!image via: http://camillestyles.com/drinks/bottoms-up-prettiest-summer-cocktails/?slide=2

Why yes, I’ll take a Blood Orange Margarita!
image via: http://camillestyles.com/drinks/bottoms-up-prettiest-summer-cocktails/?slide=2

Dreaming of the sun on my face(Photograph taken by me of my sister at the shore, March 2010. She's probably gonna kill me for this)

Dreaming of the sun on my face
(Photograph taken by me of my sister at the shore, March 2010. She’s probably gonna kill me for this)

Those chairs are calling my name.(Photograph taken by me in Anna Maria Island, FL. Available for sale in my Society6 shop)

Those chairs are calling my name.
(Photograph taken by me in Anna Maria Island, FL. Available for sale in my Society6 shop)

I'd give anything to be on the beach watching the sunset(Photograph taken by me in Anna Maria Island, FL. Available for sale in my Society6 shop)

I’d give anything to be on the beach watching the sunset
(Photograph taken by me in Anna Maria Island, FL. Available for sale in my Society6 shop)

If I keep dreaming of the sun and warm weather, then maybe, just maybe, I can make it through this winter alive. After all, spring is less than three months away!

P.S. I have to give a big BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUT to my best friend!


She turns 25 today! Can’t wait to celebrate your with you this weekend! I love you, girl!


Featured image via: http://facesforradio.tumblr.com/page/2

A Curiously Chic Handmade Gift Guide

I can’t believe that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. I have not yet bought a single gift and time is quickly ticking. If you are at a loss as to what to buy and where to buy, I have put together a little handmade gift guide of my most favorite Etsy finds that I think would make curiously chic gifts! And when you buy from Etsy, you are directly supporting the artists that made each product! How awesome is that?! So this year, join me in skipping out on the hectic mall scene and shop handmade from the comfort of your cozy home!

(All links are numbered below)

(All links are numbered below)

For Your Best Girlfriends:
1. Fingerless knit gloves with bow from gertie & baxter
2. R O S E GOLD Pink Sequin and Ruby Red Velvet Clutch from Gift Shop Brooklyn

For the Home:
3. Woodland Chic from BROOKLYNrehab
4. Feather Vase from BROOKLYNrehab
5. Ceramic owl from claylicious

For the iPhone User:
6. Cherry wood iPhone case from Not a Scratch

For the Book Lover:
7. Novel Idea – Pair of Hand Stamped Bookends from Joshua by Oak

For the Caffeine Junkie:
8. Espresso cups from claylicious

For the Ornament Collector:
9. Green swirl blown glass ornament from Bluejays & Bumblebees

For the Dinosaur Lover:
10. Dinosaur Planter from Boy-Girl Tees

For the Beer Lover:
11. The Very Many Varieties of Beer Print from Pop Chart Lab

For the Jewelry Lover:
12. Lace earrings from This Ilk

For the Ramen Noodle lover:
13. Noodle bowl from One Clay Bead

For the Candle Lover:
14. Blown glass votive candleholder from Bluejays & Bumblebees

I hope this guide has given you some great gift ideas and if you’ve never shopped on Etsy before, try it this year! It’s very easy to use and it’s amazing to see how each seller puts so much time and consideration into not only the product, but also the packaging and of your purchase. Some even include a personalized thank you note! Most importantly, real, talented artists are making the products so each one is special. Now, go do some shopping!

Stay Curiously Chic! xo…Alane

Chic Throw

This weekend, I finished the throw blanket I started earlier in the month and I’m really happy with the way it turned out! Its sooo soft and cozy and will make the perfect lap blanket on cold winter nights. I may put this one aside as a possible product to sell on Etsy when I finally launch my shop! Let me know what you think of it!

Stay Chic! xo…Alane

Curious New Books

Yay for new books! I just got two from Amazon:

Craft, Inc. Revised Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby into a Successful Business” by Meg Mateo Ilasco and “How to Make Money Using Etsy: A Guide to the Online Marketplace for Crafts and Handmade Products” by Timothy Adam. As my creative juices continue to flow, I’m finally sitting down to pursue my dream of starting an Etsy site! I’m arming myself with as much knowledge as possible before I dive into a new business.

I’ve started reading “Craft, Inc.” and so far, I’m loving it! As the author points out in the first chapter, there’s no better time to turn what you love into a business than right now! Her voice is realistic – no you will not turn a profit right away, it could be a year or two before you actually do – yet optimistic – why not give it a shot, because with enough passion, “planning and determination you can achieve more than you ever thought possible.” So far (I’m only in the second chapter), it’s a very motivating and informational read. I will let you know what I think of the book when I finish!
Stay Curious! xo…Alane