Today was the first 30+ degree day we’ve had in a while here in Burlington, VT. So, needless to say, we were determined to take advantage of every bit of warmth and sunshine we could. After a quick pancake breakfast at home (Sunday ritual), we loaded our snowshoes in the car and headed to Shelburne Farms.
With full sun and no wind chill, all we needed were our Ibex base and midlayers. It felt great to have the mobility of just our Merino layers without the extra bulk of shells, snowpants, etc. Ibex’s wool is super soft and lightweight so they work really well for outdoor activities. My skin is very sensitive so I’m particularly picky with the fabrics I wear close to my skin. I’ve stuck with Ibex because my skin has never reacted to it unlike some synthetic materials or other wool products.
We spent almost 3 hours wandering around the farm, going further and further into the property. This time of year is breathtaking in Vermont. It really is like a winter wonderland. You can’t help but pause every few paces to take in the rolling hills and tree lines of the farm. Teddy, being a landscape architect, couldn’t get enough of the Frederick Olmstead-designed grounds.
I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that my Ibex layers have saved me this winter. The Woolies 150 base layers are incredible under jeans and sweaters during the week, especially if you have a walk to work. On the weekends, when we’re outside snowshoeing or skiing, we layer them under our Ibex midlayers and then add appropriate shells for wind protection. In these photos I’m wearing the Izzi Tavern Pant, Woolies 150 Crew, and Pez Metro Jacket from Ibex. My boots are Danner Mountain Light II. Teddy is wearing the Shak Jersey (in last year’s color), Straightaway Crew, and Woolies 150 Bottoms (under his Carhartts) from Ibex.
The fine folks at Shinola asked me to contribute to their #LoveMyCity campaign and I leaped at the chance to express my love for my new home. My husband and I moved to Burlington, VT on New Years day of this year. We had been living in Boston for 7 years and although we loved it, we were excited to try a new city. Vermont is also my home state so it was exciting to be closer to family and the green mountains I grew up with. Having only lived here a little over a month, we’re just getting into our routines – where our favorite sandwich is (for now it’s the BLT at August First), who makes the best latte (Maglianero’s with hazelnut paste is amazing), and what’s our go-to spot (it’s looking like Misery Loves Co.). It’s like we’re dating the city of Burlington, discovering her quirks and secrets. We’re discovering what we love about her (the food!) and what we’re not too thrilled about (can’t seem to find an unmetered parking spot downtown). And with every date, we’re falling in love more and more. I’m excited to share with you and Shinola, the reasons why I love Burlington, VT.
The Shelburne Museum recently opened their new exhibit, Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990. It is the inaugural solo exhibit of photographer Nathan Benn. The 67 color photographs were taken during his two decades as a National Geographic photographer.
It’s a new year and we have exciting news . . . we moved to Burlington, VT! Boston was great these past 7 years but it was time for the next chapter in our lives. Teddy will be joining the firm Wagner Hodgson and I’ll be joining the incredible team at Ursa Major. We couldn’t be more excited about these opportunities and to be calling Vermont home. Feels good to be back in my homestate. Looking forward to sharing our adventures in our new home here on N’East Style!
“I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.” - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge in Bennington on September 21, 1928