ooh la la paris!

Did you do that silly Buzzfeed quiz about what city you should actually live in?  I got Paris — which is quite the relief considering that I’ve put my twins in a French language immersion school.  Thanks to a minor degree in French, I used to be proficient in the language  … but now my skills or lack thereof are a sad state of affairs.  I’m hopeful that the full immersion experience will give my boys a strong language foundation for a lifetime.

Kate Spade Ooh La La Embroidered ScarfIt’s also a fabulous excuse to indulge in my passion for all things Française, and unfortunately for my wallet, that’s the tune Kate Spade is singing this season.

Kate Spade Je Ne Sais Quoi ShirtIt doesn’t help that I also love typography.

Kate Spade Roanne TopAnd stripes.

Hotel Ritz Vintage Luggage LabelIf you are going to Paris for real — lucky duck! — Kate Spade has a super-fun City Guide.  If your trip — like mine! — is a vicarious one, enjoy the 32 Days in Paris daily (online) journey.  I may start collecting vintage luggage labels.

If you had a free ticket anywhere, where you would go?

All products (Ooh La La Embroidered ScarfRoanne TopJe Ne Sais Quoi Shirtby Kate Spade.  Vintage luggage label sold on eBay by lotsoflots.   

how to survive the polar vortex … in the south with twins

Seriously, Mother Nature?  I have whiplash from watching the temperatures see-saw.

Twin A Snow Angel January 2014And now ole Punxsutwaney Phil seems to think we are getting six more weeks of winter.  Ppppsssshhhaw is what I have to say to that.

Twin B Snow Angel January 2014Do you see the grass underneath their snow angels?  So much for the “blizzard” my kiddos reported as they saw the flakes fall on Tuesday.  Of course, I am beyond relieved that those of us in Charlotte, North Carolina avoided the disaster that Atlanta, Georgia experienced.  No matter what flak our school officials might receive for being overly cautious, I personally am in the “better safe than sorry” camp.  We have a really big school district, and just because my kiddos can get to and from school safely doesn’t mean everyone can.  So here’s what I learned about surviving the polar vortex with twins.  Wait for it ….

Target C9 by Champion Snow BibPajamas are not ideal for playing in the snow.  Totally revolutionary thinking, right?  Well, it was to my Southern-born boys!  Good thing we have a snow-tubing weekend planned, and I had already purchased these snow bibs.  Thank you, Tar-jay!  Important Memo to Self: Purchase a pair of c9 by Champion snow bibs every year.  For 20 bucks, I don’t mind wearing them only once or twice … about the max number of times Charlotte gets snow in a year … and then I can pass them down to another set of twins.

Uniqlo Ultra Light Down ParkaWhat’s a style-loving-and-freezing-cold-disliking mom to wear during such weather?  Well, I’m now the proud new owner of a Uniqlo ultra-light down parka.  Or maybe two.   I’m tempted by all of the colors but that just seems wasteful.  I borrowed Marisa‘s during ITMA Showtime and subsequently decided it just may be perfect.   I’m even considering the long version for trips to colder climes like Salt Lake City.  It would so much easier to tote along than the mega-heavy-and-huge puffer that I oh-so-affectionately refer to as the Great-Aunt Bertha Coat.  

Sorel Tofino CateI also splurged on SOREL boots.  I tried to find an inexpensive pair, but — seeing as we’re past the shopping season for winter wear — no such luck.   They aren’t the most flattering things I’ve ever purchased, but at least my feet are warm.

AM-I-WEARING-PANTSAny suggestions on a pair of snow leggings?   As in, pants.  NOT tights.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone MovieOh, and my last idea for surviving the polar vortex with twins?  Movies.   Lots of movies.    Now that my boys are seven (almost eight!) years old, we’ve introduced the Harry Potter series.  Family fun for all!  Here’s a great guide to when they are age-appropriate.  And yes, we’ve read the books first.    

How did you fill your snow days?

PS:  I know this post invites serious mocking from my snowbound friends.  This includes you, Tawna.  

Top photos via moi.  Product photos via Target and Uniqlo.  Pants vs. tights graphic by the brilliant Amy Sly via Buzz Feed.      Harry Potter DVD cover via IMDB.

traci zeller