In the lead-up to December, I could not wait to get to Minnesota for the holidays. Aside from the giddy excitement I felt about spending Christmas relaxing and celebrating with my loved ones, I was craving snow and winter activities more than ever. Nothing is better than the feeling of frolicking out in the cold and then coming home to my mom’s afternoon tea to warm me. It’s a feeling I look forward to all year. Minnesota gets a bad rap for being bone chillingly cold (not that that’s a lie) but it really is the most gorgeous winter wonderland and there’s no place I’d rather be at Christmas. We were so lucky to have such dreamy weather during our stay and we made sure to soak it up. We went on brisk winter walks, we did some night skating, and on this particular afternoon we drove out into the country and frolicked in the snowy fields.

Margaret O’Leary cape (c/o), T by Alexander Wang tee, GAP jeans, Moschino belt, Rachel Roy boots, Forever21 hat (similar), H&M gloves, Lips: MAC Russian Red
Photos by Ian Sheppard – Check out his new website!



  1. You look great! Love the headshot! But I must say i don’t miss the Twin Cities snow.
    Happy New Year!
    ♥, Londa

  2. love your makeup! great winter look

  3. These photos look amazing. great post

  4. OMG! beautiful pictures .. your headshot you look stunning with the
    bold red lips and beauitful blue eyes.


  5. YEAH GIRL, making MN look so pretty. :) totally was cold though, ha.

  6. I mean…this is absolutely stunning. The snow, your outfit, your makeup, the photography. Gorgeous!

  7. very impressed that you’re braving the midwest cold and looking so good doing so! seriously beautiful shots.

  8. Could you be any more gorgeously perfect? No.

  9. Wow, Catherine. These pictures are stunning. The snow looks so pretty, it almost makes me a bit sad we don’t get weather like that in Australia (for the most part, anyway). Happy new year!

  10. Beautiful pictures, especially the close-up one with the beautiful red lips, blue eyes & dark hair.

  11. Gorgeous photos, and more importantly what a wonderful white Christmas scene!

  12. can i just tell you how obsessed i am with your blog! OMG! honestly you are beautiful and so are your photos. . . i also just got the same belt and love the way you wore it! keep up the great work :)

  13. I love the belt and the boots!

  14. Catherine! I literally want to frame some of these photos in my house! You look amazing and Ian did a wonderful job. Such a beautiful talented couple!

  15. Gahhhh! These are amazing. So stunning!

  16. This is the perfect winter outfit. I love the it all.
    I am so jealous of this location – its beautiful. I want snow.

  17. This is the cutest! Love the cape.

  18. That lipstick is stunning on you!
    Xo Katie

  19. Lovely imagery! I love the contrast :) Great blog, by the way!