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Wondering around the Chautauqua Institue

 Winter has officially fallen here in Western New York. About 41 inches of that white fluffy stuff to be exact! I live near the lake, lake effect snow is NO joke! Our driveway took about an hour to shovel, salt and dig out our vehicles. Because it gets so cold here we really need appropriate Winter attire. This year I have been sporting this Women’s Pure Soft Jacket!

 As we enjoyed the community covered in snow I realized just how important my jacket would become! It’s cold outside especially by the lake with gusts of snow and ice.

My soft jacket of wonderful is comfortable, and includes a removable hood. Shorter than a parka, but still extends below the waist for added warmth. Very lightweight yet still comfortable down to 10°F. Not to mention it also stops the wind which is such a HUGE help!

 While I do enjoy the winter wonderland snow creates, the temperatures leave much to be desired! Personally, I would rather enjoy temperatures around 50-65°F. Yet, the views are rather breathtaking and make Christmas so festive! 

Do you enjoy snowfall in your area?

How much snow do you typically get, let us know in the comments?

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  1. Noelle
    December 19, 2016 / 2:32 am

    I love your coat!! The weather were you live is so beautiful!! Were I live we don't get any snow!! #fdflinkparty

  2. Unknown
    December 19, 2016 / 3:16 am

    41 inches Wowza!! I don't live where it snows. At first that was great – now I miss Chicago – sometimes. I do miss winter fashion. Today it was 80 and I wish we could get some cooler weather for a little bit. #fdflinkparty

  3. Unknown
    December 21, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    I spent four years living at West Point, NY and I remember those winter days with lots of snow. Back then I was in elementary school and had to walk to school in the snow, but the fashion was moon boots and snowpants because of course you didn't walk down the hills on the way to school, you sledded down them! Your style is definitely an improvement from that! Love the post and getting a little glimpse at life in Western New York. Thanks so much for posting this at the fandayfriday link party! #fdflinkparty

  4. jenniferhess75
    January 4, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    The Kansas winter weather is predicted to be extremely harsh this year. With 4 kids I never buy myself anything. This would be amazing and I thank you for the chance!

  5. Happy Malone
    January 4, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I live in the beautiful mountains of Colorado where we get a lot of snow. Expecting up to two feet today.

  6. dirkdirkdirk172
    January 6, 2017 / 6:46 am

    I need new winter clothing because I have gained weight and outbrown all mine

  7. Unknown
    January 6, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    I live in Winnipeg, Canada and its called WINTERpeg for a reason!!
    This would be great to win…I am a single mom & buying 4 teenagers Winter stuff every year doesn't leave room for my Winter stuff!

  8. Susie's Reviews
    January 6, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    We are freezing here in Oregon this winter and I cannot seep to keep warm. I need a sweater cardigan to cuddle up in. Thank you for the chance to win!

  9. Danalee
    January 6, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    I need new winter clothing, because I live in MT and it is very cold and snowy. I don't have a lot of clothing either.

  10. Betty Moody
    January 7, 2017 / 1:17 am

    What's that building in that last picture?

  11. Unknown
    January 7, 2017 / 3:21 am

    I need new winter clothing because the ones I have now are old and well worn.

  12. MaryAnn
    January 7, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    I need new winter clothing because it is cold here and i don't have any.

  13. MarilynAngela
    January 7, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    I am in Oregon and we have some snow. It's my favorite time of the year. I'm from California and also lived in Montana. What a beautiful state and was my first time living in snow. I was one of the few that was excited every time the first snow flake started coming down. Looks like you have a ton there lol. The coat is awesome! I love it. #fdflinkparty

  14. Anonymous
    January 7, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Sadly, it doesn't snow where I live. I only have a little bit of winter clothing lol.

  15. Betty Moody
    January 8, 2017 / 1:32 am

    Thanks for offering the sweepstakes

  16. Kayla klontz
    January 8, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    its been a few years since I've actually bought new winter clothing and it's due time, having children and such chances a persons body so it's time ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. puye
    January 9, 2017 / 1:56 am

    I don't have much clothes for winter so I need to buy one.


  18. Unknown
    January 9, 2017 / 1:58 am

    I need new winter clothes because I just found out I'm pregnant with baby #2 and have no maternity clothes!

  19. Betty Moody
    January 9, 2017 / 3:26 am

    The scenes are pretty but I think you can keep the snow in New York.

  20. Anonymous
    January 9, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    Wow! it's pretty there.I don't live where it snows but it does get down in the low 40's and 50's. Still need warm clothes.

  21. Betty Moody
    January 10, 2017 / 3:48 am

    We are getting snow here too. I thought you were gonna keep it. LOL

  22. Betty Moody
    January 11, 2017 / 3:21 am

    We got slush and snow today.

  23. Journeys of The Zoo
    January 11, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    For the past 14 winters (less the year my triplets were born), I've spent in Mexico (instead of Canada). Needless to say, we don't have all the clothes that we need although I'm working on it. Should have everything by the time Spring arrives ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for giving.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  24. Betty Moody
    January 12, 2017 / 2:59 am

    We are getting freezing rain right now. We just had a bit of slushy freezing rain the other day.

  25. ReviewsSheRote
    January 12, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    I need a new pair of snow boots–as a Fellow WNY you understand the need to have good coverage for your piggies =^D

  26. Rose-Marie
    January 12, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I have to walk everywhere, and it is so cold! I bundle up and put on so many layers I feel like a snowman, and things get really beat when you are battling all kinds of weather, I could sure use some new things, esp warm!

  27. Betty Moody
    January 13, 2017 / 3:57 am

    WE are gonna get warmer next week. YAY!!

  28. Unknown
    January 13, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I have old winter clothing, and most, I just freeze in, so I could use new winter clothing for the bitter cold here where I live, yes, we get snow, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Betty Moody
    January 14, 2017 / 2:56 am


  30. Betty Moody
    January 15, 2017 / 1:20 am

    Gonna be in the 40s next week. YAY

  31. Amber
    January 15, 2017 / 5:32 am

    I'll need a new winter coat this winter because I'm expecting and I'll be too big for my current coat all too soon!

    – Amber Y

  32. Bee W Bedard
    January 15, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I need some new clothing because I work with children and they touch everything TY

  33. OneMomsMoxie
    January 15, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Love your jacket! We don't get snow, but we do in the mountains near us. We want to go play in the snow for a weekend, so I'll definitely need to get some warmer clothing before we go.

  34. Nancy Bowers
    January 16, 2017 / 12:54 am

    I need new winter clothing because my clothes are getting tight.

  35. kdrae
    January 16, 2017 / 2:30 am

    In Michigan we need to stay warm too! It's coooold!!

  36. Betty Moody
    January 16, 2017 / 2:56 am

    NOOOO Freezing rain in the forcast again for tomorrow. I didn't finish cleanin up from the freezing rain we had last Tuesday. The snow was just too darn heavy.

  37. stephanie scales campbell
    January 16, 2017 / 3:35 am

    i definitely need some new winter clothing, while it doesn't get to awful cold here my wardrobe is definitely lacking. I always tend to buy for others and not myself so I could really use some new clothing.

  38. Mary
    January 16, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    We are having a much colder winter than usual here in Arkansas, so this would be awesome!

  39. Anonymous
    January 21, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    New York City has gotten much snow yet. Your area looks wonderful!

  40. Shayna
    January 22, 2017 / 2:22 pm


  41. tannawings
    January 28, 2017 / 6:47 am

    I need new winter clothing because I rarely buy for myself. I have aa hodgepodge of gloves scarfs and hats. Nothing matches. Living in the Midwest, trust me it is cold, bit snowy and you need to dress warm! I would like to one day go out with matching things but everyone else needs to have something and it is functional but not too nice looking. Yeah, I am criping, but really just once II would like to match.
    I dont mind snow that much really, just not shoveling constantly. I like messing around outside. Our snows vary, some years it is in feet (many) others it waits until February to dump on us but it is -20 or 30. We had snow and a lot of ice last week.
    Thanks for the chance.

    ellen beck on the form

  42. Betty Moody
    January 31, 2017 / 3:14 am

    We are having snow and rain mixed. Oh yuck a mess to clean up again.

  43. Bridgett Wilbur
    January 31, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I need new winter clothing because I always put my kids first, so it would be nice if I could buy myself a new coat or boots.

  44. Amanda Schad
    January 31, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I live just outside of Pittsburgh so our weather here is up and down! One day it's high 50s and sunny, the next day we're shoveling our driveways!

  45. Bailey
    January 31, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I need new winter clothing because I do! Really though, my favourite boots are at the end of their life. Dreading finding ones that fit as well and look as good!

  46. Susan Biddle
    January 31, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    I need new winter clothing because I spend all my money on my kids, I live in Pennsylvania, and I just threw my favorite cardigan sweater in the trash because at 6 years old, it finally got holes in it big enough to notice haha. Thanks for the great giveaway. Your photos look beautiful, I love New York natural scenes!

  47. yvonnegado
    January 31, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    It would be nice to drive up to the snow soon since CA has had lots of snow lately. We dont own any snow clothes, so we need some

  48. tiffany dayton
    February 1, 2017 / 12:20 am

    We rarely get snow or if we do , only afew inches. More ice.The snow is pretty, but just like to look at it.

  49. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 / 12:23 am

    It does get cold and we are in need of new jackets or coats.

  50. MichelleS
    February 1, 2017 / 12:31 am

    I live in WI we get a lot after a lot after a LOT. Would love to win this gc to buy some toasty winter clothes because I get cold easily.