I wish I could say it was freezing during this shoot and that it was unbearably difficult to only wear a cable knit sweater, but that would be a lie. Utah, where winter is usually white with snow and cold in temperature is acting like it’s spring!

I’m trying to dress in some winter outfits for all of you on the East Coast trapped in the polar vortex, so bear with me! This Gap cable knit is basic and easy to dress up or dress down. I felt like being a little dressier, hence the jeweled necklace and heels but it could also be paired with boots, leggings and a beanie. The sweater is also on sale, that makes it even cuter, right?!

I have to give 200 percent credit for my braided crown to the amazingly talented Kelcie Billat (Instagram: @kelcierianna). From working in Manhattan at an elite salon on the UES to NYFW (she’s literally there doing hair right now!), Oscar De La Renta and J. Crew shoots, this girl is the real deal! She even styled the hair on one of our bridal shoots at Utah Valley Bride Magazine that I’m holding! I’m just blessed she made it back to her hometown in Utah so she can style my locks on Blossoming Blonde to share with all of you!

So as you all know by now, I’m all about a pop of color and a bright lip— but I’ve never branched out and tried purple till now and I can’t go back! I am seriously obsessed. It’s so fun to play up with different outfits and is way more flattering than you would think. Please, please, just give it a try! I promise you won’t regret it.

Last but certainly not least, if any of you are wondering why I’m giddily holding Utah Valley Bride Magazine and flipping through its pages, it’s because it’s literally my baby! I’ve spent the past few months on the bridal team at Bennett Communications putting the magazine together and it’s finally here! I couldn’t be more proud or happy to announce our recent launch of the first ever, www.UtahValleyBride.com website as well! Please take a peak and read my posts on there too!:)

Sweater: Gap — on sale! // Jeans: Nordstrom |COH| // Necklace: J. Crew Factory // Shoes: Nordstrom |BP shoes| // Handbag: Nordstrom Exclusive |Michael Kors| // Lipstick: Nordstrom |MAC Violetta| // Earrings: Vintage, old // Magazine:Utah Valley Bride  // Hair: @kelcierianna (Instagram) // Nails: New Nails ($25) Photos: Melissa Henrie Photography