Last weekend was my first time at the Sundance Film Festival and, actually, my first time visiting Utah! The energy in little Park City and the incredible views along the trip blew me away. Even as someone not big on snow sports (mostly due to lack of coordination and skills), I already can't wait to go back. I was interested in seeing the fashion, since we all know it can be a struggle to stay warm while looking cute! Mostly everyone (including celebs spotted) were dressed very casually in sweaters, vests, beanies ... and as suspected, there was no shortage of Canada Goose coats and Sorel snow boots around town.
This faux fur vest (with handy pockets!) was perfect since I could easily dress it up or down. It looks elegant with a simple turtleneck tee and coated jeans, can be après ski chic with a sweater and leggings, or casual cute over a sweatshirt like shown here! I thought the quality was very good for the price. My skirt comes in a few other colors and is also good quality - the outer is a weightier fabric, there's a full lining and invisible back zipper, plus the material is surprisingly wrinkle-resistant through hours of sitting. A 00 regular measures about 13" across the waist.
For this visit, I was invited on a press trip for Stella Artois and their clean water initiative with Water.org (co-founded by Matt Damon), so I spent the majority of time on bustling Main Street for events surrounding this charity campaign. To be honest, I had little knowledge about global water issues and how it disproportionately impacts women, who have less time for school or work due to hours spent collecting clean water from miles away for their families.
I had posted these limited edition Stella Artois chalices (about half the selling price of each goes to water.org) on Instagram stories, and got several questions about where they are sold! Here's a link to their store on Amazon, and I'd caution against unauthorized resellers. The three designs this year are by artists from Cambodia, Brazil, and Uganda, and proceeds from each chalice can provide 5 years of clean water to someone in a developing nation. It was fascinating to hear the speakers talk about what this initiative means to them personally. Although, it also didn't hurt that one of them was none other than Matt Damon himself! (and Marcus Samuelsson - any other cooking show fans out there?? :)
I also got to attend a few events on women in film, including a panel by female producers and directors of some of my favorite movies. Despite not knowing much about the film industry, I always appreciate the chance to learn from inspirational and creative women in other fields.
In our downtime, we tried to do some exploring despite the very snowy weather conditions. We came across these sweet pups, and they completely melted my heart! Even though they were only interested in nibbling on all the built in "chew toys" in my outfit - pom pom, faux fur vest, you name it!