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NEW SERIES: My Five Winter Splurges & Steals

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What can I say...I'm a sucker for a new blog series and discovering new blogs! 
And I had a blast getting to know you with my Five Fall Faves series. So...let the games commence. 
I've culled together My Five Winter Splurges & Steals for your viewing pleasure. 
{Read: absolute necessity to get me through the chilliest of seasons!}

...kicking off my list with a splurge - as in "splurge on the calories." It's no secret that we all gravitate towards comfort food in the colder months and I've never met a panini that I didn't like. Namely a pesto, tomato, basil panini.

...another splurge - skincare. I always fall back on Kiehls when my skin goes awry and the jig is up...my skin is going berserk with the recent surge of cold in Chicago. 

...my third and final splurge is Schramsberg 2007 Blanc de Noirs champagne. It was love at first sight when I toured this romantic vineyard seated in the heart of Calistoga. Some may not agree that a $32 bottle of champers is a splurge but it is to me...especially on a Wednesday when paired with our fave TV show: Top Chef.

...steals: This is easy. My beloved Target fedora was a whopping $19.99 and it makes me feel oh-so-chic plus it keeps my little noggin warm. Saves me precious blow dryer time, too!

...and colored tights. I tested the trend last year and it was a hit. Nothing turns a gray day on its head like a pair of tomato red tights and a fun Mary Jane. Game changer.

What are your Five Winter Splurges & Steals?

Check back on Monday when I kick off the series with some new-to-me bloggers and their take on the matter. Gonna be fun!