Snowy Winter Wonderland | Utah Photo Diary

January 12, 2017
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I’ve always considered myself a NYC girl at heart because A) I love the bright lights and the constant buzz of energy, and B) I never learned how to drive so I simply would not survive in the suburbs. When I started joining Matt and his family (and happy to call them my in-laws now!) in Utah for the holidays when we were but a wee couple, this city girl was completely thrown. Cows in a field just down the block? Mountains all around us? Three Walmarts within a 15 minute drive radius??

At first, I couldn’t make sense of it all – so this is life outside New York?? On previous visits, I would resign myself to house arrest (although  2 weeks spent eating, sleeping, and cuddling with dogs to your heart’s content isn’t really terrible at all) and foolishly thought there wasn’t much to do out there. But oh how I was mistaken. This winter, I set out to make the most of our time and discovered a completely new and beautiful side of Utah.

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Locations Shown Above: Eva’s Bakery | Arte Haus Collectif | 3 Cups Coffee | Beyond Glaze Donuts | From Scratch Pizza | Vive Juicery | Bonneville Salt Flats | Ruby Snap Cookies | Cactus & Tropicals | La Barba Coffee | Big Cottonwood Canyon | Chile Tepin

Outfit Details from Above: Furla Bag | Stuart Weitzman Boots | DVF Turtleneck (the best turtleneck you will ever buy) | Theory Sweater | Paige Jeans | Matisse Booties | Autumn Cashmere Sweater | Janessa Leone Hat | Canada Goose Parka (this one is a godsend in the winter!) | J. Crew Army Jacket | Sorel Boots | 3.1 Phillip Lim Sweater | Co Sweater Coat (on sale!)

We had originally planned to visit for only 1.5 weeks but enjoyed our time there so much that we extended the trip by another 1.5 weeks. That’s right, we doubled our vacation! Hence some repeating outfits here and there if you can forgive me heh.

Looking back on all of the photos, I regret that I couldn’t better capture the beauty of Cottonwood Canyon, the Bonneville Salt Flats, or any of these other places. All I can say is, each time we drove into a new location (aka Matt drove and I rode shotgun), I couldn’t help but let out an audible gasp. It was that breathtaking.

Even so, there is so much we didn’t get to accomplish. With more time, we would have explored Park City, spent a weekend at a ski resort, visited the Midway Ice Castles, and the list goes on. Not to mention, all of the national parks such as Zion, Arches, or Bryce Canyon, although a trip to those might be better suited for warmer weather perhaps. But all the more reason to visit again! 🙂

Have you ever been to Utah? If not, where in Utah would you like to visit most?

As always, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!

Signature xo Soo

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32 Comments

  • Reply Lily January 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this. Every photo is beautiful! Glad you had a good time in Utah. Can’t wait to have you come again to explore more places in Utah.

  • Reply Jennifer Lee Quattrucci January 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I truly spent so much time looking again and again at your marvelous photos. I don’t even know where to begin. I live in a small town in
    Rhode Island where there are literally 3 Walmarts and also 3 Targets all within 15 minutes away so I laughed out loud when I read that. I love how it’s clear you adore your in -laws and I’m sure that they feel exactly the same. It’s amazing to me that you turned a 1 1/2 week trip into 3 weeks but I remember seeing and reading the IG posts thinking “Wow! She’s having such a great time!” so I shouldn’t be surprised! My husband and I traveled cross country 13 years ago and one of our favorite places was Bryce Canyon. We want to take our kids soon. Thank you so much for sharing this special time. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Reply Helen Chik January 13, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Girl I never thought about visiting Utah but these images are making me think twice! The winter wonderland shots are such a stark contrast to what I’ve seen in the last two months and currently sitting drenched in sweat in this summer heat in Oz! Looks like you had an amazing time and so awesome that you extended your time there – I would’ve done the same!

    Next time you go, take me with you please!

    Helen xx
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  • Reply Jacqueline January 13, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    You’d actually be surprised at what cute places are outside of NY. I felt the same way when I left LA. It’s always fun to explore other places. It looks like you had fun!

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  • Reply Aldora January 14, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Wow so you ended up spending almost a month in Utah! Those photos look amazing but yup I would be feeling weird (and somewhat bored to death) if there is no shopping malls nearby. And the last photo with you and hubs look so whimsical! Did you take it on a tripod? *LOL

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  • Reply Thomas Falkenstedt January 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I’m just like you. Born and raised a city boy it sometimes shocks me to places where cows walk two blocks away, haha. But traveling more and gaining more experience of life itself has taught me to find the beauty (almost) everywhere. If it wasn’t for your desire (and need) to change your opinion about Utah you never would have discovered all the things you could do there.
    Thanks for all the beautiful pics, and no, as I haven’t been in Utah there’s a lot of stuff I’d need to do 🙂
    xoxo
    Thomas

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  • Reply Open Kloset January 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Hey Love,
    So Beautiful Photos about Utah:)
    Loved The Food and Nature photos so much:)
    You Look so Sweet as Well 🙂
    I would Definitely visit After your Amazing Post:)
    Love Kisss
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  • Reply Gina Diaz January 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures of your trip, sweetie!! I have never visited Utah before, I need to do in a near future. You look so amazing, Xx, Gina

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  • Reply Lily Rose January 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Uhm I’ve been to Utah but I did not know about such cute places and shops like the ones you visited. I’m swooning over these photos and you make me want to go back there! So cute!!!! I love all these cute places, where are they?

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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  • Reply Diana January 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    seeing all the pictures, hard to believe that it is hard to live there. Everything looks so pretty! I didn’t know that you can’t drive like me haha. It is why I walk a lot when we live in small towns somewhere close to downtown. Wonderful pics, dear

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  • Reply Elizabeth January 16, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    You make Utah look so incredibly chic! And delicious, I’m still thinking about that pizza… I think it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to get away from the city during the holidays and hope to see more of Utah on your visits. I’ve only been to Park City (absolutely must) but I can see there is so much to see in that beautiful state.

    Love, Liz
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  • Reply Maggie January 17, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Wow you had 3 weeks of vacation? OMG how amazing! I think you captured everything so beautifully! I love all the cafe shots and especially the winter wonderland ones too!

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
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  • Reply Sarah January 17, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Your holiday sounds amazing and the photographs are so beautiful. I have never visited Utah, but it looks so beautiful in the Winter. There really seems to be a lot to do and a lot to explore. I would have totally extended my vacation too. You’ve captured the city’s beauty so perfectly.

    xxx

    Sarah

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  • Reply Michelle @LeHoarder.com January 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I get it – I’m a City girl at heart and didn’t learn to drive till I really needed to LOL. From these pics Utah really doesn’t look all that bad. It actually looks quite beautiful. Looks like a lovely place to visit 🙂
    XO
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  • Reply The Mermaid Fashion January 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    hello dear!!
    Amazing photography as always and great foodporn pictures. I’m from Italy and I never saw Utah so I would like to go where can find a lot of winter, slits and feel like on the old range 🙂
    I’m happy your trip turned more long, so you can enjoyed more places and yummy foods 😉
    kisses
    Eva

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  • Reply vanessa troset January 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I just can say ooh WOW this post is really cute babe! al this place is so magical. You both looks so amazing and your style is to die for! thank you for sharing. Kisses.

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  • Reply Tania January 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    This is such a great photo diary!! Utah is definitely an incredible state with so much natural beauty. I’ve roadtripped there a couple of times as it is only about an 8 hour drive from Los Angeles, but mostly to see the national parks so never in the winter time. I would love to visit the Bonneville salt flats! They seem to be the coolest on a clear but partly cloudy day so that the mirror effect really has that wow factor. But I think it’s absolutely stunning in your photos too!

    As for the food, I never would’ve guessed that all these cute places were in Utah! Will definitely have to bookmark some of them.

    xx freshfizzle

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  • Reply Maryam January 17, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Your photos are amazing! I’ve been to Utah couple times but it was a long time ago. It has such beautiful places. xx

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  • Reply Jessie January 18, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Utah looks so amazing!!!! Those photos you took on the salt lake look so surreal!!!

    I’m going to Utah during early May this year. Could you please write me a list of cool places to visit in town? I will be landing in Salt Lake and drive down to Yellow Stone with a few friends! Can’t wait! so excited about that trip!

    xx, Jessie
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  • Reply Everest January 18, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Utah looks like the perfect hideaway from the hustle of life!! I can totally see why you extended your stay there!! I love the moments you captured and it is so beautiful!
    Kisses from Singapore,
    Everest

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  • Reply Ana Vukosavljevic January 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Oh my, Im amazed with all photos, so dreamy and beautiful!

    Can you please make post about how you edit your photos??

  • Reply Katya Bychkova January 18, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I’ve never been to Utah but it’s indeed such a winter wonderland!!! Love all of your gorgeous photos – you are such talented photographer! That donut shot – girl!!! I’m pinning it right now!

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  • Reply Andreea Birsan January 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I can totally relate to your story! I enjoy living in a big city, the constant buzz keeps me alive. As for your travel diary, loved all the pictures, specially the ones of you and your hubby! Cuddling all day with the puppies must have been really fun. x

    Andreea,
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  • Reply Anju January 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Didn’t know Utah is so beautiful. Pics in the post are a delight. I am sure you enjoyed living with the snow capped mountains in the backdrop. Loved the decor of the coffee shop and store too. Will certainly add Utah to my list of destinations
    xo
    Anju

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  • Reply Amanda January 18, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I’ve never visited Utah before but I absolutely think this is such a beautiful place to explore during the winter! These images are gorgeous and the little shops are so quant and cute! It sounds like such a fun time spent with family!

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  • Reply Darlene January 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    First of all, I adore your photos so much! They’re all like from a country living magazine. I am obsessed. I also don’t drive so I feel you, I actually wanna move to a bigger home but not suburbs lol Must be a magical time to be in Utah, I have never been but I send my film scan there. Hopefully I can visit someday to take beautiful photos.

    xxxx
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  • Reply Hadasah Love January 19, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Hi sweetie, i really can’t have enough of these wonderful photos. So very artistic 🙂
    it really looks like you enjoyed yourself, i would love to visit sometime too!!
    xx Hadasah

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  • Reply Sofia January 19, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Omg this is like a winter wonderland dream come true. Makes me miss Europe so much!! Seems like you and an amazing time there.

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  • Reply Inez January 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Such lovely photos! Adjusting to new environment isn’t easy. Good to know you’re having fun doing that.

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  • Reply Tandya January 22, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Wow what a beautiful photo diary! Utah looks absolutely stunning! I have only went once when driving to the Grand Canyon. It is so pretty! I have never been during the winter time, but now I definitely want to go. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Reply uptown18 January 25, 2017 at 3:24 am

    awesome collection of moments….love it keep posting always…..

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  • Reply Floortje January 25, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Love all these photos!

    Xx,

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