Snowed In / Locked Out

cute outfit for ski trip snow boots

Snowed in today? Me too! Perfect excuse to share a few photos from the snowy scene that was Big Sky, Montana this past weekend. A funny story, too!

tulip hem winter coat

Our first night in Big Sky was one that I will truly never forget. After a layover in Denver and an hour shuttle from Bozeman, we finally arrived to our cabin in Big Sky late on Thursday night. And it was straight to the hot tub with a bottle of wine! (Priorities, obviously.) After bottle numero uno was empty, one of my friends was volunteered to run inside to get the next. Slight problem… The backdoor was locked. Yep, locked out of the cabin in our swimsuits at 3am. (Mind you, this is like 5am New York time. Running on fumes.) None of us had shoes, and I only had a sweater for a coverup. Do you see how much snow is surrounding the cabin in these photos?! A shitload.

After we realized that we didn’t have any phones outside (Well, we had one playing music, but it had died minutes before this happened. I can’t even make this up.), we realized that our only option was to either break a window (sayonara, security deposit) or to run through the snow to the front of the cabin where the front door had a keypad. THANK GOODNESS two of us had put the door code into our phones earlier that evening. Did we have our phones? Of course not. But he 100% remembered the first three digits of the code and I knew that I definitely remembered the last three digits. #teamwork

Trying to take the less dramatic route, the five of us decided to make a basically-naked dash to the front of the house. In the dark. In a snowy yard we had never even seen in the daylight. First, we tried to go to the right of the house and it was instantly knee deep… Nope. We hop back into the hot tub to re-evaluate. We see that the snow is seemingly less deep on the left side of the house so we muster up some courage to make a run for it. The first few seconds were fine as the snow was just ankle deep. Then, about halfway through the length of the cabin, DOWN WE GO. It was hip deep and we literally just sank in. Bare legs buried in the icy snow, PERFECT. I am pretty sure I saw my life flash before my eyes at one point. Once our screaming selves got into the house about 45 seconds later, two of my friends ran back downstairs to the hot tub to defrost. The other three of us ran to the bathtub because it was closer. That’s when we realized there was blood all over the place. I had scrapes and small cuts all over my left leg from the ice and a (later developed) massive bruise on the arch of my right foot. I did not realize one could get a bruise on the arch of his/her foot, but I now know it is possible. After tracking down the first aid kit, we were bandaged up and ready for bed!

It’s funny now and it was actually kind of funny in the moment, too. (Thank you, Pinot Noir.) Thankfully none of us were seriously hurt or frostbit!

Note to self: Always check a door lock. I should have known this from the amount of times I’ve been locked out of my apartment in New York, but I’ll blame the lack of sleep or the altitude or something. 😉

what to wear on a ski trip

After that little adventure to kick off the trip, I made sure I was bundled up in my Sorels and Lands’ End Tulip-Hem Puffer Coat when we were out and about in the snow! 🙂

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tom ford sunglasses

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Lands End Coat (on sale!)
Zara Sweater (similar here)
J Brand Jeans
Sorel Boots
Zara Beanie (similar here)
Tom Ford Sunglasses

Thanks for taking my photos, El!

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  1. 1.27.15
    Rena said:

    A perfect outfit for the snow – I wear so often similar looks during our Bavarian winter 🙂 You look really lovely <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. 1.27.15
    Jane said:

    LOVE that coat. I thought it was VINCE – Lands End – so much more affordable 🙂 Sounds like a great time even if you did come out of the lock out with a few scrapes.

  3. 1.27.15
    Natali said:

    Such a lovely, comfy outfit! Love your jacket and sweater!

  4. 1.27.15

    Bare skin and snow never go well together! It’s always so painful when that happens, so I can’t imagine having half of your body exposed. At least you have a great (but painful) story now! Love your coat 🙂

  5. 1.27.15
    Rach said:

    Your story is too funny! I can’t keep eyes off of your coat. It is the cutest puffy coat!

  6. 1.27.15
    Emma said:

    My family is on the east coast and they are getting crazy amounts of snow, stay warm!

  7. 1.27.15
    Lauren said:

    I am in love with that adorable coat! The cut is too cute on you. My cold weather one is so bulky and unflattering!

  8. 1.27.15
    rachel said:

    what a cute story – times like that are always the funniest to look back on.

    love the coat and the sorels. they are my go-to winter boot!


  9. 1.27.15
    Jamie said:

    I like where your priorities are at haha. What a crazy story! I would have panicked big time! Glad you had a fun getaway and that outfit is so perfect for a snowy adventure.


  10. 1.27.15
    Meagan said:

    That story is too funny! Love your puffer coat!

  11. 1.27.15
    Lori-Ann said:

    So glad all is well now. I practically cried laughing at this story!

  12. 1.27.15

    Such a great winter look! Hope you had a great trip!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  13. 1.27.15

    What a crazy story!! Hope you guys were ok enough to enjoy skiing/boarding the next day.

  14. 1.27.15
    Moja said:

    Can’t wait to head out west next week for our skiing trip! Love all the photos-Yippee!!
    Stay Warm!

  15. 1.27.15
    Ujjaini said:

    Perfect for the moment!

  16. 1.27.15
    Andrea said:

    This post had me laughing out loud…you have the funniest stories Jess! Glad you made it out safely…and stay warm in your apt the next few days!


  17. 1.27.15
    lauren said:

    Well you guys will never forget that story!

    I bought this same coat (in black) at the end of our last arctic freeze in Kansas City earlier this month, but it has been like 40-60 degrees since then! I also bought new Sorels this season and still no snow accumulation. COME ON WINTER, I want to wear my cute new cold weather gear! 🙂

  18. 1.27.15
    Dana said:

    That jacket is PERFECT! And your lock out story….hilarious!!! I’m sure it made for a great memory though!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  19. 1.27.15
    Alexandra said:

    Beautiful! I should really venture out to take snow photos- but not yet! Too cozy in my heated blanket. I cannot believe your story – that sounds awful!!! hahaha

    Warm Regards,

  20. 1.27.15

    Love the puffer jacket!

    Liz @

  21. 1.27.15
    Jamie said:

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten locked out of my apartment! At least you were with good friends in a beautiful location!


  22. 1.27.15
    Cait said:

    Glad to hear you made it out of that situation fairly safe! Absolutely love your coat and the color!

    -xo Cait

  23. 1.27.15
    Gina said:

    I’ve stayed in the Big Sky Powder Ridge Cabins too and they’re absolutely wonderful with stunning views! Can’t wait to see more pictures (hopefully)!


  24. 1.27.15

    LOVE this coat! So chic for a puffer coat!

  25. 1.27.15

    Such cute photos!!

  26. 1.27.15

    Omg what a crazy story!! haha I’m glad you’re okay! And cute outfit!

  27. 1.27.15
    Allie said:

    Dying over those boots! <3

    Glitter Boots & Champagne Flutes

  28. 1.27.15
    Shannon said:

    how does the coat fit? about to order. 🙂 loveeeee your outfit. you are too cute.

    • 1.27.15
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      It fits true to size! I have a small and it fits all of my chunky sweaters underneath! 🙂

  29. 1.27.15

    LOVING that jacket! I don’t need that jacket in sunny Florida, but I’m still envious of the cute cold weather clothing all you northerners get to wear!

    Wander + Lust Jewelry

  30. 1.27.15
    Briana said:

    That is the funniest thing ever but scary and painful! Glad you can laugh about it! That outfit is stunning and the pictures even more gorgeous. The snow looks so peaceful and beautiful!

    Love this!

  31. 1.27.15

    Loving the boots and the hemline on that puffer is so cool!

    Heidi D.

  32. 1.27.15
    Nicole said:

    Such a great winter look! Love that coat too! Glad you had a good time (minus the lock out)!

    xo Nicole
    Style Of Living

  33. 1.27.15
    Marissa said:

    Great story, had me giggling out loud! I’m glad nothing severe happened. I am so in love with Sorel right now. I’m starting to even get into the short ones too. Minnesota has had a very mild winter this year, so short Sorels are what I need to invest in!

    Great jacket and hat. Thanks for sharing!

  34. 1.27.15
    Melissa said:

    I love this coat! It’s a great fit and perfect for the cold weather. Cute fit.


  35. 1.29.15
    Nikki said:

    Sounds like a trip you won’t forget!

    Nikki Ann Blog

  36. 1.30.15

    That is crazy! So glad you all finally found your way back into the house. Sounds like a trip for the record books!

  37. 2.1.15
    Maddy said:

    omg that story. I love it so much haha because that is something that would totally happen to me. Thank goodness you made it 🙂

    xo, Maddy