Winter Getaway: Hudson

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As a self-proclaimed passionista, I exert a tremendous amount of energy in all areas in my life. I'm more often than not...too exhausted to stay sane. To keep that kind of energy present, I've learned that disconnecting and getting re-inspired is really essential to keeping my spark. There is no better way to kick off 2015 than a 4-day winter getaway in Hudson, NY.

If you live in New York City, you don't have to venture too far to find an escape from the grit and grind. Hudson is approximately two and a half hours away from NYC. It is the perfect mix of the urban and rural. Rural enough to feel transported from your big city but, urban enough to get a great meal and enjoy some well curated art.

Hudson has developed the reputation as quite the curated town, as some of the countries taste makers flock to the town. Opening beautiful shops and buying prominent real estate. I live in Brooklyn, so riding around the town I couldn't help but notice the obvious income gaps, and poverty around the town that no one seems to be talking about. It was all conveniently glossed over the in this beautiful piece by the New York Times.

Yes, there are some really tasteful and well curated spots but, I didn't turn a blind eye to the deteriorating houses and destitute areas. I couldn't. The reviews never quite tell the story of the people of color being pushed out of the trendy spots for whites. Visit, but don't be blind.

I kept it rather low-key for those four days. My style was very "rural chic." I had the essentials for any winter getaway: a parka jacket, a good pair of jeans, olive leggings, faux fur vest, over the knee socks, denim shirt, sweaters, and a good boot. You just can't go wrong with any combination of the above pieces on your next winter getaway.

By the way, I lucked out and found the most amazing vintage shop and purchased an incredible cape coat. It will be on the blog later today.

If you questions about any look, please feel free to e-mail me or hit me on Twitter. Be sure to check back for "6 Things to do in Hudson Valley in the winter."