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I have a love and hate relationship with skiing. On good days I have perfect green runs and it makes me feel so alive that I could do anything. Then there are real shitty days where I fall constantly and come home with bruised knees. It’s been a frustrating process, especially while learning at 40 years old.

Growing up in New York City, I DID NOT learn to ski. My parents made legit reasons why we shouldn’t:

  • It’s too dangerous. Our cousin broke his arm skiing once. So it was banned in our family.
  • The sport was too expensive. They rather put food on the table.
  • Playing sports were not encouraged. Studying well in school was.
  • The nearest mountain with good snow was hours away. Too far!

For many reasons, my family and I didn’t get to the mountains very often. So I did not start to ski, until my adult life. At that time, snowboarding was cooler than skiing. I tried it a few times and hated it. Something about strapping both of my feet to a board, feeling helpless was not ideal for me. No thanks! Even after moving to Seattle, when the closest mountain was 45 minutes away, I couldn’t get myself to take lessons.

It wasn’t until this year, I’ve taken the courage to take up skiing again. It’s only because Kinsley started her ski lessons. I got on to it as well, so I can spend time with my family. There are days we ski together, and she sees me fall down. Her words of encouragement, “Mommy! Get back up! You can do it!”. Hearing her say that moved me.  I want to set a good example for Kinsley and show that her own mom is NOT a quitter. Trust me there were times I wanted to quit so bad! The power of motherhood is very strong. I would do anything for this girl.

I think why I suck at this has a lot to do with “mind over matter”. The fear of falling just scares the heck out of me. So speeding down the mountain, is not fun for me. Sometimes I fall purposely, so I can slow the “F” down! Seriously, you can laugh but it’s true! I have too much to live for and don’t want to die yet!

In all seriousness, as long as my family skis, I will continue to keep trying. I might look like an idiot on the mountain, but at least I can look cute trying, right?


XO, E.


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All outfits provided by Cordova, a tailored and après ski apparel, based in Seattle. The 70’s inspired ski suits serves both function and fashion. These babies fit like a glove and I wear a size XS on both styles. I do suggest to wear a base layer for extra warmth for those cold powder days. Looking this cute, I say you’re better off kicking back in these suits next to a fire place with a glass of bubbly instead.

OUTFIT 1: Ski Suit – Cordova The Chamonix in Cloud Dancer | Goggles: Smith I/07 Asian Fit in Fire Split

OUTFIT 2: Cordova The Cortina in Denim | Goggles: Smith I/07 Asian Fit in Fire Split



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Cortney Bigelow March 6, 2018 at 10:10 AM

Watch out Hello Fashion Blog! You are STUNNING in that onesie!!

elisa March 6, 2018 at 9:03 PM

LOL! Thanks IGW! Trying to catch with everyone else.

Annie March 7, 2018 at 4:58 AM

I can relate to your article. While I did ski growing up in CA, I wasn’t good at it and yes, like your family, sports wasn’t encouraged. Jake and Morgan can out ski me by far, I would never go on black runs or do moguls, but I love spending time with them with they want to do the green or blue trails (still trying to be more courageous). #MamaPower
I’m all about looking cute, I need to check out these rompers, thanks for the recommendation.

elisa March 7, 2018 at 3:42 PM

You’re so welcome! We should go skiing together! We can do green together.

Ava (your fabulos niece) March 8, 2018 at 3:20 PM

I love the story you shared! So sweet!!!!

Silvana December 11, 2018 at 8:33 PM

Elisa! I loved your story! I think you look absolutely incredible in these suits! I’ve been looking for the Cortina for quite a while, but unfortunately I think it’s sold out. Do you ever do pop-ups shops or sell any of the pieces you model and blog about? Thanks for your time and for sharing your insight!

-xoxo Silvana

elisa December 12, 2018 at 9:41 PM

Hi Silvana
So lovely to hear from you. The pieces on the blog were loans from Cordova. However, I do plan to have a closet at some point because I have an overflow of clothes to get rid off. I have a fashion hoarding problem. Can you tell? lol. If you follow me on instagram ( and live in Seattle, you can find out when the sale is. Would love for you to stop by and say “hi’ in person.


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