A not-so-frozen heart

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Sometimes the life of a fashion blogger requires photoshoots in uncomfortable environments–all for the sake of the shot. And with such an intensely cold winter so far, I’ve apparently decided that icy landscapes are my go-to. (Confession: I also may or may not be watching “Frozen” while typing this.)

The only benefit to January’s series of sub-zero temps: more chances to check out Veal’s Ice Tree on the south side of town. This towering man-made “ice tree” has been one family’s annual tradition for more than half a century, but I first heard about it only a few years ago. (Learn more about its origin.) This year’s ice tree stands at a whopping 42 feet tall and is painted in blue, orange, yellow and red food coloring. The family invites anyone to stop by, gaze up at it and take photos for free, and this year only asks that visitors send the family’s matriarch, Grandma Mabel, a 99th birthday card. (How sweet is that?)

Thanks to the Veal family for carrying on this tradition so that kids and adults alike can experience the magic of winter, and crazy fashionistas like me can put on BCBGMAXAZRIA dresses with faux-crystal belts and dance around like Disney princesses. We’ll pretend that I don’t turn 30 in a handful of months.

The stunning ice tree will exist as long as the temperatures remain low, so check it out while you can! (No princess dress required.)

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