I am not sure anyone has noticed, but I have REALLY tried not to whine and moan about the weather this year. I mean, it’s common knowledge that I hate cold and I hate snow even more, but this winter I decided I’d lay off the Facebook posts every time I saw a flake because my bad attitude wasn’t helping anything.
So, I bought a warmer coat and I dug out my boots and plastered a fake smile on my face.
Guess what happened?
Oh, what? You were expecting some turnaround tale where suddenly I’m out making snow angels and jauntily tossing flakes in the air as I sing a sweet snow song.
No. I still hate winter and I hate snow even more. The only difference is my feet are warm.
My skin still hurts. My hair is a static mess. I can barely open my eyes every morning for they are full of sinus-y mess. My bones ache and I want to punch everyone who squeezes into a damned snow covered parking spot so no one else can park anywhere near them in the crowded parking lots we are forced to visit as if the 8 foot drifts aren’t supposed to stop us from living normal lives. Ha!
There are a few things that have made this winter a bit more bearable than others. And no, I don’t mean wine. (Although…)
My top four winter survival products of 2015
(Four? Not five? Leave me alone. It’s cold.)
SOREL Women’s Slimboot Boots, Nutmeg/Coffee Bean: If you have to wear snow footwear more often than two times a winter, it might as well be cute. These boots are as cute as ugly shoes can be and they are mighty comfortable as well. I still have to wear thick wool socks with them to stay warm in my frigid office, but overall the lining makes my calves toasty warm. They’re pricey, but totally worth it when you live on the tundra, which apparently I do.
Fleece Lined Tights: I am not exaggerating when I say I wear these almost every day. Because, not only is the land a frozen tundra, the air is arctic. This winter has been so cold that even pants aren’t warm enough. So, last year at Marshall’s I picked up some of these bad boys so I could still wear dresses and boots in winter. This winter, I went out and bought about six pairs so I could wear them with dresses, leggings, pants etc. You name it, chances are I have on fleece lined tights under it!
Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème: When I say my skin hurts, I am not exaggerating. Everything is so dry it’s cracking like the parched clay of the desert…except my hands which are beautifully moisturized by this ooey gooey creme that is not too ooey gooey but just enough to keep my hands silky smooth, which is good for when I have to scratch my alligator legs.
Infinity Scarf: Wool, fleece, cotton and anything in between. If it’s round and cute, it’s around my neck at all times. It started as just an outdoor accessory, but the frigid temps have necessitated I wear one all the time. I’ve become one of those hippies who has a scarf around my neck every time you see me. If only I had the willowy hippy body that often accompanies this look!
*Disclosure: the above are Amazon affiliate links. Should you click on them to buy an infinity scarf or boots of your own, I will make a fraction of cent due to your purchase. So, my tiny bank account thanks you in advance for your fraction of a cent. Enjoy your boots.
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