27 January 2014

Conquering the Cold

Living in a country like Canada definitely has it's ups and downs. There's nothing better than skiing the slopes of Mont Tremblant, or going to the Cabane a Sucre when the trees begin to thaw. With our favourite winter activities comes the challenge of staying warm, dry, hydrated & fabulous during the coldest of months. 

Since I'm a seasoned pro at all of the above (I'm a true born Canadian!), I thought I'd share a few tips!

Invest in a warm winter jacket: A good winter jacket is definitely something that everyone should own. I'm a huge fan of goose down parkas because they're the absolute warmest. I invested in a Parajumpers about three years ago and I've never looked back. It certainly cost me a pretty penny, but it was SO worth it. 

Accessorize with a statement piece: This statement piece idea is actually very new to me. I've always been a simple gal and was kind of frightened by the idea of leaving my comfort zone and buying a riskier piece. This year, I decided on a faux-fur head band. It really gives my winter look a bit of a 'je ne sais quoi' vibe. Agree?

Wear wool socks: These are the best. They're made in iceland.. so you know they're warm! 

Layer on the sweaters: I'm a huge fan of cashmere. It's so warm and cozy. I'm pretty much always wearing a sweater or a sweater dress of some sort. They keep me toasty and comfortable.

Shearling lined boots: Invest in a pair of boots with a 100% shearling lining. I can't get enough of my UGG boots - as unfashionable as they are - they're a Canadian staple.  I have these

Work those tights: I wear tights under everything. Walking across campus is pretty challenging in the -30 degree weather we've been having! Tights under my pants have saved my life... or at least my legs!

Love your lips: Put a lip balm in all of your jacket pockets, in your car, on your desk, in your purse & pencil case. The cold weather is harshest on my lips and skin. I'm always using EOS lip balm to alleviate chapped lips!

Hydrate your skin: Lather on some cream before you hit the sheets. Your skin will thank you in the morning. I've been using Garnier's 7 day intensive body lotion. I love it because it absorbs almost immediately and doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy. 

Be careful with the type of facial cleanser you use: Okay, so, I recently started using a cleansing oil from Julep. When I got it in the mail I thought I would hate it but it turned out to be one of the best cleansers I've ever used. It's gentle on the skin, doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy & doesn't dry it out! Check it out here. In the winter months, it's important to stay away from cleansers that will dry out your skin. 

Use a hydrating shampoo: Use a hydrating shampoo during the winter to prevent split ends and fly-aways. I'm using Aveeno Nourish & Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

Talula Cashmere Blend Sweater Dress
Parkhurst Faux Fur Headband
Le Garage Tights
Tiffany & Co. Bracelet & Ring

How do you guys conquer the cold?




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