Happy Hands: The Cold Weather Survival Kit

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The winter weather can take a toll on many things: it can make you want to curl up under the blankets instead of going out, and frown at the thought of waking up to grey skies and snow. But aside from affecting your usually social and sunny disposition, it can also wreak havoc on your hands!

It seems like everyone is sporting dry, rough, and cracked hands but that doesn’t mean they’re in style! Save yours from all that winter damage by following the three steps to a home-made remedy below:

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Step 1: Give your hands a good scrub! You can use a store-bought version, or make your own at home. So if you’re feeling frugal, open up your cupboards and mix 2 tbsp of granulated sugar with 1 tbsp of oil, and 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil. Scrubbing will prep your hands for step two, allowing the moisture to stick!

Step 2: Use a heavy moisturizer. The best options? Either Shea butter or goat’s milk lotion. These creams are rich, and will leave your hands silky smooth.

Step 3: Love your gloves! The key to making this treatment last, is to protect your hands from further damage. Wearing a fleece-lined pair of gloves or mittens provides an extra layer of insulation. Plus, it’s nice to be cozy when it’s cold out.

And there it is, the secret to keeping your hands happy all winter long!

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Staying Cozy in the Cold: The Clothing Guide

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If you live somewhere in North America, then you’ve felt it! The teeth-chattering cold that seeps into your bones and leaves you longing for your cozy bed. And when even Atlanta feels like the Arctic, how do you stay warm? Here are a few tips to make sure that you’re ready to withstand winter.

Part Ways with Denim: Even though jeans are a year-long wardrobe staple, you better keep them in your closet for now! They won’t block out the cold –if anything, the fabric only absorbs it. So opt for cotton jeggings instead, or a great pair of lined wool pants.

Layer-Up, Buttercup!: Let’s face it, flimsy fabrics just won’t cut it in sub-zero temps. You need to layer your clothing like a well-built cake. Slip on tights underneath your bottoms, and have at least 3 items on the top (camisole, long sleeve shirt, sweater/cardigan). Lucky for us, layering is in style so have fun with it! Mix patterns and prints, and combine colours.

Choose the Right Shoes: Stilettos may be stylish, but you’ll slip on icy sidewalks. Instead, lace up a pair of insulated boots that will also keep your toes nice and toasty.

Add on some Accessories: Keep it all under wraps with scarves, hats, and mitts that are lined,  and put away those lovely leather driving gloves until spring!

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3 Coat Styles to Cozy Up To

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Though it seems far too soon, winter weather is on its way! So when a cardigan or light leather jacket are no longer enough to keep us cozy, it’s time to bundle up in a coat. But often, we choose warmth over style and end up looking like we left the house with a down comforter on.

For all of us who are guilty of it, there are solutions! Yep, you can be warm and fashionable, toasty and trendy, and not one without the other. Here are three styles to keep you on the right track:

The Pretty Puffer: The puffer coat is one of the best options if you want to stay warm –it’s tough enough to make it through a blizzard. But it can also leave you looking like the Michelin Man. To avoid this, opt for a slimmer silhouette that is cut closer to the body and isn’t stuffed with so much down that the rolls threaten to burst. Michael Kors’ take on this classic should do the trick!

In the Trenches: Trench coats are always on trend, whether it’s during the sunnier days of spring or crisp autumn. So why not take it into the winter? Wearing it in a wool version will keep you warm, and the belted waist will add some much needed definition when sporting bulky sweaters. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than ASOS’s textured black coat.

On the Edge: Break all the rules with an edgy coat! Zippers, leather –the more the merrier, and each element adds dimension to to often plain outerwear. You’ll look cool, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be cold. Zara’s rendition is a must-have!

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