A few things that are getting me through the winter

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Not to be gross, but my nose runs like crazy when it’s cold out, so I’m always sure to have a hankie on my person if I’m going outdoors. I especially like Liberty of London handkerchiefs, which you can get right from the source, or somewhat cheaper on Etsy.

I’m going through a big matcha phase, and am obsessively devoted to this stuff, which is super-easy to prepare: you don’t need special matcha tools; just add hot water and stir.

My lips get wicked chapped this time of year, but not since I started using this ultra-rich lip sleeping mask, which, as the name implies, you’re supposed to apply before bed. But I slather it on any old time.

I know I have banged the drum about Uniqlo’s Heattech longjohns before, but I can not overstate what a difference they make, warmth-wise, when I wear them. And they’re ultra-thin, so you don’t get added bulk. As soon as temperatures dip below 40 degrees, I’ve got them on.

I found these Nili Lotan cashmere sweatpants marked way down at the big Barneys sale (they’ve since sold out there) but I daresay they’re worth paying full price for: when I first got them, I just wore them in the morning to walk the dogs, but now I wear them all day long—they’re that good. And currently, they’re on sale in the camel, if you’re interested.

I love Bombas socks—they’re comfortable, and nicely cushy in the sole, and pretty indestructible too. Recently, I got some of their merino wool knee-highs, and love them. Also: for every pair sold, Bombas donates a pair to the homeless community.

I bought these Ugg high top sneakers on a whim, thinking they looked cozy and cute, and they have more than exceeded my expectations: they are indeed very warm, and deeply walkable, and I even think they look like they could be Rick Owens. Plus, that platform sole adds a nice bit of height.

When I’m not wearing the above kicks, I’m in my fleece-lined Vans high tops, which are even more comfortable than the Uggs.

Neither of those shoes, weirdly enough, is fleece-lined in the sole, so I add these fleece insoles for added warmth.

If I don’t moisturize my body every day in the winter, my skin does scary and gross things, but I hate how long it takes for most moisturizers to sink in. This stuff, however, absorbs super-fast, and smells like a Caribbean vacation.

This hairspray eradicates static, which can be such a problem this time of year, and does a good job of fighting frizz too.

 

 

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    EW
    22 Jan 2020
    1:07pm

    I can totally vouch for the Bombas wool socks. Attractive? no but I am wearing these things all the time..around the house and off to work…feets staying warm!!

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    Anne
    22 Jan 2020
    12:15pm

    Putting in a plug for the Uniqlo Heattech socks as well. I can get away with wearing those with my regular boots for cold/dry days and they add an extra layer of warmth in the boots I wear for cold/wet/snow days.

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    ktcorz
    22 Jan 2020
    4:09pm

    FWIW, first hand confirmation of Bombas commitment to homelessness. I just did a stint at a shelter handing out clothing and we distributed a huge supply of Bombas – so many were donated we had leftovers at the end! Socks are particularly valued by the homeless community, as feet take a beating, get wet, cold, etc and no laundry. I wasn’t very tuned in to Bombas before this and didn’t realize this was their policy – they are definitely walking this walk and so earned my goodwill.

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    c.w.
    22 Jan 2020
    2:57pm

    I’ve been trying to use cloth handkerchiefs more often than paper kleenex. So much better for the environment. Those Liberty ones are charming. Sidenote: I have pink eye (such. a. drag.), but I had a dr. appointment via video this morning. How did I not know about this?!?! Took less than fifteen minutes, they took my insurance and called in my prescription in a millisecond. Awesome. And I never had to leave my condo or change out of my sweatpants. (swoon)

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      Mimi
      23 Jan 2020
      11:33am

      I have a suggestion for Kim, and anyone else who suffers from a constantly dripping nose in the cold. I live in a Rocky Mountain ski resort and use a prescription nasal spray when I’m outdoors for several hours. It helps, and I’ve experienced no side effects. It’s Atrovent spray. The generic is Ipratropium. I use a 0.06% solution. There’s also a 0.03% strength available.

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    Kirstjen
    24 Jan 2020
    3:42pm

    I’m a Smartwool socks wearer, and I love them. I also love the wool socks that Costco sells periodically – I think they are Smartwool knockoffs, but I’m not sure.

    Love that Brazilian Bum Bum cream. The smell is amazing, which is something that frequently turns me off about products.

    I think you mentioned those insoles in the past, and I now have them in all of my rainboots!

    HeatTech from Uniqlo is interesting. I’m probably too large for them. But again, Costco actually sells a brand of longjohns called 32 degrees and another called HeatTech. I don’t wear either brand usually because I have been a Cuddl Duds wearer for decades. My boyfriend wears the ones from Costco, and they are very thin, and similar in weight to Cuddl Duds. He loves them and wears them daily in winter (in Chicago.)

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    AC
    22 Jan 2020
    11:42am

    Love the uniqlo heat tech leggings. They r my winter go to under jeans and pants.

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    Ann
    22 Jan 2020
    11:30am

    I love those sweatpants and wish I could spend the bucks on them. If you ever find a similar pair or maybe she could make them in a less expensive fabric? I love the color choice because we have a golden retriever! Fur a go go on black!

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    Jax
    22 Jan 2020
    11:40am

    Love those corduroy high top Vans. Would love a pair without the fleece lining, since I don’t need the lining in Cali.

    I vouch for O’Keeffe’s foot cream too! It’s magic.

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    Kimbersam
    22 Jan 2020
    10:19am

    The Laneige Glowy balm is nice also!

    I know you have two dogs. How in the world do you keep all that dog hair off of black cashmere pants? I wear many a cashmere hoodie and the dark colors require de-hairing multiple times a day. Not a problem if I don’t leave the house. But when I go out…the de-hairing ritual is sometimes more trouble than I have energy to complete. Perhaps I should “care less”? Thoughts?

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      Mamavalveeta03
      22 Jan 2020
      11:51am

      I live a life covered with fur. It’s not so bad in the scheme of things.

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      Mindy
      22 Jan 2020
      10:41am

      I gave up nearly all of my black a while ago because of my beagle mix. He out-sheds my two cats by miles. Fortunately, he makes up for it by being the quietest and most gentle natured hound there can possibly be.

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        Kimbersam
        22 Jan 2020
        11:41am

        I find myself tempted to give up black also. Pros- Less hair-showage, Can love up on kiss-monster-chihuahua-terrier mix more. Cons- Black is slimming, It looks more expensive, I match my black cat :), and despite being a GOACA it still works on me. (Sigh)

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          Mindy
          22 Jan 2020
          12:39pm

          It’s important to match the cat. Plus, cats look more expensive than dogs, even when awkwardly cleaning themselves.

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            Kimbersam
            22 Jan 2020
            1:15pm

            Mindy! Thank you for this comment. I agree! My one-eyed, one-eared black cat manages to look chic-Westwood-pirate while crotch-grooming. Darned if I could pull that off. (The chic–not the crotch-grooming)

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      Kim France
      22 Jan 2020
      10:50am

      I feel you, Kimbersam. Sometimes I use a roller to get the fur off, and sometimes I can’t be bothered, and leave the house covered in fur.

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    deborah
    22 Jan 2020
    10:31am

    I love all of this, and might have to convert to hanky-carrying myself. To add to the list, this winter I treated myself to a down skirt, recommended by dog musher Blair Braverman: https://www.skhoop.us/collections/down-skirts-1/products/short-down-19?variant=23534885306449 It’s superwarm, and I feel chic and sporty when I wear it; mine’s big enough to pull on over jeans before walking the dog. Highly recommend!

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      Kim France
      22 Jan 2020
      4:07pm

      I’m a little obsessed with these!

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      Candy
      22 Jan 2020
      4:49pm

      This skirt is awesome! Thanks for this tip. Love that it came from a dog musher, too.

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      Kay Erikson
      22 Jan 2020
      9:49pm

      Those skirts are amazing! LOVE!

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    Mindy
    22 Jan 2020
    10:31am

    I mentioned this on IWTBH several weeks ago, but O’Keeffe’s Working Hands has been my dry skin savior for the past few years. I cannot overstate how well it worked. I had severe dry cracked hands and tried so many lotions and this was the only thing that worked and my hands were healed within in a week and the cracking hasn’t returned with continued use. I just started using their body lotion on my legs and heels and the results have been just as good. I was a little skeptical since it has alcohol (to make it “pumpable” – all pump lotions have it), but have been very pleased. My husband has horrible dry skin all over in winter and he’s been helped immensely by this as well. It can be found in practically every chain drug and grocery store now and it’s cheap.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      22 Jan 2020
      11:54am

      Thank you, for that, Mindy! We are now O’Keefe’s converts in our house. 😊

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        Mindy
        22 Jan 2020
        12:34pm

        I’m so so happy it helped your husband (and you) out! Dry, cracked skin is painful and awful to live with – like paper cuts that don’t heal.

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      D.Morgendorffer
      22 Jan 2020
      11:46am

      My previous comment on O’Keeffe’s mysteriously disappeared into the ether and will probably appear after I submit this comment. Anyway, O’Keeffe’s foot cream (the non-exfoliating version) is the only thing that has ever made a difference for my feet. I had tried everything else, and no matter how diligent I was in application, nothing made a difference. With O’Keeffe’s, I saw improvement in a couple weeks. I saw serious improvement in a month. After about four months’ use, my feet were completely healed. Having tried both, I prefer the jar version of the foot cream over the tube version.

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        Mindy
        22 Jan 2020
        12:31pm

        Jar for both the hand and foot creams are better choices, I think, because the tube has alcohol to make it “squeezable,” just like the pumps. I have those jars by my bed, kitchen sink, in the car and office.

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      Candy
      22 Jan 2020
      9:42pm

      I’m an O’Keeffe’s convert as well, thanks to you. First time in years my fingers don’t have painfully cracked skin.

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    Maggie
    22 Jan 2020
    9:27am

    HANKY LIFE, BABY! My granny taught me that a lady always keeps a handkerchief in her pocketbook (yes, I call it that because she did) and I always do; it’s my one nod to ladylike-ness. I still eat food on the street, apply lipstick in public, and sit with my legs wide open, sorry. I have scored lots of lovely hankies at estate sales. They come in handy and are so much kinder to the earth than paper tissues!

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