Things I bought, things I want, cozy edition

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As those of you who’ve been hanging out here a while know, I loathe being cold. Winter is, by far, my least favorite time of year, and the one during which my fantasies about moving to L.A. are most alive—fires, traffic, and mudslides be damned. This year I’m doing my best to make sure I am always warm and toasty, indoors and out. Because my apartment is all windows, it’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter, and to make sure my feet stay nice and cozy, I acquired these Birkenstock slippers, which are so comfortable that I can’t wait to get home and put them on. They also come in this excellent red, and grey too.

You know I like a bucket hat, and I think this fleece version couldn’t be a whole lot cuter.

I got it into my head a few weeks ago that I needed cashmere socks, and set out to find the most reasonably-priced pair I could locate. These are from Cos, and they’re 94% cashmere, and super-warm.

Because I must clean up after my dogs while walking them, and that involves opening plastic bags, I have very specific requirements for a glove. I wear fingerless ones for as long as the weather permits, but I got this new pair, which has a handy flap to cover the tops of your fingers, for when it’s too freezing to go fingerless.

 

The fleece collar on this Madewell jumpsuit is a fun and cushy touch.

I think these splurgy drop-crotch cashmere sweatpants from Nili Lotan would be perfect for morning dog walks. If you’d like a pair that doesn’t cost a small fortune and doesn’t feature a drop-crotch, try these, from Everlane.

Lately, I’ve been searching for Missoni scarves on the Real Real, where you can find a selection that is both broad and (usually) well-priced. Somebody should snap up this one before I do.

I am a huge fan of Uniqlo’s Heattech leggings, which are so whisper-thin they don’t feel bulky under even the tightest pants, and keep you nice and toasty. They also go for just under $20 a pop, and it’s hard to beat that.

The idea of lining my winter boots with these nifty foot warmers sounds like heaven.

Also rather heavenly: this Roland Pine candle from Soap & Paper Factory.

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    Tally
    25 Nov 2019
    2:37pm

    I am very tempted to try the heated insoles. I usually use the small ones. I recently went into a Brick-and-mortar shoe store and was sold a pair of BOGS and I have to say: utilitarian, not very chic, but the warmest, comfiest boots I have tried.

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      kirstjen
      26 Nov 2019
      9:07am

      You can also buy sheepskin insoles that do a great job keeping your feet warm, but they take up a lot of space in your shoes/boots.

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    Viajera
    26 Nov 2019
    10:51am

    I am not saying they would beat out a down slipper in a real winter area, but for inside the home, “nurse” rubber clogs are quite warm too, and very comfortable. I like Klogs, and I used to wear Anywears too. Now that my feet are having issues, I stick to clogs though.

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    Mary
    25 Nov 2019
    12:34pm

    Yes, if you’re properly dressed for winter, it’s bearable! I have friends who live in Ottawa, where winters are fierce. But they’re simply too cheap to spend money on a heavy-duty parka. Yes, they’re expensive but they will last many, many years and will make life far more bearable!

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    HickfromStyx
    25 Nov 2019
    1:01pm

    Oh, so toasty. My favorite winter warmth trick for daily wear is fleece-lined footless tights with merino wool socks. I would like to try the Uniqlo leggings, but the they sell only three items for women my size in my country…three! Bear in mind that I wore queen-size tights when I weighed 120 lbs., in order to get the leg length right. This is why footless is the way to go. All they need to do is offer us what they offer women in your country, even online only. Disappointing, but par for the course.

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    Kirstjen
    26 Nov 2019
    9:06am

    I’m a big fan of Cuddl Duds long underwear. They are also really thin, warm, and they have some fun colors and patterns.

    I have some gloves that are similar to yours, and I love them. They are great for the dog walk in the winter, among other things.

    And finally, that candle. Does it smell amazing? Because that price is crazy low!

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      Kim France
      26 Nov 2019
      9:45am

      It smells amazing indeed, and it’s priced low because I linked to a votive size. It comes in full-size too: https://rstyle.me/+pMzpyGfVQqJyNv7jBId39g

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    Joannawnyc
    25 Nov 2019
    1:42pm

    I just ordered some Heattech leggings for $9.90 and a jacket for $20 off and it’s like the leggings were FREE and I still saved money! I love Fashion Math.

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    Susan Davis
    30 Nov 2019
    11:47am

    Boiled-wool-cork-sole slippers are the best. I can’t wait to get home and put them on my feet. I am a die-hard Stegmann fan.

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    c.w.
    25 Nov 2019
    11:01am

    One thing I learned years and years ago is thin silk long underwear under any other long underwear keeps you twice as warm. I begin wearing silk long underwear alone under my jeans as soon as the thermometer reads 50 so I am a verifiable wimp when it comes to cold weather. Love that bucket hat!

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    D.Morgendorffer
    25 Nov 2019
    11:02am

    I am getting a cheapo version of the puffer coat-style Japanese house shoes I saw on The Strategist. If the cheapo version seems pretty good, I’ll upgrade to the nicer Japanese version and use the cheapo ones for grubby basement shoes. Meanwhile, I had no idea there were alpaca socks…

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    Jean
    25 Nov 2019
    8:05am

    Forget cashmere – you must get alpaca socks for cold feet! And they are a more affordable option if cashmere seems too steep price-wise.

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      Kim France
      25 Nov 2019
      11:07am

      Are the alpaca socks not itchy, Jean?

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        Jean
        25 Nov 2019
        1:16pm

        Not in my experience. Just very warm and cozy.

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    Mouse
    25 Nov 2019
    8:12am

    I live in Maine so I’m often cold. (Otherwise, not complaining) I love Uniqlo heattech, and also the ultra-light down vest is the best thing ever, esp. for travelling. Smartwool socks. Cashmere beanie hat. And of course, something in blaze orange, because, you know, deer season…..:) The Scandinavians have a saying something like: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

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      Heather
      25 Nov 2019
      11:26am

      A woman in Montana once said the exact same thing to me, when I complained about hiking in cold rain in June.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    25 Nov 2019
    7:47pm

    I might be an oddball, but I love winter! Not that I spend much time outside, but I’d give my right arm for a good snowstorm.

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      Mary
      25 Nov 2019
      11:01pm

      I like winter too! Or maybe it’s just the clothes I like? Summer fashion is my least favourite of the seasons – have a heck of a time with it!

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    Olga
    25 Nov 2019
    7:59pm

    Love that Missoni scarf. It’s sold out already. I have a few and they are warm, colorful and last forever.

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    Tricia
    25 Nov 2019
    11:35pm

    I love winter too! I also love fall. My two favorite seasons. I love the clothing…boots, cashmere, a great coat. Maybe it’s my age but I am a sweaty mess in the summer. Especially living here in NYC. The only thing I can tolerate is some sort of sack dress. lol

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      kirstjen
      26 Nov 2019
      9:12am

      I’ve found something to love about ALL the seasons as I’ve gotten older. And I really like the change from one season to the next too. I fantasize about living somewhere sunny and warm all the time, but that’s usually in February when Chicago just gets to be too gray and then I hop on a plane to somewhere warm for 3-4 days and it’s like I’ve recharged.

      There really is something to be said for enforced time on the sofa with a good book, a hot drink, and a blanket…

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