I grew up in a warm environment, and as the years pass, I find myself increasingly unhappy with the reality that I now live in a cold one. Not unhappy enough to move, but unhappy enough to bitch and complain to anyone who will listen, all winter long. So I do my best to stay warm and dry and well, and frequently clomp about in my cozy No. 6 shearling boots, which I got in grey even though it seemed like a risk stain-wise, and they’ve actually stood up very well.
Those No 6 boots are suede and have no treads, so are no good when it’s snowing; for that eventuality, I put on my Incredible boots from Penelope Chilvers. They’re shearling-lined too, and deeply comfortable.
I am such a wuss about the cold that as soon as the temperatures hit the 30s, I don’t leave the house without wearing Uniqlo’s Heattech long johns under my jeans. They’re micro-thin, super-warm, and nicely priced.
I save my Patagonia Capilene Air long underwear for when temperatures hover near the single digits (here are the bottoms). Super-toasty, and almost as thin as the Uniqlo ones. And they’re made with merino wool, but aren’t the least bit itchy.
My crusade against the common cold starts the moment I begin to sneeze a lot, which is always the first sign I’m coming down with something. So I take ginger shots daily, and while I can’t prove that they do anything, I’m pretty sure they do something.
If I do get a cold, I put a few drops of oil of oregano under my tongue (you can also add some to a glass of water) for a few seconds then swallow. It tastes like hell, but I’m certain it shortens the duration of my sickness.
Lipstick is too drying this time of year, so I go for this fancy tinted lip balm from By Terry, which provides a nice pop of color, doesn’t taste like candy the way so many other lip balms do, and really works.
A few years ago, caught outside on a day in which the temperature dropped precipitously, I ducked into the nearest store and acquired a cozy and cute Mischa Lampert hat, which is weirdly, magically warm.