10 ways to survive winter (a little)
Argh! Ew! Ugh! You hear that? That is the sound people make who hate winter but who, nonetheless, live in a very winter-ish part of the world.
Metallic Silver Coat/Jacket Options: TopShop , The Real Real , Net-A-Porter , Forever 21 , ShopBop , FarFetch , Tommy Hilfiger
Black Jeans: American Eagle
I admit, I hate winter. I don’t skate, ski, snowshoe or play any winter games; I kind’a hibernate but without all that sleeping in part (though, that would be aces if I could, amiright?). I’ve always wanted to move to a sunny place in the world but with work, family and the like, it seems unlikely that I will move anywhere else soon, so over the years I’ve learned how to survive winters (a little) here and I’m gonna share some of these secrets with you.
- 1. Movie night in: Call people to come over to watch a flick at your apartment. Sure, you can go out and see a movie with friends but that would involve stepping outside and watching your eye lashes freeze and break from the harsh cold winds. Why do that when you can use your awesome negotiating skills (or is it manipulating skills?) to invite people over instead? Oh, and ask them to bring the grub too, you know, since they’re out.
- 2. Get underground: Luckily here in Montreal we have a huge underground mall in the downtown area which means you don’t have to be outside for very long-if at all. What’s great about this, is that you can do all our shopping without having to wear a big heavy parka to weight you down. The bad part is, you will most likely end up buying more stuff because you’re not being weighed down by a big, fluffy parka. Choose your battles wisely.
- 3. Something different: When it’s freakishly frigid out there, sometimes a hot chocolate is just what you need over coffee coz hot chocolate is like a warm hug for your insides.
- 4. Fashion: In this photoshoot, I’m wearing Zara’s silver metallic parka (sold out, sorry) that not only keeps me warm but it also makes me feel like i’m an astronaut and everyone knows astronauts are like super heroes. There are so many brights colors and metallics out there that you don’t have to go for your basic black anymore. Just coz it’s -2 (but feels like -400 with wind chill), doesn’t mean you can’t have fun (and it’s also a nice way of giving father winter the middle finger).
- 5. Attention seeking bitch: You know we all do it…we feel cold, we playfully whine about it to our significant other and thrust our bodies closer to theirs in hopes for some major cuddle action. This doesn’t work in the summer coz if you whined a little and thrusted your hot, sweaty body against your significant other, that person is gonna assume you want to cuddle your private parts together instead (and maybe you want that but what if you didn’t? Awkward).
- 6. New places: I can’t count the amount of times I’ve attempted to go for a walk with a friend, only to feel like I’m experiencing hypothermia and need to get inside quickly to thaw. And I can’t count how many times we’ve walked in somewhere new and liked. I’ve discovered so many new little eateries along the way and I never would have discovered if I wasn’t freezing my tinsel off– sometimes winter can be surprisingly nice to me.
- 7. Binging: I say go all out and eat anything you want during these long, dark winter days because no one can see you under those layers and layers of sweaters and long johns. Same goes for TV, give yourself permission to binge-watch any series because you can. Besides, come spring and summer, you’ll be off of that couch and out of the fridge for all that hiking and socializing thing people do.
- 8. Sleepwear. I’m not just saying this because I’m a sleepwear designer, but wearing soft, micro polar pyjama pants is the best part of winter. There is so much selection out there so buy a set and crawl into it as soon as you come home from work. Oh, and add slippers to that imagery coz wearing slippers right after pulling off your cold, wet boots feels like heaven. It feels like hot chocolate for the outside of your body.
- 9. Read stuff. I spend a lot of time indoors during this cold season and when I’m not binge-watching anything, I’ll sink into my couch and read a book. I tend to read more in winter than I do in summer, so I take this time to catch up. Also, my vocabulary improves a lot in the winter and then I go to dumb down a bit in the summer with wine.
- 10. Vacation. It’s not uncommon to go on vacation during the winter, hell, I do it to when I can. A lot of resorts go on sale around this time of the month and so are cruises, so give that a try if you really can’t stand the cold. And if you’re going somewhere hot, drop me a message….maybe I’ll come with.
And that’s it. Those are all my 10 tips and tricks (and advice) for surviving winter. I’m curious what you do to survive this shitty season, maybe I can adopt it into my lifestyle too.