Cold Weather Favorites

It has been seriously chilly these past few weeks! I thought I had left these frigid temps behind when we moved away from Montreal, but this winter’s wild weather has shown that you have to be prepared for serious cold. In that spirit, I wanted to share a few cold weather favorites, in case you have been shivering through the winter so far.

A great jacket. I have this Canada Goose Kensington Parka, and I love it so much. This particular jacket is a huge investment — I lived in Montreal for more than 5 years before I bought it (and was always a little chilly, ha!). This is the real deal if you are someone who runs cold or lives somewhere where seriously cold temps are expected, and it looks great although I’ve had it for years. I take really good care of it, and and expect to have it forever, so the per wear cost will hopefully be quite low. In Montreal this was a necessity and the jackets from this brand are very popular, but (prior to this year!) I run hot and in Boston have often been wearing a Gap coat similar to this through much of the winter.

A thick hat. I love my hat from French Knot. It has an inner layer of fleece and an outer later of knit alpaca, so it is extra warm. Plus, the Massachusetts-based company takes care in making sure their artisans are paid a living wage.

Perfect gloves. A thin pair that you can stuff in your pocket is perfect. I have some thin but warm ones from Black Diamond that are years old, and they don’t seem to make them anymore — they are like a thinner version of this. Warm hand make such a difference!

Good boots. I have these great waterproof boots (on sale) — they are so cute and I wear them every day in the winter! I recently got a pair of Kamik boots to try in really slippery weather.

A cozy babe. For really cold days, I have been outfitting Serena in her warmest jacket and fleece pants, or in fleece with a snowsuit over it. (These sweater leggings have been awesome for these chilly days too!) She has these boots and these mittens for playing outside, and in the stroller this awesome bunting keeps her toasty (and expands from infant to toddler). My absolute favorite hats are the knit ones from Misha and Puff, but also have gotten some great ones from Hanna Andersson.

A soft blanket for the back of the couch. Little Giraffe makes the sweetest baby blankets, and when I saw a sale on their larger blankets I grabbed one in the throw size, and I’m so glad I did. It is so luxurious feeling! (I had joined their email list, and they had a flash sale and I got it for $75 instead of $178!)

A warm dinner.  On rotation around here: an easy Moosewood-style chili (I leave out the bulgur and add in some jalapeño and Mexican red chile powder), homemade baked macaroni and cheese, oatmeal cookies, and a nice cup of tea (Numi Earl Grey and Traditional Medicinals ginger are my favorites).

Stay warm! xox

Image Credit: Laura Chassaigne

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