Anyone who lives above the Mason Dixon knows that this winter has been ROUGH so far! Here in New England we got snow early in December and have had snow on the ground ever since due to to frequent snow storms and super low temps. I’ve lived in the Northeast for most of my life, so I’m no stranger to winter, but the past month has been winter on steroids. I’m sharing the five items that have made these cold days a little bit easier to endure and have helped me not to be absolutely miserable to be around.
My favorite thing in the winter is to wrap myself up in a blanket and camp out on the couch binge watching Netflix or playing sudoku. This Life Comfort Throw is the softest thing I ever owned. I honestly feel sad every morning when I have to leave it and go to work. It’s extra big (60″x70″), so there is plenty of blanket to share…although I prefer to just wrap myself up in it burrito style. My parents gave me the throw for Christmas and I have used it every day since.
I finally broke down and bought a pom hat. I’m not always the biggest fan of trends. For example, I just can’t get behind tassle earrings, velvet shirts, and don’t get me started on the scrunchie movement, but pom pom hats are f’ing adorable and I got this super cute one on Amazon for only $15. It is super warm and matches all of my winter coats, so really what more could I want. I went with white, but they have a ton of other colors too.
I post so many pictures of alcohol on my Instagram that you all probably think I have a drinking problem. I can assure you that I don’t, but I do enjoy a nice glass of wine or flavored whiskey from time to time. This winter has been all about the Jack Honey because it tastes delicious and makes you feel warm inside. I’m always looking for new Jack Honey cocktail recipes and this Apple Cider Honey Jack Martini by Taste and See is next on my list!
I have embraced the concept of blanket scarves like nobody else. The fashion industry gave me, and everyone else, permission this year to walk around in public in a blanket disguised as a scarf and I could seriously not be more grateful. I have a couple that I wear both when I’m out and when I’m just lounging around at home. I got this white plaid blanket scarf for Christmas and it’s my new favorite. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it sheds a little bit, but it’s totally worth it.
By this point all, or at least most, of you know that I am an avid reader. Winter is the perfect time to escape into another world and wait for spring and sunshine. I usually try to read longer, more in depth books during the fall and winter because it’s when I spend the most time indoors and can really commit to reading more intricate novels. Wally Lamb books are almost always on my winter reading list. I’m currently reading Lamb’s novel We Are Water. If his last books are any indication it won’t be the most uplifting book I’ve read, but the character development and humanistic themes pull me in every time.