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I’m thinking warm and happy thoughts on today’s Monday Edit, and this post is going to keep you positively toasty!
I always feel the cold. In my last job I was that girl in the office who sat with her scarf draped across her legs and coat on, buttoned up, until well after 10am.
As soon as October arrives, out comes my winter gear. I’m rugged up and need to be surgically detached from my hot water bottle.
Despite my Christmas obsession, I basically cease to function if I get too cold. My hands seize up into little pink claws and I tend to resemble a walking coat stand.
So, with the cold weather settling in, I have bundled together some ideas on staying warm this winter:
A winter favourite of mine. I’m a self confessed wine-lover and I make no exception for a mulled. There is nothing I like more than wandering around a Christmas market, rosey-cheeked from the red stuff.
If you need a little direction on which to choose, Good Housekeeping have made a list of this years top six festive blends, according to taste and value. A mulled rosé even makes the cut! And I didn’t even know that was a thing.
Want to make your own? There are tons of recipes online, so you can get your vat of hot cinnamon-wine bubbling. My top pick is Jamie Oliver’s mulled wine. Rated as ‘super easy’ on his website, the recipe is simple (even I can follow it) and he adds nutritional information to keep track of your calories.
If you love mulled wine but draw the short straw and find yourself designated driver, here’s a non-alcoholic recipe from Delia Smith. It tastes and looks just like the real deal, so you don’t have to miss out.
And, guess what, it’s good for your health too. It’s full of antioxidants which reduce cholesterol and are also known to fight the signs of ageing. Um, Win. (Obviously and unfortunately it’s only good for you if consumed in moderation. Boo.)
Hot chocolate (don’t forget the marshmallows)
If refraining from wine, hot chocolate might be next in line as your winter- warming beverage.
If you like to try your hand at a healthy option, here’s a super food hot choccie recipe from Deliciously Ella. She’s created a healthy take on the standard hot chocolate, using almond milk, cacao and date syrup. If you are trying to save calories where you can this Christmas, this blend has all of the taste and none of the guilt.
By baking tasty treats, you warm yourself on the inside and the outside. If, like me, you are a baking novice, the heat will come from the stress of the mess you have created, and inability to follow basic cooking instructions.
I’d love to add baking as a string to my bow, so lately I’ve been perusing Poires au Chocolat, by london based Food Blogger, Emma Gardener. Her delicious blog includes hundreds of baking and dessert recipes, including an enticing Christmas section. Although she is no longer actively blogging, Emma regularly edits her posts to keep them up to date.
Baths are the best. Sometimes a piping hot bath is the only cure for thawing out frost-bitten toes. Finding the time for one is the perfect way to destress and to bring you back to an acceptable temperature. Add a few scented candles, bring a book and that’s my therapy session for the week.
To have a bath without bubbles is against the law. Lush have an adorable Christmas selection available this year, so even your ‘me time’ can be festive.
Now here me out. Uggs are making a come back. Admittedly, they are no shoe boots. And are certainly not the most glamorous of shoes, but they might just be up there with the warmest. I’m not talking about the bend at the heel ones, that walk with a scuff. But the legit sheepskin kind.
After living in Australia for a year I feel a slight affiliation with all things Aussie. And it has to be said, these shoes are warm, cosy and really ward off toe-freeze. If you need more persuasion, model and stylist, Alexa Chung, has agreed to work with UGG as an art director in their first collaboration. She’s bringing them back.
How glorious a piece of clothing is the blanket scarf? They have become the staple wardrobe item in the last couple of years. Investing in one is a must for looking stylish and more importantly, keeping toasty.
They are all over the highstreet at the moment but my favourites are from H&M. I’m loving their huge accessories section, including all the scarfs and shawls and it’s all super pocket friendly. I have had my enormous H&M scarf for three winters and I still love it just as much as the day I bought it.
Blogging babe, Alyson Haley, at Sequins and Things, has put together a video on how you can style your blanket scarf, if you don’t want to just drape around yourself, like me.
And if you fancy going one step further, see this post from Vogue on how this year the trend is to wear an actual blanket or throw as your scarf!
I hope this random collection of recipes, retail and ramblings, help to keep you warm this winter. I’m no good with the cold, so let me know your winter warming tips!