Monday, December 1, 2014

Cold Weather Wishlist.

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    Pointing above, how amazing is this sign?

    I stumbled upon it, leaving a friend's apartment on Thanksgiving and really dwelled upon its message. People are so quick to jump on the "thankful" bandwagon, which is all-around beneficial, even if it takes one designated "holiday" to remind us. But, I suppose that we should all try just a smidgen harder to consciously acknowledge the positive in life more often. That's the point. Well, Thanksgiving came and went...far too quickly, I might add. Just like it always does. It seriously sprinted from October, right? I spent my holiday in the city here with friends. Sadly, I wasn't able to get away, especially in lieu of my month-long vacation. But, it's rare that I do travel for Thanksgiving anymore. Ugh! Jobs? Responsibilities. #AnnoyingAdultProblems. Friendsgiving, it is! This year, once again, I prepared a brussel sprouts recipe and a mashed cauliflower dish (I substituted some lowfat cream cheese and a splash of almond milk), a healthy (ier) alternative to mashed potatoes, which are a favorite of mine. I could eat the whole pot. Swapping potatoes for cauliflower, though, relieves me of some of my usual guilt. And, most importantly, the recipe is delicious. Tell me I'm wrong, I dare you.

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    With that said, since having returned to New York City, I've realized that there are plenty of items that I not only waaaaaaant for winter but seem to need. Seriously. Neeeeeeeed. With emphasis. In the span of a week and a half, I've made a list of the things that are not on my "holiday wishlist," but instead, are necessary for survival. OK, not all of them are necessary (Rhinestone clutch, is that you?), but for the most part, the list is very tame. I tried.

    They're all practical, functional and affordable. Let's just say that I'm on my way to collecting these, considering I'll either be battling the whipping, icy winds that assault my face while trotting through the city, or I'll be hibernating indoors. Home. I'll be enjoying (hopefully!)-- God, are you listening to this desperate plea?--an exorbitant, delicious amount of time at home.

Winter colors are in full force. I suppose I'm feeling the season. Greys, silvers, and snowy whites, oh my! 

Hey, when in winter...

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Frozen Fingertips Nail Polish: Essie, OPI, Formula X // Boots: Sorel Winter "Carnival" // Hat: Chicnova leopard beret // Travel Mug: Kate Spade "Cold Hands, Warm Heart" thermos // Crockpot and slow cooker // Cookbook: Martha Stewart "One Pot" // Cozy writing spot: Home Depot armchair // Sparkly clutches: (top) Anya Hindmarch glitter clutch,  (bottom) Lulu Townsend rhinestone clutch // Flask: Mark and Graham "Celebrate" in pewter // Dry Skincare: Clinique Moisture Surge cream, Clinique Moisture Surge overnight mask // Floor Runner: Safavieh Chatham Collection 

Icy, frozen fingertips to match the outside temperatures. "Frost yourself!"-How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days// Winter boots for the snow, sleet or rain are practically a can't-live-without, especially here in the northern states. These Sorels provide comfort and cozy safehavens for those feet and do it with style. I like that they hit mid-calf rather than knee-high// Need to keep the ears warm? Check! Leopard print? Always! Really, a beret? Yes, tres chic in this cozy cony hair style!// Crockpots are where it's at these days...throw the ingredients in and go. Can I get an Amen?! And, this Martha Stewart cookbook features all recipes that require just that one pot. Who knew you could get so creative with one major appliance? Warm, hearty meals that keep you from running back out to the grocery store after a long, exhausting day sound ideal for hibernation. No leaving the abode tonight for canned soup.// Why the chair, you might ask? I decided that I'd like to spend more time, writing and reading (and watching holiday movies!) next to my bed. I currently own a nice, worn-in country kitchen-esque chair that I do love, but I think it's finally time to upgrade, upgrade. I'd love an affordable fabric armchair to curl up in or to work from, but as always, space is an issue. This particular Home Depot chair doesn't take up unnecessary room while still inviting me to enjoy a cup of hot cider, window-side, on a snowy December evening.// Add some bling to the sea of grey with a sparkly clutch. I'm easily distracted. Give me something shiny any day to gain my attention. These two pack the power.//  Like the intoxicated Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street said, "A man's gotta do something to keep warm!" Snag this festive "celebrate" flask (when is there not something to "celebrate?") or personalize it to something of your liking on the site.// Ahhhh, skincare. In winter, while we're being whipped by the wind, chapped, and snowed on, we take a beating, facially speaking. Faces crave moisture and not just the sleet that's pouring down. Give yourself a tall glass of water with Clinique's heavy duty Moisture Surge skincare system. That overnight repair mask will change your daytime game face.// Finally, this Safavieh floor runner would change not only the look of my entire kitchen and entryway but the literal feel of it as well. Again, like my chair, my runner is plain tired and worn out. Due to foot traffic and my two adorably annoying fur children, it's time to replace. I want something simple and modern but a rug that can withstand cold hardwood floors and even colder toes on the way to the bathroom during those winter mornings. Grey and white reppin' hard in this house.

With these in tow, watch your back, winter. 
I'll be ready for whatever December throws. 

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