Winter and I have a love-hate relationship. While I enjoy the crisp frosty mornings, picturesque snow fall, and curling up on a rainy day, I also really feel the cold. Which isn’t a great combination when I do have to go outside and brave the elements. Or when my colleagues turn the fans on in the office! Yes, even in Winter.
Typically the Winter season in the UK tends to be wet, cold, and windy, which is enough to put anyone off by the season. But there are still a few things I love about it. Especially when a good snowfall is such a rarity in some areas. I honestly can’t remember the last time we had a white Christmas!
So I thought I’d try to brighten up the darker days a little by sharing some of the things I love about Winter…. from skincare to fashion and everything in between. Lets get started..
What I Love About Winter
Now personally, I love snow, it just makes everything look so much prettier. There’s nothing better than wrapping up warm and taking a snowy Winter walk. Especially around our little village. Which is often followed by a pint and chips in our local, while we warm up by the fireplace.
Like snow, I find something so picturesque about a frosty morning, especially early morning when the sun is just starting to rise. The blankets of white ice covering the grass, crunchy leaves left over from Autumn, and decorating spider webs. Yes, it’s cold, but there’s nothing quite like it in the other seasons.
As much as I love fruity teas, there’s something so indulgent about a hot chocolate, that I love this time of year. Especially when it’s decorated with vegan whipped cream and some chocolate flakes. Mmmm, heavenly… What’s your favourite warming drink?
To be honest, my Autumn and Winter fashion picks are pretty similar, although in Winter I tend to wear more layers, and longer sleeves as it gets colder out! My go-to outfit is still a dress, boots and tights but with a few changes;
- Boots! There’s nothing better for keeping my feet warm and dry than a good pair of boots. I usually opt for shorter styles in early Winter and my longer ones as the days get even colder. Paired with fussy socks or thick tights (sometimes both!).
- Knitwear, like beanies, gloves, scarves, etc, are not only a great way to brighten up an outfit but they also help keep you warm too. Making them the perfect Winter fashion accessories.
I love feeling snuggly and warm when it’s wet, cold, or windy outside (sometimes all three!), so I always have a blanket on hand. My favourite at the moment is a purple tartan print blanket by Avon.
If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere then Winter means the start of the Christmas period. I love the run up to Christmas more than the day itself to be honest; watching Christmas movies, wrapping presents, spending time with my family and friends, etc. And I always think that without Winter, Christmas simply wouldn’t feel the same to me.
In Summer I think we all prefer lighter meals, like pasta salads, or snacking on strawberries. But in Winter, it’s all about hearty, warming foods, like soups and stews, for me. I just love tucking into something that will warm be through on a cold day. My go-to at the moment is a spicy chilli. Oh course, how can we forget all the Christmas treats too, like mince pies or shortbread. It’s definitely one of the more indulgent seasons.
Of course, skin care is something most people use year round, but there are a few items I add in as soon as Winter hits;
- A good moisturising lip balm, is a must for the colder months, especially as I suffer from very dry skin and my lips begin to chap as soon as Winter hits. Which can get very sore! So it’s important for me to keep them hydrated. My go-to is the lip balm range by Nivea. They come in a great range of colours and flavours, and are the best brand I’ve found for my lips.
- Hand cream! Much like lip balm, this is a must for me, to keep my hands from becoming too dry. My favourite at the moment is the Rich Plum hand cream by The Body Shop. They have such delicious scents with all of their hand creams.
What do you love (or hate) about Winter?