Kick Winter in the Balls.

Daaamn it’s cold today. When I awoke, the temp was -9 and windchill was -26. Right now we’re sitting at a comfortable 0 degrees with -11 windchill. So, that’s an improvement. I take winter comfort extremely seriously. In a way it’s because Minnesotans complain about the weather so damn much, I try to be an advocate for embracing the cold. It’s not hard either. I swear.

First, Cozy Sweaters are a must. I get all mine at Old Navy because they’re relatively cheap, and easy to adapt into whatever your style is (e.g. buying an XXL black cable knit for goth-ness. Protip).  Above is the Boat-Neck Vented-Hem Sweater in “Black Marl.” It’s super soft.

Base layer: So important. I’ve used these leggings as a single layer for outside jogs/walks and they’re also thin enough to wear under skinny jeans for during the day. You gotta layer, man. This is the Women’s Heavyweight Tight from Columbia.

Get a coffee mug that won’t quit. I highly recommend Stanley. 1, because they’re a cool old brand so you got some street cred. 2, because they’ve perfected the vacuum seal. As long as I’ve been working at an office, I’ve been bringing coffee from home in pathetic plastic and ceramic travel mugs like a schmuck. NO MORE. I have the 20 oz One Handed Vacuum Mug in classic green.

MOISTURIZE. Seriously! Walking around with itchy skin that feels too tight all day is a terrible tragedy. After you get out of the shower and your skin is still soft, apply generously. Vaseline brand lotion with aloe is MY SHIT.

You can’t go wrong with wool socks. Whether they are thick boot socks or microwool, which generally have been moisture wicking abilities, you’ll want to make double sure that your footwear is waterproof. Once they get wet, you’re screwed. Think trench foot. Anyway, pick up several pairs of Alaska Knits at Target and thank me later.

It also goes without saying that the Skyrim soundtrack needs to be on your essential winter listening.

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Hi! I'm a graphic designer, photographer and female person. I live in Minneapolis with my husband Alan and our baby son Alexander and baby cat Arya.

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