This winter doesn’t quite feel like winter. Temperatures are starting to drop (a little), but snow has yet to fall in New York City. It’s just uncomfortable enough outside to keep us indoors, but I still haven’t gotten to curl up in some of my favorite wool sweaters with a cup of cocoa. Call me crazy, but I’m ready to see Central Park covered in a blanket of white! All of this in-between has given me a case of the (not so) winter blues. If you’re feeling like me, a bit down in the dumps during this remarkably unseasonable winter, keep reading to find out how I plan to kick this funky feeling!
Brighten Your Home or Office with Fresh Flowers
Cooler months can feel a bit lifeless. Only evergreens are in bloom, and there can tend to be gloomy grey tint to the sky. Brightening your home or office with fresh flowers is a great way to stimulate your senses in the winter. The bold colors and beautiful smell will help to warm your surroundings and your mood.
It can be challenging to find motivation to keep moving when it’s brisk and uncomfortable outside. Running or playing sports outdoors becomes difficult or impossible without the right cold weather gear, and it’s oh so easy to indulge in heavy, richer foods in the winter and hide the extra pounds under an oversized sweater. Bleak weather is no excuse to let your body stay stagnant – there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you moving! Join a gym or try a yoga, Pilates, or dance class this winter.
Warn Up with Wine
Nothing will brighten the end of a chilly winter day like a warming glass of wine. Whether you’re sharing a bottle with your co-workers at happy hour, your girlfriend after work, or your partner at home at the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with a great wine in the winter.
Reconnect with Your Girls Over Coffee
When the weather gets bleak, it’s easy to go into hibernation mode. After you get home at the end of the day, kick off your boots, and shed your winter layers, the last thing you want to do is bundle back up, trek into the cold, and get together with friends. It’s essential to stay connected to others, even when there’s a chill in the air. Head to the nearest local coffee shop to reconnect with your girls!
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Yes, you may have over-indulged during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you need to start the New Year with an intense diet that deprives you of dessert. Denying yourself of a little guilty pleasure here and there is a recipe for disaster – the combination of cold and starvation could send you spiraling into a case of the winter blues. This season, remember to indulge your sweet tooth (in moderation).
Thanksgiving is officially one week away, and I know all you style setters want to stay fashionable this year. I’ve got some tips for your best Thanksgiving ever!
WHAT TO WEAR
What’s your Thanksgiving look? Do you keep it comfy or go chic? No matter what’s your style, I’ve got some cute and casual holiday looks from J. Crew and Madewell at 25% off. Madewell is offering 25% off their favorite styles with the code UNWRAP25. Better hurry, this sale ends tomorrow, November 22. Don’t worry, it’s not too late to get the perfect look for Thanksgiving! You’ve got a bit longer to shop the deal at J. Crew. Now through Sunday, November 24, take 25% off their winter favorites with the code WINTER. As usual, I’ve got my picks below:
WHAT TO DRINK
Lord knows we’re all going to need a cocktail (or two or three) to survive the family functions this Thanksgiving. Why not drink your dinner with these cocktails inspired by Thanksgiving flavors:
Classic Cranberry Cosmo
2 Parts Vodka
2 Parts Cranberry Juice
1 Part Orange Liquor
1 Part Citrus Juice
*Shake with ice then pour and serve!
Wild Turkey Spiked Cider
(Inspiration from Cosmopolitain Magazine)
1 1/2 Parts Wild Turkey Bourbon
1 Parts Apple Cider
1 Part Cranberry Juice
Garnish: 1 Sprig Sage and 1 Sprig Thyme
*Shake with ice then garnish and serve!
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Mulled Wine
(Inspiration from Bethenny Frankel)
Red Wine (recommended: Skinnygirl Cabernet)
Pumpkin Pie Spice to taste
Honey to taste
Garnish: Orange Slices
*Stir on low heat then garnish and serve!
WHERE TO SHOP
We all know the most important day of the Thanksgiving holiday is not Thanksgiving, it’s Black Friday. While you’re holed up in the house on Thursday, get your Black Friday game plan in order. My suggestion: avoid the mobs and masses and shop online. Don’t think you’re going to skirt the frenzy by shopping the web. Snagging the items you want will still be cutthroat, but at least you can battle from the comfort of your pjs. Build your wishlists preemptively so you know exactly what you plan to purchase from these cyber sales:
Friday, November 29: 50% off cashmere collectible sweaters
Thursday, November 28 – Monday, December 2: 20% off all merchandise with code GIMME20.
Wednesday, November 27: 50% off past season styles THEN Friday, November 28: 30-50% off past season styles and new items added to sale.
Friday, November 29:15% off 2 items with code FRIDAY15, 25% off 3 items with code FRIDAY25, 35% off 4+ items with code FRIDAY35.
Gorjana & Griffin
Friday, November 29: 40% off sitewide
Rue La La
Friday, November 29: 24 “Today’s Fix” items that will be seriously reduced.
Thursday, November 28 – Monday, Decmeber 2: $75-$100 off select denim.