Winters are always a little hard for me to get through, especially January and February. November and December have holidays (and holiday sales!) to make them more appealing. But come January, all of the holiday excitement is over, but three more long months of cold and darkness remain. But, instead of giving in to my desire to curl up on the couch and stuff my face with comfort food, I make it a priority to stay as healthy as possible.
The best way to keep your body healthy is to watch what you put into it, which is obviously easier said than done. I don’t follow any specific diet but focus on doing the following two things: I try to incorporate vegetables into every single meal. And I try to avoid refined sugars and grains. I kind of think of my diet as a modified Paleo diet, one that allows cheese and wine (because I refuse to give these up). As such, I find a ton of inspiration around the interwebs, because Paleo is apparently the cool thing to do (I just try to avoid the crazy cult talk). Those bloggers are great… they’ve convinced my to branch out in the kitchen! Two of my favorite new appliance additions are the Spiralizer (aka, zucchini noodle maker… love) and the Vitamix (macho blender for perfect daily green smoothies). And my favorite newly discovered ingredients are coconut flour (for grain-free muffins likes these), dates (because raw “brownie” bites are better than actual brownies) and vanilla paste (better than vanilla extract, I’m still amazed). With healthy, delicious recipes to try all the time, I don’t find eating healthy foods (and avoiding the unhealthy ones) as difficult as I used to.
Along with eating healthy comes exercising. It took me many years to get a workout routine down after quitting soccer after college, but I have a pretty good routine now. I get a workout in nearly every day. While perhaps not the ideal solution, regularly buying new workout clothes helps keep me motivated (I regularly sell to justify it!). I’ve tried so many brands of athletic apparel, but keep coming back to Lululemon. Other companies are improving, but Lululemon’s staples are still the most flattering and comfortable. I’m a fan of the basic WU crop for on the bottom (though I do have to do the bend test to check for sheerness), and a flow-Y bra and CRB on the top (plus this rulu long sleeve if I’m practicing at room temp). It doesn’t get better than that.
How are you doing with diet an exercise this winter? Anything you’ve found to be helpful and motivational?
A while back I posted about my search for d’Orsay flats. I tried a few pairs (like the Manolo Soussaba, now on super sale), but nothing worked out for one reason or another. I planned on trying out Vince’s Nina flat next, but with no sales at the time and winter on its way, I decided to put it off. Until now! I was doing some random post-holiday sales browsing when I came across a pair of on-sale Vince Nina flats. I wasn’t a fan of the color, so I decided to search the other large retailers sites for more options. Lo and behold, many colors and leathers were on sale! I picked up a pair of black calf hair ones because they were just marked to 70% off (although I do like the black suede, too). Here are all of the sale colors:
I know many people have commented about how comfortable these are, so I have high hopes! I actually don’t own any plain black flats for work, so if these fit they will definitely be a welcome addition to my closet!
If you live in a climate that has a long, frigid winter season, you probably know how challenging it can be to motivate yourself to stay warm and stylish the entire season. I know I’ll be happy to start wearing scrubs again!! With this in mind, I put together a few tips for staying warm, comfortable and presentable throughout the season. Part 1 is all about the layers up top!
Tip #1: Combat itchy sweaters. Nothing looks more winter than a chunky oversized wool sweater. Especially the turtleneck variety. Unfortunately, these can be annoyingly itchy, particularly for those with allergies and sensitive skin! Layering is the obvious answer. But finding the right layer is the key. The highest quality, best variety, and most highly rated tops I’ve found are made by a brand called Majestic (best varieties at Bloomingdales and Neiman’s). The Majestic layering tops are a super smooth and stretchy viscose blend; they are extremely form fitting, so they lay smooth under any sweater and don’t add bulk. They come in lots of versions (long sleeve crew, turtleneck, boatneck, etc), so you can always find the perfect cut to layer under a specific sweater. They are starting to hit sale, so now is the perfect time to pick some up (I just grabbed a white turtleneck and black 3/4 sleeve U neck, each for >50% off).
Tip #2: Get top layers to lay flat. I love the look of a button down shirt peeking out from under a more form fitting sweater. But may times, the overlaying sweater shows lumps and bumps if worn directly over the shirt. A quick and easy way to smooth everything out is to throw a tank top on over the shirt and under the sweater. Any tight tank top would do, preferably one with a little less length so it doesn’t start peeking out the bottom. I love this tank from J. Crew because it has a double layer of fabric which is wonderful for smoothing things out (whether its needs to conceal shirt buttons when layered or bra lines when worn alone).
Tip #3: Find the right blend. When you’re sick of layering and want to be warm yet comfortable in just one layer, finding a specific fabric blend is the way to go. 100% wool fabrics are extremely warm, but tend to have at least some itchiness. However, when the wool is blended with a itch-free fabric such as silk or cotton, you get the best of both worlds (plus a beautiful drape). These blends can get pretty pricy, but they’re available at reasonable prices as well. Yoox always has some good options (like this beautiful cardigan sitting in my dreambox at $59), as does the Outnet and Last Call. Be a little cautious of super cheap ones- you do need a certain quality of wool to achieve this.