Braving the Winter in Style

From traversing snowy trails to hunkering down inside, here’s what you will need this winter

Now that the temperature is dropping and the days are getting shorter, it’s time to slow down and enjoy the changing season. After braving the cold outside, turn your home into a cozy space, slip into something fuzzy and recharge.

For nostalgic souls

This candle’s aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate and caramel, will take you back to camping nights filled with laughter, songs and toasty marshmallows. Bask in this sweet and relaxing scent as you read a book and sip a warm drink. Soja & Co’s candles are handmade in Montreal from natural soy wax, and are vegan and cruelty free.
S’mores + Firewood, starting at $13 for 2oz.
Available at sojaco.ca and several stores across Canada.

Snack consciously

If you’re a snacker looking for healthy tidbits to munch on during snow days, try these energy bites with an Asian flair. The ginger orange flavor, with spicy notes, will warm you from the inside. Other flavors include black sesame, coconut pandan and brownie. These soft-baked, plant-based bites are sweetened with maple syrup and contain no preservatives. You can eat them for breakfast, pair with coffee or tea, or enjoy before or after workout.
$39 per case of 10 packs.
Available at nufs.ca.

Sweet dreams

If you invest in high-quality bedding items they will last a long time and help you sleep better. This set from Maison Tess comes in four colors and includes a fitted sheet, two pillowcases, and a duvet cover. The lightweight and breathable fabric, Luxe Cotton, is made from Egyptian sateen cotton, giving it a smooth texture and lustrous feel. For extra comfort, cocoon in a waffle cotton blanket.
Sets start at $410, blankets at $185.
Available at maisontess.com. 

No more chapped lips

Masks are not only for moisturizing your face or hair, but can also give you a soft and smooth pout. Who doesn’t want to wake up to full and plump lips? This overnight mask containing Centella Asiatica and shea butter soothes and hydrates while you sleep. The gel texture is lightweight and non-sticky.
belief Aqua Bomb Overnight Lip Mask, $25.
Available at sephora.com.

For a luxurious feel

No preparation for winter would be complete without a good moisturizer. Filled with vitamin E, aloe vera and sunflower seed oil, Keri body lotion nourishes your skin and keeps it smooth and healthy. It comes in three variations – unscented, original and shea butter – and works best when applied directly after a shower.
Keri Intense Hydration Original, $14.
Available at Walmart.

Microbiome power

Under the skin’s surface are bacteria that make up the microbiome, a barrier against pathogens. Marcelle’s anti-aging cream with fermented oat extract helps promote the growth of healthy microorganisms and strengthens this layer of protection to boost skin radiance. The cream also contains peptides that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
New Age Precision Day & Night Cream, $35.95.
Available at marcelle.com

Get a leg up

Standard tights and pantyhose can be a bother. Waist elastic can be too tight, or loose, they can pick and run, toes can poke out. Now that the cooler weather is here, it’s time to invest in a high quality brand that isn’t over-the-top expensive. Threads tights are made in Northern Italy in a family-owned factory that’s been going since the 1970s. The company’s designs are based on feedback from their customers and they sell directly to you online. The website offers a size guide and colors include sheer ivory, tan, caramel, espresso, black, and opaque. They even have a design for men.
$18-24 per pair.
Available at yourthreads.co.

Embrace the cold in style

If you’re the outdoorsy type, look for outerwear that offers both warmth and ease of movement. Burton’s jackets are made from waterproof and breathable fabric that works well for medium-intensity activities. The relatively loose fit makes it easy to layer up.

Don’t neglect your feet, as they are often the first part of you to get cold when outdoors. Together with proper boots, snug socks with sufficient cushion and height will make a difference. These Smartwool’s unisex hike socks are made with Merino wool, which helps regulate temperature and control odour.
Jackets start at $319. Available at burton.com.
Socks $29 per pair. Available at smartwool.ca

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