Stay Cozy With Cold Weather Luxuries
November 3rd, 2016
Stay Warm With Luxury Winter ItemsChilly evenings, orange leaves and the sound of the school bus mean one thing: Winter is coming. If you enjoy frosty air, you’re likely well prepared for snowy roads, wet boots and plenty of cold weather luxuries. Although you may be counting the days until robins again appear on the front lawn, you can console yourself with exquisitely cozy extras that make the winter — dare we say it — enjoyable.
Cashmere LoungewearEven if you’re not a connoisseur of fine clothes, chances are you recognize cashmere as the finest wool available. You already own cashmere sweaters and accessories that keep you toasty on the coldest days, but why not add loungewear to your selection? Cashmere sweatpants and a matching sweatshirt are incredibly warm and chic — and they’re completely appropriate for leaving the house, too. Little known cashmere fact: It’s especially soft when washed with shampoo designed for wool and laid flat to dry. Don’t forget to purchase cashmere slippers to complete the look.
Shearling OuterwearLove the look of fur but feel ambivalent about wearing it? Opt for shearling, an incredibly warm option that’s gorgeously chic. Many shearling coats can be worn inside out, offering multiple looks. Shearling boots keep your feet warm and dry — so do shearling mittens and earmuffs. Spray-on protectant keeps the suede safe from staining and water damage.
Classic Hot ToddyWhat’s better than warming up with a luxurious hot toddy, prepared with excellent whiskey? Celebrate National Hot Toddy Day by exploring Mother Nature’s preferred wintertime drink. To make the classic hot toddy, you’ll need a good quality whiskey or bourbon, plus fresh lemon juice, honey, cinnamon and hot water. Experiment with maple syrup, chai tea or chamomile. Hot toddies taste best when accompanied by good company wearing cashmere loungewear relaxing in front of roaring fire. It’s (almost) enough to make you wish spring would never come.
A Roaring FireHave you ever tried to start a fire in your fireplace, but found that it’s more trouble than it’s worth? Perhaps you’re using the wrong materials. With a little planning and the right equipment, you can build a roaring fire in no time. Your first step? Seasoned wood. Freshly cut wood needs to dry thoroughly before it can burn hot, so if you recently experienced a Paul Bunyan moment in your backyard, you’ll probably have to wait until next year if you’re not willing to buy seasoned wood now.
Store wood in a dry place. If kept outside, place a tarp over the top. Stack wood in the fireplace with plenty of space between the logs — this helps the fire breathe. Place a fire starter block at the bottom, and light all corners. Bellows fan the flames. Looking for an extra luxurious touch? Invest in antique andirons.
Last But Not LeastEver slogged through the icy slush with cold, wet feet? If so, you know you need high-quality footwear. Make sure your boots are waterproof or at least water resistant. Opt for rubber soles with sturdy treads. Shearling lined boots keep your feet extra warm, and are most comfortable without socks.
An old Swedish proverb states, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes. With the right cold weather luxuries, you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.