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Chic Winter Style

We are officially in the thick of a cold, cold winter. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be fashionable while we’re trying to keep warm, right? Here are some of my picks for staying cozy without giving up style.

J. Crew Chateau Parka




OK, so it seems everyone and their mother has this coat, but there’s a good reason – it’s a great coat! Not only is it cute, but it also keeps you warm without the bulk. And I for one am so sick of those black puffy coats anyway! It comes in a ton of color options too. One word of advice – go one size down from your usual size as it’s quite roomy.

Infinity Scarf


  
Another ubiquitous trend but a necessity. A colorful scarf can make a neutral coat pop! I pair my gray coat with a blue/orange knitted scarf and receive so many compliments – another boost to the system during the cold winter months!

Boots



Finally, we all need a stylish and warm pair of boots. And while I am guilty of wearing that pair, there are so many other good choices out there.
How do you keep your sense of style in the cold?

Images via Pinterest

Spruce Up Your Winter Look

Sometimes it’s hard to get yourself going on a cold winter morning. But the cold weather is no excuse to not look and feel good! It’s easy to throw on a pair of leggings and hoodie and call it a day (especially if you work/stay home). But with just a bit of effort, you can create an easy and stylish look in just a few minutes extra than it would take to get your sweats on! Here are some items I’m loving right now for that chic and polished look.

I’m a big fan of Bare Escentuals Buxom eye shadow. It’s a creamy, creaseless shadow that has a bit of shimmer to give it that extra pop. Most days I just put on some eyeliner, Buxom in Collie (a neutral shimmer) and a little lip gloss and I’m off! The best thing is, the company donates a portion of sales to Canine Companions for Independence. Look good while doing good!

Buxom shadow in Collie

Buxom shadow in Collie

The Smashbox Wondervision eye set in Flash is fun when I’m looking for a bit more drama. The colors are rich and stay on  very well.

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Smashbox Wondervision palette in Cosmic

The Husband makes fun of me because he says I’m constantly doing my nails. But I like to change them up! I do like dark, rich colors for Winter but I’m also a fan of bright pops mixed in.

Little Black Dress from Ulta is a black with silver shimmer mixed in

Little Black Dress from Ulta is a black with silver shimmer mixed in

Butter London's Fruit Machine is a fun and bright lilac

Butter London’s Fruit Machine is a fun and bright pinky/lilac

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love chunky, oversized sweaters in the winter. They’re just so cozy! Pair them with some skinny jeans, boots and a great bag and you’re good to go!

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Very versatile

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Love the leather detailing

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My new favorite go-to Kate Spade bag

A great pair of casual boots can be dressed up or down

A great pair of casual boots can be dressed up or down

I hope this inspires you to break out of the winter doldrums and put some fab back into your look!

Images via Sephora, Smashbox, Ulta,  J. Crew, DSW

Winter Skin Rescue

The weather is getting colder, which for me (and I’m sure a lot of you) means my skin is not happy. I have dry, sensitive skin, so finding the right products to help get me through the winter can be tough.  So when I find something I love, I figure, I might as well share it with others!  These are some of the products that help get me through the frigid months:

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturizer

This is an all-time favorite of mine. I’ve been using it since college and it really helps to lock in moisture.  I use it at night and in the morning – since now that it’s colder and the heat’s on, I’m waking up with very dry skin.  It also helps relieve red itchy patches that tend to pop up out of nowhere in this weather.  The vitamin E really soothes and it has a light, pleasant smell that reminds me of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Magic.

Kiehl’s Milk Honey & Almond Scrub

Of course you need to exfoliate but I find that a lot of the products on the market contain harsh ingredients that irritate my skin.  So when I found this scrub from Kiehl’s, I was sold.  The ingredients are all natural and gentle enough for very sensitive skin.  I use this 1-2 times per week in the shower and my skin is noticeably smoother and clearer after use.

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Aquaphor

This is a product I discovered about a year ago and you can find it at your local drugstore.  With the colder weather comes dry, chapped lips.  I’ve found that this balm really helps to soothe and repair them.  It can also be used all over the skin and I’ve found it to be helpful at soothing irritated noses during those annoying winter head colds.

Do you have any tried and true products that are your go-to items?  I’d love to hear about them!

Also, I’m excited to announce a blog swap that I’ve just signed up for called the Plenty to be Thankful For blog swap and challenge. Please visit Caroline at Simply Smithwick for more details and to sign up (today’s the last day to do so).  It should be fun and I love “meeting” new bloggers.  🙂

All other images via pinterest.com