I am an elderly woman inside a younger body.
By that I mean that I love a house a good 83 degrees, just like Grandma used to do it. Incomprehensible are those frugal people who keep the house at 65 and just add blankets when needed. How do people survive? I run cold it’s true. My aunt and uncle used to keep a special sweatshirt at their house for me when I would come over in college because they knew I would get cold. Growing up electric blankets were the best thing ever, and I’ll take a heating pad over an ice pack any day of the week. Want a big pet peeve? People that tell you to “pretend that it’s warm” when your teeth are chattering together and you can’t feel your nose. Visualization only gets you so far!
Lucky for me my husband has somewhat acclimated to my desert-like ways, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take some effort to get warm when the temperature dips drastically like it did this past week. Besides, I can’t stay in my heated house forever, at some point I have to face the elements. Here are my Top 10 ways to warm up when you get chilled to the bone (or even just skin deep).
Now you actually have a real reason to wear those attractive accessories beside sprucing up an outfit. I like to chunk them up when the weather dips. Here’s a recent find that I can’t wait to buy from The Bitsy Button, or this thinner yet perfect Nordstrom one.
This could be a mattress or a blanket, but you can microwave it (or freeze if you want it cold) to give you added warmth. I love the aromatherapy versions available. Lavender and peppermint are my favorite. It feels like a bit of spa during sleep time. Here are DIY instructions on how to make a mattress for your bed. Given that I don’t really know how to sew it’s more likely that I’ll be using the one I already have similar to this one. I love the thought of making my own though! I could tailor it giant-sized to actually cover me ;).
Warm those insides up first! You can read about my favorite store-bought version here, but there are TONS of recipes on Pinterest. Everything from Egg Drop to Chicken Tortilla. Here is a new one that intrigued me that I’m going to try to tackle this winter. Roasted Cauliflower White Cheddar Soup.
Appendage Warmers (gloves,socks, arm/leg warmers)
The longer the better! I know I have touted their praise before, but Grace & Lace are the clear winners in this category. They have really cute scarfs too, but their socks and warmers take the cake. Their Alpine Thigh High Boot Socks are heavenly ( I have 2 pairs) and prepare you for the coldest conditions, but their leg warmers also do the trick and are super warm and stylish. They even come in Aztec print now!
I really like fingerless gloves or arm warmers, but often it is too cold to let your digits poke through. So many gloves come with the finger pads now so we can still use our devices without getting frost bite. I mean it is a hard decision, lose a finger or go without my iPhone…hmmm ;). My friend got me a pair of Lululemon gloves with the technology pad that I use ALL the time so thankfully I don’t have to make that choice.
This is the season! From my new favorite apple cider to spiced chai and hot chocolate, there are so many beverages that not only warm you up but make you feel festive to boot! There is also something comforting about holding a hot drink with gloves on. You can find more hot drink recipes on my Autumn Pinterest Board.
This starts with the “Long Johns”. Or really any moisture-wicking layer that insulates. Here is a great post from Seattle-based REI on How to Choose a Base Layer. They are having a sale right now until November 23rd. I’m always surprised about how much long underwear costs so at least this helps a little.
I have really sensitive ears, and covering them up is crucial if I’m going maintain homeostasis. You would be amazed at how many you can find on Pinterest, but then again its Pinterest so probably not :). For warmth I am digging the slouchy knit beanies like this one on Etsy. We’ve come a long way from the hard ear muffs with a plastic coiled middle that I had to don as a kid!
Nothing heats you up like moving. They say snowshoeing burns a lot of calories, but I have yet to try it! Just be careful when you finish exercising that you don’t chill too quick. Jump in the shower and slather on some lip balm while you’re at it.
Bubble Baths + Plush Robes
Really any excuse for a bubble bath right? But add some holiday candles and music, and you will forget you were cold in the first place. Until you get out:) Make sure to have a thick warm bathrobe and slippers handy as well as lotion to prevent your skin from drying out!
A Heavy blanket + Cuddles
Cuddle up next to your honey, your fur baby, or just with a blanket and a good book. I’m sure there is a study somewhere that shows warming up your heart raises your core temperature.
Visualization. That doesn’t work people! When you’re cold you’re cold! My mind is far too intelligent to ignore physical signs of distress :).
If all that doesn’t help you, try to sit in front of a fire like Baxter.
Stay warm friends and have a wonderful winter!
P.S- Click on the snowflake pic above to take you to more of my friend Natalie’s great pictures!