Being a northerner in the world of blogging I find to be somewhat unique. The majority of my fellow bloggers are actually southerners, many of which I see are still enjoying temps in the 80’s and still wearing shorts and tanks. Unfortunately, here in Illinois that is not the case. We had our first frost this past weekend and sweater weather is undoubtedly here to stay. If you’re not aware, last winter we had record-breaking snow fall and temps. According to NOAA, 2013-2014 winter was among the coldest on record in the Midwest. Rockford Illinois (about 60 miles north of where I live) was the 3rd coldest city on record last winter! Chicago had its 3rd snowiest winter ever recorded with over 80 inches of snow last year, their snowiest was 89 inches in the winter of ’78-’79, and the heaviest snowstorm of last winter was 11.7 inches of recorded snowfall on Jan 4-5th. Do you see where I’m going with this? What it boils down to is that it’s cold and snowy here and it sucks!
I thought I’d compile a list of the essentials that every northerner should have to survive these brutal winters, this winter is predicted to be worse than last!
Good winter boots
I’m in the market for a new pair and I’m loving these.
I found these at Dick’s a few years ago, you’ve gotta keep your toes warm when its below 0 out!
Winter=dry. Your lips will be chapped, your face will be wind/cold burnt, and your skin will be scaly! These are my tried and true favorites!
Your hair will be full of static every single day. Using moisturizing shampoo and conditioner will have combat that. Adding hairspray which is full of alcohol that makes hair even drier, is not the answer, moisture is.
Can’t stress MOISTURE enough. This will help with your skin too! This Crane humidifier is a little pricier, but it works so good, well worth the money.
All necessities. I always try to buy texting gloves because once winter hit’s you almost never go without your gloves on. Scarves are a must as are hats and hoods to keep in the heat! I'm loving all 3 of these perfect winter accessories from Target!
Fabulous & Warm Coats
Fabulous & Warm Coats
I 100% believe that coats should cover your ass. When it's cold, and it gets COLD, I want as much coverage as possible. I think a classic wool/wool blend coat and a puffer are both necessities! And a hood is a must! I recently purchased the coat on the left & I'm loving it!
If you live in the South or somewhere warm where it doesn't snow, can I come to visit?