It's been a shockingly mild winter here... so far. But I know that could change at any minute, and I've got five winter essentials on stand-by for the moment the temperatures start to drop it like it's, er, cold:
|Bean Boots, back when mine were brand new.|
Photo my own.
L.L. Bean Boots
Bean Boots are now super-trendy (so much so that LL Bean literally cannot make them fast enough), but that doesn't make them any less of a stand-by for me. They're practically the only footwear I put on to leave the house from first snow to last frost. Waterproof, warm, durable, what more could you ask for in a shoe?
|Note: That's not me. I like her pajama style, though.|
Photo from Bearpaw.com
The Bean Boots are my go-to for leaving the house; my Bearpaw slippers rarely leave my feet when I'm indoors. And I work from home, so I'm indoors a lot.
|Like it's going out of style.|
Photo from Burtsbees.com
Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
There are two things that put me in a bad mood faster than you'd think possible: hunger and chapped lips. To combat the latter, I've got various lip balms tucked in every coat pocket, purse bottom, and junk drawer I can imagine. The Burt's Bees Beeswax version is my favorite.
|Photos: celestialseasonings.com, barrystea.ie|
Tea, Tea and More Tea
Barry's Irish in the morning for a caffeine kick, Sleepytime in the evening, and everything else in between.
|First toasts to a then-new house, Dec 2014.|
Photo my own.
When we bought our house, I wasn't entirely sold on the idea of a gas fireplace -- but it was already installed and it seemed ridiculous to ask the builder to take it back out again (if that was even an option). Now that we have it, I don't know how I ever lived without one. Ambient flames + heat in the flick of a switch. This baby runs alllll winter long.