Remember how I said this was going to be the year that I didn’t hate winter? I’m still working on it. If I was going to be completely honest, I would still say that I hate it 😉 But I’m lying to myself in an effort to believe it into reality. You know, fake it ’til you make it.
Besides wearing warm clothes, I’ve been doing a few things around my apartment to make the winter months more enjoyable. Usually, I start to get the “itch” to be outside on a sunny day; I’ve been trying to combat that by making some small changes in my apartment and my daily routine. So far, so good.
Right before my self-imposed spending freeze, I bought myself this monogrammed robe. I had been looking for a fluffy robe and finally settled on this one. (FYI I got the longer one for warmth, but it’s definitely long… here’s a shorter version.) I feel like such a grandma when I wear it, but omg, it’s amazing. I love to put it on after showering or over pajamas when I’m just lounging around.
In addition to my robe, I’ve been living in my slippers while inside. I mentioned this weekend that the heat in my apartment is hard to get just right. I typically leave it off for as long as possible just to keep the air fresh so I use slippers to keep my feet warm. There is something just so cozy about wearing slippers.
Sometimes I make my way to a coffee shop to get some work done, but more often than not, I just stay home. (I prefer to be home with the pups!) My favorite way to add ambience in my apartment is also a great way to not feel so alone: MUSIC. I play Spotify and Pandora and a few Broadway soundtracks (ahem, like Dear Evan Hansen) all day long.
Right now I’ve been pretty into Spotify’s “Peaceful Piano” playlist. So calming and great to work to.
Another easy way that I add some ambiance is candles. A no-brainer, of course! Pretty self-explanatory. I have a bunch right now from the holidays so I’ve been burning cozy, winter scents. Currently working on NEST’s “Hearth” and I have a couple from Anthropologie and Bath and Body Works!
When I first moved to NYC, I went to my doctor in Florida telling her that I thought I was kind of depressed, even though I wasn’t actually depressed. Turns out I had a Vitamin D deficiency at the time. I’ve also discovered through genetic testing that I actually have a predisposition to being Vitamin D deficient. If it’s warm, I can get in a few minutes of sun, especially when I walk the dogs. But since it’s so cold, I have been bundled up head to toe. To make sure I stay on top of my Vitamin D, I’ve been taking these chewable gummies.
Reading is my number one form of entertainment right now. (Well, I am a little hooked on The Crown!) Books are going to be my key to surviving, and enjoying, the winter. Here are some of the books I’ve recently read.
This. Blanket. Is. Everything. I cuddle up with it all the time, whether I’m on the couch reading under it or have it draped over my legs while I’m working at my desk. It’s the warmest blanket. Ever. After I put it on Instagram, I had a bunch of people messaging me with how much they love theirs too. Definitely a cult following, for a reason.
Lastly, tea has been a lifesaver. Normally I’d opt for a nice cup of coffee. Instead of being jittery from coffee all the time, I’ve been reaching for tea. I make at least two cups of tea between the afternoon and evening. Peppermint has been my go-to as of late.
What tips do you have for enjoying the winter months?