Many of you know I have a problem adjusting to colder weather. I always feel much colder than everyone else. For some people, wearing a warm Canada Goose jacket is warm enough. For me I will need to add a blanket, a heater and hot ginger tea and I am still going to feel cold. It is hard being “cold-blooded” in a country like Canada. Over the year I have learned many tricks to stay warm.
1. Get a warm coat
I find many young people care more about appearance more than warmth. But when your hands feel like ice and your lips start turning blue, you will take coat shopping more seriously. Wear the coat that can block snow, wind and the cold instead of the one that belongs in front row at fashion week. This is one reason I wear fur during winter. I can’t feel the cold under the fur. However I can’t send my little sister go to school wearing fur, a practical jacket from Canada Goose makes more sense for the kid.
2. Wear many layers
Many people usually wear one thick layer. I discovered that many thin layers will keep you much warmer. People often ask me how I manage to wear tights when it is -30 C outside. The answer is simple, I wore 5 layers of tights and it is much harder for me to lose body heat. Layers fill up the space between you and your winter coat with insulation. If you need to stay warm, wear more layers. Wearing more layers also can be useful if you are in hot office, you can always take off layers to cool down.
3. Buy good shoes
Wearing waterproof shoes is a must. If your feet get wet, it doesn’t matter how warm your clothes are, you are going to feel cold. Shoes is one thing you can’t cut back. I always tell people once you wear high quality shoes, it is impossible to go back. Buy a good pair of shoes that you will wear everyday instead of 30 pair that you will wear once or twice.
4. Have a pair of extra socks
My mother always make me carry an extra pair of socks in the winter just in case my shoes get wet. It is better to over-prepare than being sorry.
5. Wear hat
You lose most of your heat through your head than other part of your body. It is important to keep your head warm. Just because your head doesn’t feel cold, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t lose any heat.
6. Wear natural material
Did you know wool will keep you warm even when it is wet. I don’t know any synthetic material that will do this. My rule is if you can eat it, you can wear it.
7. Eat Well and Drink Warm
If you are hungry, you will feel colder. You need the energy to keep your body warm . Don’t skip meals because your body needs it. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, you might feel warmer but your body is actually lose heat. Try to drink herbal tea or hot water instead. I usually make honey ginger tea in the winter. Ginger is in the “hot” food group, eat anything with it will help you stay warmer. That is why you often find ginger in Asian winter food.
Hope some of these tips help. Stay warm folks.
photo credit: ernikon
Who doesn’t carry so many secrets in her bag? One thing I can’t never understand is why Chinese girls make their boyfriends carry their purses for them. It is like giving the devil the key to all your dirty dark secrets. I am sure those Louis Vuitton bag with monogram all over them are not that heavy. Maybe that can be my next research project.
To be honest I get asked about what I carry around a lot. Why don’t I list everything in a blog post.
I hate big bag. I can’t stand unstructured bag. That is why I carry my clutch everywhere with me. However a lot of time I can’t fit everything I need for work in my tiny little clutch. Here is a trick, have all the must have items in a clutch and carry that in your bag. It helps keeping you organize. At night when you are going out, you can just leave your giant work bag in the car and take the classy little clutch with you to dinner.
To be honest, lately I don’t carry my little clutch with me. I found something in between the giant bag and my tiny one of a kind clutch. My new favorite bag at the moment is Loeffler Randall Rider Bag * from Eluxe**. During the day I wear the leather strap. At night I just hide the strap inside and carry it as an oversized clutch. It is a sweet medium size bag for a busy working girl. The interior is pretty amazing to keep me organize. So far every women I met in real life loves this bag, that is a plus. :D I have the bag in nature, but eLuxe also has it in navy, black and snakeskin.
A Pair of Flats
I love my 5 inches heels and you know I rock them all the time. However being a marketing girl, I have to run around all day. Sometime it is just hard wearing heels all day. I like to carry a pair of Sallazzo flats* around with me all the time. They are half flats half socks. Whenver I get tired I take my heels off and wear these comfy flats
I carry my Fuji XF1* one with me everywhere. It is like the best compact camera in the market. I love the vintage look. Maybe blogger take every picture with their DSLR, I am not one of them. I believe the camera that I can carry with me everywhere is the perfect camera. Bloggers don’t need better camera, we need better photography skill.
Notebook,Pen and Business Card
Being a digital girl, most people don’t think I care about notebook* and business card*. But I strongly believe that these are the must have items. High tech are amazing but sometime they fails. It is always nice to have back up. I carry my custom branded cammipham notebook and business cards from my favorite online print shop JukeBox Print. I send everyone I know to this website. They are so affordable and the quality is beyond amazing.
I barely use it but I like to keep one in my bag just in case I need it.
I am the crazy Asian who hates sunburn. I apply it before I leave my house and carry a small bottle with me to reapply whenever I need.
Lately I have been in love with Motives for Lala Red Carpet lipstick**. It is hard to go wrong with the classic red lips :D
I like to invest in quality clothes and rarely something bad happen to them. However it is always a good idea to carry a mini sewing kit and super glue with me. Believe me I was so glad I had super glue when I broke my shoes.
I work a lot and often I don’t have time to eat. I carry protein bars with me just to avoid fainting because I have no energy.
Iphone and charger
I don’t know any digital strategist who doesn’t has her phone. I usually have my charger or an external charger to recharge my phone. I use it too much, I usually have charge a few times a day.
Wallet and Key
The two things I always forget. I like to have a $20 bill and an old ID card somewhere in my clutch just in case I forget my wallet. I carry my money and cards in a tiny coin purse by Massimo Dutti*. I carry so little, maybe I should get a money clip sometime soon. I don’t like big wallet because they are always bigger than my clutch.
Now you know what I carry in my bag. Please share what you have in yours, I would love to know
Disclosure: * I received these items as gifts from brands.
** I am part of The Luxe Panel and a shop.com consultant.
What I write reflects my honest opinion, and I am under no obligation to write a review.