Y’all, it’s cold tonight. Like below freezing cold. And with 52 windows that are more than 85 years old, it gets a bit drafty here. For my friends out there who also suffer from Cranky Joint Syndrome (which is just my dorky term for Rheumatoid Arthritis-I may or may not have a sweet sister-in-law who thought CJS was the official moniker), staying warm is a priority. Is it a problem? Nah. There are lots of ways to stay warm, and I have learned how to stay warm like it’s my job, y’all.
Here are this year’s favorites for staying cozy.
I remember as a kid my mom saying, “I’m cold. You go put some socks on.” As a small person, I was totally confounded that my putting socks on would somehow make her warmer. As a mama, I get it. Plus, if your feet are warm, it’s far more likely that the rest of you will be warm, too. So go put your socks on! I like these gems from Smart Wool, and especially love the hiking version that has an extra cushy bottom. I know $25ish for a pair of socks may seem steep, but you can’t beat the power of wool. And better two pair of fantastic natural fiber goodness than a drawer full of whimpy synthetics. Plus, that’s just less laundry to do. Win-win.
Speaking of feet, I’m in love with these cuties.
Why? Well, you can’t beat Uggs for warmth and comfort. I like this particular style because they not only have a cute bow on the back, but they are short and easy to get on and off. Perfect for taking out the trash, dashing to the grocery store, or just kicking it around the house. And BONUS, they are on sale for $120 right now. Worth. Every. Penny.
Next, this yumminess…
I’ve shared my Barefoot Dreams robe before, and this is its errand-worthy little sister. It’s squishy, a little bit slinky, and a whoooole lotta cozy. You really have to feel it to believe it. Comfy enough to lounge around the house, but chic enough to pop into the grocery store in style. Order now, thank me later. And it comes in lots of colors.
Here’s something that’s a bit more upscale (I mean, cashmere, y’all) but at a fantastic price.
This cashmere tunic (shown under the coat) feels like a dream. Full fanny coverage for the days you do believe leggings are pants and a little cowl neck to keep the draft away. Classic styling for closet longevity, luxury fabric you’ll love for years to come. You’ll probably want one in each color. PS I will not be wearing mine with naugahide pants. You’re welcome.
This next lovely isn’t just for hiding your ratty t-shirt as you drive the kids to school in the morning (though it can-or so a friend told me *ahem*).
I’ve also discovered that this is a far more stylish version of the “slanket” of yore. Cuddled up on the couch with a good book? Wrap up in this and you’ll be set and have full use of your arms. Also perfect for travel. Are plaid panchos trendy? Yes, but at $38 that’s a lot of pizzaz for a little money, so you won’t feel bad if it doesn’t make the cut next winter.
Is your lower half feeling left out in the cold? Shimmy under this number and all will be right with the world.
Yes. Pure faux fur goodness. I have the blanket size on my bed even as we “speak” and it is just the thing for fighting of winter’s chill. It’s soft. It’s weighty. It’s dreamy. And comes in several sizes and “species.” Yum.
I know, now your couch and/or favorite chair is feeling left out. Not to worry. Tuck this little number behind your back and you will never want to get up.
Warm. Cozy. Real sheepskin. And only $29. I typically like a feather/down insert, but for this one I prefer IKEA’s $3 INNER synthetic version. It makes it extra squishy. Nice.
Now for something that I don’t actually own, but probably should.
I mean, just looking at them gives me all the feels. Hello, Santa? I’ve been a really good girl. Promise.
What would you add to this list, friends?