Beauty Insider: Polar Vortex Style – Looking Chic in Frigid Cold
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Invest in some silk long underwear. You'll manage with a one camisole and a pair of knickers. Don't laugh; the knickers are just short enough not to show under skirts and silk is thin enough not to add any extra bulk. Long underwear will keep you cozy no matter how cold and blustery it is. You can also find pieces made with soft flannel and thin microfiber. Wear them under everything including jeans. No one will know you’ve got long johns on but you!
Put away your deep fall greens, burgundies, pumpkins. Feel winter pretty by mirroring the pale frosty landscape. A soft cream cashmere sweater with your workhorse wool pants will keep you toasty as well as illuminated. Winter whites are so unexpected and elegant in January. Try pastels too, in baby blue, ballet slipper pink or cool greys. Accessorize with silver and pearls in keeping with the snowy theme. Think Dr. Zhivago’s pale and lovely Lara.
Keep tubes of hand cream everywhere: kitchen, work desk, handbag, parka pockets. And use your favorite rich body lotion every day to keep dry lizard skin at bay. This time of year, it may also help to employ a water-less skin cleanser. Ponds Cold Cream, a centuries-old staple, is tissue-off easy and leaves skin moist, dewy, and happy. You’ll glow instead of shrivel.
There is a plethora of adorable knit accessories out there and guess what? They're all on sale! Stock up on microfiber gloves that keep hands dry and warm. Leather gloves are great but make sure they have a knit lining for softness and warmth. Buy a hat and wear it. A black knit bucket hat will keep your head warm and minimize hat head. Or a beautiful cloche to match your coat. Ditto the stunning eternity scarves in the shops. They come in faux fur and knits. Pull it up over your chin when the vortex brings in extra low wind chill and biting winds. Think of these accessories as personal weather-stripping.
Admit it: you ARE warmer in a hat. But what to do about hat head? Keep a small brush and spritzer in your desk. A little fluffing will revive your tresses for the office. Or try a beautiful crystal headband on days you know you’ll need your hat to walk across the parking lot. It will hold any lumps or bumps in place and look adorable if it coordinates with that new cashmere turtleneck you got for Christmas.
Find a shawl or pashmina in a yummy icy color and make it your best friend. Wrap it around yourself in the office or at home watching TV. An added layer never hurts and it will be like wearing a warm hug.
Ok, you remember peds, right? We wore them with our tennis shoes. Now they come in merino wool. They’re thin and work great OVER sox and tights, especially when you’re wearing boots. These little woolies will keep your toes toasty. Sporting goods stores and shoe stores carry them in black and cream. When feet are warm, everything’s better.
So let the Polar Vortex, the Polar Express, or even a Nor’easter do what it must. You know how to look winter chic and pretty and stay snug doing it!
Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty. She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Donna currently writes her own personal blog, alovelyinconsequence.blogspot.com where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart. Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.
Related Slideshow: Winter Activities
Tubing at Ward
Ski Ward in Shrewsbury has something for the everyone in the family—snow bugs and otherwise. Get your thrills and relive your childhood while you tube down the hillside. If tubing isn’t your thing, pack your skis or snowboard and hit the slopes; Ward has 3 terrain features. After the snow fun comes to a close, make sure to grab a hot cocoa or adult beverage and bite to eat to round out the day!
1000 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA. (508) 842-6346.
Photo: Aline D./Flickr
If a sleigh ride through the snowy New England countryside doesn’t warm the heart, nothing will. This weekend, take your significant other (or the whole family) to Sweet Brook Farm in Williamstown for a good old fashioned sleigh ride. This nostalgic wintertime tradition lasts about 45 minutes, and even includes a hot cocoa pit stop at a cabin in the woods.
508 Oblong Road, Williamstown, MA. (413) 884-4246.
Photo: Pete Markham/Flickr
Yankee Candle Village
Let your worries disappear and take in a little retail therapy…while buying gifts for you! Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield is synonymous with Christmas…they start their Christmas countdown on December 26th. If the weather isn’t quite wintry enough outside, snow will surely be falling in the indoor village. Learn how to make a candle, peruse over 400,000 candles, munch on holiday goodies, and make light hearted memories that will last a lifetime—all so close to home.
25 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, MA. (877) 636-7707.
Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/Flickr
Stockbridge, MA is a quintessential New England town that was made famous by Norman Rockwell. Take a breather from the stress of the holiday season and take a trip to this iconic town. View the streets of Rockwell’s picturesque hometown and take in the winter chill before heading to the Norman Rockwell Museum. The museum features the largest collection of the painter’s original works in the world, his supplies, reference materials, personal memorabilia, and more.
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-4100.
Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism/Flickr
Christmas By Candlelight
Old Sturbridge Village is a New England classic year round. At Christmas, there is no better place to enjoy an old fashioned celebration than right at OSV. Christmas by Candlelight is the perfect event to get away from the sometimes hectic holiday season. For 3 special weekends in December, visitors are invited to enjoy roasted chestnuts, gingerbread, sleigh rides, Victorian carolers, Mrs. Cratchet’s Christmas dinner and more at this one of a kind event.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. (800) 733-1830.
There is nothing more romantic than a holiday getaway to the sea. This weekend, escape the holiday frenzy and head to Edgartown, MA on Martha’s Vineyard for the town’s 32nd annual Christmas in Edgartown Celebration. Enjoy complimentary holiday massages, raffles, horse drawn carriage rides, the annual lighting of the lighthouse, food sampling events and more.
Photo: Edgartown Board of Trade
Take the bite off the winter chill this weekend and take a drive to Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton. The winery hosts tasting events everyday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For just $5.00, you will receive a free tasting glass and samples of up to five different wines. Some favorites include Strawberry Rhubarb Wine, Holiday Special Cranberry Apple (new release November 2013), and New English Cider. While you’re in store, make sure to grab a couple of bottles—they make perfect holiday gifts for anyone (yourself included!)
100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton, MA. (978) 779-5521.
Pull out the ice skates and revive your childhood dreams at the ice skating rink. There is something so magical and invigorating about gliding over a fresh sheet of ice. Why not take a short, close-tohome getaway to the Worcester Common Oval Public Skating Rink? Spend a few hours out on the ice, and afterwards grab a hot chocolate and take a drive around the city to see the holiday lights.
455 Main Street, Worcester, MA.
Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr
Watch the magic of the holiday season unfold before your eyes at one of Worcester’s performance treasures. The Hanover Theatre is loaded with great holiday performances during December. Join the Theatre for family favorites like A Christmas Carol and others. Make sure to call the box office for tickets ASAP—these shows are sellouts year after year.
The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA. (877) 571-7469.
Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism/Flickr
Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA. (508) 752-0888.
Photo: Gabriel Saldana/Flickr
- MA Beauty Insider: Eight Easy Ways to Look Great Tonight
- MA Beauty Insider: Holiday Gift Sets – A Perfect Gift for Her
- MA Beauty Insider: New Year’s Eve Glamour at Home
- 10 Beauty Buys Under $10
- Beauty Insider: Staying Beautiful With Honey