Bonjour, bon ami!!
It’s actually getting quite chilly here in Los Angeles! And as the temperatures drop in this late autumn season, this means it’s time to gear up to face the cold weather challenges. Here are some of my favorite ways to combat and survive the cold weather:
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My skin is typically combination to oily during the majority of the year here in Los Angeles. However, the colder dryer than usual autumn and winter days wreaks havoc on my skin. But one of the best ways I’ve found to fight the flaky-itchy-scaly-skin-look is to combine my moisturizer (using the same amount I would normally), and adding two to three drops of Vitamin E oil. You can find Vitamin E oil (in liquid form) at nearly any drug store or health food store. Just the two to three drops of oil will give your moisturizer the additional boost it needs to give your skin a healthy glow – after all, crack is whack.
If your lovely home is sans a functioning fireplace, well, I feel your pain. During the cool weather, there is nothing like the smell of a burning fireplace in the air from a nearby chimney.
One of the best ways to survive the cold is obviously turning on/up the heat in your home. Or… you could warm the house and heart by baking these entrancing and enchanting little mini apple pies! The aroma of cinnamon, spices and apples is sure to make you feel a lot better about being indoors. I used Camille Styles’ great recipe as a guide to make these little guys above in ramekins.
Of course, the best way to stay warm is to first get warm on the INSIDE! Try a bourbon, cognac or brandy cocktail by starting with a good quality grade (ie. Makers Mark, ), add simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar boiled together) and fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste, topped with a splash of ginger ale. Muddle and add fresh blueberries, blackberries or cranberries for an even more layered cocktail. And for those nights where you may feel a cold or cough developing, you can always trust in a Hot Toddy to help ward off germs (and evil spirits). Try The Kitchn’s Apple Ginger Hot Toddy – it will definitely warm your soul.
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This is the time for you to try all of those great layered cozy looks that you’ve seen since last spring (but would start sweating just as the thought of wearing them). Pull out that cute wool hat in the corner of the closet, pick up that inviting infinity scarf, and pull out those cute sparkly cashmere gloves. Cold weather is much more forgiving when it comes to layering, so don’t fear a mismatch – mix textures, materials and colors.
What are your cold weather tips and favorites??
Stay warm, bon ami!