How To Kind Of Survive The Cold [Chronicles Of The City]

I have no idea how to be cold. My mom and dad are going to read this and be all “Told ya so” because they knew I’ve never experienced a real winter. And apparently this is supposed to be the worst winter in like a decade. I read an article a while ago that said something like that our generation has never experienced an actually cold winter. We’ve only experienced “averagely cold.” I don’t even know what that means.

All I know is it’s fucking freezing, and I am not prepared. Yes, I have a puffy coat. I have gloves, scarves, hats, socks, boots, etc. But I don’t have the body to deal with this nonsense. I’m doing everything I can to put on weight just to have a few extra pounds to keep me warm.

Here are some ways I’ve been dealing with the arctic weather:

- Lie in bed and don’t move

- Wear two pairs of socks and slippers inside

- Take extra long, scalding hot showers because you don’t pay for water

- Drink more coffee (you didn’t think it was possible for me, but it is)

- Bring lunch to work so you don’t have to go outside ever

- Keep hood up in the subway

- Wear approximately eight hundred layers

- Keep scarf on inside during the day to trap body heat

- Blow dry body. JUDGE ME.

- Have consistent diet of only really hot soup

I know I’m not doing it right. It’s like every time I walk outside, no matter how many articles of clothing I pile on, it’s still bone-chilling. When I moved to New York, I did not sign up for living on a glacier. Like I’m really freezing my tits off here, and those are one of my best assets so I’m not cool with that.

Not to mention, all of my friends and family still in the South send me updates of how warm it is. Well you know what, South? I HAVE H&H BAGELS SO IT’S FINE.

How are you dealing with the cold?

Monday Medley

I’m doing an amazing giveaway on CollegeCandy this week where you can enter to win a 1-year supply of Pure Silk shaving cream!! Go watch to find out how to enter!

In honor of the Gossip Girl series finale, College Fashion has rounded up some looks inspired by the one and only Chuck Bass.

Kind of digging this white eyeliner trend.

Want to spice up the look of your winter hat? Refinery 29 and I Spy DIY paired up to bling out your bobble hat! So cute.

I don’t usually like red and pink together, but Blair Eadie is doing it right.

Seriously craving this Nine West Day Glo neon pink crossbody. (Christmas list Mom & Dad!)

Give the gift of DIY potted precious baby succulents this year! Or make them for yourself.

Pray For Newtown

Sorry friends, no Friday Favorites today.

I find it extraordinarily difficult to play favorites on a day like today that is filled with such tragedy and absolute sadness. When I first heard the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, I felt completely sick. It’s devastating that these things keep happening. And the fact that children are the majority of the victims is just horrific. So many futures came to a halt today, and I can’t play favorites today. I just can’t.

I know part of overcoming tragedies is to move forward with daily life, but this is just so heavy on my heart right now. Please take some time to think about those who lost their lives, their families and friends, and the community of Newtown. Tell the people in your life that you love them. Don’t hang up the phone or say goodbye without saying “I love you.” Days like this remind us that life is so precious and so short.


I know it’s not much, but the social space has a lot of power when it comes to comfort. So while you’re wasting time online or tweeting or instagramming, take a few seconds to send up a message to those precious babies and teachers, their loved ones, and the people of Newtown. Light a candle and use #lightsforNewtown to show your support.

If you have the means to donate, there are a lot of ways you can help:

The Red Cross

Newtown Youth & Family Services

Newtown Parent Connection

Links courtesy of The Huffington Post

Word Of The Day Wednesday: Bonanza

Happy Wednesday! I hope you all are having a great week. If you have a chance, head on over to my YouTube channel! I have lots of fun things happening (ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN) so check it out and subscribe and leave me thumbs ups.


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Brush Cleansing With Lavanila

On Friday I mentioned that I went to a very special breakfast sponsored by Lavanila Laboratories. I spent some time with a group of wonderful ladies and met with Lavanila founder, Daniela Raynor. She is so passionate about this brand, which in turn makes us bloggers passionate about it too. I’ve tried several Lavanila products and have never been disappointed. I’ll be going through a few of their products for you over the next few weeks so stay tuned.

I haven’t cleaned my brushes in a while. I usually do it once a week, but I’ve been slacking and it’s gross. I’m a big proponent of using baby shampoo as a brush cleanser because it’s less expensive and leaves your brushes super soft and clean. I received Lavanila’s The Healthy Baby Wash in a gift bag and since I don’t have a baby, I knew I had to try it out on my brushes!

The Healthy Baby Wash retails for $16 for 7 oz., which is a pretty good deal. You’re easily paying $15-20 for “real” brush cleansers that come in 3 oz. bottles and are packed with chemicals. I usually use Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo ($4) but this wash is the best thing I’ve ever used for my brushes. It’s a foam wash so it’s light and fluffy, and it’s 100% natural and a certified organic product. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to clean my brushes that I put all over my face with something harmful.

Run brushes under warm (not hot!) water.

Put a good dollop of cleanser into the palm of your hand.

Gently rub the brush in circles on your palm and rinse under warm water. Repeat until water runs clear.

For deep cleansing, fill a glass with warm water and cleanser and let brushes soak for five minutes, then rinse.

Lay your brushes on a towel to dry. Don’t stand them up in a jar because the leftover water will run down and loosen up the glue!

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