4 Essential Winter Jackets

Surprise! Winter is still here. While we fight temperatures in the low 20s and brutal snowstorms I figured I’d round up some stylish, yet warm winter jackets to get you through the season.

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MACKPAGE Trish Fur Hooded Down Coat

Looking for a classy jacket to stay stylish and warm all winter long? Then this is the jacket for you! This knee length parka with fur v-neck trim is a classic winter coat making the perfect staple piece. The parka offers storm cuffs and hidden toggle at the hood to provide extra warmth.

Patagonia Tres 3-in1 Parka

A popular brand among millennials, Patagonia not only does a great job targeting 20 – 30 somethings in the northern region of America; but also boast positive reviews in their well-crafted jackets. The Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 parka is the jacket you need for wet, cold climates. With its waterproof exterior and insulated interior, this jacket will defiantly keep you dry and warm.

North Face Gotham Parka

If you walk into any New Englanders closet theirs a ninety-nine percent chance you will see a North Face jacket in their closet; as its wallet-friendly and durable (I had mine for five years!). Ranked best for warmth by North Face, the Gotham parka is crafted with two insulations, goose down and ample synthetic; perfect for cold conditions.

Canadian Goose Rossclair Parka Black

A popular household name in New England, Canadian Goose jacket’s are a must-have coat for any northerner. This mid-length parka is designed with Arctic-Tech fabric perfectly crafted for harsh winters. This is one of my personal favorites for its sophistic look and A-line silhouette.

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Cure Winter Blues With Homemade Beef Stew

Here we are, mid-winter and here I am wrapped up in a blanket writing today’s blog post. I thought I would mix things up today and share an easy recipe to warm you up while you research warm getaways.

This beef stew recipe is easy, delicious, and the best part is you can cook it in the crockpot!

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Cook time: 4 hours on high in the crockpot 

4 large carrots

4 large celery sticks

1 potato

1/2 onion

1 cup water

1 can of beef stock

Beef stew beef

Wine

*Feel free to include more of your favorite veggies

Cut all veggies and put in crockpot, brown meat for about eight to ten minutes (it’s okay if meat is still a little pink). Add water, beef stock and meat to crockpot. Add a few splashes of wine for extra flavor, stir and turn on high for 4 hours. Enjoy!

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How to Survive a New England Winter?

It has arrived, bone-chilling temperatures with snow up to our knees. Yes, I’m talking about another New England winter. As we countdown and cross days off our calendars till our spring vacations, Marathon Monday, and weekends on the Cape, how will we manage to survive the three rough months upon us? No worries, I’ve rounded up some top winter must-haves to survive another cold, snowy season.

 

 

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L.L. Bean Boats – Perfect for cold, snowy days!

 

 

Bean Boots: Invest in a pair of bean boots. Every New Englander should own a pair of dependable, warm, durable boots to get through rough snowy days. The average price for bean boots range between $100-$150 and will take you through multiple seasons and in addition to a lifetime warranty.

 L.L. Bean Slippers: Okay, just buy everything at L.L. Bean! All jokes aside, do invest in a pair of L.L. Bean slippers these top of the line slippers will take you through the season with warm toes as they are lined with lamb fur. Looking to have wine next to the outdoor fire pit? These slippers are perfect to use both indoors and out with their durable traction soles. No cold or wet feet!

 Invest in a Parka: Every true New Englander should also own a parka. Trust me you won’t think they look goofy when you’re out on the town or running errands warm and toasty! Check out brands such as Canadian Goose or North Face for styles and colors!

*Note: they do come at a steep price! But if handled with care and dry cleaned at the end of each season you can get your money worth out of any parka.

 Touchscreen Gloves: Trying to capture that perfect picture of the first big snow storm for Instagram or just checking your Facebook feed? Then be sure to get a pair of touchscreen gloves. North Face offers one of my favorite touchscreen gloves to keep you warm and tech savvy even on the coldest days without exposing your skin.

 Wool Socks: Whether it’s shoveling snow, hitting the slopes, doing errands or cuddling up by the fire, wool socks will become your best friend! Although costly for socks, investing in three or four pairs each winter will keep you warm no matter the occasion.

 Heated Blanket: Honestly, getting a heated blanket was the best present I’ve ever received. Heated blankets run upwards of $100 at Bed Bath & Beyond but don’t let the price scare you, it’s worth every penny! You’ll thank me when your toasty during that extra snooze in the morning or simply watching Netflix after work.

 Have the Uber App Handy: If you commute each morning you know the ‘T’ is never reliable, now try adding a nor ‘easter and chilling temperatures to the picture. Waiting six minutes for a train turns into 15 or 20 minutes (which feels like a lifetime on freezing mornings). Skip waiting in the cold and order an Uber (use uberPOOL with a friend or coworker for a cheaper ride).

 Extra Cash for Dunks: Let’s be honest we can’t go a day without our dunkin’ here in New England and winter is no exception! Those coffee breaks mid day to keep you going and warm you up are no joke here people.