I absolutely dislike everything about winter. Although I’ve lived through 22 Toronto winters, I will never appreciate the negative temperatures, the salty slush lining the streets, or the fact that I’m always either freezing or sweating (and nothing in-between).
This winter is supposed to be pretty bad here in Toronto, so I thought I’d share some of my tips on how I make winters for myself just a little more bearable and a little less miserable!
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1. Always keep tissues and lip balm on you.
Runny noses and chapped lips are some of the downfalls of winter. Keep some tissues and lip balm in your back pocket – you’ll thank me later. Some hand cream might help as well! I love this one from First Aid Beauty.
2. Find a favourite hot drink and stick to it.
Whether it’s your classic double-double at Timmie’s or a chestnut praline latte at Starbucks, a hot drink will warm you up and make you feel even just a bit better about the cold.
3. Keep your skincare routine in check.
A skincare routine is always important, but it’s especially important to keep your skin well-moisturized during the drier Toronto winters. I use Biotherm’s Skin Oxygen collection every morning and night, along with Olay’s Total Effects Anti-Aging Moisturizer (currently on sale for 20% off).
4. Treat yourself to hot comfort foods like ramen or pho.
One of my favourite things about living in Toronto: all the amazing food options! I particularly enjoy eating more soups like ramen or pho during the colder season. I love Jinya’s Kara-Men ramen (I posted an Instagram photo here) and Kinton’s Spicy Garlic Pork ramen.
5. Invest in warm winter boots – they’ll be your saviour throughout all Toronto winters.
Standing in the cold while freezing your toes off is not fun. Converse’s Counter Climate collection is made for all weather conditions, and is the perf stylish boot to keep you warm, dry, and comfy all winter. It features a waterproof leather upper and an inner neoprene bootie construction to keep your feet from getting cold or wet.
There’s both a unisex boot and a women’s boot, both available in a variety of different colours. I’m wearing the women’s boot in Pale Putty and Adam’s wearing the unisex boot in Raw Sugar. You can shop the Counter Climate collection on Converse.ca, Brown’s Shoes, Little Burgundy, and Foot Locker for only $150.
How do you prepare for and survive Toronto winters? I’d love to know in the comments!
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Photos by Adam G. & Jessica L.