Winter Survival Guide

3 December 2013

It can be easy to find winter a miserable time of the year. Well, I beg to differ. To help prove my point, I have compiled some top tips to help you embrace the winter months.

THE LOOK

At the risk of sounding vain, 'tis the season to look fabulous. Finding the perfect LBD or sequin number is a priority for a month of festive parties and outings. Even if you're opting for the understated and simple look, you still need something with the WOW factor. ASOS is always a safe bet. And of course, what winter look is completed without a show stopping coat? Check out these high-street beauties that won't break the bank:


Urban Outfitters Contrast Collar Textured Coat  /  Zara Checked Studio Cape

Accessorize with a wooly snood or a pair of leather gloves to become our very own Carrie Bradshaw.

THE COMFORT

On those cold winter nights, when you want to just curl up on the sofa, there's perhaps only own product that's really going to cut the mustard. Now this may not be for the most fashion-conscious of you out there, but in terms of comfort, there really is no beating a Slanket. Check out Find Me a Gift for various patterns and sharer slankets.

And to accompany, you could try your hand at creating a beverage that's an old favourite. Now we know Egg Nog may not scream "delicious" to you straight away but trust us, with TheBar.com's own unique twist on a classic, this is sure to be a winner for a cosy night in. Try out the recipe, found here, with Baileys and let us know your thoughts! 

 

THE ACTIVITIES

No Christmas is complete without a visit to the Ice Bar or Winter Wonderland or to have a gander at the Christmas lights on Oxford Street. But why not go back to basic and spend a day wondering around one of the traditional Christmas markets our great City has to offer?  

Christmas Market

We recommend the German Christmas Market on Southbank where you can sample the finest bratwurst and steaming glass of mulled wine! It is opened until 24th December 2013 — 11 AM to 9 PM (Mon to Thu); 11 AM to 10 PM (Fri); 10 AM to 10 PM (Sat); 10 AM to 9 PM (Sun).

Christmas Pudding & Spoon Race

Covent Garden's Great Christmas Pudding and Spoon Race is where around 150 contestants don fancy dress and race around an obstacle course in teams. The race has been going on every year since 1980 and it raises money for Cancer Research. At this time of year Covent Garden is a great place to be, with shops full of Christmas decorations and street entertainers putting on some diverting shows before and after the main event. 

Ice-skating

If you are in the mood to embrace the winter conditions, London offers plenty of opportunity to show off your skills on the ice. Click here to book your ice-skating tickets at Somerset House, the Natural History Museum, or Hyde Park.  

 

THE BASICS

In addition to the vital tools you should remain equipped with at all times this season - Umbrella, Pocket pack of tissues and Water-proof mascara (obvs!) - you may also want to invest in some skincare. After being blown to bits in gail-force winds (only to then be fried by dodgy central heating) ensure your skin is kept smooth and moisturised. Look no further than Dove's Silk Glow body wash to help protect from the elements and provide a touch of TLC at the same time.

THE TREE

Let's face it - when it comes to Christmas trees, size matters! And London doesn't offer much better when it comes to Christmas trees than Pines and Needles where discount prices and a variety of locations make this the easiest of your festive purchases. Their range includes traditional Norway spruces and non-drop Nordmann firs. Opening hours are 9am - 8.30pm.

If you're faking it this year, then John Lewis offer trees of all colours and sizes up to 10ft! We're also loving this link to Selfridges stock of festive foliage - find it here AND receive 25% off using the discount code SELF2013.

Now there really is no excuse not to deck the halls with boughs of holly....

THE ROMANCE

If you find yourself playing third wheel then you can look no further. The city of London is offering some tempting singles nights this December onwards for people looking to cuddle up in more than just a slanket this winter!  But seriously, for people who don't take themselves too seriously, these evenings can provide a great excuse to brave the outdoors and meet new people. Even Bridget Jones found love at Christmas right?! Find more details here.

THE STAMINA

I don't know about you but by the end of November, I found myself blowing all of my hard-earned Boots advantage card points on an array of cold and flu relief medicine. In a bid to defend yourself against germs this season (and of also doing your best Walter White impression stocking up on pharmaceuticals), we employ you to take advantage of these essentials to ensure you remain unstoppable throughout the season!

Ellen Modin

Ellen Modin