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5 Winter Style Essentials to Own

Must-Own Classic Pieces for Winter That Don't Sacrifice Style
February 6, 2016

With that little blip of spring weather earlier this week, I found myself yearning for warm days already.  Definitely wishful thinking on my part, but around this time every year, I’m itching to file my sweaters and scarves away for another year.  But reality has it that the temps have dipped again, and I’m still relying heavily on a few favorite cold weather staples.

Early on this winter season, I hunted down the exact black turtleneck I was on the hunt for (on major sale right now too).  This piece has proven to be just one of my favorite winter style essentials that I find myself reaching for again and again.  Like a favorite pair of jeans, this sweater makes me feel good the second I put it on…I can just depend on it to make me feel put together and like myself. I was specifically on the hunt for a lightweight option, and it’s proven to be a great buy (I bought it in grey too!).

Since I’ve recently been on a big fewer-better-pieces kick (probably in huge part due to one of my favorite brands, Cuyana), I’ve come to find that having a few basic winter style essentials that I really, really like (like said hat, a wool hat and a great oversized scarf) makes it easier to get dressed every day. So in the slideshow above, I’ve rounded up five winter style essentials that I think are crucial for anyone’s cold weather fashion game.  These pieces are classic, timeless and ones that will take your outfit up a notch or two…while keeping you warm and cozy.  Nothing crazy—we don’t need street style on the way to the office or happy hour—but practical pieces you’ll be glad you have in your closet.  What do you consider to be your winter style essentials?  Cheers, Kat

P.S. Any fellow Cuyana fans out there: can we talk about how good the spring collection is going to be?! I think I bookmarked every piece, and it’s just another reason why I’m counting down until warmer days.  xo

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SHEARLING OR (FAUX) FUR

SHEARLING OR (FAUX) FUR

A GOOD SHEARLING COAT OR FAUX FUR AUTOMATICALLY ADDS INTEREST AND TEXTURE TO YOUR WINTER LAYERS.

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THE BLACK TURTLENECK

THE BLACK TURTLENECK

YOU ALREADY READ ABOUT MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE CLASSIC BLACK TURTLENECK...IT'S JUST SO GOOD.

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THE WOOL HAT

THE WOOL HAT

I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT A WOOL FEDORA INSTANTLY ELEVATES ANY COLD-WEATHER LOOK (WE SWEAR EVERYONE LOOKS BETTER IN ONE TOO). AN ADDED BONUS? IT KEEPS A LITTLE HEAT IN!

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THE OVERSIZED SCARF

THE OVERSIZED SCARF

SERVING AS THE PERFECT THIRD PIECE TO YOUR ENSEMBLE, AN OVERSIZED SCARF IS THE EASIEST WAY TO BURROW YOUR FACE IN STYLE ON A COLD WINTER'S DAY.

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THE OVERCOAT

THE OVERCOAT

A LONG OVERCOAT IS THE EPITOME OF WINTER WARMTH. BUT IF YOU DON'T ENJOY THE WAY IT SWALLOWS YOUR FIGURE, TRY BELTING IT. WE LOVE THIS EXTRA DETAIL ON ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT WINTER FASHION STATEMENTS.

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Featured image, A Love is Blind

How to Build the Ultimate Cheese Platter

The Perfect Cheese Platter Proves There Really Are No Rules, But Here's Great Inspiration For Creating Your Own
February 5, 2016

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This has to be one of my favorite shoots from the archives…an abundant cheese platter with all of the cheeses, fruits, vegetables, meats, spreads, breads and nuts one could EVER want, am I right? As a major grazer, I could opt for a cheese platter over some of the most appetizing entrees almost every chance I get, so this cheese platter inspiration has a special place in my heart.

As shared in the original post, MKR spells out what makes up the ultimate cheese platter, but she explains that there really are no rules. Creating a cheese platter is a great opportunity to try new flavors, mix old favorites and expand your knowledge in the tapas department. While there are no rules, it can also be a bit intimidating standing in front of the deli window, so MKR shares her tips for selecting a good variety of cheese and charcuterie (like include a variety of cheese textures: soft, firm, hard and blue…but always one “safe option”!), as well as a few favorite picks of her own (roasted tomatoes and grilled asparagus are always a hit).  

Will you be serving a cheese platter at your Super Bowl party? What are your go-to’s on your board?  Cheers, Kat

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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | The original post was in collaboration with Le Creuset, a brand we love and adore.  Opinions and recipes are 100% our own.

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6 Natural Ways To Fight A Cold

Natural Remedies for When You're Feeling Under the Weather
February 4, 2016

It’s that time of year…sore throats, coughs and sniffles, and we’re just going to come out and say that we don’t have time for any of it.  So in an effort to avoid any wasted time being down for the count, and to find natural ways to fight a cold, we’re reaching for back-to-basics remedies.  You may have noticed that we’ve been on a natural kick lately (check out our 8 natural beauty habits).  These simple, yet effective tricks are what we’re currently turning to when we’re feeling under the weather. 

From getting your greens to enjoying a foot soak with some Epsom Salt, we rounded up six, natural ways to fight a cold and feel better quicker.  Click on the slideshow above to read more, and tell us: what natural remedy do you swear by?  Cheers, Kat

P.S. If you’re looking for more details on natural remedies, be sure to visit Hello Glow, one of our favorite resources for natural wellness. We still have a lot to learn in this department, and this site is always super helpful. xo

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SIP ON HOT TEA

SIP ON HOT TEA

NOTHING BEATS THE SOOTHING FEELING OF HOT TEA WHEN YOU'RE NOT FEELING 100%. BE SURE TO INCLUDE LEMON AND HONEY, AND CONSIDER GINGER AND SAGE AS THEY ALL HELP WITH THROAT PAIN AND INFLAMMATION.

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GET YOUR GREENS

GET YOUR GREENS

INCREASE YOUR INTAKE OF HEALTHY GREENS TO SPEED UP YOUR RECOVERY TIME, AND GIVE YOUR BODY MUCH-NEEDED TLC IN LIQUID FORM. A FRESH JUICE OR SMOOTHIE WORKS WONDERS, BUT WE ALSO SWEAR BY THESE EASY TABLETS WHEN WE'RE NOT FEELING AMBITIOUS IN THE KITCHEN OR CAN'T MAKE IT TO OUR FAVORITE JUICERY.

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GARGLE HONEY & APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

GARGLE HONEY & APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

IT'S KNOWN THAT DR. BRAGG'S ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SUPPORTS A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM, SO THE MIXTURE OF IT PLUS HONEY WITH A GOOD GARGLING IS JUST WHAT YOUR SORE THROAT NEEDS. SERIOUSLY, THIS STUFF WORKS (WE COULD PROBABLY DEVOTE A WHOLE POST TO ITS MANY MAGICAL USES).

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TURN TO ESSENTIAL OILS

TURN TO ESSENTIAL OILS

I'VE BEEN ON AN ESSENTIAL OILS KICK LATELY (PEPPERMINT OIL IS A LIFE SAVER FOR MY FREQUENT HEADACHES) AND OREGANO ESSENTIAL OIL IS AN IMPORTANT ONE TO HAVE ON HAND FOR LINGERING SICKNESS. IT PURIFIES, BOOSTS IMMUNITY, AND HELPS IMPROVE RESPIRATORY OR DIGESTIVE ISSUES. TRY A DROP OR TWO WITH HONEY TO SOOTH A SORE THROAT.

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ENJOY A FOOT SOAK

ENJOY A FOOT SOAK

SOAK YOUR FEET IN A HOT BATH TO DRAW THE BLOOD TO YOUR FEET, REDUCING INFLAMMATION TO YOUR HEAD AND CHEST, AND ULTIMATELY MAKING YOU FEEL A HECK OF A LOT BETTER. ANY EXCUSE TO ENJOY A LEISURELY SOAK IN WARM WATER IS WELCOME BY US.

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LET YOURSELF REST

LET YOURSELF REST

LASTLY, GIVE YOURSELF THE BEST NATURAL REMEDY: GOOD REST. TOO OFTEN WE TRY TO RUSH THE RECOVERY AND END UP SICKER THAN A DOG FOR LONGER. LET YOURSELF PROPERLY HEAL BY TAKING SOME MAJOR R&R.

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha

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