How to Hibernate

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I’ll take the risk of sounding basic, and just come outright and say it; I love fall. It has nothing to do with limited edition seasonal bevvies … I just love the way the air feels crisp and fresh, I am an ankle boot hoarder, and something about the season just makes everything seem more in focus. What I don’t love, however, is this thing that comes after fall, winter. The days are shorter, colder, and meaner somehow, and it’s only a matter of relentless 4pm sunsets before the seasonal depression sets in. You know who doesn’t get sad in winter? Bears. They’ve got the whole curl-up-and-wait-it-out thing on lock, and I’ve taken a page from their book, gently excusing myself from frigid windchills and gritty sidewalks to retire to my apartment for the majority of winter. Over time, I’ve become a queen of hibernation. Read on to learn my secrets.

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Step One: Set the scene. You are going to be spending a lot of time inside, so cozy up your apartment for the best hibernation possible. Candles are an essential not only for combating winter blues, but for creating a warm, luxurious feel on the cheap. Who doesn’t look and feel better by candlelight? We are partial to our signature Journelle Linden Candle, but Tarot Deck by Catbird is a great smoky scent perfect for the late fall>winter transition. Update your bed for the changing season with a fuzzy pillow and a fluffy blanket, you will be spending quite a bit of time avoiding the winter wind there. Finally, throw on some music to get into a chilly mood. Anything but Christmas carols will suffice, but personally nothing says late fall in New York more than Nico.

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Step Two: Take a Bath. If there is one art form I have perfected during my short time on earth, it is taking the perfect soak. Baths are important all year around, but especially so when you are chilled to the absolute core and the only way to get warm again is to sit yourself in some hot, bubbly water (perhaps with a cold bubbly beverage?). Take the aforementioned candle, and set it up in your bathroom somewhere it will create a warm glow but not set anything on fire. Fill up your tub, add some oil (I like coconut or rose) to keep your skin hydrated, as well as some bubbles to make it luxurious. I always like to have lip balm, a hand towel, and a giant glass of water next to the tub as well. A good book and a glass of wine are a must.

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Step Three: Pamper your skin. We are all familiar with the fact that as the weather gets colder, your skin gets dryer, yes? This goes for both your face and your body, but with a little prep your whole self can stay baby soft all season long. While in the shower, gently scrub your skin with Herbivore’s Coco Rose Body Polish to keep any dragon scales at bay. The second you get out of the shower moisturize with a thick cream or oil to really lock in moisture. I’m personally on team babyface, and I achieve glowy cherub skin with the Glossier Moon Mask. I pat a thick layer on damp skin, rinse off after anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour. If I’m feeling super dehydrated, I’ll leave it on overnight as a sleeping mask.

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Step Four: Cozy Up. Once the candles have been lit, the bath has been drained, and you are moisturized to high heavens, there is only one thing left to due in the pursuit of complete hibernation: the outfit. You know we take our loungewear seriously around here, and winter is the time to pull out all the stops. Grab the Eberjey Sweater Weather Robe and your favorite socks and swaddle yourself to perfection. The final step in the hibernation process is to kiss your social life goodbye and stay inside until spring.

By Bella Cacciatore

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