Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Coping With Cold

Winter is not my favorite season.  I've lived in New York my entire life and I'm sure if I really cared to do something to avoid living with winter, it would've happened already.  I just try to cope for three to four months of the year.  This chilly weather is making me go crazy lately!  It was 20 degrees today and windy.  My face was all red from windburn! I always love a good pick me up so here's what's been aiding my winter blues these days...

I searched like crazy for these chunky knit infinity scarves from the Gap.  They were all sold out in Manhattan.  Sometimes I'm late on liking things and they end up being oh so inconveniently sold out when I want to buy them!  I got lucky after a brutal hunt and I found two in Queens - this dark blue and a light grey, which I took right off a mannequin.  They are very soft and nicely priced at $15 each on sale!  The Amanda from 5 years ago would shoot myself for not attempting to knit or crochet one of these...

I visited Papabubble yesterday for the first time ever and I'm very impressed.  My candy and sugar cravings approve of this place and its candies!  Papabubble is a cute little candy shop near Little Italy that specializes in custom and unique hard candies in clever flavor combinations.  I went for the Arctic Mix because I couldn't say no to those little polar bear faces. At first I thought it would be a minty mix, but to my surprise the flavors are: lemon/horchata, pumpkin/coconut, eucalyptus/lime, apple/cinnamon and some others.  I am not a hard candy fanatic, but this is a perfect exception.

This is a limited edition holiday item from LUSH.  It's made of white icing sugar, cranberry and lemon seed oil.  The consistency is different than the other LUSH lip scrubs (less grainy) and it's by far the best tasting one! I would be lying if I said I didn't spend one Saturday evening eating about 1/3 of it.

Trader Joe's had so many new holiday treats when I went last week. I randomly picked up this box of Chewy Egg Nog Cookies.  They are egg nog flavored and are drizzled with white chocolate.  I don't even think I like egg nog and I LOVE these cookies!  I highly recommend you try these next time you roll into your local TJ's. The iced gingerbread men are next on my list!

(Trader Joe's, I love you, but the last sentence of copy for this product was pretty weak: It's like having a cup of eggnog always at the ready, in the form of a cookie.  Really? I think you can do better.)