Extreme winter temperature swings have become the norm in the South—one day it’s 75 degrees, the next day’s forecast calls for sleet—but the latest arctic blast here in Charleston, South Carolina, still caught me off guard. I’d forgotten just how much the right sweater, blanket, or pair of slippers can brighten the iciest of days. Here are a few small ways to take good care of yourself (and stay well) right now.
Part actual shoe, part slipper, these pretty mules by Margaux look and feel beautiful—whether you leave the house or not. $248; margauxny.com
It’s easy to dream of warmer days ahead with this bundle of a Galison Mudpuppy puzzle and playing card set emblazoned with one of the Dallas-born photographer Gray Malin’s cult-favorite beach images. $50; ggfieldshop.com
This heirloom-worthy Kilte cardigan with pretty pointelle details in super-soft alpaca wool gets sewn by hand in Italy. $350; kiltecollection.com
Stay healthy and grounded with a quick yoga or stretch break on one of the new designs from Jollie. Bonus feel-good moment: When you purchase a mat, the company donates one to a pediatric cancer patient. $92; bejollie.com
Yes, I’m recommending a sweatsuit (I will forever blame the pandemic). And I’m a fan of this Goodlife one because it comes in a universally flattering soft cream color that looks polished paired with the mules above for a day of rest—or running errands. $110 for pant, goodlifeclothing.com; $98 for sweatshirt, goodlifeclothing.com
The washability and not-too-heavy weight of this woven cotton Authenticity50 blanket means you can cuddle up in it all year long. $199; authenticity50.com
I love that the hand-formed shapes of these DBO Home mugs (which can hold plenty of tea or coffee or hot chocolate) look a little like tiny sculptures. $50; dbohome.com
Have you tried cashmere socks yet? These by Garnet Hill might just have you wishing winter would last a little while longer. $34–$38; garnethill.com
There is nothing more soothing than using one of the otherworldly-soft pelts from Overland on a sofa, and they look especially chic layered on the end of twin beds for extra warmth. $99; overland.com
A food editor colleague of mine swears by Mariage Frères teas, and now I’m a devotee of their Earl Grey. $32; neimanmarcus.com
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