Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

With the buzz of Christmas now officially behind us, it’s time to gear up for a few months of cold (and often miserable) weather. In the spirit of looking on the bright side, I’ve compiled a list of some personal necessities of my own. Here is Jen’s Winter Survival Guide, to help keep you warm, cozy and smiling all through the next few months:

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Whether you’re a ski bunny or a shred dog, you want to be warm, dry and look cute when you hit the slopes. Who better to outfit you for your winter action sports than DC? They make fashionable and practical outerwear and snowboots. Plus, they also have just launched a new line of snowboards to keep you looking hip, while still being a serious rider on the hill.

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The cold winter weather can result in drab, dry skin on your face. The perfect remedy? Benefit Honey, Snap Out Of It Scrub will keep you glowing even when the sun’s not shining. It’s one of my all-time favourite skin care products, and thankfully my mother replenished my stock this Christmas. It’s a morning must for smooth skin. Use daily for unclogging pores, deep cleaning and gentle exfoliating. With triple milled almond paste, you can feel the vacuum cleaning begin immediately. Seriously amazing!

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No matter whether you’re exhausted after a long day at the office, or a full day at the mountain; soothe your tired body in a warm bath. Origins Calm To Your Senses Lavender Vanilla Bath & Body Oil can enrich this experience for you. Lavender is known for its ability to soothe the soul, calm the mind and inspire a sense of balance and serenity, and the rich aroma of vanilla carries a familiarity that comforts and relaxes. This oil can be used on your body or in bath, it’s a real treat for your skin and your senses.

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There’s nothing better to keep you warm and cozy on a cold day than a fantastic scarf and hat. I love throwing a hat over my locks and not having to worry about them- especially in the rain and snow. Scarves are absolutely one of my favourite winter accessories. You can change your whole outfit by throwing on a different scarf. I just picked up a new black and red one last weekend at Winners. My other favourite finds this season have been at second hand stores, H&M and Urban Outfitters. There is so much cute gear for heads and toes.

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Omnipresent and omnipotent, the knee-high boot is the god of fashion this season in the heaven of shoes. How often do beauty and practicality collide? I’m a little boot obsessed this year. UGGs are another a staple, which I couldn’t live without…like butter on my feet, I tell you.

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Bumble and Bumble’s Defrizz is the perfect remedy for your frizzy, flyaway winter locks. Defrizz smoothes and tames, leaving hair shiny and amazingly soft. Enough said. Go visit my friends at i.d salon today!

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One of my favourite things to do on a cold winter night is to curl up with a big mug of hot chocolate. Check out this amazing recipe. I don’t watch much television but watching tv shows on dvd is one of my guilty pleasures. The Sex and the City and Friends series are classics, but I am always on the hunt for new ones. Up next is: Big Love, season two.

What are your winter must-haves? What does it take to keep you smiling through the coldest months of the year?