A Haitian’s survival guide to cold weather

Buck up fellow islanders living up North. As the temperature drops, we retreat into our cozy apartments to wallow up in the days of summers gone. I think it’s time to break the cycle don’t you? Here’s a universal truth, when you look good, you feel good. Unfortunately winter isn’t known for making us feel sexy… Unless of course, you like a red and runny nose. Hey to each their own right?

I don’t believe in spending thousands of dollars in clothes, but when you live in Siberia (ok I’m being a little dramatic), a few key investment pieces are a must. When buying winter clothes, you have to keep in mind that these are items you’ll need for a couple of years, hence the term “investment”. Make sure you pick things that are timeless, comfortable and that you absolutely love.

So here’s what you’ll need to survive winter fashionably. Note that this won’t be the typical coat, boots, socks kind of list… Don’t get me wrong, all of that is crucial, but I think we should shake it up. Don’t you agree?

1. A warm coat

Obviously… But something I’ve noticed, is that although we come from warm weather countries, we still tend to underestimate our first winter. I cannot count how many times I’ve seen girls freeze their a$$es on the account of ugly puffer coats. I’m sorry to say that beautiful, timeless and warm will cost a pretty penny. I suggest Mackage, Canada Goose, or Kanuk (recycled fur) for really harsh weather. Abercrombie and Fitch, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and even Zara also have nice selections.

2. A great pair of boots

Yes this is another obvious one. But I’m not just talking about the comfy and toasty Uggs. I’m talking about a pair of boots that absolutely fit your style (Combat, bootie etc). I love those days when it isn’t so cold and you can wear those really nice shoes you’ve been dying to wear again.


3. Brights

A printed scarf or bright red gloves to brighten up those grey days. Bright colors are not only a mood booster, but also refreshing in an endless sea of black and grey coats. I find that a pop of color always shakes an outfit up, and if you can pull off pink pants, I say go for it.

4. Moisturizer

Needless to say harsh weather dries out the skin to the point of it actually peeling off and burning. So please everyone, remember to moisturize your faces before you go out, and always keep lip balm at arms lengths.

5. Red Lipstick…

Or whatever makes you feel sexiest… Heels, LBD, lingerie and the list goes on…

P.S: I look a little creepy here… sigh…

6. A Bikini, towel and sunglasses

Put on your hottest bikini, lay the towel near your heater, lay down, close your eyes and imagine….

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