Warm it up!
|Pictures by James Chardon
CHRISTMAS MOOD ALL AROUNDOkay guys, so in all total honesty I must say that it always felt super tricky for me to dress up effortlessly in winter (you know the kind of weather where it gets sooo cold that you just want to throw on 50’000 layers and a Canada Goose over all of that). I feel like in summer time you can just put on a dress, some nice open toe shoes and head out without thinking much about anything else. In winter, you gotta play it smart : cozy, warm and pretty. I personally don’t feel pretty when I’m wrapped up and bundled up like some sort of cheesecake, if you know what I mean… I like it lean and slim, light and chic. So how to manage to find the perfect balance? Well let me tell you, there are a couple of tricks that definitely change everything. First of all when the temperature goes under 0°C, I like to have some tights under my jeans and get some of those warm thermic socks (you can get some great ones at many sport shops but also Uniqlo), when your feet are pleased, it changes everything! From your mood to your general state. Then I’ll maybe also wear a thermic bodysuit (Uniqlo, again, have such a wide range of colours) under a big thick wool top. Now be carefull with the materials you wear in winter, the better the textile the warmer you’ll feel so invest smartly! Cashmere is my favourite one, it’s light yet so incredibly warm. Then of course make sure to have some good leather gloves which have preferably intern fabric that’ll keep your hands safe from the cold. One thing that I hate is feeling the cold wind blowing over my neck. Worst thing ever… Especially if you’re spending the day out as I usually do for work. If you have your neck covered with a warm scarf, it will change everything! And I mean, everything! Since I like very slim clothing silhouettes, I’ll throw on usually a chuncky scarf to be able to cuddle up in it if I really feel like I can’t bare the weather anymore. Plus it’s so cozy! In today’s pictures I am wearing one of my current favourite ones that I found in Zara, it’s so warm and I can totally bundle up in it anytime. Cover your head with a beanie or hat and there you go!
It’s funny because when we travel to warmer countries and tell people to switch off or lower the air conditionning, they don’t understand and look at us with those big crazy eyes like we just said something completely insane. Of course, if you come from Switzerland you must love cold!!! WRONG! How can you actually enjoy freezing your bonest? Well, I don’t know about you but I personaly hate it. And I certainly will never get used to it as I litterally transform my place into a leaving sauna and am constanly covered up during cold days. So the result is that I get constanly sick when I travel often, first of all because of the plain but also in India for example, I had to take my coat with me for dinner as the air conditionning was so harsh… So what about you guys, how do you bare with the cold? What are your best fashion tips to look good yet feel warm? The other day I was in Lausanne for a couple of short meetings as I saw all the gorgeous Christmas decorations! All the stores have their Christmas shopping ready (you should absolutely go to the Lush boutique, amazing bath products! Such great gift ideas for your beloved ones). I can’t believe that it’s almost there! This is such an exciting period of the year. I hope you all guys enjoy some fabulous time and first and foremost, stay always positive and happy by this end of the year. I am sure some of you have seen this video but I was completely mesmerized by the story of this young man called Zach and of his way of seeing things and of living as he learned that he has terminal stage cancer and has got only a couple of months to go… It is one of the most inspiring stories ever, and shows us that a positive mind is everything and that happiness lies in the little, most simple things but that are so precious and important to our heart. Helping people, even if just with a smile can make a huge difference. And that’s something I think we should all keep in mind, not only now for Christmas time, but forever. I invite you all to discover his story and remind yourself what you are gratefull for. Lots of love guys