Curvily’s Winter Essentials

It is officially FREEZING in NYC (hello first blizzard of 2015!), and I officially over it.  I don’t have any tropical escapes on the horizon, though, so I have to bundle up and make the best of it.  Fortunately, I’ve found some products that help restore my skin and warmth.  Read on for my favorites in winter beauty, clothes, and accessories.

L'Occitane Hand Cream

The arrival of winter is always heralded by my suddenly sad, dry hands.  I’ve tried tons of hand creams, but none of them hold a candle to the luxe moisturizing capabilities of L’Occitane.  I prefer the relaxing lavender scent, but if you want to test out a variety, this $10 mini trio is the way to go.


Dry lips are another common winter scourge, and best combatted with Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment.  Rosé is my go-to shade, providing just a hint of sheer color, but Berry, Plum, and Ruby all offer the same lip quenching effect.  Or you can just go for it and try pretty much every variety available with this gift set.

Clinique Moisture Surge

To keep my face moisturized in the depths of winter, nothing works better for me than this classic from Clinique.  The light texture belies the intense moisturizing capabilities – if you’ve never tried it, head to a Clinique counter or Sephora ASAP.

Scarf Selfie

Winter protection doesn’t stop at skincare: You also need good physical barriers from the cold.  My number one cold weather accessory is a chunky knit infinity scarf, like this one from Lane Bryant (sold out online, check in stores, or snag this one from Calvin Klein in the same shaker knit).  An oversized infinity scarf like this can function as both a hat and a scarf if you lose/forget the former (something I am prone to). When blizzards hit, you can wrap it around everything but your eyes for maximum bundling power.

A great coat is another essential, and if you are looking for one to add to your collection, now is the time to buy: Pretty much all winter outerwear is on sale, even though it is decidedly in season at the moment.  Click through my top plus size coat picks above to find the right one for your budget and climate.

Tretorn in the Snow

For stomping around in the snow (and the inevitable slush that follows), nothing beats my fully waterproof Tretorn Vinter wellies.  They are fleece lined for coziness, and the mid calf height and large leg opening means even wider calved can comfortably tuck jeans into them.  I’ve had my pair for years and they are still in great shape – here I am in them two years ago during our pup’s first snow 🙂  They are super functional and still fun – even Natalie Portman is a fan!  As for my legwear, cold weather doesn’t mean I am limiting myself to pants only: My thick Flexees leggings let me get away with short skirts in January.  For women on the petite side, the capri length hits right at the ankle, and works well layered with fuzzy socks under boots.