Winter is (kinda) here! Let’s celebrate the glories of this
crisp, chilly weather with a blog post all about the best bits of Winter;
clothes, food and wintery things to do.
Winter clothes! We have a wonderful range of winter clothes
here at Madame Fancy Pants. Highnoontea, Miss Sparrow, Arielle Mermin and Book
of Deer are currently gracing our racks. Such stunning collections, you have to
check them out! Plus we have COATS. I think coats are the best part of winter,
but finding The One can be a bit of a chore. You need a coat that you can throw
over your snuggly jumpers, one that will go with everything and one that isn’t
black. Lucky we have two perfect coats and one little rain cape to make finding
The One a lot easier. Have a peek at this classic navy coat and little red rain cape from Highnoontea.
And how about this stunning wool cape from Miss
Winter food and drinks; the comfort, the cuddling up in bed
with a mug of homemade hot chocolate, the “using baking as a way to keep warm”
Hot Chocolate is my guilty pleasure in winter, especially
with a massive dollop of cloud like cream. Everyone likes hot chocolate, so why
not keep things interesting and try out some creative flavours like Red Velvet
and Salted Caramel? I created a wonderful, easy hot chocolate recipe for a
midnight feast after dancing my night away to the sweet tunes of John The Baptist
one chilly Friday night (JTB are a great wintery band, plenty of foot stomping dancing
to be had), here it is; take one cup of milk and heat on the stove with about two
to four rows of milk chocolate (I used Dairy Milk, but Whittaker’s Creamy Milk would
make for a richer, smoother drink; I’d probably use less chocolate, more to
nibble on!) add a drop or two of vanilla essence and a sprinkling of cinnamon,
remember to keep stirring! Pour into your favourite mug and snuggle up in bed
with your favourite book.
Can’t wait to try out some warm, snuggly cocktails from A
Beautiful Mess! Love me a mug of mulled wine, but warm spiked cider sounds
perfect for warding off the chills too.
We just got a new fridge here at MFP so we ladies can bring
in some lovely soup to warm us up on those bitter, cold days. Soup is such a
fantastic winter lunch, easy to take to work and usually healthy too! Check out
101Cookbooks post ‘Soups Worth Making’ for an eclectic and delicious mix of
soup recipes. Really want the Pumpkin and Rice Soup in my belly right now!
If soup isn’t your jam, and you really want to delve into a
bowl of cheesy, classic comfort food with a twist check out '30 Mac and Cheese
Recipes' from The Food In My Beard. I know. My jaw dropped too.
What to do in Winter? Don't feel as if all there is to do is curl up in bed and watch movies from your laptop (although that isn't such a bad idea!). Wellington is full of lovely things to do, and you can always get a little creative when you're stuck indoors for the day!
+ With the end of the water ban we can finally get our skates
on and try out the ice rink on the waterfront! Outdoors + exercise= good vibes.
So excited for this one! See here for the daily sessions they run.
+ Need something to keep little ones occupied and you inspired?
Be sure to check out the Wellington Makertorium on April 27th at Te
Papa if you’re a crafter/creator/inventor/tinkerer/thinker. A one of a kind massive
exhibition featuring all kinds of brilliantly creative and inventive bits and
bobs, as well as workshops for those mini-makers!
+ Like music? Go to a gig. Dancing is sure to keep the spirits
high, check out Brockaflowersaurus-rex at Bodega on May 11th. Their
eclectic mix of hip hop, funk and soul will have you tapping your feet for
sure. Preview their music and get warmed up before you go by listening to their EP online.
+ Don’t want to venture outdoors? If you’re a crafty type an
Embroidery Transfer and some Floss from Sublime Stitching will keep your
fingers occupied and the boredom at bay as you sew by the fire, or whip up a
cute little animal from Sarah Young to decorate your sofa this Winter; the fox
and the hare are particularly well suited to the chilly months.
So there it is! A whole bunch of wintery goodness to keep
you entertained, stylish and full this winter! Stay tuned for gift ideas for
Mum this Mother’s Day and a Winter Style Special.
Thanks for reading!