Top 5 Winter Clothes For Sub-Freezing Weather

Top 5 Winter Clothes For Sub-Freezing Weather

Best ways to stay warm this winter.
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Recently my friends and I took the Metro up to Washington DC to spend the afternoon at the National Art Gallery. We’re all Northern Virginia natives so we’re not unfamiliar with cold weather, but this week was the first one this year with temperatures below freezing. Additionally, the area of DC we were in has a good number of tall buildings which means lots of wind. Between our Virginia experiences, and the experiences of my friend who goes to school in Idaho, we were all well bundled for our adventure. Here’s the five items of clothing I think are essential for going out in cold weather.

Gloves

I prefer gloves over mittens so that I have full use of my fingers without having to take them off. Mine happen to have pads on the index fingers and thumbs that let me use my phone easily as well but there are also pens with rubber ends that can be used as a substitute so you can keep your gloves on.

Hat

Whatever hat you wear make sure it covers your ears and the top of your head. An earmuff can be added if your hat isn’t quite long enough but that is one more piece of clothing that you’ll have to keep track of once you start taking off layers.

Scarf

My preferred scarf is long and wide, so I can wrap it around my face once and tuck it into my coat for extra warmth. Between my hat, my scarf, and my sunglasses (because it was cold but not cloudy), you could not see my face, which also meant the cold couldn’t get to it. I did have a bit of a fogging problem between the glasses and the scarf but it was an acceptable exchange.

Long Socks

Depending on what shoes you wear, a thick fuzzy pair of socks is not out of the question either. That little extra bit of warmth goes a long way. If they get too warm you can push them down to cool off and pull them back up once you’re cold again.

Long Coat

This is another personal preference. I have a trench coat that covers my thighs which is great for protection against the wind. If you don’t have a long coat but you want to keep your thighs warm, I recommend a simple pair of legging or tights. Nothing too thick if you’re going to be walking around
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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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5 Fall Fashion Staples That Are Must-Haves

Fall is by far the most exciting season for fashion. There are so many combinations of cute outfits to put together for every occasion. Wherever you may be going, here are some staple clothing items you need this fall...

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It's about that time to put the bathing suit away (at least if you're from the north) and take out all your favorite fall clothes from the back of your closet. If you find a need to upgrade your wardrobe this year, I've rounded up the best staple pieces for your fall outfits.

1. Ankle Booties 

I swear these are the ONLY type of shoes I reach for during this time of year. They pair great with jeans, leggings, AND skirts. They can be casual enough for class or you can dress them up for a nice dinner or a night out. I always keep a pair of tan booties and a pair of black ones to go with whatever outfit I'm in that day.

These will become staple shoes that you'll wear for years.

2. Ripped Jeans 

As we learned from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (yes, I'm dating myself), a good pair of jeans can take you a long way. Autumn is the perfect weather for ripped jeans, not to mention how fashionable they are in today's fashion. They also look amazing with the booties I previously mentioned.

I suggest keeping a light pair and a dark pair in your wardrobe for endless stylish outfits.

3. Sweaters

This one may seem obvious, as it's the sole reason we all look forward to cold weather. Sweaters can be paired with anything in your closet...and they are also a signature staple piece that you can dress up or down. I recommend having an oversized sweater, a fitted, fancier sweater, and casual everyday sweater.

4. Corduroy Skirt

Corduroy Skirts are so ... this holiday season. Pair them with cute ankle booties with calf-high socks and a nice sweater to get a perfect look for any fall weekend and even Thanksgiving!

5. Scarves

Last, but certainly not least, is our favorite fall/winter accessory. You can throw on a scarf with any outfit whatsoever. Leggings and a denim jacket? Add a scarf. Skirt and a sweater? Add a scarf. Sweatshirt and sweatpants? Add a scarf. See what I mean? I love to pair plaid scarves with jackets and plain comfy scarves with sweatshirts and sweaters.

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