Top 5 Winter Clothes For Sub-Freezing Weather

Top 5 Winter Clothes For Sub-Freezing Weather

Best ways to stay warm this winter.

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.


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.


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.


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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10 Reasons Why You Need Crocs In Your Life

I don't understand why you haven't bought a pair yet.

Crocs have the perception of being the world's ugliest shoe, or sometimes you hear wearing them is "social suicide". Well, I'm here to tell you everything you've heard is wrong.

1. They go with everything

Personally, after finding the perfect outfit to wear to class, I struggle finding the right shoe to wear. I think about all the walking I'm going to have to do and I always grab my Crocs. Whether I'm wearing jeans, yoga pants or even sweatpants, Crocs are always my go-to. I mean, look at these people, doesn't look like social suicide to me. Looks pretty damn good.

2. They're extremely comfortable

If you ask anyone who owns a pair of Crocs, I guarantee you they'll tell you how comfortable these shoes are. It's like walking on memory foam or a cloud, whatever anaolgy you want to use.

3. The color range is fantastic

When you go to most sites to shop, there's a color list. Crocs gives you a color wheel. A FLIPPIN' wheel. Not to mention the bunch of patterns you can choose from like, zebra, leapord, camo, and more.

4. They come with their own accessories

Don't even get my started on the little accessories that can be added to every pair of Crocs, called Jibbitz. They're like little pins that bring out your inner child. Decorate your shoes with Disney princesses or even Star Wars.

Yes, you can get Mater on your shoe.

5. They'll be your best friend in college

This may be my own personally opinion and I may be biased, but with all the walking I do on college campus, these shoes are the best purchase I've ever made. They never leave my feet smelling like death or in pain, which I think is pretty amazing.

6. They can be worn all year round

I personally would wear my classic Crocs all year round but some people may not like that idea. That's why you should know they make a variety of different styles like sandals, wedges, boots and even FLEECE lined ones. Yes I said fleece.

7. You don't have to be an adult to wear them

Maybe it's just a girl thing, but I hated that I couldn't wear my mom's 5 inch stiletto heels when I was a kid, but with Crocs that's not a problem and my dreams aren't crushed.

8. They're a unisex shoe

This life-changing experience doesn't have to be just for girls. Guys, if you want to lounge in your sweats all day, throw some Crocs on. Heck, they even make boots that don't empty out our pockets and make your feet stink, so doesn't hurt giving it a shot.

9. They give back to their community

Crocs created Crocs Cares, which has donated over 3 million pairs of shoes to people in need around the world.

10. They can be worn in water

Nothing grinds my gears more than when I go to the beach and have to take off my shoes, that just get covered in sand anyways. An added plus to Crocs is they can be worn in water.

Most of this shocking and extremely awesome information was found on the Crocs website, where you should go because I know after reading this, you really want a pair.

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Yes, I Have Tattoos And Yes, I'm Going To Be A Teacher

A child will not learn less from me because I got a tattoo in remembrance of my grandmother.


Recently, while I was on vacation I was listening to a group of middle-aged women complaining about someone they know getting a tattoo. The conversation got me thinking about something someone said to me a few months before that about my tattoos.

"Oh... you have tattoos. Didn't you say you were going to be a teacher? Don't you think that you should consider something else?"

No. No, I do not think I should consider doing something else. I have wanted to be a teacher my entire life. I am wonderful with children. I work hard at learning all of the new advances that I need to learn in order to become a teacher. I am going to be good at my career. My career does not discriminate against me because of something so minuscule. Instead, it will allow me to show that I am more than just what you happen to see on the outside.

The fact that I have tattoos does not and will not have any input in any of that. A child will not learn less from me because I got a tattoo in remembrance of my grandmother. They are still going to learn how to write essays, and add fractions. They will still learn how to interact with their peers and how to treat each other the way they want to be treated. (Something you clearly missed) Tattoos are not bad just because you would not get one.

Tattoos are not something awful that defines me as an awful person. They are something that I did because I wanted to do. I like them. I think they are beautiful. I am sorry that you do not, but I am not any less of a person because of them.

I am going to change the lives of hundreds of students. I am going to become something great. I am going to do it all with my tattoos.

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