Monday, 21 January 2013

Surviving Winter

As I type, there is snow on the ground outside. It is only a few inches deep, but it feels like the entire country goes in to panic as soon as the first snowflake falls. I know a lot of people in the UK have been working from home, transport has been utter chaos and there has been the same old panic buying at the supermarket. At times like this, I find it very hard to wear lolita. All I want to do is stay in bed and firmly wrap myself up in the duvet. In fact, I don't really feel like doing anything at all. I am hoping this is just a seasonal slump, but I have been thinking of ways to make this time of year more bearable.

Invest in some warm and Winter-proof lolita clothes- I know there are a lot of lolitas out there who don't even own a lolita coat. I suppose it is quite a luxury item. It is probably going to be one of the most expensive items you would buy and some lolitas prefer to make do with a regular coat. I brought my first and only lolita coat a few Winters ago from Bodyline and I don't regret it one bit. As far as keeping me warm from the typical UK winter goes, it does its job. It is nice to have a practical coat, which is also very cute. Something I do need to work on though, is some sensible lolita boots that keep my feet dry. A lot of my lolita shoes are not really suited to the wet and cold weather. There are also so many brand and off-brand accessories that you can pick up for cheap such as scarves and gloves that would compliment lolita. My point is, that if you know you are prepared for the weather, then going outside wont feel as daunting. If you think you are going to get cold or wet then you are probably not going to be as enthusiastic.

Treat yourself to a nice, hot drink at a cafe- I always have some hot chocolate in the house but I never have any cream or mini marshmallows about to make it a bit special. So to tempt me out of the house, I like going to cafes and treating myself to the most luxurious hot chocolate ever. Cream, a dusting of cocoa, flavoured syrup... I want it all! It is probably something I can't do at home without buying in all those extras. Also, it is quite nice to sit in a cafe, have some quiet time and get somebody else to do all the work for you. A lot of cafes bring in special drinks during the festive season. My current favourite is Black Forest hot chocolate but the cafe I usually get it from took it away after Christmas! (PLEASE bring it back!!!) So it looks like I may have to find myself a new favourite for the moment. But with options like salted caramel lattes, gingerbread hot chocolate and very boozy eggnog, I think I have a lot more options to explore.

Always make sure you are able to get home safely- I try not to travel too far when it is snowing because as I said, the entire country seems to shut down. Transport is usually one of the first things to go awry. So I think going out a bit closer to home is a much better option. A lot of this does depend on how brilliant your local area is. My town is not that good, but I try to make the most of the available facilities.

Go out and build a snowman- We don't get snow that often here, so just go out and enjoy it while you can. My Facebook feed is currently bombarded with snowmen that my friends have made! It's just a bit of harmless fun. We don't always have the chance to do these things, so make the most of it.

See snow as your perfect photo opportunity- I really love seeing photos of lolitas in the snow! It looks so pretty and I think it makes a really lovely backdrop. It is a bit different. Just like my last point, we should try to make the most of the snow while we have it. Put together a winter themed outfit and really show it off against the stunning, white snow.

Or failing this, just hide yourself away until Spring and then vow to squeeze in as much lolita as possible to make up for your quiet period. Spring is (hopefully) just around the corner!


  1. Lovely post ^_^
    I've been addicted to vanilla chai lattes all winter hehe

  2. Well snow and cold days is pretty usual here in Norway, but my problem is that it is so fudging dark all the time! Can't wait for some lighter spring days soon :)

    1. I don't think I could handle even shorter days! I can't imagine what it must be like in Norway. It is very slowly getting lighter in the evenings here but I am really craving some extra light now.


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