30.11.16

Winter Adventure Essentials


Fall is long gone in Chicago and the cold winter days are here so stay. This weekend I am headed off to an even colder place – Toronto, Canada which I’m very excited about. I have only been to Vancouver for a few hours and then spent a week in Whistler so it will be fun exploring a city in a different part of Canada. To brace the cold I’ve put together some of the essentials I will be bringing with me to Toronto.  


Gloves – Earlier this month I bought a cute pair of black Aldo gloves that I wanted to wear on this trip. As I was gathering my essentials for this flat lay I searched my entire home, car and office for them and can’t find them. Right when I bought them I knew I wouldn’t own them long because I am constantly loosing gloves but this may be have been a new record. Yesterday R found them in his car! But to be on the safe side I will bring these mittens with me as well so I know my hands won’t freeze. Look for the Aldo pair of gloves in the upcoming blog post about our trip. 

Red beanie – Hats are a must when traveling to a winter destination or else your head will freeze. This beanie was a gift from my best friend for Christmas a while back and I love the label in the front: “bad hair day”. Perfect for the many crazy hair days I have while commuting through the windy Chicago winters.

Watch – I always like to travel with a watch because it’s important to know what time it is where ever you are traveling to and my phone is not always reliable. I also packed a watch for my European adventure this past summer, read post here.

Warm Columbia socks – I bought these socks a few weeks ago and can’t get stop wearing them. They are quite possibly the warmest socks I’ve ever owned. I also have a tan pair and am thinking of buying a few more because they are so soft.

Sweater – I have a number of sweaters packed with me, this is one of my favorites I bought a couple of years ago from J.Crew. I’m also bringing along a cardigan to layer because I guarantee I will be freezing. While we are in Toronto it will be in the mid 30sF, around 0C which isn’t as terrible as it could be but you can never be too prepared.

Nine West backpack – This leather backpack was a hand me down from R’s mom. She was cleaning out her closet a few years ago and asked me if there were anything I wanted anything. That was at least four years ago and I didn’t even use the backpack until earlier this year. But I’m so happy I kept it for all those years because it’s perfect for travel and it holds all I need.

Big scarf – When my mom was in town a few weeks ago she bought me this Aldo scarf and now I wear it constantly. It’s so big! I love wrapping up in it on the way to/from work and the pattern has snowflakes on it, perfect for the winter season.

I can’t wait to see what Toronto has to offer and the food tour we booked! What are some of your winter essentials?

x the Adventurer

*This post is not a sponsored post, these are items I wanted to share with you that I bought and love.


110 comments:

  1. That's such a cute watch! I'm firmly in the digital watch camp, but that's the kind I would like if I were to get an analog one.

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    1. Thank you! It was gift for my 18th birthday =o) Glad to hear you wear a watch! =o)

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  2. Looks like great stuff! Love the hat-I need that! Have a wonderful trip!

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    1. Thank you! We had a blast in Toronto =o) The hat was much needed!

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  3. Love all these items-great pieces for your travels! And I need that hat! Have a wonderful trip!

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  4. Cute essentials!

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  5. I love the look of those socks!

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    1. The columbia socks are so warm and comfy! I love wearing them in the winter =o)

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  6. The scarf and backpack are perfect x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

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    1. I think so too =o) I love how much fits into the backpack even though it's small =o)

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  7. Fall is long gone in Bucharest as well. The weather is freaking cold, it gets harder and harder to stay warm. Hope you will enjoy your time in Toronto! Have a lovely week! <3

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

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  8. I love your winter essentials. Mine are pretty much the same. Staying warm is a priority. :]


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    1. Thank you! Staying warm is definitely top on my priority list =o)

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  9. These items are so cute!
    I love these handcuffs!
    Hope you are doing fine out there in Chicago.

    Greetings from Germany :)
    Colli

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    1. Thank you! Trying to stay warm but we have had snow fall every weekend so its been chilly. Stay warm in Germany!

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  10. That sweater is so cool, I love the gold
    xo
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    1. Thank you! I love the triangles on it, its so warm =o)

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  11. You're so lucky to be going to Toronto! I had the chance to visit a few months ago and I loved it. I will be going to Vancouver next year and I'm already looking forward to it. Have fun.

    ANOUK

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    1. Have fun in Vancouver! I was there only for a few hours because we were going up to Whistler to ski. It's a beautiful city! Have fun!

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  12. Superbe !
    Kiss, Julie
    https://www.luxetoutou.com

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  13. Great travel essentials hun, I agree with you! I would add also a good face and hands moisturiser as my skin get so dehydrated while traveling (anywhere is colder than Greece haha), especially on the airplane cabin! Backpack was my go to also, but I have changed it with a cross body bag as it is still hands-free and I can also see it! :)
    Great article, thanks for sharing and have a greta start to the weekend!
    xoxo
    Stella
    www.stellaasteria.com

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    1. Yes! Face and hand mositurizers are a must too, especially when it gets dry in the winter ugh. I used to wear a cross body bag (for my trip to Europe over the summer) but this time I switched it up =o)
      Thanks for the comment! Happy Saturday =o)

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  14. Loving all these items, especially how cozy but rugged they are. Seriously, this photo makes me want to go camping or go on a hike so badly right now!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Thank you Rae! i wanted to go for a comfy look for winter =o)

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  15. Those mittens look so warm and I love that scarf. Have a wonderful trip!

    Fariha | blog.farihawajid.com

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    1. Thank you Fariha! The scarf is my favorite thing to wear now =o)

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  16. Gorgeous flat lay and brilliant post idea! A big scarf is always an essential. I absolutely love the look of that back pack too xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! The big scarf is one of my favorite things I wear now =o)

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  17. Nice backpack :)
    M&MFASHIONBITES : http://mmfashionbites.blogspot.gr/search/label/MariaV.

    Maria V.

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    1. Thank you! It holds so much stuff I love it!

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  18. This is such a great list! Will definitely come in handy for those cold season getaways :)

    Erica
    www.eggcanvas.me

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  19. I hope you have a great time in my city!
    You should check out the Distillery District Christmas market if you have time.


    -Christine
    www.christinelovestotravel.com

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    1. Thank you we did! And yes we stopped at the market! i love visiting Christmas markets and yours is quite special =o) Look out for my Toronto post coming soon!

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  20. Great list of winter essentials - I especially love the warm Columbia socks. Have a great time in Toronto!

    Miriam
    www.londonkitchendiaries.com

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    1. Thank you! Those socks saved my feet! They are the best socks I've ever owned =o)

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  21. Totally agree! That's a way too awesome winter essentials.
    Love the sweater!

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    1. Thank you! The sweater was definitely comfy to wear in the cold =o)

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  22. Such a handy list
    xx
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    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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  23. Love the sweater!

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  24. A backpack and scarf are the most imprtant essentials for me! xxx
    http://fallingforablog.blogspot.com.es/2016/12/party-look.html

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    1. The scarf is one of my favorite things to wear now =o) Thank you for the sweet comment!

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  25. We have no winter where I'm from but I do love beanies! I love your picks.

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    1. Beanies work all over the world =o) Thank you!

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  26. I agree with you. In these cold and winter days, these choices are perfect to keep you warm.

    A sweet kiss
    Sara M.
    http://sarameirelesthesnowwhite.blogspot.pt/

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    1. Thank you =o) It's a high priority to stay warm in winter =o)

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  27. Have a great time in Canada! This is the perfect suitcase for cold weather, the scarf is fantastic.

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    1. Thank you! Canada was amazing (look for the post soon!) The scarf is my favorite accessory this winter =o)

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    1. Thank you Canada was amazing! Look for the post about it soon =o)

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  29. So many great pieces! I love your triangle sweater! Have an amazing time in Canada - I can't wait to see the photos!
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

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    1. Thank you! We had a blast in Toronto =o) Look for the post soon =o)

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  30. I have very similar winter essentials:-) Great choice my dear, I love your scarf :-)

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    1. Thank you! The scarf is one of my favorite essentials this winter =o)

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  31. totally agree!!

    this beanie with "bad hair day" is the perfect thing HAHAHAHA


    Jade -
    tinybigmoments.squarespace.com

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    1. Haha thank you I got a lot of compliments on the beanie. It's perfect for those bad hair days =o)

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  32. That's such a cute beanie!

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    1. Thank you! It's was perfect for the cold in Toronto =o)

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  33. Love the bag, seems very handy, love your blog as well, thank you for sharing!!!

    xxx

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment =o) The bag was perfect for the trip!

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  34. Amazing post, thanks for sharing. I love these winter adventure essentials :)

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I'm so happy you liked the winter essentials =o)

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  35. Sweaters, hats, and scarves, yes!!! Have a fantastic time in Toronto! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Thank you! We had a blast in Toronto =o) Look for a post coming up soon!

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  36. Lovely post dear!
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    1. Thank you I am so happy you like my post =o)

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  37. Great selection

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    1. Thank you! Definitely helped having these in Toronto =o)

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  38. BEST BLOG <3

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  39. These are great essentials for the cold! I especially love that backpack. Great to take on some adventures. :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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    1. Thank you! The backpack was great for this trip =o)

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  40. Very cute beanie and the backpack looks nice, haven't seen something like it for quite sometime.

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    1. Thank you! i've noticed these leather backpacks slowly making a comeback =o)

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  41. Gloves are essential when travelling, especially as the weather can always be so unpredictable - and the same goes for socks! Great winter travel essentials :)

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    1. Definitely and these socks were perfect for the cold weather in Toronto =o)

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  42. I love the bad hair day beanie! I'm wearing a beanie to cover my dirty hair today lol

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    1. Haha I have gotten a lot of compliments on it =o) Thank you!

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  43. I love that hat.. I need it for college! haha. You have a lovely little blog here, keep on doin' what you do pretty gal! x

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    1. Aw thank you =o) it's a perfect hat for those bad hair days =o)

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  44. I love this flat lay! I need some warm winter socks, I think I will try out your Columbia one, and your mittens are super cute too!

    Characters & Carry-ons

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    1. Thank you! the Columbia socks are the best socks I have ever owned =o) I highly recommend them

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  45. I love the "bad hair day" hat. That's actually the reason why I wear them ;)

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    1. Haha thank you =o) It's definitely the perfect beanie for a bad hair day =o)

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  46. Chicago is freezing in the winter, I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life, but I’m also a California Girl so anything lower than 50 degrees freaks me out. I need that beanie; it’s super cute.

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    1. Yes the winters in Chicago are definitely the coldest I have ever experienced and I grew up in Southern California so it was quite the adjustment =o)

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  47. O love scarfs and hats :)

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    1. Thank you =o) They kept me warm in Toronto!

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  48. i love your winter essentials. they're casual and cozy looking :)
    i don't get to experience seasons in where i live so it sucks for me because i don't get to wear all the cozy coats or jumpers or whatever while celebrating christmas eve. (yes, i don't celebrate christmas too)

    even so, i do love sweaters, sweatshirts and jumpers and i collect them. i just cannot resist buying them every time i go out shopping lol

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment! Sweater are fun to buy and they provide such a comfy layer =o)

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  49. I love your scarf, it looks perfect! You definitely need hats and gloves at this time of year!

    alicered.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! The scarf is my favorite accessory this winter =o)

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  50. These are such cute essentials!

    Xx,

    || FLOORTJELOVES ||

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment =o) Happy new year!

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  52. So cozy. Love the look of all the items, especially the top and mittens!

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    1. Thank you Julie! The top is one of my favorites from J Crew =o)

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  53. okay I am a little late on your posts, sorryy!! I saw that you had an amazing time in Toronto. Nice packing! I would totally include a "touch gloves", it makes easier to take quick photos with your phone without freezing your hands haha.

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    Jade
    http://tinybigmoments.squarespace.com

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment! Toronto was so amazing to explore =o) Yes great idea about the touch gloves! =o)

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  54. I have a similar black backpack purse that I use all the time. Even my mom wants to steal it
    -Kate
    Katekoutures.com

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    1. That's awesome! Bags like that come in handy =o)

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Thank you commenting and reading about my adventures! I really appreciate it and love reading all of your comments =o)

x the Adventurer