Based on our friends’ Facebook posts of late, the plethora of chunky sweaters whisking and snow boots clomping down the streets, and, well, a look outside our windows, and we’d say the number-one topic on most people’s minds right now is How the heck do I stay warm in these freaky-cold temperatures? Today, Dr. Fresh American is in the house with a simple prescription for beating the frigid weather and the winter blahs.
First, hibernate at home, in bed, for a few days. This is nonnegotiable, and necessary to your well-being. So pick a weekend to lounge, or call in to the office—tell them Dr. Fresh American said so—and nurse those sniffles en tu casa. Next, deck out your bed with the chill-busting one-two-three punch of a toasty duvet or quilt; a middle-layer blanket or matelassé coverlet; and, to top it all off, a soft throw that’s perfect for warming tepid toes or wrapping around cold shoulders.
We recommend this bed-layering approach over jacking up the thermostat or jamming the woodstove with logs; both are bad for your health, because they can dry out the mucus membranes, making it difficult to breathe comfortably, and because they can, you know, start the type of large-scale blaze you and your neighbors might not appreciate. And nothing’s worse than waking up in the middle of the night because the heat has risen so high that it interrupts normal sleep patterns or even causes nightmares. Instead make a few wise choices for your bedding, and you’ll enjoy a cozy, easy slumber every night. Here’s how to do it:
1. For the top of the bed, pick a duvet or quilt in fabrics like velvet, bamboo blends, and denser weaves of cottons. They’ll provide the extra warmth you need for the season, and often feel smooth and dreamy against the skin.
2. For the middle layer, look for a blanket or matelassé coverlet made of fleece, cotton chenille, of substantial-weight cotton. For the most sophisticated look, contrast the texture of the top layer with that of the middle layer—for example, a smooth cotton duvet with a fuzzy fleece blanket, or a velvet quilt with a woven cotton matelassé coverlet.
3. Top it off with a pretty, lightweight throw. We love fabrics that have some serious snuggle factor, like fleece, enzyme-washed linen, woven cotton, and fine wools. They’re terrific for providing that extra bit of personal-sized toastiness (so your partner won’t complain about being too hot), and their portability means you can wrap them around your shoulders and take them with you on quick trips to the bathroom. Or to the kitchen, when you need to replenish your cup of tea or snag a few chocolate chip cashew cookies. For sustenance, of course. We’re fighting the cold here, people.
Marble Blue & Grey
Porto Blue & Plum