10 Winter Essentials

10 Winter Essentials // The Geeky Fashionista 

Having spent most of my life in Florida, I haven’t really experienced a “true” winter complete with snow, ice, cold, and SNOW (did I say that twice?). Still, I always looked forward to “chilly” nights and getting to see my own breath in the air. I loved turning on the heat in the house, bundling up in blankets, and drinking hot beverages. I now live in Los Angeles and while the winters here are not much cooler than Florida, they are at least a lot less humid. This winter, however, I’ve been pretty excited by the unprecedented amount of rain in LA and the drop in temperatures (I’m talking low 40s). There’s still no snow but it’s “cold” enough that it actually feels like winter – at least for LA.

Today, I’m sharing with you my Top 10 Winter Essentials! Whether you live somewhere with just “chilly” weather or you’re currently snowed in your house, these things should all make your winter a little cozier. 

1. Lip Balm

My lips are naturally very full and take up quite a bit of space on my face XD If they are dry, chapped, and cracked due to the harsh cold, you’re going to notice – and that’s so not attractive. Especially since I’ve started wearing ColourPop’s liquid lipsticks almost everyday (which can be a bit drying), it’s so important that I keep my lips nourished. I’m a lip balm junkie and have tried many, many products over the years. My go to isn’t shown below but it’s the Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm. I haven’t personally tried it yet, but I’ve heard nothing but raves about Dior’s Creme de Rose Lip Balm. It’s a bit on the pricier side but many say it’s worth it. If you don’t feel like splurging though, there’s Burt’s Bees, eos, Nivea Lip Butter (another personal fave), and good ol’ Vaseline that’ll get the job done.

2. Sheet Masks

Not going to lie, my skin takes a beating during the winter months. Even though I moisturize every day, my skin nevertheless still feels super dry and dull. To help combat this, I like use a hydrating sheet mask every now and then. It’s a great way to pamper yourself and nourish your skin at the same time! I use to like clay face masks but ever since I discovered sheet masks, I’ve been obsessed.

Two of my absolute favorite brands are LuLuLun and Seoul Mamas – they are both SO moisturizing! I also love the fun, themed sheet masks! There are animal faces, Hello Kitty, the Avengers – last months, I was in an Asian specialty store at the mall and found a 2 pack of the Colossal and Female Titan from Attack On Titan and, of course, I had to get it.

3. Gray Nails

So I am still rocking the dark nails that I mentioned in my Fall Essentials post, but I am also loving neutral gray nails this winter. They just feel clean, calming, and sophisticated. I love my newly purchased Essie Chinchilly which is a granite gray. One polish that is on my must list is one I’ve heard many good things about and that is  Essie’s Cocktail Bling which is described as a “precious pale gray jewel”. Finally, if you want a little subtle shine and maybe a little darker, there’s the charcoal grey colored Cashmere Bathrobe also from Essie (sorry, I just love my Essie). I’ve included a few other lovely winter nail polishes (some are a bit more silver than grey) below.

4. Winter Candle

As much as I adore candles in the fall, I feel like they’re just a warm up for winter because that’s when I really go candle crazy. I can’t think of “cozy” without the image of a burning candle and the next item… but before move on, let me just tell you that my all time favorite candles are from Bath & Body Works. I just love them. Two of my current favorite winter scents are Winter (what I’m burning right now) and Winter Candy Apple. But here are a few other non-B&BW winter candle alternatives you might want to check out.  

5. Fuzzy Socks or Slippers

To complete my thought above, I can’t think of the word “cozy” without thinking of candles and…fuzzy socks!! Or slippers. What’s important is that they are on your feet keeping them warm and feeling amazing! I am someone whose extremities get very, very cold. No matter what I do, my hands and most of all my feet are ALWAYS freezing! I look forward to buying a new pair of fuzzy socks every year – it’s like a personal gift to my feet. This year, I got a pair from Forever 21 and they are heavenly! One of my favorite things about socks and slippers is all the cute/cool/fun colors and patterns and designs you can choose from! Just how great are these Chewbacca slippers?

6. Gloves

As I mentioned above, my hands also get very, very cold during the winter (well, they’re actually cold year round but ESPECIALLY during the winter). Because I live in LA, I can usually get by without wearing gloves everyday but as soon as I hear we’re going to have a cold front coming through or I have a camping trip up in the mountains, the first item I break out are my gloves so I don’t forget them. I have a variety of gloves for different levels of cold including fingerless and the “tech” touch gloves that allow you to still use your phone without taking them off.

7. Beanies

I love a super cute beanie!! Not only are they an adorable hat but they keep your head nice and warm! I recently bought one from Forever 21 that I love. It’s now sold out, but here’s a close alternative along with some fun other options.

8. Cable Knit Sweaters

I’ve been loving cable knit sweaters! They’re thick enough to keep you warm while also looking super cute and stylish! Plus they’re super versatile – throw them over a pair of leggings, jeans, or sweatpants and you’re good to go!

9. Sweatpants

During the winter, I LIVE in my sweatpants at home! They are so comfortable and perfect for lounging around! My favorite styles are loose, made of super soft material, and have a drawstring waistband. Here are some I love below.

10. Electric/Heated Blanket

I didn’t know what my life was missing until I received an electric blanket. This thing is magical. My boyfriend gave me the most perfect gray ogee pattern heated blanket from Kohl’s last year and it is one of my favorite things ever. 

What are some of your winter essentials?

  • Robin Rue

    Those winter hats are all so cute. It gets COLD here in Boston, so a nice warm hat is a MUST!

  • I never tried an electric blanked. You plug them in and they get warm? This is so confusing for me.

    Cristina | *janded

  • Jennifer Schmidt

    This is my winter essentials too! Well besides the heated blanket….I hate being hot

  • I also have to carry chapstick with me everywhere I go. My lips are ALWAYS chapped!! I also think I need to get my hands on a heated blanket. I love snuggling under my blankets and having one that heats up sounds like heaven!

  • Allison Lancaster

    I carry lip balm wherever I go, it’s certainly a winter necessity for me. I want to try sheet masks, they sound awesome!

  • In Africa N Beyond

    I have to have the electric blanket. The fuzzy slippers , sweatpants and lip balm are also must-haves.

  • Fuzzy socks & slippers are a must for me in the winter. It gets so cold here in NY. I sometimes wish I lived somewhere warm and could be one of those people who say, I’ve never experienced snow before. It is nice just staying home & bundling up though!

  • Candy Kage

    I can’t have enough fuzzy socks, lip balm and great mittens or gloves. Great list.

  • Sarah Jean

    I love sheet masks and can attest to the fact that they are awesome!

  • Janel Berchielli

    I know what you mean living in the Central Valley of CA I’ve never experienced a true seasoned winter too. I do love me some warm socks and blankets!

  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel

    I agree! These are really must haves! I especially love the beanies!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Jae

    You and me both! I live in San Diego, so most of these are my winter essentials, too! I kid you not—I have a lip balm in every corner of our apartment (and my purse)! It’s definitely a must-have!

  • Bianca Sasha

    I love the sweater, pants and toque (I’m canadian!)..I live in comfy clothes in the winter!

  • Lauren

    Yes, eos is my winter essential and a toque!

    Lauren | http://www.basicbabelauren.com

  • Lip balm and hand cream are my must have pieces..Love the list xo


  • Great list! I don’t have an electric blanket, but I do have an electric heating pad that I use daily while at my desk. Lip gloss is a must for me year round!

  • Barb

    Great post! I love the sweatpants that you posted. I basically live in sweatpants and am in need of a new pair or two. Time to get shopping!


  • Theresa

    I like your chapstick suggestion! I haven’t heard of that brand before.

  • I love the cozy sweater and Feu de bois candles are my very favourite. I just bought the super huge one. Broke the bank but it was worth it.

  • Great collection! I love candles and fuzzy socks for the cold winter nights!

  • i love all of this. I love grey nails, I think they are underestimated! And those drawstring pants, I need immedately!

  • Love your winter essentials. The fresh sugar is fabulous, always need the socks, sweats, gloves and beanies! Looks like you have the perfect round up!

  • Love these picks! Those sweats and socks look SO comfy!

  • Cassandra B. @PoweredbyBLING

    The beanie hat, sweatpants and comfy sweaters are calling my name. I live in items like this all winter.

  • Debra Schroeder

    LOL, you’ve just described my “work” uniform: sweatpants, fuzzy socks, and chapstick. I’m in San Diego so we have pretty mild winters.

  • I’m so happy I discovered your blog! I love your winter round up, it’s so essential.

    xo, Elizabeth | http://www.txelizabeth.com

  • Yes to fuzzy socks!! My feet turn into ice during the winter, so socks are a must have. The Dior Creme de Rose is an all time favorite of mine, but I’m actually going to try the Nuxe Reve de Miel next!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

  • Love your list! I can’t use any of that stuff in the climate I’m in right now.

  • Sharon Glascoe

    I am loving this list of essentials! I need to get myself some more winter candles that aren’t holiday scented. And those sweatpants looks so comfy! I personally love the jogger sweatpants since they are tapered at the bottom. Looks much better on my curvier figure.

  • Amber Hill

    Yes to this entire list!! I love everything!

  • Patricia Conte

    Good stuff! I love those sheet masks and sweats! Everything on your list are essentials, but those two are my favorite!

  • Rachel @ Kitchen Cents

    This list is great! I love it all especially in the winter. Thanks for posting!

  • What a great winter list of stuff. It is barely winter anymore here in Atlanta…its literally 72 degrees today. I love fuzzy socks though especially in so many fun colors and designs.

  • I love the turtle neck sweater and the grey nailpolish trend! Getting my nails done today and I may have to pick that color!

    Meghan | beyondbasicblog.com

  • Okay… I literally could die a happy person surrounded by all the things on your list 🙂 My life was revolutionized when I discovered the joy of the electric blanket, I have to say…

  • I love a super cute knit sweater. In Chicago it’s a must. Although it’s 60 degrees out right now. Almost a T-shirt weather for us!

  • Heather Barber McMechan

    It’s going down to 45 degrees next week. I wish I had a few of these things.

  • Samantha Lee

    I am genetically predisposed to having extremely dry lips. It runs in my family. Therefore, lip balm is definitely a must for me during the winter! I love the EOS lip balm, but I haven’t seen the black one you’ve shown here before. I’ll have to try it!

  • Brittany Muddamalle

    I love this list! My favorite is the cable knit and the drawstring pants. I have a pair of Draw String pants and I swear I could live in them!

  • Rachel Catherine

    I’ll have to check out the grey nails. I have a few colors I like now but I’m on the look out for more.

  • Alyssa Ruane

    Girl, we’re in the same boat! I’ve also spent my entire life in Florida until last year lol… needless to say, I’m also trying to figure out how to do this “cold weather” thing. Love your picks!!

  • Wow, this is an awesome list. Great recommendations to self care for the harsh winter. Love that you’ve covered every aspect to keep warm 🙂