How to Look Cute in a Polar Vortex

by Clara Butler

Tired of feeling self-conscious on College Walk? Or just trying to downplay your horrendously runny nose? Try out these tips that will keep you stylish and warm all winter long.

Hey, he’s warmer than you are.

Embrace your marshmallow self. If the Michelin man can do it, you can too! And really, who doesn’t look absolutely adorable in a shapeless down coat? Whether it hits at your hips or down to your ankles, puffy coats are the way to any person’s, or snowman’s, heart. Extra points if your coat resembles a sleeping bag more than an actual human body.

THE look for this winter – it protects you from the cold and the flu!

Scarves, scarves, and more scarves! Step one, put on a scarf. Step two, put on another scarf. Repeat until your entire face is suffocating in faux-cashmere luxury or you look like a head wound patient that was just released from the hospital. If you are a lonely human being like me that values Netflix more than actual friendship, now is a perfect time to take up knitting to help with the layering.

Paul Bunyan is your new fashion icon.

Lumberjack boots are a MUST. The boots that are guaranteed to protect your feet from frostbite are the ones that look as though they belong to your boyfriend/brother/uncle that owns a farm somewhere in Wisconsin. Not only does khaki match everything, but these boots will ensure that you can glare at that girl wearing cute high-heeled boots while you both sludge through the black snow that accumulates on Broadway.

You’re so witty.

Make a statement with hats. Whether you’re going for more of a Holden Caulfield look or trying to channel Spinelli from Recess, hats are the most-likely-to-be-seen accessory on your person this winter. My only tip is that your hat should have the most ridiculous word on the front, preferably one that imitates the Céline logo.

Because we’re all perpetually six years old.

Gloves are hand warmers AND hand transformers. If you’re like me and tired of your hands looking so boring all the time, use the winter to experiment with other hand shapes! Think about it, your hands could be claws, paws, or even hooves if you so please. Or you could just wear these really cool dinosaur gloves and make everyone on the street think you’re crazy by pretending it’s your best friend and having conversations with it.

If you followed these glamorous tips, you are well on your way to becoming the envy of all your peers. Or just warm. Yeah, warm is the only thing I can guarantee.

Clara Butler is a sophomore at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of I New Idea,, ThinkQuest, REVOLVE clothing, and Flickr.

The Best Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

by Molly Scott

Winter got you down? We know the feeling.

Nemo may have left us with a beautiful backdrop of snow that brought back childhood memories of building snowmen, but it also reminded us of what season we’re actually going through. Winter is a time when many people go through a seasonal funk of sadness and sluggishness. Since spring break is less than a month away, I’ve come up with some tips for beating the winter blues and increasing happiness and excitement over these next few weeks of winter and midterms.

Think bright colors! Try adding vibrant colors to your daily outfits and jewelry. Winter shouldn’t be a season where everything is black or gray! Another way to add color to your day is nail polish. A bright pink, orange, or green polish looks really cool and it’s a perfect reminder that spring is just around the corner. My favorite colors are “Lights,” “Meet me at Sunset,” and “Mojito Madness,” all by Essie.

Shop for your spring wardrobe. Even if you can only afford one new item for this upcoming season, you should do it! Most stores now have their spring collections out. Browsing your favorite stores online or in person is a great way to get excited about warmer weather and adding new pieces to your wardrobe. Consider items like a bright skirt, a loose colorful blouse, sandals, or neon-colored capri pants.

Think bright colors for a bright state-of-mind.

Get clean and organized. Oftentimes, winter is the season when we hibernate and spend hours indoors. It’s common to unintentionally create a mess of your space because you’re spending so much time in your room. Find some free time on a weekend to clean out and re-organize your dorm room. Donate old clothes that don’t fit and throw away or recycle non-essential papers, plastic bags, and general junk. Then, organize and perhaps re-decorate your space to give it a fresh, open, and clean feel. This will lift your mood and you’ll be happy coming back each night to a room that is airy and organized.

Move! Get some exercise, even if it’s just walking around Morningside. Getting your heart rate up releases endorphins that make you feel happier and will help pull you out of a winter fog. The more you exercise, the better your mood will become and the happier you’ll feel about your body!

Eat better. Even though it’s tempting to hit the junk food hard over the winter months (especially with midterms), try to limit sugary foods and increase fruit and vegetable intake. Candy, cake, cookies, and other treats are nice while you’re eating them, but hours later they make you feel physically sluggish and guilty, contributing to your overall sadness. By eating more fruits and vegetables, your body will feel better and you’ll feel happier with the choices you’ve made.

Molly Scott is a sophomore at Barnard and Girl Talk editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of Vitals Blog and Raw Life.