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Surviving Winter with Buff

The past week has been absolutely freezing! I know that it snowed all week in Scotland and further North, but here in the South there was just an icy chill that seemed to go straight through me. We finally got our own bit of snow on Sunday but it never settled, which I’m still bummed about.

We stayed in doors for most of the week due to the rain.  When I wanted to take the Little One to soft play and to get out the house for a bit, it seemed that the entire town had the same idea, so we decided to wear a thousand layers of clothes and went for a walk to the park instead. It was drizzling but it was so much fun and Seth loves it when we walk beneath the big trees. He’s always so fascinated with them.

Surviving Winter with Buff

Coming from sunny South Africa, and being a beach bum through and through, I never expected that I would love winter this much in England. I detested it in South Africa. But winter in England is magical. Sure, it’s cold, dark and rainy for nine months of the year but it’s an amazing nine months. It always feels like I’m in a Harry Potter movie and Hagrid is somewhere, hiding behind a corner, waiting to jump out and yell “YOU’RE A WITCH, LEIGH-ANN!” and off we go to Hogwarts. This hasn’t happened yet but I’m still optimistic.

I also never thought I would be the kind of person who would actually go outside, on purpose, when it’s -6 °C, yet I do… and I enjoy it. The chilly air makes me feel wide awake and gives me so much energy. I usually smash my to-do list and clean the house after Seth and I go gallivanting.

My South African friends don’t get it. They think it’s mental to like the cold. I used to think so too but England is far better equipped for winter than South Africa is. And luckily it never gets “Canada cold” here.

Well insulated walls, double glazed windows and central heating make for a toasty house, and when you need to venture outside, you just bundle up with lots of layers. Clothes in general are warmer this side of the pond too. This is something I didn’t realise until I bought my first jacket here. Even t-shirts are a little bit thicker.

With the right gear, you barely even notice the cold. Something seemingly simple, such as a beanie, is actually quite involved, and has been carefully thought out to make sure your head stays warm, even it DOES get “Canada cold”.

Surviving Winter with Buff

I’m wearing the Aura Chic Grey knitted hat from Buff. The beanie itself is a clever mix of acrylic and wool to keep you warm but the band that touches your forehead and ears, is lined with alpaca fleece, which is less prickly than sheep’s wool, so you won’t get itchy. Neat, right!?

Not only is it very good at keeping you snug, it’s pretty too. The trendy chevron band and subtle rhinestones are what drew me to it. The soft, fluffy faux fur pom pom on the top, sealed the deal. I thought it would look cute on me, and I’m happy to report that it does. I’m obsessed with it now.

Surviving Winter with Buff

Moooooooooooooooooooooooom! Staaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhp!

Buff has different ranges to suits all types of weather and activities.

There’s the sporty range that includes balaclavas, hoodies, neckwarmers, head bands and hats for when you want to go skiing, running, hicking etc. They are light weight and you can get really specific with the type of material that you need, such as thermal, windproof, UV resistant etc.

Then they have the lifestyle range for everyday use, like my beanie. Most of the hats have matching neckwarmers or scarves, which I think is really cute. I like things that match. They have 100% wool items as well as blends. There’s even a few windproof options available. The lifestyle hats are suitable for temperatures between -10 and 10 °C, making them perfect for UK’s winter. The sporty ones are good up to -20 °C.

Apart from head and neck gear, Buff make clothes too, such as shirts, tights, jackets and gloves. You can view their Technical range here.

I think it’s really great that they cater for so many different activities and lifestyles, because people wear a lot of different hats. You can be the average Joe, adventure Joe and athletic Joe all in one day – and Buff will have you covered.

Aura Chic Grey


The lovely people at Buff have given me an extra knitted hat, exactly like mine, to giveaway to one of you. To stand a chance to win this Aura Chic Grey beanie worth £49.50, simply follow the instructions in the widget below.

Buff Giveaway

Terms and Conditions

Open to UK residents only.
No purchase required.
The competition runs from Wednesday, 24 January 2018 to Thursday, 22 February 2018.
One winner will be announced on Friday, 23 February 2018.
The winner will receive one Aura Chic Grey from Buff, as pictured.
The prize is not transferable for cash.
Prize is sponsored by Buff.

Good luck!

I have not been paid to write this post or run this giveaway but the item has been sent to me upon request.


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  1. Frances H

    Going for a walk in the winter sunshine. Then eating hot buttered crumpets as my reward.

  2. Solange

    My favourite thing about winter is the snow. I love to get bundled up and take a walk in it.

  3. Anthony Harrington

    I like snuggling up on the sofa with my 2 Border Collies……….which in reality means they let me squeeze in on the end!

  4. Andrea Fletcher

    Reading a good book with a hot chocolate in front of the fire.

  5. Kim Neville

    Wrapping up for walks then warming up indoors with a nice hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows

  6. Simone Griffin

    I love snuggling up on the sofa with the fire on 🙂

  7. Katie Skeoch

    I get to be a little lazier, though it’s nice to wrap up & go a walk

  8. Sally Collingwood

    Like to sit with my cat on my knee and coffee in my hand by the fire

  9. Carole Nott

    The best thing is staying in and watching movies

  10. Gayatri Gogoi

    I love snuggling up on the sofa with hot chocolate

  11. Stacey Turner

    I like when it is cold outside and you can come home, put some pjs on, and chill with a cuppa and blanket with the tv

  12. Tee Simpson

    I love wrapping up and going for winter walks. Then comming homd and getting cosy with a mug of hot chocolate

  13. Melissa Lee

    I love cosy nights in during the winter, especially with a blanket

  14. A.E. ADKINS

    Used to be the snow but now it’s homemade soup in front of the fire – I’m obviously getting old!!!


    I don’t really like Winter, so my favourite thing is a winter sun holiday where I can get a bit of warmth again

  16. Dean T

    I love Xmas and then I love the snow we get around my birthday in February, can’t complain about all the hot cocoa either!

  17. Ursula Hunt

    My favorite thing is lying in my warm bed listening to the rain and wind outside

  18. chrisine westlake

    love the winter light it can be very dramatic

  19. sarah summers

    snuggles on sofa with hot chocolateand fire on

  20. Kim M

    Love snuggling up on the sofa with my other half watching it snow x

  21. kimberley ryan

    I love going for walks in the cooler weather, so refreshing

  22. Carolyn

    I love dog walking during the winter, it’s so beautiful on a frosty or misty morning. All this with a joyful dog bounding along just makes me very happy,

  23. Natalie Gillham

    Warm snuggles under cosy covers x

  24. Jayne Kelsall

    I love cuddling up on the sofa with the fire on watching the snow fall .x


    I don’t like the cold but i do like sitting in front of a fire and it is snowing outside

  26. Laura Todd

    Cosy nights in eating homemade soup

  27. iain maciver

    heading out for a stroll and then great coming in to a home fire

  28. Tracy K Nixon

    I must admit I do love winter as I love drawing the curtains, lighting candles and getting cosy in the darker evenings!

  29. Alica

    Wrapping up in fleecy PJ’s and fluffy socks!

  30. Suzanne

    Love wrapping up for a long walk then relaxing beside an open fire.

  31. jennifer jackson

    Snuggle up beside the fire

  32. Margaret Clarkson

    I like snuggling under a blanket.

  33. Ren Taylor

    Love taking the dog for a run, then lighting the fire and sometimes a nice glass of red win in the evening !

  34. Mouse

    Walking in fresh snow, that crunch, love it.

  35. C Whitlow

    Wrapping up warm and walking along the frosty and icy canal with my pup. Love the cool fresh air!

  36. Emilie Williams

    Cosying up by the fire with my husband, our cat and a hot chocolate, wrapped up in my onesie.

  37. ruth roberts

    wrap up and go for a long walk in the woodlands

  38. Heather Haigh

    I love going out for a walk in proper deep snow if we get some, though we’ve only had little flurries so far

  39. Rhia

    I love the excuse to hibernate- cosy blankets, chunky knits and hot chocolates laden with cream and marshmallows!

  40. ann goody

    I love playing golf even in the snow rain and ice

  41. Hazel Rea

    The thing I love most about winter is tobogganing when we get enough snow. We even took the children tobogganing by moonlight one night because we weren’t sure it would last until morning – they loved it!

  42. Jirine

    I love snuggling up. But I hate too many layers of clothes! Big, warm coats or a good-sized duvet to snuggle down in, those are the best.

  43. Chrissy Harris

    I love being cosy at home with candles lit and under a blanket

  44. Maria Porter

    Frosty walks with my dogs.

  45. Rachel Craig

    Christmas. Warm , Comforting food.

  46. Louise Reeks

    The early nights curled up on sofa

  47. Marycarol

    Love a nice cosy night in front of the fire watching a good film and listening to the wind and rain outside x

  48. Fiona K

    Snuggling up in the evenings

  49. Herbert Appleby

    My fave thing about winter is snow and all the fun and beauty it brings

  50. ashleigh allan

    Cosy movie nights!

  51. Laura Lee

    I am not a big fan of the Winter but I do like the darker evenings but only when I am snuggled up warm in my house with my fire on LOL

  52. Bob Clark

    snow snow snow

  53. Christine Hall

    Putting on my pjs and watching a film

  54. Karen Barrett

    Early morning walks through the woods with the sunshine dappling through the trees and leaves crunching underfoot.

  55. Sarah Mackay

    My favourite thing about winter is getting to go out skiing.

  56. john prendergast

    I like taking the dog out in the woods for walks in winter then getting back to a nice warm house

  57. Danielle Spencer

    I love sitting all snuggled up under a blanket with the candles going and a good film or TV Series.

  58. jo liddement

    I love to sit near the woodburner with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate when it’s very cold outside.

  59. Keith Embleton

    Love visiting the sea on a rough day

  60. Elizabeth Smith

    Reading a good book under the duvet

  61. Laura Chapman

    Drinking coffee by the fire with a good book!

  62. kerri copeland

    plqnning summer holiday

  63. kelly morgan

    Cwtching up in bed watching trashy tv and reading magazines with a cup of tea while you can hear the rain on the window.

  64. aj

    I love to go out and make memories no matter the wheather,

  65. Julie T

    Walking by the coast all bundled up then returning home to a roaring woodburner to get all warm and cosy again.

  66. Violet Phillippo

    Coming home and putting on my Pjs with a hot chocolate!!

  67. Angela Treadway

    cosying up in a fleece blanket x

  68. leanne weir

    Sledging with the boys

  69. clair downham

    cosying up watching movies

  70. Claire glace

    Taking the dog onto the beach, then coming back home to the warmth and snugging up…..


    I love winter walks in the woodland with my dog. First thing in the morning on a sunny but freezing day and being the only ones up is just so lovely and great for mind space! (even better when it snows as it occupies my son to play and walk at the same time)

  72. Heather T

    I love cooking hot & warming stews with dumplings for the whole family over the winter

  73. Sue McCarthy

    I make kids clothes in the winter which I donate to charity, to go to Romania. I’m too busy for sewing the rest of the year as there’s too much to do in the garden.


    My favourite thing about winter is drinking lots of hot chocolate and i do wrap up well when i go out in the winter.

  75. Susan Smith

    Walking along the beach, then going home, having a nice mug of tea curled up on the sofa


    I prefer staying in PJs and dressing gown entering comps while listening to music

  77. Leanne Hansell

    Snow is my favourite thing about winter.

  78. claire Woods

    Wearing jumpers.

  79. Corinne Peat

    I love playing in the snow with the kids then getting all cosy inside.


    Being a big kid at heart, I love it when it snows

  81. Alana Walker

    Knowing that Spring is around the corner!x

  82. Jacqueline Parker

    Best thing about winter – Being able to stay in and sit by the fire and watch tv or read a book.

  83. Sheena Batey

    I love getting into bed with a hot water bottle

  84. Graham Ross

    I love walking the dog in the snow

  85. Lucy Barlow

    I love all the sweet treats full of spices, having a wood fire, blue sky snow days – there’s so much to love about winter.


    long country walks and stopping for a hot chocolate somewhere cosy

  87. Samantha Atherton

    Hot chocolate with cream & marshmallows, it’s just not the same in warmer weather.

  88. Nicola S

    I long walk in the hills with the family and the dog, then a stop in the local cosy pub for a drink and a game of Uno before home.

  89. Gillian McClelland

    I love bundling up in the winter and going out for a walk in the crisp winter air

  90. Mark Bradbury

    Hot Chocolate by the fire

  91. Hannah Wallington

    I love getting curled up with a blanket and hot chocolate.

  92. purpleshoes

    Being cosy indoors when its cold outside

  93. Jade Hewlett

    I like relaxing and watching TV in front of the fire

  94. Mark Matthews

    I do like running on frozen ground and hearing/feeling the ice crackle beneath my feet.

  95. Mandy Betts

    The cold weather and wearing winter clothes

  96. Debbie W

    I like coming in from the cold. There is nothing nicer than coming into a warm, cosy house when it is freezing outside.

  97. Jenny Sue

    I don’t like winter, but i guess if pushed my favourite thing would be a Sunday roast dinner

  98. Claire Camden

    I like wrapping up warm and going for walks in winter sunchine

  99. Joanna Orr

    Both really! It’s nice to get out and enjoy the cold air, but equally nice to get home and put the log fire on and relax!


    Love being snuggled up in front of the fire

  101. Karen Usher

    Fav thing about winter, is getting up early to take the dog for a walk, its some what magical, the grass glitters from the frost and crunches underneath my wellies….its so quiet, I can take an hours walk without seeing anyone!

  102. Susan B

    My favourite thing about winter is wearing layers, baggy clothes and comfy boots.

  103. Lynn Neal

    Watching the snow fall outside when I am warm and cosy in the house!

  104. lorraine kirk

    I like cold clear days when the air is fresh and the ground is crispy

  105. Maureen Quinnell

    i like being able to go for a run when it’s really cold so I don’t actually look like my head is going to explode afterwards!

  106. Michelle Ferguson

    I love walking my dogs when its freezing cold and I’m all wrapped up

  107. Rzoe

    Cosy weekends watching films with the kids xx

  108. Jo Hutchings

    My favourite thing is definitely snuggling up under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate and a good film.

  109. Beky Austerberry

    Snuggling up with a good book

  110. Valerie Seal

    Winter means I have an excuse to sit by the fireside and watch TV!

  111. Sharon Hirst

    I love being in pyjamas, in front of wood burner

  112. Pam Francis Gregory

    Sitting in front of my open fire

  113. clara

    finding a pub with a fire and having a mulled wine
    love getting bundled up

  114. Lorna Ledger

    Slow Cooker chicken Curry, our bellies nice and full,

    Dave’s got his feet up, enjoying time to chill,

    Our comfies on, smellie candles lit, Curtains tightly drawn

    And without even trying we’ve got our Hygge on!

  115. Elzbieta Znyk

    I love cuddles with my kids on the sofa, under blanket.

  116. adrian price

    muddy winter walks with my husky Sandy

  117. Sylvia Paul

    I love cooking a nice warming stew and dumplings x

  118. Kerrylyn John

    Fantastic hat
    Love ❤❤❤


    I love watching the Snow fall as long as I am inside under a cozy fleece

  120. Lucinda Beckett

    My favourite thing about winter is when it ends >_<
    I'm a summer gal


    i love being all snuggled up by the fire with my 2 cats ,listening to the wind and rain outside

  122. Christina Palmer

    I love wrapping up and taking long walks with the dog through the woods. The crisp leaves under foot and the squirrels scurrying around collecting acorns

  123. Karen Robinson

    A good bracing walk at the seaside or in the country & taking a flask of hot soup with us. Followed at home by a hot bubble bath & a good book – bliss!

  124. Alice Colling

    Getting cuddled up in front of real fire with cocoa

  125. Sophie Marie Cartwright

    Wearing my winter clothes! Bobble hats & snug cardigans x

  126. Yvonne Sharpe

    love the frosty morning when its all glistening , I wrapped up but I dont really suit woolly hats some people do and some dont xx plus i dont like walking in rhe icey weather in case i fall xx

  127. Caron Twyman

    I like snuggling up on the sofa with my chihuahuas. I try to read, if they’ll let me!

  128. Katie m

    Curling up on the sofa in front of the fire with a hot chocolate

  129. LARA Latchem

    Sitting in front of fire reading a book

  130. Sheila Mckenna

    Snuggling under the duvet, watching the tv

  131. Sarah morris

    Lovely walk along the Pembrokeshire coast then home for a hot chocolate

  132. Natalie Crossan

    I love getting my pjs on and watching a nice film with a hot cocoa 🙂 Love those winter nights x

  133. zoe brown

    warm cozy pjs sitting bed watching a film

  134. Sandra Fortune

    Lovely crisp white snow so I can build snowmen with my little grandson

  135. Rich Tyler

    Snuggled up on sofa under blanket

  136. Emilia Nastaly-Howard

    Cosy evenings in 🙂

  137. Alison Johnson

    Catching up on things like reading & cross-stitch. I tend to spend a lot of time in the graden in the summer so don’t have as much time for them.

  138. Sadiyya Maryam

    Snuggling up on the sofa with my daughter and reading our books and having hot chocolate, total comfort!

  139. Sarah Austin

    I love a hot chocolate with marshmallows in front of the fire!

  140. Jessica Hutton

    I live going for winter walks with the dogs when the air is crisp and fresh xx

  141. Sam Bromley

    Sat by a roaring fire with a hot chocolate and a good book.

  142. Mary H

    I love getting cozy at home and having plenty of sleep in winter.

  143. tina Glover

    My favourite thing about winter is its my birthday 🙂 I love wrapping up warm and going on winter walks with my husband and daughter too x

  144. Katrina Adams

    I love taking long walks all bundled up with scarf, gloves and hat but still being home a little chilly, then getting home, curling up in front of the fire, with a hot chocolate and all the trimmings (made with Nutella, Mini Marshmallows, Whipped Cream, more Mini Marshmallows and crushed up Ripple on top), with a good book!

  145. Lisa Wilkinson

    Having an excuse to sit in and watch films

  146. sarah parker

    I love the snow and making snowmen 🙂

  147. Maria Jane Knight

    I love those frosty morning where its icy cold but blue skies!

  148. James Harris

    My favourite thing about winter in the UK is when it ends.

  149. Stevie

    I love having a great excuse to have hot chocolate.

  150. Allan Wilson

    Going for a walk in the crisp winter air.

  151. Joanne Benham

    All of us being snuggled on the sofa under a blanket watching a film together.

  152. Debbie Burfoot

    A forest walk with my kids and dog

  153. Rachael Sexey

    We love snuggling up under cosy blankets and drinking hot chocolate 👫

  154. Kevin Johnson

    Cosy nights with the fire on while watching movies and drinking hot chocolate.

  155. Jenny Rogers

    I love to get cosy with a good book and a hot chocolate.

  156. Serena La Pietra

    Best thing about winter for me is getting to use all my funky lights and lighting more, the early dark nights can be so depressing other wise.

  157. Emma

    Reading a book with some hot chocolate and marshmallows!

  158. Gemma-Anne Smith

    Absolutely love the range

  159. Maria Blythin

    my fav in winter is getting all cosy in my onesie with the heating on and a hot choclate all warm and toasty inside x

  160. Allan Fullarton

    Snuggling up near the fire.

  161. Lauren Old

    I do love cosy nights in by the fire with a good book

  162. Joanna Emery

    Homemade mince pies!

  163. Laura Pritchard

    I like hot baths, radiators & Christmas!

  164. Sheri Darby

    I love going out walking in the cold and then coming home to a warm house.

  165. Toni Pearson

    we love long family walks along the beach, with a stop for hot donuts

  166. Emma Davison

    Definitely sitting in front of the fire

  167. Elisa Cartwright

    Curling up in front of the fire and watching a film.

  168. helen maddock

    catching up with tv boxsets, in front of the woodburner

  169. ellie spider

    i love getting wrapped up and walking the dog on a frosty wintr morning crunching through the frost

  170. Kerry Webber

    I like getting winter coats and jumpers for my dogs. I look forward to it getting cold so I can get them dressed up!!!

  171. Adrian Bold

    I love getting home after being out in the cold and getting warm.

  172. Angela Surgenor

    Love the snow and building snowmen with my girls and lots of hot chocolate afterwards

  173. Claire Little

    cosy nights in

  174. Geoff Hibbert

    Snow! Don’t often get it in my part of the country.

  175. Bev Cannar

    Long walk over the fields , home to have hot chocolate in front of open fire

  176. Dawn Underwood


  177. Shannon Mostert

    Hot chocolate and movies with the kids!

  178. Ruth Harwood

    I love wrapping up in a cardigan and sitting under a blanket with my cats sprawled on my knee!!

  179. jackie curran

    I love the cold weather, getting wrapped up to go out or cosy by the fire indoors , suits me fine.

  180. Alison Macdonald

    I LOVE winter food! Warming stews and soups (can eat as much as you want too as they’re healthy 😉 )

  181. Laura Warwick

    snuggling up with a hot water bottle and the tv

  182. Leila Benhamida

    Love an earlier and cosy night in

  183. Ruth Wollerton

    I love snuggling up with my son watching movies.

  184. joanne oneill

    winter is definitelty not my favourite season but i do like to light the fire, a couple of candles and read a good book

  185. Helen

    I love that it’s a great excuse to stay in snuggled up on the sofa! I also much prefer winter fashion so feel happier in what I’m wearing during the cold months!

  186. Sarah Wilson

    I love the snow, so love watching it out of the window while the fire is on!

  187. kellyanne mitchell

    i love snuggling up on the cold dark nights 🙂

  188. natalee gosiewski

    building snowmen ans sledding with my lil ones

  189. Paul Ballantine

    My favourite thing about winter is snuggling up with the wife on the sofa in front of the fire

  190. Hayley Todd

    My absolute favourite thing about winter is the cosy nights, coming home from work, popping on snuggly PJ’s and curling up on the sofa with a mug of steaming hot chocolate, scented candles and a good book or film.

  191. Ann MacLean-Fleming

    I love lighting the fire and all my candles and snuggling down with a good book

  192. janine atkin

    i like getting cosy under blankets

  193. Samantha R

    I love getting into bed with a hot water bottle and being really snug 🙂

  194. Gillian Turner

    I love the snow!! I turn in to a big kid and have fun!!

  195. Liz T

    Sitting by a real fire – the hat might persuade me to go out into the cold!


    I love to stay in during Winter and binge watch my box sets.

  197. Fiona jk42

    I like going out somewhere scenic when it’s sunny. The low angle winter sunshine is generally much better for photographs of scenery than summer sunshine.

  198. Christine

    A lovely hat

  199. Karen S

    I love getting all our blankets out of the cupboard, setting them up and around the sofa, putting on a family film and making a big bunch of soups or stews to feed the family. Cuddling together from the cold and just relaxing is the perfect way to spend winter, its the closest I can get to hibernation with the little ones 🙂

  200. Tammy Neal

    I love wrapping up warm x

  201. Sam Parkes

    Snuggling up in the warm with a hot chocolate and watching a film

  202. Scott Fallon

    Playing in the snow, that’s if we ever get any.

  203. Georgie Wright

    Walking my dog in the crisp air with the crunch of frost underfoot.

  204. Laura Hinds

    Damn that hat looks cosy!

  205. Sarah Gray

    Early nights and fluffy socks and hot chocolate 🙂

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