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