We have been totally spoiled with our mild fall this year and slow transition into winter. However it is pretty apparent that winter is here, as the temperature has drastically dropped and we even had some flurries today! It's fun to get ideas on some of the best things to own, see and do this season. With everyone's busy schedule as the holidays are fast approaching, it is easy to get caught up and not enjoy some of the great winter events and activities that are going on around us. Some days it seems like too much of hassle to go out into the cold. However there are some things mentioned on our list that are worth braving the chilly weather for and make you appreciate the winter season. Hope you enjoy! XX
Black jeans are always a great staple for every season but especially great for the winter. They have the ability to dress up any outfit, allowing you to easily transition from day to night. This is a must on our winter bucket list! From the high rise to the super black colour of these AG jeans, these are by far our favourite denim for the season. Pair with a knit and booties for a chic casual look or style with a blouse for smart casual office look.
It is always hard to find stylish winter boots that are still durable. Spoiler alert! We have found the perfect boots for you! The La Canadienne waterproof collection is amazing! Not only are these boots cute but they are completely waterproof and warm. Bonus! Pair these denim and knit and you're good to go! You don't even have to worry about changing your shoes from outside.
The Ugg Slippers are at the top of our winter bucket list! If you don't already own a pair, these slippers are an absolute dream! They feel amazing on your feet after a long day of work. A few of us have them here at V.O.C and we are obsessed. They are one of the best purchases we have ever made. It is something you will wear everyday and super cozy for the winter. Whether you're heading up to the cottage for the weekend or relaxing at home, these slippers are a must this winter!
One of our more fun pieces on our winter bucket list is the Shanna Velvet moto jacket from Paige. Its a beautiful classic piece that you will find yourself gravitating towards again and again this winter season. Its such a great statement piece to throw over a t-shirt and jeans. This jacket is also perfect for holiday parties to style over a cocktail dress to add some edge to a simple dress. I mean who doesn't love a good velvet jacket?!
Finding a warm winter jacket that will last you years to come and still be in style is hard to find. The Rena parka is definitely on our winter bucket list because this jacket literally meets all of our parka needs! Not only is it exceptionally warm but the colour and cut it amazing! It is definitely an investment piece but it will keep you warm for years to come in our frigid winters, you hit the jackpot with the Rena!
One of our favourite accessories for winter is the Pom Pom hat by Lyla and Luxe. It comes in a variety of colours and adds a chic touch to any bundled outfit. We are obsessed with this cozy hat for the winter season. Not only does it keep you warm but adds a fun flare to your winter attire. It also has a removable fur pom pom so its super easy to wash. The natural colour looks amazing with the Mackage Rena parka as well. We will definitely check this off our winter bucket list!
What to Do/ See
One of our absolute favourite things to do this time of year is to visit the Christmas Market in the Distillery District. It makes for such a fun and festive day or night. Its great for getting into the holiday spirit, while sipping on mulled wine and checking out the unique boutiques that are decked out for the Christmas season. From the craft beer lounge, to the spirits terrace, to dining on French cuisine at the Cluny Bistro, there are so many festive spots to checkout within the market, getting you in the holiday spirit!
Another must for this Winter (especially before Christmas) is the Winter festival at Ontario Place. The festival starts December 8th and goes until March 18th, displaying a beautiful light festival featuring installations by local artists, a synthetic skating rink and traditional Canadian eats to snack on. One of the coolest activities that this festival features is a display of holiday movies in the waterfront's iconic Cinesphere theatre. It doesn't get much more festive than that! It also features 12-feet-tall freestanding icicles, talk about a winter wonderland! From the bonfires, to delicious festive drinks, this new festival is definitely worth checking out if you're wanting to get into the Christmas spirit!
Our last destination pick for our winter bucket list is a ski vacation to Whistler. A little more extravagant than the previous picks, however if you're planning a vacation this winter the Whistler Village is an all time favourite! Going in the winter is so majestic and is the ultimate getaway. We have suggested a few of our favourite restaurants to check out. Aside from all the amazing activities (dog-sledding, snowshoeing, skidooing, skiing, snowboarding), we have listed some favourite spots, restaurants of course! We love Elements for a delicious breakfast. Pure Bread for the most amazing sweets and coffee. Lastly, Sushi Villlage for the best fresh sushi and their awesome Sake margaritas (note they are strong!). From the cozy lodges, to the knee-deep powder skiing in the legendary terrain, Whistler really does provide the ultimate winter holiday.
What to Eat/Drink
One of the best winter treats that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth is a beaver tail. This authentic Canadian based chain screams winter! One of the best places to snack on a beavertail is while skating on the Canal in Ottawa. The fried dough treat that allows you to choose from various toppings (cinnamon is our top pick) is such an iconic winter sweet. You need to enjoy at least one of these this season! There is a Beaver Tail shack that is located in Toronto's waterfront area, Queen's Quay, perfect to stop at before hitting the Ontario Place Winter Wonderland!
Apple Cider from Balzacs
Another favourite winter treat is the delicious apple cider from Balzacs. This cute chain coffee cafes are located throughout Toronto. There is something about their hot apple cider that is amazing and tastes like Christmas in a cup! It's a perfect treat on those frigid winter mornings. A winter favourite here at V.O.C!