A Winter Survival Guide

I think everybody who lives in The Netherlands thought we wouldn't get snow anymore - at least, that's what I thought. When I woke up this morning I was surprised (and shocked) because the whole outside world was covered in a thick layer of snow. Yuk! Here's my belated how-to-survive-the-snow-guide. Enjoy!
So this is what I saw when I looked outside.

If you've been following my blog for a while, I think you know I practically always wear Dr Martens. I prefer the low ones but when it's snowing I always wear the higher ones - this to keep my ankles warm as well! I always wear this super cute hat my grandparents bought me in Austria. Don't forget about your body! A warm coat is nice but your head and feet usually get the coldest!

My hands tend to get super dry in the cold winter months. I care for my cuticles with Lush' Lemony Flutter but that's not the only thing this cream's amazing for. (I wrote a blogpost about it before!) - keeping your hands nourished is important as well, I think Rituals has some amazing hand creams. I don't like them during the summer but I think they're amazing for the winter.

My lips usually crack and my face gets extra dry as well - I don't have a special winter face cream, I just tend to use a night cream for the day. For cracked lips: use a really thick & hydrating lip balm. If your lips look really dry, give them a little scrub. You can buy a lip scrub at Lush (I think everyone knows their Bubblegum lip scrub!) but you can make one yourself really easily using only Vaseline, honey and some sugar. That works really well too!

To be honest - I really don't like going outside when it's snowing. I don't like riding my bicycle because that's really scary and I can't walk all the way to school. When I don't have anywhere to go, I make sure to have some books stacked and some movies on my iPad - with some lovely calm music in the background. 

Okay - winter isn't that terrible when you don't have to go anywhere but when you do, make sure to be well-equipped! I hope the weather's better where you live and if it's not, I hope this little guide helped you. Much love - Sjoukje


  1. Hello,
    I live in the north of France and we don't have snow this year but the weather is very cold and i need some things like a strong lip balm (the brand hurraw is very nice) and a biiiiiiig scarf :-) I love your cap!
    Have a good day :-)

    ps: after reeding some post on your blog i bought socks "happy socks" and a new pair of Dr Martens : low, black, patent leather

  2. die muts is zo leuk erg leuk kleurtje ook! fijne dag verder

  3. oh yes, hand cream is a must , as well as a good lip butter ! My skin suffers a lot from the dry cold wind...
    I also live in my Clarks boots, but I should try some Doc Martens any time soon!:)

  4. Definitely have to agree having a cream is a must!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  5. Nice post and nice products love Rituals cream!!


  6. Whoa! That's actually a lot of snow for Holland. At least, it's on the higher-side of what I've seen Den Haag capable of.. Ha! Love your winter essentials, and the photography too! It's so light and warm. Ironic because it's about how NOT to freeze!! We are supposed to get 2FT of snow tonight, and more tomorrow in New England.. This post came in good time, I won't be forgetting my hat!!

    Much LOVE!
    -Stephanie Eva

  7. Wauw, echt een superlueke foto je hebt je spullies zo leuk neergelegd! Je muts is inderdaad super cute!

  8. Mooie favorieten die je zeker niet kunt missen in de winter!

  9. Your guide is indeed helpful, thank you, as we have really winter here at the moment in Bavaria :)
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

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  11. Ah yeah, the snow is so pretty to look at but I do hate going out in it as well, everything just slows down and so hard to get anywhere! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  12. Currently -29 degrees Celsius with the windchill-- This is very helpful! I always have dry, chapped lips, and I'm constantly applying lip balm. At night I use the Visible Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy by Polysporin, and it has worked absolutely amazingly on my lips, but I still occasionally need to scrub them. I think I'll try the vaseline thing! Thank you :))