The best tuques, beanies and hats that will keep you stylish—and warm Image by: Free People
Keeping warm doesn't mean sacrificing style—even when it's just your winter hat.
Much like our other winter wear (boots, scarves, jackets), we really need our hats to keep us warm. That's priority number one. But, it helps when our head-topper picks are also stylish. Because when the weather gets cold—we're talking really, really, cold—you can't get away with ditching your tuque to save a good hair day. So you may as well find a tuque you love. One that's cute, trendy and reflects your personal sartorial tastes—and one that also happens to keep you warm.
Here are some of our favourite tuques of the season. Make sure to click through, because a lot of these styles are now on sale!
Ottawa 2017 hat, $38, roots.com.
Miss Selfridge badge beanie, $32, asos.com.
Icon shotting star beanie, $34, urbanoutfitters.com.
Merino Wool striped tuque, $35, gapcanada.ca.
Arborist Hockey toque, $30, drakegeneralstore.ca.
Two-tone knit tuque, $33, ae.com.
HBC stripe tuque, $60, thebay.com.
Leopard print beanie, $30, mango.com.
The North Face knit beanie, $32, sportinglife.ca.
Pull & Bear logo hat, $20, asos.com.
Knit beret, $37, freepeople.com.
Tna slouchy grey hat, $35, aritzia.com.
Redhot multi-colour stripe hat, $45, sportinglife.ca.
BCBGeneration Knit Tuque, $38, thebay.com.
Camo hat, $24, urbanoutfitters.com.
River Island embellished hat, $36, asos.com.
Neutral marled beanie, $30, gapcanada.ca.
Multi-coloured pom pom hat, $18, zara.com.
Rainbow stripe beanie, $50, freepeople.com.
Babaton ombre hat, $55, aritzia.com.
Kate Spade rosette hat, $78, thebay.com.
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The kitchen probably has the most traffic in your home, which means it can also be the messiest. Keep your counters and cabinets clutter-free with these clever storage ideas.
1. Looking good
Display your pretty serving pieces on open shelves and use decorative baskets to house the less attractive and infrequently used kitchen necessities (think small appliances and tools).
2. Mix it up
Varied storage keeps items of different sizes in their place: deep drawers for medium-to-large appliances, stacked shelving for wine bottles and shallow drawers for spices.
3. Within reach
Keep the items you need most, such as cereal and snacks, between waist and eye level, and move the rest of the goods up high or down low.
4. All access
A pull-out pantry allows you to see inventory at a glance and helps keep supplies organized so that nothing gets pushed to the back and out of view.
5. Now you see it
Cabinets that are tucked behind a sliding door will provide a functional space-saving solution to a typical pantry. This storage system can be built along an unused wall in a kitchen. Use it to conceal mismatched boxes, jars and canned goods.
The biggest advantage in a kitchen is accessibility, yet the most common blind spots I see are cabinet shelves that are too high and wasted space between shelves. Whether you've just moved in or you've settled into a kitchen, it's worth the time to adjust shelving to fit the contents and to lower shelves so you can reach what you need. After adjusting the height, you can often add an extra shelf to accommodate wide narrow items, like trays.
— Marie Potter, Professional Organizers in Canada, Vancouver
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Making exercise automatic can reap benefits, says study.
If you’re having trouble jumping into a new exercise routine and sticking with it, you may need to take a step back and consider exactly how best to form a healthy new habit.
The trick is to focus on cues that make hitting the gym or going for a run automatic, according to a new study out of Iowa State University. Lead researcher Alison Phillips, an assistant professor of psychology, uses the term "instigation habit" in her paper, which appears in a recent issue of the journal Health Psychology. It’s all about getting out the door so that “you’ll start exercising without having to think a lot about it or consider the pros and cons,” she says in a press release.
Whether it’s leaving work at the end of the workday or an alarm in the morning that signals to you it’s time to sweat, it appears that meaningful cues are the key to staying on track with fitness. For instance, if you're just starting an exercise routine, it may be more effective to work out at the same time every day than trying to squeeze in workouts at various times.
Phillips and her colleagues asked 118 healthy adults about their exercise routines and found that nearly 50 percent said they had regularly worked out longer than 12 months. Phillips found that the stronger the instigation habit in those people, the more frequently they exercised—regardless of what regimen they were following. She suggests that forming the habit is independent from what that habit is. In other words, you can "try new types of exercise without worrying about losing the habit," Phillips says.
Phillips cites other research indicating that it may take a month of repeat behaviour before your new habit sticks.
More research needed
Phillips says more research is required to determine what kind of cues work best. If you’re starting a new routine, though, it can’t hurt to focus on the timing more than the particular sport or fitness class you choose for the first month or so. If the habit sticks, you can always switch from spin to zumba, after all.
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