My top 5 winter essentials

My top 5 winter essentials, this blog isn’t about the newest trends, everything in this blog I have had for years and I think form the back bones of your winter daily wardrobes year after year. I am sure most of you have these already, if not or they need updating here is what I would recommend.

For this edit I have teemed up with Louise, a Tropic Ambassador, personal styling client and sister.

If you haven’t heard of Tropic before it’s a really great brand! I love the products and use them as part of my daily skincare regime. Louise has always helped me find the right products for my skin and having sensitive skin that’s really important to me.

Now we are in Winter our skin needs extra TLC and getting your products right can really help you. Just like your winter wardrobe it’s about having the right essential products that you go to day after day, year after year.

“My names Louise and I’m an independent Tropic Ambassador, supplying skincare and beauty tailored to you. I have been using tropic for over 3 years due to skin sensitivity with chemicals in most products so I trust and believe in the brand”

Louise from Tropic

“Tropic products are freshly made in the UK from sustainably sourced plant based ingredients, as well as being Vegan, 100% cruelty free, they come with a 30 day happiness guarantee & every purchase helps fund education through our UWS partnership. Feel free to contact me for a skin consultation to get a tailored routine or to get a brochure to find out more about the products;

My top 5 winter clothing essentials

All these items I wear on repeat during the winter, every winter.

Click on images to shop, this blog contains some affiliate links

1. Pleather leggings

Next £26

These are my daily go to for outfits across winter, easy to wear, comfortable and they look stylish. There are so many out there and I have featured a few of my favourites in previous blogs. See 3 ways to wear Leggings.

These ones from Next I think are the best all rounders, great price and fit is perfect, they really give you support being high waisted and I love the pleather fabric it really looks more expensive than they are. Best thing is for us shorter ladies they come in a petite leg length. They haven’t had them in stock for a while so I actually ordered 2 pairs recently as I will be living in them day to night.

2. A cosy roll neck knit

Hobbs £119

A classic jumper style that I would buy in a neutral, winter white or cream. Worn with black bottoms such leggings/ jeans / skirts etc.. creates a go to monochrome look which is classic, chic and easy to put together. You can add in colour and print with your accessories. Warm and practical my favourite are the slightly longer styles as they work best with leggings. I love the cable knit detailing on this one, again a classic style that doesn’t date.

3. A nice coat

Ted Baker £275

I would say its worth investing in coats if you can as they will stand the test of time. As the first thing most people see you in during the winter months, it’s important to get one that flatters your shape and style. You will probably need a few coats for different areas of your lifestyle and I have written a blog on practical coats for mums The Perfect school run coat

For this blog I wanted to include my favourite style coat that I think works for the majority of body shapes. The wrap coat is a classic style that will not date, it is especially great for fuller figures and pear shapes as it flatters your curves and pulls you in at the waist.

I bought this coat about 7 years ago and they are still running the same style as it’s such a timeless piece. Good quality and I love the gold finish on the accessories as it really elevates it. I am showing the short version here as its the one that I have and I also recommend it if you are petite as the length is really great on us shorter ladies. There is a long version for those who are taller or want longer look.

Longer version –

4. A pleated skirt

New look £23.99
comes in 4 colours

Petite option

A pleated skirt it not only universally flatteting but its also as versailte as your pair of black trousers or jeans. Wear with all your tops from t shirts to jumpers, shirts to blouses they go with everything and can be easily dressed up or down depending on how you wear them. A great option for a day to night look. My favourite options would have an elasticated waist and be in a black or a neutral clour or print, for a more dressed up or festive outfit go with a metallic for an instant elevated outfit.

5. A big scarf

M&S cashmere scarf £69

For me, as I am always a cold a big scarf in the winter is 100% a wardrobe essential. A great practical item but it also can be where you add a slash of colour to your outfit and brighten up those winter days and giving you a lift. Wearing the colour that suits you the most next to your face is an instant life to your complection and can make you look healthier and more youthful so choose a colour that brings out your natural beauty, If you feel like you have no idea what colours suit you the best based on your natural colourings get in touch or check out my perfect colour and style online styling service where I can help you see how colour can really bring out your best.

Louise’s top 5 skincare winter essentials

For more info at all on any of the Tropic products check out my website –

1. Your morning skin care

Skin care Discover kit £28

During the winter it’s important to keep your skin hydrated and in good shape and what better than a fabulous quick and easy skincare routine that you can use every morning. Our mini Skincare Discovery kit is the perfect way to try out a new skincare it’s also great if you’re going to be having some weekend breaks for the party season what’s even better is we bought it out especially for Christmas in our new beautiful Christmas packaging fully recyclable with beautiful artwork hand-painted of the ingredients inside the products and funds the planting of a tree with Eden Reforestation Projects. You will of course get the Essential smoothing cleanser, vitamin toner, fabulous skin feast moisturiser and a mini rainforest due which is our award-winning hydration serum which is perfect for those days indoors with the heating.

As it’s Christmas if you email me an order direct ( I’ll throw in one of our Glow magazines which will tell you all about the products, the brand, our ethics, charities and there is some fabulous skincare articles in there, also you will get free UK delivery.

For Christmas we are also doing limited edition Skincare Discovery kits for various skin needs such as Blemish prone skin, mature or dehydrated or skin that needs a radiant boost! Why don’t you drop me an email if you want to have a chat about which may be best for you.

2. A superfood Serum

Super Greens £42

Featured in Vogue and You magazine! is super greens nutrient boost oil is plant-based packed with broccoli kale and avocado it’s loved by celebrities & facialists and it’s 18 awards for a very good reason. Delivering vitamins and nutrients that fight the effects of pollution the oil strengthens the Skins weak points so it becomes radiant and resilient. The greens don’t stop there it also contains Tamanu oil to aid healthy skin growth and reduces the appearance of scarring while the green coffee, full of fatty acids and vitamin E help protect the skin from damage so it’s a superhero for your complexion. £42 with 2-3 drops this will last you months.

Message me to order and get a FREE Glow Edition with your serum or order online and add me as you ambassador at checkout and get FREE UK delivery x

3. A winter berry Lipstick

Kiss me quick lipstick £20

One thing I love in winter is a new lipstick from everyday wearable shade the high-impact use these lipsticks are made from 100% naturally derived ingredients, plant extract. mineral colorants or safe synthetic pigments. Nourishing babassu and passionfruit oils allow effortless application while plumping plant peptides give your pout a naturally fuller appearance. What’s even better they’re available in lipstick, cartridge refills and small pans for makeup palettes. my favourite this winter has to be the Guavaberry!

4. Bronzing serum

Instant glow leg serum £14

This winter and with Christmas coming up we might want to get our legs out for our party dresses and what a better way than using a natural instant bronzing serum for your legs! Natural caramel and golden shimmer particles instantly boost skin Lumosity. Enriched with repairing arnica extract to reduce the appearance of bruises and scars and coffee butter and vitamin E tone and rejuvenate your skin. I love this product and always use it when I want to go out and not wear tights all year round, it gives you legs colour and healthy glow and no orange in site! In a handy 100ml bottle it’s also great for winter breaks and safe as we want a tan not chemicals absorbing into our skin.

If you order online please add me as your ambassador LOUISE BOURNE, Droitwich at checkout when asked x Free UK delivery from £30.

5. Body cream

Body velvet £28

I don’t know about you but during the winter I do find that my skin dries out more probably due to the heating been on. I love to use the width body velvet perfection it’s fluffy rich and luxurious moves that melts at body temperature gliding seamlessly onto your skin to provide long-lasting hydration not to mention it smells beautiful with the Heaton and bourbon vanilla extract and coconut it smells like buttercream icing. Being naturally derived, vegan friendly and cruelty free what better way to pamper yourself this winter!

If you order online please add me as your ambassador LOUISE BOURNE, Droitwich at checkout when asked x Free UK delivery from £30.

Any questions about any of these products get in touch.

Thanks for reading

Caroline & Louise


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