Winter Must-Haves to Warm You Up

Words by Sara Harowitz

  • vitruvi. Photo by Christina Kassi.

    vitruvi. Photo by Christina Kassi.

  • Parachute.


  • Merit.


  • DibFit.


  • Summer Fridays.

    Summer Fridays.

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The winter season means cozy sweaters, spiced drinks, cold noses, and twinkling lights. Here are a few of our favorite things to warm you up—literally and metaphorically.

vitruvi Stone Diffuser in Vanilla and Legacy Blend

It’s the iconic shape you know and love but in the brand’s first-ever speckled hue. Inspired by twinkling lights and sugar cookies, Vanilla is the perfect addition to any room; pair this Stone Diffuser with best-selling Legacy Blend for something cozy, woodsy, and comforting.

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Parachute Linen Loungewear


Whether it’s wrapping presents on a Saturday, spending the weekend at the in-laws’ place, or lounging at home with a good book in that liminal space between Christmas and New Years, look cute while doing it in Parachute’s gorgeous Linen Loungewear set. Made of 100 percent pure European linen, this set is soft, drapey, flattering, and never-take-it-off comfortable. The oversized long-sleeve and matching pants—we’re loving the Slate Blue hue—will have you feeling chic, even if all you’re doing is drinking tea and watching the snow fall.

Merit Great Skin Instant Glow Serum and Flush Balm Cheek Color


You don’t need a tan to make your skin glow. Just reach for clean beauty brand Merit’s Great Skin Instant Glow Serum—this silky, lightweight formula works to naturally hydrate, plump, and soothe. Vegan and cruelty-free, it absorbs into the skin without residue (trust!); features four types of hyaluronic acid for all-day moisture; and supports the long-term creation of a healthy skin barrier. Then, once you’re good and glowy, get that effortlessly-rosy, just-stepped-in-from-the-cold fresh pink on your cheeks with Merit’s Flush Balm Cheek Color. With a blendable satiny finish, this blush is made with Vitamin E for skin conditioning, and uses a microfine pigment that provides natural, woke-up-like-this color. The Beverly Hills hue is great for a super-light peachy pink, while Raspberry Beret is a nice option for something with a bit more depth. Either way, it’s not the mistletoe that’ll have you blushing.

Away F.A.R Duffle


The perfect bag for holiday cabin weekends or time off spent at the parents’ house? This is it. Away’s F.A.R Duffle is an instant classic, and now it comes in limited-edition Atomic Remix design, which features a 1990s-style color blocking aesthetic. Chic and playful at the same time, it’ll create instant happiness among dreary winter days. The medium 55L size easily holds a week’s worth of stuff (plus room for presents); is made of weather-resistant and recycled materials, including lightweight and high-strength polyester; has compression straps for easy packing; can be transformed into a backpack for running through airports; and comes with a trolley sleeve to slip onto Away pull luggage handles. Essentially: this is all you need to get up and go. F.A.R. stands for For All Routes, and it’s hard not to agree.

Amazon Vancouver Workshop

Vancouverites can partake in a wonderful holiday pop-up curated by Amazon. Located at 3103 Granville St. from Dec. 1 to 3, The Workshop features a selection of small local businesses in a gorgeous showroom, with everything fully shoppable via QR code. Expect goodies from brands including Luna Nectar, Triple Studio, The Cocktail Box, and, of course, vitruvi. There will also be in-store activations including sessions with small business experts, panel discussions, and more. Holiday shopping: done and done.

DibFit cycle studio

Anyone in Vancouver can also warm up cold winter bones by taking a class at DibFit cycle studio. Founded by former SoulCycle trainer Daniela Dib, it’s a beautiful Yaletown space that does not play around. By which we mean: be prepared to sweat. But don’t worry—the room is dark, so it’s really just you and the bike. Take a class on Hip-Hop Thursdays for some extra hyping while you cycle.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask and Heavenly Sixteen All-In-One Face Oil

Summer Fridays

Quench thirsty winter skin with the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, which features a fragrance-free formula that is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-comedogenic. Made with hyaluronic acid (plumps and gives a glow) and niacinamide (evens tone and texture), this mask also comes in a jumbo size for maximum hydration all season long. To lock in all that moisture, also consider the brand’s Heavenly Sixteen All-In-One Face Oil. A blend of 16 vegan and non-clogging oils boosts skin’s elasticity thanks to omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. It’s luxury in a bottle.

Vessi Women’s Weekend waterproof sneaker


Perfect for wet winters, Vessi’s waterproof sneakers are as comfortable as they are cute. We’re loving the Women’s Weekend model in Asphalt Black—it’s sleek, lightweight, made of vegan materials, comes with a removable cushion insole, has breathable and temperature-regulating fabric, and is machine washable. No need to be scared of puddles or snow piles with these beauties.

Ellie Bianca Lotion + Liquid Soap Set

Ellie Bianca

Keep your hands clean and hydrated this winter with Ellie Bianca’s line of organic soaps and creams. The handy Lotion + Liquid Soap Set comes with one of each; these products are made with natural vitamins and antioxidants to give your hands some TLC in the cold months (and all year long). Try the fresh Citrus Verbena scent, or opt for the aroma-free Honey & Oat if you’ve got sensitive skin.

Winter, it turns out, can be really, really nice.