Women’s Winter Shopping Guide

After a busy and bountiful holiday season, we here at KHACHILIFE are focusing on health and wellness this January. We’ve compiled this editorial shopping guide with accessories that can become tools for leading an active, clean lifestyle, even when temperatures are low and the sun is scarce. Eat well, stay fit, and be kind to yourself this winter; the goal is improving physical and mental health.

Wrap Around Bikini Top – Kit & Ace

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It’s easy to make excuses not to exercise in the dark winter months. When the weather is cold and the trails are snowy, activities like jogging, hiking, and cycling can be habitually avoided. And while swimming might be an exercise we tend to associate with warm weather, taking to the nearest indoor pool is a great way to stay fit in winter. Swimming improves the appetite and sleep patterns, strengthening our immunity against winter illnesses.

This versatile bikini top is simultaneously stylish and practical, its classic form made contemporary with an elegant tie at the back.

Liquid Sunshine Diffuser Blend – Saje

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This aromatic diffuser blend is made from an invigorating combination of grapefruit, lime, and bergamot. The sun may be scare in January, but the citrus notes of these essential oils will make your home smell fresh and tropical.

All of Saje’s essential oils are 100% natural and distilled from flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, and trees, making this the perfect slice of nature to keep you going in the cold season.

Oh She Glows Every Day Cookbook – Amazon

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Some scientists believe that humans have a tendency to eat more in winter due to a primitive impulse that leads us to stockpile calories; others dispute this, believing our tendency to overindulge and turn to junk food in winter is simply a result of convenience, as unhealthy, non-seasonal foods are more readily available. Regardless of the reason, studies show that our caloric intake does tend to increase in cold weather.

This cookbook by Angela Liddon, a follow-up to her international bestseller The Oh She Glows Cookbook, is perfect for anyone who has made a New Year’s resolution to follow a cleaner, healthier diet. These plant-based recipes prove that cooking well is possible, even on the busiest schedules. And whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or an omnivore trying to eat more plant-based and whole foods, this cookbook will inspire you with easy-to-follow recipes and beautiful, colourful photographs that will have you craving these nutritious meals all winter long.

Breville JE98XL Two-Speed Juice Fountain Plus – Amazon

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Looking for a way to maintain your fruit and vegetable intake all winter long? This juicer by Breville has a dual speed motor that allows for juicing of even hard fruits, and its Juice Fountain Plus cutting disc is capable of cutting pineapples into chunks with the rind on. Other features include a one-litre juice jug with froth separator and an overload protection LED (to protect the motor).

Zazubean Organic Superfood Chocolate – Zazubean

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January is a time for regrouping and focusing on health and wellness, but that doesn’t mean we need to deprive ourselves of decadent treats. The secret is to indulge in a healthy way!

Zazubean is a chocolate company that was born on the east coast of Canada out of some friends’ shared desire for chocolate that was fair trade, delicious — and healthy. They founded Zazubean, a line of chocolate bars (primarily dark chocolates, most over 70%, for added health benefits) that are packed full of super foods. With varieties like Pomegranate & Hazelnut (made with coconut milk), Fig & Sea Salt, and Mint & Cocoa Nibs With Maca, these chocolates provide a guilt-free dessert food just when we’re craving it the most.

Nourishing Hair Oil – UMA

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We all know that the winter months strip our hair of the nutrients and moisture it needs for any “good hair day’. For shinier, bouncier, and all-around healthier hair, this all-in-one healing blend of hibiscus, yerba de tago, Indian gooseberry, jojoba, moringa, and grapeseed oil is infused with lemon and grapefruit extract to cleanse the scalp, stimulate hair follicles, and promote healthy hair growth. The best part: though it penetrates deeply and saturates hair with essential moisture, it doesn’t weigh it down. Apply 5-7 drops of this restorative solution directly to the roots, either as an overnight treatment, or for about 15-20 minutes before you shampoo. Bonus: It’s totally safe for color-treated hair, too.

Virgin Wool Sweater – Stella McCartney

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Keeping warm and staying fashionable is always a tedious feat in the winter months. Couple that with caring for our environment, and this might be the ultimate challenge of the new year. But take note of what Stella McCartney is up to. All her stores, offices, and studios in the UK are powered by wind energy, and they use renewable energy abroad. Equally interesting: in Stella McCartney‘s collections, they use as much organic cotton as possible and continue to do research to find new materials and new ecological processes to aide in the pursuit of saving our planet.

This super soft draped crew neck jumper in powder tone features dropped shoulders, an asymmetric hem, and ribbed trims. It is made from 100% Virgin Wool.

Meditation Cushion Set – Ever Veritas

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Living the fast-paced lives that we do today is good reason to unplug, unwind, and find inner peace. Hundreds of studies suggest that meditation doesn’t just decrease stress levels but that it also has tangible health benefits such as improved immunity, lower inflammation, and decreased pain. Additionally, brain-imaging studies show that meditation sharpens attention and memory. Perhaps most importantly, it has been linked to increased happiness and greater compassion.

Based on a traditional Zafu and Zabuton—used in Zazen meditation for centuries—these supportive pillows enable comfortable physical stillness, extremely helpful in personal meditative practice. Made in Los Angeles of organic-dried buckwheat hulls (which can be added or removed to adjust the pillows’ firmness) and organic, USA-grown cotton fiber, the cushions shape and adjust to your form over time. Each pillow has a beautiful (and removable, easy-to-clean) Belgian linen cover, making it both a gorgeous and centering addition to any meditation practice.

(Main: 100% Belgian linen; Inserts: 100% cotton canvas. Zafu: Length: 5″, Width: 17″; Filled with organic dried buckwheat hulls. Zabuton: Length: 28″, Width: 28″; Filled with organic cotton batting.)

Studio Wrap 4 Training Shoe – Nike

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Designed to help you make the most of workouts typically done in bare feet, including yoga, dance, barre and Pilates — this is the shoe for you.

The wrap offers freedom of movement and a flexible, barefoot-like experience, as well as protection from sweaty studio floors.  The lightweight, stretch mesh top layer criss-crosses over the top of your foot and wraps around your heel for support right where you need it. The sandwich mesh bottom layer wraps your heel and toes for a breathable, supportive fit. With a silicone traction pattern on the bottom, it enhances grip on indoor surfaces, and built-in pivot points let you turn with ease.

BONUS: it includes a garment bag and washing instructions for long-lasting wear.

The Babylon Light – Bazuva

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So long as there is no snow on the ground, you can harvest herbs in your home garden. There is nothing more satisfying and simple than snipping off just what you need and enjoying the garden fresh flavor without having to fork out a few bucks per bunch at the market. Herbs are among the easiest plants to grow. If you have a piece of land to plant them, great, but many actually do better in a container because their prolific nature can be contained. You can also place them near your kitchen for quick cooking access.

The Babylon light offers just that. The hydroponic technology inside the hanging lamp is clean, water efficient, and allows you to elevate any space with aromatics, herbs, or succulents.

Plants are sold separately.  For best results, select plants with similar water and light needs.