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Want/Need: Our Editors’ Winter Wish Lists

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy

Winter is in full swing, which means it’s time for the editors of Mother to dish on their seasonal list of needs and wants. From an oversized, hooded jacket to keep warm during these extra-chilly months to a relaxing spa day for a much needed dose of “alone time,” we’ve cherry-picked some of our favorite things we’re coveting right now. What’s on your list?

Katie’s picks:

“We have a beautiful backyard, which is a great bonus living in the city. However, I’ve never tried to plant anything back there and I want this to be the year I do! This brand-new book by the folks behind the beautiful Wilder Quarterly is really inspiring me.” A Wilder Life: A Season-By-Season Guide To Getting In Touch With Nature, $19.08, Amazon.

“These lounge pants are a great easy pant for toddlers (there’s some extra room for a puffy diaper). Diego has five pairs in constant rotation.” The Lounge Pant, $17, June & January.

“I recently saw a mother at my son’s preschool wearing an oversized fur-lined hooded parka for pickup and she looked incredible chic and cool. So, naturally, I now can’t get the style out of my mind. Such an easy thing to throw over black leggings and a black long-sleeved top for a quick style upgrade.” Asos Parka With Detachable Faux Fur Liner, $145.41, Asos.

“We are taking Diego to see snow for the first time in Tahoe this winter. These cute boots by Native will be great for the trip, as well as our current everyday El Niño situation in San Francisco.” Native Jimmy Puffy Boot, $60, Nordstrom.

“This candle by my dear friends The Podolls is sophisticated without being overpowering. Notes include lemon rind, tobacco, and santal. The natural coconut-based wax means it’s of the non-toxic variety, as well, something that’s been on my mind ever since writing this article!” Candle Number One, $48, The Podolls.

“I cannot believe my baby boy is turning three in just a few months! I’m preparing him for his big day (and party) by reading lots of birthday-themed books leading up to April.” Happy Birthday, Hello Kitty, $6.95, Amazon.

“I’m so excited for Erin Gleeson’s book The Forest Feast For Kids, which is a follow-up to her first book and filled with fun vegetarian recipes that littles can help prepare and will enjoy eating.” The Forest Feast For Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes That Are Simple To Make, $12.06, Amazon.

“Scheduling consistent ‘me time,’ is a major priority of mine this year—whether it’s carving out 15 minutes to read at a coffee shop before I pick up my son from preschool or booking a full-blown spa day. I recently did the latter at Nob Hill Spa and tried the brand-new Wanderlust Body Ritual, which was incredibly relaxing. I didn’t think I was a scrub person (I usually go for deep tissue), but this treatment changed me!” Wanderlust Body Ritual, $145 for 50 minutes, Nob Hill Spa.

“I’m all about clean neutrals with pops of bright color. These spoons by the Minnesota-based label Wind & Willow is a great item to gift someone…or buy for yourself! Plus, the maker behind the brand is a mama of two!” Wooden Mixing Spoons (Set Of Three), $29, Wind & Willow Home.

“I can’t say enough about the comfort of these shoes! Ever since I got them, they haven’t left my feet. They’re cute, go with pretty much everything, and feel like orthopedics! I force my friends to try them on whenever they comment on them.” The Alyssa Flat, $425, Anyi Lu.


James’ picks:

“In December, my husband and I, alongside our good friends and partners, opened the doors to our clothing and home goods store in Nashville called Two Son. We teamed up with B Sides to launch its new Re-purposed Vintage Wranger Jean and I cannot wait to get a pair. To me they are denim perfection and add a little extra style to the traditional winter sweater and boots combo.” B Sides x Two Son Wranglers, $298, Two Son.

“Reading more is one of my goals for 2016. Sadly, I read very little last year, so I’m making time in my schedule to fit in at least a chapter a day. I am currently reading The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank and am totally hooked.” The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, $11.31, Amazon.

“How cute are these little blue Nike high-tops?! I think both Sailor and Birdie need a pair.” Nike Blazer Mid Vintage Sneakers, $40-$50, Crewcuts.

“I started working out with Ballet Beautiful by Mary Helen Bowers after a friend of mine recommended her videos to me. I love it because I can actually finish the entire 60-minute DVD, unlike some of the other intense routines I’ve tried (and quit!). Don’t get me wrong, this workout is not easy, but it’s mostly done on the floor and targets specific problem areas, which is a win-win!” Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout DVD, $7.80, Amazon.

“The winter weather wreaks havoc on my skin. I get very dry during these colder months, especially on my face and I’m constantly needing to moisturize. I’ve been using Lotion P50 from Biologique Recherche, which is coined ‘a facial in a bottle’. It’s a toner-like liquid that exfoliates, hydrates, and balances the skin and it truly delivers as promised. This one is a game changer!” Lotion P50, price available upon request, Rescue Spa.

“I have been dying to get my hands on the Gjelina cookbook. I’ve heard all good things!” Gjelina, $25.66, Amazon.

“Lush sent me some of their bath bombes to try and now I don’t think I can ever take a bath without one. They are fun to plop into the water, super hydrating, and smell phenomenal.” Butterball Bath Bombe, $4.95, Lush.

“I have a lot of travel coming up and needed a good carry-on suitcase that can hold a lot and easily tote by my side. After a ton of research, I invested in a nice Tumi for myself. Merry Christmas to me!” Alpha 2 Expandable Carry-on, $625, Amazon.

“This intensive conditioning treatment has been a dream for my hair. I’ve been growing out my color-correction for the past two years (the struggle is real folks!) to be more au naturel and this miracle cream has worked wonders in the hydration and anti-frizz department.” Sachajuan Hair Repair, $33, Barneys.

“I can’t quit these cashmere blend socks. I have 6 pairs—almost one for each day of the week.” Bird’s Eye Sock, $24, Two Son.

“I, too, am in major need of some ‘me time’. I’m always working or mothering, with not much else in-between, which is no bueno. Booking regular spa sessions is just what I need to help de-stress, relax, and unwind. I’m excited to try an espresso scrub and mud treatment.” Organic detox espresso scrub and mud treatment, $175 for 80 minutes, Escape Day Spa.

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