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If you’ve ever hosted a party, you’ll know that the most important task for a host is to ensure that all of your guests have the proper amount of libations. Although Dartmouth is probably theKeystone Light capital of the world, its students occasionally venture away from the grimmer side of beer. If you’re like me and you love playingmixologist, you’ll love the Cocktail Flow by Distinction LTD app for your iPad, iPhone or Android device.
Cocktail Flow is a beautiful app that teaches you that all alcoholic drinks don’t have to taste like the bottom of an acidic mop bucket. There are two versions of the app — the free version is available on alliOS devicesand Android phones, and there is a paid version available exclusively onAndroid Tablets. Each version has the same basic layout, but you will get more drink recipes with the paid version.
The visuals on the app are simply stunning. Every HD image appears sharp and vibrant on any display. Instead of simply showing the ingredients, Cocktail flow gives a detailed, step-by-step process on making the perfect drink. It even shows you a picture of all the ingredients as well as an image of how the final drink is supposed to look like. To make your drinks even more impressive, Cocktail Flow tells you the perfect garnish to top of your drink with.
My favorite feature of the app is the “My Bar” section. Using the easy display, you can select all the different ingredients you can get your hands on. After selecting from the large list of liquors and mixers, the app will generate every single known drink that you can make with what’s in your room. This is the perfect tool to use when you have a lot to drink but you’re unsure of what you can make. I made my firstBlue Hawaii) using this app, and I do not regret my decision.
Additionally, you can browse the app’s cocktail database to find the perfect drink. If you’re trying to throw a party where everyone wears red (nudge nuge, wink wink Phi Delt), you can search the database for every single red cocktail. If you’re throwing a Christmas party, you can browse from a selection of Christmas-themed drinks. Basically, the possibilities are endless.
After playing around with this app, I am thoroughly satisfied with my purchase. Although I could have saved three bucks and purchased the standard edition, I wanted to explore every single possible drink recipe. The premium pack comes with holiday-themed drinks that are sure to impress all of my future party guests.
If you’re looking for something fun to make or a cheap way to get rid of all the alcohol in your room, Cocktail Flow is the right app for you.
When I was a kid, movies about college made it seem like a time when teenagers escaped their parents and went berserk for a couple of years, partying like there was no tomorrow. Anything was acceptable. But the second I got to Dartmouth, the rules started. No tripcest/floorcest. Touch the fire. Rush the field. If you’re going to have sex in inappropriate places, here are the seven locations to do it. You can run around naked, but only through finals or across state borders.
I’m one of those skiers that everyone hates — the ones that don’t actually ski. I’ll happily fork out for a week in a European ski resort and spend the entire time sitting out on the deck of a mountain cafe knocking back glasses of vin chaud, watching more enthusiastic sportsmen zip past me down the slopes. The actual skiing part of the whole experience has always seemed far too much like hard work.
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But this year it’s going to be different — I am going to learn to ski, and until I’m worthy of these Chanel rosewood skis, I’ve vowed not to spend any more money on ski gear.
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However, this should not stop you. When it comes to mountain wear, I reckon the brighter the better. Blinding white snow is just begging you to wear vibrant colors. People may not be color-blocking on the catwalk anymore, but on the slopes it’s a whole different ball game. I’d suggest how bright you go is inversely proportional to how good of a skier/boarder you are.
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If you’re a pro, you should go all out and treat yourself to this insanely incredible Rossignol zebra-print jacket. Or I guess if you’re a beginner it’ll be easier for the medevac pilot to find you.
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If you’re feeling daring, try teaming this gorgeous Spyder jacket with fur-trimmed hood in “blue bay” with Helly Hansen’s Blanche pants in scarlet. The jacket is chic enough not to be confined to the slopes, so you’ll more than get your money’s worth. I’d round the look off with these fabulous white Bloc goggles. If you’re more timid you could just go for these Rossignol gloves as a nod to the trend.
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Guys should try the Rossignol Carrera jacket for some Euro-style and keep the pants understated. Or you could go for the Spyder Bromont jacket in “rage” (that color name should be incentive enough). If I were you, tempting as it is, I’d avoid red jackets — unless of course you want to be mistaken for a Dartmouth Skiway instructor. If you’re looking for goggles it’s always worth checking out Oakley, who have a wide range of options, especially these beauts.
For the time being, I shall be making do with my horrifically boring beige and baby-blue ensemble. Although, having said that, I do have tremendously weak resolve, especially where shopping is concerned. I give it three weeks before the Rossignol jacket is hanging in my closet.
On Dec. 25, 2011, I was as excited as any sugar-crazed eight-year-old. I did some freelance database coding for Santa this year, so I knew for sure that I would be on the nice list. I even tracked him as he traveled around the world to make sure he flew over my house.
As I predicted, Mr. Claus left me a few great presents. Under my Christmas tree, I was delighted to find a Motorola MOTOACTV fitness tracker.
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Calling the MOTOACTV a fitness tracker does the device a huge disservice. I wear my MOTOACTV like a watch (watchstrap not included in package), but the device does more than tell the time.
The MOTOACTV counts your every step, calculates the calories you burn and maps out every single running route you complete. The MOTOACTV even shouts encouraging words to you during your workout to try to encourage you to reach your fitness goals. I’m not joking — this device wants to be your personal trainer.
The MOTOACTV is a digital device that is roughly the same size as an iPod Nano. Like the Nano, the MOTOACTV plays music and counts your steps, but on a much more sophisticated level.
Before you start your workout, you can enter you daily goals. If you want to run x miles in x minutes, the MOTOACTV calculates how fast you need to run and warns you if you are currently off pace. If you just want to see how many calories you burn in a game of pong, the MOTOACTV can do that, as well — just don’t expect it to calculate how much extra calories you intake because of the beer.
My favorite two features are the MOTOACTV’s wireless notification system and its smart DJ feature. When you sync your MOTOACTV with your cellphone using Bluetooth, the MOTOACTV will alert you whenever your cellphone receives a text or a phone call. (This feature allows me to travel through the gym and run on the treadmill without carrying around my phone.) The smart DJ feature tracks what songs make you work harder. After using your MOTOACTV in several workouts, the device will make a playlist of the songs that cause you to move the most.
The major downside of the MOTOACTV is its steep price. The 8GB model is $250, not including the accessories. The watch strap is an additional $30, and the wireless Bluetooth headset will set you back a further $130. Prices are here.
Although you might not think the wireless headset is necessary, you will need to purchase it to enable the device's heart rate monitor. With a heart rate monitor attached, the MOTOACTV can provide you more accurate information about your workout.
If you are an absolute fitness nut and you want to get the most data out of the MOTOACTV, then I think this is the device for you.
Unfortunately, the device's steep price makes it hard to recommend to the average gym user. If you have a few extra dollars to throw around and you like new gadgets, then give the MOTOACTV a try. Otherwise, there are cheaper music players and much cheaper ways to time your jogging routes.
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Listen up, freshmen — this one’s for you. Warmcuts will save your life. You know how some schools have an underground tunnel system that allows their would-be bitterly cold undergraduates to avoid getting frostbite while walking to class? Well, we don’t have those.
We do, however, have a lot of buildings that are really close together. And so the warmcut was born — a route that takes place partially, preferably mostly indoors while you move from point A to point B.
The secret to a worthwhile warmcut is that it not add more than a minute of travel time to your commute but be at least 80 percent indoors. Otherwise, you will not actually warm up, and so then what is the point?
Addendum: if the Realfeel temperature is below negative 15 [insert joke about how freshmen ain’t ready for a real Hanover winter here], forget these guidelines and just stay as indoors as you can. Or, you know, stay in bed.
Going from Fahey or Russell Sage to FoCo? Walk through the Gold Coast buildings and then Mass Row.
McLaughlin to Silsby? Take the library. Or go through Kemeny and Haldeman, but that one’s kind of confusing and requires lots of going up and down stairs.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of getting to class in the winter, don’t be the kid who arrives late and then proceeds to loudly shed his 17 layers of thermal clothing while panting and sweating up a storm because he ran all the way across campus to get his body temperature up. You know what would solve that problem? Taking warmcuts.
Warmcuts allow you to wear fewer layers. Also, undress/pant/sweat outside. That way, the hottie who sits behind you will think you are just naturally put together.
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In order to stay in touch with the latest jams, I used to surf dozens of blogs every day. Although it was a great way to stay in touch, blog surfing is cumbersome and often yields more bad songs than good ones. In order to streamline my time and get the best quality music, I started using SoundCloud.com, a dynamic website that should be one of top-used bookmarks of any music lover.
SoundCloud is essentially a gigantic online music swap meet. Registered SoundCloud users can upload any sort of song and distribute it to the world. Once you create a free profile, you’re able to upload two hours of audio to the cloud. Once on the cloud, you’re able to let users download your tracks or simply just stream them online. If you have a lot of music, you can purchase more time and upgrade to a premium account. Any registered account can download or stream an unlimited amount of music.
The beauty of SoundCloud is that nearly every major artist is on the cloud. If you want to hear an epic setlist from Dirty South or the latest track from the Beastie Boys, it’s on the cloud. Every genre can be found on SoundCloud from dubstep to alt rock. It’s a heavenly combination of music that’s accessible to everyone.
If you want to keep up with the latest trends in music, this is the website for you. It allows you to follow all of your favorite artists and hear their latest tracks as soon as they drop. Best of all it’s free. What do you have to lose? You can even load the app on your iPad, iPhone or Android so you always have access to the cloud. You might even find a page from your friendly neighborhood DJ Hollisto on the cloud. You might like what you hear.
The scene: my bed, Mid Fay. It is two degrees outside but the thermostat is cranked up all the way and anyway I’m under like seven comforters. “In the Summertime” is playing on my iTunes and if I think hard enough, I can convince myself that the sun outside is actually doing something to warm the earth. Is it Sophomore Summer yet?
Alas, it is 12W. Minnesotans are scoffing at the rest of us and preparing for the harsh winter by putting on a cardigan over a tank top or something. You’re the real hard guys. Meanwhile, all the Southerners have stayed ahead of the curve and are off. They’re probably in New Zealand or something. Lame.
But I’m getting sidetracked. The point of my column is to share with you things that Dartmouth kids like. This column was kind of hard to write because even though I love cold weather and snow and sledding, six hours of sunlight a day is rough. But whatever. Let’s get on with it and dive in, like the overeager freshmen dive into Occom Pond for the Polar Bear Swim. Which you should totally do, by the way. The adrenaline rush will awaken your frozen, near-dead soul. Also, the thought that other people will see you in a swimsuit might help you stay motivated and get you to the gym. Or you could just ignore me and order another EBAs pizza.
Here's a list of some things Dartmouth kids like... in the winter.
So my best friend has this car. It’s a white Volvo that seats five people, but they all have to be skinny because it’s kind of a little car.
It was snowing one day — big surprise — and we decided that there was no way we were going to brave the walk to FoCo (we lived in McLaughlin, give us a break). It was still that point in the year when my freshman floor went to dinner together all the time, so we had a group of eight kids who just wanted whatever Homeplate (R.I.P.) was serving that night. The fact that we only had one car? Irrelevant.
It was the most crowded ride of my life. Trunk-squeezing and lap-sitting were involved. But we never walked to dinner again.
You know that guy who thinks he’s awesome because he has a car and can speed around Hanover blasting music? The one who thinks everyone’s jealous? If it’s the winter, everyone is jealous. Be that guy. Or at least be his friend. You can ditch him in the spring.
It’s a fact of life that at one point in your Dartmouth career, you are going to eat it. You are going to slip on ice, and your legs are going to fly out from under you, and your butt will be bruised worse than that time you fell down the TDX stairs — seemingly just as common an occurrence.
And this isn’t going to be some drunk fall on the Green at 3 a.m. when you can hop right back up and pretend it didn’t happen. You, as well as everyone around you, will be sober, and if you’re especially unlucky, you will ass-plant between 10s and 11s when all of campus is around to see you.
Get snow boots. Get them with those little tread things on the sole for maximum mountain-climbing power. Don’t wear leather boots with smooth soles, especially if you are climbing up that hill behind Novack, because you will fall backwards down the hill and tons of people will see you. And point at you. I’m not speaking from experience or anything…
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Good luck! Stay warm. It’s a (frozen) jungle out there.
Perhaps the ease with which I have settled into my off term has more to do with the fact that Austin, Texas is a place I have been visiting since I was 10 years old and thus it is a city which I am extremely familiar with. (Not to mention that world-class Mexican food is pretty much standard fare here!). But what if I had traded my Tony Lama’s and outdoor music festivals for 10 weeks in a city known for its bad attitudes and even worse weather?
After she spent last winter in Australia, studying at the University of Sydney, Annie McClorey ’13 is a seasoned pro when it comes to living abroad. I sat down with her via Skype to find out all about London, living alone and why it’s called a “tube” and not a “subway.”
Me: Hi, Annie! Where are you?
Annie: I’m in London right now. I’ll be here for five weeks at my company’s London office, and then I’ll be moving to Brussels!
Me: Who are you working for and what are you doing?
Annie: I’m working for Cicero Consulting. It’s a financial consulting firm specializing in the political sector. Specifically, I work with the research team. Right now I’m researching the way companies are perceived in social media outlets by the public.
Me: Why this job?
Annie: Last winter, I studied in Australia, and I absolutely loved it! I knew I wanted to go abroad again, but this time maybe try Europe. I got the job completely through networking. The job was perfect because it was consulting work, but it’s also my first real job, so I wasn’t exactly in the position to be picky.
Me: So besides work, what have you been up to so far?
Annie: Before I started work, I traveled to Lisbon with two '14 friends. This weekend, I visited Kingston [in the United Kingdom], a town on the outskirts of London. There’s a huge market there — I think it’s the oldest market in England — and I explored around there for a bit. With work and all, I haven’t really had much time for much else.
Me: How has it been living there virtually on your own?
Annie: I’m having a great time living in London, but it is has definitely been hard being by myself without any friends. I was relieved to see that so many people I am working with are in their thirties or younger. Surprisingly, I have had some cultural shock, as well. We may speak the same language, but there are times when I have no clue what someone is saying to me here. Or I’ll get corrected on words like “co-worker,” because you’re supposed to say “colleague.” And I don’t go to “college,” I attend “university.” My morning commute is on the “tube” and not the “subway.”
Me: Any tips for us back home wanting to work or live abroad?
Annie: Go into it expecting it to be hard because that way, it is easier to be pleasantly surprised. Be willing to do things by yourself — otherwise, you’ll miss out on a lot of stuff. Take full advantage of everything. I am only here for 10 weeks and I have to keep reminding myself to make the most of it, even when I’m tired and would rather crawl in my bed and sleep. Oh, and make sure you know how to use Dartmouth’s VPN. It’s saving my life right now.
Just over a week has passed since we all got back from break, and we’re (inevitably) getting sucked back into the Dartmouth bubble. But we can slow down the inevitable, or at least take a break from it. Get away from the repetitive Dartmouth schedule of classes, library study sessions and meetings and try something different —whether it’s in Hanover itself (I can’t blame you for not wanting to venture out further in this weather) or anywhere in the Upper Valley.
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Sleigh Ride Weekend at Billings Farm (Woodstock, Vt.) On Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Jan. 14-16), from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Billings Farm will be open for tours of the farm, sleigh rides and jack jumper sledding (which involves sitting on a seat attached to what is essentially a single ski, and looks ridiculously fun and dangerous).
Directions: Advanced Transit doesn’t run to Woodstock, but it’s only a 20-30 minute drive down US-4 W.
Winter Farmers Market (Norwich, Vt.) On select Saturdays in the winter (this Saturday, Jan. 14 being one of them!), the Norwich Winter Farmers Market will be held (indoors, thank goodness!). The market has crafts, jewelry, winter vegetables — think squash, kale and other good hearty vegetables — and ready-to-eat food.
Directions: Take the AT Brown Line and request a stop at the corner of Main St. & Church St. The market is in Tracy Hall, 300 Main St.
Lebanon Farmers Market (Lebanon, N.H.) Every third Saturday of the month (this month’s market falls on Jan. 21), the Lebanon Farmers Market is held indoors, with plenty of winter vegetables and read-to-eat food on sale. Many of the vendors that used to come to the Hanover Farmers Market also sell at the Lebanon and Norwich markets.
Directions: Take the AT Blue Line and request a stop at School St. (near the Lebanon Public Library) in Lebanon. The market is in the Lebanon United Methodist Church, on School St.
EMC Lebanon 6 (Lebanon, NH) While the Nugget is a great gem to have in town, it doesn’t always play the newest movies. This week at EMC Lebanon, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011), "Mission Impossible" (2011), "The Muppets" (2011) and "New Year’s Eve" (2011) are playing.
Admission: Matinee $6, Regular $8.50
Directions: Take the AT Orange Line to West Leb, transfer to the Red Line, and get off at Miracle Mile Plaza. The cinema is to the left of Price Chopper.
Nugget Theatre Schedule:
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Friday: 4:00 | 6:30 | 9:00
Saturday and Sunday: 1:30 | 4:00 | 6:30 | 9:00
Monday - Thursday: 6:30 | 9:00
[R] (Running Time 2:11)
Friday: 5:00 | 8:00
Saturday and Sunday: 2:00 | 5:00 | 8:00
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 Only!
[PG-13] (Running Time 2:30)
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
Friday: 4:00 | 6:30 | 9:00
Saturday and Sunday: 1:30 | 4:00 | 6:30 | 9:00
Monday - Thursday: 6:30 | 9:00
[PG-13] (Running Time 2:13)
Adventures Of TinTin 3D
Shown in Digital 3D!
Friday: 4:10 | 6:40 | 9:10
Saturday and Sunday: 1:40 | 4:10 | 6:40 | 9:10
Monday - Thursday: 6:40 | 9:10
[PG] (Running Time 1:49)
Astronomical Observing (Hanover, N.H.) Every Friday throughout the winter (Jan. 6-March 9), Shattuck Observatory will open up for the public to view the Moon, planets, and stars through its astronomical telescopes. Viewing times are from 8 to 10 p.m., as long as skies are clear (call 603- 646-9100 to confirm that viewing is open).
Directions: Shattuck Observatory is located on Observatory Road. It is on the edge of the BEMA, behind Wilder.
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There are so many things to love about Dartmouth, but one particular struggle we must all grapple with is how to keep in touch with friends who have taken advantage of the D-plan and have, in many cases, relocated around the world. With friends of mine located everywhere from Chicago to New Zealand, I offer to you my tips for success at maintaining friendships and staying connected.1. BE PROACTIVE. It’s easy to get caught up in the Dartmouth bubble, just as it’s easy for your friends who are off to become absorbed in whatever it is they’re doing. Never, never, never hesitate to send a blitz saying "Hi," at the very least. Continue to send blitzes, even if your friend forgets to respond to a few. At least you can say you have tried to maintain contact.
2. LEARN HOW TO STALK. Working on The D has helped hone my stalker skills, which I am now applying to following my friends’ exploits. A lot of people keep travel blogs, which are always entertaining and allow you to keep up to date regardless of communication obstacles faced due to time zones, like the price of a phone call, etc. It’s perfectly acceptable and appropriate to look through pictures of your friends parading around Paris and to check their status updates frequently. I’m not judging.
3. iMessage/Whatsapp/BBM. Thanks to the internet and data plans, I have been able to communicate with some of my friends who have the cellular data turned off on their cell phones but have left the wireless on. Fortunately for me, my random stream-of-consciousness texts still have an audience.
4. SKYPE. This is an obvious one, though working out the differences between time zones can be tricky. Facebook has Skype now, and the quality is actually really good. Often it works better for me than iChat does.
5. SNAIL MAIL. To be honest, I have yet to try this one. But wouldn’t it be cool to receive a post card from one of your friends in some exotic place? If you guys are reading this, you know where to find me.
<div > <p><img src="http://static.thedartmouth.com/2012/01/10/photos/7755_article_photo.JPG" alt="" title=""</img></p> <p>Priya Krishna / The Dartmouth Senior Staff</p> </div>
I adore breakfast. It’s not only the most important meal of the day, but also the most flexible.
You can have everything from a chocolate chip pancake to a breakfast taco, an omelette to a bowl of oatmeal. I am always looking for ways to change up my regular breakfast routine, and this past term that I spent in London, I had a breakfast revelation.
It was called Moma — this British product that comprised a small pot filled with oats, yogurt, and fruit. They were incredible. Our FSP used to fight to get them in the morning. I developed an addiction. I was eating Moma for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I left London hoarding about two to three in my backpack, but those quickly finished.
Fortunately, however, I have found a recipe for this breakfast delight in Collis.
Grab a scoop of oatmeal (use a packet and add hot water if the pots are out)
Grab some yogurt — I prefer plain, strawberry or vanilla — and a banana
Once the oatmeal has cooled a little bit, add, bit by bit, the yogurt, so that the oatmeal is pretty cold by the time you’ve dumped all of it in
Slice up the banana into the bowl and mash with a spoon, et voilà!
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In the north of England where I was an undergrad, girls are renowned for their lackadaisical approach to keeping warm while out on the town. In fact, it’s not uncommon for pictures of Newcastle girls braving the elements in next to nothing on a night out to make the front pages of tabloid newspapers.If, however, you are not in possession of rhino hide instead of skin — like me — you might want to start considering options for staying alive over the coming months without surrendering to sweatpants and micro-fleece. You can look chic and warm without resorting to hiking gear.
If you’re heading out to the "Real World" (South Main Street), then you have much more flexibility, thanks to the handy coat-racks found in most establishments. However, if Frat Row is your destination, you’re going to have to be a bit more imaginative. Here are my top tips for party survival during the Big Chill (and not a fleece in sight):
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1. There is almost no limit to what you can fit inside a Longchamp handbag. Almost literally. With the large-sized bag, the world is your oyster. Just make sure you clean all your stuff out of the bottom of it before you go out — spare pens, handouts and water bottles all take up valuable space.
2. Now you have all of this space in your bag, you can start layering up. A cardigan, knit sweater and a coat or a hoodie should to do it.
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3. Your regular black opaque tights won’t offer you much protection when it’s 1 degree outside. However, Uniqlo’s Heattech ribbed tights are tried and tested (by me) and will certainly do the job as you wander up and down Frat Row.
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4. Boots. No, I’m not talking snow boots, I’m talking pretty high-heeled boots, like these Louboutins (No, I can’t afford them either). If you think you won’t be warm enough, try some cute wool knee-high socks peeking out at the top.
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5. If you’re determined to wear strappy heels for tails, there is a way. It’s not pretty, but it works. Even I have to admit that cramming your snow boots into your Longchamp is unfeasible, but the next best thing to keep your feet toasty is L.L. Bean’s Wicked Good Mocs. They may technically be slippers, but whatever. Desperate times and all that.
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6. Make like the Russians and throw on some fur. If it’s head wear you’re after, look no further than this gorgeous Paul Smith sheepskin headband. For the last few years, a faux fur stole has been my best friend. Even when you’re down to a strappy dress, you can still keep it round your shoulders as a festive nod to the temperatures outside.
7. Don’t even think about going out without gloves. There’s two ways you could go with this, depending on your personality — the cute fair isle patterned option or the cashmere-lined leather
The most important thing now is to make sure you don’t lose any of it in a drunken haze, otherwise you might freeze to death on the way home. If you do have trouble locating your layers at the end of the night, you could always ask someone to lend you a sweater or maybe sling an arm around your shoulder. Who can say no to a damsel in a dress?