• First Person: Snow Day

    Is everyone excited for this snow day? I am. Last year's winter was snow-free, so this year I am welcoming all snow with open, parka-clad arms. I am basically that penguin from Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I've come to find that having a snow day in a city is delightful, because it's still possible to go out and do stuff, unlike the 'burbs. Here are some of my surefire tips for having the best snow day ever. Katie

    1. A wool John Mayer-y hat is actually fantastic for keeping warm
    I found out on Sunday that my wool hat works a lot better at keeping my head dry than one of my beanies. Plus, it doesn't make hair all staticky like beanies seem to. Feeling a little Mayer-hat shame is worth it.

    This is my Fraggle Rock face

    2. Doc Martens, forever
    Docs keep feet roasty toasty in the snow. I wore mine for hours on Sunday, and even stepped in one of those dramatic slush piles that would normally ruin someone's day, but my feet stayed warm and dry. I've had the same Docs for years, too. They are my children. I love them. Everyone on the East Coast should have a go-to pair of Docs.

    3. Wander around, because it is an Instagram wonderland out there
    The world looks like less of a garbage can on snow days, and it's just asking to have some filters slapped on top of it. Walk around! Even if it's cold, it's peaceful. Plus, there's the added bonus of no one being out, so it's okay to silently ponder the meaning of life while unashamedly eating from a hot dog cart in the snow.

    4. The best hot cocoa money can buy
    Put the Swiss Miss away and Yelp some local cafes to see who's got the best stuff in town. For anyone in Philly, I highly recommend Plenty Cafe's hot cocoa. Their chocolate syrup is made in-house, and the hot cocoa tastes the way I imagine Willy Wonka's chocolate river tasted to Augustus - delicious.

    5. Winter festivals
    Sure, they may be chilly, but that doesn't mean they're not fun. Philly has an abundance of winter festivals this season, as do most major cities, so check to see what's going on around you. The Christmas Village in Love Park even sells hot mulled wine, which makes the cold a lot more bearable.