10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Has the snow and cold got you down? Cheer up: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. From snowshoeing and swing dancing to bargain shopping, we’ve got ideas on how to defend yourself against the winter doldrums


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Unless you truly relish Nana’s hand-knit holiday sweater with the kitten in a Santa hat, we bet that your wardrobe could use a little boost. Holiday spending got you strapped for cash? No problem: There are dozens of chic shops in the Valley that feature deals and steals to brighten these cold-weather days.

Studies show that buying new underthings decreases stress. Okay, so we really don’t have scientific proof that this is true... but we can all agree that those little lacy additions to your top drawer will make sparks fly in the boudoir this year. Slip into something a little more comfortable at New City’s Dusty Rose, which trims up to 75 percent from its price tags during its winter clearance event this month. Snagging items like silky Claire Pettibone nightgowns, Oscar de la Renta robes, and Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein jammies are sure to restore the ooh-la-la to your lingerie.

Upriver, find more substantial, classic pieces (with zing) at Citrus in Millbrook. This trendy little shop stocks everything from Italy’s Vitamina jeans to men’s belts to sexy Spanx and Hanky Panky skivvies — all on sale (up to half-price) this month.

Hats off to Mad Men for bringing back the fedora. Valley fellas who dig the Don Draper look can choose their own favorite headgear at Soave Faire in Saratoga Springs. It may look like your average art and office supply store, but in back there’s an entire wall dedicated to bowlers, derbys, sombreros, Stetsons, and Panama hats.

Tykes and tots benefit from shopping sprees, too. Waddle n Swaddle in Poughkeepsie keeps babies cuddly warm with hot ticket items like SwaddleDesigns zzZip Me zippered sleep sacks; Peekaru baby-wearing fleece vests (made from recycled soda bottles — a must-have for eco-friendly moms on the go); and silky-soft blankets constructed from organic bamboo by Tickety Bu, a local company that hand-dyes its blankets in groovy color combos. If that’s not enough to make your baby giggle, the shop is prepping for its five-day, 15 percent-off-everything sale this month. Little Ones in New Paltz won’t leave kiddies out in the cold, either: Gently-used clothing and resale items (from retailers like the Gap and Old Navy) are a steal at under 10 bucks. Get new kicks for kids at 25 percent off; popular brand Stride Rite — with light-up Mary-Janes that ”the girls go crazy for,” says owner Raissa Holt — features sensory response technology and comes in hot colors like pink, red, and brown. For teething teenies, Star brand offers organic teething rings with waffle-weave fabric and smooth birchwood to ease Baby’s aches. Ah, shopping never felt so good.

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