Winter jackets under $200

When you’re on the hunt for the perfect parka, puffer, or aviator jacket, you can run into gut-wrenching price tags. This winter, save your money for a weekend road trip or alpine getaway.

So whether you’re looking to buy a proper slope-ready coat or want to add some more stylish outerwear to the mix, choose your winter jackets wisely to make sure you get the most for your money. For a sporty winter jacket, durability is key. You’ll want a waterproof, windproof, rugged exterior, and a warm synthetic insulation. For a casual jacket, go for comfort and versatility. But don’t skimp on quality and fit.

To make purchasing easier on you (and your wallet), we hunted down the 10 best winter jackets under $ 200. This way, you won’t go broke on coats, but you’ll still look and feel sharp for every occasion.

1. MicroTherm Stormdown Jacket by Eddie Bauer

If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, no-frills, keeps-you-warm-in-just-about-any-weather coat for under $ 100, then Eddie Bauer’s MicroTherm Stormdown Jacket is your best bet. The 50% recycled 20-denier ripstop poly shell is water-resistant enough to keep you dry during surprise showers or misty days, and the Responsible Down Standard-certified insulation will keep you warm on even the most blustery days. The Stormdown coat is also trim-fitting, so you won’t look like the Michelin Man—but go down a size if you’re in-between sizes, because Eddie B. products tend to run large. ($ 99.50, eddiebauer.com)

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2. Whaleback Waterproof Jacket by Duluth Trading Co.

Duluth Trading Co. has earned its reputation for high-grade working gear that puts functional performance above all else—and the Whaleback Waterproof Jacket is no exception. This coat is tough inside and out. A waterproof 6-oz nylon shell, reinforced double-layer shoulders, and a double-layer front storm flap will seal out wind, rain, and snow, while classic Thinsulate insulation keeps you warm and toasty when the temps drop. The smart folks at Duluth have also added in a few mobility-enhancing details we love, like the brand’s classic Armpit Gussets, back-wicking panels, and “pit zips” to help you move freely and without extra sweat. ($ 169.50, duluthtrading.com)

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3. Thomas Insulated Winter Parka with Inset Bib by London Fog

Look polished even when the heavens open to dump snow, sleet, and rain. This London Fog parka has a convenient quilted bib neck collar to seal in your body heat and keep out moisture, but you don’t have to worry about overheating once you get indoors. There’s a centralized back so you can let off some steam without disrobing. ($ 129, londonfog.com)

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4. Men’s PackDown Jacket by Mountain Hardwear

Durable and ridiculously easy to stuff in a suitcase, you’ll want to live in this cozy jacket from Mountain Hardwear—no matter where your winter travels take you. It’s like receiving a warm hug—cozy and comforting—but with the water-repelling power of a shield. Plus, you get the added bonus of zippered pockets to keep electronics safe and sound. ($ 200, mountainhardwear.com)

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5. Shearling Aviator Jacker by River Island

Instantly elevate your style this winter with River Island’s Aviator Jacket. You get the relaxed coziness from the faux shearling lining bundled with an edgy, cool-as-hell silhouette. Plus, it has everyday wearability. Dressed up or down, day or night, in the dead of winter, and it’ll always be a good choice. ($ 180, us.riverisland.com)

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6. Ulta Light Down Parka by Uniqlo

If you prioritize function over high fashion, this ultra-light parka will exceed your expectations of what a down jacket can be. Sleek and insulating (but never bulky), this winter jacket won’t have you feeling like a marshmallow. Plus, it comes in some eye-catching colors, so you’ve got plenty of options no matter your style. ($ 79.90, uniqlo.com)

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7. Padron Insulated Jacket by Volcom

Whether you live in a bustling city or out in the mountains with nothing but passing moose for neighbors, this durable, insulated jacket from Volcom will help you brave the snow in style. Its weatherproof exterior is bolstered by a snuggly fleece lining for extra warmth. This is a winter-ready steal. ($ 200, volcom.com)

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8. Black Corduroy Puffer Jacket by Topman

Corduroy and puffer jackets are two classic cold-weather trends that have exploded back into popularity over the last year. Topman’s rendition combines both: Toasty puffer segments get some serious flare with thick corduroy fabrication. We also love the discrete, faded pinstriping. ($ 140, us.topman.com)

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9. Faux Suede Coat by Zara

Left open or buttoned-up, this faux suede coat says gentleman. It’s dapper and decidedly more grown-up, with its off-seam pockets, double-breasted buttons, and brandy coloring. We love the collar; it has a buckle fastening so you can cloak your neck with the faux shearling lining. ($ 199, zara.com)

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10. Battle Parka by Carhartt WIP

Simplicity at its best, Carhartt’s khaki Battle Parka is perfect for layering. The hood, cuffs, and waist are all adjustable to make room for chunky sweaters, scarves, and the like. Just keep it for dry days, as it’s not waterproof. ($ 198, carhartt-wip.com)

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Badass winter jackets for 2017-2018

You don’t want to be that guy who freezes all winter long because you’re wearing a crappy, threadbare coat you got at a garage sale five years ago. And you definitely don’t want to be the guy who wears a ski jacket to the office, unless of course you work at a ski resort.

Point is: Performance jackets have their time and place. But for all of life’s other events, you want a sophisticated jacket or coat that conveys you’re an adult male who puts some thought into getting dressed every morning.

Fortunately, you don’t have to do that much thinking. Here, we’ve selected 10 coats that range in style and price to help elevate your look (and your core temperature) this winter.

1. Men’s Cryos Expedition GTX Parka by The North Face

Whether home is Dakota plains or the urban skyscraper canyons of Manhattan, block out winter’s worst with The North Face’s newest Cryos Expedition Parka. The goose-down jacket feels like a warm hug, and shields you from wind—even in hellacious conditions. The Cryos features a front storm flap that keeps out snow, wind, and rain; pass-through chest pockets; and a fleece-lined handwarmer to prevent your fingers from turning to popsicles. There’s even a detachable wind skirt and snorkel hood to truly seal out the elements. And did I mention it’s handsome as hell? — Brittany Smith, associate editor ($ 800, thenorthface.com)

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2. Greenland No.1 Special Edition Jacket by Fjallraven

If you like your winter coats subtle and toasty, then this is the one for you. Fjallraven’s Greenland No.1 Special Edition is a thing of minimalist beauty. The outer shell is cut from Fjallraven’s signature G-1000 Eco fabric, which shrugs off wind and rain with ease—especially if you wax it. It’s not too heavy, but the sustainably sourced down fill is burly and more than enough insulation to keep you warm. The whole package is finished off with stylish leather accents, which make this otherwise utilitarian expeditioner’s coat into a handsome, go-anywhere addition to your outerwear selection. Our only quibble: It doesn’t have hand-warmer pockets; for those, look to the newer Greenland No.1 model. — Michael Rodio, senior editor ($ 300, fjallraven.us)

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3. Sequence System Jacket by Obermeyer

This sharp jacket is basically two in one: a nylon down inner jacket cloaked by a waterproof, soft-shell exterior insulated with duck-feather down. Strategically placed openings and closures release pent-up heat in hot spots like your underarms and upper thighs—perfect for commuters who tend to overheat on trains and buses. The arms are articulated and curved for total range of motion. It even comes ready for total-shit-storm weather, with components like a packable emergency hood and an exterior storm flap that keeps moisture and wind from penetrating the front zipper. — B.S. ($ 529, obermeyer.com)

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4. Denim Parka Jacket by Sixth June

You wouldn’t think denim, faux fur, and shearling would fly in one jacket, but Sixth June nailed it; its Denim Parka is a marvel. This cozy jacket has an interior drawstring to create a more streamlined fit, features a removable hood, and double fastening (zipper and buttons) to truly block out wind. One thing’s for sure: You’ll stand out in a sea of puffers and pea coats with this modern spin on a parka. — Brian Riley, editorial assistant (sixthjune.com, $ 239.88)

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5. Asymmetric Coat by Zara

If your style skews more classic, then try this wool camel coat from Zara. It has a clean-cut silhouette, but ups the cool factor with an asymmetric opening that creates a funnel collar when buttoned closed to protect against biting temps. You’ll instantly feel more put-together.  — B.S. ($ 249, zara.com)

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6. Hooded Vintage Sheepskin Bomber Jacket by Schott

Bone-achingly cold weather calls for jackets you (and your girl) want to snuggle into. Schott’s Vintage Sheepskin Bomber offers that comfort and warmth without sacrificing style. The shearling lining and contrasting cowhide trim are edgy but wearable. The classic fit is perfect for layering: Plush sweaters, sport jackets, and scarves fit comfortably underneath. — B.R. (urbanoutfitters.com, $ 1,195.00)

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7. The Yatesy by Nobis

This jacket screams warmth (it feels that way, too). It’s filled with Canadian duck down, sealed off at the seams with a wind- and waterproof coating, and bolstered by a hanging down liner and wind skirt. You’ve got plenty of pockets to store gloves and a hat, side vents for mobility, and an in-hood wire plus double drawstring to ensure you’re the coziest bastard around. — B.S. ($ 1,195, nobis.com)

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8. Maine Guide Wool Parka by L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean’s Maine Guide Parka is crafted from a tightly woven wool and cut full for easy layering. It’s reinforced with PrimaLoft insulation for greater warmth whether you’re running errands or hunting in the woods. I like the convenient hand-warmer pockets and collar strap closure—you don’t need to tug anything back in place. And for added practicality, there’s a back zip cargo pocket with reinforcements for drag rope or a survival kit. — B.R. (llbean.com, $ 249)

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9. Macculloch Parka by Canada Goose

Made for any type of expedition—whether you’re going to Antarctica or across town for dinner—this Macculloch Parka by Canada Goose will keep you warm in even the harshest of conditions, while its contemporary design is right on-trend. With a removable puffy hood for protection in high winds, a number of storage pockets, and down insulation, this parka is available in three different colors (including a blue brush camo that’ll add a touch of subtle color to your dreary winter wardrobe). — E.A. ($ 1,095, canadagoose.com)

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10. Evertherm Down Jacket by Eddie Bauer

I can guarantee you’ve never worn a down jacket quite like this one, and that’s because the “revoluationary” Thindown insulation is a brand-new technology exclusively licensed by Eddie Bauer. Trust me: Though it’s lightweight and packable, this jacket is astonishingly warm—even when I was walking around on a cold, wet autumn day, this put the lockdown on my body heat. The best part: Because the Thindown is evenly distributed throughout the jacket, it doesn’t need stitched segments. You won’t look like the Michelin Man, and the cold stays at bay. Size down if you’re between sizes; even though the Evertherm is relatively trim-fitting, I comfortably wear a small even though I’m normally a medium. — M.R. ($ 249, eddiebauer.com)

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Caged in Winter – Brighton Walsh

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Caged in Winter

Brighton Walsh

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: April 27, 2018

Publisher: Bright Publishing, LLC

Seller: Bright Publishing LLC


Winter Jacobson has fought hard to escape the life she was born in to. She's only seventy-six days away from college graduation–and the future she's dreamed of for so long. She just has to stick to her rules: Don't lose focus. Trust no one. Hookups only–she doesn't want or need a man ruining her plans.    But then Cade Maxwell, aspiring chef and Prince Charming in-training, comes swooping in to her life. All brash exterior and marshmallow center, Cade strips away her walls as easily as he strips away her clothes. One of the best in his class, he's on the fast-track to his dream job–as long as he keeps his eye on the prize.   This close to graduation, neither of them can afford a distraction. Despite their explosive chemistry, nothing serious can develop between them. Thankfully, Winter's rules are keeping them safe.    Except Cade's not playing by her rules anymore.

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Winter Interlude – Sandy Loyd

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Winter Interlude

Sandy Loyd

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: January 13, 2014

Publisher: Sandy Loyd

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Do you remember your mother telling you when you were little that you’d never meet Mr. Right if you were spending all your time and energy with Mr. Wrong? And what about the book out a few years ago that created such a hoopla with the single crowd – He’s Just Not That Into You? The two main characters in Winter Interlude either didn’t heed their mother’s advice or haven’t read the book. Now, add into the plot that the two in question are enemies who regularly run into each other, given their current relationships. Paul Morrison, a hunky, blond, financial planner, has been putting time and energy into winning the heart of Kate Winter’s best friend for almost as long as Kate, a strong willed antiques dealer, has been dating James Morrison, Paul’s brother. The sparks start to fly when the two get stuck together for a three-hour drive to the mountains and years of misconceptions about each other are slowly being wiped out. It is in the confines of the BMW that the two begin their journey, taking them from being mortal enemies to lovers.  Winter Interlude tells the story of their adventure – of how they finally find love. Kate and Paul’s story is the first one in a series of four friends caught in a time warp. They can’t move on because they are stuck on their idea of their perfect dreams. But sometimes life works in mysterious ways and they are all forced by circumstances to change.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Genre: Action & Adventure

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After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

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Winter Solstice – Peaceful and Slow Songs for Winter Time & Christmas Eve

Winter Solstice

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This Christmas – Winter is Coming

TAEYEON

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Release Date: December 12, 2017

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Jazz Only Jazz: Winter Jazz Nights, Vol. 4 (Chilled Jazz Edition)

Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: December 8, 2017

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Open Book Winter Album

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Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: November 24, 2017

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Winter Songs

Ola Gjeilo, Choir Of Royal Holloway & 12 Ensemble

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: November 17, 2017

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A Winter Wonderland : Inspirational Ballet Class Music

David Plumpton

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 15.99

Release Date: October 24, 2017

© ℗ 2017 David Plumpton

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Winter Wishes (Unabridged)

Fern Michaels, Susan Fox, Jules Bennett & Leah Marie Brown

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 9.95

Publish Date: October 31, 2017

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A Winter Wonderland : Inspirational Ballet Class Music

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Genre: Instrumental

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Release Date: October 24, 2017

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Genre: Romance

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6 On-Trend Turtlenecks You’ll Actually Want to Wear this Winter

Even for the most savvy of men, a turtleneck sweater is a bit of a tough sell (despite the fact that generally accepted men’s fashion icons like James Bond

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30 Winter Coats For Every Budget, Climate, and Personality

At a certain point, winter won't be coming anymore. It'll be here. And when that time comes, you'll be grateful that you made an investment in a coat or jacket that works for your personal style and the climate you live in.

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Winter in Ireland – Pamela M. Kelley

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Winter in Ireland

Pamela M. Kelley

Genre: Romance

Publish Date: September 21, 2016

Publisher: Pamela Claughton

Seller: Pamela Claughton


Romance writer Jennifer Graham heads to Dublin for a two month research trip, and to heal from a recent breakup. The last thing she is looking for is romance, especially with another workaholic…and then she meets Ian Shephard. He is the son of her best friend Mandy’s Irish aunt, the one she’s staying with in Ireland for two months. Oh, and he happens to be staying there too, temporarily, while his condo is being renovated. Their attraction is immediate and takes Jen by surprise. But there are three very good reasons why nothing can happen between them. He doesn’t want a relationship, he’s a workaholic and he lives in another country. So they shouldn’t be anything more than friends…

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Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in a Game of Thrones (Unabridged) – Valerie Estelle Frankel

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Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in a Game of Thrones (Unabridged)

Valerie Estelle Frankel

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

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Publish Date: January 17, 2014

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A Winter Bath for Every Ailment: The Soaks That Cure Colds, Sore Muscles, and Beyond

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“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them,” Sylvia Plath wrote in The Bell Jar. Decades later, in parts of the world where water flows freely, her words still resonate. This is the time of year we sit on our bathtub’s ledge, reach for our faucets, settle the knobs at a temperature just below piping, and plug the drain. Whatever has coaxed us to the bath—a chill down the spine, a tickle in the throat, a muscular ache—the water, and what we add to it, is the secret to recovery.

The healing powers of a bath are rooted in the mere ritual of drawing one and the warmth of the water, both of which are near infallible solutions for “stress, muscle relaxation, and improving joint stiffness,” says the medical director of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. From there, specific goals can be tailored to suit your needs, with beauty brands mixing up soaks that offer everything from a relaxing digital detox to a submersion de-bloating experience.

The key to the cure-all is choosing the right ingredients. For this, we asked Bhatia and Manhattan dermatologist Gervaise Gerstner to guide us through bath time’s most potent elixirs.

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Barneys and Chill: Barneys New York Erects a Winter Wonderland in Its Holiday Windows

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Madison Avenue and 61st Street is probably the last place you’d look for a 4-foot-high ice castle, but leave it to Barneys New York to subvert expectations. A glowing ice sculpture, gleaming in rainbow lights like an Antarctic Gaudí creation, occupies one of the department store’s holiday windows, which are getting their official unveiling tonight. For the berg to survive in the haute environs, Barneys was required to turn its window bay into a life-size freezer set to a temperature between -5 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit. A team from Ice Castles, the Utah-based company specializing in larger-than-life ice environments that created the  living, growing sculpture, will be on hand to tend to it as needed, though as Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman notes, “The risk is that if everything goes haywire, we’ll have a swimming pool in there.” (His solution to that emergency? “If it turns to water, well, maybe we’ll get goldfish!”)

The icy sculpture is one of four window installations—which are united by the theme “Chillin’ Out”—designed to wow the holiday crowds. There’s also a slot-car racetrack with Swarovski-studded miniature Lexuses; a serene installation by glass artist Dale Chihuly with light projections by the digital video company Christie; and another life-size freezer where Moncler Gamme Bleu–clad members of Brooklyn’s Okamoto ice-carving studio will be crafting penguins, dogs, bunnies, and other creatures out of ice.

Four windows, a visual space that spans a Manhattan block, and only one fashion placement? Where other department stores go for baroque installations filled to the brim with stocking stuffers and twinkling gowns, Freedman prefers sparse-yet-surreal environments. “It would be a huge mistake for us to be doing the kind of work we’re doing if it didn’t appeal to our customer, and I do think that the man, woman, or child who is coming to Barneys is expecting, and almost waiting, to see how creative or how original we can be,” he said.

Some initiatives surrounding this year’s installations include the introduction of Penny and Quinn, a stuffed penguin toy and 3-foot-high penguin cutout in leather jackets who will be mailed to famous Barneys fans for selfie sessions. (Barneys launched this concept last year with SQRL, a festive squirrel designed as a part of its “Baz Dazzled” windows with Baz Luhrmann.) There will also be an Instagram contest where fans can compete to have their handles carved in ice and Tidal playlists streaming in front of the windows.

That says nothing of the windows’ second lives online. In the four hours I spent watching the displays going up, the Barneys team had to wrestle phones from onlookers’ hands and physically block passersby who were eager to share the colorful action with friends. “This is a case where social media, the idea of people making their own films, has really inspired us to actually do more interesting work,” Freedman explained. “We now begin with the idea that these windows are, basically, the first iteration of something that is going to live in a very different virtual world, in a far more powerful way.”



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The Progressive Blues Experiment (Remastered) – Johnny Winter

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Johnny Winter

Genre: Blues

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Release Date: February 15, 2005

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Johnny Winter

Genre: Blues

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8 Cool Beanies to Top Off Every Winter Outfit

Is there any accessory that screams winter quite like a beanie? Not only is a cozy hat practical in the cold-weather months, but it’s the ultimate cool-girl wardrobe staple (see here, here, and here). Wear it with rolled-up jeans and a tee for a casual look, or top off a turtleneck-and-miniskirt outfit for a snow-bunny vibe. Ahead, eight beanies for every style.
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Ariel Winter looks ahead, prepares for life after Modern Family and Sofia the First

Between recording dialogue for “Sofia the First: The Secret Library” and getting ready to take her College Boards in real life, Ariel Winter has really been hitting the books lately.

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“I just took the SAT yesterday,” Ariel admitted during a recent phone interview. “Which — I have to admit — kind of freaked me out.”

But given that Alex Dunphy (i.e., the character that Alex plays on ABC‘s “Modern Family“) just went through this exact same thing last season on that Emmy Award-winning sitcom … Well, Winter finds it oddly familiar to now be visiting campuses and filling out her college applications in real life.

“I’m in my senior year at Campbell Hall. I and the other 150 students in my class have ’til the end of this year to finish writing our college entrance essays and then send in our applications. After that, we all just wait ’til March to find out which schools actually accepted us,” Ariel continued. “Me? I’m concentrating on colleges that have a good Poli-Sci program so that I can then take all of the classes that are required for law school.”

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Why law school? Given how transient working in the entertainment industry can often be, Winter feels that it’s important to have skills in other fields as well. Not as a back-up plan per se. But rather to be able to grow as a person and a professional.

“I’ve always wanted to do something in the social sciences arena. Plus I love history. And given that I have always been good at arguing, I just thought that that skill might come in handy if I were to ever become a lawyer,” Ariel laughed.

Mind you, the real irony here is — given that, the entire time she was taking classes at Campbell Hall, Winter was working on “Modern Family” AND “Sofia the First” — Ariel is the one young actor out there who doesn’t actually seem to need a back-up plan.

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“I’ve been working in this business for over a decade now. One of my very first job was for Disney. I voiced one of Thumper’s sisters on ‘Bambi II.’ I followed that one up with a Cartoon Network series called ‘Tickle U.’ I was doing voiceover work long before I ever appeared on camera,” Ariel recalled.

But then came “Sofia the First” (which Disney Junior not only renewed for a fourth season back in April but they also have a spin-off series, “Elena of Avalor,” already in production). And from the moment Winter got the script that she’d be using to audition for this animated series, Ariel knew that “Sofia” was going to be something special.

“You have to understand that — when I first auditioned for this show — I only had part of the script. Just my sides,” Winter explained. “But based on what I was reading, I could immediately see that Sofia was going to be a very different Disney Princess. One that both little girls and little boys would be able to embrace.”

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And speaking of princesses that little boys like … Merida, the fierce, red-haired heroine from Pixar‘s “Brave” will be putting in an appearance in “Sofia the First: The Secret Library.” This four-part story arc begin on Monday, October 12th at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

“And what’s really great about ‘The Secret Library’ is that this is the episode where (SPOILER ALERT!) Sofia becomes the Storykeeper. This introduces a whole new element to the show. Because — from here on in — Sofia’s going to be able to magically enter storybooks and then finish all of these novels & tales, kicking butt and saving whoever needs saving,” Ariel enthused. “I also love that this new element of ‘Sofia the First’ is set in a library because I love books.”

Speaking of books … To help support this particular set of “Sofia the First” episodes, Disney Publishing Worldwide has released an illustrated storybook & e-book version of “The Secret Library.” Not only that, but a “Secret Library” game went live on the WATCH Disney Junior website earlier this month.

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“And while all of that stuff is cool — likewise all of the ‘Sofia the First’ merchandise I see whenever I visit a Disney theme park or stop by my local Disney Store — you want to know what I really like best about voicing Sofia? It’s when my niece introduces me to one of her little friends and then says that my Dooda — she calls me Dooda — is the voice of Sofia the First. It’s always fun to watch a little kid try and process that information,” Winter stated.

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Design FX – Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Staging the Helicarrier Crash

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The Winter Skin Problem You Might Not Know You Have

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Winter in Sweetwater County – Ciara Knight

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Winter in Sweetwater County

Ciara Knight

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: February 24, 2014

Publisher: Defy the Dark Publishing, LLC

Seller: Tamara Hanson


Lisa Mortan’s ideal life crumbles when her rich and powerful fiancé demands she ends an unwanted pregnancy. With no job or social support, she flees to a small town in hopes of finding a good family for her unborn baby, but instead finds a man who is as broken as she is.  Eric Gaylord returns to his home town for a respite after a tragic loss, but when his spitfire mother takes on an unknown woman as a business partner, he is forced to face the nightmare he’d left behind, or risk losing the one woman who could heal his heart.

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Michael Rowe on Early Winter: “I want to be honest in what I film”

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This year’s Venice Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia) shines the spotlight on romance. But it’s not about your typical, run of the mill love stories, more like passion with a twist. Whether it is a group’s love of mountain climbing, as in Everest, or the devotion child soldiers bestow on their commandant in Beasts of No Nation, or even a futuristic view of attraction as a virus in Equals, love always seems to come at a price here on the Lido.

No film explores that more deeply, and darkly, than Michael Rowe’s Early Winter, screening in the Venice Days program. Rowe’s lead characters are two functioning people, complete with their own flaws and very human set of mistakes, yet when David (Paul Doucet) and Maya (Suzanne Clément) come together, they bring out the worst in each other, and themselves. Or perhaps that’s just how all couples are, once the fairy tale of romance wears off and day to day life sets in…

Discovering the filmmaker behind the work is what I love most about what I do. In person, Rowe is a kind, honest and thoughtful man. In fact, I expected someone different, darker perhaps, more angry. But that’s the thing about human beings, we’re not just one thing, one personality throughout; we are a blend of many moods, many thoughts and conflicting ideas. It is what makes life, and cinema, so interesting.

I’ll preface this by saying that I watched it when I was five but your film reminds me of Scenes from a Marriage, by Ingmar Bergman… That film has always stayed with me, my parents made me watch it.

Michael Rowe: I hadn’t thought of Bergman, I love Bergman. That’s a wonderful film, terrifying.

Your film is terrifying too. Two people who need each other but are so damaging to one another. Who have been your filmmaking influences?

Rowe: Influences in general are Bergman, of course, and Cassavetes, Roy Andersson, Catherine Breillat, there are others but those are my main ones. And in literature Raymond Carver is a big influence.

What is your background?

Rowe: I’m from a small town two hours from Melbourne, in Southern Australia. In filmmaking terms I consider myself Mexican, I don’t consider myself Australian. I’ve lived in Mexico for twenty-two years. Filmmakers like Carlos Reygadas, Amat Escalante, who is a good friend, Fernando Eimbcke, I think we influence each other in our work. And Michel Franco.

How did you direct in French?

Rowe: I do have some notions, I can understand the language, I studied four years of French, years ago. I wrote the dialogue in English and then sat down with the actors and with their help, translated it into French.

Why did you make your female character, Maya so unlikable, she’s quite a horrible person. Why not make him that way?

2015-09-05-1441436620-8773000-20760Michael_Rowe__Early_Winter.jpg Rowe: Because that’s the way she was. I don’t think about politics when I’m writing, it comes from somewhere else. And I think that if you have two people in a film, it’s about those two people it’s not about all women all men. I think we undergo a tyranny in the world of culture, this pseudo sociological analysis and criticism that we’re subjected to. Everything has to be able to be analyzed and be politically correct from a Marxists, feminist, socialist POV. No, I mean, people are bad — men and women — and people are good — men and women — and most of us are good and bad, in different contexts.

It is also about the situation. She’s trapped in a way…

Rowe: Yeah, she has a horrible life, she’s with this guy who is not the love of her life, and she’s got these kids and she lives a long way from home. She does her best, and she doesn’t have a particularly easy personality — it’s real life.

Was she difficult to write?

Rowe: All writing is difficult for me. It’s the part I hate. Because you are on your own, you’re completely in the dark, you’re six months away from knowing if it works or not. You can’t ask advice of anyone because no one knows. It’s a difficult and lonely process. I don’t like it but it’s the only process that’s important. The most creative process by a hundred percent, compared to directing which is also nice, it’s much nicer you have people around you. It’s much more social, I love it. Writing I suffer through it a lot but want to tell my version of truth. I want to be honest in what I film and I can’t be honest if I’m filming something that I didn’t write. It’s very important to me to really be the creator. I think the heavy creative work is in the writing.

How did you find your two lead actors?

Rowe: I cast Paul [Doucet] and he brought tears to my eyes in the casting, in a scene with no dialogue. He’s awesome. I knew he was in. There was another actress attached to the film and she couldn’t confirm dates. First of all we had to push the whole shoot by ten months because she was having a baby, and said a month after the birth she would be ready to shoot. We waited and after those ten months when she couldn’t confirm dates again I thought, we’re not going to use her. I sat down with Paul, we create together, when I film it’s just the actors and me, and I said, “who do we have in Canada that could pull off this role?” And Paul said Suzanne Clément and I said, “totally!” as soon as he said it, I thought it would be amazing. I think that sometimes things happen the way they’re meant to happen. We had to wait ten months in order to get Suzanne, that’s fine. That’s what we had to do. I would have waited two years. She’s the best possible actress for the role.

How do you feel about cinema as a means to help us understand the world?

Rowe: I believe it should. I like to try to do that in my films. How to understand ourselves, how to understand the world, I think it has that potential and I think that’s always what I’m aiming for.

Although you say you’re not into being politically correct, what are some themes or subjects you won’t touch in your films?

Rowe: I don’t like violence and I won’t do that kind of a film.

So you won’t be making the next Transformers?

Rowe: No, I don’t know…

You would make a very different Transformers, it would be a bit Kafka-esque.

Rowe: It would be so interesting! If they would give me Transformers I would do something really cool. But yeah, I don’t like violence. Sometimes I’d like to do comedy just because I would be so much nicer to myself during the six months of writing. It would have to be a very serious comedy. What I’m interested in is finding out how we can live our lives in the best way possible. Trying to get light moments in there, but I don’t think I can do that in a comedy. And I don’t know if my natural temper is that way.

The world isn’t much of a comedy these days…

Rowe: That’s the thing, it’s a little heavy and it’s not gonna get much better in the next twenty years… It’s not a moment for that. Comedies distract you and make life a bit more bearable but I don’t like looking away from problems. Comedies don’t teach. You laugh and then you go home and the problems are still there.

Is there a film you remember watching as a child?

Rowe: I remember seeing E.T. in a cinema when I was about 11 or 12 and I remember thinking that was the best imaginable possible film ever.

Three words that describe you?

Rowe: What a difficult question! Gentle, I wanna say, and if I reduce it to a single word it will lose — someone-who-feels-other-people’s-pain-very-intensely — “empathetic” is the actual word but it’s not the same thing… And loving.

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Alex Winter

Genre: Documentary

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Deep Web gives the inside story of one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century — the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur convicted of being 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. As the only film with exclusive access to the Ulbricht family, Deep Web explores how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web and Bitcoin are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology, with our digital rights hanging in the balance.

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Winter Kisses – Addison Moore

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Winter Kisses

3:AM Kisses, Book 2

Addison Moore

Genre: New Adult

Publish Date: October 26, 2013

Publisher: Addison Moore

Seller: Smashwords


From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Addison Moore: Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison's books, "…easy, frothy fun!" Winter Kisses (3:AM Kisses #2) is proud to be a part of The 12 NA's of Christmas. 12 New Adult Novellas. 12 Bestselling Authors. Laney and Ryder's story Laney Sawyer used to believe in love and all of the trappings that happily ever after could provide until Ryder Capwell crushed her heart. When Laney is auctioned off as a prize at the drama department fundraiser the last person she expects to trade cold hard cash for her company is Ryder. Ryder Capwell is in love with Laney Sawyer. One year ago she walked out of his life and took the light of his world right along with her. Ryder would do anything to have another chance with Laney, including purchasing her for the evening courtesy of Whitney Briggs University, and he does just that. One thing leads to whiskey, which leads to a one-night stand. She thinks it’s revenge sex—he thinks its make up sex. Things can only go wrong from here. Books by Addison Moore New Adult Romance: Someone to Love (Someone to Love 1) Someone Like You (January 2014) 3:AM Kisses (3:AM Kisses 1) Winter Kisses (3:AM Kisses 2) The Solitude of Passion Beautiful Oblivion Young Adult Romance: Ethereal (Celestra Series Book 1) Tremble (Celestra Series Book 2) Burn (Celestra Series Book 3) Wicked (Celestra Series Book 4) Vex (Celestra Series Book 5) Expel (Celestra Series Book 6) Toxic Part One (Celestra Series Book 7) Toxic Part Two (Celestra Series Book 7.5) Elysian (Celestra Series Book 8) Ephemeral (The Countenance Trilogy 1) Evanescent (The Countenance Trilogy 2) Ethereal Knights (Celestra Knights)

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Ariel Winter Steps Out at Disney’s D23 Expo for First Public Appearance Since Revealing Breast Reduction Surgery

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Deadly Winter – EP – Everose


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Everose

Release Date:
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Genre:
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Price:
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SMOSH: The Movie – Alex Winter

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SMOSH: The Movie

Alex Winter

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: July 23, 2015


From the creators of SMOSH, Ian and Anthony go inside the YouTube portal to delete an embarrassing video of Anthony before his high school crush, Anna, has the chance to see it. They run into one YouTube celebrity after another on their quest to rewrite history before their high school reunion.

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‘The Revenant’ Trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio Fights to Survive a Deadly Attack and Harsh Winter


“I ain’t afraid to die anymore. I done it already.”

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Dragons of Winter Night: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 2 (Unabridged) – Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

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Dragons of Winter Night: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 2 (Unabridged)

Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 21.95

Publish Date: January 14, 2013

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A Winter Wrong – Elizabeth Ann West

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A Winter Wrong

A Pride and Prejudice Novella Variation

Elizabeth Ann West

Genre: Historical

Publish Date: May 15, 2015

Publisher: Pemberley Possibilities

Seller: Elizabeth West


When Jane Bennet’s illness at Netherfield ends up not being just a trifling cold, but an epidemic that sweeps through Hertfordshire, the lives at Longbourn are turned upside down. Elizabeth Bennet finds herself lost without a cherished loved one and the interferences of one Fitzwilliam Darcy most aggravating. Combating the bombastic behavior of Mr. Collins, Elizabeth runs to London for the protection of her aunt and uncle. But acquaintances and introductions bring Mr. Darcy back into her life and Elizabeth discovers he might just mend her broken heart.  A sweetheart romantic novella, A Winter Wrong is the first in a series of seasonal episodes following the Bennet family after the loss of their patriarch. Winter explores the feelings of grief and loss we all have experienced, while still retaining a silver lining for that dark cloud.

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For Now I Am Winter (Bonus Track Version) – Ólafur Arnalds

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For Now I Am Winter (Bonus Track Version)

Ólafur Arnalds

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: April 2, 2013

© ℗ 2013 Mercury Classics, a Division of Decca Music Group Limited

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Breakin’ It Up, Breakin’ It Down (Live) – Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter & James Cotton

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Breakin’ It Up, Breakin’ It Down (Live)

Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter & James Cotton

Genre: Blues

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: June 1, 2007

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Johnny Winter – Johnny Winter

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Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter

Genre: Blues

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: December 31, 1968

© ℗ Originally Recorded 1969 & Released 2004, Originally Released 1969, (P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

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Hush Girls Vacation – Winter Edition / Hush Girls Vacation – Winter Edition – Video 3

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Ariel Winter — I’m Finally Free!

Ariel Winter’s long battle to be free from her mother is finally over — she’s been emancipated.  The 17-year-old “Modern Family” star has been estranged from her mother, Chrystal Workman since 2012 … and was removed from the home after…

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Ariel Winter Is A Gorgeous Prom Goddess

It’s no surprise that Ariel Winter went to prom looking ready for the red carpet.

The “Modern Family” star shared photos on Instagram Wednesday of herself decked out in a lacy blue gown ahead of the big night. She posed for photos against a sunny, picturesque background with dad Glenn Workman and tuxedo’d boyfriend Laurent Claude Gaudette.

Last week, she revealed in an Instagram post that Gaudette asked her to prom by “jumping out of a box pelting flowers at me and holding up a prom sign.”

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Musician Axel Winter Drowns Out Anti-Gay Protester With ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’

Video footage of musician Axel Winter drowning out at anti-gay protester with a rendition of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is going viral in the blogosphere after being picked up by Buzzfeed and other media outlets.

The clip shows Winter, 24, performing in the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney, Australia last week ahead of the city’s Mardi Gras parade.

“Yesterday, a man tried to yell hateful religiously inspired things about gay people in Pitt Street Mall,” Winter wrote on Facebook. “So, myself and the other buskers moved my stuff behind him and drowned out his negativity.”

He then added, “Whether you’re homosexual or transgender or even just confused, you’re still my friend.”

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Coats From Milan Fashion Week So Chic, We Wouldn’t Mind a Few More Months of Winter

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Layering a Slip Dress Is the Easiest Way to Look Like Kate Moss This Winter

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Maybe your dry cleaning hasn’t been returned yet. Maybe you can’t be bothered to do laundry tonight. Maybe your friend borrowed all of your favorite clothes, or you lost them, or you’re sick of them or anyway you’re staring deep into your closet and you’re just not seeing anything you want to wear . Do yourself a favor, and resuscitate a summertime favorite: the slip dress. Before you cry frostbite, have you considered pairing it with a turtleneck? We thought not. A slip dress and a turtleneck are the unlikely bedfellows and the deus ex machina of all bare dresser drawers: all nineties minimalism meets Kate Moss out on the town with Naomi Campbell and Johnny Depp. And the look has been popping up all over the office. Take it from Vogue.com Market Assistant Anny Choi, who came in a few weeks ago in a black silk slip dress and gray cashmere turtleneck and caused something of a sensation amongst our editors. “I had no clothes!” says Choi. “So I made do with what I had, and it actually worked. The turtleneck makes it work-appropriate, and the slip dress makes it a little . . . not, so it works for work and post-work!”

Aside from being a laundry-day savior, the slinky, frigid-temp-friendly combo is a great way to take your winter look out of the predictable closet doldrums of oversize sweaters and skinny jeans. “The slip dress is sort of a nod to summer but also acts as a great layering piece, and allows you to wear your typical winter garb in a new way,” says Vogue.com Market Assistant Elizabeth Taufield. “It also incorporates the idea of mixing seasons, something I think we all yearn for when our wardrobes are feeling dull.” And there is room for variation in the pared-back ensemble with other closet staples. Try the slip dress with a classic button-down or a T-shirt with a jacket thrown over. As for footwear, that can range from flatforms to a bootie with a chunky sock, to a knee-high boot with tights. And no matter what extras you choose, just remember, with a streamlined silhouette and a pair of cozily covered shoulders—you’ll be wearing the best of both worlds this winter.

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Winter Whites Take Over the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Carpet


Going colorless has never looked so good, as evidenced by Jessica Chastain, Rosamund Pike and Marion Cotillard, during Thursday’s award show.

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Really Warm Winter Boots That Are Also Really Cute!

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How To Get Motivated to Work Out in the Dead of Winter

You may feel sluggish when it’s cold outside, but you’re not a bear and you don’t need to hibernate. Trainer David Kirsch explains how to get out of your head and modify your routine so that you’ll keep working out all season long.
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Love in a Cold Climate: Why a Pajama Suit is the Best Evening Look for Winter 2015

Pajama Suits

Cold climates don’t particularly lend themselves to black-tie dressing. Or cocktail dressing. Or really any sort of dressing beyond the Nanook of the North style I favor once the temperature begins its downward slide. I have no idea how anyone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line manages to go out in any sort of evening wear after the month of November. Between a city that feels like arctic tundra and my preferred hem-length (short), a long-sustained terror of sheer legwear (“hose”? It sounds like a punishment) and a desire to live out the rest of my days with all of my limbs intact (no frostbite, please), formal events looming up over the horizon have me reaching deep into my closet and coming up, well, sort of empty. Sure, I could grit my teeth and bear it, pile on the outerwear like a blogger-gone-mad— But what’s that you say? There’s something beyond flimsy frocks? Well, of course there is.



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Photo: (from left) Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Photographed by Helmut Newton, Vogue, July 1973)

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Photographed by Helmut Newton, Vogue, July 1973)

Meet the pajama suit: beloved by iconic femmes from Greta Garbo (pictured above, left) to Loulou de la Falaise and, more recently by that bellwether of all things soon-to-be-on-trend Kate Moss. A sleek pair of silk, evening-intended pajamas (no flannel, no lace collars, no dancing bears or nordic patterns, please) is officially the best way to look slinky, comfortable, and utterly, entirely chic while out on the town this season. Not only are the vaguely menswear touches very au courant—just take a look at pre-fall, from Sonia Rykiel’s expertly paired printed silk suits with fluffy statement coats to the boyish glamour of Gucci’s suiting to the languid lines at The Row and the cozy cashmere separates at Ralph Lauren—there’s something undeniably fetching about showing up in expertly tailored loungewear. It’s just the right amount of not giving a damn that shows that you know what you’re talking about.



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Illustrated by W. Mury, Vogue, June 1, 1931

Illustrated by W. Mury, Vogue, June 1, 1931

My friends, nothing one-ups a party frock (or, to be more direct, telegraphs “cooler than thou,” which, let’s face it, is a large part of party dressing) like gliding into a fete in pajamas. It’s very Bianca Jagger, it’s very Mick Jagger, it’s very once-and-future-Jagger. But don’t listen to me, listen to the 1931 issue of Vogue that declared “A woman may and does wear pajamas to quite formal dinners in her own house, to other people’s dinners in town or country if you know them well, and the younger and more iconoclastic members of the female sex even wear them to the theater.” Can’t you just see it, with a pair of embroidered flats and some serious jewelry? Stay out all night, cozy up coquettishly in a banquette, host a dinner party for the ages: You’re in it for the long haul. (Curling up post-party has never been easier.) So consider me an iconoclast, my friends, because I know what I’ll be wearing out on the town this winter.

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Meet Your New Favorite Winter Boots

Quoddy Boots

They say it happens in all relationships: One day you’re the picture of bliss, the next, well, you’re . . . restless. There is a sudden urge for something a little different—a little variety, perhaps, a little something else. Well, it happened in mine. Specifically, it happened in my closet.

Ugg boots came into my life sometime shortly after I reconnected with an erstwhile West Coast–bred friend at my New Hampshire boarding school. There was something about their Australian provenance, how the sheepskin kept your feet warm in winter and cool in summer, despite the thickly shaggy interiors; their unending comfort, their popularity with the new neo-bohemians, with surf culture and Abbot Kinney, with the ease with which I might walk through the snow and crisply stinging late winter chill to classes, late afternoon sports practice, and “seated meals,” where I would kick them off at the dining hall and slip into something more formal, all day long feeling like my feet were encased in plush pillows. (“You don’t even need socks!” I remember my friend saying, and that proved mostly true.) Plus, the sand-colored suede looked good with jeans, and I think the unifying consensus was that they looked like the type of moon boot that ballerinas might wear offstage. Friends, I dove right in. I wore them until they nearly disintegrated. (Admittedly, I did not spring for the waterproofing spray: Those sheepherders apparently thrive in a more arid climate than mine.) I was warm, I was comfortable, I plodded along through any and all weather, through various climates, on planes, trains, and automobiles, down busy city streets and deep into the woods for long weekends away. We were happy.



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I don’t have to tell you what happened next. But suffice to say that I began to feel like I needed something beyond what they were providing. Something a little less ubiquitous. (Sure, they were beloved by tabloid fixtures and mall rats alike, and Britney Spears began basically living in them as she bopped in and out of gas stations, raising her young brood and likely training them to deliver Marlboro Lights by crooning for “mommy’s lollipops,” but that wasn’t their fault.) What we had was real, but between some particularly aggressive salt on a city street and my high school graduation, it became clear that it was time to step out. I’m not saying it was right, but I’m saying it was right for me.

Friends, I’ve found new boots to add to my rotation—and I’ve never been happier. Between my updated Uggs (no laces required for early morning dog-walking), my deep-freeze-approved Sorels, which took me to the far, far, below sub-zero Adirondacks and back, all ten toes intact, my shearling-lined L.L. Bean boots and my latest find, I am cozy, comfortable, and here to proselytize. And that new love in my life? Meet Quoddy: the entirely ugly-pretty and insanely warm, comfy-cozy never-look-back footwear of my dreams. Thick-soled and custom-made (with pride!) by hand in Maine, they’re not cheap, but they’re meant to last a lifetime—a claim that will soon be put to the test, with the frequency that my colleagues at the Vogue office have been wearing theirs. The label’s moccasins and penny loafers are charm incarnate, it’s true, but these frozen days (and nights), it’s all about the sheepskin-lined, memory-foam-padded Twinstrap boots. One part Nanook of the North, one part The Lord of the Rings (those ring-closures!), one part prep (we are talking Maine, after all), all totally authentic, hand-hewn luxurious comfort. And chances are, not all of your friends will be wearing them, too. (Not yet, anyway.) Who says you only get one great love?

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15 Chic and Cozy Winter Jackets to Fight the Arctic Blast—On Sale Now

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The weather on the East Coast is cold today—and not Oh, maybe I need a beanie today cold—we’re talking bone-chilling, teeth-chattering, face-freezing cold. Luckily, there is a solution: the classic, no-fail, and chic winter jacket. From primary-colored puffers to statement furs, here are fifteen winter jackets on sale that you (and your social life, and your wallet) will thank us for later.

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Winter in Sweetwater County – Ciara Knight

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Winter in Sweetwater County

Ciara Knight

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: December 6, 2014

Publisher: Defy the Dark Publishing

Seller: James Hanson


Lisa Mortan’s ideal life crumbles when her rich and powerful fiancé demands she ends an unwanted pregnancy. With no job or social support, she flees to a small town in hopes of finding a good family for her unborn baby, but instead finds a man who is as broken as she is.  Eric Gaylord returns to his home town for a respite after a tragic loss, but when his spitfire mother takes on an unknown woman as a business partner, he is forced to face the nightmare he’d left behind or risk losing the one woman who could heal his heart.

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5 Reasons Winter Break Needs to End

Little-known fact: Time moves at the pace it wants to move whether one is having fun or not. Consider winter break, for example. Here in the United States, we are collectively in the midst of a long, school-mandated, kid-centric “vacation.” Days and nights have become a blur. Ask any parent of young elementary school-aged children what day it is I suspect you’ll receive a long, blank stare followed by a pained groan with muttered expletives. Don’t get me wrong; I love my children and countless millions of parents love theirs as well. But our collective cup hath runneth over. The kids need to go back to school now.

Perhaps you’re puzzled by the urgency of the matter. Fear not. Here are five reasons the kids need to go back to school this winter break:

1. They’re always hungry. I’m not kidding. You think three meals a day has you covered? Think again. Snacks become an all-day affair with the refrigerator being pillaged all day long. Also, this translates into more trips to the supermarket because “we’ve run out of [insert random food item here].”

2. Kids expect to play as soon as they wake up. You might assume that school winter break would be filled with lazy, stress-free mornings. On the contrary, children consider sleep optional with the concept of sleeping in being a non-starter. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been pounced on by my kids while I was sound asleep then asked if I was awake. “Hi Daddy!”

3. The chorus of “I’m Bored!” Remarkably, kids — even those with countless books, toys, video game options, arts and crafts and more — find it exceedingly difficult to entertain themselves when home for the holidays. Parents become the de facto activities director to a fickle audience. Needless to say, the days don’t always go smoothly.

4. The Costs Pile Up. See reason 3. Taking kids out to the movies, etc. adds up quickly. Even free events at museums can add up. See reason 1. Sure, you can pack your own lunches and play sports/activities outdoors, but be prepared as a parent to be physically worn out. Working out in preparation for one’s kids school holiday breaks might not be such a bad idea. “Are you training for a marathon?” “No, my kid is off from school for two weeks in December.”

5. Kids will humiliate you at board games and video games. Remember when you used to let your kids win at board or video games? Yet once they reached elementary school age, the tables began to turn. Their heightened motor and mental skills (remember the sleep-deprived parent factor) can demoralize even the most seasoned parent gamer. I mean really, how much humiliation can a parent stand on a daily basis? Is there such a thing as a Parent Personal Foul?

And there you have it, parents. I’m certain you all can add to this list. I welcome your wisdom. We can right this ship together.

Happy Holidays 🙂
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Stars at the Airport: Winter Break Edition


Contrary to popular belief, it is in fact possible to travel comfortably without looking schlumpy (see: Rihanna’s designer sweatshirt gown). To prove it, we’ve gathered the 25 best airport looks from stylish celebs to inspire your holiday travel outfit. Sit back and enjoy the flight.

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The Case for Dramatic Winter Gloves: Upgrade Those Formless Mittens Before It’s Too Late

Photographed by David Sims, Vogue, September 2014

We get it: You talk with your hands. But don’t think that covering up that tasteful manicure and carefully curated ring selection is muting you this season. A well-chosen glove heightens the drama and beauty of any gesticulation; it’s the missing link your hands—and wardrobe—have been looking for. And there are so many options, from a dramatic, Cruella de Vil opera glove (like dipping an arm to the elbow in cashmere lining) to a more masculine, lion-in-winter glove (favored by aging monarchs and CEOs alike): black leather, darts at the wrist, seamless, slightly pointy fingers. There’s the Victorian lady approach, all covered buttons in brown calfskin. Take any of them off inside and give a playful limp glove-slap to your interlocutor—don’t you look storied? You’re basically Joan Crawford, only with real eyebrows.

Gloves are the masquerade-mask of the hands. Gloves can make any wearer bolder. You can imagine Grace Kelly flagging down a taxi, clutching limp white gloves in her waving hand and a pillbox suitcase in the other. Or just as easily see Caroline de Maigret slouching into an oncoming lane, biker gloves snapped on, leaning listlessly out to traffic, arm outstretched. See? Chic. Plus, they’re just so damn efficient. Not only do they keep your digits toasty (or at least ward off a chill), but they’re the ultimate nod to urban protection. You can see why the boxers do it (and why those Alexander Wang H&M homages were snapped up so quickly)—gloves make you feel like you’re about to take on any adversarial element. Because there’s a grittier side to the glamour, especially when you can’t be in a subway or drugstore for a minute without a loudspeaker announcement that “cold-and-flu-season” is upon us (and you thought it was the holiday season). In these compromising conditions, gloves make you feel invincible. Grab every hang-strap and slide a hand down every guardrail with impunity. Keep gloves on in the supermarket and carry your shopping basket with covered hands. You can traipse and gallivant around all day, and, when evening falls and you’re having a cocktail with a friend, remove your gloves to embrace (it’s only polite) and tear into a crostini. Your hands are still as clean and fresh as when you put them on, which is not to mention the refined elegance of glove removal. Has something so austere ever looked so seductive?

Here, the best gloves to play up your dramatic side this season.

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Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in a Game of Thrones (Unabridged) – Valerie Estelle Frankel

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Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in a Game of Thrones (Unabridged)

Valerie Estelle Frankel

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

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Publish Date: January 15, 2014

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The Chic Winter Holiday Wardrobe: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and More

Beyoncé and Taylor Swift

While the holidays tend to put party style center stage, celebrities often find themselves taking a break from the spotlight. Here we’ve rounded up our favorite fashion moments as 2014 comes to a close.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Genre: Action & Adventure

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After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

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Quest for the Diamond Sword: A Minecraft Gamer’s Adventure (Unabridged) – Winter Morgan

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Quest for the Diamond Sword: A Minecraft Gamer’s Adventure (Unabridged)

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The 10 Amazing Things to Do, Eat or Shop to Get Through the Rest Of Winter

The holiday season is coming to its final weeks and this means one and only one thing: The long winter ahead of us, which for much of the country will stretch well into March, April and in some cases, even May. While it may not be another polar vortex, or other wicked winter weather year, that doesn’t mean that month of gray skies, dry air and chilly cold temperatures doesn’t take a toll. By the time early 2015 rolls around, many of us are more than ready for the warmer months again.

But though it’s not always possible to escape the winter season — even a getaway somewhere warm in the midst doesn’t chase it entirely away — there are some great ways to brighten up the dark days and cold nights of this time of the year.

Once the holidays are put to bed and you’ve started taking down the decorations, consider doing a mini-update to your space. It doesn’t have to be a huge overhaul or undertaking of giant proportions. Even just rearranging a few things can make your environment feel fresh and new. It’s a great time to leverage accent items and little details to punch things up. A cozy throw or new coffee table book can do the trick. West Elm’s Ivory Knitted Sequins throw (available in stores and online) weaves shimmery silver sequins into a thick knit that puts an instant bright spot to wherever it lands. Park a new ottoman in any room — especially in a bright color — for a pick-me-up addition. Online retailer Serena & Lily has a good mix for any taste, style or budget.

Of course it’s the little things that are everything to the environment, so even just a pretty candle in a fresh scent can make a difference in taking the winter month’s up a notch. LoveSpoon’s an editor favorite for its soy candles in amazing fragrances. Go with a sweet floral like rose for a soft vibe, or grab the cotton scent for a fresh experience.

Beauty items can also play a huge part during the winter months. You should already have a really good moisturizer for the body, particularly if you’re in cold, dry temperatures this time of year. But a great body scrub in a decadent scent or a fabulous body oil for the bath are also must-haves. Believe it or not, Whole Foods can be an amazing source for these types of items and often the products are natural, organic, cruelty-free, etc.

Food never fails to warm the heart and home, especially when it comes to home cooking. But you can cheat a little with pre-made items without skimping on that homemade experience. Trader Joe’s is an ace for this type of stuff — the mini frozen tacos in any combination are delicious. For more of an upgrade to a truly fresh made meal, keeping things healthy and whole is easier than ever. A big trend at the moment is to do interesting and unexpected things with items like rice and quinoa — adding brown sugar, fresh fruits and other unique items and recipe treats. There are so many great startup, boutique and incredible new food companies on the market — Mighty Rice, Justin’s nut butters, Fork In The Road meats, etc. It’s easier than ever to experiment.

To see more lifestyle tips, ideas and cool home, beauty, style and food products, check out this month’s edition of Condiment.
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7 Russian Street Style Stars Share Their Styling Tips for Staying Warm in Winter

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Sometimes it seems like dressing for cold weather relegates you to one of two options: walking around puffed out with down-stuffed layers like a bloated snowman, or slimming your outerwear situation down and catching walking pneumonia. So when this winter came around, we felt it was time to call in the professionals, those who know how to take a temperature drop and keep on going, those who thrive in a famously unfriendly climate—the Russians. Faced with temperatures that sometimes reach below -50 degrees, Russia is well aware that staying warm is a life-saving necessity: Napoleon’s troops died while attempting to invade Russia in 1812 because of the frigid winter. To get the lowdown on how to dress for the big chill, we spoke to street style stars, models, and other fashionable natives on how they combat the frost stylishly. Staying warm and chic in winter? We’ll toast a vodka shot to that any day.



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Valentina Zelyaeva

 

Hometown: Ulan-Ude, Republic Buryatia, Russia

What did you dress like when you were a child in Russia during the winter?
I remember lots and lots of layers. I wore traditional Russian valenki boots made out of felt and mittens. My grandma knitted scarves, sweaters, and socks. There were scarves on top of everything and over my mouth to cover half of my face to protect me from a cold air. I still wear a traditional Russian shawl knitted by grandmother.

What traditions does Russia have when it is cold?
It’s not a tradition but a little tip: When I was five years old, I remember it was mid-January, so it was very cold and there was snow everywhere. I was playing in the playground on the swings and for some reason I decided to lick an iron swing with my tongue. I got stuck and my mom was trying to literally peel me off that thing. So, never ever lick an iron swing in winter.

How do you stylishly dress for the cold now?
I love turtlenecks. I think they are chic and keep me warm. Ralph Lauren Black Label and RLX make great winter jackets.



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Hometown: Moscow, Russia

What did you dress like when you were a child in Russia during the winter?
I had a rabbit fur hat and a really warm coat that every kid had in Russia in the nineties, it’s called pikhora. It has rabbit fur on the inside and a thick waterproof raincoat fabric on the outside. I still have a few traditional Russian wool scarves and shawls. They are made to keep you warm even during Siberian cold.

How do you stylishly dress for the cold now?
I like oversize coats that leave room for big warm sweaters underneath. Also, I always have a big woolen scarf on to hide my nose from the cold. I usually wear a gray Marni wool coat, an Acne shearling jacket, and a fur coat I bought in Russia.

Any tips on dressing for the cold?
Find a really warm coat or a jacket so that you could wear lighter clothes underneath instead of layering fifteen sweaters and a thin jacket that obviously belongs in your fall or spring closet.



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Vika Gazinskaya

 

Hometown: Moscow, Russia

What did you dress like when you were a child in Russia during the winter?
My childhood was in the last years of the Soviet Union, so we did not have diversity in clothing. The most beautiful dresses I had were Chinese dresses that were sent by my aunt and uncle. Also, my mother sometimes knit me some nice things.

Now, I wear a traditional floral pavlopasadsky shawl, which can be worn with a mix of the modern clothing in a stylish way. People in Russia are also always wearing fur, sheepskin coats, and ushankas. Since I am vegetarian, I do not wear fur. I create coats out of mohair and alpaca to wear instead.

How do you stylishly dress for the cold now?
I buy a lot of nice knits. In London, I just bought a Maison Martin Margiela thick knitted sweater dress with a décolleté at the back, as well as a nice scarf and gloves from Paul Smith. I also wear Stella McCartney’s boots for winter. For the most freezing days in February, I wear Margiela down jackets or parkas from my line.

Any cold-weather dressing tips?
Buy a beautiful wool pavloposadsky or traditional lace knit Orenburg shawl.



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Nasiba Adilova

 

Hometown: Makhachkala, Russia

What did you dress like when you were a child in Russia during the winter?
I remember I had a white and a black faux fur baby coat that I loved. I had these really cool wool mittens with adorable knitted berries on them that connected by a string that ran from one mitten to the other that you put through your sleeves so you wouldn’t lose them. I also had a matching hat and socks. Wool socks were very important because of how cold it got out. Looking back on it now, the coats and my woolly mittens were actually quite cute and fashionable. Now, I wear the traditional ushanka fur hats in a few different colors.

What traditions does Russia have when it is cold?
We are very big on keeping ourselves very warm! We do not like the cold draft, it’s the enemy to all moms and babushkas (grandmothers) and we are convinced that walking on a cold floor without socks, going outside lightly dressed on a cold day, or drinking cold water in the middle of winter will cause you to get sick.

How do you stylishly dress for the cold now?
People wear fur because it is unbearably cold and it’s probably the only thing that could keep you warm. Young girls do not care about the cold weather and you can often see girls here in high heels, thin stockings, and miniskirts, strolling along ice-covered streets.

Right now, my favorite pieces are an amazing mini embroidered sweater from Mary Katrantzou, which she made for me as a wedding present, a Burberry hand-painted runway shearling coat, a Rodarte pink glitter coat, and a Dior hot pink cashmere coat.



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Anya Ziourova

 

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia

What did your parents dress you in when you were younger?
I wore valenki boots, an ushanka hat, a fur coat, mittens on a string, and a scarf wrapped around my face to cover my nose. I still wear everything that I did when I was a child, plus an Orenburgsky platok, or scarf.

How do you stylishly dress for the cold now?
Lavish fur coats. I love Yves Salomon, who makes fur for Dior and has his own brand, I own a fur parka, which has been saving my life from the cold in New York.

Most important style tip to remember?
A smile and rosy cheeks go well with any fur.



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Vlada Roslyakova

 

Hometown: Omsk (Siberia), Russia

What did you dress like when you were a child in Russia during the winter?
I remember being a child I always had a scarf around my nose and mouth, and frost sometimes appeared on my scarf and eyelashes while I exhaled a breath. I always had stockings under any pants, boots with fur inside all the way to the toes. Also, I remember my first fur hat, which was made of arctic fox. I felt super warm and chic, but couldn’t hear anything because it fully covered my ears. Now I wear mittens—hands are so much warmer when your fingers are together. When it’s super cold, I still wear warm stockings under jeans. I wear valenki boots but only when I’m going back to Siberia and visiting my grandmother in the countryside, or having fun in the woods or going sleigh riding.

What traditions does Russia have when it is cold?
Being a kid, I was always told to wear a hat until all of the snow melts away, otherwise “meningitis will come and find you,” as we say.

How do you stylishly dress for the cold now?
I can’t help it, but a big fur coat is the warmest thing to fight the cold weather.

Favorite warm coats, gloves, boots?
I’m wearing Uggs a lot here in New York City. Back in Russia, I have a pair of moonboots from Givenchy, which are as warm as valenki, and so much fancier.

Most important style tip to remember?
To keep you warm without layering you can have a cashmere scarf over your shoulders, and wrap it over your head while outside— it won’t ruin your hairstyle the way a hat could. Plus, it’s easy to hide it in your purse.



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Natasha Goldenberg

 

Hometown: Moscow, Russia

What did you dress like when you were a child in Russia during the winter?
We had puffy ski pants and jackets. I would try to take them off before I went to school in the mornings because they weren’t fashionable even for that age!

What traditions does Russia have when it is cold?
We go ice skating and wear fur coats!

How do you stylishly dress for the cold now?
Céline does beautiful coats, which are the best thing because I can wear huge sweaters underneath. This winter, I will be wearing a Burberry Prorsum hand-painted shearling jacket and my favorite Marni fur jackets in burgundy with green. I’ll be mixing ushanka hats with my favorite Russian brand, Walk of Shame, too.

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More Than Manis: A Unisex Guide to Winter Nail Care

When it comes to nail care, ladies aren’t the only ones who need to keep good cuticle. Guys, you know you dig on a no-polish manicure, and who doesn’t like a foot rub? While the nail art and glitter polish trends may be reserved for the ladies and glam-driven dudes, these winter nail care tips from Manhattan celeb manicurist, Erica Marton, also keeps gents in step. Nail, hand, and foot care is a unisex practice, and especially important in the winter, when skin and muscles on our hands and feet can become easily dehydrated and achy. Marton sees her share of athletes in her Meatpacking District salon, The Face Place, where she has worked not only on the nails of Cameron Diaz, Rashida Jones, the late L’Wren Scott, but also Chris Bosh, Gary Shefield, and Q-Tip.

It’s snuggling season, and nothing says sexy like soft, well-cared for hands and feet under the sheets.

From the lowdown on calluses (they actually serve a body good, by protecting it from impact) to the best lotions, supplements, and tips on how to make your winter mani last, this guide has your winter nail care covered. Learn the secret to a foot massage induced nirvana. Want to know what polish is trending this winter? Need the scoop on the insider’s quick-dry secret? How about tips on a heavenly at-home pedi treatment? This guide, with Marton’s expert tips, has got you.

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For women, clean, polished, and well-shaped nails pull a look together. And if you’re in the buff, polish is the sexiest accessory besides you. I derive pleasure from looking down at the splash of color on my pedicured feet in the shower; what can I say? For men, clean cuticles speak volumes to women, and your soft, pampered feet not only make you feel good, but feel good to whomever you’re rubbing up against on these chilly nights. The only tips you won’t find in this guide are acrylics, as Marton goes au natural and advises women to avoid acrylic nails as they can cause infections. Here are her top nine tips for winter nail care:

1.) Make your polish last in cold weather by choosing a glitter polish (it’s party season after all). Marton says because of the consistency of glitter polish, it’s more durable. Another must, use the miracle product Qtica fast dry drops every couple days to prolong the length of your mani.

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2.) Tell your manicurist to go easy when cutting your cuticle. Says Marton, “You need the cuticle to protect your nail beds. If you cut them aggressively the body has to work harder to repair the injured skin, and in the winter, we need to conserve energy, especially because winter is so hard on the hands.”

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3.) Rub coconut oil all over hands before applying hand cream and your gloves. Even if you’re traveling a short distance, your hands are extremely dry in the cold and need extra moisture. Marton’s two-step process ensures silky hands. “The oil softens up the skin just enough for the lotion to actually absorb.” Any coconut oil you find in a place like Whole Foods is sufficient, and Marton’s lotion pick is Weleda’s Skin Food for its ultra-rich all-natural ingredients. She also likes Queen Helene Cucumber Massage Lotion.

4.) Supplements like Biotin are great for nails, but take 6-8 weeks for visible results. In the meanwhile, strengthen nails with Marton’s fave product, Quimica Alemana Nail Hardener. For feet, Kerasal is a game-changer, banishing cracked heels and leaving you with super luxe feet.

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5.) Treat yourself to a poor gal or guy’s at-home pedi. In between spa appointments, or on particularly sluggish days of traipsing through slush, give yourself an at-home treatment to soothe and soften feet. Forget soaking your feet in bath salts; Epsom salts serve no medicinal purpose and end up drying out your skin. Instead, after your shower, dry your toes individually. Then take a warm washcloth (steep in a pot of boiling water) and massage feet, paying special attention to what Marton calls “problem areas” (heels, big toe, and pad of foot.) When done, apply scented Monoi Tiki oil (my favorite aroma is Tahitian Vanilla). Finally, bundle each foot in Saran wrap and a sock to lock in moisture. Keep on for as long as you’d like.

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6.) Relax your entire body starting with your feet. Marton recommends Yoga Toes, which not only stretch and elongate your toes, but also help relieve bunions, hammertoes, and other problems we get from working out, not stretching feet properly before exercise, walking in heels, or long days on your feet. Says Marton, at the end of the day, “Sit down, pour yourself a glass of wine, and put on those Yoga Toes for just 10 minutes to get that blood flowing!” The gel inserts fit between, above, and beneath your toes to spread them apart and gently away from the ball of your foot, helping to strengthen and realign the muscles in your toes. I’ve tried them, and like any new stretching routine, can be uncomfortable at first. But when they start working, you can feel relief throughout your entire body! This product is the closest thing to reflexology. I suggest you moisten them with water (a misting spray works great) before use, as your toes will go in a lot easier when the Yoga Toes are wet.

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7.) Never have a pedicurist razor a callus or treat ingrown nails. Marton’s pick is Wicked by essie. “Not only are dark colors stylish, but they bring more attention to the hands and feet, which will make you be sure to care for each the way you should during the winter.”

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8.) Do you when choosing a polish. There’s something pleasurable about looking at your digits and seeing something that reflects your personal aesthetic. “Treat yourself to what you love. When you catch a glimpse at yourself, you will be a little happier,” says Marton.

10.) The secret to giving a good foot massage is to focus your energy and follow these steps. Rubbing someone’s feet is a very personal experience, and if done right, will leave the recipient basking in pleasure. “I focus my energy on the client,” begins Marton, “and I imagine what she or he went through that day.” After establishing that intimate connection, be thorough in your efforts: Use both hands, and begin with your thumbs, rubbing into the heel of the foot. Then move on to the ball of the foot and gently spend time in the arch, applying as much pressure as is comfortable. Give the bones around the ankle a tender circular massage, and finish by sliding your fingers in between each toe (you can give it a pull if you like; the joint might pop, which is harmless). For bonus points, pay attention to the meat of the calf and Achilles tendon, kneading muscles that will ultimately relax the foot. Lesson learned from amateur reflexology: It might be cold outside, but after a massage like this, feet are left tingling.

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All photographs courtesy of Erica Marton.
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So U and More: Conversations with Neal Schon, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and Edgar Winter

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A Conversation with Neal Schon

Mike Ragogna: Neal, what is it creatively that satisfies you, playing solo or with Journey?

Neal Schon: Well, Journey is more about well-crafted songs and well recorded and produced songs, and I think that what I enjoy about my solo songs is that I’m sort of more of a painter with a blank canvas and a bunch of paints and materials to work with and I kind of throw everything on there and see how it lands. It’s more experimental, definitely. In Journey, we do experiment from time to time, usually when we’re all playing in a room, which doesn’t happen a lot. We were fortunate to get together at Fantasy this time. We were there for about three weeks rehearsing and recording and listening back to everything that we were doing. It helped us sort of hone in on our older songs. A lot of times, when you’ve played something for this many years, they drift. Everybody starts playing different things, you get bored, so we pulled everything back and now I think we’re having really great shows because of fine-tuning stuff like that again.

MR: On So U, you recorded with Marco Mendoza, Deen Castronovo and wrote some of the songs with Jack Blades. What was behind the collaborating this time out?

NS: It was mainly a time issue for me. I didn’t have a lot of time in the studio to do this, it was kind of at the last minute. I was just finishing up The Calling record, my solo record before this one. I was in Santa Fe and I was really enjoying myself and I just happened to call Deen and Marco to see if they were off because Marco’s always touring, he’s never around. But he just happened to be around and I said, “Do you guys have like, two or three days available?” and they said, “Yeah.” I was astounded that they were both available at the same time. I said, “Want to come up Santa Fe? We can work on something, I think we can work out a record.” Working with Jack in the past, he’s always very quick and energetic. I always come up with something great with Jack. I figured while we’re writing music and we’re in there kind of winging it, he can be listening to it and getting a jump on it lyrically. Some of the songs I had melodies for. I’d hum them to Jack and then he’d write lyrics.

MR: During the process, were there any surprises, like songs changing drastically from their original versions?

NS: There were only a couple songs that I had really sketched out with Jack before we got there. I had actually written the music for “Take A Ride” a long time ago when I was working with Paul Rodgers but it never happened. I just said to myself after I heard Marco’s voice, “Well, I think he’s got a bluesy quality in his voice and he could hold this up,” so we went at that lyrically, but I had the music already. “What You Want” was something that I had already done a demo of with Jack at his house and we pretty much just laid it down like the demo. I worked on “On My Way” up at Jack’s house, too. That one was put together very well. The rest of them were just kind of like winging it when we went in there.

MR: Were there any songs in particular where you might have used a new technique or technology than you’re used to? Did you take any different or bigger stretches on So U?

NS: The song “So U” itself is over nine minutes long. It all started with this sound that I was getting through the effects axis–a piece of gear I use now–and there was this very cool sound. It almost sounds like a synthesizer with bouncing echoes, kind of like in a U2 sense, but a little bit more surreal. It started out with that sound and I just kind of jammed with Deen all the way through the nine minutes of it. I was going to chop it up and take some of the bits out, but then after I started overdubbing with it I said, “Wow, this is really cool.” I really like that it falls down and goes into this Electric Lady land vibe where it floats around for a second with a wah-wah guitar. I got it to do the 1970s Echoplex, slowing down the tape machine a little bit so it sounds like the spaceship is moving around from side to side, to simulate some of that stuff. I had fun with that track, stretching it out and making it make sense. It didn’t make sense when we cut it with just one guitar and drums, but with a little bit of imagination and some overdubbing, I thought it really took shape. Then we figured out where the vocals were going. I sang the verses and then I had Marco do his freestyle Curtis Mayfield-type bluesy stuff on the intro and the ending. Then Deen does all the high vocals when a track is up and moving after I sing the verses, he’s got that wailing voice that ists there on top. It was fun to do, man. I hadn’t sung in a long time and I’m not even close to Deen and Marco. Deen is an amazing singer, he’s been killing every night. People are wowwed.

MR: What’s the story on Deen?

NS: Deen has been singing live with Journey forever. He’s like the little secret weapon back there. If Arnel is struggling some night, if he has a cold or a virus or something, Deen will help everyone get through the show. I think it’s so mindf**king when Deen does “Mother Father,” which is a song that goes way back. I wrote the music with my dad and then John and Steve finished it years ago in the eighties when we did it on the record. But the drum parts are very difficult, Steve Smith’s drum parts, and the vocals are very difficult, and Deen does both of them effortlessly. Deen is somewhat of a freak that he can do that, he really is. He’s so talented. There are other singing drummers out there like Phil Collins, Don Henley, and a bunch more. But those two come to mind and I haven’t seen either of them play intricate drum parts like on “Mother Father” or high vocals that are all completely removed from the drums. He’s kind of like Sting. When I first saw Sting, he was playing bass pedals and singing completely off the beat, playing these syncopated reggae bass parts and I thought, “Wow, this guy’s dexterity is sick.” Deen is like that. He’s kind of like an octopus, he’s got all the limbs going and the vocals going and they’re all doing different things. It’s pretty amazing to watch.

MR: Neal, you got a lot of critical acclaim for the album The Calling.

NS: Yeah, and there’s one in the can that I feel is the best of all of them. It’s just waiting for me to get a break and get better and get off tour and rest up and then I’ll head in and finish mixing that. It’s sort of my follow up to The Calling. We’re taking it a few steps further. Actually, when we recorded the record, I was thinking more about playing live. It’s a little more of an organic record in the sense that it’s really jam-y. You can tell it’s a live performance-type record when you listen to it. As soon as I heard it I said, “I’m going to love playing this stuff live,” and I will do that. It’s Steve Smith again on drums and I played bass again. Jan Hammer is all over this record, he’s totally on fire more than I’ve heard him. The whole record is kind of like that. Igor Len, my other keyboard player, did some of the writing and embellishments and orchestrations. It’s not quite as layered as The Calling, it’s not as produced in a sense. It sounds great, it doesn’t sound raggedy, and I did less overdubs and left it more raw. I think it works with a record. That’s going to be called Neal Schon Vortex.

MR: You recorded a couple of albums with Jan Hammer a while back. Might this be a musical reunion for you guys or do you still get together for projects often?

NS: Well, Jan has been pretty quiet, not really doing much at all, so when I reached out to him with The Calling, I didn’t know if he would get back to me or not. I sent him the couple of tracks that he played on for the record and asked if he’d do a couple of solos and he never got back to me. But two weeks later, he sent a track to me that he’d played on. He’s kind of like that, you know? This time, I reached out and I sent him the tracks and he had them for a few months before he actually played on them. I think he just wanted to sit on it and think about it for a while. He just smoked, completely smoked the tracks.

MR: Does Vortex musically come close to the Schon/Hammer days?

NS: Playing-wise, I think it’s a step further than that. Everybody’s playing is quite a few steps further than that. There’s some stuff on here that’s really on the ceiling. I think it’s going to twist a lot of heads when this comes out, just from the performances. Everybody’s on top of their game on this record. There are no vocals, it’s just instrumental. Right now, I have eighty-five minutes worth of music, so it’s a double CD.

MR: Neal, you’re pretty famous for being a member of Journey, but your time with Santana is pretty important as well. And lately, you’ve gotten together with Carlos to make some music together.

NS: I love playing with Carlos and the guys. It was so much fun, and we’re going to do more. Carlos has a very busy schedule as well as me this year. When we get off tour in September or maybe closer to November, we’re supposed to both be off and we’ll go back in the studio again around that time and cut some more stuff. We went in the studio and had nine tracks before we both went on tour. This stuff sounds amazing and we know what we both need to come up with after listening to that. We cut a lot of stuff that was sort of inside the box and song-oriented, very good. But Santana is known for the other side as well, so I think we’re going to go back in and get a little more outside and up tempo. We’ll do about four tracks like that. When I talked to Carlos, we were both on the same page. I love going back and getting into that music, that’s some of my favorite music ever.

MR: When you get together with Carlos or Paul Rodgers or any other artists, do you soak in what happens during the experience playing with them and take it into your own projects?

NS: Absolutely! You’re as good as the people that you’re in the room with. That’s what I’ve always found. I’ll sound completely different as a guitarist playing with different people. When I play with Paul, because I was a big fan of Free, I go more towards blues and my roots, more of a flashed-up Paul Costas. I was a big fan of his playing, so it’s a natural thing to hear from me because as a kid, I was turned on to Free and that’s imbedded in my system. I’ll never forget that stuff.

MR: And a couple of your other stops along the way were being in Bad English and HSAS.

NS: Yeah, I love all those projects. Bad English, we were extremely successful for a brand new band. John Waits was a tremendous singer and we had some great songs. I actually went back and listened the other day and was like, “Wow, this is a Goddamned good band.” We didn’t quite see eye-to-eye on where we wanted to travel musically, which I think inevitably broke up the band. But our first record was very strong. The second record is very good, too. We went through a very weird recording process with producers and stuff during that record, it wasn’t as smooth. The first record was very easy.

MR: Where do you feel Journey is heading? Is there a game plan when it comes to Journey or, at this point, are you guys just getting together to have fun?

NS: We are talking about getting together and recording a new record. We just don’t know quite what we’re going to do. I think musically, we know where we’re going to go. We’re not going to try and reinvent the wheel, yet we’re not going to try and repeat anything we’ve done either. We did some experimental records back a ways, even with Steve Augeri. We had this record called Red Thirteen, it was this little EP, and then we did this record called Generations and Arrival. There are three records there and I feel like–maybe not all the way through the three records–there are some great songs there that could be redone, re-looked at and re-recorded with Arnel. That’s one idea that I’ve been tossing around with Jonathan [Cain] and he sort of agrees with me. Once we get going and the music is going, I know that we’ll write some brand new stuff as well. That’s just a given.

MR: Here’s a delicate question and it’s out of curiosity, not gor gossip. You guys are on a great path with Arnel, but will Steve Perry fit into Journey’s world anymore?

NS: I had been collaborating with Steve on a friendly basis just through email…it seemed like we were on a friendly basis. But he wasn’t ready to get together and he isn’t ready to get together. He’s said numerous times now that there’s no reunion and that he’s not interested in doing anything like that. When Steve left, he wanted to do his solo thing and I think he remains there. We’re fine, we’re doing great the way we are. I don’t think you’ve seen the massive crowds that we’ve had, but we’ve continued the legacy amazingly well. The door has always been open. I’ve approached him to work on a couple of things with me that were not even Journey-oriented, but he wasn’t interested in doing it. It’s fine, man. I wish him well and he says that he wishes us well.

MR: I’ve seen many iconic bands release projects that feature guest artists paying tribute to the older hits with re-recordings. Has that ever been a thought for Journey’s catalog?

NS: Nah. We’re not really interested in that. I think people resort to that when they really run out of steam and ideas. I’ve seen it happen. There are a lot of different artists that end up doing these records and it’s whoever’s album and it’s everybody on the planet on the record except for that artist. Sure, I see it happen all the time, but I’ve never been interested in doing it solo-wise or in Journey.

MR: Neal, what advice do you have for new artists?

NS: It’s a rough business out there. It’s very, very difficult to get notoriety as a new artist. What I tell my son who’s an amazing guitar player is just be seen as much as you can be seen, play wherever you can play and if you play well enough, I’d hit up every studio in the area and say you’re available for session work and just play with as many people as you can play with and be heard. With the demise of record companies and even clubs… Smaller clubs are the place for a new artist to play because you can’t play anything bigger than that with clubs for the most part. It’s really rough, man, everything is in the digital domain. Try to make decent recordings and use what you have. With the new equipment out there, you can actually make a great-sounding record in your bedroom off a computer…Pro Tools and a computer. I think it’s possible; the thing is just getting it out there. I think the best means of doing that is through all the media. Everything is media driven, It’s so different than it used to be. You don’t have record companies working it and A&R guys. It’s very difficult.

MR: Is there any technology out there that you’re liking these days?

NS: I love the Fractal unit that I’m using, the Axe-Fx. That unit is monstrous. I use it live, I use it in the studio, I have rows and rows of amplifiers, you can do studio effects on it, it’s a pretty amazing piece of gear that you can plug in and use in any instance. You can be live, I can literally just leave without a back line, take that box and a small case and a couple of guitars and head to Europe or wherever and plug directly into a PA and have all my sounds there. Traveling light is really a great way to go. It’s very road-trustworthy. I’ve used it on tour now for years and have never had a problem, which means everything.

MR: With The Calling, So U, and Vortex, it looks like you’re ramping up the Neal Schon part of your career. Is that where you’re heading now?

NS: It’s inevitable that I’m going there, yeah. It’s something I’ve been working at my whole career. It doesn’t mean this is the demise of anything. It just means that I keep adding more and more to it and I will find a place to go do that solo stuff, and when I do a solo thing this time, I’m going to have so much material to pick from that’s going to be brand new material and there’s a lot of old stuff sitting there that I could also play. The main thing for me will be being able to put together the right band of whom I’m going to play with and have enough time set aside to actually rehearse and learn the stuff properly and put the show together. But at this point, I feel like when I do go out, I’m going to have monstrous material to play live. Most of it probably will be instrumental. I think that the So U record, if we were to do anything with that… It was really more a band record than a solo record, except for the instrumentals that are on it. But Deen is all over the place , he’s doing so many projects. Marco’s in like three or four bands. I’m going, “I don’t know if I could put a band name on this record because I don’t know if it will ever be a band,” so I decided to make it a solo record featuring those guys. But if we were ever to do anything together, I think the band name would be So U.

MR: It must be hard to keep on a straight line with a solo career.

NS: With all the solo material I have out there now, I think the right thing to do before even trying to play any dates would be to do a live DVD in a controlled area, whether it be a studio or wherever, in front of a live audience. Do a live DVD and make sure it sounds really, really good and then you’ve got something for people to actually latch on to and watch and go, “Oh, I dig this,” or “I don’t dig it,” and “I want to see that,” or “I don’t want to see it.” That’s kind of where my head’s at.

Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford

Mike Ragogna: Hi Rob. How did Judas Priest’s approach to the new album Redeemer Of Souls differ from the last?

Rob Halford: I think the challenge, if you want to call it that, is just to really dig to come up with something that’s fresh, that’s new, that’s different from a previous experience. That is just the way that Priest has been doing things for forty-odd years, really. I don’t think anything has really changed that much in the way that we’re doing things.

MR: Maybe any surprises that came up during the recording process?

RH: I suppose the big surprise was having Richie “The Falcon” Faulkner with us now for the first time. Richie’s input can’t be overstated. He made some incredible additions to our new record. He’s just got this phenomenal completeness about him, not only as a guitar player but also as a writer and most definitely on stage. Richie’s involvement on this record was very important along with Glenn and myself, getting the focus and keeping everything on track to try and make a really strong, fierce, energized metal record and that’s what we’ve been able to do.

MR: Was this album more about exploring basics and essentials than expanding the group’s musicality?

RH: Yeah. The mantra we kept chanting was, “Heavy metal, heavy metal, heavy metal,” which has served us well over the decades. A short sidebar… Whenever we record with Priest, the idea of being able to transpose the recording into a live format is very important to us. Sometimes we’re able to do that relatively easily, but sometimes it can be a bit different. Compare the complex arrangements and sounds of Nostradamus to the very straightforward approach of Redeemer Of Souls. It’s such a good example. We really wanted to emphasize the basic instrumentation of the band with very few embellishments. It genuinely is about as live as you can possibly get in that respect.

MR: Is what inspired Judas Priest originally the same as what inspires you now? Did successful careers and becoming famous affect thngs?

RH: You know, that’s a really cool question, and I’ll answer it like this: Regardless of all the fame and success and the fifty-million records we’ve sold, the core of what makes Judas Priest raw is still intact. When you put any kind of band together, in its pure state, it’s all about a dream, it’s all about self-belief. You start with a bunch of people that have a strong connection musically, that have an idea of making a sound and doing some shows, and that’s what we still do in this band. I’m really pleased that none of that has been sidetracked by any of the extraneous things that can happen when you do become successful. When you take all of that away, you’re just left with your band, you’re just left with your music, and that’s really what I think is still at the heart of Judas Priest, the simple love, the passion that we have from making music.

MR: And do you think that’s what connects you to the audience after all these years?

RH: Yeah, I think so, Michael. Particularly, metal fans. Metal fans can smell anything that’s less than pure and genuine. They can sense it. I think we had the most amazing time due to that fantastic relationship with our fans. Our fans know we’ve given our hearts to all of them. We’ve been writing and recording and performing, and I think that’s part of the success of Judas Priest as well. We’ve maintained that friendship for twenty albums. You’ve got to be upfront and as real as you should be.

MR: Does the scene or this whole lifestyle ever get old, or is it still a thrill after all these years?

RH: Yeah, the thrill is still there. It’s still the best thing you can ever have in your life, being in a band that has this wonderful connection through multiple generations of fans. It’s really heartwarming and it’s very inspiring. It’s also very humbling because it’s a different world today from when we began making metal forty years ago. In today’s world, the metal fans find you themselves. They’re not led to you by radio or the media, and I don’t mean that in an insulting way. What I’m saying is these young metalheads with their smartphones and their laptops and their texting and tweeting and Instagramming and Facebooking are on a personal journey of self-discovery regarding the music they want to get into. For that portion of your fan base, it’s quite remarkable. It’s a combination of all of those wonderful aspects that various generations of fans bring to the shows and bring to the records. It matters, really.

MR: If you look at metal through the years, it’s had many variations. Might a decent way to describe metal these days be classic rock on steroids?

RH: I think I’ve lived long enough now to be able to move past a lot of issues that I have personally with certain types of metal. I thought we started with a very pure form of music that then became all kinds of alien species. When that started to happen it was a bit confusing to me, but now I embrace it, I think it’s all extremely potent and valuable and important. More than anything else it just shows you the diversity of this kind of music. All of the things that branched out into various subgenres come from the roots of a band like Judas Priest. It’s amazing, really, that it’s been able to take on all of these different manifestations. It’s fantastic, I love it. Anything that encourages the strength and power of metal globally is clearly something we should welcome.

MR: Who were your first influences?

RH: When we began, we didn’t really have much in the landscape to go to for inspiration on our level because it was a brand new music. For me as a singer, I was inspired by all the greats of the time, whether it was Janis Joplin or people like Robert Plant or Mick Jagger–singers that had some power or personality. Even the roots of singing in metal, which is the blues, people like Bessie Smith, for example; people that were singing from the heart, just a pure, flawless type of strength and delivery. That was what I was thinking about when I became a professional musician. I daresay the rest of the guys in the band, at the time, would have been pushed by those artists that they were involved with. I think really the foundation of the House of Judas Priest is multi-layered, coming from all areas of classic rock and bluesrock. It’s a wonderful place to build from because it’s so psychedelic, really. We’ve often said that to be able to live through the sixties and the seventies was quite phenomenal. The originators have now moved on or passed away, but what a wonderful source for Judas Priest to have gone to. We really value that.

MR: I’ve had the thought that metal’s closest cousin is really opera because of the relentless theatrics and crescendos. What do you think about that?

RH: In Judas Priest’s world, we’ve embraced all of that fire and flair and flamboyance and strength and power. Judas Priest is a very hard band to pin down. We call ourselves a classic metal band, but we’ve done a lot of things over the decade. I think we were one of the first metal bands to bring out that type of production, actually, the big dramatic shows. You look on YouTube at shows we did in the eighties, for example. The Turbo show was gigantic, so was the Defenders Of The Faith tour, which is celebrating thirty years this year. The Painkiller tour more recently, the Epitaph tour… We’ve always embraced that because heavy metal music has always been known to be larger than life in volume, in power, in the visual aspect of it. We’ve always tried to take on all of those extra elements to push the power of metal through Judas Priest.

MR: Where do you think metal embraced religious and occult themes? It seems like some bands use them and some bands don’t and there’s not really an eye batted either way anymore.

RH: Judas Priest is a great name. I love the name of my band. I think it’s one of the most original, strong names ever. It’s not only a great name, there’s only one Judas Priest, but in the two words you get a sense of what we tried to do with our music. You’ve got Judas, who betrayed Christ, so you have that kind of dark element, and then you have Priest, which is obviously the other direction, it’s a sense of purity and empathy and light and all the goodness. It’s the two things–the negative, the positive, the left, the right, the dark, the light, the power of the metal, the more subdued elements. It’s a wonderful name that translates into some of the things that we’ve been trying to do with our music throughout the years. But as far as the antagonistic side of it, I think it’s great if you’ve got a name that provokes. To me, that’s what rock ‘n’ roll has always been about. Rock ‘n’ roll was invented to do what it did. It wasn’t a music that was invented to be taken lightly, it was a music to create revolution, and it should still do that now.

MR: To me, one of your album covers really illustrates that juxtaposition of light and dark you were talking about, British Steel. It said a lot without being an overblown illustration.

RH: Yeah, it did. That artwork has become iconic, really. If you look in the history of rock ‘n’ roll covers, you’ll always find the British Steel razor blade in there somehow. Again, your artwork should try and project the entity of the music that’s displaying. It still makes people wince a little bit; it’s like a paper cut, or dragging your nails across a chalkboard. It kind of goes down your spine, doesn’t it, when you look at it for the first time. There’s something very appealing about it even though it’s quite menacing. It’s got a Dexter quality about it.

MR: You might say whoever came up with the cover concept was pretty sharp. Sorry.

RH: [laughs] Oh, I agree, yeah. Just the title, British Steel, just the two simple words along with the simple cover sent an extraordinarily loud message around the world. And particularly at the time that it came out, Michael, as you know 1980 was the beginning of what’s still referred to as one of the greatest decades that heavy metal had. If you look at all of the metal that came out from 1980 to 1987, it’s quite mind-blowing; extraordinary talent from all over the world, particularly the UK and US. The 1980s was the epitome of metal music really taking hold of the world and giving it a good shake.

MR: Rob, Judas Priest and a handful of bands like AC/DC collectively were the clarion call that metal was here to stay whether anyone liked it or not.

RH: Yeah, exactly. It was an extraordinary decade because, of course, not only were we gaining tremendous success, but we were also gaining tremendous pushback from parts of the world that were becoming quite intimidated and a little afraid of what we were doing. I think there was a feeling in some parts of the establishment that metal was going to be just as reactionary as what was happening in the sixties in America, around the Vietnam War and everything. You have these extraordinary figures, whether it was Dylan or Crosby, Still & Nash or any of those provocative performers, and there were some people in the establishment in the eighties that felt that heavy metal was going to be just as potent in its reach. And to some extent, it was. Even though the eighties was an extremely affluent time for a lot of people–it was just a major pig out in all forms–I think there were some areas of the establishment, i.e. the PMRC organization, that were legitimately concerned about the values of some of the things that were going on. The 1980s was an amazing time in many reference points.

MR: So the mission of metal in the 1980s? Mission accomplished. Now what is the mission of metal today? There’s no one left to shock.

RH: You’re absolutely right. I think the invention of the internet has really dissipated the shock value of anything anymore. Maybe that’s a good thing, because shock value can have its appeal, but if it’s not supported by some kind of quality good music, it doesn’t have much value, does it? I was talking to some friends the other day about the last really great shock artist that had substantial music–my friend, Marilyn Manson. There won’t ever be another Marilyn Manson because it’s all been done now, and kids are doing it themselves. They don’t need to go and look at an artist or watch something on TV, they’re doing it themselves and posting it on YouTube, thanks to Jackass. It’s probably not much of a great loss, in my mind anyway.

MR: Well, the key now to breaking acts is supposedly social media, but the key to breaking in the metal genre also used to be the great discovery of the mystery behind the band. It almost seems like social media would work against that, wouldn’t it?

RH: Two of the greatest bands that pushed back against all of the intrusiveness were Led Zeppelin, who never gave an interview in their lives and Tool who you never saw a picture of. Also to some extent KISS, because they took the makeup off. That’s a very interesting question, Michael, because even in recent years, Priest had to get on board with that. I’ve always treasured the mystique and the mystery and the magic of a rock ‘n’ roll show. I don’t really want to know what’s on the deli tray in the dressing room. I don’t want to see how everything works. I just want to get lost in the escapism and fantasy of a rock ‘n’ roll show. But that’s over now, that’s completely gone. Now if you don’t jump on board and get integrated in social media you’re going to get left behind. They’ll all be getting down to the nitty-gritty, getting down to the basics of what good music is all about, that’s probably getting more honest and truer now than ever before. You win some, you lose some, Michael.

MR: So was the band going back to basics through Redeemer redeeming for Judas Priest in some respects?

RH: I think what we try to do is keep the brand and tradition of Judas Priest alive with a title like Redeemer Of Souls. It marries well with Sad Wings Of Destiny, Screaming For Vengeance, Defenders Of The Faith. We’re just reaffirming a lot of things about ourselves with that title, and it just happens to have another kind of evocative sense about it. Whose souls are we redeeming? Are we redeeming your souls? Is this redeemer just a simple fantasy character? What are we about? We like to bring a lot of thought process and interest and value to not only the titles of our records but also to the artwork. When you look at the artwork and you read the title your head starts spinning trying to make sense of it. I think as long as we’re doing that we’ll lead everybody to draw their own conclusions.

MR: Rob, here we go again. What advice do you have for new artists?

RH: Well, I’m probably going to repeat myself, but you’ve got to try your damnedest to be as original as you possibly can. You’ve got to be dedicated to practice, practice, practice. You can’t practice enough. Those are two important elements, but again it’s all the peripheral stuff. You’ve got to be prepared for a f**king battle, man. It’s a never-ending battle to be in a band, on all levels. You’ve got to be prepared to be able to handle that mentally. Keep your music at the heart of what you do, but be prepared to take on all of the other non-musical aspects and somehow find a way to deal with it all.

Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with Edgar Winter

Mike Ragogna: Edgar, there’s a new album, Superstars Of Classic Rock Honor The Music & Legacy Of The Doors, and you played on “The Crystal Ship” with Chris Spedding. How did you get invited and what do you think of this project?

Edgar Winter: I think The Doors are one of the classic groups, and I think we’re all tempted to feel like the time in which we grew up was somehow special, but I really do believe that there were two golden eras in music: The forties and fifties of big band, jazz and swing, and the sixties and seventies of rock. To me, they’re really unparalleled. I was not that familiar with The Doors on the east coast, they were more of a west coast band. I’m from Texas originally and I moved to New York right out of high school and lived there for twenty plus years until my wife Monique and I moved out here to California. So I’m a New York Texan living in Beverly Hills. When the Doors thing came along “Crystal Ship” was still available, and that was one of my favorites so I said, “Hey, I’m in.”

MR: How did this Chris Spedding collaboration happen?

EW: With the modern miracle of Pro Tools all of these things usually end up happening without the usual interaction between musicians. That track was already done and sent to me, I loaded it into Pro Tools and did it. It’s not as glamorous of a story as I’m sure you’d like to hear, but that is the truth of the matter.

MR: What do you think of you and your brother’s contributions to rock music history?

EW: It’s an honor to be a part of it. There are a lot of reasons for the magical quality of the music that occurred at that time, and I think that a large part is that there was so much freedom. Music was not that commercial yet. The record companies weren’t really looking over your shoulder, and there were also the political aspects of music. There were a lot of people writing and performing songs that they really believed in. There was the whole hippie movement. Drugs contributed a great deal to mind expansion. It started out really more innocently and then spiraled out of control, but when all of that started, it really fueled that sort of musical revolution and a consciousness revolution.

Johnny and I are very different and very much the same. If there’s any common thread that moves through all of my music, it’s the blues. I’m primarily thought of as a rock guy, largely because of “Frankenstein.” “Frankenstein” is interesting because, as far as I know, it’s the first instrumental to feature the synthesizer as a lead instrument, and I also happen to be the first guy to get the idea of putting a strap on the keyboard. It seems like something that was really obvious and would have been thought of, but no one had done it. I’ll never forget walking out on stage for the first time… [crowd noises] It was just one of those moments where the crowd just went crazy. “Frankenstein” was written to feature the synthesizer.

Johnny and I grew up together, and I just love playing with Johnny. He’s my musical hero. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am. He was the ambitious one when we were kids. Johnny loved American Bandstand and read all the magazines. Cool Johnny Winter with the shades and the guitar and I was the weird kid that played all the instruments. In all of our bands, Johnny was the front man singer and I just loved to work on the arrangements and show Johnny the parts. It worked out as a good division of labor. Then in my teens, I got really interested in jazz and classical. I was more of a jazz/classical guy than a pop guy. With Johnny’s popularity, he invited me to come to New York and play on his first few albums and then his manager Steve introduced me to Clive Davis, the president of Columbia at that time. Clive offered me a record deal. As they say, the rest is history!

I should mention that Johnny and I are touring together. There was a long period of time where we hadn’t played together in twenty plus years, and then over the past three or four years we’ve started doing stuff together again. We’re doing Rock N Blues Fest, which will be Johnny’s band, my band, Vanilla Fudge, Rare Earth and Kim Simmonds from Savoy Brown. My band is sort of the nucleus for two or three of them, Rare Earth and Vanilla Fudge are a couple of guys being supplemented by my band. That’ll be a lot of fun, we’ll do that tour and jam together at the end of it. I’m looking forward to that.

MR: Will Rick Derringer be joining you guys?

EW: He did it a couple of years ago, but he’s not in it this year. Rick and I, of course, are still best of friends. We probably do fifteen or twenty shows a year together, but he’s not on that particular tour. Rick’s in Florida now. I think you’ve spoken with him as well.

MR: I have in the past, but I haven’t interviewed him yet. He’s someone I would absolutely love to interview. I especially love his Guitars And Women album. Anyway, you and Johnny…

EW: In the beginning of our careers, Johnny wanted to be sure that we maintained our separate identities and I said, “Johnny, I think everybody knows who we each are.” What we’d done was so different, though we did do that Together album in the seventies, which I loved. That was really so much fun, reprising a lot of the songs that we used to do in clubs together growing up, in our teenage years. But he didn’t want us to become known as The Winter Brothers. I love The Winter Brothers myself.

MR: That’s terrific you have such a solid relationship with him. By the way, I remember in 2011, you toured with Ringo Starr’s All Starr entourage.

EW: I did indeed! It was just one of the most rewarding experiences, and just fun. I toured with the All-Starr band in ’06, ’08, ’10 and ’11. Usually, Ringo doesn’t invite people back more than one time. I think his twenty-fifth anniversary of doing that is coming up and probably a lot of the people that have done that over the years will be there and I’m really looking forward to it. I think in discussing that whole era, The Beatles were, of course, at the forefront. To me, The Beatles were bigger than music. They changed the mindset of the entire generation. They brought about a revolution without firing a single shot. They really changed the world and Ringo is still, to this day, such a heartfelt advocate of peace and love. Every year on his birthday, wherever he is, usually in that tour, somewhere, he does a deal where at noon, he invites everybody to stop whatever it is that they’re doing and just think “Peace and Love.” That’s such a simple yet powerful thing. Being all hippie myself and having played Woodstock with my brother Johnny, that really resonates with me. Ringo is just the greatest. He’s just an amazing guy. It was one of the thrills of my life. On his seventieth birthday, we played Radio City Music Hall–and this was a surprise that Ringo was completely unaware of–at the end of the show, Joe Walsh came on and Paul McCartney came out and we did “Birthday.” I thought, “I can’t believe it, I’m on stage with two of The Beatles!” It just blew me away.

MR: Awesome. You also were on William Shatner’s album Ponder The Mystery. Were you with him during the recording of that?

EW: Nope! Same situation. It was sent to me and I got to work with that one. It’s amazing how much you can do with computers today. They are an amazing tool. When you have the session, you can listen to the individual parts, mix it exactly the way that you want to, and re-record examples of things that you might want to change. There is interaction to the extent that you can pick up the phone and make suggestions and email things back and forth. That one was really a lot of fun for me to work on. I liked it because it was really atmospheric; it had a mood that I really liked. That’s what I tried to do with the song melodically. Rather than just playing a typical solo I wanted to get a melodic hook that would exemplify that mood. That was my direction on it.

MR: Are you working on a new Edgar Winter album?

EW: Yes, I am. Since you bring up the question, I’ll just tell you what I’m up to these days. First of all, I have a book of poetry that actually started as lyrics that I had and had not written music to. But as I was on the road, I just started getting really interested in poetry as opposed to music. My wife Monique and I have been married for thirty-five years. Without her, I don’t think I would have survived all of this. She’s really the love of my life. A lot of times, I would be out there on the road and I would think, “I’m going to write her a poem.” I’d done that for three or four years and I realized, “Wow, I’ve got over a hundred of these and put together with some of these lyrics, it would make a nice book.” So I decided to title it The Songs That Never Were. I found this amazing sense of freedom. There is a real formula to writing music, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge. It’s very formulaic. The subject matter that you can address in pop music is somewhat restricted. It just doesn’t allow that same emotive quality that you can put into poetry. It was really a liberating feeling for me, so that’s one thing that I’m doing.

Then I have a musical comedy version of “Frankenstein,” a Broadway-style show that I’ve been working on, where the doctor is a posh Park Avenue plastic surgeon. He would’ve done Michael Jackson and all the guys. It’s sort of a social satire. That’s something that I have in the works. Also I have some short stories that I’ve been writing that occur in this mythical realm called The Shadow lands. They’re sort of fantasy sword and sorcery works and I have some music that’s going to go along with that called Shadow Dance. When I release the short stories, they’ll have some music to go with them. I’ve been doing Shadow Dance musically, but I do have all kinds of songs. I have always more than enough songs to put an album together. Rebel Road, the last album that I did, was sort of inspired by how we play a whole lot of biker shows. We did the Sturgis Buffalo Chip thing, I did the Love Ride when Jay Leno was doing that. I think rockers and bikers have a lot in common as far as disregard for the authority of the powers that be. We’re definitely not nine-to-fivers. The idea of that is just basically I’m not going to be told who I am or how I’m supposed to live.

I’ve always considered myself something of a musical rebel. When I did “Frankenstein,” the record company said, “Now you can do ‘Dracula’ and ‘Wolf Man’ and we’ll call the whole thing Monster Rock!” and I said, “No, that’s not going to happen, I’m not going to do that.” I kind of enjoy defying categorization. I love music in and of itself. I love the beauty of harmony and rhythm. You’ll never hear Edgar Winter talking about a farewell tour! I come from that old blues man mentality. I’m in it ’til the end. I’ll die with my boots on as they say down in Texas. The thing that has been so inspiring to me over the years is to exercise that freedom. Honestly, I just like to play whatever it is at the moment that’s meaningful to me. I’ve never thought of music as a career in the commercial sense for very long. When I put together The Edgar Winter Group, I did Entrance, which was an interesting experimental album. Then I did White Trash, which was really all the guys that I grew up playing with, doing gospel R&B. I said, “I’m going to put together the quintessential All-American rock band.” I had a lot of fun doing that, but I didn’t want to continue doing that forever. That’s the key to the whole thing to me, that’s what keeps me inspired and interested in music, being able to exercise my freedom to do what I feel at the time.

MR: Edgar, what advice do you have for new artists?

EW: I would say to follow your heart and play the music that really means something to you. The perfect example of that, I think, is “Frankenstein.” That was something we really worked up as a live song, really a vehicle for the synthesizer, and it was a riff I had written a long time ago when I was playing with Johnny. I wrote that back when I was playing with Johnny as a walk-on. Nobody even knew I existed. He would say, “Now I’m going to bring on my little brother Edgar,” and I would walk out and they’d say, “Wow, there’s two of them!” I played Hammond B-3 and did a sax solo and a drum duo and we did a very primitive version of the song. We used to call it “The Double Drums Song” back then. But anyway, the point it being advice to new artists is that song was a song we worked up just to feature the synthesizer when I got the idea of putting the strap on the keyboard. We never even intended to record it. We just evidently had long versions, like fifteen or twenty minute jams of that song. Back in those days, one of the other things that made the seventies so magical was the fact that bands would go into the studio with two or three songs and actually create an album.

All of that changed. As the record companies became more obsessive about that stuff, they demanded that you submit demos of everything. You had to have everything approved before you get into the studio. Back in those days, it wasn’t like that. We had these versions of what were just calling “The Instrumental” and then Rick Derringer said, “We could probably edit that into something to put on the album.” I thought, “Uh, that’s kind of crazy, but we do play it live enough and I like crazy ideas,” so it was a great excuse to get even more blasted than usual and have a big editing party. We figured out how to do it eventually. We all thought that “Free Ride” was the song with real single potential. We released that one and it really didn’t do anything, didn’t go anywhere. Then about the third or fourth single in, “Frankenstein” was a B-side and it just started getting underground FM radio play. All of a sudden, it was a huge number one hit. Then we re-released “Free Ride” after that and it became a big hit. The point that I’m making is that was a song that we did with no commercial intent. It was just for fun, it was a song that we played live. That’s my advice, just do the stuff that you feel is fun to play and means something to you.

MR: Nice. “Free Ride” is another song that’s been immortalized in pop culture. And think about how it was used in Dazed & Confused. That re-immortalized that song.

EW: Yeah, and it was also in Air America with Mel Gibson. And of course “Frankenstein” was in Wayne’s World 2. It’s great to walk into a theater and hear one of those songs on a soundtrack.

MR: Good for you, man! So have I forgotten anything to badger you about?

EW: [laughs] Before I go, I want to take this opportunity to thank all my fans out there for following my career as well as that of my brother Johnny. It means the world to us to be able to do what we most love and see you all out there rocking and having a great time. I look forward to seeing you all out there on this tour, and keep on rocking!

Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne
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