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2015-01-29

ICB's Winter Tool Kit: Top 5 In Your Bag Essentials

Ready. Set. Out the Door. But wait…it’s not all about the lip-gloss, gloves, scarves, iPhone chargers and left over starbucks gift certificates! It’s about the lean, mean, and bare essentials. What are they? Dare you ask?

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Un-done Winter Beauty Requires a Battle Plan. Photo by #StrandedBack Stage at ICB SS15

What surprises us over at ICB is how many NYC winters we’ve weathered, yet we’re still at a loss when it comes to the exact requirements of what needs to be put in our bag.

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Sure, we wish we could concentrate on our shoes, summer wardrobes, and self-tanner, but trust us; once you keep these essentials in your bag you’ll thank us for protecting you from dry skin, sore throats, and a little self-love indulgence to go a long, long way.

1. HAND CREAM

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We love Diptyque’s Eau de Rose Hand Cream. Nothing spells relief like a little homage to the ‘Queen of Flowers’ on the mean winter streets of NYC.  With its majestic scent enlivened by bergamot and black currant, and warmed by musk, cedar and honey, it’s sure to make those tucked away subway rides a bit more luxurious. Extra Bonus: It’s also enriched with macadamia oils to help sooth dry skin.

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Bag It and Protect It!

2. RICOLA

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Okay, NOT the whole bag. But just a few. Pop 'em on your way out, on the train, or before your presentation. Whether or not you’re feeling the coughs coming on, rest assure that these little drops of power can prevent itchy, dry throats and in some cases, the common cold. You’ll thank us later.

3. SMART PHONE GLOVES

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Okay, this one might not be for everybody. But when you’re in the middle of New York Fashion Week with one hand on your notebook and the other on your phone with the snow coming down, you might want to think twice about those chic red leather gloves. Trust us. Invest in a new pair of smart phone gloves for those super busy days, keep them tucked away in your bag, and we guarantee all your multi-tasking dreams will come true….(hopefully). We Love The Northface Etip & Touch Gloves.

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Don’t Suffer! Put those hands under those smartphone glove covers!

4. ULTRA THICK MOISTURIZER

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Oh no. Not another cream. Yes, we’re sorry to tell you that the one still in your bag from last summer just doesn’t cut it. Protecting your skin from the summer breeze isn’t the same as protecting your skin from gargantuan NYC winter gusts. Not to mention, your skin really does change with the seasons. That’s why we love to slather Av ne Skin Recovery Cream before heading out, after the gym, and before bed. You’ll see the difference, less flakes, more dewy like conditions on your skin, and less fuss.

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GET LUXE and Protected

5. AN EXTRA $20 IN CASH

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Cabs. Uber Cars. Cash Only Coffee. Cash Only Bars. Emergency Cash Only Purchases. Every NYC ICB Girl knows that cash really is QUEEN. So always keep a bit stashed into those purse pockets- because you just NEVER know.

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