The Friday 5: Warm and Fuzzy Edition

Can’t we just be soft and cuddly this Friday?

What’s more cute and loved than our favorite animals? We walk them, we talk to them, we gaze upon their beauty in the stillness of nature and still, there are never enough words to explain how much we appreciate them..until this week. Anyone with the least shred of animal decency in them clicked on All Creatures Great & Small: 30 Best Quotes About Animals so they could wax poetic with their furry and feathered friends while at home, on the beach or deep in the woods.

Abigail Wick is our resident sex columnist who, in addition to being a great writer, has a voice that will make you melt. It’s like buttah. Any of her columns could fit here in the warm and fuzzy edition but Flirting As Art? Acting coy yet direct to get what you want is a pretty soft and sexy way to go, especially if you just embrace being a flirt and work it to your advantage.

Just above your fireplace is a small shelf that many call a mantle but you, the budding artist, the home decor maven, you call that a blank canvas. In 25 Wicked Halloween Mantles, Shelter Editor K. Emily Bond pulls from all over the internet to bring you 25 creative ways to light up your hearth for the spookiest night of the year. Note to budding artist/home decor maven: make sure when lighting the fire in the hearth, your creative touches haven’t drooped too low to make your wicked mantle, wicked messed up.

Who doesn’t love a warm knit sweater when the weather turns cold? We caught up with knitwear designer Anna Cohen and Imperial Stock Ranch co-owner, Jeanne Carver recently to talk DIY. What we love most about the collaboration of sheep rancher and designer is that the product that comes from them can be so high fashion and environmentally sustainable. Read more about the designing duo in Anna Cohen and Imperial Knits Partner Up For Some DIY and the kits they’re now producing from the Imperial Stock Ranch in the high desert of Shaniko, Oregon.

Don’t deny it, when fall comes, something inside you screams for comfort food. Hot casseroles, hearty soups and soup bowl sized lattes can’t come fast enough to quell your cravings for inner warmth. One thing all that good cooking and drinking doesn’t always fix is the reduced amount of sunlight we have to endure and the dopamine and serotonin deficiencies our bodies endure. Not to fear snuggle bunnies, writer Luanne Bradley’s 12 Top Foods To Beat The Blues will have you smiling in no time, decorating your mantle, flirting with your partner while wearing a warm sweater and calling Fido over for a quote that just happened to come to you.

Amy DuFault

Amy DuFault is a conscious lifestyle writer, consultant and fashion instigator. She resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.