It has been a long hard winter. I guess everyone says that every winter, but really this winter has seemed to be the worst I can recall since I was a little girl. With the majority of the nation under a blanket of snow or below freezing temperatures it can leave a person feeling fatigued, unmotivated and grumpy. But I have found six ways that have gotten me ready for spring and beating winter at its’ own game.
There is nothing more exciting than the first warm day that you can let your toes free from the wool socks that have hidden them from the warm sun for so long. Don’t let your feet be caught naked. Buying a cool, new spring color can rev up your mood tremendously.
Essie has several new colors for their spring collection including Sand Tropaz, Topless and Barefoot and French Affair. Beauty Brands has these colors and more for just $8.00. If you don’t want a DIY pedicure. They offer full-service mani/pedi packages, too.
Put away the pumpkin bread and the spiced apples, lighten up your house with fresh springtime scents. My favorites are Slatkin and Co. candles that I find at my local Bath and Body Works store. The candles smell glorious and they are usually on sale which makes the find even sweeter.
My favorite springtime scents (so far) are Passion Flower, Lilacs, Pineapple Orchid and Calypso Sun. These scents start at $9.50.
The purse is every woman’s signature piece and springtime is the perfect excuse to freshen up your stale, overused brown or black winter bag. Designers roll out with beautiful spring colors, but here are a couple of my picks from personal experience. Both of these designers are located in St. Louis, but they will work with anyone anywhere.
Sew Good and Trendy is a one woman operation dedicated to making eco-friendly, fashion forward bags. She will work directly with you to create a one-of-a-kind bag that you help design. Prices are very reasonable for a personalized purse starting around $30. You can find examples of her work on line as well as on Etsy.
Everything Sam. I was at a Working Woman’s Survival Show over the weekend and came across this local St. Louis designer and I was blown away at the creativity of her handbags. She creates bags out of magazines, newspapers, boat sails, candy wrappers and seat belts. Truly, her bags are a work of art and do carry an artistic price, but for the price you are getting an unique, stylish handbag that is eco-friendly, too.
The Perfect Swimsuit
Okay, I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that winter has left you hiding in chunky sweaters and hoodies. You are pale and a little soft and not in the mood to quite yet think about swimwear. Well, I am here to tell you to think more of yourself. You are perfect just the way you are and now is the best time to buy a swimsuit.
Early season swimsuit shopping will afford you the best selection in color and style. It is in the middle of June when your summer beach vacation is beckoning that you will be left scrambling for the leftovers that sit on the rack.
Victoria’s Secret has a wide variety of swimsuits in a multitude of colors and mix ‘n match styles. I like their swimsuits not because I think I look like one of their models, but they are actually built for a woman’s body. They come in more than just small, medium and large. They actually want to know your measurements for the perfect fit. Well worth the $30+ per piece price tag because you will be certain that you got a suit that will not leave you over-exposed. The stores have many of the two pieces, but if you want extra coverage check out their on line store for twice as many options.
So, I gave you some glossy ideas to help you get over the wintertime blues. But the easiest and cheapest way to do it is to just get outside and soak up some sun. If it is 30 degrees put on a coat, a hat, a scarf and gloves and get moving. A refreshing walk in the chilly air will jump start your spirit and put you on track to a wonderful day. Happiness is the essential ingredient of springtime. Find your happiness today!