Friday, March 21, 2014

Sweet Spring!

It's here at last (though I've been told the first day of Spring was really yesterday). You may still have snow on the ground where you are, but isn't it nice to know that— soon— it will be gone? Who (or what) wants to stick around when it's not welcome?

Treat yourself:

> Buy ONE thing that you couldn't possibly wear now— sandals, a sundress, a floppy hat.

> Even if you never purchase them, pick up a March issue of a fashion magazine (soon, before they are gone). March has become as big a month in print as is September. InStyle does a good job identifying Summer's big trends to whet your fashion appetite. Since I get them all anyways, I indulged this month in British Vogue. At $12 a pop stateside I won't do it every month, but it was a mini vaycay over a cup of tea.

> Pack away the most annoyingly heavy of your winter gear. Weed out colors and fabrics you know are done— corduroys, dark paisleys, foulards, tweeds.

> Be brave. Try on some of last summer's staples (pants, shorts, bathing suits) to see if they "shrunk" while in storage. Nothing worse than slipping on those white jeans for the first time and realizing...

> Bring in some fresh flowers or a plant. Change the candle you burn for ambience to something lighter. Switch your sheets to the paler colors. Surround yourself with beautiful accessories in your home as you would wrap yourself in a new scarf or jacket.

> Most of all, smile. The worst is over!

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