This is the time of year when it can begin to feel as though winter is going to drag on forever. Even if your climate is relatively mild, the days are still short, and trees often still bare. (Even last week’s warm spell in Southern California didn’t feel spring-like, just…odd.) And for many of you, this winter has been especially cold and brutal. So aside from wearing your favorite sandals around the house, here are a few mid-February mood-lifters I’ve practiced lately.
A new lippie. Over the weekend I tried one of the new Chanel Rouge Coco shades, “Arthur” which in the tube looks orangey-red, but on me looks like a warm, bright, slightly pinkish red. There’s a little shine to the finish, and the formula is relatively moisturizing (not as much as the Chantecaille Lip Chic, but it’s also more pigmented and the color really stays on, especially if you use a liner). If you prefer a softer, more natural rosy shade try “Vera.” I’d also been wanting to try the Chanel Les Beiges “Healthy Glow Fluid” (which is basically a tinted moisturizer/illuminator with a bit of sunscreen). This is another nice, lightweight option for those who don’t need or want heavy coverage. It blends easily, doesn’t collect in lines or pores, and looks/feels very natural.
A good book. On Tish’s recommendation, I’ve been reading Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers by Teri Agins. It’s a very informative and entertaining read, even for those who are aren’t in the fashion business.
Two of my friends have books coming out soon! The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way Forward is by Tracey Cleantis, whom you may know from her blog La Belette Rouge. I’m so excited for Tracey, and think this is such a needed book in our “you can get whatever you want if just try hard enough” culture.
Style Forever: How to Look Fabulous Every Age is written by Alyson Walsh, of the always fabulous blog, That’s Not My Age. Alyson is knowledgeable, stylish, witty, very sharp and a lovely person, and I’m SO looking forward to reading this.
A happy closet. Clean, organize, purge your closet, especially those “winter” items you haven’t worn yet this winter. (At the very least, pull them out and store.) Get rid of those yellowed or stretched out tee shirts. Replace missing buttons on blouses, jackets and sweaters. Give your shoes a good polish and check if heels are worn down, or if there’s anything else that needs a cobbler’s attention. Toss underwear and socks that are stretched out, worn through or well past their prime. Have your wardrobe ready to hit the ground running once spring arrives.
How do you beat the mid-winter blah’s?
On another topic: I’ve been made aware that at least one ebay seller has used at least one of my outfit photos in their item listing. I do not currently have any items listed on ebay and have not given permission for my photos to be used. I’ve contacted the seller and asked them to remove. If you see any images from this site used in ebay listings, they are used without permission and are not my listings.
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