Wednesday, 1 March 2017

5 Ways to Feel Spring Ready

I don't know about anyone else, but I like to get in the spirit of spring way early - I know it's still kinda chilly outside and there isn't any sign of blossom yet, but sometimes the sun streams through my window and makes me so excited at the prospect of brighter skies and shedding my winter coat (I realise that makes me sound like an animal...) Doing spring like things just makes me happy so I thought I'd round up five of the things I've been doing recently to get in the spirit of the new season.


Upping my fruit intake | Winter is all about soup for me (and copious amounts of chocolate obviously...) so I tend to eat lots of veg in winter, but not much fruit at all. In spring and summer I probably eat too much of it, but something about eating more fruit just makes me feel happy, healthy and spring like! One of my favourite ways to get lots of fruit is through smoothies or juices. I know these have a slightly bad rep for containing far too much sugar so I like to balance mine out by including veg in it too - plus I'm sure it's still better than eating a chocolate bar! I currently have a very old blender, but because we're doing up our kitchen at the moment we're on the hunt for new appliances. The Panasonic Juicers seem so fuss free and I'm all about an easy (lazy) life, plus they retain the maximum amount of nutrients from the fruit, the loss of which I know is often another criticism of juices! They're also easy to clean and anything that makes housework a little bit easier is a winner in my eyes. My favourite juice for getting in the spring spirit is a mixture of spinach, apple, cucumber, lime and mint. I find that putting strong flavours like lime and mint with a large amount of spinach means I'm getting a lot of the green goodness without my juice tasting like spinach because the flavour is masked.


Home decor tweaks | I'm not one of those people who reworks the whole colour scheme of their bedroom each season or who has separate spring cushions to winter cushions - who really has the time or the money for that? There are some really small simple tweaks I make almost unconsciously each season though, which are affordable and don't require an endless amount of storage for all your seasonal throws. Spring in the home for me simply means more fresh flowers and more house plants. There's nothing quite like daffodils to get you in the mood for spring is there? I'm also a big fan of gypsophila because it looks just as good dried so you've always got flowers in the house even when you don't have time to buy fresh ones! Both daffodils and gypsophila are super cheap at your local supermarket and I rely on IKEA for my house plant obsession.


Dressing light | By dressing light, I don't mean throw on a strappy top - this is the UK after all - I mean light colours. I was going to say 'bright' to avoid confusion, but I never dress bright so that would just be deceptive. I do dress in light colours though, at this time of year especially. Throughout winter I had a real thing for the colour grey and obviously black is always a fail safe too, but now the weather is brightening up ever so slightly (although as I'm writing this Storm Doris is in full force haha) I like to wear paler colours (not gonna lie, mainly white).


Getting outside | March is the month I'm going to take up running again because I ran a lot last spring and it improved my mood so much. There's something about getting outside first thing in the morning that sets me up for the day and puts me in a positive mindset. I also really want to start just going for random walks because getting outside really does make you feel happier and it's nice to appreciate the beauty of what's around you - I find when I'm walking somewhere with no purpose I really notice the little things (and proceed to Instagram them, obviously.)


Make up | I don't really change my makeup that often because I've found what works for me, but when it comes to spring and summer I like to wear less especially when it comes to base. I'll be digging out my tinted moisturiser and BB cream and switching my red lipstick (most of the time - I can't let it go completely) for pale pinks and nudes. Now I just need to pray that the cute smattering of freckles across my nose I've always wanted actually appear this year and that my hair gets suddenly naturally wavy and blonder without me even having to pay a hairdresser. If only. 

How have you been getting ready for spring?

Amy x

This post was kindly sponsored by Panasonic, but all opinions and excitement for spring are my own.
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  1. Great ideas Amy! I'm so looking forward to spring and some warmer weather!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thanks Rosanna, I'm looking forward to the warmer weather so much! xx

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  2. I've been getting into Spring myself, but only a little, by dressing brighter and planting new seeds (literally, plant seeds). This post is so inspiring though, and I'll probably end up tweaking my own home decor today!

    Lovely post!

    Amber - amberelb.com

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    1. I can't wait to get out in my garden and sort it out - that's another thing I need to do! xx

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  3. I love the spring time and I love all of your points babe. Such a lovely post! πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.AlishaValerie.com | www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

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    1. Thank you Alisha, spring is my favourite time of year I think :) xx

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  4. Oh I can't wait for spring and warmer days, you can already feel it here in Croatia and I'm so happy about it! :) I love this list of things and activities, my favourite one definitely is spending a lot of time outdoors and enjoying sushine by the sea - it always brightens up my entire day! Cheers to Spring! xx

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    1. It is just starting ever so slightly in the UK, I can't wait! xx

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  5. I have embraced Spring, Pineapple bedding on... coral lipsticks.... and a big coat because it is still freezing haha. Great post Amy, love love love the cactus glass!! xxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

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    1. Haha yeah so annoying it's still freezing! Pineapple bedding sounds amazing! xx

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  6. I've been on the hunt for a BB or CC cream for years now just can't find anything that works! When it gets to spring I love having fresh flowers all over my home opening the windows and long walks at the park with Emma and our dog!

    Tania || www.taniaalexandraribeiro.com
    xxx

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    1. I use The Body Shop tea tree BB cream which is great, but they only have three shades and I'm just lucky one of them matches me! xx

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  7. I love spring! I'm the exact same with eating fruit cxxxx

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    1. I love spring too, glad you agree about the fruit xx

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  8. I actually have a Panasonic Juicer at home and it's great! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ I never feel healthier than when I've had a big glass of juice packed with fresh fruit! I love putting lemons and limes in for a great tang! I definitely agree that March is the month to start getting outside again, it's so nice to be able to be outside without freezing your bits off! Thanks so much for sharing, Amy! Great post!

    Abbey πŸ’• www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Ooooh really that's good to know, yes to lemons and limes! And yeah it's just about warm enough to get away with a jacket instead of a coat haha xx

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  9. Thanks for the tips, nice sharing Amy :)

    - LILY KANAYA
    WWW.GLOWLICIOUS.ME

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    1. Glad you found them helpful, have a nice weekend :) xx

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  10. I agree with you juices are better than a chocolate bar :) or pralines :) I mean, better for health, but some really taste better than chocolate - I am sure many people don't think like that, but for a personal reason I spent a year and 4 months without chocolate and I found that fruits are really delicious :) I also think that with light clothes we feel spring is knocking on the door (and it is :) and I also don't change the whole colour scheme of my bedroom or living room because of a new season. Well, my rooms are very boho - boho outfits, boho living then :) Loved the post, I could feel the spring breeze!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. I've actually given up chocolate and sweets for lent so I'm finding I'm eating a lot more fruit! xx

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  11. Lovely post and I'm so ready for spring now! Have a great day! Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks Gemma, I'm so ready for spring now! xx

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  12. Great post 😊 I love Spring and can't wait for the lighter nights and the change in colours 😊

    Steph xx

    Steph’s World | Lifestyle Blog | www.stephsworld.com

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    1. Thanks Steph, I'm so excited to leave work when it's light! xx

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  13. The photos in this post are lovely.

    I need to up my fruit game too!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Ah thanks so much Corinne! I find spring a really good time to up my fruit game! xx

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  14. Getting outside normally makes me so ready for spring, but there were SNOWFLAKES today?! Really?! I'm so ready for spring, haha ;) Lovely post, Amy x

    Blessings,
    Edye | Gracefulcoffee.com

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    1. Aw no really! Hopefully no more snowflakes here, it has started to brighten up a bit :) xx

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  15. I want to include more fruits and vegetables in my diet too, I usually don't eat that much in winter!! Great tips!! Hope you have a lovely Friday! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. So easy to eat comfort food in winter I think whereas I always have a bit of a health overhaul in spring! xx

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  16. For once, I'm really excited for spring. I'm definitely focusing on my fitness right now and looking to make some additions to my wardrobe. I love dusky pink in the spring. I also change up my room seasonally! It's always grey and white and then add in blue in the winter and pink in the summer. Great post lovely :)

    Sian x
    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I have a dusky pink shirt I haven't worn since last spring and I can't wait to get it out again! xx

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  17. Getting outside and dressing light are both high on my list of things to do to feel 'Spring ready' - great suggestions! Also totally loving your gold glass :)

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. It's Oliver Bonas :) getting outside is making me so excited for spring! xx

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    1. I love a good green juice, glad you do too!

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  19. I'm so happy that spring is approaching, I feel like this winter has really been dragging on! And I agree with you, decoration wise spring simply means fresh flowers to me. :) I really want to go and buy a smoothie maker, they are so practical and the smoothie you suggested actually sounds amazing! xx

    113thingstosay.com

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    1. It really has dragged hasn't it? I bought some daffodils the other day so I'm all set :) xx

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  20. I do the same with my room decor, I change little things in my room to give it a more spring vibe! I can't wait it eat watermelon on a really hot day!!! The smoothie sounds amazing tho xox

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    1. Yes watermelon on a hot day sounds perfect! xx

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  21. I love this post - I've started changing a few things in my diet and feel so much better already! Love smoothies as they're easy to make and great to have, especially if you're on-the-go too! Hope you're well lovely! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. That's great, it really does make a different doesn't it :) xx

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  22. I really like changing up my makeup for spring, I bring out the pinks and nudes more and go more subtle on the eyes! I don't usually wear eyeliner during the spring either as it's just way too much hassle, especially if we do get that rare warm day!
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    1. Yeah I'm definitely a no eyeliner girl in spring too! :) xx

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  23. In terms of makeup, if it isn't broken don't fix it :) I loved your post here. Detoxing yourself from stuff and just feeling healthy in general is a wonderful way to start of spring :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/03/how-bazaar-street-style-accessories.html

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    1. Yes it is! It's not often I switch my makeup up but definitely have products I prefer in spring! xx

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  24. Defo agree with make up, I don't wear much anyway, but I do tend to wear a bit foundation or blusher in winter, spring and summer is all about natural to me. And mmm fruit intake lol I love fruit! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Dominica from London, www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk xXx

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    1. Yeah natural is so much nicer in spring and summer! xx

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