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?
This post was kindly sponsored by Panasonic, but all opinions and excitement for spring are my own.