Adulting, Style / January 18, 2018

Beating the Winter Blues (and Blacks)

Easy Ways to Beat the Winter Blues // Hunting for Pink Flamingos

We’re now in the time of the year when it’s cold and dark and there aren’t really any holidays to look forward to. (Presidents’ Day does not count.) But it’s also the time of year when people are generally pretty motivated to stick to their new year’s resolutions and try new things.

So here are seven ideas for using that motivation to beat the winter blues!

Buy a Groupon for a new type of fitness class.Β Spinning, yoga, karate, whatever. I bought one for hot yoga, and I’m motivated to go to the classes just because I know that it’s going to be warm there. πŸ™‚

Plan a vacation. It can be a weekend trip in two weeks or a longer break over the summer. It’s just exciting to look forward to something!

Read your horoscope. I feel like horoscopes are generally written pretty positively. Like, “You’re going to rock this month, Taurus!” Who doesn’t want to hear that? I like reading the LOFT horoscopes because they have weekly, monthly, and yearly predictions. (They have nothing to do with shopping.)

Rearrange a room in your house/apartment. When I take down my Christmas decorations, I always feel like my apartment is a little sad and empty. You could redecorate, but if you’re not so great at that (like me), just rearrange the furniture. Bonus: It costs $0.

Decorate frivolously. If rearranging isn’t your thing (or if your roommate/partner/family has aΒ lot of opinions about such things), put up a few frivolous decorations to replace the Christmas ones! Tassel banners, paper chains (like in the pictures below), a disco ball, etc. If you go to Target, you’ll definitely find something. πŸ™‚

Take a cooking class. This is something I’ve always thought would be cool. And there’s really no better time to be in a room filled with hot ovens than when it’s cold. You could find a class through Groupon or a local community center, or if your schedule is crazy, find one online and cook in your own kitchen!

Get crafty. I always feel really energized when I’m making something. You could sew something (a blanket, a pillow, a top), make a bracelet, learn to knit, draw a picture, decorate a cake, make a cross stitch sampler, mix your own face scrub … there are literally millions of options. (And millions of ideas on Pinterest.)

Layer a fur vest over a sheath dress // Winter Work Wear Wearing Black and Blue Together // Style // Hunting for Pink Flamingos What to Wear to Work This Winter Why a fur vest is a winter must-have // Hunting for Pink Flamingos How to Beat the Winter Blues // Hunting for Pink Flamingos

| Dress: Old Navy, similar styles here (with tie sleeves) and here (with a lace-up front) | Vest: I made it | Necklace: Target | Tights: Walmart | Shoes: Nine West Outlet, similar here and here |

On a completely different note, I feel like there’s always a little debate around whether you can (or should) wear black and blue/navy together. But I say go for it!

Of course, I also wear white after Labor Day. Really, I just don’t pay attention to fashion “rules” very much anymore. (And when I was in high school, I was the #1 critic of wearing black and brown together. Which I now do all the time.) I say do what you want!

Thanks for reading!

P.S. We took these pictures when it was 13 degrees, and I’m relatively positive that everyone driving by was like, “What is WRONG with that girl? Where is her coat??”

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