March 29, 2011
The First Day of Spring is not always The First Spring Day
It officially turned Spring last week and did you see the sun sneaking out from behind the clouds today? It should feel guilty after the winter we’ve had! A brief dose of sunshine lures us into thinking we can schedule a pedicure and pull out our sandals…and then it pours down rain again! I’ve been caught shivering without a coat once or twice myself this month. Regardless of the inclement weather, it’s time to transition your look to Spring, beginning with your makeup. Leave the deeper, richer shades behind in favor of fresher colors on your lips, eyes and cheeks. Try coral, red or bright pink lips and keep your eye makeup neutral. Or opt for a very natural, neutral all-over face and then create a smokey eye, using blue or grey eyeshadows. Cheeks should look youthful, in just-pinched pinks. Lighten up your overall coverage by switching to a lighter liquid foundation or mineral powder instead of richer, thicker formulas on your skin this time of year.
Next month, keep going by adding bright floral colors into your wardrobe. Layer tanks and t-shirts in hues of daffodil yellow, iris purple or poppy orange (like our Difference top shown in the photo,) under long-sleeved tops and jackets for a peek of color. Move toward lighter-weight tops with lower necklines and ¾ length sleeves. Choose a fun, short raincoat in a happy color, and add a lightweight scarf to brighten your mood. Check out the Spring fashion trends of stripes, lace/macramé and tail hems that are longer in back than front. Wear accessories in silver, aqua, pink or lime to chase away the gloom.
Finally, in May you should also be able to wear thinner and shorter fabrics all over, including your bottom pieces, with lighter-weight jeans, cotton blend full-length pants and the occasional capri pant. Consider wearing grey dress pants instead of the obligatory black ones all the time. If you add a fresh, floral dress by then, you might even be able to get that pedicure and pull out those open-toed shoes. You’ll only be two months away from the driest month of the Oregon year at that point – July!