Wouldn't it be awesome if we could all just drop everything and jet off to a tropical island to wait out the coming of Spring? What a dream.
Unfortunately, I have a job, and bills, and responsibilities, so my warm weather wishes will have to wait until actual warm weather hits my home of Toronto. That doesn't mean, however, that I can't pretend.
The snow on the ground will not deter me from having a sunny mindset, and these are just a few of the ways that I trick myself into having summery thoughts. Take my advice and you'll be feeling like Jimmy Buffett in no time.
1. Plant Life
You don't have to have a green thumb to make your home feel springy (I definitely don't). Covering your surfaces in inexpensive, hard-to-kill greenery is an easy way to brighten your mood. Little potted succulents and cacti are easy to take care of -- mist them with water every once in awhile and keep near the sun -- and your habitat will feel a little less dreary with these dudes hanging around.
2. Eat Summery
When I was waiting for a train recently, I popped over to the Orange Julius in the station and got myself a piña colada. I'm not sure about the actual fruit content in those things, but it tasted tropical and got me thinking. I decided to pick up some summery frozen fruit at the grocery store (pineapple, peaches, mango) and make myself some similarly flavoured smoothies for breakfast everyday.
A couple handfuls of the frozen fruit, some Greek yogurt, a banana and almond or coconut milk blended together gives me a quick breakfast I can sip on the way to work, and it also provides a beach-vacation-flavoured distraction from the snow outside.
3. Switch Up Your Scent
Aromatherapy is a surefire way to relax your stressed out mind, and I figure sniffing scents I associate with warm weather will work just as well for my winter blues, too. As much as I do love my heavy, spicy winter perfumes, I'm sick of the cold weather and changing my fragrance rotation early this year. Mountain Ocean's Skin Trip lotion ($10.79, drugstore.com) is not only perfect for skin dried out and ravaged by the horrid dry winter air, it also smells like coconuts and heaven.
Pair that with Maison Martin Margiela Beach Walk Rollerball ($25, sephora.com), with notes of ylang ylang, coconut milk and lemon, on your wrists. Inhale deeply and imagine yourself lying on the sand somewhere warm ...
4. Set The Soundtrack
There are some great wintry songs that sound perfect played by a crackling fire while you sip a hot toddy, and on the flip side, there are songs you absolutely need to listen to while lounging on a beach. Drape a colourful towel over your couch, grab a smoothie (see above), put on some sunglasses and listen to any of the following playlists (Soak Up The Sun, Summer Infatuation, '60s Sunshine Pop) to send your brain on a temporary vacation. You may look crazy to anyone who walks in on you, but you'll be totally chill, man.
How are you making it through these last dull dregs of winter? Let's help each other survive! I just want to go out with bare legs already, damn it ...