Spring is just within reach, but winter isn’t quite over yet. Those dark, cold nights are still here and can have more of an effect that in early winter when you’ve got the festive period to look forward to.

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Instead of dwelling in the dark until spring comes around, it’s time to pick yourself up and get happy again. Here are some suggestions on how to beat those end-of-winter blues.

Get outside

While the mornings and evenings might be dark, there are still plenty of daylight hours for you to enjoy. Make sure you get out during the day and get some much-needed vitamin D, even if it’s only for a short time. A lunchtime stroll or a mid-afternoon coffee run can help boost your mood and give you some fresh air. Make the most of the daylight while it’s there and the evenings won’t seem so dark after all.

Try something new

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and all you’re doing is binge-watching series on Netflix, switch up your routine. There are some fantastic things you can that you’ve never done before like a tough gym class, a cookery lesson or even just visiting some of your city’s local tourist spots. Rather than being stuck in the same old routine, try some new things – you never know what you might fall in love with.

Talk to someone

If you’re feeling lower than usual at this time of year, then perhaps you should speak to someone about the issues that you’re facing. A friend or relative can lend a friendly and sympathetic ear who could know exactly how to get you feeling like yourself again. More people are exploring readings through Psychic Light as a way to get answers, so if you’re a spiritual person, this could be a great solution for you. Don’t battle your feelings alone; you never know what difference talking to someone can make until you try it.

Book a vacation

What better way to shake yourself out of the winter blues than to book yourself a summer vacation? Booking a vacation can give you something to look forward to, making the countdown to summer much shorter. If you need some inspiration, check out this year’s top travel trends, you’ll be sure to find some great ideas for places to go or things to do. In the meantime, you could always plan a short break so that you can break up the wait for your next adventure and give you something to get excited about during these last few weeks of winter.

While the end-of-winter blues can feel like they’ll never end, by keeping yourself busy, you can soon get passed them and look forward to the year ahead. Why not treat yourself this weekend to give yourself a boost? Remember that winter is almost over and spring will soon be here, so finding little ways to perk yourself up can get you ready for the season ahead.

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This weekend is all about love. It’s Kendo’s birthday and we’re going to my parents’ for a steak dinner and staying there before heading back to DC to do… whatever he wants! I didn’t get to spend his birthday with him last year because he had drill so this is actually his first birthday that we get to spend together. He’s also been working night shifts so I’ve rarely been able to see him during the week.

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I’ve got my eye on…

If only this Pink Confetti Sequin Skirt was still available in my size!

I love Stella & Dot for their jewelry but I’m also loving this Crush It Bag. Unfortunately, it’s sold out right now but it’ll be back in April!

My all-time favorite nail color is nowhere to be found online in Gel. Let’s Be Friends was unfortunately a limited edition Hello Kitty/ OPI collaboration, but this might be a pretty decent dupe nail polish. What do you think?

Don’t forget you can always peek at my wish list over in my sidebar. Here’s what I’m currently craving:

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Ok but did we really need Rosé Vodka? via Town & Country

I get a lot of inspiration from another Caroline. She had a great post this week about not getting sucked into the numbers game on Instagram. via The Caroline Doll

Reading this article, I somehow feel like I’m a “middle” millennial. If that’s even a thing. via Bustle

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I’m not sure if you’re aware (I wasn’t until recently) but “Disney prohibits anyone over the age of 14 from sporting a costume in its parks, because it has the potential to infringe on the official characters that Disney employs”. (Thank you Refinery 29). I actually dated a former cast member handler for a while, and he told me I’d be a shoe-in for Alice/ Tinkerbelle, so I guess I can see this. However, you can Disneybound.

If you’ve never heard of the term Disneybound, let me educate you really fast. Starting on Tumblr in 2012 and becoming a mainstream concept since, it’s essentially creating outfits inspired by your favorite Disney characters, be it from a movie, ride, what have you. You can check out the original blog here.

I actually get kind of annoyed at adults that are SO OBSESSED with Disney. Like, yeah, Kendall and I call our apartment Pride Rock and I’d like to go to Disneyworld for my 30th birthday but some of it is all just cliché to me. I’m just not a huge fan of the actual Disney princesses. I was kind of fond of Aurora from Sleeping Beauty because of her dress that changed colors at the end, but really, until the mid/ late 90s the princesses were almost totally useless. Incidentally, my sister’s favorite princesses were Pocahontas and Jasmine- two of the less damsel-y options.

I said it before on Little Bitty City One, but the animals were really what I loved. Especially the cats. Oliver & Company, A Goofy Movie, Aristocats, Lion King… those were my favorites! (Alice in Wonderland too but again, not a princess.) I also dragged my Grandaddy and Gramma Dee around Epcot until I found a stuffed Figaro from Pinocchio to bring home with me in 4th grade.

The reason why I wanted to Disneybound my girl Marie is that I think she best mirrors me. She’s small and sassy, looks great in pink, is kind of a show-off, and doesn’t like to be told what to do. She’s also a bit of a whiner and a mama’s girl.  Yup. I’m Marie.

If you were a Disney character, which one do you think you’d be?

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Much like watermelon, I associate peaches with spring and summer. They’re actually one of my favorite fruits/ flavors/ smells but I have a hard time eating them because they make my mouth itch, like most raw fruit. (Total sidebar- I found out this is actually tied into my pollen allergy. I can’t win! So I eat the stuff anyway. Life’s short. Each the peaches!)

They’re also beautiful. That blush-y orange color that reminds me (as corny as this sounds) of watching the sun come up seemingly from the field behind my parents house. Luckily, the beauty world seems to enjoy the pretty fruit as much as I do so there is a ton to choose from to rock it. This isn’t just Too Faced I’m talking about here either- although they do have quite a selection! Check out Ulta & Sephora.

I’m getting a little cabin fever-y with this winter. I feel totally cooped up and can’t wait for some sunshine and warmth. I’ve started just walking most of the way home when it’s freezing anyway because I’m so sick of the home-bus-work-bus-home. Maybe if I bring the warm spring color into my life it’ll make me feel a little cheerful and I’ll just pretend it’s warm anyway. What do you do when you start getting SO OVER winter?

ps- butter LONDON also has some gorgeous peachy shades! You can also check out my Amazon list of peachy goodness!

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Everybody wants to look and feel beautiful. The key is to love yourself, most importantly. You might feel like that’s a cop-out answer, but it’s actually the only answer that makes sense. Looking beautiful is all about feeling comfortable in your own skin. There’s no perfect size, shape, hair color, or any other aesthetic feature; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And if you don’t feel confident or comfortable about the way you look then you need to think of changes you could make to your own perception of yourself. All that matters is whether or not you can embrace your flaws.

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Be confident in public.

Looking and feeling good is all about confidence. The first step is to find a look that makes you stroll out of the door with pride. And it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to look good either. Not everybody wants to go “au naturale” when they step out of the house, but that’s fine – cosmetic products don’t have to bankrupt you if you know where to buy them. You could get some perfume to help you feel a little more confident at public gatherings and events; smell is as powerful as aesthetic when it comes to feeling attractive. And if you’re asking yourself “how long does perfume last?” then the answer is: a long time. Not only does it have a good shelf life but you only need a small amount any time you use it. One bottle could last you a good few years, so that’s a good example of a cost-effective way to spruce yourself up. At the end of the day, feeling confident in public is down to you. You have to feel comfortable in the way you present yourself, whether that’s in regard to your look or your smell.

Improve your health.

The best way to look and feel more confident about your appearance is to improve your health. We’re not just talking about “getting skinny” here because skinniness isn’t always the epitome of good health – being underweight is just as unhealthy as being overweight, so you need to focus on a more holistic concept of healthiness. It’s not just about improving your physical health but your mental health; the better your mental state, the more confident you’ll feel about the way you look. It’s a self-serving positive cycle. You should fix your diet because the things you consume have the biggest effect on your body and mind. Having a more varied diet with all the carbohydrates, protein, calcium, and iron you need is a good way to balance out your chemicals. You’ll feel better physically and mentally. The path to looking and feeling beautiful is made easier by a healthy lifestyle.

Work on your social circle.

You might not truly realize it, but your friends and family have a big influence on the way you feel about yourself. If you’re not confident about any aspect of yourself, whether it be your appearance or something deeper, then you should have a circle of people to whom you can turn in order to help you out. Likewise, you should get rid of toxic people in your life. Boosting self-confidence is something that you have to do, but the path can be made easier by friends and family who are truly supportive of you, as you are supportive of them.

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