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As we settle into fall and winter quickly approaches over the horizon (you know we’ll be complaining about the cold in no time), there’s a mixed feeling of happiness and loss. The colder months bring cozy sweaters, rich colors and hot chocolate with all the trimmings. But we leave behind the sun and heat of summer. For those of you who live in a warm state year-round, you probably don’t feel the same. But it is sad having to say goodbye to summer, packing away all your cute shorts and crops and saying goodbye to any open shoes for the next six months.

There are ways to keep summer alive through the colder months without looking weird in your sandals in the snow.

the carolove Summer Love In The Winter

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Clothes

With Vogue promoting shorts and knee-highs as one of the trends for this season, you can keep on wearing yours through the winter. They are also saying that printed and woolen tights are back – so keep out your skirts and pair them up with a more seasonally-appropriate under garment. You’re going to want to trade in your slip-ons for boots soon, but that can be really effective when paired with your summer ankle-dusters. And, as it has been all this year, it’s all about the layers. Don’t discount your crop is you can layer on a shirt, scarf, and jacket to go with it.

Hair

Waves are still cute in the winter, so don’t store your salt-spray just yet. The fashion trends might be calling for ponytails and messy buns, but those hair styles aren’t going to keep your ears warm, nor will they accommodate a hat. Beach waves are a year-round style. As is pastel hair and mermaid dyes. Winter is also a great time for you to care for your hair after the heat and sun damage it will have had over the summer.

Makeup

In the summer, we tend to go lighter on the makeup, and darker in the winter. But you do you. If you want peach tones instead of burgundy, then apply them. And the festival glitter that has rocked the nation this summer? What time of year is better for extra glitter than Christmas? Amp up the glitter if you want to. Do think, however, that with the loss of a natural tan, you may need to swap out your foundation and contour kit for a lighter shade.

Tans

Who said a tan is a summer thing? Luckily that golden glow is achievable year round and completely accepted by everyone. You may want to tone it down a little, but you can still look sun-kissed in the snow. There are many options, from self-tanning to spray-tans and sunbeds. Obviously, you need to take care of your skin, so if you opt for the sunbed option, use sunscreen, and don’t believe those people who say you can’t get a tan while wearing SPF – if you need more convincing, ask the expert: can you still get a tan while wearing SPF? Some of the best tans over winter are gradual ones, pick up a gradual bronzing moisturizer and use it a couple of times a week, or as little as you need to get the color you want. You can probably pick them up cheaper now than you could in the summer too.

Mid-season Sun

If you’re craving beaches and sunshine, why not book a weekend getaway to somewhere hot? You can take a road trip to the south, or fly out to anywhere south of the equator. Airbnb has some amazing winter getaway deals. Try the canary islands for a beach holiday, Miami for a city break, or Australia for a little bit of everything.

Food and Drink

For some reason, a lot of food is dictated to being ‘winter’ or ‘summer’ food. Like hearty pies in the cold, and BBQs in the heat. The fact that lighting the BBQ in the frost doesn’t appeal to anyone shouldn’t stop you having a BBQ-esque party inside. The same goes for tapas and sushi, which are other dishes more common in the summer. If you want to enjoy sake nigiri in your sweater and fluffy socks, then do.

The same thing applies to cocktails – you don’t have to trade them in for whiskey and baileys just because the temperature dropped. If you want a cosmo, then you have a cosmo. But if you want to try a warmer cocktail and combine the winter and summer then why not try a winter cocktail.

House

The house tends to get more decorated in the fall and winter do to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. But there is a gap between summer and Halloween when you’re trying to keep the summer going a little longer. There are a few things you can do to achieve that. One of them is a sunlamp. A sunlamp can be used on its own or as an alarm clock, it replicates the dawn and wakes you up gradually without disturbing your REM sleep. Depending on when you get up in the morning will depend on whether it’s still dark outside – but with the winter solstice quickly approaching, the nights are getting longer. The sunlamp helps you keep the morning sun year round. They also help to combat SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which is where a person can become depressed due to a lack of vitamin D.

You can also introduce some houseplants to your home, keeping the place green throughout the year. Most plants will naturally die off in autumn, but things like succulent grasses will stay the same all year. You can also use winter blooms to replace the summer plants.

Garden

The replacement of plants applies in the garden too, but rather than ripping things up by the roots, try and mix up the summer and winter bulbs and seeds, that way your garden will always be in bloom with minimal effort. You can keep using your garden in the winter too – obviously, when it snows it’s the perfect place for snowman and snowball fights. And the longer nights give your fireworks a perfect backdrop. But to keep the heat, install some outdoor heaters around your seating area, you may need a blanket or two, but you can still enjoy the night outside. And during the day, your garden needs just as much care as in the summer – you need to protect the plants that might not make it, and leaving feed out for the birds and squirrels is more important than ever.

Next Year

And if you are completely at a loss with winter and just want next summer to roll around sooner, then start planning ahead. Most festivals release dates if not tickets and lineups super early. Start plotting your festival calendar, call up your friends and get them as hyped as you are. You can also start planning holidays – the early-booking can get you some amazing deals.

Enjoy

At the end of all of that, there are some amazing parts of winter you should be enjoying. Fall brings Halloween, which means scary movies cuddled up on the sofa with popcorn. Dressing up and going out with your friends. Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with family, and it’s all about food and fun and who can eat the most turkey. Christmas is a glitter-fest of presents, love, food, and family. And then New Year’s Eve rolls around with some of the best parties of the year.

As well as partying your socks off – you also get to wear the fluffiest pairs you own. With thick sweaters, bobble hats and scarves that look more life blankets. You can stay in an eat as many marshmallows you want purely because they are either in your hot chocolate or on a chocolate dipped wafer. You’re more likely to spend quality time with friends and family because you’ll stay in and chat rather than laying out by a pool or going to a club – which is fun but not the best place for a conversation.

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When I first realized that I had the day off for the inauguration, I suggested to Mama D that we take the weekend and have a little girls’ trip. Kendall was out of town for his drill anyway, so why not take advantage of the long weekend? (sidebar: I am so proud + pleased for everyone that attended the march that it was such a peaceful, yet empowering, day!)

We decided to head to head to Pennsylvania to visit my mom’s best friend, my Auntie Steph, and to check out Longwood Gardens. I grew up going to Longwood year-round- in the summer for the light-up fountain shows, in the winter for their amazing Christmas displays. For gorgeous flowers in or outside any time. We happened to be there on the opening day of the Orchid Extravaganza. It was so nice to walk around the grounds then head into a warm, fragrant greenhouse to feel the summer and see so many bright colors. Don’t get me wrong, the grounds of the garden have their own special, almost ethereal quality in winter, but seeing the flowers in all of their glory when it was gloomy and damp outside only made me appreciate them more.

If you are anywhere between New York and Virginia, I highly recommend the Brandywine Valley for an inexpensive yet lovely weekend getaway. The gardens have a history dating back to the 1700s, and like I said, there are displays and events all year round. I’m actually really excited to take Kendall there after Memorial Day for the grand reopening of their fountain show, as well as their specially summer night light displays.

If you do make your way there, consider staying at the Mendenhall Inn. I have stayed there multiple times and for the price especially, it cannot be beat. Just make sure you have reservations because they do a lot of weddings (of course, I’ve been to one of those too.) They also have a great restaurant and bar. Since I grew up visiting this area quite often, I’d love to answer any questions or give suggestions of other area places to eat, things to do, etc. Mostly, if you’re looking to get out of a cold winter funk, I think you should go see a bit of summer indoors.

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Last year, on Little Bitty City One, I did a guift guide for the Rose Quartz + Serenity, the Pantone color(s) of the year for 2016. This was by far my most popular gift guide last year  and the pink/ blue is one of my favorite color combos of all time. I was so psyched waiting for this year’s color to be announced. Then greenery happened, and I was not so psyched. While I love myself a good hunter or olive, greenery is a little yellow for my complexion and certainly not as easy to wear as last year’s dreamy pastel combo. I wasn’t excited about greenery at all and was debating on creating the last gift guide I’d had scheduled for months. But then I did a little bit of research and I guess Pantone knew what we all needed…

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

I am a firm believer in the power of objects + symbolism to impact your day to day life. My biggest goal in 2017 is to become more fiscally responsible, so feel like maybe the color of the year being about the color of money is a good sign for me. This could all be nonsense, but why not, right? So I decided to give greenery a go and create a gift guide. On the subject of being fiscally responsible, all of my greenery picks are under $50. So here we are to close out the year with a new color- what do you think of greenery?

the carolove pantone greenery gifts under 50

1.KRAFTWARE Kraftware Fishnet Set of 4 14-oz. Doublewall Glasses||2.Women’s Kate Spade New York Mini Stud Earrings||3.Women’s Topshop Wonder Knit Beanie – Green

4||Women’s Amuse Society Graphic Scoop Neck Tank||5.Women’s A.j. Morgan ‘Reign’ 53Mm Oversize Cat Eye Sunglasses – Green||6.Cathy’s Concepts ‘Newport’ Monogrammed Jute Tote – Green

7.Women’s Echo Palm Silk Scarf||8.Women’s Accessory Collective Satin Ball Cap

9.8in Faux Hanging Succulent Garden||10.Green Tea Scented Candle||11.kate spade new york Word to the Wise Journal

12.Circus by Sam Edelman Brunch Canvas Clutch||13.Women’s Hunter Original Tall Cable Knit Cuff Welly Boot Socks||14.Adrienne Landau Two-Tone Fox Fur Pompom/Charm for Handbag

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