OK, I know. It's now more than half way through September, so spring is well and truly here. But I've only just started feeling it today.
I work in air conditioning, as probably most of you do. And I leave for work at 7:30am each day, and don't get home until about sixish. So it's still cool when I leave, and cool again when I'm going home. And for some reason my body thermometer runs about 3 degrees cooler than everybody else's.
But today I'm feeling more motivated (perhaps it's that new pair of ballet flats I bought?) and decided that now is the time to look at what needs to be done to throw of the pallor of winter. These are the things that I am doing and you may like to do the same, just so you are prepared for anything.
1. Start dry brushing your skin to get the circulation going, or make sure that you exfoliate in the shower every day. Dry skin be gone!
2. Swap the body moisturiser you've been using all winter for one with a gradual tanning agent in it. This will make your skin gradually start to glow and colour. Then it is not such a great step if you decide on a spray tan as the weather really starts to heat up.
3. Get rid of the winter fuzz under your arms and off your legs. Shave, wax, depilate, whatever. Just do it. You might want to unexpectedly remove a jacket or go bare legged, and you don't want to be embarrassed by looking like a primate.
4. Add some colour into your wardrobe. If you're anything like me you'll have spent the winter in many shades of black, gray, burgandy and brown. Time to pull something out of last year's summer wardrobe, buy something bright and new, or add a colourful scarf to salute the season.
5. Change your make up. Wear a bright lipstick, a darker foundation, less eye make up. Anything. As long as it's different from what you've worn all winter. Try a Fox in Flats Style Dare, if you're game.
6. Paint your toenails and lather foot cream into your feet at bedtime. Sandals herald the coming of warmer weather for me (no feet exposed in winter). I love sandals and pretty feet and it's nearly time, so prepare for it.
7. Have a good look at your hair. I change my hairstyle regularly because I get bored with it really short, but then I know that a longer style is hell to look after in the humidity of summer. I also go a little darker in winter, adding more blonde foils in summer. If you really want a change, you might find that a new hairstyle will do it for you. (BTW – if your hairdresser goes overseas and you need a fringe trim and you decide to get someone else to do it for you – DON'T!!! You may end up with what you deserve. I am sporting a very short, very blunt fringe this week!)
Happy, warm days everyone!