How to Make It Through the Last Leg of Winter

Sunny nail color from Deborah Lippman and other cheap tricks for surviving the final stretch.

The days may be longer, but the lingering, on-and-off wintry weather is still testing most people’s patience here in the northeast. (Is the wind cackling at us?) Before you desert for a condo in Boca, focus on the faded memories of why you love living in Westchester so darn much: strolling down Main Street with the sun warming your shoulders…eating al fresco with a view of that glorious Hudson…golf! It’s all nearly in reach.

In the interim, get a mini-head start on spring—and save your sanity—with three easy ways to welcome a warmer, brighter time of year.    

1. Bounce Back

…literally. As virtually everyone with a once-buoyant coif is suffering by now, cold, dry air equals flat hair. If your spirits are equally deflated, don’t despair—or make a drastic styling decision, as my most recent hair stylist reported plenty of clients have been rushing in to do. Stir crazy or no, chopping it all off isn’t the answer (I left, uh, some of it, anyway). Get a fresh start with a body-boosting, hydrating remedy like Davines’ Naturaltech Replumping Shampoo—one use and my sad, limp locks felt fuller and looked remarkably less lifeless. Find the Replumping line starting in April at Everything’s Hair in Larchmont and Salon 228 in Chappaqua.

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2. Pass the Torch

While you’re waiting for a mild enough day to fling open every window in the house and let out the past five months of oven-air-like oxygen, make the stuffy indoors more palatable with a home fragrance that reminds you of life beyond its walls—walking in the park, fresh herbs at the farmers’ market, and lush, green living things. Caldrea’s Lavender Pine candle is a perfect transitional blend that’ll make your chosen room smell a little like a meadow in Provence, plus purifying pine. Go ahead and breathe it in—for up to 45 hours! (Their cleaning products are pretty gorgeous, too, if that nice day ever arrives. Get ’em at Harmony Designs in Mount Vernon or Foley Hardware in Larchmont.)

3. See It, Feel It

To counter being stuck in a vortex of gray, earthy tones (sweaters-soup-snow) for just a little longer, I’m surrounding myself with energizing visual cues: fizzy pink drinks (available here), lots of citrus fruits, etc. While it may be too soon to venture out in full-on pastel/florals, work in some botanical-inspired color with Deborah Lippmann’s Spring Reveries, the new happy, gorgeously opaque nail color collection. I’m easing in with Flowers in Her Hair, a subtle, creamy robin’s egg/mint ice cream blend that works as a neutral against a still-subdued wardrobe palette; then taking on Build Me Up Buttercup, a dreamy, Mod-ish yellow. Scoop up all six shades at Bluemercury or Sephora.    

Ahhh. Doesn’t that feel better?

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