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  1. Elta MD Sunscreen: As a chronic sunburner, this sunscreen saved my life (and my skin) during a week in Miami. I hadn’t been in the sun since the summer, and I applied this cult favorite sunscreen each day of the trip. Other than a few small patches (of which I missed completely), I didn’t burn at all… saving myself the unfortunate appearance and discomfort during spring break. This product can be worn as a daily SPF, in addition to its use on beach vacations
  2. Spicy Margaritas: I’ll admit, I am only a recent fan of a spicy marg. My roommate, on the other hand, cannot go to a Mexican restaurant without asking for one. As the weather has gotten warmer, I, too, have felt inclined to kick up the heat of my dinner cocktail. Since Providence is home to a number of wonderful Mexican restaurants (Dolores, Xaco Taco, Don Jose, Tortilla Flats), I will be ordering a classic margarita infused with jalapenos all spring.  
  3. Slip Dresses (and skirts): Always trending on Brown’s campus, a classic slip dress or skirt is the hallmark of a warm, spring day on college hill. I recently wore a new slip skirt for the first time and loved the comfortable, effortless, and put-together vibe it offered me. As we continue to see improvements in the weather around here, I know I will put the various silk dresses and skirts in my closet to good use. 
  4. Reading a book before bed: I usually swear off reading completely during the school year. I figure that I put enough time into my class assignments to require an ADDITIONAL free reading book. However, spring break allowed me to the chance to get into a book I started over the summer – Modern Love. This collection of essays from the New York Times column by the same name was the perfect beach read. I also rediscovered how relaxing jumping into a book can be. Now, I plan to forgo the nightly TikTok scroll so that I can scan a few pages of reading before bed. 
  5. Outdoor Dining: A necessity during the time of COVID, I hope outdoor dining is here to stay. Since it’s getting dark later and staying relatively mild, I now opt to sit outside of restaurants if it’s an option. I’m always sure to pack an extra layer for once the sun goes down, but spring in Providence is short and sweet, so I want to enjoy it while I can! 
  6. Drinking 100 ounces of water: Following the advice of @itsmetinx, I’m trying to drink 3 liters of water every day in the month of April. Medically, I’m not sure if there are proven effects of this intense hydration tactic. However, I have found that I feel more energetic when consuming this much water. As a perpetual afternoon coffee drinker, I’ve been able to (almost) break my habit and replace it with H2O. Try it out yourself! 
  7. Breakfast Pastries: I recently tried PVDonuts for the first time since coming to Brown and was blown away. Between two artisanal donut spots, Seven Stars Bakery croissants, and the Coffee Milk Cinnamon Roll from Bayberry Garden, I’m leaning into dessert for breakfast. There is truly nothing better than a breakfast pastry, so I’ll be grabbing one to enjoy on the green with friends for the rest of the school year. 
  8. Live Music: My roommate got me tickets to Olivia Rodrigo for my birthday, and it will be the first concert either of us has attended since pre-covid. I’m a huge fan of live music, and I feel like head-banging to Driver’s License is the only appropriate way to make my return to concerts. Having this event on the calendar has only increased my desire to see artists perform live. With so many good shows coming up, I can’t wait to make up for the lost time of the pandemic.
Maddie is a junior at Brown from Connecticut. She is concentrating in Economics.
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