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5 Easy Ways to Pretend it’s Actually Spring

Break is over, it's officially spring, and we are loving the... snow on the ground?

Oh, heck no.

We're going to slip on our sunglasses, grab a drink, turn up the heat, and pretend like we're sitting on a beach.  

If winter where you are is acting like that guy texting you at 2:00 a.m. saying, "r u up?", and just won't go away, we have the best ways to trick yourself into believing it's finally spring.


1. Get Tan

Personally, I'd stay away from the beds because they're not the safest thing in the world.  Instead, a bottle of tanning lotion is a better bet.  Try L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion for a sun-kissed glow without burning your skin.  If you're iffy about lotions, try the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes.  They're quick, convenient, and good for the girl on the go.  Nothing says, "I'm ready for warm weather," like being tan.  You may get some odd looks since it's not warm enough outside to even forego a jacket, but just play it off like you were in Punta Cana for spring break.  They never have to know.


2.  Go For the Beachy Beauty Vibe

Enough of the go-to winter ponytail.  If you want to feel like spring and summer, you've got to look like spring and summer.  Ditch the ponytail and opt for beachy waves instead.  Curls stay better after a day of not washing your hair, but before you grab your curling wand, touch up your roots a little with Freeman Beauty's Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo (go for the Tropical scent for an even more convincing summer vibe).  Brighten up the look with Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick, a dash of mascara, and a swipe of highlighter will give you that I've-been-lounging-in-the-sun-but-this-isn't-sweat-it's-intentional look, even if you're breaking out in goosebumps walking around on a frigid day.


3. Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

If the weather isn't warm enough to ditch the snow boots for a pair of sandals, accessories will be your best friend. It's still sunny in the cold, wear your favorite pair of shades.  I don't care what anybody says about sunglasses in the winter, I'd rather wear sunglasses than be squinting from the blinding glare off the snow on the walk to class.  Opt for brightly colored shirts with floral patterns, a vibrant nail polish, and a cute pair of Pave Pineapple Stud Earrings from Juicy Couture!  Tropical fruit jewelry, tropical state of mind. 


4. Stick a Pink Umbrella in Your Drink

For the 21 and older crowd: Two words. Beach. Drinks. Mai Tais, margaritas, sangria, Coronas with lime... I can almost feel the ocean breeze and the sun on my face.  After all, you are what you... drink.  Just fake it 'til you make it.  If you still want to hold on to your other favorite drinks, deck them out with koozies, drink umbrellas, or put them in festive glasses.  

For the under 21 (or non-drinking) crowd: Iced coffee, iced tea, lemonade, and Dunkin' coolattas are a great way to trick your taste buds into thinking it's spring.  Sip your drink in style in Juicy Couture's Insulated Glitter Cup to add some fun and sparkle to your day.


5. Create a Countdown

Literally all of us right now.


If you're still having trouble convincing yourself it feels like spring, create a countdown instead.  Know how many days are left in the semester, and what is due for the rest of the year so you get the satisfaction of crossing it out as you go.  The Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner is perfect for mapping out the remainder of the year, and you'll look stylish while doing it.  With customizable designs and stationary accessories, you may even be sad when the school year is over and you don't need it anymore.


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Nikki is the Campus Correspondent & Editor in Chief for Her Campus UConn.  She is a senior majoring in Communication with a minor in HDFS.  Nikki wishes she was Beyoncé, worships Adele, eats more pasta than is probably recommended, and is a Ravenclaw at heart.   If you have any questions or concerns regarding Her Campus UConn, you can email her at nicoleharris@hercampus.com.
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