It’s a rainy April 15 here in NYC, and some of you may be thinking about doing some binge shopping to either celebrate a tax return or cheer you up from a bad day. But whether or not I.R.S. stands for I Really Saved or It Really Stinks, the best thing to do on a day like today is to not spend money and do some spring cleaning instead. You may find some hidden treasures to give your spirits the boost it needs without spending a cent.
Start with your closet, for example. Not only do we all have to summon our spring clothes out from their long winter hibernation, but you will probably find great things you forgotten about entirely to wear right now…a great pair of shoes you bought on sale last year that you stowed away for a warmer day, or a hand bag stuffed deep in a corner and long forgotten. Even better, you could find something you’ve out grown that you can give to a friend or donate. I’ve come to realize that giving forward brings me much more happiness than a senseless impulse buy.
Don’t stop there! Hit the kitchen and while you are pulling out the scary organic greens stuffed in the back of the fridge, take out a beer and an avocado and give yourself a couple of beauty treats. Mash half the avocado into a paste and apply to your hair like a deep pre-shampoo conditioner. Wrap your head in a towel or a shower cap and keep cleaning. Half an hour later, take your shower, washing and conditioning your hair as usual. Then, with damp hair our half the beer into a spray bottle and spritz through the hair like a beach spray. Lightly blow dry to create great fullness and texture.
Go through your old spices and toss, but put aside some cinnamon or nutmeg. Sprinkle some in the palm of your hand and use an old blush brush to apply like a bronzing powder on the apples of your cheeks, bridge of the nose and around the hair line.
Put together a pot-luck dinner with all the left-overs, decorate with some budding forsythia or cherry blossom branches, and invite your friends to dinner and a give-away all the closet treasures you don’t wear anymore. Everyone will not only thank you, but they’ll also say how it looks like you just got back from a week at St. Barth’s. How’s that for turning a frown upside down!