The Art of Family Blogging

Seven years ago, I started my first blog. When I began, if I’m being honest, I thought blogging sounded kind of dumb. If I wanted to write about my feelings, I’d just put them in a journal.

Why did the whole world need to read about my day to day life? Who would even care?

I started my blog for the same reason that 99% of moms start their blogs – I wanted to keep distant friends and family in the loop on our expanding family. It only took a couple of months, and I was hooked.

It turns out that sharing our mundane day to day life was cathartic in a way I didn’t know I needed. It was a hand out into the void where suddenly I was met, and women everywhere were nodding and agreeing with me. We got one another. And in that space of solidarity, motherhood didn’t seem so lonely.

So I kept blogging, and I focused heavily on the funny aspects of our days, because when there are three children four and under in your home, insanity rules, and laughter was the only way to keep from crying.

Those funny blogs got me a little attention, and afforded me a few fun opportunities, but then something happened.

My kids grew up.

Suddenly writing about our days had to take on a entirely different shape. I was no longer writing my story, but I was writing their stories, and I had to filter which stories were okay to tell, and which needed to stay inside the family.

For several years, the theme of authenticity has been running throughout the blogosphere. Tired of the perfectly manicured photos of a happy life, the online world wanted to see glimpses of reality. “Tell us how it really is!” they yelled, and the pressure to document real life took on a life of it’s own.

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While I am absolutely on board with the idea of not presenting life to be constant puppies and rainbows, I also find myself balancing in that tenuous place of wanting to protect my people. So how do we blog authentically while still protecting the people closest to us? I’d like to offer a couple of suggestions:

1.) Stop and Think

Before posting anything, try to remember what it was to be a kid. Remember back to the days when life was confusing and big, and youthful exuberance got you into trouble on occasion. Now try to imagine your mother sharing your every milestone, every tantrum, every mistake, with the entire world, with pictures for added effect.

We have to be willing to think about how the stories we tell will paint our children. In an effort to give an authentic picture of real life, we must not sacrifice the honor and privacy that they deserve.

2.) Some Things Don’t Need to Be Shared

This goes not only for the stories we tell of our children, but for anyone close to us. Before I post anything about my husband, I typically run it by him first. And while I’m not trying to portray he and I as the perfect couple, you can know for certain that I will never share publicly about any relationship challenges we may be having.

Those conversations are reserved for the privacy of my home, or over a cup of hot tea with a friend.

3.) Be Trustworthy

I want the people around me to trust me. I want them to know that they can open up to me and be themselves without fear of becoming the next viral blog post. My goal is to build my friends and family up, not tear them down just because I can get a good story out of it.

4.) Perspective

We’re learning how to navigate these waters of social media as much as our children. While I’m so very grateful that I didn’t have to deal with such things as Facebook and Instagram as an insecure teenager, I’m also grateful that my mom wasn’t there broadcasting every embarrassing moment to her hundreds of followers.

If protecting my children and my people makes my online life look a little more ideal, then so be it. I’ll be the first to admit that we aren’t a perfect family. Our children aren’t perfect little well-dressed robots. My husband and I don’t laugh and kiss all day long.

We’re imperfect and we’re real. But you won’t see every imperfection online. Some things are just meant to stay at home.

What about you? Tell me how you protect your family while living an authentic online life?

Redefining ‘Me Time’, The Pace…The Quality

My small girl looked at me across the kitchen island, clearly fed up with being forced to do homework, “I can’t wait until I go to college… Until I can make my own decisions and I’m in charge of my own schedule. I will do whatever I want, whenever I want.”

I smiled.

I know better, right?

I remember thinking the very same thing. I’m not quite that old. I remember luxuriating in the thoughts of free time, glorious, delicious free time.

Time for me…just me.

I could ‘play with my friends’, (whenever I wanted) I could turn the music up loud, I could be outside, free to roam as I pleased….with no one to tell me when, or where or how.

But somehow, you grow up, and you simply trade one version of wishes for ‘me time’ for another.

Fifteen years ago, working 60+ hours a week, it seemed easier to squeeze ‘me time’ in to my week than it does now.

I could meet girlfriends for dinner.

I could lie by the pool.

I could read a book.

I could go for a walk.

I could exercise (or not).

I could watch a movie.

I could sit on the couch and do absolutely nothing.

Now… much of my ‘me time’ looks like this….

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…it is more like ‘us’ time where I am frequently on the sidelines or in the stands. And while it is delightful on so many levels, I still crave solitude. The older I get, the more I find myself needing Q-U-I-E-T. Crazy, I know. I am not, by nature, a quiet person. I’ve always been a turn-the-radio-up-loud-surround-myself-by-people kind of girl. But the current pace of life has me deliberately slowing down, intentionally carving out time that requires me to just ‘be’.

I’m here to tell you, if I don’t do it on purpose, it doesn’t happen.

At the beginning of this year, I vowed that I would take at least an hour to myself each week – an hour to sit, to truly enjoy a meal, to have a glass of wine, to read a book (I’ve promised myself 52 this year and am on 13, so I’m a little behind) and to avoid all of the demands that come with being a mother, a wife and a business owner.

One hour of the week’s 168 isn’t too much to ask, is it? Sure, I should spend 49 of those sleeping, but who’s counting? (Not to mention, I’d be lying if I said I always managed to get seven hours of sleep a night anyway). It is funny…between practices, homework, last minute work and my real desire to spend time with my family, it does require a bit of a juggle on my part, but I’ve discovered that hour is much like recharging my battery – and my family gets it.

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What do I do? Good food. Good wine. Good reading. And quiet. I pop in a beautiful Ristorante gourmet frozen pizza (oh the delightful options!), pour myself a glass of wine, wait all of 10 minutes and perfection….I have dinner, grab my latest read and I SIT for the perfection of ‘me time’. With the first bite delicious thin and crispy crust, I already feel ready to relax.

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My home is never perfectly quiet (unless I choose my solitude when everyone is gone for practice – often a smart move) but I have to say, the older my small people get, the more lovely they are about ‘gifting’ me this time – and that alone makes me grateful.

The question is…..do you carve out time for yourself each week and if you do, how do you do it? I’d love to know. And so would Dr. Oetker.

Dr. Oetker is hosting the ‘Love Yourself Amore’ sweepstakes. Divulge what you do to treat yourself with the simple meme generator on their website for the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. The Grand Prize is a year supply of the service of your choice – anything from grocery delivery to pet care – so seriously, what are you waiting for? Enter today!

In the mean time, I’d recommend finding Ristorante pizza in a store near you. If your local supermarket does not currently sell Ristorante, you can put in a request with your store manager.

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Disclosure: Thank you to Dr. Oetker LLC and Ristorante Pizza for partnering with me and inspiring this conversation about ‘me time’. As always, all thoughts and opinions shared are mine and mine alone.

Transitional Outfits for Spring

The weather in between seasons is always tricky. Is it gonna be cold? Windy? Or even maybe some rain? That’s why it’s a great idea to have some transitional outfits. That is, outfits that work for multiple types of weather. This way, you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way!

Jean jacket

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I am of the opinion that every girl should own a jean jacket. They are the perfect transitional piece being not too heavy but still able to keep you warm. They also go with virtually everything you own so you don’t have to worry about having multiple jackets. Here I am wearing sandals but you could easily pair this with a pair of boots if you don’t quite have sandal weather yet.

Summer dress with a sweater

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All those summer clothes that you put away for Winter? Well, you can totally wear them in Spring! This one is a strappy dress but you pair it with your favorite boots and a sweater and you’re ready to go. This way, if it warms up, you can take the sweater off and still have a cute look with the dress and boots. You could also throw on a pair of tights if it still isn’t quite that warm outside. See below!

Tights

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Tights are another great way to transition outfits into Spring. You might want to be wearing those fun flowery dresses but it just isn’t that warm yet! Pair your favorite dress with a pair of tights and boots and you’re good to go. This dress is really lightweight which is perfect for a transitional wardrobe. Colored tights are always fun and definitely give outfits a little more oomph.

Chambray

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I don’t think you can go wrong with a good chambray shirt. It goes with so many things. Here I am wearing denim on denim but you could pair it with colored jeans, under a sweater if it’s cold, with shorts when it warms up – you name it! Chambrays are perfect for your transitional wardrobe because they are lightweight and go with pretty much anything. I know I’ve gotten quite a lot of use out of mine.

So there you have it….Four different ideas for transitional spring outfits. Now search through your wardrobe and pull out some pieces that would be great for the unpredictable weather and mix and match until you have some of your own!

I’d love to know what you come up with…..

Mother’s Day: The Art of Thoughtful Giving

I was born on January 21st, 1973 at 5:17pm in the afternoon. I’d venture to say it was fairly unremarkable as far as births go. I was six pounds and fifteen ounces. Twenty-one inches long. Probably a goofy-looking, skinny thing. But not to my mom. To her, just one week past her 22nd birthday, I was EVERYTHING.

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From that chilly, Canadian day until now, this woman has made me feel like the center of her universe. Does she have her own life? Of course. Her own work? Her own friends? Her own interests? You bet. But she has never stopped making me feel as though the most important job she has ever had is as my mother.

She taught me the deep value of empathy, the beauty of friendship, the grace of forgiveness, the heart in kindness and giving to others. It is safe to say that the ‘good’ qualities I possess flowed directly from her soul to mine.

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And yet, it wasn’t until I took on that very same role as mother on my own that I was fully able to appreciate the depth of compassion and tenderness that comes with this role we honor every May.

Mother’s Day.

It is more than a manufactured, card-driven holiday…you know that, right?

I don’t know if you are anything like me, but celebrating the people I love on days like this is special. It is an opportunity to say

I love you.

You are special.

Thank you.

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And I prefer to do something unique that fits the personality of the person I’m gifting. Do you do that? Choose a gift especially for the individual? Something that you know will make them laugh, smile or even tear up a little when they open? (that is the nirvana of gift-giving, right?)

I LOVE to find the perfect gift….seeking it out, wrapping and of course watching the moment when they open.

I’ve always been that way…so much so, that my husband teases me.

What makes a gift special? A thoughtful one….one that you *think* is a perfect match for your mother, your wife or for this Mother’s Day… the new Mom that you know. Since I am such a HUGE fan of thoughtful giving, I’ve partnered with my friends at CafePress who have made #thoughtfulgiving their mission this season as well.

It is so important to them, that they have scoured the internet seeking some of the most beautiful and personal finds…just look.

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You will note, these gifts are NOT all from CafePress, but rather curated from sites all across the web.

Here is where you can find them. (I am partial to #5…you will see why as you continue reading.)

1.     Favorite Artist Scarf by Cafepress

2.     Cookie Press and Pattern Disks by Oxo

3.     Custom Wood Coffee Table by David Stine

4.     Yoga Pose Garden Sculptures by Catherine Murphy and Uncommon Goods

5.     Family Photo on Art Canvas by Cafepress

6.     Her Favorite Pet Custom Eyeglass Case by Cafepress

7.     Soundwave Jewelry by Danielle Crampsie

8.     Video Greeting Card by Spreengs

9.     The Mother-Daughter Experience by Whitney Biggs and Uncommon Goods

10.   Custom Initial Tote Bag by Cafepress

One of my favorite things to give in the world (and one of my mom’s favorites to receive – Mum, look away now if you are reading and it happens to be before Mother’s Day! ) photographs. You see…we live in St. Louis and my mom is in San Diego, so any tangible reminders of our family together fall in to her ‘favorite’ category.

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So, this year, we are sending my mom a canvas print of her favorite photograph of her and my small people taken on her 60th birthday. I love it as much as she does. Can you feel the happy?

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It will be perfect in her home. She’s lucky I don’t steal it for myself. THAT is how much I love it. And her.

What are you doing for your Mom for Mother’s Day? (don’t tell my mom what I’m doing!) :)

Disclosure: Thank you, a million times over, to CafePress, for partnering with me for Mother’s Day this year. I’m grateful. 

 

Top Denim Trends for Spring

Having a great pair of jeans is the foundation of every woman’s wardrobe, am I right? And while the classic skinny jean has been the most popular style for a while now, there are some new denim trends popping up for this Spring and Summer.

1. Distressed

Giving off a very casual-cool vibe, distressed jeans are big right now. Ranging from slightly distressed to full-on ripped, there is a pair perfect for every woman’s style preferences.

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2. Slim boyfriend

I am so thrilled with the remake of the boyfriend jean. Sure, jeans that actually looked like they fit the man in your life may have been comfy, but rarely were they all that flattering. The new boyfriend is more slim and tailored but definitely still comfortable.

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3. Flares

With the revival of all things 70’s-inspired, it’s no surprise that flares are making a comeback. I prefer a more subtle flare (more like a bootcut), but if you’re more adventurous, try a wider style!

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4. White

Every woman needs a classic white pair of jeans. To me, they are the epitome of Spring and Summer denim. Whether you want to go skinny, distressed, or boyfriend style is up to you. There are so many options.

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5. Grey

I just recently purchased my first pair of grey denim. I was under the impression that they wouldn’t get a lot of wear, but I find myself reaching for them constantly! They are Spring’s slightly more modern version of black denim. So lighten up, and go grey.

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What denim trends are you loving for Spring?

 

Mastering a Good Hair Day: Finally

My obsession with long hair started early. I mean very early.

Why, you ask? Because my hair looked like this.

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And I begged and pleaded with my mom to let me grow it out. I have no explanation for this hair cut. Really, I don’t. It was clearly one she thought was cute.

I look at this one of my brother and I…I can barely tell us apart. (It is a little blurry, I know….but you get the idea)

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So, I started to grow it out. Not that I knew what to do with it.  My ‘curls’ or ‘waves’ were a bit of a mess. To say my hair was thick was more than an understatement.

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Bangs were not my friend.

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Humidity was (and still is) my arch-enemy.

I even worked at keeping my hair straight (but, friends…the bangs!)

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And then I grew up, went to college and grabbed by dream job working in television. In the mid-90’s, working behind the desk, required what I ever-so-fondly refer to as the ‘anchor bob’. Yep, all that time growing out my hair and I was forced to cut it all off to be professional. I know, I know….women in tv now can have long hair, but then? Notsomuch.

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I will tell you this…the very second I left television in 2001, I began to grow my hair out again and I haven’t cut it since. Well, that’s not quite true. I DO let my stylist trim it when necessary, but the length you see in my hair now has been maintained for a few years. And, I’ll confess, that I will likely be one of those ladies who will have to be TOLD to cut her hair as she ages.

I’m counting on that being a long, long time from now as I finally feel as though I have the hair I always WANTED to have. And I have an amazing stylist to thank for that.

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No bangs.

The right length.

The right texture (Thank you keratin and texturizing that thins it out and makes it more manageable.) This picture – DryBar get the style credit.

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But I’ve learned new styles  on my own too- my favorite is the beach wave – see the video below.

And on days when I am not in love? Dry Shampoo and hats are my friend! (a secret? I only wash my hair every 4-5 days…what about you?)

Funny what happens when you finally feel confident about your hair, right? No such thing as a bad hair day.

I would LOVE to know what you love most about your hair, what you might want to change or what styles you want to try? You know who wants to help you fall in LOVE with your hair? Hairfinity. I first heard their story and how they are changing how women feel about their hair this past summer. Women who have long worried about ‘bad hair days’ have fallen in love with their own style all over again.

I’m joining the #HairfinityStyle Twitter Party this Sunday night (April 26th) at 10pmCST/11pmEST and think it would be amazing if you joined me.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Hairfinity for inspiring today’s conversation .  I am a Niche Parent Network & Conference Influencer. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

The Spirit of Playing Baseball Hard: Reward Effort and Heart

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A million thanks to Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® for partnering with me on this post and encouraging me to talk baseball – as you know, one of my very favorite topics.

When my husband was three years old, he was required to memorize the inscription on Stan Musial’s statue before he was allowed to enter Busch Stadium to watch his now beloved St. Louis Cardinals play baseball.

If you aren’t from St. Louis or you aren’t a baseball fan, Musial might not be your guy, but to the baseball enthusiast, he is one of the greats. And my family falls firmly in the ‘enthusiast’ camp.

My husband and his father and his father before him…and naturally, now my small dude might just have seams instead of veins. They are soothed by the sound of the bat hitting the ball and the word ‘Rawlings’ makes the corners of their mouths turn up.

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My small dude wore eye black, baseball pants and arm bands in t-ball and he slid in to home despite the always present ‘T’.

And he has spent moment after moment mimicking his father.
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His stance.

His pitch.

His crouch.

His love of the game.

Cooper (named for Cooperstown) is lucky to be coached in the game he loves by the man who loves him most in the world who understands the game better than anyone he knows AND who’s biggest goal is for him to have fun as he plays and learns.

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Now in his 5th year of playing, Coop is a ‘Rookie’. He’s on a team of kids who love the game as he does, who play hard, are working on their skills, and are starting to really understand the difference between winning and losing – and how their effort plays a part.

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Because I want to reward that effort, regardless of the final score (and we’ve had a few tough losses lately) I partnered with Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® to #GetKreative and keep the fun in the game.

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Here’s what we did… We started in the stands with the very youngest of the fans  – the player’s siblings and a huge bucket of wrapped, ribboned Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®. (I know they are a favorite.) For every single, successful play the boys made on the diamond – a hit, a strike-out, a stolen base, a man tagged out on first or second, a caught fly ball, or a run scored…one treat was moved in to a ‘winning basket.

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The ‘fans’ spent the game, not only celebrating runs scored – that’s the easy part, but enjoying every moment of fun, every single success the boys earned throughout the game.

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Each inning, we tallied the score AND added to our stash of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

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The goal? To give the boys a huge pile of goodness to enjoy at the end of the game – one that represented everything extraordinary they did over the course of the game AND provided them with treats to share with the people they love – each other, brothers and sisters, moms and dads.

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Final score: Rookies 12-0.

Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® – 7 Boxes – now that’s some serious success. 

I happen to know those boys were still talking about that game today…. and you know the first thing they mentioned? The TREATS. If you are looking for a little inspiration for family fun, head to KelloggsFamilyRewards.com

And here is some extra fun for the baseball fans in your family: In the spirit of this game we so love… Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®, Major League Baseball® and the extraordinary shortstop and third baseman Cal Ripken, Jr., are teaming to give one lucky winner the chance to play a game of catch with the man who has 3,184 hits, 431 Home Runs, has won two Gold Gloves Awards AND broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played: Cal Ripken. It will happen during the 2015 MLB All-Star Week! Just grab a box of specially-marked Rice Krispies Treats®, find the promo code on the box and enter it on the “Play Catch with Cal” instant win page.

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For another Chance to Win: Tweet #GetKreativeSweeps

Until April 30, 2015, Kellogg’s will be looking for another fan to hang out with Cal during All-Star Week. Enter to win by tweeting a photo of you and your family enjoying Rice Krispies Treats® using hashtag #GetKreativeSweeps and Kellogg’s® will select a winner.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

 

On Kids and Grief: Navigating the Pain of Losing a Loved One

She drew herself into me, tight and fierce. It was as though she hoped to somehow crawl close enough to snuff out the emotion that threatened to pull her down. She’s only nine, but she’s tough as nails. She’s not an open book, but rather holds her cards tight to her chest.

On this night, the cards were beginning to crumble.

As she buried her face into my chest, she coughed. It was one of the deep, wracking coughs that comes from a nasty chest cold. She tilted her face up to me, eyes glistening, tear drops gathered, waiting to cascade.

“Am I gonna die?” she whispered.

I hugged her tight. “Of course not, babe,” I answered back. “You just have a cold. You’ll feel better in a couple of days.”

And that’s when the dam broke. She put her head down, because she doesn’t like you to see her cry, and she sobbed softly into her pillow.

“Are you sure I don’t have lung cancer?” she asked.

And that’s when it hit me – that’s when I knew. This wasn’t about her cough. It was about the fact that we’d just learned her grandfather had Stage 4 lung cancer. My tough as nails little girl was wallowing in fear, confusion, and the beginnings of grief.

We walked our kids gently through their grandfather’s 7 month battle with cancer. Living in a different state provided some shield from the effects of watching him slowly fade away. But our final visit, a mere ten days before he took his last breaths, was the visit where they faced death head on.

I hated every minute of it.

I hated it because I didn’t want to lose the patriarch of our family, a man I loved and respected deeply.

I hated it because I didn’t like to see my husband hurting.

I hated it because there was no way to fix it.

I hated it because my kids were losing their grandfather.

I worried about the kids in the days following the funeral. What emotions would need to be processed? What hard conversations would we have? But they surprised me, these kids of mine. They surprised me with their courage and their strength in the midst of grief.

That’s when I was grateful for the time that we had. We had 7 months to help them process the finality of death. We had 7 months to prepare them to say to goodbye to their grandfather. We had time to let them grieve, so that when the day finally came to move forward in our new normal, they were in a well adjusted place.

I’m thankful for that time we had, but I also know that there isn’t always time to prepare. Sometimes death is slow, and the opportunity to say all that needs to be said is there.

But other times, death comes upon our families suddenly, and the grief process happens after the fact.

Regardless of whether you’re able to grieve before or after your loved one’s death, there are a few things that you can do to help your children navigate their way through that event.

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1.) Acknowledge their fears.

When a loved one dies, your children are suddenly faced with mortality. Death once seemed just a distant possibility to your little one, but now it’s real. And it’s scary.

They may fear that you will die next, or perhaps they fear that they will die soon. Acknowledge these fears. Understand the depth of emotion that it requires to process an event like the death of a loved one.

Don’t placate their fears with a simple “It’s gonna be okay,” because they don’t understand what you mean. Validate their fears by letting them know that you understand.

2.) It’s okay to show emotion

When you face the death of a loved one, everyone is affected. Your kids will understand this, even the younger ones. They know that you’re sad, and they will want to fix it. No child likes to see her parents upset.

But when you process your own emotion in front of your children, you show them that it’s okay to feel sad. Spend a little extra time together on the days when the emotion is bottled up. Snuggle tight and watch movies, color pictures, or simply read a book.

Don’t be afraid to walk the road of grief as a family.

3.) Find age appropriate resources to help your children understand what’s happening.

Depending on how close the person is who died, you will want to find the right resources to help your children process the months and years that follow. From books to websites to ministries, there is a wealth of wisdom from which to draw.

If your child loses a parent, or a close friend, or if you experience the death of someone in an unexpected or particularly tragic manner, you may want to consider counseling to allow a professional to help them walk the path ahead.

Processing death is difficult and emotionally painful, no matter the age. Whether we have the time to prepare our children for the death or not, the path of guiding them through that emotional trauma can be taxing.

Don’t walk the path alone.

Bring friends in to walk beside you, to carry your own grief as you carry your child’s. There’s power in community, and never is that more evident than when we walk together through grief.

Nail Colors for Spring

I know it’s been rather cold in most of the country and it’s currently rainy and overcast where I am as well, but I think it’s safe to say that we are ready for Spring. Whether or not the weather has yet to get the memo, let’s do this thing! What better way to get ready than to dress for it and paint your nails some fun Spring-y colors…

Today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite nail colors for the warmer season. Of course you have the right to wear whatever colors you want no matter what time of year it is, but as the weather changes — or not! —  picking a fun bright color can definitely brighten your mood!

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A little bit of the rainbow here, isn’t it? I’m confident you’re a little happier already. Remember, these are all just fun suggestions for how to prep your nails for Spring. Pick and chose which colors you love and work best for your skin tone and just go for it. I’ll share the brand and the name of the color so you can grab yourself some of these fun colors.

Yellow

Even though my mom would say differently, anyone can wear yellow. If you’re not sure if you can pull it off, start with a soft, muted yellow and take it from there. If you have a darker skin tone, then rock the brights, baby! The contrast looks fabulous!

Julep in Marcy // Revlon in Sunshine Sparkle // Sephora in Need Sunglasses // Julep in Sunny

Orange

Another great nail color for Spring is orange. It also looks great on darker skin tones, but there are many shades that can work for everyone. It is definitely worth trying to find a shade that works for you. An added bonus? It helps you look more tan!

Sinful Colors in Big Daddy // Julep in Princess Grace // Wet n Wild in Club Havana // Essie in Braziliant

Gold

Not just for the holidays, gold is the perfect accent color to create cute Spring nail art. Whether it’s just an accent finger or a full chevron manicure, gold is a definite must-have this season.

Butter in Fully Monty // Essie in Good as Gold // Julep in Sienna // Nicole by OPI in Gold Texture

Green

Green is a great nail color for Spring as it represents new life after a long Winter. Mint green is especially pretty and looks great with all skin types. Coordinate it with gold and create an especially beautiful spring manicure.

Sally Hansen in Mint Sorbet // Essie in Turquoise & Caicos // Julep in Lissa // Chanel in Jade

Blue

Blue is such a lovely nail color and yet I think is often overlooked because it’s both unexpected and falls outside the ‘classic’ colors. But whether you go with a soft, pale blue or a vibrant, bright shade, it’s definitely a color you should try this Spring.

Nars in Ikiru // Chanel in Coco Blue // Essie in Strut your Stuff // Essie in Midnight Cami

Pink

Ahhhh pink, can you ever go wrong with a lovely shade of pin, right? Even though it’s a very traditional nail color, specially for Spring, it still never goes out of style. Try a super soft pastel pink for fancy occasions like a wedding or a vibrant, bright pink for a fun girl’s night out. There is always a shade of pink for every occasion.

Essie in Pink Diamond // Illamasqua in Devotee // OPI in Pink Flamenco // Julep in Bette

Purple and Gray

Even though Spring brings with it fun, bright colors, it’s still okay to wear some muted colors from time to time. I know I love some grays and taupes for sure. Purple is also a fun and different color to wear and whenever I wear my Julep in Avni, I always get compliments!

Julep in Avni // Zoya in Dove // Julep in Quinn (which has a satin finish) // China Glaze in Pelican Grey

I hope you’re inspired to try out some of these nail colors for Spring! Hopefully they will brighten both your mood and your day!

Top Fashion Trends for Spring

 

Fringe

70’s-inspired pieces are so huge this Spring (and will be this Summer too!). One of the top ways you’ll see the trend is with fringe-embellished clothes, bags, and even jewelry!

ways to wear fringe for spring

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Shirtdresses

Shirt dresses were huge on the runway and thankfully super-wearable for every woman! Try the classic white shirt dress or mix it up with prints or chambray!

shirtdresses for Spring

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Sneakers

Thank goodness for this trend, right? Swapping heels for sneakers is a welcome trend, especially when bright colors and retro designs are in!

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Which of these trends are you most excited about?