7 Style Tips For Getting Your Spring Closet Ready

Women with purseAs we all anxiously await spring, it’s the perfect time to go through our winter wardrobe and see how we can style our outfits for when the weather warms up. 


Here are a few tips to help you segway through the seasons:


Layering is Key

When spring rolls around the weather is always in flux. It could be chilly one day and unseasonably warm the next. Layering your clothing is the best way to stay comfortable. Wear a comfortable and slimming tank as the first layer. This will create a smooth base for you to then layer a blazer over a turtleneck or thrown on a leather jacket over a dressy blouse. There are so many ways to layer for spring – you can’t go wrong. 


Accessorize With Scarves

Transform your dark winter outfits with a pop of color – and do it with a scarf! Brightly colored scarves or ones with a printed design can transform your look from dreary to cheery. And the best part: Scarves can be styled any way you want!


Balance Heavy with Light Fabric 

Start pairing your heavy fabrics, such as wool pants and dark denim jeans, with lighter options. A T-shirt and cardigan (yes, more layering!) with light-colored jeans will keep you warm but also show you’re preparing for spring. 


Add Some Color

Most people are drawn to darker colors in the winter. But now is the time to start slowly adding color to your outfits – like accessorizing with a pretty pastel necklace or wearing a light and bright sweater. 


Try Out New Tights

Warm weather makes us want to take out our dresses and skirts and get some use out of them since they have been hanging in our closet all winter. Spring weather lets us bare a little skin without it being risky. Add a pair of fun and funky tights with a solid-colored skirt and blouse or simple sweater. Throw on ankle boots or a colorful pair of pumps and you’re ready to go.


Remember White

Don’t be afraid of white. It’s no longer taboo to wear it before Memorial Day. Your best bet in working this winter-to-spring style is with a pair of white jeans. They will brighten up any outfit. And you can easily transition them into summer, too!


Give Your Feet Some Love

Shed some weight on your feet by trading in your snow boots for a pair of ankle boots or slingback pumps. And don’t say goodbye to all your boots. Rain boots will be a lifesaver when showers roll in.


You don’t have to get a brand-new closet for the warmer weather. Instead, see what items you may already have from the tips above and then add on with staple items.

The Best Foods to Eat After a Hike


These are the Foods to Refuel and Re-Energize After a Trek

Hiking can be one of the best hobbies to take up. It offers good, low impact exercise like walking, with minimal equipment – all you need are supportive sneakers! You also get to do it at scenic outdoor locations that add to the enjoyment of the experience. Not only that, but the varying terrain on some trails can make things a little more challenging and more interesting than a walk around the block.

When preparing for a day on the trail, many of us pay a lot of attention to what to eat before a hike. This is important because your body needs fuel for the workout that comes with hiking. With that being said, so much attention goes to what to eat before and during a hike that many of us fail to consider the types of food we need afterward. 

A good hike consumes a lot of energy and it works out different muscles. When the hike is done, you need to think about replenishing your body’s fuel supplies and eating foods that can help your body recover from a day of hard work and exercise.

When You Finish

At the end of a hike, the first thing you want to do is rehydrate your body. You should definitely bring water on the trail and drink throughout the day, but your body will still need some water at the end of the day. A good recommendation is to drink about eight ounces of water in the first half-hour after the hike. 

To get the best recovery result, you should eat something in the first half-hour after a hike. Research has shown that muscles are more receptive to glycogen resynthesis within the first 30 minutes after exercise. Eating a granola bar or some tuna and crackers can be a good way to start refueling your body at the end of a hike.

When planning your post-hike meal, you want to focus on protein and complex carbohydrates. For carbohydrates, consider foods like pasta, whole wheat bread, a sweet potato or brown rice. For protein, look for foods like lean meat, chicken, tuna, salmon, turkey, eggs or yogurt. You will also want to add some fruits and vegetables to your plate to help restore some of the nutrients that you consumed or sweated out during your hike.

The Next Day

You are probably feeling pretty good about the workout you got the day before and the fact that you made the right food choices afterward. However, this is not the time to overindulge. Your body is still in recovery the next day, so you still need to make smart choices concerning your meals.

When it comes to meals for the next day, look to many of the same foods on the list for your post-hike meal. You want proteins, complex carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables. Maybe a whole-wheat bagel with low-fat cream cheese or a cup of yogurt with a banana for breakfast. A turkey, chicken or tuna sandwich on wheat bread for lunch. At dinner, try to have a nice well-rounded meal that covers all of the food groups

When you choose the right foods after a hike, you provide your body with what it needs to refuel and recover. This will help you to recover faster from the day of activity and it will also maximize the benefits that come from hiking.