Monday Question – What Are Your Spring-Time Rituals?

Spring is coming (or Fall on the southern hemisphere, but bear with me!)!

Temperatures go up, the sun is out, skies are blue and flowers bloom. Aside from the undeniable meterological changes all around, what changes for you in spring?

Is there anything you particularly enjoy to do now that winter is over?

Do you have a spring-time ritual?

My Answer:

I love putting away my boots and winter coats and bring out the trenchcoat and ballerinas. The change of wardrobe feels so renewing. Also I feel like I went shopping for something new, even when I just went to my own closet to unearth a jacket not worn for six months.

My scarf and perfume wardrobe change as well with the new season. Cashmere shawls and warm perfumes go into hibernation now and silk scarves and fresh citrus or floral scents come out to play.

My black handbag goes into the closet as well and is replaced by something lighter (currently I am wearing the Madewell Transport Tote in English saddle, loving it!) and the pretty colours of the Cuyana totes are calling my name.

It is the renewal of spring that is so invigorating, nature starts over and so do I, even if only in the small things of daily life.

What about you? Has spring (or fall) arrived where you are?



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31 Responses to Monday Question – What Are Your Spring-Time Rituals?

  1. Vanessa says:

    No rituals here, because our weather is one step forward, two steps back. It was mild the week before last and cold and windy and rainy this week. It’s 6 C where I am headed for Easter! Vest and hot water bottle central for the foreseeable. After all my mother used to always say ‘Ne’er cast a clout till May be out’. I am just glad your spring has sprung without a backward glance!

  2. Alice says:

    Walks in the London parks to enjoy all the spring blossom – whenever I have time and it’s sunny enough! And maybe a trip to the coast. Still wearing gloves and scarves though…

  3. poodle says:

    Normally I like to get outside and clean up the yard after the winter. I enjoy seeing what’s sprouting and blooming. Sadly, I’ve still got close to a foot of snow in the yard and there’s still snow showers in the forecast this week. I would normally pull out some springy, flowery perfumes but it’s still too cold. One thing I tend to like to do in spring and fall is paint. I love how a fresh coat of paint perks things up. If I wasn’t up to my eyeballs with kitchen remodel stuff this year I’d be painting the hallway and living room.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Eventually the snow will melt, something to look forward to. 🙂
      Painting – if I wasn’t such a lazy person, I’d consider that. I could use some new colour around me.

  4. annemariec says:

    I love the change of wardrobe each season! I did mine on the weekend – going from summer to autumn – and it’s such fun finding clothes I’d forgotten I had.

    I also put the winter quilts on the kids’ beds, as the nights are getting cooler now. My 16yo son told me he deliberately left his window open to let the cold air in so that he could enjoy snuggling under his winter quilt. Cute! Soon it will too cold to do that though.

    And today was my first wearing of L’Ambres des Merveilles in ages. Delicious.

  5. Karen A says:

    Even though the temperatures are up and then down down down again, it looks like warmer weather may be here this week. Getting out my spring clothes and putting up some of my winter things is always a treat. My favorite spring ritual though is changing the heavy curtains to the sheers. I love having the light (finally!) streaming in fully. That and seeing crocus and daffodils coming up are my rewards for getting through winter.

  6. Annette says:

    I have always loved this time of the year, I am so looking forward to the trees coming back to life and the ‘newness’ of nature. Vases of fresh yellow and green flowers are dotted about the living room and hall and I hope to buy some cushions in pale tartan or check patterns. This weekend I bought a beautiful cashmere shawl with feather trim in pale aqua and I am looking forward to draping it around my shoulders when the temperature rises a bit. After spending a lovely day in Belgravia I happended upon Jo Loves boutique on Elizabeth Street. There was an aroma of beautiful roses emanating from the shop and so I went in to have a look. It was almost closing time but I managed to sample her new scent White Roses with Lemon Leaves. It is so beautiful and has jumped to the front of my MUST have list!! Not sure if Jo herself sprayed me, but the lady in the shop was so lovely and very friendly. A truly beautiful scent, fresh, sparkling, pretty!

  7. Farouche says:

    I like to pick up a few new pieces for my wardrobe that are spring-like but that can also be worn right now. Since I’m allergic to wool (actually the lanolin in wool), most of my sweaters are bought in spring in blends of cotton, silk, and linen. Happy spring/fall, everyone!

  8. Sabine says:

    Since we’ve moved to our flat 8 years ago we’ve always spent the Easter weekend doing lots of DIY and gardening. But this year we both feel slightly unmotivated. It’s still so cold and grey…
    Whenever the sun is coming out I think:Yeah, spring!, but then an arctic gust throws me back to winter. So I’m sitting by the heater, wearing winter clothes, thinking winter thoughts, waiting for better times. Rather impatiently, I have to say.

  9. Lila says:

    I try to take a trip down south to see my family about this time of year. It’s still cold and colorless in the north right now and it’s so refreshing and encouraging to go south and see some color! I also add some highlights or a slightly lighter color to my hair. Chanel 19 (edp, edt and Poudre) and Bois de Violette start to call my name this time of year, too!

  10. anitathepianist says:

    All I do is take more allergy medication, sleep more, and wait until the pollen season is over.
    When I’m awake, I do try to do some spring cleaning..I don’t change fragrances often, just keep with the ones I love regardless of the season.

  11. Lady Jane Grey says:

    I’m rather careful with bringing out the spring apparel – it looks like this year we’ll need our winter attire a bit longer. And I’m rather curious how my Black Gemstone is going to behave in higher temperatures…

  12. Sandra says:

    Gosh how I wish the sun were out this week warming my face. Spring time rituals usually entail cleaning for me. The entire flat gets a good scrubbing as well as all the windows – the sun shining through allows me to see where I need to vacuum and dust more. Then when it gets a bit warmer I do shift things around the perfume cupboard a bit.

  13. marjo56 says:

    Frühjahrsmüdigkeit/Voorjaarsmoeheid. We have exactly the same word for this tiredness in spring, and I’m really feeling it this year, although spring isn’t here at all. At the moment, It’s raining very hard and it is very, very windy (infact, we are having a gale right now😰). But on the bright side: the trees are coming back to life, and there are even a few crocusses in my garden (at least they were there yesterday, hope they survive this horrible weather).
    However, I’m looking forward to changing my wardrobe and to get in the mood, I’m using Guerlain Tiaré Mimosa every day. It makes me very happy😊

  14. spe says:

    After seven weeks of Lent (I abstain from superfluous purchases and enjoy what I’ve got) and the annual, upcoming rummage sale at our Mom’s church, spring to me is decluttering both my possessions and my attitude! Thank goodness for my wonderful cleaning lady – I no longer need to “spring clean” in the traditional sense. I guess I’ve replaced that tradition with the above mentioned events. I live in a four-season, but mild, climate, so the wardrobe changes modestly. Happy Spring!

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