5 things I’m Loving about February (So Far)

1. Valentine’s Day

MAC lady danger Lipstick and Julep nail color in Myriam
Do I think that love must be celebrated 365 days a year? Heck, sure, why not? but I’m still glad it gets its own day. The chocolate and baby cherubs should have their time in the sun.

Plus…it’s a textbook, absolutely best excuse to wear red lipstick, which someone I know did last weekend when he/she went to the symphony.


2. The cherry blossoms

They’re officially coming along, to which my allergies protest, “HELL TO THE NO, WOMAN!”

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OK, here it is: whenever I choose a walk around the neighborhood, I check to see if any of the cherry trees are bearing real cherry fruit.

I know, a lot of are strictly ornamental, but when I was a teenager, my pal Jen’s family had a bad-@ss cherry blossom tree in their front yard that was grafted from two different plants, and one side had white flowers, and the other side had pink flowers and actual edible cherries that YOU could EAT!

I used to pick some to eat on the way to school in the morning, so now whenever I see a cherry tree in bloom, I take a close look at it to see if any fruit type action is going on.

Because you never know…

3. having dinner outside (even if it’s just once before the cold weather returns)

The baked camembert at Chez Maman in San Francisco, NOM!
Here in northern California, it is entirely possible to take pleasure in a meal outside in February.

Just not every February.

Some years, though, when we hit a mysterious stretch of early spring-like weather, you can do amazing things like eat white wine and cheese outside at a French Bistro in San Francisco on a Saturday afternoon, which will make you temporarily forget that the Bay area is one of the most expensive places ON THE planet TO LIVE.

4. spring makeup

Clockwise from the upper left: Chanel Rouge allure velvet in La Romanesque, Stylo Yeux waterproof Long-Lasting eyeliner in Ardoise, Jardin de Chanel blush Camelia Rose, Chanel No. 19 Poudre and Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Tisse Rivoli
I like how with spring makeup it’s still perfectly acceptable to load up your looks.

Maybe not as much as fall and over the holidays, but it’s still absolutely amazing to wear lots of makeup in spring if you want (well, it’s amazing to wear whatever you want, whenever you want to wear it, but you know what I mean). The looks aren’t as stripped down or minimal as they are in summer, and I also love spring’s ladylike looks.

5. freedom from socks (at least while the unseasonably warm weather lasts)!

My fave Franco Sarto Farley Wedges
As much as I support cats and the wearing of cat footwear and cat socks, there’s just something about toe freedom.

TOE FREEDOM! Last weekend I tooled around town with uncovered toes.

Of course, it got overcast and cold again, but my toes were delighted for a day, nevertheless.


Soon…it’ll be time to bring the sandals down from the shelf for good, and cold feet will be a distant memory.

Your friendly neighborhood appeal addict,


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