10 Ways to Get in the Spirit of Spring

Now that it’s OFFICIALLY SPRING maybe even starting to feel like summer, I wanted to dive into a few seasonal experiences that make me so ready for this time of year! From the little things like spring cleaning and outdoor brunch to big things like booking your summer vacay or taking a little trip to find flowers, here are 10 ways to get in the Spirit of Spring… if you aren’t already! xx

Beverly Hills Hotel
Coppa Club | London
The Ivy Robertson | Los Angeles
L: The Ivy Robertson | R: Bodyism Notting Hill

1. BOOK A BRUNCH

It goes without saying, one of the best things about this time of year is the weather! I love being outside whenever the sun is out, so if there’s an opportunity to soak in springtime with an outdoor brunch and good company, I’m in!

SOME OF MY FAVORITES: 

LONDONThe IVY Chelsea Garden |Bluebird Chelsea | Coppa Club Tower Bridge | 202 on Westbourne Grove | Daisy GreenBodyism (Casual/ Healthy)

LAThe Ivy Santa Monica or Robertson | Beverly Hills Hotel Cabana Cafe | Malibu Farm | Courtyard Kitchen  

DALLASBistro 31 Highland Park Village | Bird Bakery Highland Park Village (See my post HERE) | Bread Winners | Savor Gastropub | Lark on the Park

2. FIND THE FLOWERS

In my opinion, the absolute best part of spring is that everything is blooming! The leaves are back on most of Hyde Park’s trees and SO many flower fields blossoming all over.

LONDON: If you’re in London, I definitely recommend enjoying spring time in London’s beautiful Parks! The Gardens in Kensington Palace are in full bloom right now, along with the Avenue Gardens in Regent’s Park. If you’re up for venturing out, definitely don’t miss Kew Gardens or Richmond Park + brunch at Petersham Nurseries – weekend reservations are already booked up through June!

CALIFORNIA: The Carlsbad flower fields are one of the main spring attractions if you live in Southern California. You can’t trapse through the fields like it appears on Instagram, but if you’re looking for an activity to get in the spirit of spring — the ranunculus are really really beautiful and worth seeing!

AMSTERDAM: This one belongs on the bucket list for sure! If you’re based in Europe, April-May is the optimal time to head to the Netherlands to experience the famous tulip fields. Keukenhof Gardens are a staple for Dutch springtime, but if you do a little research you’ll find there are hundreds of flower fields!

DALLAS: One of my all-time favorite places in Dallas in the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden! I usually go in the fall when it’s filled with pumpkins or festive displays around Christmas, but I’m sure it’s exceptionally beautiful this time of year.

 

3. GET TO SPRING CLEANING

Come spring, I always love a little spring cleaning. It’s so therapeutic to be out with the old, in with the new, and feel like you have a re-charge for this fresh time of year. I finally just stowed away all of my winter coats, making way for my sundresses, cotton fabrics, and sandals/mules for spring! If you’re looking to make a little extra $$ with the things you no longer love or wear, try selling them on POSHMARK, TRADESY, DEPOP, or Vestiaire Collective (For designer items). Otherwise instead of throwing things away, take what you can to Goodwill or a local charity shop just to do a little good + you can get a tax write off!

 

4. BOOK A SUMMER VACATION!

As they say, the early bird gets the worm, and without fully ignoring all the great things that comes with spring, this time of year also brings the excitement of summer! Before airfare gets insanely expensive, or things start to book up, consider your summer calendar and plan a fun trip! My best girlfriends from Dallas and I recently booked a trip to Greece but there are SO many great summer time places to consider: Lake Tahoe, Lake Louise,  the Caribbean, the South of France, Positano, Corsica, The Maldives, Laguna Beach, The Hamptons, Montana, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Palmetto Bluff…. The list goes on and on.

If you’re looking for trips to take in the spring before it gets too too hot consider: Charleston, New York, Austin, Savannah,  Palm Springs/ Joshua Tree, Big Sur/ Monterey, San FranciscoNapa, Provence, Bordeaux, Malta, Amsterdam/The Netherlands, Paris, Venice, Madrid, or Ireland.

5. RIDE BIKES 

When the whether is nice I always love riding bikes. Back in LA I would always ride my bike on the Santa Monica trail or down Montana Ave to dinner. Here in London I’ll use the Santander cycles all the time as my mode of transportation. Thankfully a lot of major cities (London, LA, Dallas, New York) have some form or public cycles to hire but if you’re on the market to buy a bike yourself, I really really miss my Public dutch-style bike!

 

6. GET ON A FITNESS KICK

If you’ve plateaued after your New Year health kick, Spring is the perfect time to get back on track. Summer’s is still months away and this enjoyable weather makes it a whole lot easier to exercise outside. One of my all time favorite workouts is running in the Royal Parks, but I also love Heart Core Pilates, Rebel 1, and just downloaded BBG for a fresh fitness start! Back in Dallas I loved running Katy Trail, Soul Cycle, and Beyond Pilates and when I lived in LA my top picks were Platinum Pilates, Hiking Will Rogers State Park, and Burn 60 for a full body workout!

For more of my fitness favorites, read this post HERE

7. GET DRINKS ON A ROOFTOP

While there might still be a slight chill in the air, I’m all for heading straight for a rooftop the second the sun comes out! So far this spring, I’ve kicked off rooftop season with a sunset dinner at OXO tower and Netil360 for daytime drinks but here are a few more finds & favorites + a few options with patios:

LONDON: Madison | St. James TrafalgarOXO Tower | Rumpus Room | Netil360 | AQUA |SUSHI SAMBA | AviaryThe Ship

LA: Catch LA | Waldorf Astoria | Mama Shelter | The Bungalow | The Huntley Penthouse Bar | Shangri-LA | Perch | E.P. & L.P | High at Hotel Erwin

DALLAS: Happiest Hour | Katy Trail Ice House | HG SPLY CO | The Monkey Bar at Mi Cocina Highland Park

8. BRING OUT THE DRESSES!

It’s nothing revolutionary, but I’m mostly excited for spring just so I can wear all of my dresses! From midi styles, to off the shoulder silhouettes, and a selection of options to transition from work to off-duty living, I’ve rounded up a current selection of favorites made for spring that can be styled well into summer!

 

9. DIVE INTO A GOOD BOOK!

While technically summer gets all the glory for being the ideal time to tackle your “summer reading list”, I always love finding a good book I can dive into any time of year. I always sleep better the nights I read before bed instead of watching TV, plus with the sun out longer it’s a good excuse to post up on the patio or at the park and enjoy a read with a sunset view!

CURRENTLY READING:  SAPIENS | The Holy Spirit: An Introduction by John Bevere | The Woman in the Window

OTHER RECS:  Reese’s Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club  

 

10. UPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIMEN

Thankfully with Spring comes the benefit of dewy, glowy skin. With Winter, the focus was all on hydration now it’s more about Vitamin C, Sun Protection, and radiant skin. I recently went to Space N K and had a little skincare update — I still live by everything from my beauty guide (READ HERE) but here are a few favorites that I’ve added to my spring beauty regimen!

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