9 Things To Get Excited About In March
Spring will be here soon--and it will be goooood
With winter not quite behind us and spring ever-so-slowly creeping back into our lives, March is a month in limbo. Luckily, there are nine fun new things to keep our spirits high until we can bust out those off-the-shoulder sundresses (weeee!).
DRY CONDITIONER DEBUTS
It’s safe to say you’ve heard of dry shampoo. In fact, you’re kind of the master. Now you’re ready for the next iteration: DryBar’s brand-spanking-new dry conditioner. It’s another great way to keep your blowouts looking fresh. Instead of soaking up oils from your roots like its cleansing counterpart, this one lightly hydrates and refreshes the rest of your hair without any heavy or oily residue. Spray it liberally from the middle to the ends to eliminate frizz and quench dry strands. Bonus: It also smells like heaven.
HOUSE OF CARDS SEASON 4 PREMIERES
Grab a bottle of Underwood Pinot Noir and clear your weekend schedule. Is Frank and Claire’s marriage strong enough to withstand the political pressures? Who will be unlucky enough to find themselves on Frank’s bad side this time around? All your questions will be answered when Season 4 hits Netflix on Friday, March 4. Remember: Season 4 on the 4th. Now there’s no way you’ll forget to binge.
THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS BLOOM
While the cherry blossoms in Tokyo would be the ultimate spring destination, Washington, D.C. also has its fair share of beautiful blooms just waiting for you to admire. Stay at The George Hotel, convenient to Union Station and the local sites. While you’re there, hit up the Cherry Blossom Beer + Wine Festival before you stop for Mediterranean eats and an impressive wine list at Iron Gate.
SNACKS GET SMOKY FOR SPRING
If 2015 was the year of Sriracha and spice, 2016 is going up in smoke. You can expect to order a woodsy cocktail next time you're out (a smoky mezcal Paloma is pretty life-altering) and you may even go as far as ordering a charred vegetable main entrée (stranger things have happened). But before you go and buy a blowtorch, try a simpler idea: Smear a healthy dollop of The Laughing Cow Creamy White Cheddar Flavor cheese onto a pretzel chip and sprinkle smoky, crumbled bacon atop. Your snacking has never been so on trend.
MADEWELL + DARYL K COLLABORATION LAUNCHES
This limited-edition fashion pairing brings rock ‘n’ roll ’90s vibes firmly into present day. Think fringe, denim, high waists and all-around downtown cool. They’ve only just recently hit the Madewell site, so go ahead and score the pieces you’ll be living in for the rest of the season before they’re gone.
BULLET JOURNALING CHANGES TO-DO LISTS FOREVER
Just because you can type everything into your smartphone doesn’t mean you should. Enter: bullet journaling--a new organizational method for people who prefer a physical notebook to a smartphone app to keep track of their daily tasks. The system uses hand-drawn symbols to signify if a task has been completed or if it needs to be moved or changed. It’s also a way for all the purists out there (aka those who prefer a good ol' journal for spring cleaning tasks) to stay competitively organized in the digital era.
THE NEST HITS BOOKSTORES
We’re betting you’ll probably blow through HoC (that’s right, we’re creating acronyms of House of Cards) in much less than a month. So what to do after that? Unwind from all the political drama and cozy up with The Nest. This highly anticipated book about four adult siblings whose dysfunctional relationships are dictated by a shared inheritance releases March 22 and is endorsed by Amy Poehler. Need we say more?
ON-DEMAND MASSAGES ARRIVE AT YOUR DOORSTEP
Now that your body is starting to thaw out from the months of cold, those muscles need a massage more than ever. Soothe--the new app that delivers same-day massages--just expanded its service from L.A. to cities all over the U.S. So go ahead and download the the app to your smartphone, book a massage and wait for a knock at the door. Who’s there? Your latest on-demand obsession.
GROW LAMPS HAVE THEIR MOMENT
The long winter months can take just as big a toll on your plants as they can on your aforementioned tight muscles. As for the plants, snag a sleek grow lamp that brings light into your home and refreshes your beloved greenery with specialized LED lights. At the base of this new lamp-planter hybrid is a natural hydroponic soil substitute called rockwool. Just pop in a few succulents, herbs or ferns then add water and watch as your house comes to life.