So, I am newly obsessed with Birchbox, a monthly subscription service of beauty, skin care and lifestyle products. For $10 a month you get 4 to 6 products, some sample size and some full size, catered to your profile. I got my first box recently, and I’ll review it in an upcoming blog post, but for now I want to talk about the theme of April’s box: Rainy Days. Each box included a different tip for a rainy day, and you can buy the set of 52 tips here. I compiled as many tips as I could find. If you know of any more that I don’t list, feel free to add in the comments!
Tip 2: Go ahead, binge watch. Thanks to streaming services, we never have to suffer the pain of cliff-hangers. In our queue: House of Cards, True Detective and Arrested Development.
Tip 3: Hit the snooze button and go back to bed.
Tip 4: Organize your book collection. By color, topic, author — it’s up to you.
Tip 5: Schedule a Skype date with a cross-country friend.
Tip 6: If you’ve got a bathtub, you’ve got a spa. Turn on the tap, pour in some bath oil or bubbles and Zen out. Follow up with a rich body butter to keep skin soft.
Tip 7: Turn off your smartphone and crack open a novel. On our shelf: Eleanor Catton’s ambitious The Luminaries and our latest not-so-guilty pleasure, the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.
Tip 8: Gather your scissors, glue and washi tape, and get cracking on reinventing old Birchboxes.
Tip 9: Think cozy chic. Pull out your oldest, most worn-in sweatshirt.
Tip 10: Stave off rainy-day frizz with a deep-conditioning hair mask. For other beauty treatments to try, go to birchbox.com/magazine.
Tip 11: Cue up a soulful playlist of classics. Think: The Temptations, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding.
Tip 13: Stage a full-force closet attack. Rule of thumb: If you haven’t worn it in two years, you probably aren’t going to wear it again. Put it in a bag and donate it. Reward yourself with a new outfit.
Tip 15: We love museums on rainy days — and so does everyone else. Avoid crowds by going early, then leave for an indulgent brunch at the peak noontime hour.
Tip 16: Tackle that photo album you’ve been meaning to create, even if the first step is sifting through your digital archive and picking ones to print.
Tip 17: Try a new fitness class at your gym, or a boutique studio. Drag a friend along for moral support.
Tip 18: Learn to make a great cup of coffee. The four main elements: bean choice and grind, brew strength, water temperature, and tools. See Verve Coffee Roasters’ blog for a crash course. vervecoffeeroasters.com
Tip 20: Delve into a real, hold-it-in-your-hands magazine.
Tip 21: Write a just-because note to a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Tip 22: Try a new beauty technique you’ve always wanted to master, whether it’s contouring or curling your hair. You’ll find everything you need on the Birchbox YouTube channel.
Tip 24: We all have piles of letters, photos, and more we’ve scurried away. Now’s the perfect chance to start culling. Once you’ve organized everything, store in a labeled box (may we suggest an upcycled Birchbox?).
Tip 25: Plan your next trip. For inspiration, check out National Geographic’s Best Trip 2014 online.
Tip 26: Head online and shop for a new umbrella. That way, you’ll be prepared for the next rainy day.
Tip 29: Watch the classic Gene Kelly musical Singing in the Rain. Then sign up for tap lessons. (Kidding. Kind of.)
Tip 30: Grab a friend and get mani-pedis at your favorite salon. You have to catch up on all your US Weekly reading, after all.
Tip 31: Browse art for sale online — it’s more affordable than you think. Some great options to get you started: Artsy, Artspace and the Tappan Collective.
Tip 33: Dust off your board game collection (we’re big Scrabble fans). If you’re hanging solo, there’s always solitaire.
Tip 34: Explore the world of podcasts: for starters, This American Life, Radiolab, 60-Second Science and WTF.
Tip 37: Treat yourself to a facial, or give yourself an at-home version, complete with steaming, exfoliation, mask and serum.
Tip 39: Put your dusty houseplants in the tub and give them a shower.
Tip 42: Unroll your yoga mat and cue up an at-home routine with one of Tara Stiles’ videos. tarastiles.com/videos