It’s snowing. . .         It’s snowing again. . . .        It’s snowing, yet again!

Sometimes February can be a difficult month with all the snow, cold and diminished sunlight. But you can fight those February blues. While it may be a bit early to bring out your spring wardrobe you can add some pizzaz to your wardrobe. By adding bright colors to your wardrobe you pick up your spirits and those of the people you see daily. When you smile, the whole world smiles with you!

Add a pop of color under your sweater or suit with a shell like this one from Ann Taylor (click on the photo to order online). Bring out the Red, Fuchsia, or Chinese Blue and pair it with your black sweater or dark blazer. Bright colors next to your face not only bring the attention there (where it belongs) but puts color into your face as well.

If you’ve been playing it safe with your wardrobe by avoiding jewelry, it’s a great time of year to give it a try. Remember that jewelry in an office environment needs to be considered carefully. Jewelry with a lot of movement can be distracting. Save the chandelier earrings for a romantic evening. If you are wearing five bangle bracelets during a presentation, the focus will be on the noise you are making rather than the point you are trying to present. Opt for a necklace with some bright color but sits quietly at the neckline like this one from (click on the photo to order online). Avoid anything that is too flashy, but if you are looking for a statement, you will need something more than a delicate gold chain with a tiny cross.

Want a constant reminder that spring is on the way? Grab a handbag with a punch of color–this one is from Bagolita (click on the photo for ordering information). It’s not yet time for the basket weave patterns of spring and summer, but prints that incorporate bright and dark colors together are a great way to span the seasons.Look for a purse that holds its shape when you set it down so everything inside doesn’t spill out. Size is also important. While it shouldn’t be a suitcase, make sure that it is large enough to hold your essentials without having to unpack everything when you are searching for your keys. Consider built-in compartments or use small bags to categorize things for easy retrieval.

Finally, there is nothing drab about red. So pull out all the stops and enjoy stomping around in the snow and slush with a pair of waterproof red boots like these from (click on photo to order online). Yes, they will notice your feet first (which is something I usually don’t recommend). But they are so much fun and they always bring a smile to someone’s face when they say, “I love those boots!” Great for errands and taking the kids skating. If you are headed to the office you might want to pack along your regular shoes since the waterproof material doesn’t allow your feet to breathe.

Don’t worry, it always feels this way in February. But warmer weather will be here before you know it.

Pat Roland, CTIC