Beauty: Bright nail polish
The easiest way to inject a little spring into your mood is a pop of hot-colored nail polish. Think about it: Every time you look down you'll see bright bursts of color, whether you're typing a paper, turning pages or flipping burgers.
This season is all about super-saturated colors - two coats and your digits are practically blinding. No sissy pastels this time around. And you might not think it at first glance, but most of the hues go with almost any other colors you wear. Try these drugstore buys:
Milani Neon in Rad Purple, $6
The brand's new Neon line is all about arrestingly bright (and somewhat '80s) colors. This purple would look especially great on exposed toes.
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed, $3
Sally Hansen has perhaps the most extensive collection of brightly colored polishes, and at this price, you can get a different bottle for every digit.
Essie in Turquoise & Caicos, $8
This one resembles the color of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream so much that you'll want to lick it. It's a bit thinner than most polishes, so layer on several coats to make it glow.
Wet n Wild Megalast in Heatwave, $2
This cross between bright orange and red is highly shiny - and addictive. Let it be a punctuation mark for any outfit.
Revlon Top Speed in Lily, $5
Here's a seemingly more conservative option that's strikingly bold thanks to its creamy coverage. If you're looking for a lighter color, this is your best still-flashy pick.