In an effort to appease Mother Nature, I’m slowly but surely transitioning my wardrobe from hibernation-wear to spring-ready.

The first things I’m tossing to the back of my closet? My fleece-lined tights. Break out the bronzing lotion: this is how to phase them out in preparation for bare-leg season.

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Forget opaque. Do away with the darks. Toss black, maroon, and navy tights into the winter pile and switch them out for sheer or light shades like pink or mint.

Switch up your patterns. While leopard print is basically considered a neutral these days, leave it – and busy prints like it – for the colder months. The same goes for anything studded or metallic. Try a floral print, polka dots, or crocheted tights instead.

Go halfway. Opt for feminine knee-highs instead of tights. To keep them from looking too “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” choose a pair that hits mid-thigh and style them with a retro-inspired dress and chunky heels.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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March 28, 2013

Living with a significant other can be difficult when you have completely opposite tastes in design. To easily merge your décor preferences, check out my tips for stylish cohabitation below.

Find a wall color that makes you both feel at home.
Greens, yellows, and creams work well as neutral colors.

Choose your storage unit wisely.
Storage is a huge necessity when you’re living with someone, so make sure to find the perfect wall unit that will fit both your love of sports memorabilia and their love of porcelain figurines.

Compromise is key.
If your partner is into stark modern design and your taste is more sumptuous, make sure to include soft touches such as plush throw pillows and soothing candles to help soften the minimalist look.

It’s okay to let everybody win.
If you can’t compromise on furniture, keep it all. Place your sharp leather couch atop their super soft shag rug – it’ll make you both happy and create a contemporary-meets-cozy space that you both can live with.

Have any tips on stylish cohabitation? Share them in the comments below or tweet us @ruelala.

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