News Flash: Keeping the March blues away with spring’s hottest trends

From mixing metals to pop sweetheart Chappell Roan, here’s how I’ll be springing into a new season

Natalie shares what trends have captured her attention ahead of the summer season.

Whether you spent your reading week buried in textbooks or engrossed in a captivating 90-part story time series on TikTok, it’s time to get back in the groove and gear up for Canada’s dreariest month. With the end of the semester fast approaching, here are some recommendations and trends that are helping me power through the March blues.


Grab some popcorn and head down to your nearest movie theatre to see Argylle, the latest espionage comedy gracing the big screen. Though the plot is slightly underdeveloped, I found myself thoroughly entertained.

The movie tracks Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Elly Conway, an anti-social author who finds herself wrapped up in the plot of her novels. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, best known for the Kingsman movies, the movie was a fun, easy watch that can be enjoyed by all ages. I’m a big fan of spy action movies and am happy to have a new film to add to my Letterboxd.


Over the reading break, I delved into the timeless American novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott for one of my courses. Although it had been years since I last turned its pages, I was captivated by the story once again. Perhaps it was the vivid image of Timothée Chalamet as the charming Laurie playing in my imagination, thanks to Greta Gerwig’s 2019 film adaptation.

The heartwarming and tearjerking story follows four sisters navigating the complexities of life, love, and sisterhood against the backdrop of 19th century New England. With my own sister living far away in Nova Scotia, the book tugged at my heartstrings with a newfound depth, cementing its place as a cherished classic on my bookshelf.


This week I’ve been singing the praises (and lyrics) of burgeoning pop superstar Chappell Roan, the drag persona of Missouri’s own Kayleigh Rose Amstutz. Her soulful voice and self-aware songwriting make Roan’s music the perfect blend of pop, folk, and alternative music. She intertwines her vulnerability and strength seamlessly, with songs like “Casual” and “Good Hurt” attracting fans globally. My personal favourite is “Pink Pony Club,” which has kept me strutting through the slush. 


Say goodbye to the days of being strictly a gold or silver person because this season, mixing metals is all the rage. Chunky, layered jewellery of both gold and silver varieties is the perfect accessory to pair with both casual and dressier outfits. Throw on some silver hoops and a gold charmed chain and watch your usual sweatsuit transform from laid-back to purposefully chic. As a ride-or-die gold wearer, I’ve enjoyed slowly incorporating silver pieces into my typical jewellery rotation.


If you aren’t doing anything on Thursdays, be sure to visit the Agnes Art Centre for Art Hive, a free drop-in art program from 4 to 6 p.m. The program explores art as a therapeutic practice and encourages attendees from all experience levels. The last time I attended, I created a Basquiat-inspired Valentine’s Day piece, which now resides in the gallery on my fridge.

It’s such a great way to unwind solo or destress with friends while also making use of the vast collection of art supplies at the Agnes. I don’t find myself making crafts nearly as much as I should nowadays, so this is the perfect excuse to take a break from studying and reconnect with my inner artist.


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