Initially when I sat down to write this post I wanted to share some things I do to beat the crazy heat during the summer. Shortly I realized it’s slightly different for everyone and the biggest tip of them all really is just to stay inside and avoid it all. Then I realized maybe it’s best to just share some of the wellness ideas I’m currently incorporating into my life instead. It’s summer and I’m currently existing in the harsh Arizona hellscape so I guess these are currently my best tips for surviving the heat.
I’m sorry for the surplus of summer themed posts lately. Although I’m not really sure what else I’d be writing about since it is, well, summer. I’ve shared my bucket list and now I thought I would share some other things on my radar. Products mostly to enhance the summer experience so think of it almost like a curated shop by yours truly.
- I love how this tee has the appearance of iron on letters making it feel slightly vintage. Madewell | $23
- A linen blouse paired with denim shorts and a cute sandal looks chic and relaxed with minimal effort. H&M | $30
- Slip on loafers are still all the rage, and these are on sale (currently) and budget friendly. Topshop | $24
- This top pulls double duty: adds a touch of bright color to an outfit and shows off the shoulders. Zara | $10
Summertime as an adult takes a lot more effort than it did when I was a kid. There’s so many more things that require attention as an adult. I can’t just wake up, eat some pancakes, watch MTV, and then hang out in the pool all day. Now if I’m lucky I might get a little vacation or staycation, but usually my time, like many, is spent working. But what about the weekend? Doing more fun adult things like laundry. Given it’s mid-July I feel like I haven’t made enough time for summer fun.
Enter my Summer Bucket List. I sat down and thought of a list of things I want to do or accomplish by Labor Day. Believe me making a bucket list is hard work. I couldn’t pick things that would be too hard to complete or things that were too boring (like organize my closet…again). So I tried to find a middle road of things that were only mildly nerdy or things I have never done before.
- Wear a bikini…with confidence – After losing about 50 lbs over the last couple years I still haven’t had the confidence to fully rock a bikini. So here’s to hoping I can find no shame in my almost-have-abs game.
- Take a mindfulness trip – No, not an altered state trip. A real trip where I am completely mindful and unplugged. Yes, living in the moment rather than snapping, instagramming, and giving people FOMO. A real two for one: unplugging for a digital detox and enjoying a new place.
- Spend an entire day with my best friend – Sure, I spend a lot of time with my best friend, Rachael, and it’s one of my favorite things to do. But I’m sure she’d spend an entire day of best friend adventures rather than sitting with me watching HGTV after having my wisdom teeth pulled. I know I sure would…
- Touch up on my French – I took French a couple of years ago in college, but got so frustrated by my professor I didn’t continue on. I know enough to watch French films and listen to French tunes, but no more than that.
- Enjoy a sunset from start to finish – I’m talking no phone and no photos. Just sitting still enjoying the nature and sounds of the city.
- Bake a pie – This might sound dumb, but truly the only pie I make is pumpkin for Thanksgiving. So I’d love to make a summer pie. Maybe a strawberry or peach?
- Read three books on the New York Times’ Best Seller’s list – Three books might be testing my ability to relax, sit and read. Not to mention my time limit of Labor Day. I checked out the list today, and there are quite a few good selections from what I can tell. The one’s that caught my fancy were: Devil in the White City, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, and the Handmaid’s Tale.
Summer is in full swing and sometimes it can feel impossible to find anything to do. Not even find something to do but find the energy to go outside in the sweltering heat. Still there are some pretty cool things to do and places to try out. I’m not one for water parks or even floating on the river (been there done that) so these are some fun places to hang out this summer.
May has been a pretty weird one. Between celebrating my birthday multiple times and finishing off the semester, I’m feeling pretty exhausted. I didn’t know I could feel so emotionally and physically drained, but here we are. I hope the cosmos have some really great things in store for me in June because who knows how much more I can take.
So while I hope for some good universe alignment to come my way, I managed to find some things that were pretty cool this month to enhance the lives of others.
- Cold water is essential in the warmer months and I love this W&P water bottle ice cube tray. It’s great for making flavored ice cubes to enhance boring old water and, hello, it’s made for fitting in the most inconvenient place to fit ice cubes: water bottles.
- Get Lost is such a great tune. I just want to dance to it for hours and hours.
- Master of None is such a brilliant show and it recently just began streaming its new season on Netflix. I love that episode 1 of season 2 took place in the Italian town my family comes from (not to mention the Italian neorealism of that episode is perfect). PLUS there’s tons of pasta to look at and plenty of modern dating (and situations) to laugh at.
- Sofia Coppola is one of my favorite directors ever and recently just became the 2nd woman to ever win best director at Cannes (71 years later than the first). She has a new movie coming out soon and took W Magazine on a personal tour of some of her inspirations.
- I love rose gold anything and this Ouai hair and body oil promises to make my hair shiny and hydrated so naturally I’m all in. I’m not sure about using it on my skin but it claims to remove redness and reduce the appearance of scars. I really can’t wait to try it.