Summer

The Time I Tried to Make a Summer Reading List

When I was younger one of my favorite things to do in the summer was join the library’s summer reading program. Typically there would be a little Candy Land board inspired map with small checkpoints on them. We would check out as many books as possible to meet the checkpoints and receive the prize at each one. They were little dumb things like bookmarks or the highly coveted Pizza Hut personal pan pizza coupon. Flash forward to full on adulthood and the summer reading list just becomes a thing of the past, something you do on an airplane or while sitting on the beach. I mean there’s nothing wrong with those things, but where is the gratification? Do I have to pay for my own personal pan pizza (do those even exist anymore?)?

Every summer there’s a thousand summer reading lists where people tell us what we should be reading. Everything from the hottest fiction book (which is apparently Rich People Problems) to those books that are supposed to make our lives better. I mentioned in my summer bucket list my intention to read 3 New York Times Best Sellers so, of course, that meant making a list of books I want to read. Here we are, it’s nearly August, and I have yet to finish one. See, my intentions were good, but I have to try harder to accomplish this. Below you’ll find some of the books I still plan to shove into what’s left of my summer vacation.

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Styling Trendy Summer Shorts

I know in the past I’ve shared my trials and tribulations with shorts. After countless summers of wearing uncomfortable jeans and unflattering long “jorts” due to self-confidence issues, I finally came to a happy place where I can wear shorts of all kinds. Now I know what kind of shorts I wear the most: denim, pull on, or sworts. Denim shorts are wardrobe staples, pull on shorts are perfect for relaxing or running errands, and, well, sworts are the laziest shorts in the world. So rather than be so boring I decided to do a little research and see what shorts were the most trendy this summer.

Styling-Trendy-Summer-Shorts.pngAs you can see above; Basically the answer was literally any pair of shorts ever. There was leather or leather effect (aka the warm weather sibling of leather pants), and crepe shorts (which are just really loose & flowy Bermuda shorts). Printed shorts ala the 1990s are big (especially florals), and the staples I’ve mentioned above. I felt pretty overwhelmed, but I decided to play around with it a bit. One thing I tried to be aware of is shorts are warm weather clothes so there’s no ankle boots or thin heels. I think that ankle boots are fine with shorts within reason, but it’s a personal preference. I do it depending on the occasion and outfit. Thin heels and shorts just feel so Pinterest to me so I avoid them at all costs (plus I’m clumsy). When wearing shorts I avoid high top sneakers because they cut off my legs at a certain point making me appear shorter. At the end of the day styling any shorts is a personal preference, but below hopefully you’ll find some new inspiration or try a new type of shorts.

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Surviving the Heat: Summer Wellness

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.

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Mix 08 Summer Take 2

Gather round boys and girls it’s time for another monthly playlist. Summer is probably one of the easiest times to make mixes. They just kind of write themselves. There’s always something playing that sticks with me and creates a memory for years to come. Whether it’s enjoying a nice meal with friends at a restaurant or just simply driving in the car when something funny happens, a memory has the ability to stick to these songs like glue (for better or worse). Rather than zone in on a particular summery theme like pool parties, BBQs, or road trips, I decided to try something a little different.

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Summer Cocktails To Try Right Now

I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t think of anything better than a nice, refreshing adult beverage on a scorching summer day. I’m not very creative when it comes to creating cocktails, but I can sure follow a recipe. So bless the internet for posting their delicious concoctions. What I do know for sure, is when in doubt, use a San Pellegrino flavored drink with alcohol and you are good to go. After the grand RosΓ© Margarita disaster of this 4th of July, I went on the hunt for something else to try. Oh, and before anyone goes looking for a recipe, don’t even try it. It is not good and is a complete waste of rosΓ©.Β 

The key to a good summer cocktail are the flavors. Something light, refreshing, and a tropical flavor is a plus. I’ve seen tons of cocktails while looking around the internet, and these are the ones I can’t wait to try.

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Connect the Dots

Polka dots are one of my favorite prints. There’s just something about them that is cute and fun. That seems like a weird statement coming from me, but it’s true. Of course, I would likely never stray from a black and white color combination. I mean why would I? It’s a true classic. But from time to time, like with decor or wrapping paper, I enjoy a gold, copper, or rose gold on white. That combination is just clean looking with a little hint of something extra to liven things up.

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My Summer Bucket List

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.Β 

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