Summer days are driftin’ away, but that just means we have a new season to justify all our shopping habits! Whether you’re going back to school in a few weeks or back to work tomorrow, I say it’s time to hit refresh on your supplies.
Before returning to the real world, I like to take inventory of my favorite things and update the items that help keep me organized. I would be lost without my planner and phone, and fortunately, there are so many cute options for both!
And though summer is soon behind us, we can still keep our sunny dispositions. Decorate your desk with little reminders of the good times and warmer weather. I certainly know I’m not ready to let go of the palm tree prints and vay-cay color schemes, and now I don’t have to!
Happy National Watermelon Day! To celebrate, I called on Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan who I knew would have the perfect use for this summer fruit. Her recipe for Strawberry Watermelon Granitas is exactly what I want on a hot summer day. A super simple dessert that quenches my thirst, improves my skin, AND satisfies my sweet tooth? That’s definitely something that deserves its own holiday!
Take it away, Lori!
Watermelon is in its peak season during August, which is perfect, because the hot summer weather requires a major boost in hydration. And, with its high water content (about 92%), watermelon is the ultimate summer snack. Watermelon is also a great source of lycopene, which acts as an antioxidant and protects against certain cancers as well as decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
So it’s confirmed! Watermelon is a delicious way to promote a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, some initial research indicates foods high in lycopene have a “sunscreen effect,” and may have the ability to improve our skin’s natural SPF. That’s amazing, right?
Here are some more incredible watermelon facts. One cup of watermelon is:
• Less than 50 calories (46 to be exact).
• A good source of vitamin C and potassium.
• Eating watermelon can help reduce puffiness/bloating related to excess salt intake, making it the perfect poolside snack option.
• It’s a GREAT source of Vitamin A (about 40% of daily needs in just one cup)! Vitamin A is important for vision, immune system and fertility.
If I could do all my daily activities from inside a pool, I would. Breakfast, phone calls, workouts…you name it. Give me a big enough pool float and I will find a way to never leave. With the whole country dealing with 90°+ temperatures, I think we can all agree that the water is the place to be. So what else do we need to make sure we do this whole swimming pool thing the right way?
Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a handy list of all the things you’ll want to pack to maximize your splash time. First, don’t forget the obvious: your swimsuit (trust me, I’ve done it). One-pieces have made a serious comeback recently, and I am all for it. So many cute prints! Next, you’ll need to complete your outfit with some h20-friendly slides and a breezy cover-up.
Let’s take a minute to talk about a key player in this scenario: the sun. It’s a wonderful thing that gives us good vitamins and natural highlights, but the sun can also do some serious damage. Before you put anything else in that great new summer tote, throw in your sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sun hat. We have to protect your beautiful skin, hair, and eyes! Leave home without any of these necessities and your day could take a major turn for the worse. And don’t forget to make sure you also beat the heat by drinking plenty of water!
And when it’s time to dry off, lay out that towel, spray some sea salt in your hair (the BEST hair is pool hair), and hang out with a good book for awhile. Sounds like just another day in paradise!
12 Poolside Accessories That Will Brighten Your Summer
swimsuit | float | sunscreen | tote bag | book | cover-up | water bottle | sea salt spray | iridescent slides | sun hat | beach towel | sunglasses
Saying adios to summer means it’s time to start tucking away our sunshine-y wardrobe to make way for fall wear. (A moment of silence, please.) Before you do a total seasonal switch out, think about some of the pieces you’ve been wearing and how they can transition to cooler weather and warmer tones.
I’m not quite ready to let go of some of my favorite summer trends. Chokers have been all over the place lately, looking super cute with tank tops and breezy dresses. I’m keeping these little guys around for fall, pairing them with sweaters, collared shirts, denim jackets and more. Mixing and matching seasonal styles is the best way to keep your favorite summer looks around for a little while longer, and I’m definitely going to be taking advantage of this sneaky fashion tactic!
I receive so many emails from readers who are uncomfortable with their body and let it prevent them from living their lives to the fullest. Trust me when I say I have my own hang ups. Everyone does!! So I understand the desire to hide out when an opportunity arises that will expose an insecurity leaving you feeling vulnerable. Tamar’s email inspired me and I hope my reply will inspire some of you. If you have additional advice on this topic, please chime in on the comments below!
I’m from the Netherlands so I’m sorry if my grammar isn’t right. Since it’s summer and it’s getting warm outside, a lot of my friends throw their birthday parties at the swimming pool. I love to swim, that’s not the problem, but I hate my body. I don’t feel confident in my bikini at all.
I actually don’t want to go because of that, but I also don’t want to miss my friends birthday. I don’t know what to do. Can you help me?
Every couple of months, we change out our accessories to coincide with a new season. Boots get swapped
for sandals. Turtlenecks get tucked away so the tank tops can come out. Dark, moody colors take a back
seat so bright, happy colors can shine. Since we shake up all our other accessories, why not switch the one we use all day, every day?
Phone cases have come a long way since smartphones hit the scene. No matter what theme or style you’re
looking for, there’s a case for you. To go with my seasonal color palette (and mood!), I was in search of a fun summer-themed case.
I found so many perfect designs it was impossible to pick just one!
I Need A Vacation $40 | Flamingo’s Paradise $24 | Shiny Stripes Print $32 | Classic Camper $40 | Ridin’ In My Caddy $32 | Tropicana $35 | Otterbox Floral $40 | Pineapple Lane $20 | Welcome to the Bahamas $35 | Call Wading $35 | The Sound of Musing $35 | Zero Gravity Pinned Forever $32
Which style is screaming to go home with you??
The chicest choice for a summer ensemble is most definitely the jumpsuit. A jumpsuit is the older, cool cousin to another favorite of mine, the romper (which is more casual). Jumpsuits are good for both work and play because they can easily stay with you from day to night. Not to mention getting ready with a one-
piece is a breeze given all you have left to do is accessorize.
When the sun stays out longer, I tend to stay out later. Don’t you? There are few greater feelings than getting off work knowing there are still hours of sunshine left in the day. I think dresses that take you from office-to-dinner are the ultimate summer staple.
If your school or office is on the conservative side, add a light blazer or cardigan to any of these looks and then tuck it away once you’re off the clock. If your day duties require you to carry a large purse, bring a foldable clutch for just the essentials and swap it out for your evening plans.
The “dress” I’m wearing in the photo above is actually a Vanessa Virginia tunic.
Why spend more time inside than necessary when the weather is this gorgeous?! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to turn up my workouts by taking them outside with these awesome accessories. This way we can work on our fitness while having fun in the sun — a win/win if you ask me!
As with any workout you do, be careful, and if you’re body is telling you it’s had enough, be sure to listen! The outdoor elements can make any exercise more challenging, so start slow and work your way up to expert level workouts slowly.
We all know about the health benefits of drinking water throughout the day. Not only does it help your organs function better, staying hydrated is great for your skin, mood and energy levels. Staying on top of your intake can be challenging at times, and let’s face it — sometimes you want a tasty beverage or treat instead of a glass of regular ol’ H20. That’s where these three recipes come in; they are a few of my favorite water-based combos meant to help incorporate hydration throughout the day. Try them and let me know what you think!