We are now officially about a week out of the official start of summer, and let me tell you, I am buzzing about this. Summer is, by far, my favorite season of the year. It has everything I love – sun, beach days, outdoor swimming, early morning runs, sun, hot weather, no school, and sun. So to celebrate the commencement of this wonderful season, I’m going to share my personal list of must haves for this coming summer
- INK Sunscreen Spray: In the past year, I’ve acquired two new tattoos, and I’m excited to really show them off this summer. However, I know I’ve gotta be careful with them when in the sun, so I am so glad I found this tattoo specific sunscreen to protect them and treat them right. I know it’s a bit on the pricier end of things, but it’s reef safe AND vegan, so that’s all the incentive I need.
- Hawaiian Tropic Aloe Vera: Ok, if you’re going to be out in the sun for any amount of time, you know that any slip ups in sunscreen will likely cause big burns. Having been there many, many times myself, I have found the perfect lotion to soothe the pain! I’ve been using this lotion for about five years, and it has never let me down – it soothes right away, and helps my sunburns go away within 36 hours.
- Wax: I know this is a little ~controversial~ but I think if you wanna go hairless, waxing is the way to go friends. I wax once every two to four weeks, depending on how I’m feeling, even though realistically, I could probably cut that back to once every six weeks. Since I’m lazy, being able to do hair removal in one ~90 minute session is way better than every other day in a ~10 minute add on in the shower. Armpits can also be waxed, but they’re a little more sensitive, especially because of the glands within them, so I personally avoid.
- Dry Shampoo: Ideally, this summer, you will end up spending a lot of time outside, running around and having fun, but also, getting sweaty. And even though it’s summer, there’s just not enough time to shower after each of these moments (plus wasting water is #notcool). So I love to use dry shampoo to still my frizzing hair and make it feel like it got at least half of a wash. In between washes, dry shampoo upgrades my hair immensely.
- Waterproof Phone Pouch: If you’ll be anywhere near water this summer, you are going to love this pouch. It simply shuts your phone in, so you can bring it near (and even in) water, and you don’t have to miss that amazing shot of your friends in the ocean! I personally use one when I go in the sea or ocean, especially when there are coral reefs involved, and it’s allowed me to have so many beautiful pictures. I cannot recommend it enough!
- Passport Holder: We’ve all had it happen – you go travel and you have to handle your passport, boarding card, and what feels like a million other things, and there’s nowhere convenient to put them. You know you pretty much need them all on hand, so how do you solve that dilemma? Enter the passport holder. It really ~saved~ me when I was abroad last year (click here for more on that)!
- Floppy Straw Hat: Again, an essential if you’re going to be out in the sun. If I’ve learned anything from my friend at Tall and Preppy, it’s that there’s never an occasion you shouldn’t dress your best. And I’ve found that throughout the summer, floppy hats are the perfect things to pull my outfit together, but also protect me from the sun. Obviously, if baseball caps are more your thing, then definitely rock that this summer.
- Quay Sunglasses: I am usually a big fan of accessories, and in the summer, I can’t help but whip out some shades. Over the years, I have begun somewhat of a collection, so it was quite wonderful for me when I stumbled across Quays. They are high quality lenses are super cool, fashionable, quirky and somewhat affordable. Yeah, you gotta save up a couple paychecks, but it’s way less than a fancy high market brand would charge you. Also, click here to learn how to actually pronounce the brand (I had to learn the hard way in AU).
- Teeny Sunglasses: I will admit, I was initially not totally sold on teeny tiny shades. But there’s something about them that kept pulling me back, so I purchased a pair when I went on a weekend trip to Edinburgh. Sure, they’re pretty bad at their main function as actual sunglasses. But they low-key increase your coolness factor, and when there’s only a teeny amount of sun, that’s really when they work their magic. 10/10 would recommend.
- Birkenstocks: I am unashamed to say that I own many pairs of Birks, and that I love each and everyone with my whole heart. They’re comfortable and versatile, and so damn cute, and I really believe they should be a staple piece in everyone’s closets. PS – I recommend the Arizona Suedes or the Mayari for the summer!
- Eco-Friendly Swim Suit: I am all about being outside, on a beach, all summer – even though I cannot do that. However, I want to have the coolest and most eco-friendly suit on the block when I finally dig my toes in the sand – Stay Wild swimsuits. I know these suits are pricy, but I am so excited to save up and invest in a piece from them. If you’re not immediately sold, check out their mission statement, and one of their founders (and favorite blogger of mine) Zanna Van Dijk.
- Platform Sandals: Yes, I know, another pair of shoes, but 1) I love shoes and 2) these shoes are too damn cute not to mention. I bought mine right after my birthday, and I can wear them to my summer work (where we dress business casual) but also to class or to dinner with friends. The only downside to this specific pair is the straps are held to the sole with a bit of flimsy glue, and mine unfortunately ripped the first day I wore them BUT DSW is going to be exchanging them for a new pair as soon as I can get to the store I bought them and show them the receipt.
- Skirt and Top Set: I may be cheating a little bit with this one, because I actually bought this item last summer, but haven’t been able to wear it out (pics will be coming soon!). But honestly, I think a matching skirt and top set goes such a long way, is so cute, and requires very little to no thinking in order to pull it off. Plus, you can separate the pieces and wear them with other clothes. Summer is a great time to show a more fun, relaxed version of your style, and a set is an easy way to go down that route – especially for a dinner out with loved ones!
- Summer Jumpsuit: Have I mentioned how much I like easy and cute fashion?? Well, jumpsuits are another item of clothing I absolutely love for their relative ease. When shopping for a jumper good for all summer, try to keep your eyes peeled for a lighter fabric, which will let your skin breathe, and if you’re feeling a little frisky, some bright colors to pop. This is another piece that could make it out with you on a dinner with loved ones!
BONUS – Recipes:
- Vegan Sandwich: As I transition to full veganism, I want to learn how to veganify my favorite meals. And since I was young, I have has an affinity to sandwiches – they’re easy, versatile, and more often than not, really good. And I’m not willing to give them up as my diet changes. So I’m hoping to try some sandwich combos to at least start figuring out what my options will be.
- Chickpea Cookie Dough: Lactose intolerance has unfortunately taken away one of my favorite bad habits – eating raw cookie dough. But I’ve heard pretty good things about chickpea cookie dough, and I really want to give it a try. I know it probably won’t taste the same, but at least attempting it for a fancy dessert won’t hurt.
- New Smoothie Recipes: I’ve been really loving protein smoothies every morning after my workouts. And even though I can’t imagine giving them up for a new type of breakfast, I also really want to switch them up and find new flavor profiles. And Tasty is always a great spot to find new vegan recipes, so that’s definitely where I’m going to turn to for this task.
- Banana Vegan Ice Cream: Yes, I know, there are vegan ice creams in stores, but I want to make my own. Vegan ice cream never has the flavor I most want when I go, and if they do, they either taste weird or are way too expensive. And I’ve heard such good things about banana ice cream that it seems this summer would be the best time to actually try it.
- Vegan Chocolate Pie: I realize now that almost the entire list above is dessert, and I’ve ended with dessert as well. But hey – I love chocolate and dessert and I’m not ashamed. I love baked goods, but vegan baked goods seem to be somewhat hard to come by. So I’m hoping this challenge will work out well, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Love, xx Giorgia