Welp in a few days Summer will officially make its mark. There a few things we can do to ensure we have a great one. So here are some ways to get Summer going:
Make Me Over
Ladies, all of my ladies, do me a favor and check your make up bag. Have you checked your bag to make sure that you are getting rid of a few things you might need to switch up. I know there are a few things that we just absolutely love and don’t want to part ways but don’t let your makeup bag be the cause of increased acne breakouts or other facial issues. Please let it go or replace it. Trust me your face will thank you.
It’s the time for sun dresses, shorts, swimsuits! Who isn’t excited? There are all of these items in every size. So you can be cool and cute all Summer long no matter what size you are in. Enjoy it! Trust me once the heat is gone and the snow is back on the ground you are going to be sad. Let me say especially to my ladies, there are way too many options to be comfortable for whatever you are doing so there is absolutely NO reason to be in these streets in your pajamas. I do NOT care how they feel, wear some clothes. Real clothes! Thanks the world would appreciate it. Also back in the day I was taught not to come outside in a head scarf, now we can wear them fashionably. There are a thousand YouTube videos in how to tie one so that you can match it up and wear it flattering. Do not come outside in the regular you slept in your scarf look. Thanks again. We got to care about how we walk out the house not only due to the fact that you may run into someone you know but just because self-love causes us to walk differently.
Know your Arena
If you are going to concert dress for one. This could go under wardrobe but I wanted to make it separate. You can’t be at Brunch with sports clothes unless you are going to a game. I know we can do what we want, but know your arena. Would you go to a wedding in jeans? No! Then be sure that you are in the right arena with the correct clothing. It makes a difference and not only that we live in a take a picture world and I remember when I was going through depression that I would be out looking a hot mess. I wasn’t dressed for the right arena and that sent me further in a tail spin. It happens trust me. So research and use Pintrest. Pintrest will actually align up some suggestions if you do not know. Have some fun with your looks and be fly all Summer long.
This could be in the form of a cookout or a good party, make it your best one. If you are the one who is throwing one, pick a theme and commit to it. Nothing is more fun than a good Summer party with all of the frills. Also realize you can be super creative and stay in budget. Trust me when I have a theme even for my kids, I find ways to keep my budget on point but nail it every time. Have some fun and make it a great party. Also drinks are important non alcoholic and alcoholic. You can really find some new ways to drink a refreshing drink that makes you feel good and wow a crowd. Do your research. Also if you choose to consume alcohol do so conservatively and use Uber or Lyft or a trusted friend or family member for a ride. DUI are super expensive. Don’t let that Summer turn up cost you or someone else their life. Have fun and be responsible.
There are many events in your city or town that is free. Please explore and get out. Do not sit around salty all Summer long complaining about how there’s nothing for you to do. Get on Google and find something to do. There may be events in towns and cities near you to explore as well. All I am saying is the boredom that kicks in by adults are self inflicting. You have the choice to sit and be miserable or be creative. If you are single and are saying well I have no one to go with, I understand. I used to say that too. One part of doing better socially is sometimes pushing past that and getting out. It’s scary I won’t lie. However be open to meeting new people while out. Even married my husband hates all activities that require you to be outside in the sun or around bugs. Every festival that I want to attend I used to not go or break him down to go. Now yes he will go, but the ones that he won’t I have learned to get out and have a great time. One time I went somewhere and eventually he showed up. I refuse to not attend these types of events.
Yes I took a big solo trip in April but I also take solo day trips or beach days. These are important as getting together with my girls, family time, and baecations. You got to know you and what you like. The best way is to push past being uncomfortable and explore. I love it NOW. I will not pretend that it’s always been this way because that is a lie. However EVERY time I have come home I have been better. I do NOT answer any non emergency calls while I am out. That is my time and my family respects it. If I am on my phone the whole time, when am I having my time? Reserve your time and don’t let anyone infringe on it and that’s family and friends. The only thing that should happen is confirmation that you are safe and if an emergency then yes a call. Your time is your time.
My Summer Playlist
So here is my personal Summer Playlist. I love music and nothing is better than having that AC on or having the windows down and have the base jumping:
Nice; The Carters
Summertime; DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
New Rules; Dua Lipa
Nice for What; Drake
Wait; Maroon 5
Rock with you; Michael Jackson
I like it; Cardi B
This is America; Childish Gambino
Can’t stop the feeling; Justin Timberlake
Big Poppa; Notarious B.I.G
My Summer Must Haves
Pool time-tan lines are made at the pool or beach. I love tan lines because they remind me that I have enjoyed a little bit of life. I look forward to them and allowing all of this melanin to pop!
Ice-cream sundae bar: yes this can be done all year-long but nothing is better than eating it and stepping up my ice-cream sundae bar in the cutest of dishes
Outside Movies: in Philly they do series of movies for all age ranges throughout. You will find me at one or more of these in the city
Beach day-self explanatory
Summer Fests-another thing that I love about Philly is that all summer long there is a festival for many reasons and many of them come ready to go with alcohol. I love the ones that are kid friendly since I have kids. We all have fun, it wears them out, mommy and daddy can have our time or have a quiet house afterwards. It’s a win, win!
Cookouts-who doesn’t like grilled food? It’s the best and couple that with some awesome Summer salads and you got a good meal. Nothing like getting together with a few folks and having a great time while the kids play!
So break out the sunscreen and fill up the water jugs it is happening. Today alone it’s almost 100 degrees and the smile on my face can’t be wiped off. So bring on the sweat, the fun, the sun, and all of the things to do. I will be hitting the streets and blogging it along the way. Enjoy this season!!