This Summer, I think I understood something about summertime and its meaning which I haven't understood before. And it is so simple! It tickles me how simple it actually is!
Summer is meant to be for REST. For relaxation. For having fun. For not doing much. For taking it easy. For enjoying ourselves. For silliness. For ice-cream. For sweating on the beach, only to dive into cool water after it (if your water is warm, that's fine too! dive right in!). You don't swim? Go fishing, go sailing, go exploring - just go! And then repeat! Silliness, sweating, ice-cream, diving, fishing etc. Right until Fall. Summer is not meant to be serious. I know, I know! I only turned 41 when I understood it! I am practically a genius!
I finally understand that heat is actually great! Just don't try to miserably stay at home - get out! Be smart, drink water, find shade in which to hide, but please get out to the woods, make a camp fire, make s'mores or whatever makes you happy (shashlik for most Russians), get to a pool if you dislike swimming in sea or lakes, but feel it - feel the heat, feel the sweat, feel the oh so desirable chill from diving into water, get your feet dirty, forget about make-up, forget about all your worries (but don't forget sunscreen) - the sun will energize you for long winter months to come. And they will come, you betcha! With all the winds, and rains, and snow, and clouds, and layers of clothes.
After I gained weight, I started wearing pants in Summer. I don't know what got into me for a few years. Maybe I was afraid of chafing (using deodorant now the same way as I use it underarms - no problems so far), or maybe I just did not feel pretty, or maybe I just did not feel deserving, who knows what I did not feel. Pants are so miserable in hot weather. Off with the pants! A shirt will do nicely. Especially if it is a linen or cotton, or linen/cotton mix shirt dress like the one I found at Goodwill (a couple of them, $5.99 each). It's so easy and comfortable, and I styled it in a few different ways (and even with pants when the weather was a bit cooler), but this time I wanted to fancy it up a bit with a mixed metal necklace from Chico's (at $12 it felt like a bargain) and a silver bracelet from a Turkish shop.
I kinda look like a career girl here a bit, don't I?
I am actually nothing of the sort.
Beach Bum, present and correct!
Point No Point Light (1880) - the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound
The US Lighthouse Society Headquarters - Point No Point, Hansville, WA
Tell me - what is your favorite memory of this Summer so far? Have you dared to do something you've never done before? :)
Shirt dress - Lands' End (via Goodwill)
Shoes - Born via Nordstrom Rack
Clutch - Urban Expressions via TJ MAXX
Necklace and earrings - Chico's
Bracelet - via Turkish shop
Swimwear - Chico's and Crocs