Monday, July 26, 2021

Summer 2021 Random Things


Oh, hey!

This post is just because and a quick snapshot of some stuff I love this summer.  No links are affiliated in any way, and I feel the bug again to write/post, so I guess that's a good thing?

Best things about summer: all the fresh fruits and veggies, fireflies, hummingbirds, grilling out, stopping for Jeni's ice cream, the hammock on our deck, and longer days.

I carry this tumbler everywhere I go.  It fits in my car's cupholder, and I prefer having a straw.  The handle also helps as it's pretty large (40 oz). It's a little similar to this Stanley one (that's always sold out) and costs a little less. Have tumblers always been pricey? I've had mine since March and run it through the dishwasher too.  It's got a little peeling happening on the outside, but overall in excellent condition. I drink a lot of water and am always on the lookout for a solution - so far, this has been great for me.

Supergoop! is my favorite sunscreen brand and has been for years. Their Unseen Sunscreen has a cult following (it's perfect if you hate wearing sunscreen).  I recently figured out you can buy some of their formulas via the FSA store online.  If you have any leftover funds at the end of the year, it's a great chance to stock up.  Otherwise, wait for sales.  I've also used Nordstrom Notes in the past to buy it for "free" - it's that good! I am currently using the City Serum on my face and the Play Everyday lotion everywhere else.  I won't rant about the importance of sunscreen, but the best sunscreen is one you like and want to wear every day. 

I wear these sunscreen gloves when I commute.  A bit much? Maybe. But I have fair skin, and the benefit is worth it to me.  They are lightweight, have tech fingertips, and are machine washable.

Most evenings, I have plain Greek yogurt, berries, and these mini chocolate chips.  It's my favorite dessert right now, and the mini chips pump it up a notch - I love the taste and texture they add.

Last summer, I made whole-lemon lemonade a lot, but I also want to make this recipe soon.



(I took a photo of jcrew.com - I am that nerd, I liked the styling/thought it was cool!)

Linen-blend pants (above) from J.Crew were my pandemic work from home go-to pants last summer and I got a couple more colors this year.  I think they are overpriced (get them on sale), but I love that you can wear them with sandals, flip flops, or sneaks.  They run big, so size accordingly; I'm not a shorts person, and these help keep me from being miserable in the heat. The exact ones I have are sold out (try Poshmark, eBay, or ThredUp,) but if interested, here are a similar pair

I also got these summer-weight jeans from Everlane.  They feel like I've had them for years and are super comfortable.

A Cefaly device. This was my biggest purchase by far this summer, but the most impactful one too.  If you suffer from migraines, it's worth looking into.  Amazon also sells them, but I believe it's the prior model.  I've also seen an even older model selling on eBay.  It basically massages the nerves in your forehead (the trigeminal nerve) to prevent and treat migraines.  It does take some time to get used to (it feels weird, to say the least), but it's nothing compared to the pain of a migraine. It's reduced my need for rescue medication and lessened the severity when I get an attack. I've even taught my husband how to set it in prevent mode for me. :-) 

My best advice is to keep it charged.  That might sound "duh", but I always think the battery will last longer than it does and it's run out of juice a few times when I was using it - bummer.  It does have a great battery life, but it's best to keep on top of it and be prepared. Once you get used to it, it's relaxing and if you are experiencing an attack it offers a distraction and relief. I also bought this electrode adhesive gel to help prolong the life of my pads.

Other things in my "migraine toolkit"? 

An ice roller, turmeric supplements, magnesium (supplements and lotion), and again, lots and lots of water. I also avoid artificial/alternative sweeteners of any kind, reduce gluten (sigh), and rarely drink alcohol - yep, I am the life of the party! ;-) As always, check with your doctor first regarding supplements or treatments - I am no medical professional.

TV/streaming/movies: The Handmaid's Tale, C.B. Strike, The Bridge (the original one), Making It, Bosch, Never Have I Ever, Hacks, Mare of Easttown, Promising Young Woman, The Sound of Metal

Also loved - watched last year/earlier this year: I May Destroy You, Big Little Lies, Shrill, Little Fires Everywhere, Mom, Normal People, Superstore

Looking forward to Nine Perfect Strangers (love anything Liane Moriarty!), Bridgerton (started watching, but did not finish), Better Things (coming back soon, please?), and new seasons of Modern Love, Stranger Things, and What We Do in the Shadows

Music: Bleachers, featuring Bruce Springsteen - Chinatown. The Dee Gees - The Foofighters alter-ego - brilliant! (Have had a massive Dave Grohl crush forever and this project only sealed the deal!)

YouTube rabbit hole: See above music, Atypical60, Hot and Flashy, Dr Dray, Shelbey Wilson - (basically I love vlogs about hair [alt-hair, thank you very much!], makeup, pro-aging, and skincare) follow all of them on Insta as well. 

Also on Instagram, an Atlanta fashion designer, jabellafleur (can't figure out how to link!) - who makes her beautiful kiddos' clothes out of vintage fabric (like vintage sheets). Her posts are always inspiring and the styling is perfect.

Books: I've read 25 books so far in 2021 (not bad, right?). My favorite so far is This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel. No spoilers here.

Whew, that was more than I thought! 

Hope you are having a great summer, enjoying your fave things, and staying cool.