Summertime is almost upon us! It isn’t exactly my favorite season but there is a reason for all this excitement: I’m looking forward to my two weeks summer break (no work, baby!) and of course, my birthday (4th of July). My husband once told me that I am the only person he knows who celebrate birthday two months in advance and extend two months after. The answer is why not? if I can celebrate it everyday, I would! Carpe diem. So what would be my plans then, come summertime?
Put the phone down. I plan to use my summer break to recharge my mind and body, and just focus on things and situations that matter to me most. The best memories aren’t always captured in Instagram photos but those that retain in your heart. This is going to be a tough challenge as I use my phone to check work emails, edit blog posts, respond to subscribers, etc. But we survived the world before sans mobile phone so I am determined to take up this challenge!
Commune with nature. I would like to go back to basics. You know, just spending time doing mundane things such as reading magazine or meditate amidst the breeze or birds chirping. Away from people, closer to nature.
Spend quality time with my ohana. My husband is also taking a week off in time for my birthday so I would like us to do nice things together, perhaps play tourist again around the island. I picked up some nice swimsuits alongside summer-proof products that I foresee becoming staples in the next few months. To say that I am excited is truly an understatement!
I mentioned products so I thought I’d share with you these lovely items that I have been enjoying recently (read How to Shop Vegan at Sephora).
Pacifica Mineral Sunscreen Body Butter Blood Orange SPF 50. I spotted this recently at Target and if you are a fan of Blood Orange line, you need this. It has 22% zinc oxide, a good sunblock to wear this time of the year. I prefer mineral (physical) sunscreen because it’s safe enough to use for acne prone skin and coral-reef safe. Do you know that Hawai’i is in the forefront in banning chemical sunscreens?
Pacifica Mineral Lip Balm SPF 15. This is also from the Blood Orange line. Needless to say, our lips need sun protection too to prevent chapping, dryness and sunburn.
Sol de Janeiro Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil. I love this! If you’re planning to show off your shoulders, legs, even decolletage, this shimmer oil elevates your look to diva status! I swatched it in my shoulder in this video, check it out!
Angela Roi Zuri card pouch. Made from high quality vegan leather, this is the card case I always bring whenever I downsize my wallet. As you can see from the photo, it has key ring you can attach to your bag (or keys if you prefer it that way).
Toms Sunglasses. I am a fan of Toms because their sunnies are quite affordable and also because of their philanthropy. For every purchase you made whether accessories, shoes or apparel, Toms donate to their chosen charities.
Fedora straw hat. Anything made from straw is a trend this summer. You’ve seen me wear this hat in multiple occasions and it is for a reason, it’s a quick and effortless way to look chic (read How To Veganize Your Wardrobe).
Ipanema t-strap flip flops. I’m all about comfort without compromising style and these flip flops (or slippahs as we call them here in Hawaii) are my faves. I have another pair in a different color and style (read Are Your Shoes Vegan).
Any plans this summer?
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Canvass shopper bag from Paw You