For those who have never spent much time in the Ohio River valley in August, you may not know the sweltering humidity we are subjected to on a daily basis.
Heat, I can handle. Humidity? You don’t even want to get me started.
So to say that I have anything I loved in August is a feat! (Of course, the unwritten number 1 and 2 on this list are air conditioning and swimming pools.)
May I present to you, my:
|NY & Company Beach Hat|
My Big Floppy Beach Hat!
This specific hat was from the summer clear out at the end of last summer. So it might not be available anywhere anymore, but I love it. I picked it up for a mere $5 and boy did I get my money’s worth out of this bad boy. I’m very cautious of developing wrinkles on my face so a wide brimmed beach hat is a definite summer must for me. As well, it does a great job of protecting your scalp which is pretty much protection-less unless you want to rub down your scalp with suntan lotion, which I don’t see as a very practical choice. Anyway, I really love this hat. It’s big, it’s floppy…and it gets the job done while floating in the pool.
|Calgon Mineral Scrub and Soak|
Calgon Exfoliating Body Scrub!
While a bubble bath may not sound its most appealing in August, they certainly have their place in my life. At the end of a long hard day chasing humidity, who doesn’t want to take a deep cleanse?
This Body Scrub I picked up at my local grocery store for around $6 and I love it. It has a very coconut, summer smell to it. And I adored it. If you take a handful and pour into a running bath they say it works, but I find it works best when you actually apply it to your skin in the bath. Rub it on, let it sink in, and rub off. Simple!
I would finish up with my Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Body Creme and be in a state of pure bliss!
|M.A.C. Girl About Town Lipstick|
A Little Bit of Fuschia!
What’s a better color for a summer lipstick than Fuschia? It’s a fun, flirty color that pops. And what better than a fun name like Girl About Town to keep your lips happy? MAC has excellent lipsticks in general, but this color is a classic favorite of mine…and definitely got a lot of use in August. Whether you are going out at night, or even spicing up a work look…this color is perfect for summer. And just because summer is over, that doesn’t mean I’ll be retiring this anytime soon 😉
|Philosophy Hands of Hope|
Hope for the Hopeless
It might seem unusual to include a hand cream in an August favorites collection, but if you know anything about my bad habit of picking at my cuticles when agitated you wouldn’t be surprised. And what’s more agitating than humidity? So yes, I used a lot of this. I’m normally not keen on buying smaller sizes of things, but I do prefer the 1 oz tube because I used this mostly on the go. A little bit goes a very long way too. Throw this in your purse and you’ll hands will be much happier; and it really is very healing. It clears up any redness around my cuticles in no time. And since I doubt I’ll break this horrible habit anytime soon…I expect this product to be a lifetime favorite 🙂
|Me Too Shoes|
Style & Comfort
Three back surgeries deep, I am never one to put style before comfort with shoes. Fortunately, with brands like Me Too I don’t have to. These shoes are very comfortable and come in many cute styles and colors. I typical find these at Nordstrom but you can also find great deals, if you’re lucky, at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. This specific pair was from the Nordstrom sale right now for a sale price of only $35! If you aren’t familiar with this brand, familiarize yourself. Especially if you require comfortable shoes as I do 🙂
If you haven’t yet seen AMC’s Breaking Bad, I don’t know what you’re waiting for…so get on it! This highly addictive show is coming to a very sad end. So, in the comfort of my air conditioned bed….in August I enjoyed rewatching old episodes as well as viewing the final episodes on Sunday nights. Breaking Bad is absolutely must see television. It’s a totally original series following a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with lung cancer’s descent into the darkness of the meth industry, wanting to provide for his family when he’s gone. It’s the epitome of the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I guarantee, if you don’t already, you will love this show! Buy the seasons or watch it on Netflix.
|H&M Nail Polish|
I paint my nails too much. That’s a fact. I just love nail polish because it’s so fun and can really change a look. However, only recently did I discover how much I enjoy H&M’s nail polish! Kind of surprising when you consider how much I really love H&M. My two favorite colors this month were, “Check Me Out” (a flirty pink) and “Come Along with Me” (a deep teal). Most of the time these are 3 for 2. But at $4.95 a pop they’re a great deal no matter what. The formula is rich and long lasting, and the color range is fantastic! Definitely my favorite find this year when it comes to nails.
Last but not Least, Something Smelling Sweet!
Roses aren’t the typical thing to see in a list of favorites, but for some reason my local grocery store has had really amazing prices on roses this month and I’ve enjoyed them immensely. There might be some knowledge behind this I’m not aware of, but regardless I’ve been happily stopping and smelling the roses all month long and I hope this trend continues through the months to come. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to treat yourself to flowers, or roses…it can be just to celebrate your typical Thursday. No arrangement I bought had any meaning behind it other than to simply brighten an otherwise ordinary day. And I deserve it!
There you have it, my monthly favorites! What things kept you happy in August?
Stay stylish and chase your dreams!