Summer is drawing to a close and it feels like the perfect time to dive into a few favourites from the season. It’s been a busy few months and whilst I’ve had a great summer, I’m totally ready for things to slow down now, as I write this it’s a cool Monday morning, rain is tapping on the window, and it feels for the first time, autumnal. So let’s round off the summer season by celebrating a few favourites.
I did a whole post on some of my favourite easy summer reads this month, so I’ll refer you back to that for some gems. For the last month though, I’ve gotten stuck back into fantasy in a big way. Most recently I’ve been working my way through Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series and so far I’m loving it. I also FINALLY read Sarah J Maas ACOTAR series, which I know, I’m late to the game on, but I really enjoyed. Similarly, if you’re after an easy fantasy read, I loved The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King by Holly Black this summer.
A special mention to both The Simple Things magazine and Flow too, which have been nice reminders to stay slow and mindful in my busiest season. They’re both magazines I always enjoy, but have especially loved the last few months.
I’ll be honest, there’s not a lot I’ve been listening to this season, I’ve been preferring staying unplugged and just soaking up the sounds of the beach, the park, my balcony in the evening. Pretty much all I have listened to is Oh Wonder’s first album, which makes me feel chilled, and some acoustic PVRIS sessions on Spotify.
I feel like all my favourite podcasts have been on break, but Con and I have been listening to Off Menu Podcast with Ed Gamble and James Acaster on roadtrips, which has been funny and sparked many a food discussion.
Again, there’s not been a whole lot of tv watching this summer (I’ve been mostly picking up books instead). Can you believe I’ve not watched a movie all summer? I have been making the most of Amazon Prime, and most recently been working my way through Madame Secretary, which filled the whole left by Designated Survivor. I also enjoyed watching Casual, which was an easy watching family drama with some very unlikeable characters, and watching Life In Pieces after a busy day when you need to zone out.
We caught up on the new season of The 100 which I still enjoy, albeit not as much as the earlier seasons. I binged Single Parents from my sick bed one week and enjoyed that for some mindless watching. Also, despite my concerns around a second season of Big Little Lies, I really loved that.
After years of being a strictly jumpers and jeans kinda gal, I’m finally feeling like I have a summer wardrobe. I’ve mostly lived in shorts and playsuits this summer, I bought a few soft cotton playsuits in H&M that have done me well. I also picked up these cute polka dot ruffle shorts in Zara and have worn them to DEATH.
This has also been the first time I’ve really embraced DRESSES. I don’t know where I’ve been all this time, but man dresses are great. One piece of clothing and it’s a whole outfit? Sign me up. I loved these ASOS dresses so much I bought every colour that was in stock in my size. Also from ASOS, this palm print dress has come in so handy, I wore it for girl’s night, for cocktails for a pals birthday, drinks at Cafe Mambo in Ibiza, I mean really it’s cost per wear is already negligible.
As per usual, I’ve lived in my Birkenstocks this summer. Yes I know they’re ugly, but I don’t care, they’re so comfy.
I feel like I’ve fallen back in love with makeup again this summer (I blame my pal Laura who’s ALWAYS up for a SpaceNK trip). I’ve been playing with products more, reaching for bronzey tones, embracing a glowy base.
I’ve been wearing the Drunk Elephant D Bronzi Drops every day, a pump mixed in with my moisturiser to add a glow to the skin. I love this, it’s a really natural way to get a bit more colour into your complexion. I was gifted the Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation back in May and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Working on a campaign with Dior was such a massive accomplishment in my blogging career, and falling in love with the product was an added bonus. I’ve been wearing it all summer, it’s everything I love in a foundation. Buildable coverage with a natural, glowy finish. It’s not too dewy on the skin, and it lasts all day.
I’ve been chopping and changing between two bronzer loves this month. The Milk Makeup Baked Bronzer is a gorgeous, creamy, easy to blend formula that adds a touch of natural bronzed glow to the skin, perfect for everyday. When I’ve wanted a little more impact, I’ve been wearing the Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Bronzer in I$land Ting. It’s a warmer tone but really gorgeous, and the powder itself is silky smooth and blends beautifully.
I haven’t been bothering much with eye makeup, just smearing a little of the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in Bette over the lid for a bronzey glow. And really the only other makeup product I’ve used religiously is the Wet N Wild Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals, which is astonishingly good, especially when you consider the price point.
I’ve loved the Glow Recipe Pineapple C Bright Serum this summer, it’s smoothed my complexion and kept it looking naturally healthy, by far my skincare standout of the season. I’ve also fallen back in love with the Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion Spray, which is less crisp and drying than a traditional salt spray, but still gives your hair piecey, beachy texture.
It’s so easy to eat seasonally in summer, I think 90% of our meals have been centred around the abundance of tomatoes that have grown in my parents’ garden. Fresh tomato and basil soup, homemade chunky salsas and tomato salads, totally delicious. I’ve also been eating a lot of sourdough bagels topped with avocado and chopped baby tomatoes.
It’s been the season of the Caramel Macchiato for me. After three months of no coffee at all I’m back in caffeination station in a big way. I’ve always been a fan of Starbucks’ Caramel Macchiatos, but I’ve been drinking them iced nearly every day this summer. The perfect balance between sweet and coffee.
Honestly, my favourite moments this summer have been the ones spent out on our balcony. We finally finished the renovation of it at the beginning of the season, and purchased furniture, and I couldn’t be happier with it. Big comfy sofas, a great grill, and festoon lights to illuminate the evenings. We’ve had boozy girls nights, late nights under blankets chatting over a bottle of wine, big barbecues for good friends, and quiet evenings with a cocktail and a book. It’s been so fun to have a useable outside space, and right now it’s my favourite spot of our home.
What are your seasonal favourites?