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TIPS FOR BEATING THE SUMMER HEAT

When it comes to the weather in the Midwest, I swear we can’t win! In the winter you dealing with subzero temperatures and mountains of snow for months on end. In the summer you have to put up with scorching hot temperatures on top of humidity that rivals what you see in Florida. I’m a Midwestern girl at heart, so I’ve learned to take the highs and lows in stride. I have to say though that I much prefer the scorching hot temperatures to any winter day in the Midwest. I detest being chronically cold, and it is nice not to have to wear multiple layers for once. It’s a good thing I don’t mind it as the temperatures have been in the high 90’s for much of the week.  With a few simple tips in mind, however, beating the summer heat is no sweat at all!

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DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

When it is hot as it has been this week, my actual preference is to wear no clothing at all. Since I’ve never been in a nudist colony in my life, and I don’t want to stay indoors all the time, I will have to stick with as little clothing as possible. For me this means strappy tank tops, shorts, rompers and lightweight sundresses. These types of clothes are more breathable and makes the summer heat more bearable. I stumbled across this adorable smocked rainbow-stripe top when looking to update my summer wardrobe. I knew instantly this was the perfect top for these soaring temperatures! My decision to buy it was even easier since it is on sale for under $35. I love the feminine pink, blue and green stripes.  And the smocked style makes this the perfect top to wear after a huge weekend dinner. This top is one of those essential summer pieces that is easy to just throw on with a pair of shorts and head out the door. As for my shorts I am wearing, I splurged a bit with these Agolde cutoff denim shorts after hearing so many great things about them. They are definitely worth the splurge! They are flattering, comfortable, and definitely true to size (I am wearing my typical 26 and they fit great)

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As I mentioned, dresses and rompers are my go-to pieces of clothing in the scorching hot weather. See below for more lightweight must-have summer looks:

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DRINK MORE WATER

Staying hydrated is so important, especially when the temperatures are unbearably hot. I still like to be outside in the hot weather, and I try to always make sure I have a bottle of water with me at all times. When you are sweating in the heat, it becomes even more important to replenish the water you’ve lost. I love my Hydroflask for keeping things cold, and this one even comes with a straw! And it has a convenient handle that makes it easy to carry when running. 

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GO OUT IN THE EARLY MORNING OR LATE EVENING

This is so important when it comes to trying to stay cool in the summertime. We try to get our errands done first thing in the morning. This is not only to beat the heat, but also to avoiding traffic and crowds.When it comes to taking pictures for this blog, late evening is actually my favorite time to take pictures. There is nothing I find prettier than soft evening light for photos. 

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COOL YOUR CAR DOWN QUICKLY

There is nothing worse than climbing into a hot car that feels like an oven in the summertime. You can cool you car down quickly by rolling down one window and opening and closing the opposite door a handful of times will quickly and effectively cool down a hot car. I stumbled across this video on Reddit that demonstrates how to do this. Ignore the Japanese subtitles as a picture (or video demonstration) is worth a thousand words.

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STAY COOL WHILE YOU SLEEP

I love using my Tempurpedic mattress with it’s cover that is inherently cooler than the mattress itself. If you don’t want to invest in a new mattress, then invest in a bamboo shredded cooling pillow such as this one. I sleep with one every night, and I never have to flip it over because it gets too hot. Or you could even try these bamboo cooling sheets.  I also like to go to bed with damp hair (held in place in a bun with a clip) as that also keeps me cooler during the night. And if you don’t have air conditioning, try putting a bowl of ice water in front of a fan by your bed. 

I hope this post is helpful! It doesn’t look like we are going to have a reprieve from the heat anytime soon, so I am definitely implementing the above tips on a regular basis. What are some ways that you beat the summer heat? I’d love to hear it in a comment below!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

xo | April

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